Register for the Fall II Storytime Series

Catch me!
Catch me!

Brochures for the Fall II Storytime Session are available now. We look forward to seeing you and your children for our upcoming season of storytimes!  The schedule is below.

Fall II (Six weeks)

Register: Monday 10/6 - Monday 10/20
Session: Monday 10/27 - Friday 12/5

Register Online

Registration is a lottery.  Each child can participate in one registered program per session. Parents will be notified by Saturday, 10/25 (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 10/20 (Fall II).


*Registered storytimes are for Darien residents, those employed full-time in Darien, or non-residents who are contributors to the Darien Library Annual Campaign at the $300 level or above.

 

We will also have some great drop-in Baby Laptime, Toddler Tales, and Preschool Time storytimes on the schedule as well!

Screening of The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, Followed by Discussion with Sally E. Shaywitz, MD

Courtesy of The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia website
Courtesy of The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia website

Monday, October 20th from 7 to 9 p.m.

Darien Library, SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Board), and Darien Public Schools are co-sponsoring a viewing of The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, an official selection of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Parents, along with middle school children and older, are invited to attend.

The hour-long film will be followed by a panel discussion including individuals featured in the film: Sally E. Shaywitz, MD, the Audrey G. Ratner Professor in Learning Development and Bennett A. Shaywitz, MD, the Charles and Helen Schwab Professor in Dyslexia and Learning Development, both at the Yale University School of Medicine and Co-Directors of the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity, the Lucas family, and district administration.

Register for the October 20th program. In the Louise Parker Berry Community Room. 

There will be two additional showings (film only): a parent preview on Friday, October 17th at 9:30 a.m., and a family viewing on Saturday, October 25th at 3 p.m. These viewings are drop-in.

Chilling Reads for Halloween

The scariest book Miss Elisabeth ever read.
The scariest book Miss Elisabeth ever read.

 

Looking for a story to scare you to your bones, to make you check under the bed before you sleep at night, and make you believe in ghosts?

Search the catalog for the tag "superscary" to find some chilling reads, or check out the list below!

 

Stories to Chill Your Bones

Photo courtesy of flickr user atoach
Photo courtesy of flickr user atoach

Thursday, October 30th at 5:30 p.m. at Tilley Pond Park

Are you afraid of the dark? You might be after hearing the Childre's Librarians weave stories of terror, and thrill you with the macabre. Join us at Tilley Pond Park for Stories to Chill your Bones!

Ages 8 and up (warning: these stories may be scary, so the program is advised for children ages 8+)

This program is co-sponsored by the Darien Parks and Recreation Department.

* In the event of rain this program will be held in the Children's Library.

STEAM Series

design by Miss Lisa
design by Miss Lisa

STEAM Series

October - December

Join us as we  get all steamed up and learn together! The STEAM series will feature Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics programs. Our classes are drop-in or registred and appeal to a variety of ages.

Browse our full list of classes

 

Introducing the Kids Newbery Section

The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American children's book published the previous year.
The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American children's book published the previous year.

The Children's Library is proud to present our Kids Newbery section - one place to check out almost 100 years of award-winning books! Shelved together at the end of Kids Fiction, the Kids Newbery Collection is home to every single award winner since 1922, as well as popular honor-winners from the past decades. 

The John Newbery Medal is the oldest and most important Children's Award in the world. It is given to the "most distinguished" written book for American children (up to age 14), so you will find books with more mature themes and characters. Newbery Award winners are great for readers looking to explore big ideas, and parents, if you haven't read a children's book since you were a child, this section is a great place to start! Here you'll find classics like Island of the Blue Dolphins (1961), tear-jerkers like Bridge to Terabithia (1978), and laugh-out-loud funny books like The Whipping Boy (1987). 

Don't forget to check out your librarian's favorite Newbery books on display above the shelves!

 

 

 

Comics Galore

New Comics in the Graphic Novel section of the Children's Library
New Comics in the Graphic Novel section of the Children's Library

Did you know that in addition to the graphic novel collection the Children's Library also circulates comics? 

From nostalgic classics like Archie and My Little Pony, to newer trends like Angry Birds, there are a plethora of choices for your visual reading pleasure. 

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. 

 

Lego Club

Lego Club creations
Lego Club creations

Saturday, October 11th and 25th, November 8th and 22nd, and December 6th and 20th 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.