ADHD and Mood Disorders: New Strategies & Treatments

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

Monday, January 26th from 7 to 8:30pm

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 is the founder and director of Familyhealth Associates and a Distinguished Life Fellow APA.

In the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.

Register Online

Common Core Panel Presentation: March 20, 2013

Common Core State Standards & Literacy Panel Presentation

Road Trip Audiobooks

Going on an hours-long road trip for the holidays this year? Dreading having to play "I-Spy"  for hours and mediate fights over the family iPad or laptop? We've got an audiobook list that will keep the whole family entertained during your journeys near and far. Stop in to check them out before we close on December 24th!

iFamily: Programs for Parents

Registration opens Monday, December 29th


21 Things for 21st Century Parents

Monday, January 12th to Friday, March 13th

An 8-week online course for parents. From Maker culture to wearable technology, and robotics to 3D printing, you will learn about the latest and most influential new technologies. Participate at your own pace by completing mini-assignments (“things”) either online or by attending a program in the Library. The more you participate, the greater your chance of winning our grand prize raffle on Friday, March 13th. Weekly discussion topics will include: eBooks, Maker Culture, Health Tech/Wearable Tech, 3D Printing and Design, Digital Learning, and Robotics.



Starting a Handmade Business

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 



Family Digital Scavenger Hunt

Friday, January 16th at 6pm

Families will compete in this touchscreen event that will have them racing through the stacks. Teams are welcome to bring their own devices.



Family Tech Night

Tuesday, January 20th at 5pm
Monday, March 2nd at 5pm

Find out how to read eBooks on your iPhone, Kindle, or other device and play with the Library's iPads, Nooks and other tech gadgets. We will also explore content available through Hoopla, OverDrive, and the 3M Cloud Library.


Raising Teens to Thrive and Succeed in a Digital World

Thursday, January 22nd from 9:30 to 11:30am

Our children are being referred to as a “Post Human Society” because they are the first generation to be more comfortable with technology than with actual human beings.  In this talk, you will learn how to meet this new challenge and how to develop a deeper connection with your teen. This program is co-sponsored by YWCA Parent Awareness.


Family Fingerknitting

Tuesday, January 27th at 5pm

Families with children in Grades 3-6: Explore crafting, digital learning, and learn about Maker culture with the children’s librarians as we explore the technique of Fingerknitting. No knitting experience—or knitting needles!—required.



Stay Fit with Wii

Wednesday, February 4th at 5pm

Put on your workout shoes and join us in the Children’s Library for some friendly fitness play featuring active Wii games like Just Dance 2015, Wii Sports, and more.



Film: Terms and Conditions May Apply

Monday, February 9th at 7pm
Saturday, February 21st at 2pm

Have you read the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policies on your favorite websites and apps? Of course not. But those agreements allow corporations to do things with your personal information that you could never even imagine. Through interviews with technology thought leaders and futurists, Terms and Conditions documents the slippery slope of internet privacy. NR, 79 minutes. 



Declutter Your Digital Self

Tuesday, February 24th at 12pm

Is your desktop hard to navigate? Do you want to understand how to better manage your digital self? Come and learn about methods for de-cluttering your hard drive and backing up your files through Cloud programs like Dropbox and Google Drive.



Appy Hour

Thursday, February 26th at 6pm

Pull up a chair, enjoy a cocktail, and learn about the latest and greatest apps for Apple and Android devices.



Online Security Seminar

Wednesday, February 25th at 10am
Thursday, March 5th at 6pm

Our online world can be daunting — how do we keep ourselves and our families safe from identity theft, computer viruses, and online predators? Come learn tips from our tech savvy librarians about how to protect your computer, accounts, and self online.

Register for Wednesday, February 25th

Register for Thursday, March 5th


Senior Moments: Gabbin' With Grandkids

Tuesday, March 3rd at 3pm

Long distance grandparents can stay in touch with new technology like Skype and Apple’s FaceTime. We will show you how to utilize these technologies to read your grandkids a cherished book or just gab about what’s good. Support for Senior Moments is provided by the Connecticut State Library (CSL) and the Institute for Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS), an independent federal agency whose mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.



Family LEGO Mindstorms

Saturday, March 7th at 2pm

Families with children in Grades 4-6: Explore robotics by building and commanding your own LEGO  Mindstorms robot with a computer.


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  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, 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.

Appy Hour

Courtesy of Flickr user NJSCPA
Courtesy of Flickr user NJSCPA

Thursday, February 26th at 6 p.m.

Join us for a cocktail, pull up a chair, and learn about the latest and greatest apps for Apple and Android devices.

Ferguson Resources for Parents

A picture from Ferguson, MO's public library
A picture from Ferguson, MO's public library

Maybe you're getting some questions you don't know how to answer, or you want to make sure your child learns about the broader issues at stake with the Ferguson, MO events.  We've created a booklist of non-fiction, fiction, and poetry that deal with American history, African- American experiences, and civil rights.  Read on!

A St. Louis high school librarian created a LibGuide with resources about Ferguson, which are definitely geared towards high schoolers but may be of interest.

Books for Branching Out

Logo design by Lisa Nowlain
Logo design by Lisa Nowlain

Has your child found the series that will help them love to read?

If you're still searching for the perfect books to help a growing reader branch out in new directions, why not start with our Branch Booklists? Hi-lo titles on these lists are perfect for reluctant readers in grades 2-5.

Branch Books for 2nd & 3rd Grade

Branch Books for 4th & 5th Grade

Also, be sure to check out the America Library Association's recommendations for Hi-Lo books!

Tween Tabs in the Children's Library

Check out a Tween Tab in the Library, or grab a Tween Tab app list.
Check out a Tween Tab in the Library, or grab a Tween Tab app list.

The Children's Library is now circulating Tween Tabs for kids ages 9 to 12. 

The iPad Kits come with pre-loaded apps selected by the children's librarians. There are over 70 Apps which highlight the following Kids Nonfiction Glades: Bio, Languages, Facts, Traditions, Animals, Create, Fun, Self, Sports, Poetry, STEM, and Then & Now. 

Place a hold on the Tween Tab today. 

Additional content on kids and technology is located on  ALSC's Digital Media Resources website. 

Explaining the Birds and the Bees Booklist

Regardless of what age your children are when you begin The Talk there are many resources available to make this task a bit easier. 

Each year the Children's Library brings representatives from Family Centers to help guide parents through the process of tackling the topic of sex and reproduction with their children. 

Below are some titles that will also help in explaining the birds and bees to your kids. 

Parenting Magazine - Curious Kids

Kids Health 


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