Whether you get your news from tv, the web, radio, Twitter, Facebook, or a newspaper, you've likely seen the headlines about the death of Osama Bin Laden. For adults, news like this can bring up a variety of emotions and take a while to fully process. Imagine then, the difficulty that many children have in trying to contextualize and fully absorb current events of this magnitude.
Since many young children were born after the events of September 11, 2001, a conversation about the history leading up to this week's news may be in order. The Children's Library offers several child-friendly databases for history, social studies, and biographies. These online resources, while compiled from print sources (and thereby appropriate for most homework assignments), are updated continually and offer the most current information for students.
For additional resources and information, stop by the Children's Library or contact us at email@example.com.
The media complains that kids don't read anymore--they are too tired, too distracted, and too busy to read books for fun. In fact, in Darien, only 22.5% of students in grades 7 to 12 said they spend three hours a week reading for pleasure (Search Institute Youth Survey Results, 2008). Would that change if we changed the way we think about reading?
Ariel Aberg-Riger, Chief Creative Officer at Fourth Story Media (NY), explores interactive fiction for teens in this talk about multi-media narratives and the new reading experience for young people.
This talk will explore how an interactive fiction series for teens works--what's in books versus on the web, how the community interacts with a story and with each other, and present examples of members' creative writing. There will be a discussion focusing on exciting reading-based interactive projects and initiatives, and where the future of multi-media narratives for kids and teens is headed.
The Value of Clutter: A Panel Presentation
Friday, March 4 at 10 AM
In January, they taught us about maximizing our closet space, managing our time, and organizing our important files. Now, back by popular demand, F.O.C.U.S. (Fairfield Organizers Creating Ultimate Solutions), a group consisting of local members of NAPO, the National Association of Professional Organizers, returns for a panel presentation that helps us make sense of, deal with, and become free of that thing that consumes many of us throughout our day - clutter!
This fun and informative look at why we keep clutter, and where it should go, will be moderated by Susan Lovallo, CPA, CPO, of Clutter Solutions, LLC. Topics to be covered include:
Paper Clutter (magazines, children's artwork, mail, greeting cards, and more) Presented by Matt Baier of Matt Baier Organizing, LLC.
Closet Clutter (baby clothes, "skinny" clothes, shoes, keepsakes, and more) Presented by Janet Barnes of Connecticut Closet and Shelf.
Assorted Clutter (books, old equipment, shopping bags, and more) Presented by Cara Brook of Strategize. Organize. Simplify., LLC.
What kinds of clutter have got you stumped? Bring your questions and have them answered by the pros!
Parents of boys and girls in 3rd and 4th grades are invited to join this 10-week Parent Discussion Group held in the Darien Library Conference Room. Using the Raising Our Sons and Raising Our Daughters Parenting Guides you will meet weekly with parents of children of the same age and gender to help prepare you and your children for the tween and teen years.
The first session will meet on Tuesday, February 15 at 10 AM in the Library's Conference Room.
Darien Library is a member of Thriving Youth: Connected Community, an initiative of the Human Services Planning Council for developmental asset building through meaningful relationships, experiences, skills and opportunities that benefit all our children. Thriving Youth: Connected Community is a movement in Darien to address the needs of our young people which were brought to light in the Fall when the Search Institute conducted the 40 Developmental Assets survey in our Middle and High Schools. If you missed the results when they were announced you can still view the presentation as a pdf here.
To see the list of Developmental Assets that will be discussed in this series, click here.
According to a new study in Early Childhood Research Quarterly, it can! Researchers found that toddlers who possess a spoken vocabulary at 24 months show an increased ability to later on control their emotions and self-regulate. The rationale behind the findings is that children who have the ability to verbalize their frustrations are able to more effectively control their own behavior.
And what time-tested method have parents and caregivers used for generations to help babies and toddlers begin to develop language skills? Reading aloud! So, stop by our Children's Library and pick up some Tantrum Stoppers... ahem.... that is, books.
(Photo courtesy of Flickr user Alessio85)
Do you know how do to keep your profile safe? Does your teen know the dangers of sharing too much information online? In these hands-on workshops, we will talk you through navigating privacy settings and more.
Workshops at Darien Library:
February 1st 10-11AM
February 3rd 3-4 PM
February 8th 10-11AM
February 9th 10-11AM
February 10th 7-8PM
February 11th 10-11AM
February 15th 7-8PM
February 16th 7-8PM
To sign up for these workshops, please contact Erica Leone, Teen Librarian at 203-669-5225 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
To sign up for additional workshops at the YMCA, please contact Parent Awarness at 203- 655-2535 or email@example.com
This program is co-sponsered by Darien Library and YWCA Parent Awareness, members of Thriving Youth; Connected Community.
