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. 

Language of Math

Photo by Artúr Herczeg /CC BY
Photo by Artúr Herczeg /CC BY

Thursday, May 5th at 10 a.m.

Math is much easier when you understand the language of it.  During this workshop, we will discuss the research-based techniques that are the foundation of our instructional methods at Eagle Hill School. You’ll leave with ideas for activities to use at home, and more important how to help your children discover that MATH IS FUN!  The information will be targeted towards elementary/early middle-school aged children.

Register for this program.

If the above link is no longer accepting submissions, please register for the Waitlist.

This presentation will be hosted by educators from Eagle Hill School.

Eagle Hill is a co-ed independent school serving children, ages 5-15, with language based learning disabilities. The curriculum is highly individualized according to students' needs and learning styles.  Math classes typically range from 3:1 to 7:1 (student:teacher ratio) and this allows for a comprehensive and tailored approach to instruction.

Sunday Funday - 101 Dalmations and All Things Green

Join us all day Sunday for the All Things Green Festival, where in the Children's Library we will be painting faces and making pinwheels!  This year, we are thrilled to announce that the town of Darien has earned a Bright Idea Grant! Darien residents can exchange up to five LED light bulbs, free of charge, to help reduce the amount of energy used in their home. Bring up to five incandescent bulbs and proof of Darien residence for an equal number of long-lasting, energy-saving LED light bulbs.

At 2 pm, our Sunday Matinee is 101 Dalmations, which will be screened in the Conference Room on the Mezzanine floor.

Family Film Festival: Documentary Films

Spelling, dancing and so much more!
Spelling, dancing and so much more!

Thursday, May 12th at 4pm: Spellbound.

Spellbound follows eight kids on their quest to win the 1999 National Spelling Bee.

Rated G. 97 minutes. Open. All Ages.

Watch the trailer here

Thursday, May 26th at 4pm: Mad Hot Ballroom.

The students of several New York City elementary schools learn ballroom dancing and compete in a city wide dance competition.

Rated PG. 105 minutes. Open. Recommended ages 8+

Watch the trailer here

Ride Your Bike to Work/School Week

Spokey the Library trike
Spokey the Library trike

In celebration of Ride your Bike to School Day and Ride you Bike to Work Week we will have two very special programs.

 

Decorate your Bike

Monday, May 16th at 4pm

Bring your bike and decorate it in the library's courtyard.

Open. All Ages.

 

Reading and Rolling Storytime

Friday, May 20th at 10am

The library book bike, Spokey will be at Tilley Pond Park for as special storytime. Participants are invited to bring their bikes and take a ride with the Children's Librarians.

Open. All Ages.

We Heart Harry

We Heart Harry!
We Heart Harry!

Saturday, May 7th at 1pm

Saturday, May 28th at 1pm

May 7th: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. 2hrs  32 minutes. PG. Watch the trailer here

May 28th: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. 2hrs 41 minutes. PG. Watch the trailer here

Calling all Harry Potter fans for the ultimate fan experience! We will be screening all of the Harry Potter films leading up to Harry’s Birthday, July 31st. So come celebrate Harry with us. Popcorn will be provided at the screenings. Open.

Children's Book Ball

Photoby Tambako The Jaguar /CC BY
Photoby Tambako The Jaguar /CC BY

Thursday, May 5th at 5pm

 

Celebrate Children's Book Week dressed as your favorite book character. There will be dancing, refreshments, games and a photobooth. Grades K and up.

 

Register

Mother's Day Crafts

Photoby Jason Devaun /CC BY
Photoby Jason Devaun /CC BY

Wednesday, May 4th at 4pm

 

Join us for special Mother's Day inspired crafts. Ages 3 and up. Open.

Book Character Portrait Workshop

Photoby Saint John's School /CC BY-ND 2.0
Photoby Saint John's School /CC BY-ND 2.0

Monday, May 2nd at 4 p.m. (K-2nd)

Who is your favorite book character? Come and make a 3D portrait and have it put on display in the Children's Library.

Register 

 

Take the Family to a Museum for April Recess

You too can visit a museum for free.
You too can visit a museum for free.

Check out Free Museum Passes during April Recess, for the whole family, courtesy of Darien Library!

MOMA, Guggenheim, the Frick are just a few of the New York City museums who participate in our museum pass program. The Library also has more free passes, closer to home: The Beardsley Zoo, The Bruce in Greenwich, and Stepping Stones Children’s Museum in Norwalk. And there are more. Visit the Library's museum page to find out about the wonderful places you can go, including CT’s beautiful state park beaches. Staycationers never had it so good!

Can't make it to a museum over April Recess? Museum passes are available year round. 

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