Understanding Your Tween's Online World

Image courtesy of flickr user Kevin Jarrett
Image courtesy of flickr user Kevin Jarrett

Tuesday, January 21st at 9:30 a.m.

Tweens are living in a social media world, using Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, Vine, and Minecraft. As a parent do you feel that you are losing control over your child’s world? Do you know all the functions and risks of these apps and games? Explore the latest social apps and games with Nancy Sheed, a social media strategist and online manager and trainer, and Darien Library’s own John Blyberg, Assistant Director for Innovation and User Experience. Co-sponsored by YWCA Parent Awareness.

Register now for T|E|A Room Programs

What will you learn?
What will you learn?

T|E|A Room classes are held Tuesday & Wednesday afternoons from 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., and are open to children in Grades 3 to 6.

Register

 

 

ETSY 101

Picture courtesy of itty bitty bag
Picture courtesy of itty bitty bag

Friday, January 10th at 10 a.m.

Do you want to start your own handmade business but you’re not sure where to begin? Go on a guided tour of Etsy.com with Darien resident and handmade business educator, Jennifer St. Jean. Her sales number in the thousands both on and off Etsy, and in stores like Saks 5th Avenue. Jen will discuss what you need to set up an Etsy shop, and the four keys to Etsy success. Her Etsy shop is ittybittybag.

 

Register Here

Movie Magic

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

Fridays, January 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st at 10 a.m.
In the Community Room

Join us for an array of picture book movies like favorites Where the Wild Things Are, Green Eggs and Ham, and more.

The Pop Ups Concert

Photo courtesy of thepopups.com
Photo courtesy of thepopups.com

Monday, January 20th at 11 a.m.

Darien Library is proud to present a special Martin Luther King, Jr. Day concert by The Pop Ups. Critically acclaimed by The Wall Street Journal, The Pop Ups are not your typical band; they perform their music with cardboard props, hand painted sets, and a colorful cast of original puppets. 

Ages 3+.

Family Tech Night

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

Tuesday, January 14 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.

Open T|E|A Room

The T|E|A Room at Darien Library
The T|E|A Room at Darien Library

Wednesdays, January 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th

from 4-6 p.m.

Calling all Makers! The T|E|A Room (Technology, Engineering, and the Arts is open for play, exploration, creation and discovery. 

Grades 3 to 6. Drop-in

January 8th: Bracelets

January 15th: That's Paper?

January 22nd: If you build it...

January 29th: Fabulous Flying Machines

*Space is limited. Please arrive 15 minutes before class time. 

The Digital Family: Programs for Children

Photo/design courtesy of Jess Craig
Photo/design courtesy of Jess Craig

Registration for these classes begins on Monday, December 23.

---------

Techsplorers     Tuesdays, January 21, 28 and February 4, 11 from 4:15 to 5 p.m.

A technology class for 6 to 8-year-olds.  Elementary-aged children will have the opportunity to reinforce computer skills, explore fun new websites, and create unique projects using both traditional and digital art techniques.

Register for the waitlist here

----------

iKids     Mondays, January 20, 27 and February 3, 10 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

A creation-based technology program for 9 to 12-year-olds. This highly interactive class focuses on using technology to express creativity. From podcasting and digital photography to book trailers and art apps, kids will explore different media and create their own.

Register for the waitlist here

----------

MineCraft Fridays     Fridays, January 17, 31; February 14, 28; March 14 and 28 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Did you know that Darien Library is the host of the Fairfield County Minecraft Server? Join us as we present challenges to build and collaborate within the Minecraft program. We will also work on crafts and other fun projects. Participants will need to have their own Minecraft login and should already be "whitelisted" to play on the server. Speak to a Children's Librarian beforehand to ensure access to the server. Grades 3+.

Drop-in

When the Library Lights go out...

Stuffed animals breakdancing in the Toddler Room
Stuffed animals breakdancing in the Toddler Room

Looks like our stuffed animals - who spent the night on Tuesday, December 17th, in the Children's Library - had fun dancing and cheering each other on! We spied them breakdancing in the Toddler Room.

