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. 


Hey Kids, go out and play!










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Back to School Crafts

Courtesy of Flickr user
Courtesy of Flickr user

Wednesday, September 23rd at 4 p.m.

Sign up for your very own library card and join us for some school-inspired crafts, while listening to fun school music.

Ages 3 and up. Open to all.

T|E|A Room Classes in September

Open T|E|A Rooms on Tuesdays in September.
Open T|E|A Rooms on Tuesdays in September.

Tuesdays, September 8, 15, 22, 29

4:15pm to 5:15pm 

T|E|A Room Tuesdays are held Tuesday afternoons from 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., and are open to children in Grades 3 to 6.

No registration is required for these classes.

For more information on the T|E|A Room and how to reserve the space, visit our T|E|A Room page, or contact the children's librarians at (203) 669-5235. 

Stories by the Sea: September 2015

Stories by the Sea
Stories by the Sea

Tuesdays, September 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th at 10 a.m.

We're resuming one of our most popular summer storytimes this fall! Join us at Darien's Weed Beach Park  for a family storytime for all ages.

This program is co-sponsored by the Darien Parks and Recreation Department.

All ages. Drop-in.

Fall I 2015 Registered Storytime

Read with us!
Read with us!

Brochures for the Fall I 2015 Registered Storytime Series available now. We look forward to seeing you and your children for our upcoming season of storytimes!  The schedule is below.

Click here to Register for the Storytime Lottery.

Fall I (Six weeks)
Register: Monday 8/17 - Tuesday 9/1
Session: Tuesday 9/8 - Friday 10/16

Storytime break: Week of Monday 10/19.

Fall II (Six weeks)
Register: Monday 10/5 - Monday 10/19
Session: Monday 10/26 - Friday 12/4

Registration is a lottery.  Each child can participate in one registered program per session. Parents will be notified by Saturday, 9/5 (Fall I) & Saturday, 10/24 (Fall II). 

-Register your infants and 1-year-olds based on their ability to walk

-Register children ages 2 and up based on their age by 9/2 (Fall I) and 10/19 (Fall II).

*Registered storytimes are for Darien residents, those employed full-time in Darien, or non-residents who are contributors to the Darien Library Annual Campaign at the $300 level or above.


We will also have some great open programs: Baby Laptime, Toddler Tales, and Stories by the Sea storytimes on the schedule as well!

Early literacy text messages from your librarians

We know you’re busy! We also know your little one is growing up fast and you want to make sure you’re helping them gain early literacy skills. So, why don't you 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 the first day of Registered Storytimes and last for the duration of the session.

Sign up below!

The Nitty Gritty:

For parents of children 5 years or younger.

Unsubscribe easily. Just respond to 313131 with the word “Unsubscribe” and we will take you off the list!

It’s free, but your mobile plan’s regular text messaging and data rates apply.

To sign up, you need a mobile phone with a U.S. number able to receive text messages.

Sign up for Early Literacy Texts from Darien Library


iPad updates

A few updates for you:

1. We have updated the apps and app lists for both our Early Literacy iPads and Tween Tabs. New apps include Thinkrolls 2, War Horse, The Voyage of Odysseys, Kalley's Machine Plus Cats, and more. Check out the new resources list too! 

2. You can now check out a Tween Tab for use in the library! All you need is a library card and you can use our Tween Tabs for one hour. Just ask at the Children's Desk. The Tween Tabs come loaded with tons of great apps, divided by Non-Fiction section. See the app list here:

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