iPad updates

A few updates for you:

1. We have updated the apps and app lists for both our Early Literacy iPads and Tween Tabs. New apps include Thinkrolls 2, War Horse, The Voyage of Odysseys, Kalley's Machine Plus Cats, and more. Check out the new resources list too! 

2. You can now check out a Tween Tab for use in the library! All you need is a library card and you can use our Tween Tabs for one hour. Just ask at the Children's Desk. The Tween Tabs come loaded with tons of great apps, divided by Non-Fiction section. See the app list here: http://www.darienlibrary.org/kids/tween-tab-apps

Tween Tab Apps

Here's a list of the current apps on our Tween Tabs. Check one out today!

Then & Now

History: Maps of World  by Seungbin Cho
Historical maps from around the world.

American History Timeline by The McGraw-Hill Companies
An interactive timeline of events and people.

War Horse Interactive Edition  by Touchpress Limited
An interactive timeline, videos, and an ebook version of this book about WWI horses.

Ancient Egypt by Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc
An interactive encyclopedia of Egypt.

The Underground Railroad: Journey to Freedom by National Geographic Society
Experience life as a runaway slave.



Word Mover by NCTE
Make magnetic poetry in an app.

The Poetry App  by Josephine Hart Poetry Foundation
Famous poetry from around the world.

WordFoto by bitCycle AB
Create concrete poetry with photos.


Hopscotch by Hopscotch Technologies
Make awesome games, art, and more.

Kodable by Surfscore Inc
Game and accompanying curriculum.

CodeAcademy by CodeAcademy
Lessons that cover the basics.

Lightbot Hour by LightBot Inc.
A programming puzzle game.

Cargo-Bot by Two Lives Left
Learn programming concepts in a game!




Brian Cox’s Wonders of the Universe  by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Explore space from particles to galaxies.

Mars Globe by Michael Howard
Dive deep into the Red Plant.

Color Uncovered by Exploratorium
Learn about and experiment with color.

3D Printing:

TinkerBox HD by Autodesk Inc
Build and design in 3D, and play difficult logic puzzles.

123D Design by Autodesk
3D creation and editing tool.


MyScript Calculator by MyScript
Your basic calculator.

Motion Math: Match by Motion Math
Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division...and magical number tiles.

Incredible Numbers by Touchpress Limited
Delve into incredible mathematical concepts.


Algodoo by Algoryx Simulation AB
Use simple drawing tools to design, construct and explore the physics world .

Thinkrolls 2 by Avokiddo
One part rolling ball platformer, one part physics puzzler.

Simple Machines by TinyBop
Explore simple machines by playing!



The Voyage of Ulysses by Elastico Srl
The story of Ulysses, in interactive app form!

Loose Strands by Darned Sock Productions
A fairytale that follows hair.



Google Translate  by Google
Type, use your camera, or do two-way automatic speech translation.

Little Pim Spanish by PBS
A panda teaches vocabulary and more.

French Words for Kids HD by pierre abel
Flashcards and themes for French vocabulary.

Text to Speech  by Hewbo Studio
Hear word pronunciation  in 37 languages.

Chinagram by Vallardi
Explore the history and meaning of Chinese characters.



Bottom of the Ninth 01 by Spitfire Studios
A baseball graphic novel.

Chop Chop Hockey by Gamerizon Studio Inc
Test your skills in ice hockey.

Backbreaker Football by NaturalMotion Games Ltd
Can you score a touchdown?



Cloud Library by 3M
Download eBooks and eAudiobooks.

Darien Library by Darien Library
View our catalog and manage your account.

Overdrive by Overdrive, Inc
Download eBooks and eAudiobooks.



Weird But True  by National Geographic Society
Your favorite trivia in an app!

Stack the States  by Freecloud Design Inc
Do you know the states enough to beat the clock?

Stack the Countries  by Freecloud Design, Inc
A Tetris for geography.

Geography Drive USA by Spinlight Studio
Drive through the country, earning gas money with trivia.

Geo Walk HD - 3D World Fact Book  by Vito Technology Inc
An interactive geography exploration.

Keynote by Apple
Make slide presentations using the images you created on the iPad.

Prezi by Prezi Inc
Presentations that move and zoom.



Spy Tools for Kids by Thinkamingo Inc
Lie detectors, voice changers, and more.

Pack Badges by HandyApp
An easy way to track your badges.

Super Stretch Yoga by The Adventures of Super Stretch, LLC
Interactive yoga app for kids and families.

Middle School Confidential 1: Be Confident in Who You Are by Electric Eggplant
A graphic novel about what it takes to survive Middle School.

Savings Spree  by Money Savvy Generation
Learn about saving, spending, and more money issues in game form.



iMotion HD by Fingerlab
Stop motion video making.

Photogene by Omer Shoor
Edit photos and apply filters.

Easy Studio—Intro to Animation by 3 Elles Interactive
Learn how to animate.

Bloom HD by Opal Limited
Create beautiful art with sound.

