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.

 

A Visit with Author/Illustrator Peter Brown

YOU WILL BE MY FRIEND, PETER BROWN! from Peter Brown on Vimeo.

Tuesday, November 19th at 4:15 p.m.

Join us for a night of reading and drawing with Author/Illustrator Peter Brown!

Peter Brown is a perennial favorite at Darien Library, and this year's Randolph Caldecott Honor-winner for his work on Creepy Carrots. He wrote and illustrated the hit fall release Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, as well as the wildly funny Children Make Terrible Pets. Check out his website here!

Books will be available to purchase at the event.

Ages 3+

**Space is limited; tickets will be distributed 15 minutes prior to the event

Diary of a Wimpy Kid #8: Coming November 5!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck

We know you've been waiting patiently for almost two years to read the next book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. The day is finally here! On Tuesday, November 5, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck will be released. We have 20 copies that we are excited to add to the Darien Library's collection.

Place a hold on one today! 

Peter Brown Books

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

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!

Jr. Book Group

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis
Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis

Tuesday, October 22 at 5 p.m.

Early elementary readers are invited to this monthly book group. The discussion will be followed by an activity, craft, or game inspired by the story. This month’s book is Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis. Grades 2 to 3. 

 

Tween Book Group

Thursday, July 18 at 5 p.m.

Discuss Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead over a pizza dinner, followed by a book-related activity.  Ages 9 to 12.  Drop in.

 

Kids Summer Reading Programs

Bring out your inner spy!
Bring out your inner spy!

Welcome, agents, to a summer of fun, reading, and...intrigue.  Find out what's going on throughout the summer in the Children's Library by clicking on a link below.

Kids Program Calendar

Special Programs

Drop-In Programs

Book Groups

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