Wondering through our F5 section, have you ever wondered what a Caldecott Medal is? It's that pretty gold circle with the horse and goose on it on excellent picture books - but really, what is it? Learn more with this comic!
Friday, December 27th at 10:00 a.m.
Join us Fridays for such classics as A Charlie Brown Christmas (December 27).
In the Community Room.
Tuesday, December 17 at 6pm
It's that time of year again! Bring your furry and fuzzy stuffed animal pals to the Library for a special evening storytime and have them sleep over. Pick them up the next day and discover what happens “when the library lights go out.” Ages 2 and up.
Explore your senses in this drop-in crafting program designed for children on the Spectrum but open to all! Offered bi-weekly on Saturdays. Ages 4+ with a parent/caregiver.
Saturdays on November 9 & 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tuesday, September 17 at 10 a.m.
Teach your kids about the value of money in this seminar created by the noted financial expert and New York Times bestselling author, Neale S. Godfrey.
Learn age-appropriate methods of teaching kids how to:
- Earn and Appreciate Their Allowance
-Develop Good Savings and Investing Habits
-Separate Needs and Wants
-Become Disciplined Shoppers
This seminar will be led by Seth Morton and Terry Gaffney from the New York Life Insurance Company of Stratford, CT.
Is your child just starting to read? Children at this stage are known as "emerging readers" and every child emerges at a different pace. Here are a few tips to help you encourage your child and keep them motivated as they transition from pre-readers to independent readers:
- Be patient. Learning to read successfully is comprised of two major skills working together: decoding and comprehension. Simply put, these skills are the ability to recognize familiar words (and sound out unfamiliar ones) and the knowledge of what those words mean. It's a process.
- Read together often. Read to your child and let your child read to you.
- Talk about what you read. Talk about new words. Explain unfamilar vocabulary and phrases.
- Make your house a print-rich environment. Have books all over- the kitchen, the bedroom, even the bathroom (well, perhaps not library books!) You can also listen to audio books while driving around town.
- Read books that your child enjoys- even if they are gross, silly, or not to your preference. The best way to help a new reader become a lifelong reader is by taping into their interests. Don't worry, they hopefully won't find bodily functions this hilarious forever....
The children's librarians finished out their fourth year of telling stories at Tilley Pond Park on Thursday, August 9th. There were stories about dogs who swallowed various animals and bossy chickens who just wanted to read some books. The real crowd pleaser was the children's librarians' version of Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons. If you missed out on the fun the first time or you just want to relive all of the fun, check out the children's librarians in action.
Storytimes are for babies, toddlers and children up to age 5. The Children's Library offers other programs for children up to age 12.
Registered storytimes are offered in the Fall, Winter and Spring seasons. All Summer programs are drop-in and do not require pre-registration. Younger children have offerings in the morning, Totally Preschool is in the morning and the afternoon, Bookworms is in the afternoon. Programs for older kids during the school year are held after-school, evenings and weekends. The Darien Library provides approximately 20 programs a week during a registered session. Drop-in storytimes are available year-round - check the calendar of events for more information.
Parents/caregivers may register online during the specified registration period. Each child can participate in one registered program per session. Registration is a lottery. Parents will be notified by Saturday, 1/31 (Winter) and Saturday 3/21 (Spring). Register your infants and 1 year olds based on thier ability to walk.Register children ages 2 and up based on thier age by 1/26 (WInter) and 3/16 ( Spring). Registered storytimes are for children whose parents are Darien residents, employed full-time in Darien, or Friends of the Darien Library who contribute annually at the $300 level. Parents will need a Library card to register. Please only register for one class per session.
Register for Winter 2015: 1/12-1/26 Session runs: 2/2 - 3/13
Storytime Break: Week of Monday 3/16
Register for Spring 2015: 3/2 - 3/16 Session runs: 3/23 - 5/1
Pre-walking babies and a parent/caregiver. Join us for fingerplays, songs, rhymes, and movement.
Wednesdays 11:15 to 11:45am
Walkers (up to 24 months) and a parent/caregiver. This fast-paced storytime for lively toddlers includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.
Mondays 10:30 to 11am OR Tuesdays 9:30 to 10am OR Wednesdays 10:30 to 11am
Walkers (up to 24 months) with a parent/caregiver. Miss Debbie will engage children through music and instrument play.
Fridays 11:15 to 11:45 pm
2-year-olds and 3-year-olds with a parent/caregiver. This introduction to storytime features books, rhymes, and movement activities.
Mondays 11:15 to 11:45am OR Tuesdays 10:30 to 11am OR Thursdays 10:30 to 11am
4-year-olds and 5-year-olds. Join us for stories, act-outs, and songs.
Friday 9:30 to 10am
3-year-olds to 5-year-olds. This bilingual storytime introduces children to Spanish vocabulary, books, rhymes, and songs.
Tuesdays 1:30 to 2pm
2-year-olds and 3-year-olds with a parent/caregiver. Miss Debbie will engage children through music and instrument play.
Fridays 10:30 to 11am
Preschool Time Mondays at 1:30 p.m.
3-year-olds to 5-year-olds. Wiggle your fingers and stomp your feet in this lively storytime. Preschoolers will enjoy read-alouds, act-outs, plus music and movement.
Toddler Tales Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.
Walkers (up to 36 months) and a parent/caregiver. This fast-paced storytime for lively toddlers includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.
Baby Laptime Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.
Pre-walking babies and a parent/caregiver. Join us for fingerplays, songs, and bounce rhymes in this lapsit storytime.
Storytime Saturdays in the Children's Library Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.
(January 3, Janaury 17, February 7, February 21, March 7, March 21, April 4 , April 18)
Walkers (up to 36 months) and a parent/caregiver. This weekend storytime for families will include some of our favorite books, rhymes, songs and fingerplays.
The Randolph Caldecott award is "awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children" (the American Library Association). The award is now in its 75th year and still remains the highest honor given to illustrators in the United States.
We're pleased to announce that Darien Library now has all the Caldecott Award winning books in one section - a new section of F5 Favorites!
In the previous home of F5 Concepts, you'll find all the Caldecott winning books from 1938 through the present. We can't wait to share these forever classics with you and your family!