Apprentice Architect by Fondation Louis Vuitton
Explore a Frank Gehry building and design your own.

MoMA Art Lab  by MoMA
Paint, sculpt, and learn from the masters.

Amaziograph by Marina Staykova
Play with tessellations and symmetries.

Strip Design by Vivid Apps
Design your own comic strip.

Story Me by Evtim Georgiev
Storytelling using pictures in comic form.


Touch Van Gogh by the Van Gogh Museum
Dig deep into Van Gogh’s art and life.

Mandela by Quelle Histoire
Learn the history this great South African man.

American Presidents for iPad by Fredrik Moberg
All the presidents, in cartoon form.



Minecraft by Mojang AB
Build, create, and explore new worlds.

Rube Works by Unity Technologies Singapore
Build crazy machines for silly purposes.

Wings Earth by Bottle Rocket
Navigate your plane across beautiful landscapes.

Robots for iPad  by IEEE Spectrum
Explore robots in all their glory.

7 Little Words for Kids by Blue Ox Technologies
A word finding journey through seven worlds.

Playworld Superheroes by Starship Group
Design your own superhero outfit, and defend Earth from an alien invasion!

Leonardo’s Cat by StoryToys Entertainment Limited
A contraption-packed, brain-teasing puzzle game.



Ultimate Dinopedia: Complete Dinosaur Reference  by National Geographic  Society
Everything you need to know about dinosaurs.

Discovery Kids Sharks by Parragon Inc
Shark videos, articles, games, and more.

World of Animals by World Book Inc
Everything from amphibians to fish to mammals to bugs.

Journey into the Deep  by Lerner Publishing Group
Go deep into the ocean and meet some very strange creatures.

Brian Cox's Wonders of Life  by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Discover animal life across the globe in this lush app.

Register for the Summer Reading Finale Party

Join us on the red carpet!
Join us on the red carpet!

Monday, August 17th from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Get ready for your close-up! Participants in the Summer Reading Club are invited to our star studded affair on the red carpet. There will be live music, raffles, food, and photo-ops. The winner of the Summer Reading Challenge will also be announced.

Register now. Ages 7+.

Hitting The Books! Or, Back-to-School.

Let's go Back to School!
Let's go Back to School!

It's that time again... school is starting in less than a month! Kick back with one of these reads about kids, animals, and witches alike returning to school for lots of learning, tricks, and fun!

Stop into the Children's Library to pick up these books and more. We'll have a back-to-school display leading up to the big start date of school in Darien, which is Monday, August 31st.

Finale Party on the Red Carpet

Summer Reading is coming to an end!
Summer Reading is coming to an end!

Monday, August 17th from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Get ready for your close up! Participants in the Summer Reading Club are invited to our star studded affair on the red carpet. There will be music, raffles, food and photo-ops. The winner of the Summer Reading Challenge will also be announced.

Registration for this party will begin Monday, August 3rd at darienlibrary.org/kids. Space is limited.

Ages 7 and up. 

The party will take place in the Library’s courtyard.

Connecticut Ballet: Backstage at the Ballet

Image courtesy of the Connecticut Ballet.
Image courtesy of the Connecticut Ballet.

Tuesday, August 25th from 3:00pm to 3:45pm

The magic of the ballet comes to life as the Connecticut Ballet gives us a behind the scenes tour of what it takes to stage a ballet production. A company couple will demonstrate some Swing dance choreography, featuring standard lead/follow routine between a male and female on the dance floor.

Grades K and up.

In the Louise Parker Berry Community Room. Tickets to be distributed 15 minutes prior to the program; space is limited.

If our parking lot is full, see where else you can find an open parking spot!

Christmas in July

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Melissa Brawner
Photo courtesy of Flickr user Melissa Brawner

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells! Grab a cold cup of Frozen Hot Chocolate and sit at the beach or pool with these holiday themed books that are sure to have visions of sugar plums dancing in your head.

Pluto flyby space books!

Image courtesy of Flickr user nasamarshall
Image courtesy of Flickr user nasamarshall

NASA’s New Horizons flyby of Pluto is happening today! Check out these space books for everyone K-6.

Looking for Parking?

Extra parking is located on Thorndal Circle, just behind Nielsen's off the Post Road.
Extra parking is located on Thorndal Circle, just behind Nielsen's off the Post Road.

Ever found yourself circling the parking lot searching endlessly for an open spot? Well - look no further!

Extra parking for the Library can be found at the end of Thorndal Circle, which is the road beside Nielsen's Florist. Simply exit our parking lot and return to the Post Road, turn left onto Thorndal Circle, and you're there!

When driving down Thorndal Circle, a large parking lot will be on the left side of the road. There is a walkway that leads to the back corner of the Library's parking lot. 

We'll see you in the stacks!

Summer 2015: Drop in Programs

Want to know what fun and fabulous programs we will be doing in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room this summer? Take a look at our fantastic list of drop-in programs we're offering to kids of all ages! Find the full list here. 

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