Review of the New Joshua Dread Book

The third book in the incredible Joshua Dread series!
The third book in the incredible Joshua Dread series!

Joshua Dread, The Dominion Key

 

Joshua Dread, the Dominion Key, is the best book that Lee Bacon has written in the series! The author has created an adventure that would fit in a superhero's diary!

Let me introduce the gang: Joshua, the main character, has the power of sending an electric wave in any direction. Sophie, Captain Justice's daughter, has superhuman strength. Milton, Joshua's best friend, is the only person in the group who doesn't have a superpower. Marinda became their friend when they all joined the Alliance of Infinity, which is the name of the group. She can look into the future, so she can predict her enemy's next move.

The story starts in the food court at the mall. They discover there is another supervillain there when nachos, ketchup, and mustard start flying through the air. Along with the supervillain, who can control objects with her mind, there is a thug and the four friends' all-time enemy, nFinity. nFinity used to be one of the superheroes but betrayed them by siding with Phoenix Vex, an evil multi-billionaire. nFinity drops a list at the food court. The list holds names of the gadgets that Vex wants the supervillains to get so they can create a weapon to stop time and destroy the universe.

The superheroes get sent away to Alabaster Academy for safety purposes. One by one, things on nFinity's list are disappearing. There's only the Dominion Key left, so they take a journey to save it. Will they beat Phoenix Vex to it?

 

by Kevin Kuryla

 

Museum Passes

Photo courtesy of Flickr user RISD museum.
Photo courtesy of Flickr user RISD museum.

The following Museum Passes are now available in the Children's Library for check out. Families can use the passes to gain free or discounted admission depending on the location. Passes are available for residents, members who work in Darien full-time, and non-residents who are Friends at the $300 level and above. Place one on hold today! 

Stepping Stones Museum for Children 

The New Children's Museum 

Mystic Aquarium

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum 

The Maritime Aquarium

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art 

Did you know that you and your family can also reserve a MoMA Pass from the Library

Sensory Saturdays

April is Autism Awareness month
April is Autism Awareness month

Saturdays, April 12th and 26th from 12 noon to 1 p.m.

April is Autism Awareness Month and the Children's Library will be hosting a creation hour for families of children with autism or sensory processing disorders. Ages 3+ with a parent/caregiver.

Celebrate Nowruz! Persian New Year

Drop in for crafts and a Nowruz celebration Friday, March 21. 

Flickr photo courtesy of yaza_
Drop in for crafts and a Nowruz celebration Friday, March 21. Flickr photo courtesy of yaza_

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!

Nutmeg @ Night

In honor of Mike Stellar, this year's Nutmeg @ Night trivia challenge is interstellar-themed!
In honor of Mike Stellar, this year's Nutmeg @ Night trivia challenge is interstellar-themed!

Tuesday, April 1st at  6 p.m.

Calling all Nutmeg Readers!

Get ready, because the Children’s Library is hosting its annual evening of Nutmeg trivia and challenges! Each year before the big Nutmeg vote, Darien Children's Library brings kids together in an evening of friendly competition. Competing in four teams for awesome prizes, which kids will blast off and be the ultimate Nutmeg champions?

Grades 4 to 6.

Register for Nutmeg @ Night!

There's still time to read the 2014 Nutmeg Nominees! Check out this complete list of Nominees.

 

 

Review of Winter Sky by Patricia Reilly Giff

Looking for a fast-paced mystery?
Looking for a fast-paced mystery?

One of our Kids Advisory Board members submitted this review of the new book by Connecticut author Patricia Reilly Giff. 

Winter Sky

This book is a fast paced mystery, about a girl named Siria, whose mom died and dad is a fire fighter. Siria watches over her dad and secretly follows him to all his fires. But when fires start to pop up in the oddest of places, Siria suspects someone is setting them.  As she follows the clues, she thinks she knows who is setting them but is she right? Can she stop them when she does find out? I won't spoil it for you, so read the book if you want to find out.

I enjoyed this book because it is fast placed and got right into the action. I also liked that it was a mystery so I was always trying to decipher the clues. This book was hard to put down and I think that children who like mysteries, adventure, or just want a fast paced book will definitely enjoy this one. 

Thank you Toby for that awesome review! 

 

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!

Read. Watch. Discuss!

Howl's Moving Castle
Howl's Moving Castle

Tuesday, August 12th at 2 p.m.

Read the book.

Watch the movie.

Discuss them both!

Join us for a movie, snack, and discussion of the book and Oscar-nominated film adaptation of Diana Wynne Jones' book Howl's Moving Castle.

Sophie is resigned to her boring fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl. Watch the trailer for the 2005 movie.

Rated PG, running time 119 minutes. Drop-in.

Ages 9 to 12.

 

Classic Holiday Movies

A Charlie Brown Christmas
A Charlie Brown Christmas

Friday, December 27th at 10:00 a.m.

Join us Fridays for such classics as A Charlie Brown Christmas (December 27).

In the Community Room.

All ages

3rd Annual Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Stuffed animals from last year's sleepover get silly with the copy machine!
Stuffed animals from last year's sleepover get silly with the copy machine!

Tuesday, December 17 at 6pm

It's that time of year again! Bring your furry and fuzzy stuffed animal pals to the Library for a special evening storytime and have them sleep over. Pick them up the next day and discover what happens “when the library lights go out.” Ages 2 and up.

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