YouTube Jr.

Youtube videos are everywhere, but how can you be sure you won't come across something with questionable content?  Try Totlol!  This new sub-site of YouTube is a parent moderated video community aimed at kids under the age of 13. There are videos about music, phonics, classic cartoons, even some cool series like Signing Time where you can learn sign language!  The selection is huge and if you like, you can participate too by creating a free account, creating your own playlist. The site has gotten some good reviews from ReadWriteWeb and Wired Magazine. Find our more information about how it works here and see if you'd like to join in!

Other Online Video Alternatives:

Sesame Street also shares videos on their site and you can never get enough Elmo! Check out all the fun videos about reading! is where our library shares videos like Opening Day and time lapse videos of it being built.  See what it looked like one year ago this month!

Vimeo has fun videos like Bob Shea's Dinosaur vs. Bedtime (a personal favorite book of mine!)

Dinosaur vs. Bedtime from bob shea on Vimeo.

Valentine's Bead-a-Bracelet

Hey Kids!

Photo by Flickr User dichohecho

Come bead your own bracelets at the library this Saturday, February 7th at 1:15 pm in the Children's Library!

Sign up by calling, emailing or coming in to the Children's Library. Space is limited!

For kids ages 7-10.

(203) 669-5235

We had HOW many visitors?

Saturday, January 10, 2009 was a banner day! 

The NEW Darien Library opened with visitors galore!  The children's library game to guess the number of people was a smashing draw.  We had over 100 guesses, and one was pretty close. 



Question: How many visitors came to the Darien Library on opening day?


Answer: 7,200

A sixth grader guessed 7,100 and won a gift card prize.

Truly amazing; we can't thank you enough for making the Library such an awesome place!


 photo courtesy of flickr user Dave-F


Parent Favorite: Classic and Modern FUNNY STORIES (a Booklist)

Did you grow up laughing along with books like Homer Price and Mr. Popper's Penguins?  Check out these modern read-alikes that will have you and your child busting a gut!

The Hoboken Chicken Emergency by Daniel Pinkwater

Stinky: A Toon Book

by Eleanor Davis




by Andrew Clements










The Talented Clementine

by Sara Pennypacker

Double Trouble in Walla Walla

by Andrew Clements

The Legend of Spud Murphy

by Eoin Colfer











For advanced readers with a refined sense of irony, try Richard Peck's The Teachers Funeral and Here Lies the Librarian

Nutmeg Intermediate Book Group

The Nutmeg Book Group discusses this year's Intermediate (Grades 4 to 6) Nutmeg nominees.  The Nutmeg Book Award is Connecticut's children's choice award.  Here's the fall schedule. 

- Tuesday, September 16 from 6 to 7 p.m. We'll be discussing MVP* Magellan Voyage Project by Douglas Evans.

- Wednesday, October 22 from 6 to 7 p.m. We'll be discussing Eager by Helen Fox

Register for each date.  Registration begins Tuesday, September 2. Copies of the books are available for check out in the Children's Room.