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. 

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Winter Crafts

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

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

Family Film: Planes: Fire & Rescue

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image courtesy of imdb.com

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.

Winter Classics

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image courtesy of imdb.com

Fridays at 10 am

 

Join us for short family-friendly classic winter films. Drop-in. All ages.

 

Friday, December 12th: Frosty the Snowman (NR, running time 48 minutes)

Friday, December 19th:  A Charlie Brown Christmas (NR, running time 25 minutes)

 

In the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.

St. Lucia Day

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Image courtesy of Blondkin Rikard

Friday, December 12th 4 p.m.

St. Lucia Day is a Swedish holiday celebration in which candles are worn in a wreath by a young woman and she and her procession sing Lucia songs. To celebrate, we will make “lussekatter” (Saffron buns) out of paper and buttons. And of course we’ll listen to Lucia songs! Preschool to 2nd grade.

Frozen Sing-Along

Come sing Frozen with us!
Come sing Frozen with us!

Tuesday, December 30th at 1pm

Join us for the sing-along version of Frozen. There will be costumes, a wintry photo booth, props and much more. We encourage you to come in costume!

All Ages.

Registered

In the Louise Parker Berry Community Room

3D Printed Gifts

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Photo courtesy of flickr user botbuilder.net

3D Printed Gifts

Do you love technology? We do, too! Join us this December as we talk about technology and 3D printing. You'll also get to take home a gift to give this season.

 

Wednesday, December 10th at 4:15 p.m.: Cookie Cutter
(Register for Grades 3-4)


Thursday, December 11th at 4:15 p.m.: Holiday Decoration
(Register for Grades K-2)

 

Friday, December 12th at 4:15 p.m.: Dinosaur Necklace 
(Register for Grades 5-6)
 

Fireside Tales

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image courtesy of flickr user kazy79

Wednesday, December 3rd at 3pm.

 

"Oh the weather outside is frightful but the fire is so delightful..."

Join the Children's Librarian's for hot cocoa and stories by the fire.


Grades 2 and up

 

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