Red - not just roses and hearts

February can be rough. There are roses, hearts, and lipsticky kisses on everything around you. But can red be more than a smooshy love color? We think so! Check out these fun books about this exciting color, with everything from fairy tales to history.

Red - not just roses and hearts

February can be rough. There are roses, hearts, and lipsticky kisses on everything around you. But can red be more than a smooshy love color? We think so! Check out these fun books about this exciting color, with everything from fairy tales to history.

Black History Month Film Festival: The Watsons Go to Birmingham

Did you know The Watsons Go to Birmingham was originally a book? 

If you are curious about civil rights - the who, what, when and the how of them, check out this booklist.  Why would people bomb a church in Alabama? And why would people march into firehoses spraying them?  What does integration mean? All of these questions and more are answered in our booklist below.

Black History Month Film Festival: Princess and the Frog

Did the Jazz Music in the Princess and Frog inspire you? Learn more about this exciting music form, and New Orleans, in these books (and CDs!) in our collection.

Here's what Martin Luther King, Jr. had to say about jazz in 1964: "Jazz speaks for life. The Blues tell the story of life's difficulties, and if you think for a moment, you will realize that they take the hardest realities of life and put them into music, only to come out with some new hope or sense of triumph.

This is triumphant music.

Modern jazz has continued in this tradition, singing the songs of a more complicated urban existence. When life itself offers no order and meaning, the musician creates an order and meaning from the sounds of the earth which flow through his instrument.

It is no wonder that so much of the search for identity among American Negroes was championed by Jazz musicians. Long before the modern essayists and scholars wrote of racial identity as a problem for a multiracial world, musicians were returning to their roots to affirm that which was stirring within their souls."

Black History Month Film Festival: The Color of Friendship

The Color of Friendship is about a South African exchange student and an African-American family in Washington, D.C - and their struggles to overcome stereotypes and racism. Are you curious about the history of both South Africa and African Americans?  Look no farther! Below is a list that should help you out from picture books to non-fiction.

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

We have a great display up in the library, but here are some books from our collection on this great man.  Read and be inspired!

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.

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