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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One Direction Books

The One Direction we knew and loved
The One Direction we knew and loved

Let's all have a moment of silence as we prepare to enter a world with only FOUR One Directioners. Below is a selection of the Library's books, DVD's, and online performance films featuring our favorite British Boy Band.

Celebrate Día (Diversity in Action) de los Ninos!

Celebrate Día (Diversity in Action) de los ninos!
Celebrate Día (Diversity in Action) de los ninos!

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30th. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

April 29th at 4:15 p.m. Family Book Group

Discuss diverse picture books with your family. Ages 5+. Discussion books are:

Deep in the Sahara by Kelly Cunnane 

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena

Dancing in the Wings by Debbie Allen

April 30th at 4 p.m. Family Film: The Book of Life

The Book of Life (Rated PG, running time 95 minutes). Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart, embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastic worlds where he must face his greatest fears. Watch the trailer.

Jr. Book Club: Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo

Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo
Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo

Wednesday, April 22nd at 4:15 p.m.

Jr. Book Club: Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo

Early elementary readers are invited to discuss librarian-selected chapter books. The discussion will be followed by an activity, game or craft inspired by the story. Our book groups are designed to encourage Common Core-required skills such as critical thinking, information literacy, self-direction, and collaboration – all in a fun environment.

Grades 2-3. Drop-in.

Spring Crafts

Crafting in the library!
Crafting in the library!

April 20th at 4 p.m.

Join us for a spring craft and story. Ages 3+ with a parent/caregiver. Drop-in.

Sensory Saturdays

Sensory Saturdays in the Children's Library
Sensory Saturdays in the Children's Library

Saturdays, April 4th and 18th from 1 to 2 p.m.

A creation and exploration hour for families of children with autism or sensory processing dosorders. Ages 3+ with a parent/caregiver. Drop-in.

 

Family Film Festival: International Films

Family Film Festival: International Films
Family Film Festival: International Films

The Children's Library continues its Family Film Festival through the month of April by celebrating International Films.

The Family Film Festival: International Films will screen three times during Spring Break Week. View the list of films below. 

Tuesday, April 14th at 1 p.m.

Ernest and Celestine. A touching story of an unlikely friendship between a bear, Ernest, and a young mouse named Celestine.

Rated PG, 80 minutes (originally in French). Watch the trailer.

Thursday, April 16th at 1 p.m.

Song of the Sea. Saoirse, a little girl who can turn into a seal, goes on an adventure with her brother to save the spirit world and other magical beings like her.

Rated PG, 93 minutes (from Ireland).  Watch the trailer.

Friday, April 17th at 1 p.m.

High School Musical China. Ning Ning is a new student at her school, where her passion for singing helps her form a relationship with a boy in her class. Together with their friends, they fight the odds to participate in an inter-school singing competition.

Rated G, 94 minutes (originally in Mandarin). Watch the trailer.

*All films will be shown in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.

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