Storytimes are for babies, toddlers and children up to age 6. The library offers other programs for children up to age 12. The programs are developmentally appropriate for the stated ages, though we offer a two week grace period for children on the cusp.
Registered storytimes are offered in the Fall, Winter and Spring seasons. All Summer programs are drop-in and do not require pre-registration. Younger children have offerings in the morning, Totally Preschool is in the morning and the afternoon, Bookworms is in the afternoon. Programs for older kids during the school year are held after-school, evenings and weekends. The Darien Library provides approximately 20 program a week during a registered session. Drop-in storytimes are available year-round - check the calendar of events for more information.
Parents/caregivers may register online during the specified registration period. Registration is a lottery. Registered storytimes are for children whose parents are Darien residents, employed full-time in Darien, or Friends of the Darien Library who contribute annually at the $300 level. Parents will need a Library card to register.
Register: March 3 to March 17 Session runs: March 24 to May 2
Pre-walking babies and a parent/caregiver. Join us for fingerplays, songs, rhymes, and movement.
Wednesdays 11:15 to 11:45am
Walkers (up to 24 months) and a parent/caregiver. This fast-paced storytime for lively toddlers includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.
Mondays 10:30 to 11am OR Tuesdays 9:30 to 10am OR Wednesdays 10:30 to 11am
2-year-olds and 3-year-olds with a parent/caregiver. This introduction to storytime features books, rhymes, and movement activities.
Mondays 11:15 to 11:45am OR Tuesdays 10:30 to 11am OR Thursdays 10:30 to 11am
4-year-olds and 5-year-olds. Join us for stories, act-outs, and songs.
Friday 9:30 to 10am
3-year-olds to 5-year-olds. This bilingual storytime introduces children to Spanish vocabulary, books, rhymes, and songs.
Tuesdays 1:30 to 2pm
2-year-olds and 3-year-olds with a parent/caregiver. Miss Debbie will engage children through music and instrument play.
Fridays 10:30 to 11am
12 to 24 months with a parent/caregver.
Learn basic signs while sharing books, songs and rhymes.
Tuesdays at 11:15 to 11:45am
Preschool Time Mondays at 1:30 p.m.
3-year-olds to 5-year-olds. Wiggle your fingers and stomp your feet in this lively storytime. Preschoolers will enjoy read-alouds, act-outs, plus music and movement.
Toddler Tales Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.
Walkers (up to 36 months) and a parent/caregiver. This fast-paced storytime for lively toddlers includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.
Baby Laptime Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.
Pre-walking babies and a parent/caregiver. Join us for fingerplays, songs, and bounce rhymes in this lapsit storytime.
First Saturdays in the Children's Library Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.
(January 4, February 1, March 1, April 5)
Walkers (up to 36 months) and a parent/caregiver. This weekend storytime for families will include some of our favorite books, rhymes, songs and fingerplays.