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 30th: Little Bits

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

Nutmeg Jr. Book Club: Frankie Pickle and the Pine Run 3000

Join us for fun activities and a book discussion!
Join us for fun activities and a book discussion!

Wednesday, October 1st at 4:30 p.m.

Frankie Pickle and the Pine Run 3000 by Eric Wight.

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.

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

 

Storytime Saturdays

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

Saturdays, October 4th and 18th at 11 a.m.

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.

Screening of The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, Followed by Panel Discussion

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 and SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Board) 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 17 at 9:30 a.m., and a family viewing on Saturday, October 25 at 3 p.m. These viewings are drop-in.

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.

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. 

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!

 

 

 

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. 

 

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

Reading Education Assistance Dogs
Reading Education Assistance Dogs

Tuesday, October 7th 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