Screening of The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, Followed by Discussion with Sally E. Shaywitz, MD

Courtesy of The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia website
Courtesy of The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia website

Monday, October 20th from 7 to 9 p.m.

Darien Library, SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Board), and Darien Public Schools are co-sponsoring a viewing of The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, an official selection of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Parents, along with middle school children and older, are invited to attend.

The hour-long film will be followed by a panel discussion including individuals featured in the film: Sally E. Shaywitz, MD, the Audrey G. Ratner Professor in Learning Development and Bennett A. Shaywitz, MD, the Charles and Helen Schwab Professor in Dyslexia and Learning Development, both at the Yale University School of Medicine and Co-Directors of the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity, the Lucas family, and district administration.

Register for the October 20th program. In the Louise Parker Berry Community Room. 

There will be two additional showings (film only): a parent preview on Friday, October 17th at 9:30 a.m., and a family viewing on Saturday, October 25th at 3 p.m. These viewings are drop-in.

Comics Galore

New Comics in the Graphic Novel section of the Children's Library
New Comics in the Graphic Novel section of the Children's Library

Did you know that in addition to the graphic novel collection the Children's Library also circulates comics? 

From nostalgic classics like Archie and My Little Pony, to newer trends like Angry Birds, there are a plethora of choices for your visual reading pleasure. 

Review of Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

Raina and Amara are family, but that doesn't mean they always get along.
Raina and Amara are family, but that doesn't mean they always get along.

Sisters Book Review by Charlotte Zaino

Sisters is a graphic novel about Raina and her relationship with her little sister, Amara. Raina wants a sister REALLY badly, until she has one. The story starts when the whole family (except for her dad) is getting ready to go on a three week road trip from California to Colorado for a family reunion. Before they leave, Raina and Amara get in a big fight. Raina starts to wonder why she ever wanted a sister in the first place. Then the story goes back and forth in time from when they were little kids to the present. As the flashbacks go on, the girls get older. The illustrations really help to tell the story. 

This book is a sequel to Smile, which I found a little more exciting and entertaining. Sisters focuses more on a stressful time in Raina's life, because in this book her parents aren't getting along well and she feels left out at the family reunion. Even though the topic is more serious, there are still some exciting moments, like when Raina and Amara work together to get their old pet snake out of the car. Kids will like this book because even though there are events that most kids probably haven't been through (luring a king snake out of your car) almost every pair of siblings can relate to the relationship between Raina and Amara. In the end, Raina is glad to have a sister, and realizes that no one can replace her.

Thank you to new KAB Member Charlotte for giving us her review of the much anticipated new Raina Telgemeier graphic novel. 

WebPlay!

Hey Kids, go out and play!

 

Play     

 

Create      

Interact              

 

Explore             

   

                     

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Hitting The Books! Or, Back-to-School.

Let's go Back to School!
Let's go Back to School!

It's that time again... school is starting in less than a month! Kick back with one of these reads about kids, animals, and witches alike returning to school for lots of learning, tricks, and fun!

Stop into the Children's Library to pick up these books and more. We'll have a back-to-school display leading up to the big start date of school in Darien, which is Monday, August 31st.

Finale Party on the Red Carpet

Summer Reading is coming to an end!
Summer Reading is coming to an end!

Monday, August 17th from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Get ready for your close up! Participants in the Summer Reading Club are invited to our star studded affair on the red carpet. There will be music, raffles, food and photo-ops. The winner of the Summer Reading Challenge will also be announced.

Registration for this party will begin Monday, August 3rd at darienlibrary.org/kids. Space is limited.

Ages 7 and up. 

The party will take place in the Library’s courtyard.

Connecticut Ballet: Backstage at the Ballet

Image courtesy of the Connecticut Ballet.
Image courtesy of the Connecticut Ballet.

Tuesday, August 25th from 3:00pm to 3:45pm

The magic of the ballet comes to life as the Connecticut Ballet gives us a behind the scenes tour of what it takes to stage a ballet production. A company couple will demonstrate some Swing dance choreography, featuring standard lead/follow routine between a male and female on the dance floor.

Grades K and up.

In the Louise Parker Berry Community Room. Tickets to be distributed 15 minutes prior to the program; space is limited.

If our parking lot is full, see where else you can find an open parking spot!

Christmas in July

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Melissa Brawner
Photo courtesy of Flickr user Melissa Brawner

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells! Grab a cold cup of Frozen Hot Chocolate and sit at the beach or pool with these holiday themed books that are sure to have visions of sugar plums dancing in your head.

Pluto flyby space books!

NASA’s New Horizons flyby of Pluto is happening today! Check out these space books for everyone K-6.

Looking for Parking?

Extra parking is located on Thorndal Circle, just behind Nielsen's off the Post Road.
Extra parking is located on Thorndal Circle, just behind Nielsen's off the Post Road.

Ever found yourself circling the parking lot searching endlessly for an open spot? Well - look no further!

Extra parking for the Library can be found at the end of Thorndal Circle, which is the road beside Nielsen's Florist. Simply exit our parking lot and return to the Post Road, turn left onto Thorndal Circle, and you're there!

When driving down Thorndal Circle, a large parking lot will be on the left side of the road. There is a walkway that leads to the back corner of the Library's parking lot. 

We'll see you in the stacks!

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