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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Summer Storytimes

Storytime in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room
Storytime in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room

Keep the storytime fun going this summer in 2015 with great drop-in programs (no registration required!).

Come On, Everybody!  Mondays at 10 a.m. - All ages

Toddler Tales  Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. - Walkers up to 36 months

Baby Laptime  Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. - Pre-walking babies

Preschool Time  Fridays at 9:30 a.m. (previously on Monday at 1:30 p.m.)

Family Sing-A-Long

Image courtesy of flick user ashiula_tsai
Image courtesy of flick user ashiula_tsai

Thursday, June 18th at 11 a.m.

Join the Children's Librarians with a little help from the ukulele and piano as we sing popular songs such as Do-Re-Mi, Skinnamarinky Dinky Dink and On Top of Spaghetti. 

All Ages. Drop-in.

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

Summer Reading Kick-Off Concert

Photo courtesy of Mister G
Photo courtesy of Mister G

Friday, June 19th at 1 p.m.

Latin Grammy-nominated musician Mister G will bring his kid-friendly bilingual rock to the library for our Summer Reading Kick Off Concert. Come dance the afternoon away!

Ages 2+. Drop-in. 

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

ScienceTellers

Photo courtesy of ScienceTellers
Photo courtesy of ScienceTellers

Tuesday, June 16th at 3 p.m.

Throw on your labcoat and get ready to experience forces and reactions through several hands-on experiments that will have you laughing, learning, and having fun. 

Grades K+. Drop-in.

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

Father's Day Crafts

Image courtesy of flickr user withlovebyvarda
Image courtesy of flickr user withlovebyvarda

Friday, June 12th from 4 to 5 p.m.

Join us for a Father's Day inspired craft. Ages 3+ with a parent/caregiver. Drop-in. 

Meet Ophelie!

Hi! I'm Ophelie, the new children's library intern.

I'm a Canadian Darienite who happens to speak a total of three languages, makes really good rocky road squares (which is also the ONLY thing I can bake), and is part of the New Canaan synchronized swimming team (uh-oh I'm a double agent). I also like to read. A lot. My favorite books all belong to the Vango series by Timothee de Fombelle, which is unfortunately in French, so I have problems getting my friends to read it. In close second comes the Harry Potter series, which I stubbornly refused to read for a few years after all of my friends started reading it, and in third is Princess Ben, a single book about a princess who is a tad bit spoiled and doesn't act like a princess because she doesn't want to comply with anyone's rules. She grows as a person when she discovers magic passageways, becomes a witch, and then accidentally joins the army before coming home, having seen her kingdom from more than one perspective.

Anyways, I'm really excited to be interning here for a month. Hopefully it won't go by too fast.

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