Storytimes are for babies, toddlers, and children up to age 5. The Children's Library offers other programs for children up to age 12.
Registration: Monday 8/15- Monday 8/29.
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 Storytime calendar 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. Register your infants and 1-year-olds based on their ability to walk. Register children ages 2 and up based on their age. Registered storytimes are for children whose parents are Darien residents, employed full-time in Darien, or Friends of 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.
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 for text messages
Giggles and Rhymes
Pre-walking babies and a parent/caregiver. Join us for fingerplays, songs, rhymes, and movement. Wednesdays 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.
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 11 a.m. OR Tuesdays 9:30 to 10 a.m.
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 11 a.m. OR Fridays 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.
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 11:45 a.m.
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. Monday 9:30 to 10 a.m. OR Tuesday 10:30 to 11 a.m.
3-year-olds to 5-year-olds. Relax.Refresh.Regroup. Your little Yoginis will be introduced to Yoga movement and a story. Mondays 1:30 to 2 p.m.
4-year-olds and 5-year olds. Join us for stories, act-outs and songs. Fridays 9:30 to 10 a.m.
Preschool Art Party
3-year-olds to 5-year-olds. Explore art concepts through a picture book lens, with a fun art creation session following. Tuesday 1:30 to 2 p.m.
Stories by the Sea (September Only)
A family storytime for all ages at Darien's Weed Beach Park. This program is co-sponsored by Darien Parks and Recreation department. *Attendees are required to have a beach sticker for beach access Tuesdays 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. September 6, 13, 20, and 27
Toddler Tales on 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 on 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 a picture book, and then make art based on the ideas or themes in the book.
Picnic in the Park (September Only)
All ages with a parent/caregiver. Bring your lunch and join us at Tilley Pond Park for a storytime among the fall foliage. Thursdays 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. September 1,8 15, 22 and 29
Storytime Saturdays on Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.
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. September 3 and October 1