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! 

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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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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KAB Review: Villainous

What did Sage think of Matthew Cody's latest?
What did Sage think of Matthew Cody's latest?

Here are KAB member Sage's thoughts on Villainous:

When the truth spread that there were super humans in the town of Noble’s Green, tourists started coming from around the world. Because of that, the town opened up a super human school to teach the gifted how to control their powers for good. Around that time, mysterious acts of vandalism started appearing. The townspeople are blaming the super humans. Meanwhile, a group of super humans are bullying and terrifying everyone at the super-school. Will Daniel be able to solve all the mysteries?

Although I didn't like Villainous as much as the other two books in the Powerless series, there’s still a lot going on throughout the entire book. The main action happens in the last few chapters.

Featured Collection - Kids Languages

Choose from one of the many books in the Kids Languages Glade
Choose from one of the many books in the Kids Languages Glade

Are you traveling this December? Is your child curious about a new language or culture? The Kids Languages section in the Children's Library includes books, DVDs, and other resources in a variety of languages including Spanish, Chinese, Hebrew and Arabic. There are even materials for English Language Learners and kids passionate about American Sign Language.

The Library also subscribes to online databases that support learning a new language.

Muzzy Online

The world's number one language course for children, Muzzy has been recommended by teachers and parents for twenty-five years. Developed by the BBC, Muzzy online instructs learners through both animation and humor. Languages available include English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Chinese Mandarin, and Russian.

Mango Languages

PhD- created and linguist-approved, Mango Languages is a language learning software for both adults and students.

Little Pim offers a variety of language DVDs and Playaway Views which are also part of the Kids Languages Glade.

The following booklist features some of the children's librarians' favorite books in this collection.

2015 Book Groups

Book Groups in the Children's Library will read books like this one!
Book Groups in the Children's Library will read books like this one!

This winter, join the Children's Library for a series of drop-in book discussions for elementary and middle school readers! Our book groups are designed to encourage Common Core-required skills such as critical thinking, information literacy, self-direction, and collaboration – all in a fun environment. 

Jr. Book Club

Wednesday, March 25th at 4:15 p.m.: The Vanishing Coin

Early elementary readers are invited to discuss librarian-selected chapter books. The discussion will be followed by an activity, game or craft inspired by the story. Grades 2-3.

 

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.

New Children's Books: October 2014

As one Yankee great retires, why not check out the Young Readers addition of another great's autobiography.
As one Yankee great retires, why not check out the Young Readers addition of another great's autobiography.

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 ninth month of 2014.

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

Introducing the Kids Newbery Section

The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American children's book published the previous year.
The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American children's book published the previous year.

The Children's Library is proud to present our Kids Newbery section - one place to check out almost 100 years of award-winning books! Shelved together at the end of Kids Fiction, the Kids Newbery Collection is home to every single award winner since 1922, as well as popular honor-winners from the past decades. 

The John Newbery Medal is the oldest and most important Children's Award in the world. It is given to the "most distinguished" written book for American children (up to age 14), so you will find books with more mature themes and characters. Newbery Award winners are great for readers looking to explore big ideas, and parents, if you haven't read a children's book since you were a child, this section is a great place to start! Here you'll find classics like Island of the Blue Dolphins (1961), tear-jerkers like Bridge to Terabithia (1978), and laugh-out-loud funny books like The Whipping Boy (1987). 

Don't forget to check out your librarian's favorite Newbery books on display above the shelves!

 

 

 

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