R.E.A.D. in the Children's Library

Reading Education Assistance Dogs
Reading Education Assistance Dogs

Tuesday, September 9th 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.

Sessions offered:

4:00 p.m.

4:15 p.m.

4:30 p.m.

4:45 p.m.

If your preferred time is not available, please join our Waitlist


Back to School Bash

Image courtesy of Flickr user sofiamaus69
Image courtesy of Flickr user sofiamaus69

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.

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..

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 for this year. The discussion will be followed by an activity, game, or craft inspired by the story.

Grades 2 to 3. 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.

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

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.