National Book Award Longlist

 

The 2013 National Book Award Longlist for young adult literature has been released, and this year there are several Childern's Library favorites on the list, including the newest from Kate DiCamillo and the lastest from Anne Ursu, whose Breadcrumbs has been an enduring favorite since its 2011 release.

Check out all 10 books on the longlist below!

Fall Into Art - Drop-In Programs

These fun Fall Into Art programs do not require registration, but space may be limited.

R.W.D. Read, Watch, Discuss    

Wednesday, November 20 at 4:15 p.m.: Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Join Miss Elisabeth and Miss Krishna for a movie, pizza, and discussion of a book and its film adaptation. Grades 4 to 6.

Artworms      

Thursday, November 14, 21 from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.

Miss Krishna leads this weekly craft program. Learn about famous artists and replicate some of their work! Ages 5-7.

Open TEA Room*      

Friday, November 15, 29 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Calling all Makers! The TEA Room (Technology, Engineering, & The Arts) is open for free play, exploration, creation, and discovery. Grades 3-6 and a parent/care-giver. *Space is limited, sign up 15 minutes prior to the program.

Sensory Saturdays       

Saturday, November 23 from 11 to 1 p.m.

Explore your senses in this crafting program designed for Children on the Spectrum but open to all! Ages 4+ and a parent/caregiver.

 

October Fall Into Art Programs

Registration begins Tuesday, September 3.

These are the Fall Into Art registered programs for October 2013. Click on a program title to register.

A Visit with Author Frank Viva      Thursday, October 3 from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.

In collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Publications, help us kick off Fall Into Art with a reading from Frank Viva, author of the 2013 booktalking book A Trip to the Bottom of the World With Mouse, as well as his new book Young Frank, Architect. Ages 3-8.

Art APPreciation     Mondays, October 7, 14, 21, 28 from 5 to 6 p.m.

Young artists will go digital by experimenting with photography, drawing, and animation apps. Ages 9-12.

This class is now full. Register for the waitlist here.

Get Surreal!     Wednesday, October 16 from 4:15 tp 5 p.m.

Read a book about famed Surreal artists Salvador Dali aand Rene Magritte and create your own surreal collages to take home. Ages 7-9

This class is now full. Register for the waitlist here.

Needle & Thread      Tuesday, October 22 from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.

At this inter-generational program, enjoy tea and cookies while learning the art of needlework! Ages 8-12.

This class is now full. Register for the waitlist here.

Deepavali/Diwali Celebration      Tuesday, October 29 from 5 to 6 p.m.

Join Mrs. Radia to learn about the ancient celebration of Deepavali/Diwali in this interactive crafting program. Ages 5+.

This class is now full. Register for the waitlist here.

 

 

Fall Into Art!

Fall into Art this autumn with the children's library! Image via http://www.williammoten.com/
Fall into Art this autumn with the children's library! Image via http://www.williammoten.com/

School is back in session and the air is getting crisper - this autumn, Fall Into Art with the Children's Library!

Join us in October and November for a series of creative programs for all ages, as well as spectacular author visits from Darien Library favorites Frank Viva, Oliver Jeffers, Peter Brown, and Greg Foley!

Register for November & December programs

Drop-in programs

First Saturdays in the Children's Library

Children's Library storytime attendees
Children's Library storytime attendees

Saturday,  February 1st, March 1st, and April 5th

11 am

A weekend storytime for families. Walkers up to 36 months with a parent/caregiver are welcome to attend this Saturday morning storytime, which will include some of our favorite books, rhymes, and fingerplays. 

 

Raising Financially Responsible Children

Image courtesy of Online Trading Academy
Image courtesy of Online Trading Academy

Tuesday, September 17 at 10 a.m.

Teach your kids about the value of money in this seminar created by the noted financial expert and New York Times bestselling author, Neale S. Godfrey.

Learn age-appropriate methods of teaching kids how to:

- Earn and Appreciate Their Allowance

-Develop Good Savings and Investing Habits

-Separate Needs and Wants

-Become Disciplined Shoppers

This seminar will be led by Seth Morton and Terry Gaffney from the New York Life Insurance Company of Stratford, CT.

Celebrate Harry Potter's Birthday!

JK Rowling says Harry Potter was born July 31, 1980, making our beloved character 33 this year!
JK Rowling says Harry Potter was born July 31, 1980, making our beloved character 33 this year!

Wednesday, July 31 at 2 p.m.

Calling all kid Potter fans!

This Wednesday, July 31st, is Harry Potter's birthday! Come celebrate the birth of the Boy Who Lived with the Children's Library.

This drop in event will run from 2 - 4 p.m. Potterheads can participate in a trivia contest, test their knowledge of Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans, vote for their favorite Harry Potter book, create their own "dark mark" tattoos, and win cool prizes!

 

In Case You Missed It: The Dear America Series

 

Looking for a series that reads quickly and is filled with adventures? Why not check out the Dear America books? First published a decade ago, this collection of historical (fictional) journals covers every period in American History, while the accompanying Royal Diaries series looks at the childhood of famous princesses throughout the world.

The books are uniformly excellent - this librarian is a particular fan of Voyage on the Great Titanic: The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady and the Royal Diaries book Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House of Tudor. Lots of your favorite authors wrote for the series, including Kathryn Lasky and Mary Pope Osborne!

Check them out today!

Brand New Audio!

 

The Children's Library just got a huge order of brand new audio - both CDs and Playaways! See if we have your new favorites below!

 

Non-Fiction for 6th Grade & Beyond

The Children's Librarians have compiled their favorite non-fiction books for sixth grade and beyond!

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