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.

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!

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New Children's Books: November 2014

Did you love 2015 Nutmeg Nominee Tuesdays at the Castle? Then check out the third book in this series today!
Did you love 2015 Nutmeg Nominee Tuesdays at the Castle? Then check out the third book in this series today!

On the hunt for something new and exciting?

Looking for a great new author or the next book in your favorite series?

Below you'll find a list of brand new children's books available here at Darien Library, published in the tenth month of 2014.

For a complete list of children's books published this month, visit Publisher's Weekly on-sale calendar!

Register for the Fall II Storytime Series

Catch me!
Catch me!

Brochures for the Fall II Storytime Session are available now. We look forward to seeing you and your children for our upcoming season of storytimes!  The schedule is below.

Fall II (Six weeks)

Register: Monday 10/6 - Monday 10/20
Session: Monday 10/27 - Friday 12/5

Register Online

Registration is a lottery.  Each child can participate in one registered program per session. Parents will be notified by Saturday, 10/25 (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 10/20 (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 drop-in Baby Laptime, Toddler Tales, and Preschool Time storytimes on the schedule as well!

The Children's Library Maker Day

Cardboard robot rides in a cardboard car.
Cardboard robot rides in a cardboard car.

Saturday, October 11th starting at 10 a.m.

Calling all Makers!

Join Darien Library as we feature several hands-on activites through the Library in an effort to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM). Grades K and up. Drop-in.

Schedule of Events

10 to 11:30 am Global Cardboard Challenge

1pm Make Break: MaKeyMaKey and Circuits Demo 

1 to 3pm Makerbot 3D Printing Showcase 

2pm Green Moon Art Spot 

2pm Lego Club 

3pm Paper Crafts and Sensory Art 

3:30 to 4:30 pm Make a Marble Run 

 

Bubbleology

Courtesy of Keith Michael Johnson
Courtesy of Keith Michael Johnson

Monday, October 13 at 3 p.m.

You can learn a lot from a bubble. Join us as Keith Michael Johnson uses large and small bubbles to explain science concepts. Prepare to be dazzled!
Grades K and up. Drop-in.

Tickets will be distributed 15 minutes prior to the event. In the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.
 

Halloween Crafts

Image courtesy of Flickr user Carolyn Brunelle
Image courtesy of Flickr user Carolyn Brunelle

Monday, October 27th from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.

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

Family Film: The Lego Movie

Join us at 1 p.m. for a family film!
Join us at 1 p.m. for a family film!

1 p.m. in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room

Don't let the rain get you down! Join the Children's Library for a showing of the phenomenally popular Lego Movie today!

"Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average LEGO minifigure, is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared."

Watch the trailer

Rated PG, 101 minutes. 

Stories to Chill Your Bones

Photo courtesy of flickr user atoach
Photo courtesy of flickr user atoach

Thursday, October 30th at 5:30 p.m. at Tilley Pond Park

Are you afraid of the dark? You might be after hearing the Children's Librarians weave stories of terror, and thrill you with the macabre. Join us at Tilley Pond Park for Stories to Chill your Bones!

Ages 8 and up (warning: these stories may be scary, so the program is advised for children ages 8+)

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

* In the event of rain this program will be held in the Children's Library.

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