These are questions that we children's librarians are asked almost every week. Parents, caregivers, and children will frequently come to us with a Leveled Reading list or instructions from their teachers to find books on the Guided Reading scale (this method of reading instruction, also known as the Fountas and Pinnell system, uses a scale from A to Z to indicate increasing levels of book difficulty.)
Since public libraries are organized and arranged to facilitate browsing, searching, and to inspire a lifelong love of reading, you won't find our Children's Library organized by the A to Z levels. So, how do you locate books that are appropriate for your child's reading level?
We pride ourselves on knowing great children's literature and enjoy making recommendations. We will usually begin by asking you or your child what kinds of books you've read recently and whether those books felt "just right" or not. We can help you find similar titles, ones that are a little harder, or a little easier.
For children just learning to read on their own, a great place to browse is in our F5 Learn to Read area. These books, also known as beginning readers, are designed to help newly emerging readers recognize common vocabulary, anticipate rhyming words, construct meaning through carefully placed illustrations, and build confidence.
For children who are reading independently but not quite ready to delve into Harry Potter, check out our Kids I Read section. Filled with popular chapter book series, these books help keep new readers engaged but not overwhelmed.
What is a level H or K or D anyway? What does it mean? It can be frustrating for both parents and children to locate books on their assigned Guided Reading level. Oftentimes, the Guided Reading lists given to parents contain titles that are out of print or unavailable.
One simple and effective way to judge whether any given book is too hard or too easy is The Five Finger Rule. Here's how it works:
Looking for more information on finding great books for your child? Stop by the Children's Library anytime or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are raising kids in a digital world. Facebook, Twitter, and a growing number of websites and social tools are becoming increasingly important in most aspects of our 21st century world. Information literacy is crucial to your children’s success in school and technology is now completely integrated into your child’s life. Today’s students want Web 2.0 tools to be a part of their learning lives because these are the tools that enable them to connect, collaborate, create, and engage in learning that is relevant, contextual and experiential.
Why should they have all the fun?
Join us in 12 weeks of learning through engagement in online technology, in 21 simple activities that you can do on your own time, at your own pace. This program is designed to help you learn about, and how to use, Web 2.0 technologies so that you may better support, guide, and parent your digital native kids safely and confidently through both the perils and the possibilities that this brave new digital world offers.
This program is inspired by the Learning 2.0: 23 Things program developed by Helene Blowersat the Public Library of Charlotte &Mecklenberg County and adopted by many other libraries and organizations since then. Content and style for 21 Things for 21st Century Parents has been borrowed and duplicated under a Creative Commons license. We thank them for sharing the program so that we may spread the ideas and make learning fun for parents too!
National Adoption Month goes back to 1976 when Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis announced the first Adoption Week. The idea spread rapidly and in 1984 President Reagan proclaimed the first National Adoption Week. In 1995, President Clinton expanded it into the entire month of November.
In 2009, President Obama issued the following statement as part of the National Adoption Month Presidential Proclamation:
"All children deserve a safe, loving family to protect and care for them. In America, thousands of young people are waiting for that opportunity. During National Adoption Month, we honor those families that have strengthened America through adoption, and we recommit to reducing the number of children awaiting adoption into loving families.
America is a country rich in resources and filled with countless caring men and women who hope to adopt. These individuals come from all walks of life, united in their commitment to love a child who is in need of the protective arms of a parent. We must do more to ensure that adoption is a viable option for them. By continually opening up the doors to adoption, and supporting full equality in adoption laws for all American families, we allow more children to find the permanent homes they yearn for and deserve.
This month, we also focus on children in foster care. These children are not in the system by their own choosing, but are forced into it by unfortunate or tragic circumstances. These young people have specific needs and require unique support. Federal, State, and local governments, communities, and individuals all have a role to play in ensuring that foster children have the resources and encouragement they need to realize their hopes and dreams.
The course of our future will depend on what we do to help the next generation of Americans succeed. This month, we celebrate those families brought together by adoption and renew our commitments to children in the foster care system."
Check out the Darien Library's wonderful collection of picture books, informational books, and stories about adoption. Stop by anytime this month to pick up Adoption booklists created by the Connecticut Department of Children and Families.
Stress Management: Caring for Ourselves, Empowering Our Children
Friday, November 12 at 11 a.m.
Experts and studies prove that no matter how busy we are, it is important to find ways to manage stress to maintain a healthy lifestyle and overall sense of well-being. This panel discussion will provide specific tips for reducing stress for ourselves while helping our children to develop healthy stress-management habits, as well.
Presented by representatives from The Child Guidance Center of Southern CT, Darien Youth Options, and Family Centers, this program is part of our Health & Wellness Series, “A Picture of Health.”
Presenting will be:
The Library's Health and Wellness Series is an extensive series of lectures, expert panels, computer workshops, and films. The schedule offers sessions on a variety of health issues, including nutrition, stress management, personal safety for children and teens, pain management, holistic medicine, sleep disorders, and medication management.