Classic Holiday Movies

A Charlie Brown Christmas
A Charlie Brown Christmas

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.

All ages

3rd Annual Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Stuffed animals from last year's sleepover get silly with the copy machine!
Stuffed animals from last year's sleepover get silly with the copy machine!

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.

Sensory Saturdays

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

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.

 

Raising Financially Responsible Children

Image courtesy of Online Trading Academy
Image courtesy of Online Trading Academy

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.

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

Storytimes are for babies, toddlers and children up to age 6. The library offers other programs for children up to age 12. The programs are developmentally appropriate for the stated ages, though we offer a two week grace period for children on the cusp.

Schedule

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 program 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. 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.

Register for Fall I:  8/18 - 9/2  Session runs: 9/8 - 10/17

Storytime Break: Week of Monday 10/20

Register for Fall II:  10/6 - 10/20  Session runs: 10/27 - 12/5

Registered Programs

Giggles and Rhymes

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

Wednesdays 11:15 to 11:45am

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

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 Tuesdays 10:30 to 11am OR Thursdays 10:30 to 11am

Totally Preschool

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

Friday 9:30 to 10am

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

Creative Music for Children

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 Dance Party (offered Fall I)

3-year-olds to 5-year-olds. Fast paced storytime includes books, group movement, songs, and rhymes.

Thursdays at 1:30 to 2pm

Green Moon Art Spot (offered Fall II)

2-year-olds and 3-year-olds with a parent/caregiver. Rowayton's Green Moon will bring its creativity to the Library in this art program for preschoolers.

Fridays 11:15 to 12pm

Drop-In Programs

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.

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

(September 6, September 20, October 4, October 18, November 1, November 15)

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.

Syndicate content