Black History Month Film Festival: Selma, Lord, Selma

After watching Selma, Lord, Selma, you may want to read up on your books about kids effecting change. Selma, Lord, Selma is about (From IMDB.com): "In 1965 Alabama, an 11 year old girl (Jurnee Smollett) is touched by a speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. (Clifton Powell) and becomes a devout follower. But her resolution is tested when she joins others in the famed march from Selma to Montgomery."

We have some excellent books about young changemakers in all sections, from F5 to Kids.

New Children's Books: February 2015

Mary Pope Osborne has written her first Magic Tree House book for older readers. It's about WWII!
Mary Pope Osborne has written her first Magic Tree House book for older readers. It's about WWII!

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 first month of 2015.

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

Black History Month Film Festival: Cinderella

We love books about black princesses!  Our collection has everything from princesses in Africa to classic Grimm fairytales.   Check out a picture book about a black princess today!

Enjoy our activity sheet for the movie Cinderella, which we are showing as part of our Family Film Festival: Black History Month.

At the bottom of the list, we've also included some books that celebrate black beauty!

KAB Review: Magic in the Mix

Did KAB member Charlotte like Magic in the Mix?
Did KAB member Charlotte like Magic in the Mix?

In this adventure a set of “twins” are sent back in time to set things right. Magic in the Mix is the sequel to The Magic Half, where Miri goes back in time to get a twin from the 1940`s, Molly. In this book, when a handy man starts tearing apart the house to rebuild it, magic begins leaking all over the place. The house they live in is old and full of magic, but nobody knows except for the twins.  Molly has to go back in time to before she was born to save her mom from dying the minute she is born. Molly has to stop herself from being born by keeping her mom from meeting her dad. Or at least that’s what she thinks. To solve the real problem they have to go back and save their brothers who accidentally walked into the civil war thinking it was a reenactment.  

Magic in the Mix is a really well written book that is sad, adventurous, suspenseful, and exciting to read. If you haven`t read the first book it still makes sense. I recommend it to people who like historical and fun books. I`m not a big fan of historical books, but this book made me want to read more historical books. It is one of my favorite books because it`s suspenseful, and I think you`ll love it too.

- Kids Advisory Board member Charlotte Z.

New Children's Books: January 2015

The latest book in Kate O'Hearn's Olympus series!
The latest book in Kate O'Hearn's Olympus series!

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 final month of 2014.

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

Featured Collection - Kids Languages

Choose from one of the many books in the Kids Languages Glade
Choose from one of the many books in the Kids Languages Glade

Are you traveling this December? Is your child curious about a new language or culture? The Kids Languages section in the Children's Library includes books, DVDs, and other resources in a variety of languages including Spanish, Chinese, Hebrew and Arabic. There are even materials for English Language Learners and kids passionate about American Sign Language.

The Library also subscribes to online databases that support learning a new language.

Muzzy Online

The world's number one language course for children, Muzzy has been recommended by teachers and parents for twenty-five years. Developed by the BBC, Muzzy online instructs learners through both animation and humor. Languages available include English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Chinese Mandarin, and Russian.

Mango Languages

PhD- created and linguist-approved, Mango Languages is a language learning software for both adults and students.

Little Pim offers a variety of language DVDs and Playaway Views which are also part of the Kids Languages Glade.

The following booklist features some of the children's librarians' favorite books in this collection.

Books to answer questions about Ferguson

Image from Ferguson, MO's library
Image from Ferguson, MO's library

If your kids are hearing about the events in Ferguson, MO and you’re looking for some resources to discuss the historical context, legal system, and more, check out these non-fiction, fiction, and poetry resources.  These books cover American history, African- American experience, and civil rights.

New Children's Books: December 2014

Read the new Wimpy Kid today!
Read the new Wimpy Kid today!

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 eleventh month of 2014.

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

Adventure Booklist for Kids

Hatchet is the classic survival story by Gary Paulsen
Hatchet is the classic survival story by Gary Paulsen

These action-packed stories will keep young readers on the edge of their seats. If you happen to love books that feature characters racing against time, or around the globe, then these book selections are just what the doctor ordered!

Realistic Fiction Booklist for Kids

Last year's Nutmeg Award Winner Out of My Mind
Last year's Nutmeg Award Winner Out of My Mind

Do like reading books about kids just like you? What about kids fighting against all odds?

Whether a fan of school stories, sports dramas, or friendship tales, these novels will help readers empathize with some of the most unforgettable characters.

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