Jr. Book Club: Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo

Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo
Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo

Wednesday, April 22nd at 4:15 p.m.

Jr. Book Club: Leroy Ninker Saddles Up by Kate DiCamillo

Early elementary readers are invited to discuss librarian-selected chapter books. The discussion will be followed by an activity, game or craft inspired by the story. Our book groups are designed to encourage Common Core-required skills such as critical thinking, information literacy, self-direction, and collaboration – all in a fun environment.

Grades 2-3. Drop-in.

Spring Crafts

Crafting in the library!
Crafting in the library!

Monday, April 20th at 4 p.m.

Join us for a spring craft and story. Ages 3+ with a parent/caregiver. Drop-in.

Sensory Saturdays

Sensory Saturdays in the Children's Library
Sensory Saturdays in the Children's Library

Saturdays, April 4th and 18th, and May 2nd from 1 to 2 p.m.

A creation and exploration hour for families of children with autism or sensory processing disorders. Ages 3+ with a parent/caregiver. Drop-in.

 

Family Film Festival: International Films

Family Film Festival: International Films
Family Film Festival: International Films

The Children's Library continues its Family Film Festival through the month of April by celebrating International Films.

The Family Film Festival: International Films will screen three times during Spring Break Week. View the list of films below. 

Tuesday, April 14th at 1 p.m.

Ernest and Celestine. A touching story of an unlikely friendship between a bear, Ernest, and a young mouse named Celestine.

Rated PG, 80 minutes (originally in French). Watch the trailer.

Thursday, April 16th at 1 p.m.

Song of the Sea. Saoirse, a little girl who can turn into a seal, goes on an adventure with her brother to save the spirit world and other magical beings like her.

Rated PG, 93 minutes (from Ireland).  Watch the trailer.

Friday, April 17th at 1 p.m.

High School Musical China. Ning Ning is a new student at her school, where her passion for singing helps her form a relationship with a boy in her class. Together with their friends, they fight the odds to participate in an inter-school singing competition.

Rated G, 94 minutes (originally in Mandarin). Watch the trailer.

*All films will be shown in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.

Register for TEA Room Classes in April

Get STEAMed up with us in the TEA Room
Get STEAMed up with us in the TEA Room

Calling all makers! Registration is still open for some of our March and April TEA Room classes. Register today!

Light Painting

Tuesday, April 14th at 4:15pm

Make a light painting with a flashlight and a dark room. Grades 5 to 6.

Gelatin Art Prints

Tuesday, April 28th at 4:15pm

Using sheets of gelatin, intrepid printmakers will get to experiment with this unique medium and design art prints. Grades 5 to 6.

To register and learn about these classes and more, visit the TEA Room's Classes page.

Yummy Cookbooks in Kid's Create

Spring is just around the corner and warmer weather is on its way. Soon it will be time to explore flowers and trees in nature and perhaps try using some freshly harvested spring vegetables in new recipes!

The Children's Library features a large Non-Fiction collection with nine "glades" of different topics, including a section which contains cookbooks. The glade Kids Create contains books on art, music, architecture, dance, and cooking! Many of our cookbooks for kids feature great images, clear instructions, and easy new recipes to try.

This list highlights a selection of yummy cookbooks that can be found within the Kids Create collection. Many upcoming special holidays like Easter and Passover celebrate Spring and new beginnings, and your family might just find something new to serve up at your holiday table!

Nutmeg at Night 2015

Will YOU be on the winning team this year?
Will YOU be on the winning team this year?

Tuesday, April 14th from 6 to 7 p.m.

Calling all Nutmeg Readers: The Children’s Library is hosting its annual Nutmeg at Night!

Each year before the big Nutmeg vote, the Children's Library brings kids together in an evening of friendly competition. Equal parts trivia questions and physical challenges, Nutmeg at Night is a chance for all Nutmeg book readers to test their memory and skills for a chance to become the ultimate Nutmeg champions. 

Competing in four teams for awesome prizes, which kids will come out on top?

Grades 4 to 6. Register for Nutmeg @ Night!

There's still time to read the 2015 Nutmeg Nominees! Check out this complete list of Nominees.

Family Film Festival: Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month
March is Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month, and in honor of notable women throughout history we will host our second Family Film Festival in honor of women. Every day at 2pm starting Wednesday, March 11th through Friday, March 13th, we will show a film celebrating historic women and girl empowerment. View the list of films below.

Wednesday, March 11th at 2 p.m.

Mulan. Rated G, 88 minutes. Grades K+. Watch the trailer.

Thursday, March 12th at 2 p.m.

Ballet Shoes. Rated PG, 85 minutes. Grades 3+. Watch the trailer.

Friday March 13th, at 2 p.m.

The Miracle Worker. Rated PG, 95 minutes. Grades 3+. Watch the trailer.

*All films will be shown in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.

Little Artists

Photo courtesy of flickr user clappstar.
Photo courtesy of flickr user clappstar.

Little Artists

1:00-1:45pm

Fridays, April 10th, 17th, 24th and May 1st. This class runs for 4 weeks.

Join Darien Arts Center as we wander through a world of various materials and learn the art jargon along the way. These little artists will have exposure to drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, and more and know the vocabulary to go with it. 

Ages 3-5.

This class is now full, but you may Register for the Waitlist.

Celebrate Holi

Photo courtesy of flickr user PalulaLyn Cahvarlo
Photo courtesy of flickr user PalulaLyn Cahvarlo

Friday, March 6th from 4:15 to 5:15pm

Join Mrs. Radia in celebrating Holi, the festival of colors! Holi is an ancient Indian festival that reminds us of the victory of good over evil. Learn about its origins and rituals, and enjoy some colorful crafts and music. Treasure the diversity in colors, and in life! Ages 6-10

Register

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