All aboard! The Darien Children’s Library invites all kids ages birth to 12 to participate in this year’s summer reading club, “Mystery on the Darien express.” Registration starts Monday, June 4. Participants who register between June 4 and June 14 will be entered into a special raffle for an awesome prize! The Library will draw a winner on Friday, June 15 at 5:30 p.m. Every child will receive a free book when signing up for summer reading!

The library offers two summer reading options for children: one for pre-readers and one for independent readers. Pre-readers aged 5 and under are welcome to join the “Read to Me Club” and use a Read to Me Log to record all the books read together. For every 10 books you share with a grown-up, you will be entered in a special Read to Me Club raffle.

Independent readers up to age 12 are invited to join the Mystery on the Darien Express reading Challenge.  Each participant will receive a Railway Route that consists of 11 reading challenges and 5 physical challenges. Kids will fill out their own Railway Route each time they visit the Library. Riders who complete their Railway Route by Tuesday, August 14 will be entered into a Grand Prize raffle, which will be drawn at the summer reading Finale Party on Wednesday, August 15. Riders may choose a prize at each “station” they reach on the route. In addition, children may choose to solve the Mystery of the Darien Express. Clues will be given at each “station” they reach on the Railway Route. Riders who solve the Mystery of the Darien Express will be entered into the Grand Prize Raffle for a second time.

The Library’s summer reading kick-off party will be Wednesday, June 20 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Courtyard. The party with live music, face painting, and more at our kick-off event.

The Library’s Read to Me finale concert is slated for Friday, August 10 from 11 to 11:45 a.m. in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room and will feature Brooklyn-based music project Mil’s Trills. Participants in the Mystery on the Darien Express (grades K-6) are invited to the Finale Party in the Library’s Courtyard on Wednesday, August 15 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. There will be music, raffles, food, games, and photo-ops. The winner of the Mystery on the Darien Express reading Challenge will also be announced. Registration for this party will begin Wednesday, Aug. 1.  

Children, teen, and adult programs are funded by contributions to the Annual Campaign for the Darien Library.  Please contact the Children’s Library at 203-669-5235, or visit the Library’s website at calendar/kids to view all the children’s programs.