Take a look at the photos from the Stuffed Animal Sleepover!

 

The Digital Family: Programs for Parents

Photo/design courtesy of Jess Craig
Photo/design courtesy of Jess Craig

Registration opens Monday, December 23rd.

21 Things for 21st Century Parents

Monday, January 6th to Friday, March 7th

An 8-week online course for parents. From Twitter and Instagram to maker culture and apps, you will learn about the latest and most influential new technologies. Participate at your own pace by completing mini-assignments (“things”) online for the chance to win weekly raffle prizes. Participants will also have opportunities to meet each week in person and take hands-on classes. Topics will include Ebooks and Devices, Facebook and Twitter, Maker Culture, Gaming, Blogging, Apps, and Photosharing.

Register online here

----------

Monday Matinee TED Talks 

Monday, January 6 and 27 at 11am: Kids and Technology
Monday, February 10 and 24 at 11am: Communication

Grab a coffee on us and enjoy three 10-15 minute TED Talk videos. TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design, is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting “Ideas Worth Spreading.” The TED Talks will also be posted online to view at home.

----------

Etsy 101 Workshop

Friday, January 10 at 10am

Are you crafty? If you've ever thought about opening your own online store, Etsy may be the place to start.  It's the world's most vibrant marketplace for buying and selling handmade or vintage items.  Learn how to run an Etsy shop from Jennifer St. Jean of the Itty Bitty Bag Company.

Register online here

----------

Family Tech Night

Tuesday, January 14 at 5pm

How do you read eBooks on your iPhone, Kindle, or other device? Find out the answers to these and more and have fun playing with the Library’s iPads, Nooks, and other tech gadgets. We will also explore content available from Hoopla, OverDrive, 3M Cloud Library, and Zinio.

----------

Understanding Your Tween's Online World: Apps and Games

Tuesday, January 21 at 9:30am

Tweens are living in a social media world, using Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, Vine, and Minecraft. As a parent do you feel that you are losing control over your child’s world? Do you know all the functions and risks of these apps and games? Explore the latest social apps and games with Nancy Sheed, a social media strategist and online manager and trainer, and Darien Library’s own John Blyberg, Assistant Director for Innovation and User Experience. Co-sponsored by YWCA Parent Awareness.

----------

Online Security Seminar

Thursday, January 30 at 9:30am
Thursday, February 13 at 6pm

Our online world can be daunting — how do we keep ourselves and our families safe from identity theft, computer viruses, and online predators? Come learn tips from our tech savvy librarians about how to protect your computer, accounts, and self online.

Register for the seminar on January 30 at 9:30am

Register for the seminar on February 13 at 6pm

----------

App Chats

Thursday, January 30 at 4:15pm: Homework Apps
Thursday, March 6 at 4:15pm: Apps for All Ages

Pull up a chair and learn about the latest and greatest apps for Apple and Android devices.

----------

Tumblr Workshop

Tuesday, February 4 at 10am

What is the Tumblr community and how can parents benefit from joining? Learn how to set up your own Tumblr account, find users to follow, and discuss Tumblr vocabulary such as “reblogging.”

Register online here

----------

Declutter Your Digital Self

Wednesday, February 26 at 12pm

Is your desktop hard to navigate? Do you want to understand how to better manage your digital self? Come and learn about methods for de-cluttering your hard drive and backing up your files through Cloud programs like Dropbox or Google Drive.

Register online here

----------

Family Digital Scavenger Hunt

Friday, March 7 at 6:30pm

Families will compete in this touchscreen event that will have them racing through the stacks. Teams are welcome to bring their own devices.

Register online here

----------

Tweet Ups

Thursday, February 6 at 10am: Favorite Blogs
Tuesday, March 4 at 10am: Favorite Apps

Join the conversation from the comfort of your own home or from the Children’s Library. Using the social networking platform Twitter and the hashtag #DLTweetUp, you are invited to chat with the librarians and other parents.

Syndicate content