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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Special Post-Thanksgiving screening: How to Train Your Dragon 2

Image Via IMDB
Image Via IMDB

Friday, November 28th at 1 p.m.

Join us for a showing of How to Train Your Dragon 2, the 2014 sequel to 2010's How to Train Your Dragon, based off the books of the same name. Two friends, Hiccup and Toothless, find themselves squarely in the middle of an epic battle over an ancient domain. Can they help protect the peace? Watch the trailer

Rated PG, 102 minutes. Drop-in. 

In the Louise Parker Berry Community Room. 

Fall Crafts

Image courtesy of Flickr user 2bware1227
Image courtesy of Flickr user 2bware1227

Monday, November 10th from 4 to 5 p.m.

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

Family Film: You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown

You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown
You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown

Tuesday, November 4th at 1 p.m.

Schools in Darien are closed today for Election Day, so why not join us for a classic film starring the Peanuts characters?

Charlie, Linus, and the gang try to take on the school elections, but they realize that their campaign strategy may not be the best way to win over the student body. Watch the trailer for You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown along with the trailer for It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. NR. 60 minutes. Drop-in.


In the Louise Parker Berry Community Room. 

Review of Magic in the Mix

Magic in the Mix by Annie Barrows
Magic in the Mix by Annie Barrows

Magic in the Mix by Annie Barrows

In this adventure a set of “twins” are sent back in time to set things right. Magic in the Mix is the sequel to The Magic Half, where Miri goes back in time to get a twin from the 1940`s, Molly. In this book, when a handy man starts tearing apart the house to rebuild it, magic begins leaking all over the place. The house they live in is old and full of magic, but nobody knows except for the twins.  Molly has to go back in time to before she was born to save her mom from dying the minute she is born. Molly has to stop herself from being born by keeping her mom from meeting her dad. Or at least that’s what she thinks. To solve the real problem they have to go back and save their brothers who accidentally walked into the Civil War thinking it was a reenactment.   

Magic in the Mix is a really well written book that is sad, adventurous, suspenseful, and exciting to read. If you haven`t read the first book it still makes sense. I recommend it to people who like historical and fun books. I`m not a big fan of historical books, but this book made me want to read more historical books. It is one of my favorite books because it`s suspenseful, and I think you`ll love it too.

Book Review written by Charlotte Zaino

New Children's Books: November 2014

Did you love 2015 Nutmeg Nominee Tuesdays at the Castle? Then check out the third book in this series today!
Did you love 2015 Nutmeg Nominee Tuesdays at the Castle? Then check out the third book in this series today!

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 tenth month of 2014.

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

Register for the Fall II Storytime Series

Catch me!
Catch me!

Brochures for the Fall II Storytime Session are available now. We look forward to seeing you and your children for our upcoming season of storytimes!  The schedule is below.

Fall II (Six weeks)

Register: Monday 10/6 - Monday 10/20
Session: Monday 10/27 - Friday 12/5

Register Online

Registration is a lottery.  Each child can participate in one registered program per session. Parents will be notified by Saturday, 10/25 (Fall II). 

-Register your infants and 1-year-olds based on their ability to walk

-Register children ages 2 and up based on their age by 10/20 (Fall II).

*Registered storytimes are for Darien residents, those employed full-time in Darien, or non-residents who are contributors to the Darien Library Annual Campaign at the $300 level or above.


We will also have some great drop-in Baby Laptime, Toddler Tales, and Preschool Time storytimes on the schedule as well!

The Children's Library Maker Day

Cardboard robot rides in a cardboard car.
Cardboard robot rides in a cardboard car.

Saturday, October 11th starting at 10 a.m.

Calling all Makers!

Join Darien Library as we feature several hands-on activites through the Library in an effort to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM). Grades K and up. Drop-in.

Schedule of Events

10 to 11:30 am Global Cardboard Challenge

1pm Make Break: MaKeyMaKey and Circuits Demo 

1 to 3pm Makerbot 3D Printing Showcase 

2pm Green Moon Art Spot 

2pm Lego Club 

3pm Paper Crafts and Sensory Art 

3:30 to 4:30 pm Make a Marble Run 


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