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Sign & Play with Chloe

Sign and Play with Chloe's Kids is a fun, musical, early-communication program for children and caregivers to enjoy together. This class uses songs and games to help families learn to communicate using signs from American Sign Language. This class is taught by certified instructor and professional children's entertainer, Chloe from Chloe' s Kids. Ages 1 to 5 with a parent or caregiver. Registratio ...

  • Monday, September 27, 11:00 AM

Sign & Play with Chloe

Sign and Play with Chloe's Kids is a fun, musical, early-communication program for children and caregivers to enjoy together. This class uses songs and games to help families learn to communicate using signs from American Sign Language. This class is taught by certified instructor and professional children's entertainer, Chloe from Chloe' s Kids. Ages 1 to 5 with a parent or caregiver. Registratio ...

  • Monday, October 4, 11:00 AM

Sign & Play with Chloe

Sign and Play with Chloe's Kids is a fun, musical, early-communication program for children and caregivers to enjoy together. This class uses songs and games to help families learn to communicate using signs from American Sign Language. This class is taught by certified instructor and professional children's entertainer, Chloe from Chloe' s Kids. Ages 1 to 5 with a parent or caregiver. Registratio ...

  • Monday, October 11, 11:00 AM

Sign & Play with Chloe

Sign and Play with Chloe's Kids is a fun, musical, early-communication program for children and caregivers to enjoy together. This class uses songs and games to help families learn to communicate using signs from American Sign Language. This class is taught by certified instructor and professional children's entertainer, Chloe from Chloe' s Kids. Ages 1 to 5 with a parent or caregiver. Registratio ...

  • Monday, October 18, 11:00 AM

Baby Laptime

Join us for fingerplays, songs, and bounce rhymes in this lapsit storytime in the Courtyard! Miss Sam will bring back her popular storytime for a limited number of participants to ensure the safety of everyone. Pre-walking babies and a parent or caregiver. Library Mask Guidelines Participants over the age of 2 should wear a mask at all times while in the Library building and in the Courtyard when ...

  • Tuesday, September 28, 9:30 AM

Accessibility

Audiobooks We offer audiobooks in three formats: as CDs, MP3 Playaways (for children), and digital e-Audiobooks. Most of the audiobooks are located on the Main Level in front of the Frosty Bear Cafe. Children’s audiobooks and Playaways are located within the Children’s Library on the left when you come in the door. Digital e-Audiobooks can be downloaded from our digital collection. Digital Books e ...

  • Last Updated 2 years ago

Borrowing & Fees

Things to Know Darien residents will be issued a library card immediately. A valid ID is required. All programs and services available to Darien residents are available to those who work full-time in Darien. You may apply for a card by showing proof of employment. Non-Residents may use their valid hometown library card or register by showing an ID with their current address. For additional inform ...

  • Last Updated 4 months ago

Computers & Technology

Computers & Internet We have seventeen public computers available on the Second Level. You are guaranteed one hour session every day. Bring your laptop, tablet, or phone in to enjoy access to open or WPA-enabled WiFi. View the Library Internet Use Policy Technology to Take Home Technology items you may borrow (e.g. iPads and projectors) is currently suspended. Wireless Printing Everyone may pr ...

  • Last Updated 3 months ago

Get a Library Card

Do you want to join Darien Library? That's great! We're glad to have you here. To check out materials or use a computer, you need to have a library card. It's a quick and easy process. Just come to the Welcome Desk when you first enter the Library to get started. New You can sign up online! To get a Darien Library Card Bring in to the Welcome Desk something with your Darien address on it (e.g. a p ...

  • Last Updated 2 weeks ago

Museum Passes

Changes to the Museum Passes Program Due to COVID-19 Several of the museums that Darien Library usually offers passes for have not reopened or are not accepting library passes at this time. Below are the museums that are open. We have also updated our museum passes program: Museum passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis to Darien residents, those who work in Darien, or a Friend a ...

  • Last Updated 2 weeks ago

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

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

Homeschool Play: Insects and Arachnids

Hello again from the front lines of homeschooling! If you’re looking to engage a multi-age group of young kids, we have a fabulous series of activities today that will interest and excite your small crew. ### Insects and Arachnids Do you ever find yourself, a grown adult, feeling confused about the difference between insects and spiders? Well, prepare to learn along with your childr ...

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Homeschool Play: Storytelling

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. Let’s start off the week by telling some stories. Storytelling is an ancient art form, practiced by our oldest ancestors--and yet we still enjoy stories today!

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Homeschool Play: Basic Chemical Reactions

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. We’re wrapping up this week with a series of basic chemical reactions that you can explore at home! ### Let’s Get Started! We started off the day by defining a chemical reaction. I relied heavily on the Kids Britannica defi ...

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

It's the Tax Day Edition

Welcome to the Tax Day Edition of _You Are What You Read_. I know, I know. Not even the fact that it’s on a Friday and we really have until Monday to write the check dulls that blow. This week’s Housekeeping includes a special thanks to Map M (not her real name) for the offering of tea and cookies to the You Are What You Read Gods! Thanks Map. You rock! And my low 3:00 blood sugar and work- mates ...

  • Last Updated 5 years ago
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It's the Disappointment Issue

Greetings and welcome to the Disappointment Edition of _You Are What You Read_. The Full Pink Moon, which shall grace our skies this evening is named as such because this is the time that wild phlox begins to bloom. The moon will not actually be pink. So don’t be disappointed by that. It is also known as the sprouting grass moon (yup, have sprouting grass), the egg moon (nope, no eggs), and the f ...

  • Last Updated 5 years ago
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It's the Arbor Day Edition

Greetings and welcome to the Arbor Day Edition of _You Are What You Read_. Today is, indeed, Arbor Day for those keeping score. Originally begun in Nebraska in 1872 by settlers who missed their trees, it became official in 1907 with a proclamation by Theodore Roosevelt. It is in fact, tree pollen making some of us so miserable with grass a close second. I think that if my eyes and throat are to be ...

  • Last Updated 5 years ago
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It's The Mother's Day Edition

Greetings and welcome to the Mother’s Day Edition of _You Are What You Read_. We will be taking a break next week, as I will be finishing up 4 days in The Windy City at Book Expo America aka Jen’s Idea of Heaven, where I will have been living, breathing and eating what’s coming up for the next year in Publishing. And you know I’ll share what I learn. With you. When? When I am damn good and ready, ...

  • Last Updated 5 years ago
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It's the Blue Moon Issue

Greetings and welcome to the Blue Moon Edition of You Are What You Read. For those keeping score, the Blue Moon is not really depressed or even colored blue, rather it is a rare thing in that it is the second full moon of the month. Celebrate People. Celebrate! In Animals Run Amok News it has been discovered that at least two man-eating crocodiles have been found in the Florida Everglades. T ...

  • Last Updated 5 years ago
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