Lego Club

Lego Club creations
Lego Club creations

Saturday, August 2nd from 2 to 4 p.m.

Stop by the Children’s Library for free play and collaborative Lego building. Ages 5 and up. Drop-in.

Summer Reading Finale Party: Meet Author Rebecca Stead!

Come meet Newbery Award-winning author Rebecca Stead! The first 100 arrivals get a free, signed copy of her Nutmeg Nominated LIAR & SPY.
Come meet Newbery Award-winning author Rebecca Stead! The first 100 arrivals get a free, signed copy of her Nutmeg Nominated LIAR & SPY.

Monday, August 11th from 5 to 6 p.m.

Darien Library welcomes author Rebecca Stead as we celebrate the end of Summer Reading!

Rebecca Stead is a New York Times best-selling author. Her book When You Reach Me is the recipient of the 2010 John Newbery medal, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for fiction, and it was also a New York Times Notable Book for Children. Her other books include the 2015 Nutmeg Nominee Liar & Spy and First Light. For interviews and a sneak peek into her life, visit

This is a registered event. The first 100 registered arrivals to the program will receive a free, signed copy of the 2015 Nutmeg Nominee Liar & Spy.

Register for the Finale Party here!

Note: The last day to submit minutes for the Grand Finale Raffle will be Sunday, August 10th. The last day to complete a level of Darien Dewey Defenders will also be Sunday, August 10th.




Read. Watch. Discuss!

Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Tuesday, August 12th at 2 p.m.

Read the book.

Watch the movie.

Discuss them both!

Join us for a movie, snack, and discussion of the book and Oscar-nominated film adaptation of Diana Wynn Jones' book Howl's Moving Castle.

Sophie is resigned to her boring fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl. Watch the trailer for the 2005 movie.

Rated PG, running time 100 minutes. Drop-in.

Ages 9 to 12.


Meet Harold W. McGraw Fellow Lisa Nowlain!

Lisa is from California, and in this picture she is trying to learn how to stay warm for winter.
Lisa is from California, and in this picture she is trying to learn how to stay warm for winter.

Most of you know Krishna Grady, who for the past two years has been the Harold W. McGraw fellow here in the Children's Library at Darien.  The fellowship is a two-year Children's Librarian opportunity for a children's librarian who has recently graduated from library school, and people from all over the country apply to work in this special library.  Two years have passed, and lucky for us, Krishna is staying on as Coordinator of Children's Programs!

We are happy to welcome the 2014-2016 Fellow this month - Lisa Nowlain. Lisa was born in San Francisco, CA and has driven from California all the way to Connecticut this month - with her husband, her cat Risso, and most of her belongings packed in the car!  Lisa became a librarian after returning from her time Laos, where she was giving art and mural workshops.  She realized that in her next job, she wanted to connect people with ideas, information, and each other in the heart of a community.  And so she went to librarian school in San Jose, CA!

Lisa is half Swedish and grew up eating a lot of potatoes, pancakes, and lingonberry jam, and speaks Swedish with her mom and grandparents.  She loves Pippi Longstocking because she is extraordinarily silly and a swashbuckling adventurer - most of Astrid Lindgren's books are her favorites.  She also loves books about edible wild plants and Neil Gaiman's creepy books make her a little afraid of the dark (but she reads them anyway).

Lisa has said, "If there's one thing about Darien that makes me the most excited, it's the TEA room! I can't wait to make art with kids and their families."  Lisa is also very excited about the giant printer in the Small Office Home Office center and the fact that she gets to read books, sing songs, play with iPads, and brainstorm how to support Darien's children with talented librarians - for her job!

Books for Branching Out

Logo design by Lisa Nowlain
Logo design by Lisa Nowlain

Has your child found the series that will help them love to read?

If you're still searching for the perfect books to help a growing reader branch out in new directions, why not start with our Branch Booklists? Hi-lo titles on these lists are perfect for reluctant readers in grades 2-5.

Branch Books for 2nd & 3rd Grade

Branch Books for 4th & 5th Grade

Also, be sure to check out the America Library Association's recommendations for Hi-Lo books!

Drop in Summer Reading Programs

Summer Reading at the Darien Library
Summer Reading at the Darien Library

Summer's almost over, but we've still got awesome drop-in programs at Darien Library!

Browse our list of drop-in Summer Programs

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.

The Children's Library is now circulating Tween Tabs for kids ages 9 to 12. 

The iPad Kits 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. 

Place a hold on the Tween Tab today. 

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

Museum Passes

Photo courtesy of Flickr user RISD museum.
Photo courtesy of Flickr user RISD museum.

The following Museum Passes are now available in the Children's Library for check out. Families can use the passes to gain free or discounted admission depending on the location. Passes are available for residents, members who work in Darien full-time, and non-residents who are Friends at the $300 level and above. Place one on hold today! 

Stepping Stones Museum for Children 

The New Children's Museum 

Mystic Aquarium

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum 

The Maritime Aquarium

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art 

Did you know that you and your family can also reserve a MoMA Pass from the Library

Stories by the Pond

Stories by the Pond
Stories by the Pond

Tuesday, August 5th and 12th at 10 a.m.

Join the Children’s Librarians at Darien’s Tilley Pond Park for our popular summer storytelling series held outdoors. Co-sponsored by Darien Parks and Recreation Department. All Ages.