Back to School Bash

Image courtesy of Flickr user melodramababs
Image courtesy of Flickr user melodramababs

Wednesday, September 10 from 3 to 5 p.m.

Going back to school shouldn’t be a drag but a celebration! Join us as we make going back to school fun by decorating folders, bookmarks (for all the amazing books you’ll read) and special Rainbow Loom pencil toppers. Ages 3 and up. Drop-in.

Storytime Saturdays

Children's Library storytime attendees
Children's Library storytime attendees

Saturdays, September 6th and 20th at 11 am

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.

Techsplorers

Mondays at 4:15 pm
Sept 15th, 22nd, and 29th

A technology class for 6 to 8-year-olds. Elementary-aged children will have the opportunity to reinforce computer skills, explore fun new websites and create unique projects using both traditional and digital art techniques.

Registration is open to Darien residents, those employed full-time in Darien, or non-residents who are contributors at the $300 level and above.

 

Register

Minecraft Fridays

Minecrafters unite!
Minecrafters unite!

Fridays, September 12th and 26th from 4 to 6 p.m.

Back by popular demand! Join us in the Children's Library as we present opportunities to build and collaborate in Minecraft.

Grades 3-6. Drop-in.

Parents can find further information about Minecraft and Minecraft Fridays here.

Visit the Fairfield County Minecraft Website for even more information.

Nutmeg Jr. Book Club: Sidney & Sydney: Third Grade Mix Up

Sidney & Sydney: Third Grade Mix Up by Michele Jakubowski
Sidney & Sydney: Third Grade Mix Up by Michele Jakubowski

Wednesday, September 17th at 4:30 p.m.

Nutmeg Jr. Book Club: Sidney & Sydney: Third Grade Mix Up by Michele Jakubowski

Early elementary readers are invited to discuss Nutmeg Junior nominated selections their thoughts on some of the booktalking selections for this year. The discussion will be followed by an activity, game, or craft inspired by the story.

Grades 2 to 3. Drop-in.

Family Tech Night

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Brian Sawyer
Photo courtesy of Flickr user Brian Sawyer

Wednesday, September 24th at 5 p.m.

Come learn about eBook access through the library while playing with our iPads, Nooks, and other tech gadgets. We will also explore content available on Hoopla, Overdrive, 3M Cloud Library, and Zinio.

All ages and parents.

September Open T|E|A Rooms

The T|E|A Room at Darien Library
The T|E|A Room at Darien Library

Tuesdays, September 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th at 4:30 p.m.

Calling all Makers! The T|E|A Room (Technology, Engineering, and the Arts is open for play, exploration, creation and discovery.

Grades 3 to 6. Drop-in.

September 9th: Banana Tattoos

In ancient times, tattoos were applied using a needle and a tiny hammer! Make your own pin-pricked design on a banana and watch oxidation create a work of art.

September 16th: Make a Zine

Learn how to create, design, and distribute your own zine!  Zines are great tools for telling stories, getting the word out about something you care about, or teaching something to your friends.

September 23rd: Creative Lettering

Calling all doodlers and art lovers: show off your skills in this class where we will draw and decorate zany letters with a variety of art supplies.

September 30th: Little Bits

Explore your inner inventor as we put together these little circuits..

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

Review of Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

Raina and Amara are family, but that doesn't mean they always get along.
Raina and Amara are family, but that doesn't mean they always get along.

Sisters Book Review by Charlotte Zaino

Sisters is a graphic novel about Raina and her relationship with her little sister, Amara. Raina wants a sister REALLY badly, until she has one. The story starts when the whole family (except for her dad) is getting ready to go on a three week road trip from California to Colorado for a family reunion. Before they leave, Raina and Amara get in a big fight. Raina starts to wonder why she ever wanted a sister in the first place. Then the story goes back and forth in time from when they were little kids to the present. As the flashbacks go on, the girls get older. The illustrations really help to tell the story. 

This book is a sequel to Smile, which I found a little more exciting and entertaining. Sisters focuses more on a stressful time in Raina's life, because in this book her parents aren't getting along well and she feels left out at the family reunion. Even though the topic is more serious, there are still some exciting moments, like when Raina and Amara work together to get their old pet snake out of the car. Kids will like this book because even though there are events that most kids probably haven't been through (luring a king snake out of your car) almost every pair of siblings can relate to the relationship between Raina and Amara. In the end, Raina is glad to have a sister, and realizes that no one can replace her.

Thank you to new KAB Member Charlotte for giving us her review of the much anticipated new Raina Telgemeier graphic novel. 

A Visit from a Children's Librarian

A Children's Librarian visits a local Darien preschool
A Children's Librarian visits a local Darien preschool

Are you a Girl or Boy Scout Troop interested in visiting the Library?

Are you a teacher, substitute teacher, or homeschool parent looking for books on a specific subject?

We can help! The Children's Library is available for visits to outside facilities, such as preschools or elementary schools, and can also lead guided tours of the Library and its collections. Additionally, we offer support to teachers and homeschool parents on providing support for specific topics, booklist creation, and database tutorials. 

If you would like to book a visit to the Library, or a visit from a Librarian, visit our Outreach Visits page.

If you would like guidance or support on a school unit or specific subject, visit our Assignment Alert page.