Spring Crafts

Crafting in the library!
Crafting in the library!

Monday, April 20th at 4 p.m.

Join us for a spring craft and story. Ages 3+ with a parent/caregiver. Drop-in.

Jr. Book Club: Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo

Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo
Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo

Wednesday, April 22nd at 4:15 p.m.

Jr. Book Club: Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo

Early elementary readers are invited to discuss librarian-selected chapter books. The discussion will be followed by an activity, game or craft inspired by the story. Our book groups are designed to encourage Common Core-required skills such as critical thinking, information literacy, self-direction, and collaboration – all in a fun environment.

Grades 2-3. Drop-in.

Celebrate Día (Diversity in Action) de los Ninos!

Celebrate Día (Diversity in Action) de los ninos!
Celebrate Día (Diversity in Action) de los ninos!

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30th. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

April 29th at 4:15 p.m. Family Book Group

Discuss diverse picture books with your family, which will be provided by the Library. Stop into the Children's Library anytime before the program to borrow a bag of the three discussion books to take home and share with your family. Ages 5+. Discussion books are:

Deep in the Sahara by Kelly Cunnane 

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena

Dancing in the Wings by Debbie Allen

April 30th at 4 p.m. Family Film: The Book of Life

The Book of Life (Rated PG, running time 95 minutes). Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart, embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastic worlds where he must face his greatest fears. Watch the trailer.

Introducing 100 Before One: A Program for Babies in their First Year

Register Today
Register Today

The Children’s Library invites all parents of newborns to join the 100 Before One challenge. Help your baby become a lifelong reader by joining the challenge and reading 100 books before your baby’s first birthday. As related recently in a New York Times article, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends reading to infants starting from birth to aid in brain development and vocabulary growth.

Parents that register their babies for 100 Before One will receive a free tote bag, booklists, a DVD of baby rhymes, a Highlights baby magazine, and a folder to keep track of the books your child has heard.  After reading and listening to 25 books of your choice, parents return to Darien Library to receive their next blank list of 25 to fill in.

Upon completion of the program, your baby will get to go home with a prize courtesy of the Library.

Need book ideas? We have a booklist full of suggestions for your and your baby

Happy Reading!

Tween Tabs in the Children's Library

Check out a Tween Tab in the Library, or grab a Tween Tab app list.
Check out a Tween Tab in the Library, or grab a Tween Tab app list.

Place a hold on the Tween Tab today! The Children's Library circulates Tween Tab iPads for kids ages 9 to 12. 

The Tween Tabs come with pre-loaded apps selected by the children's librarians. There are over 70 Apps which highlight the following Kids Nonfiction Glades: Bio, Languages, Facts, Traditions, Animals, Create, Fun, Self, Sports, Poetry, STEM, and Then & Now.

Additional content on kids and technology is located on  ALSC's Digital Media Resources website. 

Meaningful Inclusion Benefits All Students

William Henderson, Ed.D., author of The Blind Advantage will be at the Library on April 27
William Henderson, Ed.D., author of The Blind Advantage will be at the Library on April 27

Monday, April 27th from 12 noon to 1:30 pm

William Henderson, Ed.D., author of The Blind Advantage: How Going Blind Made me a Stronger Principal and How Including Children with Disabilities Made the School Better for Everyone, will present practical strategies for developing successful inclusive schools.

Dr. Henderson will discuss actions that individuals can take and policies that schools can develop to promote a culture of inclusion, to provide instruction with universal design and specialized supports, and to build a community that collaborates and problem solves. He will also highlight how including students with disabilities can be a catalyst for improving teaching and learning for everyone.

As a first-year teacher, Dr. Henderson learned he was gradually losing his vision and was advised he “should get out of education.” Instead he continued to persevere and went on to become principal of the Patrick O’Hearn Elementary School which is now renamed the Dr. William W. Henderson K- 12 Inclusion School.

This program is co-sponsored by SEPAC, the Special Education Parent Advisory Committee. 


Registered: Gelatin Art Prints

Image courtesy of flickr user julieboothclasses
Image courtesy of flickr user julieboothclasses

Tuesday, April 28th at 4:15pm

Using sheets of gelatin, intrepid printmakers will get to experiment with this unique medium and design art prints.

Grades 5 to 6.


The Mask You Live In

Join us for this special screening on May 11.
Join us for this special screening on May 11.

Monday, May 11, from 7pm to 9pm

Darien Library and YWCA Parent Awareness present a screening of The Mask You Live In from the Representation Project and the director of Miss Representation.

Following the screening, there will be a discussion facilitated by James McGinn, MA, NCC, an Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinician at Family Centers' Center for Hope in Darien. 

Running time is 90 minutes.