Storytimes are for babies, toddlers and children up to age 5. The Children's Library offers other programs for children up to age 12. 


Registered storytimes are offered in the Fall, Winter and Spring seasons. All Summer storytimes 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 programs a week during a registered session. Drop-in storytimes are available year-round - check the calendar of events for more information.

How to register

Parents/caregivers may register online during the specified registration period.  Each child can participate in one registered program per session. Registration is a lottery.  Parents will be notified by Saturday, 9/5 (Fall I) and Saturday 10/24 (Fall II). Register your infants and 1 year olds based on their ability to walk.Register children ages 2 and up based on their age by 9/2 (Fall I) and 10/19 (Fall II). 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. Please only register for one class per session.

Storytime Break: Week of Monday 10/19

Register for Fall II 2015: 10/5-10/19 Session runs: 10/26-12/4

Early Literacy Texts

Sign up for our weekly early literacy texts to get easy tips sent right to your phone! It’s totally free (though standard messaging rates apply), and is a service of Darien Library. Your librarians will send a text every Monday with something simple you can integrate into your daily life that will help prepare your child (under 5 years old) for reading and writing. Text messages will begin on the first day of Registered storytimes. Sign up here.

Registered Programs

Giggles and Rhymes

Pre-walking babies and a parent/caregiver. Join us for fingerplays, songs, rhymes, and movement.

Wednesdays 11:15 to 11:45am

Baby Sign

6 months to 24 months and a parent/caregiver. Learn basic sigs for everyday activities while sharing stories, somgs and rhymes.

Mondays 9:30 to 10am

Born to Read

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

Creative Music for Children 

Walkers (up to 3 years old ) with a parent/caregiver. Miss Debbie will engage children through music and instrument play.

Fridays 10:30 to 11am OR 11:15 to 11:45 am

Side by Side

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 Thursdays 11:15 to 11:45am

All Together Now

0-5 years old and a parent/caregiver.

Bring all your kids, from little to bigger, to sit together at this storytime.

Tuesday 10:30 to 11am

Libros y Cuentos

3-year-olds to 5-year-olds. This bilingual storytime introduces children to Spanish vocabulary, books, rhymes, and songs.

Tuesdays 1:30 to 2pm

Totally Preschool

4-year-olds and 5-year  olds. Join us for stories, act-outs and songs.

Fridays 9:30 to 10am

Preschool Dance Party

3-year-olds to 5-year-olds with a parent/caregiver. Fast paced storytime for energetic preschoolers includes books, group movement, somgs and rhymes.

Mondays 1:30 to 2pm


Drop-In Programs

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.

Bookworms Thursdays at 4:15 p.m.

Ages 4 to 7 and a parent/caregiver.

Listen to an arts- inspiring picture book, and then make art based on the ideas or techniques in the book.

Storytime Saturdays in the Children's Library Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.

(September 5th , October 3rd , November 7th, and December 5th)

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.