Mermaid Fever!

Summer is here, and we'll all be splashing in the water sooner or later. As you dip a toe into your nearby beach or lake, the idea of mermaids might cross your mind. Dive into one of these marvelous mermaid tales and let your imagination run wild!

What's a Caldecott medal??

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!

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.





All sessions are now full. Please register for our waitlist.



Tips to Help Encourage a Brand New Reader

The magic moment: when the squiggles on the page become letters, words, stories!
The magic moment: when the squiggles on the page become letters, words, stories!

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....



Stories by the Pond

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.

Stories by the Pond from Darien Library on Vimeo.


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 storytimes 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.

How to register

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, 9/5 (Fall I) and Saturday 10/24 (Fall II). Register your infants and 1 year olds based on their ability to walk.Register children ages 2 and up based on their age by 9/2 (Fall I) and 10/19 (Fall II). 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.

Storytime Break: Week of Monday 10/19

Register for Fall II 2015: 10/5-10/19 Session runs: 10/26-12/4

Early Literacy Texts

Sign up for our weekly early literacy texts to get easy tips sent right to your phone! It’s totally free (though standard messaging rates apply), and is a service of Darien Library. Your librarians will send a text every Monday with something simple you can integrate into your daily life that will help prepare your child (under 5 years old) for reading and writing. Text messages will begin on the first day of Registered storytimes. Sign up here.

Registered Programs

Please click here to access the registration form between Monday, October 5 through Monday, October 19. 

Giggles and Rhymes

Pre-walking babies and a parent/caregiver. Join us for fingerplays, songs, rhymes, and movement.

Wednesdays 11:15 to 11:45am

Baby Sign

6 months to 24 months and a parent/caregiver. Learn basic sigs for everyday activities while sharing stories, somgs and rhymes.

Mondays 9:30 to 10am

Born to Read

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

Creative Music for Children 

Walkers (up to 3 years old ) with a parent/caregiver. Miss Debbie will engage children through music and instrument play.

Fridays 10:30 to 11am OR 11:15 to 11:45 am

Side by Side

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 Thursdays 11:15 to 11:45am

All Together Now

0-5 years old and a parent/caregiver.

Bring all your kids, from little to bigger, to sit together at this storytime.

Tuesday 10:30 to 11am

Libros y Cuentos

3-year-olds to 5-year-olds. This bilingual storytime introduces children to Spanish vocabulary, books, rhymes, and songs.

Tuesdays 1:30 to 2pm

Totally Preschool

4-year-olds and 5-year  olds. Join us for stories, act-outs and songs.

Fridays 9:30 to 10am

Preschool Dance Party

3-year-olds to 5-year-olds with a parent/caregiver. Fast paced storytime for energetic preschoolers includes books, group movement, somgs and rhymes.

Mondays 1:30 to 2pm


Drop-In Programs

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.

Bookworms Thursdays at 4:15 p.m.

Ages 4 to 7 and a parent/caregiver.

Listen to an arts- inspiring picture book, and then make art based on the ideas or techniques in the book.

Storytime Saturdays in the Children's Library Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.

(September 5th , October 3rd , November 7th, and December 5th)

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.


Dinosaur Days

Courtesy of Flickr user Graham Detonator
Courtesy of Flickr user Graham Detonator

Dinosaurs roam the Library!  Approachable herbivores and curmudgeonly carnivores are waiting to be unearthed, so shoulder your shovel and start digging... and when you've turned the final page, roar for more!

New F5 Faves Section: Caldecott Winners!

Announcing a new F5 Faves Section - Caldecott Winners!
Announcing a new F5 Faves Section - Caldecott Winners!

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!

Revisit a Classic Series

The world lost a revered author of children's literature when Russell Hoban passed away last Tueday at the age of 86. Although he wrote more than 50 books for children and was the author of several popular adult novels, here in the children's library he is best known for his Frances books. Bread and Jam for Frances remains one of the definitive books about picky eaters, and the entire series is worth revisiting for its gentle, funny look at the life of a young badger. Check out our collection of Hoban titles at the link below.

You'll Like This Picturebook

Oliver Jeffers' new book, Stuck, starts out simply and gets out of hand very quickly, with very funny and unexpected twists. 

Poor Floyd's kite gets stuck in a tree behind his house.  To get it out, he throws his shoe...which also gets caught in the tree.  He throws his other shoe (it gets stuck), then his cat Mitch (he gets stuck), then goes to get a ladder...and hurls it into the tree (yep, it gets stuck, too).  By the end of the story, a fire engine (and its firemen), a lighthouse, the house across the street, and a whale are all stuck in the tree.  How does it all end?  Does Floyd get everything out of the tree?  You'll get a kick out of the surprise ending. 

Kids with big imaginations, who like big stories and silly ideas, will love this story, and the grown-ups who read it to them will like it, too. 

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