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 Winter Registration runs from Monday, 1/8 to Monday, 1/22. Notification by Saturday, 1/27.
Winter Sessions Storytimes begin Monday, 1/29 and end Friday, 3/9.
Save the date! Spring registration begins 2/26.

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 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Bring all of your kids to sit together at this sibling storytime!

STEAM Storytime
4-year-olds and 5-year-olds
Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Join us for stories, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) concepts, and hands-on activities.

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 9:30 a.m. to 10 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.

Preschool Art Party
3-year-olds to 5-year-olds
Mondays from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Explore art concepts through a picture book lens with a fun art creation session following!

Libros y Cuentos
3-year-olds to 5-year-olds
Wednesdays from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
This bilingual storytime introduces children to Spanish vocabulary, books, rhymes, and songs!

Creative Music for Children
Walkers (1 to 3-year-olds)
Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. OR Fridays from 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.
Miss Debbie will engage children through music and instrument play.


Drop-In Programs

No registration needed!

Come On, Everybody on Mondays in January at 10 a.m.
All ages with a parent/caregiver. Storytime for everyone featuring a short picture book movie.

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.
Ages 4 to 7 and a parent/caregiver. Together we read picture books for older readers, and then create art and crafts based on the book!

Storytime Saturdays
First Saturday of the month at 11 a.m.
All ages storytime with a parent/caregiver. This weekend storytime for families will include some of our favorite books, rhymes, and fingerplays.

  • December 2nd
  • January 6th
  • February 3rd
  • March 3rd
  • April 7th
  • May 5th

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