Chinese New Year Crafts

2016 is the Year of the Monkey
2016 is the Year of the Monkey

Monday, February 8 at 4 p.m.

Join us for Chinese New Year inspired crafts. Ages 3 and up. Open - no registration necessary.

Sunday Matinees

Little Giants on Sunday, February 7th at 2 p.m.

Beauty and the Beast on Sunday, February 14th at 2 p.m.
Little Giants on Sunday, February 7th at 2 p.m. Beauty and the Beast on Sunday, February 14th at 2 p.m.

Little Giants on Sunday, February 7th at 2 p.m.

Beauty and the Beast on Sunday, February 14th at 2 p.m.

Families are invited to watch these classic films together. Open - no registration necessary. 

Little GiantsEver since childhood, nerdy Danny O'Shea (Rick Moranis) has felt inferior to his brother, Kevin (Ed O'Neill), a former college football star. When the youth football team Kevin coaches rejects Danny's daughter, Becky (Shawna Waldron), because she's a girl, Becky convinces her dad to start a rival team, though the city can support only one. To prove himself against his brother, Danny begins coaching his team of misfits for a playoff game. Watch the Trailer. Rated PG, running time 107 minutes. 

Beauty and the Beast. An arrogant young prince and his castle's servants fall under the spell of a wicked enchantress, who turns him into the hideous Beast until he learns to love and be loved in return. The spirited, headstrong village girl Belle enters the Beast's castle after he imprisons her father Maurice. With the help of his enchanted servants, including the matronly Mrs. Potts, Belle begins to draw the cold-hearted Beast out of his isolation. Watch the Trailer. Rated G, running time 90 minutes.

Tech Series Week 2: Screen Time & Your Family

Image Courtesy of the Darien Library
Image Courtesy of the Darien Library

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The big issue on every parent’s mind as tablets and apps abound is screen time. How much is appropriate for children? At what age should a child be exposed to media? What is the effect of screen time on young minds? The research is constantly being updated. The main thing to keep in mind is that the answer to all these questions is: it’s up to you as a parent! These rules are yours to make. It’s not that different from decisions you make around nutrition, education, and afterschool activities. At the library, we can help you with resources to help you make good decisions.

Learn more about Screen time and your family...

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Tech Series Week 2: Screen Time & Your Family (continued)

Courtesy of Darien Library
Courtesy of Darien Library

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So, how much screen time and when? The American Academy of Pediatrics used to recommend no screen time for children under two, but has since changed their tune. Like other organizations, such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children and Fred Rogers Center, they now assert that “All screens are not created equal.” Interactive media, such as apps on a phone or tablet, needs a different set of criteria than passive media like television. Technology, when used correctly, can be beneficial in the “context of conversation and interaction with an adult” - especially for toddlers. Preschoolers and Kindergartners can benefit from free exploration of interactive apps, especially when connected to real life learning and relationships.

Here are some ideas for ways to use media in an educational way with children.
·         Make a media plan. Think about apps used, hours spent, and who is using the media.
·         The key to media use with young children is joint media engagement. When an adult is there to give context to the app, it makes using a tablet into a learning opportunity. Just like reading a book, playing apps should be a collaborative activity with your child.
·         Let apps inspire real life play! Connect what you’re seeing in media to what you’re seeing in real life. For instance, after playing Build a Train, talk about things you’ve seen in the game in the car.
·         Be a media model! You are your child’s first model for media use.
·         Connect your app use to the five early literacy practices: read, write, talk, sing, and play.
We are always available to talk about screen time and technology here at the library, and have many books in our collection to support you!

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New iPad apps!

I'm a tablet
I'm a tablet

We've updated our iPad apps on our Early Literacy and Tween Tabs, both available for checkout!

Whats new?

Coding is now a category on both, with apps to help kids learn programming languages through fun games.

The Tween Tabs have apps for downloading eBooks from our collection, and the Early Literacy iPads have six new interactive eBooks on them.

Let us know if you have any suggestions! For a list of the new apps, see: Early Literacy iPad apps or Tween Tab apps.

Continued: Tech Series Week 1

Photo by tasselflower / CC BY 2.0
Photo by tasselflower / CC BY 2.0

Continued from here.

So what’s the hubbub about eBooks, and how does the Darien Library fit into this digital world? This past year was a big one for eBooks. In 2015, eBook circulation in libraries across the country skyrocketed, with over 33 library systems in large cities exceeding a million checkouts. Each month Darien Library adds hundreds of titles to our eBook lending libraries, of which we have three: Overdrive, Hoopla, and the 3M Cloud Library. The Children’s and Teen Library are especially proud of our eReading Room, which is offered through Overdrive. This special portal on the library’s website links children and teen eBook borrowers directly to content just for them! All adult books are omitted from the eReading Room, making it the perfect place for anyone ages 0-18 to browse through the 1,800+ titles we offer through the eReading Room.

If you are a Darien resident, work full-time in Darien, or are a Friend of the Library who has donated $300 or more, Darien Library offers eBooks and eAudiobooks for check-out through those three vendors. Each service offers free apps that can be easily downloaded to your tablet device or phone. Overdrive also has an exclusive contract with Amazon which allows readers to download kindle books to their devices and Kindle apps.

