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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St. Patrick's Day Crafts

Happy St. Patrick's Day leprechauns!
Happy St. Patrick's Day leprechauns!

Tuesday, March 17th at 4 p.m.

Join us for a special drop-in program featuring crafts celebrating St. Patrick's Day. Ages 3+. Drop-in.

Family Film Festival: Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month
March is Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month, and in honor of notable women throughout history we will host our second Family Film Festival in honor of women. Every day at 2pm starting Wednesday, March 11th through Friday, March 13th, we will show a film celebrating historic women and girl empowerment. View the list of films below.

Wednesday, March 11th at 2 p.m.

Mulan. Rated G, 88 minutes. Grades K+. Watch the trailer.

Thursday, March 12th at 2 p.m.

Ballet Shoes. Rated PG, 85 minutes. Grades 3+. Watch the trailer.

Friday March 13th, at 2 p.m.

The Miracle Worker. Rated PG, 95 minutes. Grades 3+. Watch the trailer.

*All films will be shown in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.

Read Across America Day

Read Across America Day is March 2nd, in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday!
Read Across America Day is March 2nd, in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday!

Monday, March 2nd 

Join us as we celebrate Reading! In honor of famed children's book author/illustrator Dr. Suess' birthday, Read Across America Day is a national day celebrating reading. Take a seat in our special reading nook, pick up a bookmark, and write your favorite book on our banner.

All ages, and all day!

Celebrate Holi

Photo courtesy of flickr user PalulaLyn Cahvarlo
Photo courtesy of flickr user PalulaLyn Cahvarlo

Friday, March 6th from 4:15 to 5:15pm

Join Mrs. Radia in celebrating Holi, the festival of colors! Holi is an ancient Indian festival that reminds us of the victory of good over evil. Learn about its origins and rituals, and enjoy some colorful crafts and music. Treasure the diversity in colors, and in life! Ages 6-10

Register

Kid Coders

Picture courtesy of flickr user Lord James.
Picture courtesy of flickr user Lord James.

Join us as we explore computer coding using JavaScript.

Mondays, March 16th, 23rd, 30th, April 6th,13th, and 20th at 4:30pm. This is a series and registration is for 6 weeks of classes.

Grades 4-6.

This program is now full. Register for the waitlist. 

Maker Family Challenges!

Image from Planet Smarty
Image from Planet Smarty

Bring your little ones and your big ones to our Maker Family Challenges! Join us in the Storytime Room for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) challenges that the whole family can do together. Stations will be set out for you to explore and have fun! Drop-in anytime, no registration necessary, ages 5 and up.

Saturday, March 14 at 11 am - 12 noon:

Build a boat from recycled materials, and then test if it floats! Great for budding engineers and curious minds.

Saturday, March 28 at 11 am - 12 noon:

Using the easiest of all art techniques - collage - make a family self portrait using our recycled books!

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