Meet Harold W. McGraw Fellow Lisa Nowlain!

Lisa is from California, and in this picture she is trying to learn how to stay warm for winter.
Lisa is from California, and in this picture she is trying to learn how to stay warm for winter.

Most of you know Krishna Grady, who for the past two years has been the Harold W. McGraw fellow here in the Children's Library at Darien.  The fellowship is a two-year Children's Librarian opportunity for a children's librarian who has recently graduated from library school, and people from all over the country apply to work in this special library.  Two years have passed, and lucky for us, Krishna is staying on as Coordinator of Children's Programs!

We are happy to welcome the 2014-2016 Fellow this month - Lisa Nowlain. Lisa was born in San Francisco, CA and has driven from California all the way to Connecticut this month - with her husband, her cat Risso, and most of her belongings packed in the car!  Lisa became a librarian after returning from her time Laos, where she was giving art and mural workshops.  She realized that in her next job, she wanted to connect people with ideas, information, and each other in the heart of a community.  And so she went to librarian school in San Jose, CA!

Lisa is half Swedish and grew up eating a lot of potatoes, pancakes, and lingonberry jam, and speaks Swedish with her mom and grandparents.  She loves Pippi Longstocking because she is extraordinarily silly and a swashbuckling adventurer - most of Astrid Lindgren's books are her favorites.  She also loves books about edible wild plants and Neil Gaiman's creepy books make her a little afraid of the dark (but she reads them anyway).

Lisa has said, "If there's one thing about Darien that makes me the most excited, it's the TEA room! I can't wait to make art with kids and their families."  Lisa is also very excited about the giant printer in the Small Office Home Office center and the fact that she gets to read books, sing songs, play with iPads, and brainstorm how to support Darien's children with talented librarians - for her job!

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 professionals 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. 



Drop in Summer Reading Programs

Stories by the Pond
A storytelling program for families at Darien’s Tilley Pond Park. This program is co-sponsored by the Darien Parks and Recreation Department.
All ages
Tuesdays, 10 to 10:30 a.m.
August 5 and 12

Bending Gravity
Eric Girardi has been professionally performing object manipulation for over 15 years as a world-ranked yo-yo player, 5 ball juggler, world-class top spinner, diaboloist, contact juggler (up to 8 balls), devilstick player, poi spinner, stilt-walker, fire entertainer, and an artist of over 15 circus skills.
Grades K to 5
Tuesday, August 19
3 to 4 p.m.
Louise Parker Berry Community Room
Tickets distributed 15 minutes prior to the program. Space is limited.


Explaining the Birds and Bees for Parents

Photo courtesy of Flickr user nutmeg66
Photo courtesy of Flickr user nutmeg66

Monday, June 9 at 9:30 AM

Amanda Romaniello, LPC and Ed Moran, LCSW from Family Centers will help moms and dads prepare to have a frank discussion on “the birds and the bees” with their child. 


2015 Nutmeg Nominees Announced!

2015 Nutmeg Nominees are here!
2015 Nutmeg Nominees are here!

It's finally time to reveal the new Nutmeg Nominees for 2015, and this year, there's a surprise!

For the first time ever, there are Nutmeg books for kids in grades 2-6 to read!

The Elementary Level is geared towards kids in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade. These books can be found on display to the right of the doors when you enter the children's library.

The Intermediate Level is geared towards kids in grades 4th, 5th, and 6th. These books can be found on display to the left of the doors when you enter the children's library.

View the Elementary Level books and place holds!

View the Intermediate Level books and place holds!

Nutmeg Voting Results for 2014

Intermediate Book Award
Total votes:  17,349
5,689  Out of My Mind
3,815  The Candymakers
2,106  Closed for the Season
1,499  Wildfire Run
944     Inside Out and Back Again
933     Saving Armpit
776     The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman
620     Wild Girl
594     The Great Wall of Lucy Wu
373     Mike Stellar: Nerves of Steel


New DVDs for Parents

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



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.

Drop in!

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!

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