Review of Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

Raina and Amara are family, but that doesn't mean they always get along.
Raina and Amara are family, but that doesn't mean they always get along.

Sisters Book Review by Charlotte Zaino

Sisters is a graphic novel about Raina and her relationship with her little sister, Amara. Raina wants a sister REALLY badly, until she has one. The story starts when the whole family (except for her dad) is getting ready to go on a three week road trip from California to Colorado for a family reunion. Before they leave, Raina and Amara get in a big fight. Raina starts to wonder why she ever wanted a sister in the first place. Then the story goes back and forth in time from when they were little kids to the present. As the flashbacks go on, the girls get older. The illustrations really help to tell the story. 

This book is a sequel to Smile, which I found a little more exciting and entertaining. Sisters focuses more on a stressful time in Raina's life, because in this book her parents aren't getting along well and she feels left out at the family reunion. Even though the topic is more serious, there are still some exciting moments, like when Raina and Amara work together to get their old pet snake out of the car. Kids will like this book because even though there are events that most kids probably haven't been through (luring a king snake out of your car) almost every pair of siblings can relate to the relationship between Raina and Amara. In the end, Raina is glad to have a sister, and realizes that no one can replace her.

Thank you to new KAB Member Charlotte for giving us her review of the much anticipated new Raina Telgemeier graphic novel. 

Rain or Shine: Video Game Bus at Darien Library


Friday, October 2nd from 3 to 9 p.m.

The video game bus is rolling up to Darien Library for 6 fun-filled hours of video games, pizza, and candy for tweens and teens ages 10-18.
The bus will be parked in front of the Library. Pizza, candy, and refreshments will be served. We will also have outdoor games in the courtyard available for double the fun! If you're looking for even more fun please stay and join us for the Friday Night Film. After you've gamed your little heart sit back and enjoy the goodness of The Fault in Our Stars at 6:30 PM and 8:45 PM.

This program is currently full.

New Children's Books September 2015!

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 eighth month of 2015.

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

Cece Bell Author Visit

Join us to meet Newbery Honor winner Cece Bell as she talks about her New York Times bestselling graphic novel memoir EL DEAFO.  Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful—and very awkward—hearing aid.

This is a unique chance to connect with a major publishing talent and an opportunity for everyone to think closely about their own growing up experience.

Ages 8 and up
Monday, October 5 from 5 to 6 pm
Open - no registration necessary. Tickets will be distributed 15 minutes before the program.
Louise Parker Berry Community Room

Exciting Fall Releases in the Children's Library

Read Greg's latest adventure on November 3rd!
Read Greg's latest adventure on November 3rd!

Did you know there are some exciting new books coming out this fall that you can put on hold right now?

On August 18th, be the first of your friends to read Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories! Previously available as ebooks, this is their first time in print.

October 6th is another big day: the fourth Timmy Failure book comes out, and so does Rick Riordan's new series about Norse Gods, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard.

And finally, on November 3rd, Greg Heffley's journey continues with Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School!

If you place your holds today, you'll get a copy of the book the day it comes out! 

Happy reading!

The 2016 Nutmeg Nominees are here!

Which Nutmegs will be Darien favorites in 2015-2016?
Which Nutmegs will be Darien favorites in 2015-2016?

The Connecticut State Book Award, the Nutmeg, announced it's 2016 slate of nominees on Friday, May 1st.

Check out the Elementary Nutmegs, for grades 2-4!

Check out the Intermediate Nutmegs, for grades 4-6!

Which Nutmeg Nominee will be your favorite this year?

KAB Review: The Island of Dr. Libris

New from the author of Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library!
New from the author of Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library!

We ask our Kids Advisory Board to review new and upcoming books. What did Ishaan think of The Island of Dr. Libris?

"The Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein is about a boy named Billy whose parents are separating. He goes to live with his mom, who is renting a house from a mysterious Dr. Libris. When Billy learns that there is no TV or Xbox in the house, he is disappointed. But after reading parts of the book The Trials of Hercules, Billy hears real noises coming from Dr. Libris’s Island. He asks his mom what the noise is, but she can’t hear it. When Billy explores the island, he finds real life characters there from the books he is reading. Later, Billy takes his new friend Walter to the island and together they try and solve all of the real-live problems that are going on. The problem? Billy (Sir William of Goat) is wanted by the Sheriff of Nottingham- and the four musketeers. I liked the book because it was full of fantasy stories that I enjoy. My favorite part was when Billy used the boy Nick Farkas to destroy the evil Space Lizard for good. So, will Billy- allied with Robin Hood, Hercules, and Tom Sawyer- be able to defeat anything on the island that comes his way? Find out by reading The Island of Dr. Libris."

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!




Books for Branching Out

Logo design by Lisa Nowlain
Logo design by Lisa Nowlain

Has your child found the series that will help them love to read?

If you're still searching for the perfect books to help a growing reader branch out in new directions, why not start with our Branch Booklists? Hi-lo titles on these lists are perfect for reluctant readers in grades 2-5.

Branch Books for 2nd & 3rd Grade

Branch Books for 4th & 5th Grade

Also, be sure to check out the America Library Association's recommendations for Hi-Lo books!

Tween Tabs in the Children's Library

Check out a Tween Tab in the Library, or grab a Tween Tab app list.
Check out a Tween Tab in the Library, or grab a Tween Tab app list.

Place a hold on the Tween Tab today! The Children's Library circulates Tween Tab iPads for kids ages 9 to 12. 

The Tween Tabs come with pre-loaded apps selected by the children's librarians. There are over 70 Apps which highlight the following Kids Nonfiction Glades: Bio, Languages, Facts, Traditions, Animals, Create, Fun, Self, Sports, Poetry, STEM, and Then & Now.

Additional content on kids and technology is located on  ALSC's Digital Media Resources website. 

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