With the increasing focus on reading non-fiction at all grade levels in school, the Darien Children's Librarians put together recommendations of some of their all-time favorite non-fiction books for kids of all ages! Just click on the links below:
In honor of summer being just around the corner, our app of the month this May is ABC Farm, a bright, imaginative app all about farms. Created by award winning app production studio Peapod Labs, ABC Farm teaches youngsters all about animals, farm life, and the variety of food and crops that grow on farms. Users also test out their letter recognition and print knowledge skills, which are especially important skills for pre-readers to utilize.
We especially like that users can toggle from English to Spanish to learn words in both languages. It's a great feature for bilingual users and language enthusiasts alike!
Peapod Labs have created a slew of great apps which feature picture and words relating to a special topic, like food, wildlife, and music, and ABC Farm is no disappointment! Available for Apple products for $2.99.
Your mission this summer, should you choose to accept it....read!
Sign up for Summer Reading starting on Monday, June 10!
Pre-readers can join the Read to Me Club and choose a free book to take home for every 10 books they read with a grown-up. The Summer Reading Kick-off takes place on Friday, June 21 at 1 p.m. with crafts and chalk drawing in the Library's courtyard and a concert by Dre Towey at 2 p.m. Ages 2 to 7.
Kids reading on their own can join our Summer Reading Club and earn prizes by reading and completing our weekly Quests online. Kids who complete that week's Quest will be entered into a raffle for fun spy-related prizes. Use the Summer Reading Decoder for some of the super-secret coded Quests. Kids can track the minutes they read online; for every two hours read, they will automatically be entered into our Grand Prize Raffle for an iPad Mini!
The Finale Party will take place on Tuesday, August 20 with special guest author, Wendy Mass, author of The Candymakers, a Nutmeg Nominee for 2014! The winner of the Grand Prize Raffle will be selected at the Finale Party. Registration for this party will begin on August 1.
Welcome, agents, to a summer of fun, reading, and...intrigue. Find out what's going on throughout the summer in the Children's Library by clicking on a link below.
Tuesday, May 28 at 4:15 p.m.
Around the world children of all ages jump rope. Join the children's librarians for some jumping fun including classic hand rhymes and string games. Ages 9 to 12.
Check out the fantastic titles on this year's booktalking lists! We shared them with you when we visited your school. Come in to the Library to pick up a copy or request a copy online.
Saturday, May 25 at 1 p.m.
Drop in and watch Trail of the Panda, a film from China, about the friendship between a boy and a panda. This film will be subtitled in English. Rated G, 89 minutes.
Ages 9 to 12.
Tuesday, April 30 All Day
Children of all ages (grown-ups, too!)
Take a seat in a comfy reading nook on Main Street and read to yourself or read aloud to a friend or family member. Want to share your love of reading with the world? We'll take your picture in our Reading Nook and add it to the Darien Library's Facebook and Twitter pages. Don't forget to sign the Family Read-In Banner and get a limited edition "Unplug & Read" sticker!
About Screen-Free Week
April 29 to May 5 is Screen-Free Week. This national initiative sponsored by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood is designed to encourage families to turn off tv's and other devices and turn ON the world around around them. While we love technology at Darien Library and the unique ways that children and adults can learn and create using new technology, we also recognize the need for balance. It's good and healthy to simply unplug once in a while!
Kids and parents are urged to think, play, daydream, explore nature and of course.... READ! This year's theme for Screen-Free Week is "Unplug & Read!" And what better place can families unplug and read togther than Darien Library? When you visit the Library on Tuesday, April 30, you can participate in our Family Read-In.
In May and June, the Children's Librarians will be visiting Darien elementary schools and the middle school to share exciting new books for you to read through the spring and summer. We'll also tell you about this year's Summer Reading program, and the fantastic guest author who will be coming to visit in August (it's pretty amazing).
Here's when we'll be booktalking at your school.
Hindley May 8 & 9
Holmes May 23
Ox Ridge June 6
Pear Tree Point May 7
Royle May 29 & 30
Tokeneke June 3 & 4
Middlesex Middle School May 30
Booktalking session for homeschool students May 1