Film Screening of Split: Divorce Through Kids' Eyes

The film screening will be followed by a facilitated discussion by Ed Moran, LCSW, who is a Senior Social Worker and Community Educator at Family Centers in Darien.
The film screening will be followed by a facilitated discussion by Ed Moran, LCSW, who is a Senior Social Worker and Community Educator at Family Centers in Darien.

Tuesday, April 29 at 7pm

This documentary for parents gives the child's perspective on divorce. Split features children aged 6 to 12 who discuss their experiences in dealing with the separation of their parents. The Huffington Post interview with filmmaker Ellen Bruno talks about her inspiration for making a documentary about kids and divorce. Film running time is 28 minutes. 

The screening will be followed by a facilitated discussion by Ed Moran, LCSW, who is a Senior Social Worker and Community Educator at Family Centers in Darien.

Mr. Moran has developed and presented programs for public and private school students, parents, teachers and school administrators on preventing peer bullying and developing leadership and communications skills in young people. He is a facilitator for the Parenting Education Program as well as Focus On Kids, a program designed to help high conflict divorced or divorcing parents. Prior to his career in social work, he was in the broadcast communications field in Fairfield County. He holds a Masters of Social Work from Fordham University.

This program is co-sponsored by YWCA Parent Awareness. The event is located in the Community Room.

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Split Trailer - splitfilm.org from ellen bruno on Vimeo.

One Book, One Community Programs

One Book One Community Kids book choice
One Book One Community Kids book choice

Join us for a bevy of programs celebrating our One Book One Community Initiative. This year the children's book is Born to Fly by Michael Ferrari. Pick up a copy today in the children's library.

Click through for more information about the programs we will be offering in the month of May.

Flying Machines
Wednesday, May 7th at 4pm
Grades 3 to 6

 

Family Films: Planes
Sunday, May 11th at 2pm
All ages

 

Registered: Family Book Discussion
Tuesday, May 13th at 6pm
Ages 9 to 12 and a family member

 

The Wright Stuff
Tuesday, May 27th at 4:15pm
Grades K to 6

 

 

Multicultural Series: March Programs

Celebrate with us!
Celebrate with us!

March Programs

The world is made up of many different cultures and here at Darien Library we like to celebrate and learn from them all. Learn something new about a different culture, widen your world view, and have fun!

 

Celebrate Holi

March 13th at 4:15-5:15pm

Join Mrs. Radia in celebrating Holi, the festival of colors! Holi is an ancient Indian festival that reminds us of the victory of good over evil. Learn about its origins and rituals, and enjoy some colorful crafts and music. Treasure the diversity in colors, and in life! Ages 6-10

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St. Patrick's Day Crafts

March 17th at 4-5pm

Join the Children's Librarians for a special drop in program featuring crafts celebrating St. Patrick's Day. Ages 4 and up.

 

Celebrate Norouz! Persian New Year

March 21st at 4:15-5:15pm

Welcome Spring with a program in honor of Persian New Year. Learn how to set the Haft Sin table, make a goldfish craft, and grow some wheatgrass. Ages 7 and up.

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Fantasy Friday: Rose

Fantasy Friday: Rose by Holly Webb

Holly Webb's Rose books, a beloved magical adventure series from the UK, are finally being released in the United States. In this charming blend of Harry Potter and A Little Princess, Rose is left under a rosebush at St. Bridget's Home for Abandoned Girls when she is less than a year old. At St. Bridget's, the girls are trained to be scullery maids and leave the Home at age 14 to find work. Unlike most of the other girls in the orphange, Rose, now 10, is looking forward to the day she gets to earn her own money. So when the Head Housekeeper to England's most important magician comes looking for a young girl to train as a maid, Rose jumps at the chance.

Almost immediately upon arriving at the Fountain Home, Rose realizes she's different than the other servants. Only she can sense the magic that seeps into the house's walls. Only she is unafraid to clean the master's storeroom. And only she can hear the voice of the master's white cat, Gus, in her head. Magic only exists in noble families, so how does an orphaned scullery maid have the ability to talk to plants and create pictures in the air? And will this lowly orphan be able to save the children of England from a magical menace that only she can sense?

Filled with humor, magic, an upstairs-downstairs feel reminiscent of Downton Abbey, and a charming new heroine, this import is a must-read!

2014 Youth Media Awards Announced

Flora & Ulysses is a laugh-out-loud funny story with a heart of gold.
Flora & Ulysses is a laugh-out-loud funny story with a heart of gold.

The American Library Association's Youth Media Awards were announced this morning, Monday, January 27th at 8 a.m. EST!

