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. 

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Summer 2015: Drop in Programs

Want to know what fun and fabulous programs we will be doing in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room this summer? Take a look at our fantastic list of drop-in programs we're offering to kids of all ages! Find the full list here. 

Summer 2015: Drop in Programs

*Sciencetellers
In this original collection of slightly twisted tales, things aren’t always what they seem. Over here they’re flying through the air! Over there they’re plummeting to the ground! Then they’re disappearing right before your eyes. Throw on your lab coat and get ready to experience forces and reactions through several hands on experiments that will have you laughing, learning and having fun. Enjoy this spectacular adventure and be swept away to a place where truly ‘super’ heroes really do exist.
Grades K-up
Tuesday, June 16
3:00pm to 4:00 p.m.
 

Summer Reading Kick-off Concert

Latin Grammy- nominated musician Mister G will bring his kid friendly bilingual rock to the library. Come dance the afternoon away!
Ages 2 to 7
Friday, June 19
1 to 1:45 p.m.

Stories by the Sea
A family storytime for all ages at Darien’s Weed Beach Park. 
This program is co-sponsored by the Darien Parks and Recreation Department.
All ages
Tuesdays, 10 to 10:30 a.m.
July 7th , 14th, 21st and 28th

*Family Sing-A-Long
Join the Children’s Librarians with a little help from the ukulele and the piano as we sing popular songs such as Do-Re-Mi, Skinnamarinky Dinky Dink, and On Top Of Spaghetti.
All Ages
Thursday, June 18th
11:00am to 11:30am

*Theatre Sports: Improve Your Mind
New York based improvisational troupe Freestyle Repertory Theatre presents a high energy program designed and presented as a competitive sport. Two teams of actors challenge each other to create scenes, songs, stories and poems, based on suggestions from the audience. It’s positive, creative, and fun for all ages, but seeing is believing.
Grades K to 6
Tuesday, July 7
3:00 to 3:45 p.m.

*Poetry in Motion
Poetry in Motion is a revival of the almost lost art of performing poetry. This exhilarating tour de force brings to life the best of poetic literature. Doran Hamm will introduce a cast of characters drawn from the world’s best children’s poems. The audience participates actively on the journey.
Ages 5 to 12
Tuesday, July 14
3 to 4 p.m.

*Hula Hoopin’ Through History
Join Amanda Blake as she teaches the history of Hula Hooping and dazzles us with her hula hoop prowess.
Ages 5 and up
Tuesday, July 21
3:00pm to 3:45pm

*Danny Magic
Magic for everyone! A fast paced, hilarious encounter with mind boggling magic.
Grades K and up
Tuesday, August 4
3 to 4 p.m.

*Zoo Station: Rainforest
The Children’s Museum of West Hartford will present several animals from nature’s most diverse ecosystem.
Grades K and up
Tuesday, August 11th
3 to 4pm

*Funkytown Playground
Come on Down to the Funky Playground! We will jump and jam with shakers & tambourines, get onboard a magical safari or silly farm, dance with bubbles, and reach to the stars with our colorful parachute.
All Ages
Friday, August 14th
11 to 11:45 a.m.

*The Jolly Beggars
The Jolly Beggars bring the rich tradition of Celtic folk music and storytelling to modern day audiences. Their traditional songs and musical arrangements have exposed many to the joys of Celtic music. They tell traditional stories from Irish folklore and intersperse their musical arrangements with traditional reels and jigs.
Grades K and up
Tuesday, August 18th
3:00pm to 3:45pm

*Connecticut Ballet: Backstage at the Ballet
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
Tuesday, August 25th
3:00pm to 3:45pm

*All programs will be held in the Louise Berry Parker Community Room

Tickets distributed 15 minutes  prior to the program. Space is limited.

 

 

 

Summer Book Clubs

Jr. Book Club 

Early elementary readers are invited to share their thoughts on some of the booktalking selections for this year. The discussion will be followed by an activity, game, or craft inspired by the story. Drop-in. Grades 2 to 3.

Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m.

July 8th: The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John

August 5th: Phoebe G. Green: Lunch Will Never be the Same by Veera Hiranandani and Joelle Dreidemy

R.W.D. (Read. Watch. Discuss) 

Watch and discuss these books turned into movies. In the Louise Parker Berry Community Room. Drop-in. Ages 9 to 12

Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m.

July 23rd: Hoot by Carl Hiaasen. Rated PG. (Running time 90 minutes.)

August 20th: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson and Donna Diamond. Rated PG. (Running time 96 minutes.)

Lights, Camera, Action! : Summer Reading Programs

Summer Class Information 

Registration is a lottery. The following classes are open to Darien Residents, those employed full time in Darien, or non-residents who are contributors to the Darien Library Annual Campaign at the $300 level.

Registration is now closed.

Notifications will be sent by Saturday, June 13th.

Preschool

K-2

3-6

*Special Events

*The following programs do not require registration but arriving early where indicated is advised.

Book Groups

Drop-in Programs

 

To sign up for our Reading Clubs, click here.

The Jolly Beggars

Image courtesy of The Jolly Beggars
Image courtesy of The Jolly Beggars

Tuesday, August 18th from 3:00pm to 3:45pm

The Jolly Beggars bring the rich tradition of Celtic folk music and storytelling to modern day audiences. Their traditional songs and musical arrangements have exposed many to the joys of Celtic music. They tell traditional stories from Irish folklore and intersperse their musical arrangements with traditional reels and jigs. 

Grades K and up.

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

Funkytown Playground

Image courtesy of Funkytown Playground
Image courtesy of Funkytown Playground

Friday, August 14th from 11 to 11:45 a.m.

Come on Down to the Funky Playground! We will jump and jam with shakers & tambourines, get onboard a magical safari or silly farm, dance with bubbles, and reach to the stars with our colorful parachute.

All Ages.

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

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