R.E.A.D. in the Children's Library

Reading Education Assistance Dogs
Reading Education Assistance Dogs

Tuesday, April 14 from 4:00 to 4:45 p.m.

Is your child learning to read? Reading Education Assistance Dogs will visit the Children's Library to encourage beginning readers and promote literacy. Register for a 15 minute reading session with a certified therapy dog. Readers ages 5 and up.








Join us!
Join us!

Thursdays in March and April at 4:15 p.m.

Join us for a weekly crafty storytime.  Read a book, have a discussion, and get crafty!  Drop in to find out what's happening each week!

Ages 5 to 7.

Storytime Saturdays

Storytime in the Library
Storytime in the Library

Saturdays, April 4th and 18th, at 11 a.m.

A weekend storytime for families. Walkers up to 36 months with a parent/caregiver are welcome to attend this Saturday morning storytime, which will include some of our favorite books, rhymes, and fingerplays.

Register for TEA Room Classes in April

Get STEAMed up with us in the TEA Room
Get STEAMed up with us in the TEA Room

Calling all makers! Registration is still open for some of our March and April TEA Room classes. Register today!

Light Painting

Tuesday, April 14th at 4:15pm

Make a light painting with a flashlight and a dark room. Grades 5 to 6.

Gelatin Art Prints

Tuesday, April 28th at 4:15pm

Using sheets of gelatin, intrepid printmakers will get to experiment with this unique medium and design art prints. Grades 5 to 6.

To register and learn about these classes and more, visit the TEA Room's Classes page.

Maker Family Challenges!

Image from Planet Smarty
Image from Planet Smarty

Bring your little ones and your big ones to our Maker Family Challenges! Join us in the Storytime Room for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) challenges that the whole family can do together. Stations will be set out for you to explore and have fun! Drop-in anytime, no registration necessary, ages 5 and up.

Upcoming days for Maker Family Challenges are: 

Saturday, April 11th from 11 am to 12 noon

Sensory Saturdays

Sensory Saturdays in the Children's Library
Sensory Saturdays in the Children's Library

Saturdays, April 4th and 18th from 1 to 2 p.m.

A creation and exploration hour for families of children with autism or sensory processing disorders. Ages 3+ with a parent/caregiver. Drop-in.


Nutmeg at Night 2015

Will YOU be on the winning team this year?
Will YOU be on the winning team this year?

Tuesday, April 14th from 6 to 7 p.m.

Calling all Nutmeg Readers: The Children’s Library is hosting its annual Nutmeg at Night!

Each year before the big Nutmeg vote, the Children's Library brings kids together in an evening of friendly competition. Equal parts trivia questions and physical challenges, Nutmeg at Night is a chance for all Nutmeg book readers to test their memory and skills for a chance to become the ultimate Nutmeg champions. 

Competing in four teams for awesome prizes, which kids will come out on top?

Grades 4 to 6. Register for Nutmeg @ Night!

There's still time to read the 2015 Nutmeg Nominees! Check out this complete list of Nominees.

Introducing 100 Before One: A Program for Babies in their First Year

Register Today
Register Today

The Children’s Library invites all parents of newborns to join the 100 Before One challenge. Help your baby become a lifelong reader by joining the challenge and reading 100 books before your baby’s first birthday. As related recently in a New York Times article, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends reading to infants starting from birth to aid in brain development and vocabulary growth.

Parents that register their babies for 100 Before One will receive a free tote bag, booklists, a DVD of baby rhymes, a Highlights baby magazine, and a folder to keep track of the books your child has heard.  After reading and listening to 25 books of your choice, parents return to Darien Library to receive their next blank list of 25 to fill in.

Upon completion of the program, your baby will get to go home with a prize courtesy of the Library.

Need book ideas? We have a booklist full of suggestions for your and your baby

Happy Reading!

Tween Tabs in the Children's Library

Check out a Tween Tab in the Library, or grab a Tween Tab app list.
Check out a Tween Tab in the Library, or grab a Tween Tab app list.

Place a hold on the Tween Tab today! The Children's Library circulates Tween Tab iPads for kids ages 9 to 12. 

The Tween Tabs come with pre-loaded apps selected by the children's librarians. There are over 70 Apps which highlight the following Kids Nonfiction Glades: Bio, Languages, Facts, Traditions, Animals, Create, Fun, Self, Sports, Poetry, STEM, and Then & Now.

Additional content on kids and technology is located on  ALSC's Digital Media Resources website. 

One Direction Books

The One Direction we knew and loved
The One Direction we knew and loved

Let's all have a moment of silence as we prepare to enter a world with only FOUR One Directioners. Below is a selection of the Library's books, DVD's, and online performance films featuring our favorite British Boy Band.