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Kids Advisory Board Kid Advisory Board members help to make the Children’s Library a special place. They help with choosing books to promote, movies to watch, and what activities kids their age would appreciate. The students learn to articulate, share, and develop their ideas in a low-pressure environment. They forge friendships which carry on for years to come. Teen Advisory Board Our teen adviso ...

  • Last Updated 4 years ago

Services for Kids & Parents

Parenting Collection and Programs Children don't come with instructions, but that doesn't mean you have to raise your child alone. We have books and videos to help you get through those early days, the tantrums, all the way up to the Birds and the Bees. We support early literacy in pre-readers with special services and programs for them. We also offer programs throughout the year to address common ...

  • Last Updated 6 months ago

Services for Students

Homework Help Need help with your report or finding an article your teacher will approve of? Check out our list of best homework resources. Some databases will require your Library card to access it. eReading Room Enter our child and teen friendly virtual room of e-Books and e-Audiobooks. These books have been handpicked by library staff to be the best for growing minds. Exam Proctoring Take your ...

  • Last Updated 1 year ago

TEA Room

Darien Library Express Services We are not offering access to the TEA Room, study rooms, or meeting rooms until further notice due to the coronavirus outbreak. Home Classes Links Using the TEA Room What is the TEA Room? The TEA in TEA Room stands for Technology, Engineering, & the Arts. It is a mini-makerspace, a learning lab, & an artist studio designed for children in grades 3 to 6. What ...

  • Last Updated 18 hours ago

Early Literacy iPads

The Children's Library has four Early Literacy iPads available for check out. The kits come pre-loaded with selected apps geared towards children 5 and under. The apps were specially selected for their early literacy skill-building qualities, and are organized into categories that are vital to early literacy: read, write, talk, sing and play. As we discover great new apps, we will update the iPad ...

  • Last Updated 11 months ago

Bookworms at Home: "A Bear Called Paddington"

Welcome to Bookworms at Home--the online version of Miss Maria’s popular Bookworms program, our book + craft club for kids ages 4 to 7! Each project is designed to be done with common household items, but feel free to substitute items for anything you might not have--your craft will be uniquely yours!

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Homeschool Play: Water Cycle

Welcome to the first of many Homeschool Play posts, a new resource for you to use to entertain and teach kids during this time of social distancing! ### The Water Cycle Today's post celebrates the water cycle! April showers bring May flowers, right? But what’s the science behind all those April showers? Introduce your kids to the water cycle with a few fun activities! ...

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Coronavirus Books for Kids

Extra, extra, read all about it! Hot off the presses, your Darien Librarians are here to bring you not one but TWO brand new free resources to teach your kids about the novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19! ### First up:

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Homeschool Play: Cafe

Merge pretend play and math practice in this fun family activity! Turn a play kitchen (or imaginary food!) into a cafe complete with a menu, servers, and play money for a morning of family fun that doubles as math time. To start, I prepped some play money--green construction paper turned into $1, $5, and $10 bills, but I used real coins to add an air of seriousness to our play.

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Bookworms at Home: "Elmer"

Welcome back to Bookworms at Home--the online version of Miss Maria’s popular Bookworms program, our book + craft club for kids ages 4 to 7! Each project is designed to be done with common household items,but feel free to substitute items for anything you might not have--your craft will be uniquely yours!

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Maria Magallanes (Children's)

2017 Intermediate Nutmeg Nominees

The 2017 Intermediate Nutmeg Awards were announced on Sunday, May 1, 2016. The Intermediate list is created for kids in grades 4-6. Which book do you think will win? Check out the list below and start reading today!

  • Last Updated 4 years ago
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Kindergarten and First Grade Summer Reading Suggestions

Check out this list of great new books for Kids in Kindergarten and First Grade. We shared these books when we visited your school! Can you read them all before the summer is over?

  • Last Updated 4 years ago
  • (18 items)

Second and Third Grade Summer Reading Suggestions

Check out this list of great new books for Kids in Second and Third Grade. We shared these books when we visited your school! Can you read them all before the summer is over?

  • Last Updated 4 years ago
  • (17 items)

Fourth and Fifth Grade Summer Reading Suggestions

Check out this list of great new books for Kids in Fourth and Fifth Grade. We shared these books when we visited your school! Can you read them all before the summer is over?

  • Last Updated 4 years ago
  • (19 items)

MMS Summer Reading Suggestions

Check out this list of great new books for Kids and Teens attending Middlesex Middle School. We shared these books when we visited your school! Can you read them all before the summer is over?

  • Last Updated 4 years ago
  • (16 items)
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Figure This: Math Challenges

A website for families, teachers, and kids to work on math challenges in a fun learning environment. The website is supported by the National Science Foundation and the US Department of Education.

  • Last Updated 4 years ago

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