We also offer a Netflix-like streaming service, Hoopla, with offerings such as television shows, movies, music, and comics in addition to eAudiobooks. Additionally, the library offers eMagazines through a service called Zinio, a convenient free app that you can download to your devices. The service can also be used on a desktop or laptop computer through the library’s website.

If it’s cold outside, the library is closed, or you just don’t feel like changing out of your pajamas this winter, there’s a way to get great books, movies, tv shows, music, magazines, and audiobooks delivered right to your device. Check out our Digital page to learn more!

Tech Series Week 1: Digital Darien

Photo by tasselflower / CC BY 2.0
Photo by tasselflower / CC BY 2.0

Like what you see here? Sign up for tech emails and we will send you one email a week through March 14.

The big issue on every parent’s mind as tablets and apps abound is screen time. How much is appropriate for children? At what age should a child be exposed to media? What is the effect of screen time on young minds? The research is constantly being updated. The main thing to keep in mind is that the answer to all these questions is: it’s up to you as a parent! These rules are yours to make. It’s not that different from decisions you make around nutrition, education, and afterschool activities. At the library, we can help you with resources to help you make good decisions.

Learn more about Digital Darien...

Noon Year's Eve Photos on Flickr!

Celebrating Noon Year's Eve!
Celebrating Noon Year's Eve!

Did you join us for Noon Year's Eve? We posted the photos from our photo booth on Flickr if you'd like to see how the festivities went!

Family Tech Series 2016

Grow with us!
Grow with us!

Darien Library Presents: Family Tech Series

January, February, and March 2016

From gaming to cloud computing, technology has shaped the ways that we connect and communicate. Join us for stimulating discussions, hands-on classes, and more.

Interested participants can sign up to receive a weekly email during the duration of the Tech Series to further their knowledge and learn more about technology.  Emails will be sent on Mondays, beginning January 18 and concluding on March 14. There will be no email the week of February 15. 

Sign up for emails at http://bit.ly/TechSeries16

To view our full calendar of events, please see:

Tech Programs for Adults and Families

Tech Programs for Kids

*Registration opens Monday, January 11th

Family Tech Series: Programs for Adults, Parents, and Families

Registration opens Monday, January 11th

See our Programs for Kids

Sign up to receive weekly emails for the duration of the Tech Series

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Book Group Savvy Workshop: The Digital Library
Tuesday, January 26th from
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
A  hands-on workshop designed to help you download to your device (Kindle, iPad, smart phone, Android), navigate the Library ebook collection, maneuver Zinio (online magazine collection) and investigate new book group websites!
Register Online (For Adults)

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App Evaluation for Parents
Thursday, January 28th at 4:15 p.m.
With the millions of apps out there it can be difficult to choose good apps for your kids. Join us as we discuss evaluation techniques.
Open to Adults: No registration necessary                 
*Concurrent to our kid’s art program Bookworms for 4- 7  year olds.

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Ten Minute Recess
Monday, February 8th at 1 p.m.
Friday, February 12th at 1 p.m.
Join us and take a peek into the world of YouTube workouts as we take on a ten-minute fitness challenge.
Open to Adults: No registration necessary

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Gabbin’ With Grandkids
Wednesday, February 10th at 3 p.m.
Long-distance grandparents can stay in touch with new technology like Skype and Apple’s FaceTime. We will show you how to utilize these technologies to read your grandkids a cherished book or just gab about what’s good.
Register Online (For Adults)

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One-Day Robot Camp
Saturday, February 13th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A fun-filled day for anyone looking to try their hands at robotics. At the conclusion of this event, participants will leave with a working autonomous robot that they built and programmed that day. Learn soldering, DC motor theory, and Arduino programming. No coding experience necessary.
Register Online (For Adults)

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Tech Topics for Parents
Finding it difficult to navigate new digital terrain? Parents are invited to attend book discussions on topics such as screentime and networked teens. Breakfast will be served.


Thursday, February 11th from 10 to 11 a.m.
Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age from Picture Books to eBooks and Everything in Between by Jason Boog

Open to Adults: No registration necessary


Thursday, March 10th from 10 to 11 a.m.
It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens By Danah Boyd
Open to Adults: No registration necessary

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Family Digital Scavenger Hunt
Friday, February 19th at 6 p.m.
Do you know the Darien Library? Families will compete in this touchscreen event that will have them racing through the stacks. 
Register Online (Family Program)

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Learn a Language
Tuesday, March 1st at 6:30 p.m.
Interested in learning Farsi? Want to practice using your French? Brush up on a foreign language or experiment with a brand new one using digital resources available with nothing but a Library card.
Register Online (For Adults)

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Coding for Adults: Newbies Only!
Wednesday, March 16th from
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.      
Calling all moms, dads, entrepreneurs, college students, or anyone interested in coding! We will explore HTML terminology, and how to create tags, headings, images, and links. No experience necessary.
This event is full. Register for the waitlist.

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