Nutmeg Jr. Book Club: Sidney & Sydney: Third Grade Mix Up

Sidney & Sydney: Third Grade Mix Up by Michele Jakubowski
Sidney & Sydney: Third Grade Mix Up by Michele Jakubowski

Wednesday, September 17th at 4:30 p.m.

Nutmeg Jr. Book Club: Sidney & Sydney: Third Grade Mix Up by Michele Jakubowski.

Early elementary readers are invited to discuss Nutmeg Junior nominated selections for this year. The discussion will be followed by an activity, game, or craft inspired by the story.

Grades 2 to 3. Drop-in.

Family Tech Night

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Brian Sawyer
Photo courtesy of Flickr user Brian Sawyer

Wednesday, September 24th at 5 p.m.

Come learn about eBook access through the library while playing with our iPads, Nooks, and other tech gadgets. We will also explore content available on Hoopla, Overdrive, 3M Cloud Library, and Zinio.

All ages and parents.

A Visit from a Children's Librarian

A Children's Librarian visits a local Darien preschool
A Children's Librarian visits a local Darien preschool

Are you a Girl or Boy Scout Troop interested in visiting the Library?

Are you a teacher, substitute teacher, or homeschool parent looking for books on a specific subject?

We can help! The Children's Library is available for visits to outside facilities, such as preschools or elementary schools, and can also lead guided tours of the Library and its collections. Additionally, we offer support to teachers and homeschool parents on providing support for specific topics, booklist creation, and database tutorials. 

If you would like to book a visit to the Library, or a visit from a Librarian, visit our Outreach Visits page.

If you would like guidance or support on a school unit or specific subject, visit our Assignment Alert page. 

 

Fall/Winter Book Groups

What will win the Newbery Award in 2015? Your Newbery Visionary can cast their vote for Darien Library's pick!
What will win the Newbery Award in 2015? Your Newbery Visionary can cast their vote for Darien Library's pick!

Join us as we introduce two new book groups!

This fall on Wednesdays we will feature Newbery Visionaries for grades 4-6 and Nutmeg Jr Bookclub for grades 2-3.

 

Newbery Visionaries is a registered book group which welcomes all book lovers and critical thinkers in grades 4-6. Participants will learn all about the Newbery Award, the oldest and most distinguished Children's Book Award in the world. Kids will be given potential 2015 Newbery Award books to read and asked to use their critical thinking skills to debate which books deserve to win the biggest prize of all! It all culminates in a party in January where Darien's Newbery Visionaries vote for their own choice for the 2015 Newbery Award! Dinner will be served at each meeting. 

Registration is now closed.

First Meeting: September 15th at 5pm

 

Nutmeg Jr Bookclub invites elementary readers in grades 2-3 to discuss Nutmeg Jr-nominated selections for this year. The discussion will be followed by an activity, game or craft inspired by the story.

Nutmeg Jr Schedule:

Wednesdays at 4:30pm

September 17th Sidney and Sydney: Third Grade Mix-Up by Michele Jakubowski

October 1st: Frankie Pickle and the Pine Run 3000 by Eric Wight

November 19th: The Trouble with Chickens by Doreen Cronin

 

 

Registration for the Fall Storytime Series

Catch me!
Catch me!

Brochures for the two Fall 2014 Registered Storytime series available now. We look forward to seeing you and your children for our upcoming season of storytimes!  The schedule is below.

Fall I (Six weeks)
Register: Monday 8/18 - Tuesday 9/2
Session: Monday 9/8 - Friday 10/17


Storytime break: Week of Monday 10/20.


Fall II (Six weeks)
Register: Monday 10/6 - Monday 10/20
Session: Monday 10/27 - Friday 12/5

 

Registration is a lottery.  Each child can participate in one registered program per session. Parents will be notified by Saturday, 9/6 (Fall I) & Saturday, 10/25 (Fall II).  

-Register your infants and 1-year-olds based on their ability to walk 

-Register children ages 2 and up based on their age by 9/1 (Fall I) and 10/20 (Fall II).


*Registered storytimes are for Darien residents, those employed full-time in Darien, or non-residents who are contributors to the Darien Library Annual Campaign at the $300 level or above.

 

We will also have some great drop-in Baby Laptime, Toddler Tales, and Preschool Time storytimes on the schedule as well!

Bending Gravity

Eric Giraridi in action
Eric Giraridi in action

Tuesday, August 19 from 3 to 4 p.m.

Eric Girardi has been professionally performing object manipulation for over 15 years as a world-ranked yo-yo player, 5 ball juggler, world-class top spinner, diaboloist, contact juggler (up to 8 balls), devilstick player, poi spinner, stilt-walker, fire entertainer, and an artist of over 15 circus skills. Grades K to 5.

In the Louise Parker Berry Community Room

Tickets will be distributed 15 minutes prior to the program. Space is limited.

Jr. Book Club: Fortunately, The Milk

Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

Wednesday, August 13 at 4 p.m


Junior Book Club: Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman


Early elementary readers are invited to share their thoughts on some of the booktalking selections for this year. The discussion will be followed by an activity, game, or craft inspired by the story. Grades 2 to 3. Drop-in.

Stories by the Pond

Stories by the Pond
Stories by the Pond

Tuesday, August 5th and 12th at 10 a.m.

Join the Children’s Librarians at Darien’s Tilley Pond Park for our popular summer storytelling series held outdoors. Co-sponsored by Darien Parks and Recreation Department. All Ages.

Lego Club

Lego Club creations
Lego Club creations

Saturday, September 27th from 2 to 4 p.m.

Stop by the Children’s Library for free play and collaborative Lego building. Ages 5 and up. Drop-in.

Meet Harold W. McGraw Fellow Lisa Nowlain!

Lisa is from California, and in this picture she is trying to learn how to stay warm for winter.
Lisa is from California, and in this picture she is trying to learn how to stay warm for winter.

Most of you know Krishna Grady, who for the past two years has been the Harold W. McGraw fellow here in the Children's Library at Darien.  The fellowship is a two-year Children's Librarian opportunity for a children's librarian who has recently graduated from library school, and people from all over the country apply to work in this special library.  Two years have passed, and lucky for us, Krishna is staying on as Coordinator of Children's Programs!

We are happy to welcome the 2014-2016 Fellow this month - Lisa Nowlain. Lisa was born in San Francisco, CA and has driven from California all the way to Connecticut this month - with her husband, her cat Risso, and most of her belongings packed in the car!  Lisa became a librarian after returning from her time Laos, where she was giving art and mural workshops.  She realized that in her next job, she wanted to connect people with ideas, information, and each other in the heart of a community.  And so she went to librarian school in San Jose, CA!

Lisa is half Swedish and grew up eating a lot of potatoes, pancakes, and lingonberry jam, and speaks Swedish with her mom and grandparents.  She loves Pippi Longstocking because she is extraordinarily silly and a swashbuckling adventurer - most of Astrid Lindgren's books are her favorites.  She also loves books about edible wild plants and Neil Gaiman's creepy books make her a little afraid of the dark (but she reads them anyway).

Lisa has said, "If there's one thing about Darien that makes me the most excited, it's the TEA room! I can't wait to make art with kids and their families."  Lisa is also very excited about the giant printer in the Small Office Home Office center and the fact that she gets to read books, sing songs, play with iPads, and brainstorm how to support Darien's children with talented librarians - for her job!

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