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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2014 Holiday Gift Giving Guide

A preview of our guide!
A preview of our guide!

Feeling uninspired and overwhelmed by holiday shopping this year?

Check out a list of suggestions curated by the Children's Librarians! Our favorite books, toys, games, and more are sure to make your loved ones smile this year.

Find great gifts for ages birth to 12!

If you want it in a video format, we can supply that too.

Ferguson Resources for Parents

A picture from Ferguson, MO's public library
A picture from Ferguson, MO's public library

Maybe you're getting some questions you don't know how to answer, or you want to make sure your child learns about the broader issues at stake with the Ferguson, MO events.  We've created a booklist of non-fiction, fiction, and poetry that deal with American history, African- American experiences, and civil rights.  Read on!

A St. Louis high school librarian created a LibGuide with resources about Ferguson, which are definitely geared towards high schoolers but may be of interest.

Eww, that's gross!

photo courtesy of islime
photo courtesy of islime

Cakes that look like kitty litter boxes, animal poop and kids eating fried worms. From fact to fiction this booklist has every gross thing that makes you say,eww!

Winter Crafts

Image courtesy of Arlington Public Library
Image courtesy of Arlington Public Library

Monday, December 15th at 4pm

Join us as we make winter inspired crafts. Ages 3 and up. Drop-in.

Noon Year's Eve

image courtesy of flickr user Meaghan Mountford
image courtesy of flickr user Meaghan Mountford

Wednesday, December 31st 11:30am-12:30pm


Join us as we countdown to the new year but at a time when your little one can stay up, noon! There will be festive crafts and dancing as we count down to 2015!

All Ages. Drop-in.

Family Film: Planes: Fire & Rescue

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image courtesy of

Friday, December 26th at 1pm


Dusty the cropduster returns in this sequel to Disney's 2013 Planes. This time around Dusty joins a fire and rescue squad and is trained as a firefighter. Check out the trailer. Rated PG, Running time, 83 minutes.

Drop in. All Ages.

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