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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Young Yogis

photo courtesy of Flickr user papermoons
photo courtesy of Flickr user papermoons

Fridays, May 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th

10 to 10:30 a.m.

Relax, Refresh, Regroup. Your little yoginis will be introduced to Yoga movement and a story. Namaste. 

3-year-olds to 5-year-olds.

Registration for this class is now full. Please sign up for the waitlist.

Open TEA Rooms this May

Make Paper Rockets, Shadow Puppets, and Paper Monsters with us!
Make Paper Rockets, Shadow Puppets, and Paper Monsters with us!

Tuesdays, May 12, 19, and 26 from 4 to 5 p.m.

Join us for Open TEA Rooms in May starting May 12th. Open TEA Rooms are drop-in classes for exploration, creation, and discovery. Grades 3-6. 

May 12: Paper Rockets

May 19: Shadow Puppets

May 26: Paper Monsters

Green Moon Art Spot in May

Photo courtesy of flickr user clappstar.
Photo courtesy of flickr user clappstar.

Tuesdays, May 5, 12, 19, 26th from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m.

Join us in the children's library for fun with Green Moon. Children can use their imaginations and creative skills with various Green Moon art projects every Tuesday in May!

Ages 2 to 3.  (note: registration is for all four class dates).

Registration is now full. Please sign up for the waitlist.

Children's Book Week

Photo courtesy of bookweekonline.com
Photo courtesy of bookweekonline.com

Join the Children's Library as we celebrate Children's Book Week!  May 4-9

 

"Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, commemorative events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes -- wherever young readers and books connect!"

 Kids who come to the Children's Desk and say "Happy Children's Book Week," will receive a tote bag and a poster! *while supplies last

 

Picture Book Workshop

May 4, 6 and 8th at 4pm

Have you always wanted to design your own picture book? Here's your chance!  We will be hosting a 3 day picture book workshop. Participants will learn how to come up with a concept, storyboard and then finally create thier own picture books.

Registration is for all three days.

Grades 3-6

Register

 

Special Author Visit: Mike Curato

Saturday, May 9th at 11am

Come meet author/illustrator Mike Curato as he reads and draws from Little Elliot, Big City.

Introducing Little Elliot, a charming new picture book character! Amid the hustle and bustle of the big city, the big crowds and bigger buildings, Little Elliot leads a quiet life. In spite of the challenges he faces, Elliot finds many wonderful things to enjoy — like cupcakes! And when his problems seem insurmountable, Elliot discovers something even sweeter — a friend.

Grades K and up. Drop-in.

Special Author Visit: Mike Curato

The author Mike Curato and his debut award-winning picture book Little Elliot, Big City
The author Mike Curato and his debut award-winning picture book Little Elliot, Big City

Saturday, May 9th at 11am

Come meet author/illustrator Mike Curato as he reads and draws from Little Elliot, Big City.

Introducing Little Elliot, a charming new picture book character! Amid the hustle and bustle of the big city, the big crowds and bigger buildings, Little Elliot leads a quiet life. In spite of the challenges he faces, Elliot finds many wonderful things to enjoy — like cupcakes! And when his problems seem insurmountable, Elliot discovers something even sweeter — a friend. 

Grades K and up. Drop-in.

Sleep Solutions Workshop

Photo courtesy of flickr user Peter Dahlgren
Photo courtesy of flickr user Peter Dahlgren

Wednesday, May 27th from 10 a.m to 12 p.m.

Do you and your children suffer from sleepless, restless nights? Do you need sleep solutions?

Please join us as we welcome Ingrid Y. Prueher, certified sleep specialist as she leads a workshop with sleep solutions for your child, ages infant to 5 years old. Ingrid specializes in teaching sleepless moms and dads the fundamentals of sleep, so their children can become amazing sleepers. A seasoned parenting consultant, Ingrid combines her experience and knowledge of nutrition and sleep to help English and Spanish-speaking parents across the country who struggle to get their child on a consistent sleep schedule. 

 

Register

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