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. 

Open T|E|A Rooms in February

T|E|A Room Tuesdays are held Tuesday afternoons from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., and are open to children in Grades 3 to 6.

No registration necessary!

 

Feb 9  -  Popup Cards

Feb 16 - Board Game Making

Feb 23  - Hovercraft

Black History Art Workshop

Photo by 143d ESC / CC BY 2.0
Photo by 143d ESC / CC BY 2.0

Black History Portraits Art Workshop

Wednesday, February 17th from 3-5pm.

Miss Lisa - our resident artist with a B.A. in Studio Art - will lead a very special workshop on portraiture. Create portraits of African American luminaries with Miss Lisa during this afternoon program.

Registered. Ages 8-12.

Tech Series Week 3: Online Privacy

Photo by One Way Stock Photos / CC BY-ND 2.0
Photo by One Way Stock Photos / CC BY-ND 2.0

Continued from here.

New vocabulary like Malware and Phishing might throw us for a loop, and it is overwhelming to stay on top of such changing trends. Resources like Lifehacker and GeekWire can easily be followed on Facebook or Twitter for useful tips and tricks.

Consumer Reports online offers a pretty comprehensive list of resources on their Guide to Internet Safety. Relevant topics such as creating safe passwords and new terms of service on social media are addressed. Also on everyone's minds this time of year is guarding against tax season identity theft.

For families, starting a conversation about internet safety with your kids early is key. Questions like how do I enable parental controls, or is my child posting inappropriately can burden us as parents. Common Sense Media has taken many thoughts and concerns of parents, organized them by age, and provided suggestions.

Navigating this new digital landscape is a challenge for everyone, but seeking out learning opportunities (like the Tech Series!) will help to equip us all moving forward.

Like what you see here? Sign up for tech emails and we will send you one email a week through March 14.

*Want to learn more about a technology topic and we don't have a book on it? Request a technology book purchase.

Tech Series Week 3: Online Privacy

Photo by One Way Stock Photos / CC BY-ND 2.0
Photo by One Way Stock Photos / CC BY-ND 2.0

Like what you see here? Sign up for tech emails and we will send you one email a week through March 14.

Perhaps you have seen the 2010 film Catfish, or have recently been the victim of identity theft in your household?

The world is changing rapidly, and as we become a more connected society we should be aware of how to inform and protect ourselves online. Life has become a whole lot more convenient, and most tasks can be incorporated into your mobile device, but that convenience is not without its troubles.

Learn more about Online Privacy...

Missed last week's email? Read Tech Series Week 2: Screen Time and Your Family.

Read Tech Series Week 1: Digital Darien

*Want to learn more about a technology topic and we don't have a book on it? Request a technology book purchase.

President's Day Photobooth

Miss Amy as Washington, and Miss Lisa as FDR!
Miss Amy as Washington, and Miss Lisa as FDR!

Monday, February 15th (all day)

It's school break week starting Monday, February 15th, which also happens to be President's Day. If you're in town, stop in for a Presidential book and snap a photo in our Presidential Photobooth!

New Children's Books: February 2016

Groundhog Day is February 2nd
Groundhog Day is February 2nd

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 first month of 2016.

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

Black History Month Laser Tribute & Film Festival

Black History Month Laser Tribute & Film Festival
Black History Month Laser Tribute & Film Festival

Celebrate Black History Month with us!

Black History Month Laser Tribute

Tuesday, February 16th at 4 p.m.

Celebrate some of the profound contributions of African-Americans in an exciting new way. Part history lesson and part uplifting musical revival, the Black History Laser Tribute is an unforgettable experience for students of all ages.

 

Black History Month Film Festival 

Thursday, February 18th at 2 p.m.: The Wiz

Rated G. 135 minutes.

Ease on down the yellow-brick road with The Wiz. Relive all of the magic of this beloved musical. Open.  All Ages.

 

Friday, February 19th at 2 p.m.: Duke Ellington and other stories

NR 70 minutes

Celebrate African American History with short stories by award winning author and illustrators.
Open.  All Ages.

Monday Minecraft Mania

Minecrafters unite!
Minecrafters unite!

Monday, February 15th from 2 to 4 p.m.

Join us as we present challenges to build and collaborate within the Minecraft program. We'll be logged in to the Children's Library's accounts, ready to play! 

Grades 2-6, open.

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