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

Waitlist

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.

Collection Scavenger Hunt!

What questions will be answered in Kids Traditions?
What questions will be answered in Kids Traditions?

Thursday, September 19 from 4 - 5 p.m.

Get to know the newly reorganized Non-Fiction collection during this drop-in Scavenger Hunt!

Pick up your sheet of scavenger questions at the Children's Library desk and get to hunting! The first 10 kids with all the right answers win a delicious prize!

Ages 7+

 

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.

 

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