These awards include the Caldecott Medal (for distinguished illustrations), the Newbery Medal (for distinguished children's book writing), the Sibert Award (for distinguished non-fiction), and the Geisel (for distinguished books for beginning readers).

The Newbery Award went to two-time winner (and 2014 National Ambassador of Young People's Literature) Kate DiCamillo for her marvelously funny Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures. Darien Library favorite Doll Bones, by Holly Black, was one of four books to receive a Newbery Honor. 

The Caldecott Award went to the beautifully detailed Locomotive, by Brian Floca. Three books were honored, including the luminously illustrated Journey, by Aaron Becker.

You can put the complete list of winners on hold, or stop by the Children's Library and see what's available!

Worth It: The Original Art show

Above, original painting for Battle Bunny. Below, the art as it appeared in the book.
Above, original painting for Battle Bunny. Below, the art as it appeared in the book.

On Monday, December 9th, Miss Elisabeth and Miss Krishna visited The Original Art show, which is an annual exhibition of art created for children's books. The show is hosted at the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators in New York City.

The juried show is in its 34th year, and features art hand-selected by a committee of industry veterans and artists. This year's jury included Brian Floca! The show awards prizes to the best art created for a children's book in a given year. This year awards went to The Dark, illustrated by Jon Klassen, and Barbed Wire Baseball, illustrated by Yuko Shimizu, among others.

Entries from 3 of the 4 illustrators who visited Darien this fall (Frank Viva, Oliver Jeffers, and Peter Brown) make this exhibit of special interest to Darienites, and it is truly amazing to see such beautiful artwork up close. The idea that the gorgeous painting you're seeing on the wall is the same picture you have in a book at the library is both mind-boggling and wonderful.

The exhibit runs through December 21st. More information can be found here. We can't recommend it highly enough!

2013 Holiday Gift Giving Guide

image courtesy of christmasstockimages.com
image courtesy of christmasstockimages.com

Searching high and low for the perfect present this holiday season?

Check out a list of suggestions curated by the Children's Librarians! Our favorite books, toys, games, and more are sure to make your loved ones smile this year.

Find great gifts for ages birth to 12!

Eliminating Stress and Creating Balance in Your Child’s Life

Photo courtesy of Flickr user herwordskill
Photo courtesy of Flickr user herwordskill

Tuesday, November 19 at 7 pm (middle and high school panel)

Darien Library and the YWCA Parent Awareness are proud to present a panel for parents of middle and high school students. The panel will feature local mental health experts who will speak to topics that relate to children of that age group. Register below for panel attendance.

The panel will be moderated by Connecticut State Representative Terrie Wood, who represents Darien and Norwalk in the Connecticut House of Representatives. Ms. Wood also serves as the Co-Chair of the Mental Health Working Group of the Gun Violence Bill.

Tuesday, November 19 at 7pm - Middle and High School Panel

Panelists include: Lisa Bunce, MS, RD/N, Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Owner, Back-to-Basics Nutrition Consulting, Redding; Christopher M. Bogart, PhD, Executive Director, The Southfield Center for Development, Darien; Phyllis L. Weihs, MS, NCC, NCDF, Psychotherapist Fairfield University; and Eileen Whalen, School Psychologist, Darien High School.

Parents can submit questions for the panelists prior to the event.

In the Library's Community Room. Additional parking is available along Post Road.

 

A Visit with Author/Illustrator Greg Foley

photograph by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin
photograph by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin

Wednesday, December 4th at 4:15 p.m.

Join us for a reading and a drawing demonstration with author/illustrator Greg Foley!

Greg Foley is the award-winning author/illustrator of books such as Thank You Bear, Purple Little Bird, and Willoughby and the Moon. His visit will mark the close of our Fall Into Art series, so be sure to register below! Find out more about the author on his delightfully interactive website.

Ages 3-8

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A Visit with Author/Illustrator Oliver Jeffers

Via Oliver Jeffers' Twitter
Via Oliver Jeffers' Twitter

Thursday, October 17th at 4:15 p.m. for ages 3+

Join us for a drop-in celebration of drawing and books!

The Children's Library is pleased to present A Visit With Author/Illustrator Oliver Jeffers, one of Darien's favorite picture book authors! Oliver Jeffers is the popular author of booktalking books Stuck and Up & Down, as well as the illustrator of the New York Times bestselling The Day the Crayons Quit. Find out more about the author on his website. And check out the awesome short video below!

 

**Space is limited; tickets will be distributed 15 minutes prior to the event.

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