The 2017 Nutmeg Nominees are here!

Which book will win the 2017 Nutmeg Award? Start reading now!
Which book will win the 2017 Nutmeg Award? Start reading now!

The Connecticut State Book Award, the Nutmeg, announced it's 2017 slate of nominees on Sunday, May 1st.

Check out the Elementary Nutmegs, for grades 2-4!

Check out the Intermediate Nutmegs, for grades 4-6!

Which Nutmeg Nominee will be your favorite this year?

Summer Reading Preview for Homeschoolers and Beyond

A Summer Reading Preview in the Children's Library
A Summer Reading Preview in the Children's Library

Tuesday, May 3rd from 4 to 5 p.m.

Do you live in Darien and homeschool your child, or enroll them in a school outside of Darien? Please allow us to invite you and your children to the Library for a special presentation of our Summer Reading Program and our special book lists of Suggested Summer Reads.

Each year we visit our public and private Darien elementary schools to share information on our Summer Reading Program. We want to extend the invitation to our entire library family and welcome families to attend a special afternoon of treats and books!

Grades K-5. Registered. Refreshments will be served at this event.

Parents of all children are invited. 

All grades in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room (snacks will be served).

Mother's Day Crafts

Photoby Jason Devaun /CC BY
Photoby Jason Devaun /CC BY

Wednesday, May 4th at 4pm


Join us for special Mother's Day inspired crafts. Ages 3 and up. Open.

Language of Math

Photo by Artúr Herczeg /CC BY
Photo by Artúr Herczeg /CC BY

Thursday, May 5th at 10 a.m.

Math is much easier when you understand the language of it.  During this workshop, we will discuss the research-based techniques that are the foundation of our instructional methods at Eagle Hill School. You’ll leave with ideas for activities to use at home, and more important how to help your children discover that MATH IS FUN!  The information will be targeted towards elementary/early middle-school aged children.

Register for this program.

If the above link is no longer accepting submissions, please register for the Waitlist.

This presentation will be hosted by educators from Eagle Hill School.

Eagle Hill is a co-ed independent school serving children, ages 5-15, with language based learning disabilities. The curriculum is highly individualized according to students' needs and learning styles.  Math classes typically range from 3:1 to 7:1 (student:teacher ratio) and this allows for a comprehensive and tailored approach to instruction.

Children's Book Ball

Photoby Tambako The Jaguar /CC BY
Photoby Tambako The Jaguar /CC BY

Thursday, May 5th at 5pm


Celebrate Children's Book Week dressed as your favorite book character. There will be dancing, refreshments, games and a photobooth. Grades K and up.



Librarians to visit...Your Schools!

The Children's and Teen Librarians get ready for the DARIEN OLYMPIANS Summer Reading Program
The Children's and Teen Librarians get ready for the DARIEN OLYMPIANS Summer Reading Program

It's that time of year again!

The Children's Librarians are gearing up to visit YOUR schools during the month of May and early June. We will be visiting each and every student that attends elementary and middle school in Darien. During our visits, we will share exclusive details about our Summer Reading program and reveal top-secret booklists that we have been working on for months! The dates of each of our visits are below.

May 11th & June 9th: Pear Tree Point

May 12th: Ox Ridge

May 18th & 19th: Holmes

May 24th, 25th, and 26th: Royle

May 31st, June 1st, and 2nd: Hindley

June 6th: MMS

June 7th & 8th: Tokeneke

Storytime Saturday

Storytime in the Library
Storytime in the Library

Saturday, May 7th from 11 to 11:30 a.m.

A family storytime for walking children up to 36 months. Open to all.

We Heart Harry

We Heart Harry!
We Heart Harry!

Saturday, May 7th at 1pm

Saturday, May 28th at 1pm

May 7th: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. 2hrs  32 minutes. PG. Watch the trailer here

May 28th: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. 2hrs 41 minutes. PG. Watch the trailer here

Calling all Harry Potter fans for the ultimate fan experience! We will be screening all of the Harry Potter films leading up to Harry’s Birthday, July 31st. So come celebrate Harry with us. Popcorn will be provided at the screenings. Open.