Ages

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 for Fall I Registration runs from Monday, 8/21 to Monday, 9/4. Notification by Saturday, 9/9.
Fall I Sessions Storytimes begin Monday, 9/11 and end Friday, 10/20.
Save the date! Fall II registration begins 10/9.

Schedule

Registered storytimes are offered in the Fall, Winter, and Spring seasons. All Summer storytimes are drop-in and do not require pre-registration. Programs for older kids during the school year are held after school, evenings and weekends. 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

Registered Programs

All Together Now
Birth to 5-year-olds
Mondays from 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. OR Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Bring all of your kids to sit together at this sibling storytime!

Bilingual Birdies (French)
Walkers (Birth to 5-year-olds)
Fridays from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. OR Fridays from 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Bilingual Birdies will teach French through stories and music!

Giggles and Rhymes
Pre-walking babies
Wednesdays from 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Join us for fingerplays, songs, rhymes, and movement.

Born to Read
Walkers (up to 24 months)
Tuesdays from 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. OR Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
This introduction to storytime features books, rhymes, and movement activities.

Side By Side
2-year-olds to 3-year-olds
Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. OR Thursdays from 11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
This fast-paced storytime for lively toddlers includes books, songs, fingerplays, and movement.

Young Artists
2-year-olds to 3-year-olds
Wednesdays from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Explore art concepts through a picture book lens with a fun art creation session following!

Two Right Feet
4-year-olds to 5-year-olds
Mondays from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Educator Miss Hannah teaches art concepts through music, creative movement, and books!

Preschool Storytime
4-year-olds to 5-year-olds
Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Join us for stories, storybook theater, and songs. A great way to gain Kindergarten Readiness!


Drop-In Programs

No registration needed!

Come On Everybody on Mondays at 10 a.m.
All ages storytime in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.
Through August!

Stories by the Sea on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.
A family storytime for all ages at Darien's Weed Beach Park. This program is sponsored by the Darien Parks and Recreation Department. All Ages.
July 11, 18, and 25
August 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29

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 on Thursdays at 4:15 p.m.
Listen to a picture book and make art projects.
Starting September 14!

Preschool Time on Fridays at 9:30 a.m.
Storytime for ages 3 to 5 in our Storytime Room.
Through August!

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.
August 5th, September 2nd, and October 7th

Storytime with LuAnn Adams
on Saturdays at 11 a.m.
LuAnn Adams will be using puppets, visuals, sound effects, music and LOTS of audience participation to bring stories to life! All Ages.

  • October 14th Celebratin' Children!
  • October 21st Jaws, Paws & Claws - Animal Wisdom Tales
  • October 28th Spooky Stories To Tingle Your Spine!
  • November 4th Tales From Dr. Seuss!
  • November 11th How the Beaver Got Sharp Teeth & other Native American Tales!
  • November 18th Treasures of the Heart
  • November 25th Tacky the Penguin & other Frosty Winter Tales

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