Tweet Up: Homework Apps

There's an app for that!  Image via Flickr user alexanderiam
There's an app for that! Image via Flickr user alexanderiam

Thursday, March 14 at 8 p.m.

Join us for a discussion of learning and discovery apps on Twitter!  Use the hashtag #DLTweetUp to participate in the conversation or follow along. 

 

March is Women's History Month

On March 8th many countries around the globe celebrate International Women's Day. It is even a national holiday in some locations! 

In the United States we celebrate National Women's History Month which was decided by Congress in 1987. 

Visit the Children's Library in March to see some of the inspiring women who have graced the covers of award-winning picture books and biographies. There are many more female heroes in the Kids Bio section of the library, as well as in the below booklist. 

Tween Book Group - March 20th

Wednesday, March 20th at 6 p.m.

Join us for a discussion of Kimberly Brubaker Bradley's award-winning Jeffersons Sons: A Founding Father's Secret Children.

A lively discussion over pizza will be followed by a book-related activity.

Grades 4 - 6.

Be sure to check out each month's Tween Book Group!

Soundwaters - Watershed Science and Animals

Photo courtesy of Flickr user gwylow71
Photo courtesy of Flickr user gwylow71

Monday, March 4th  from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.

Join SoundWaters to discover the variety of animals that call the Long Island Sound watershed home. Get up close and learn how terrapins, sea stars, fish and crabs adapt to changes daily and over time. Determine who is a producer, scavenger or predator. Also perform a hands-on experiment of human impact on a watershed. This program will take place in the Library's Community Room. 

Grades K to 5

New Children's Fantasy

Great new fantasy adventures await you!
Great new fantasy adventures await you!

 

Calling all Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, Unwanteds, fantasy, and adventure fans!

There's so much new fantasy fiction here at Darien Library - If you're looking for a new adventure to fill the void before the next book in your favorite fantasy series comes out, check out this list below!

 

2013 ALA Youth Media Award Winners

Congratulations to this year's ALA Youth Media Award Winners!

The Newbery Award for excellence in children's literature went to The One and Only Ivan by Kathryn Applegate. Newbery honors were given to Laura Amy Schlitz for Splendors and Glooms, Sheila Turnage for Three Times Lucky, and Sibert Winner Bomb.

This year, the Caldecott Award for excellence in picture books went to John Klassen, for This is Not My Hat. Klassen also won a Caldecott Honor for Extra Yarn, by Mac Barnett. Other Caldecott Honors were given to Peter Brown for Creepy Carrots, Laura Seeger for Green, David Small for One Cool Friend and to Pamela Zagarenski for Sleep Like a Tiger. Special Congratulations to Miss Kiera on her excellent work on the 2013 Caldecott Committee!

The Sibert Award for excellence in children's non-fiction went to Bomb: The Race to Build (And Steal) The World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steven Sheinkin. And the Geisel Award, for excellence in Early Readers, went to Up, Tall and High, by Ethan Long.

See a full list of winners below!

Youth Media Awards to be Announced on Monday

Who will win the Caldecott this year? Last year's winner, THIS IS NOT MY HAT, has been a big hit at Darien Library!
Who will win the Caldecott this year? Last year's winner, THIS IS NOT MY HAT, has been a big hit at Darien Library!

The American Library Association's Youth Media Awards will be announced this 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 Seibert Award (for distinguished non-fiction), and the Geisel (for distinguished books for beginning readers). 

Keep an eye on this space for a list of the winning books on Monday morning! 

Have you read all of last year's winners?

Bookworms

Join us!
Join us!

Thursdays at 4:15 p.m.

Join us for a weekly crafty storytime.  Past activities included drawing like Michaelangelo (lying down and creating art on the bottom of a chair) and creating marshmallow rockets.  Drop in to find out what's happening this week!

Ages 5 to 7.

Mystery Readers Looking for a Clue

Photo courtesy of Flickr user elycefeliz
Photo courtesy of Flickr user elycefeliz

Have you been chosen to be a mystery reader in your child's classroom, and not sure what to do next? Never fear, the Children's Librarians have suggestions and tips for you.

If your visit falls close to a holiday, choosing a holiday read-aloud is always a popular choice. Funny books are also a big hit with kids of all ages. If you're feeling theatrical, a prop such as a hat, or a puppet is a fun thing to bring along, especially for younger students.

Be sure to read through the book before you arrive, so you are familiar with it. And remember, if you are having fun with it, so will the kids!

We've picked some of our most favorite read-alouds, and compiled some book lists. Click on the age group of the class, and start browsing.

Ages 3 to 5

Ages 6 to 8

Ages 9 to 12

 

Mystery Readers Ages 9-12

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