ADHD and Mood Disorders: New Strategies and Treatments

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Steven Yeh
Photo courtesy of Flickr user Steven Yeh

Monday, March 23rd at 7pm

Darien Library and Darien Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) are pleased to present Dr. Alan Wachtel on ADHD & Mood Disorders: New Strategies and Treatments.  

Dr. Wachtel will discuss strategies, medication options and treatments for children who struggle with mood and attention. He will cover school-based accommodations and strategies. Research has shown that parents and teachers need to foster a child’s focus to maximize a child’s ability to learn. In addition, he will address the benefits and risks of various treatments and decisions when to commence or postpone treatment at various stages of a child's life.

Dr. Wachtel is the author of The Attention Deficit Answer Book. He is a board certified psychiatrist and is the founder and director of Familyhealth Associates and a Distinguished Life Fellow APA.

In the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.

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Common Core Panel Presentation: March 20, 2013

Common Core State Standards & Literacy Panel Presentation

Welcome Miss Krishna to the Children's Library!

We welcome Miss Krishna to the Children's Library at Darien Library. Please bring your children in to meet the newest member of our staff! Miss Krishna was selected from many wonderful applicants to become the McGraw Fellow for the Children's Library. 

New Children's Books: June 2015

Readers looking for a thrill will love Theodore Boone's latest adventure!
Readers looking for a thrill will love Theodore Boone's latest adventure!

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 fifth month of 2015.

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

KAB Review: Cakes in Space

Coming soon!
Coming soon!

We ask our Kids Advisory Board to review new and upcoming books. What did Kiran think of Cakes in Space?

Cakes in space was a great book - it was full of action and friendship. The book is about a girl named Astra who is moving to a new planet. It will take 1,000 years to get there so robots have to put them into sleeping pods. Astra wakes up in the middle of the night and she finds cakes made from the food robot nomo-torn but these cakes are alive and have a brain of their own. Astra goes on a journey through the ship with her friend Pilibeam who helps her stop the evil cakes

Meaningful Inclusion Benefits All Students

William Henderson, Ed.D., author of The Blind Advantage will be at the Library on April 27
William Henderson, Ed.D., author of The Blind Advantage will be at the Library on April 27

Monday, April 27th from 12 noon to 1:30 pm

William Henderson, Ed.D., author of The Blind Advantage: How Going Blind Made me a Stronger Principal and How Including Children with Disabilities Made the School Better for Everyone, will present practical strategies for developing successful inclusive schools.

Dr. Henderson will discuss actions that individuals can take and policies that schools can develop to promote a culture of inclusion, to provide instruction with universal design and specialized supports, and to build a community that collaborates and problem solves. He will also highlight how including students with disabilities can be a catalyst for improving teaching and learning for everyone.

As a first-year teacher, Dr. Henderson learned he was gradually losing his vision and was advised he “should get out of education.” Instead he continued to persevere and went on to become principal of the Patrick O’Hearn Elementary School which is now renamed the Dr. William W. Henderson K- 12 Inclusion School.

This program is co-sponsored by SEPAC, the Special Education Parent Advisory Committee. 

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There will also be an educator presentation from 3:30 to 5 PM. 

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Nutmeg Book Group: Walls Within Walls

Thursday, March 19th at 5 p.m.

Join us for pizza and a discussion of Walls Within Walls, a Nutmeg-Nominated book.

The discussion will be followed by a book-related activity.

Grades 4 to 6. Drop-in.

100 Before One Suggestions

This is Miss Elisabeth's all-time favorite book to read to babies!
This is Miss Elisabeth's all-time favorite book to read to babies!

Congratulations! You've signed up for Darien Library's 100 Before One program and have committed to reading your baby at least 100 books before their first birthday. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends reading to your infant every single day from birth, and we at Darien Library support that wholeheartedly. Reading is one of the very best ways to improve a child's vocabulary, and babies start learning words almost as soon as they're born! 

Very young infants do best with books with bold colors, photos of other babies, or stark black and white. These images are easier for their developing eyes to see, and will catch their interest more. Once your baby can grasp, board books are a great way to let your child figure out how books work! Rhyming text, interesting patterns, animal noises, and classic nursery rhymes are great for babies approaching the age of one. To get a jump start on your list, check out this booklist of great books for babies below! 

Starting a Handmade Business with Jen. St. Jean

Image courtesy of Jen St. Jean
Image courtesy of Jen St. Jean

Tuesday, January 13th at 10am

Do you want to start your own handmade business but are not sure where to begin? Go on a guided online tour with Darien resident and handmade business educator, Jennifer St. Jean. Her sales numbers are in the thousands, and her items are sold in boutiques and at Saks Fifth Avenue. Her online shop is ittybittybag.com.

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Common Core Standards - Resources for Parents and Teachers

Looking to learn more about the Common Core State Standards? Here are a few great resources:

Presentation Slides from March 20, 2013 Panel Discussion

Children's Cooperative Book Center - Bibliographies with Common Core in mind

CoreStandards.org  The website that details all aspects of the standards.

Connecticut State Department of Education

Parent Guides to Student Sucess  Created by the National PTA, these are grade-level guides that detail the skills children are expected to master.

Shifts for Students and Parents  Created by EngageNY.org, this document explains the six major shifts in English and Math that happen under Common Core.

Common Core Standards Video - This video created by the Hunt Institute gives the history of the standards.

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