Diary of a Wimpy Kid #8: Coming November 5!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck

We know you've been waiting patiently for almost two years to read the next book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. The day is finally here! On Tuesday, November 5, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck will be released. We have 20 copies that we are excited to add to the Darien Library's collection.

Place a hold on one today! 

You Asked: The Cupcake Diaries Are Here!

The Cupcake Diaries Series: Mia's Bakers Dozen
The Cupcake Diaries Series: Mia's Bakers Dozen

Ask and you shall receive: we now carry the entire Cupcake Diaries series. There are 17 books in total, and we have two of each!

The Cupcake Diaries will be on display for the next few weeks, so please come by and check them out. Find the list of available titles here: Cupcake Diaries Series

Sensory Saturdays

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

Explore your senses in this drop-in crafting program designed for children on the Spectrum but open to all! Offered bi-weekly on Saturdays.  Ages 4+ with a parent/caregiver.

Saturdays on November 9 & 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Chilling Reads for Halloween

The scariest book Miss Elisabeth ever read.
The scariest book Miss Elisabeth ever read.


Looking for a story to scare you to your bones, to make you check under the bed before you sleep at night, and make you believe in ghosts?

Search the catalog for the tag "superscary" to find some chilling reads, or check out the list below!


Stories to Chill Your Bones

Photo courtesy of flickr user atoach
Photo courtesy of flickr user atoach

Wednesday, October 23 at 5:30 p.m. at Tilley Pond Park

Join us for a host of spooky tales in honor of Halloween! This storytelling program will include 'jump' stories, songs, and folktales. 

Ages 7 and up.

This program is co-sponsored by the Darien Parks and Recreation Department.

* In the event of rain this program will be held in the Children's Library.

Star Wars Reads Day Returns

May the Force Be With You on October 5
May the Force Be With You on October 5

Saturday, October 5

The Children's Library is happy to announce the return of Star Wars Reads Day. The entire day will be a celebration of all things Star Wars with a film screening, crafts, hourly raffles, photobooth, and some surprise special guests! All ages

10 am Star Wars themed crafts

1 pm Star Wars A New Hope film screening in the Conference Room, Rated PG, 121 minutes

2 pm Star Wars Lego Club

Check out our photos from last Star Wars Reads Day .... silly librarians.

A Visit with Author/Illustrator Frank Viva

c Brooklyn Book Festival
c Brooklyn Book Festival

Thursday, October 3rd at 4:15 p.m.

Join us for a reading with Frank Viva!

In collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) Publications, help us kick off Fall Into Art with a reading from Frank Viva, author of the 2013 booktalking book A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse and the new book Young Frank, Architect, available starting September 27th!

Young Frank, Architect, is the first picture book to ever be published by MoMa Publications. Read more about the book here!

Ages 3-8.

Register for the waitlist here.

Darien Library Rhymes

The Children's Library is proud to present Darien Library Rhymes! In this short video, the Children's Librarians introduce the five Early Literacy Practices and demonstrate fun and simple ways to integrate the practices at home with your child. Get ready to READ, WRITE, SING, TALK and PLAY! 

Early Literacy iPad Apps

One of our Early Literacy iPad Kits
One of our Early Literacy iPad Kits

Librarian-Selected Apps for the Early Literacy iPad Kits

The Children's Library has six Early Literacy iPads availble for checkout. The kits come pre-loaded with selected apps geared towards children ages 2 to 5.  The apps were specially selected for their early literacy skill-building qualities.  As we discover great new apps, we will update the iPad kits periodically.  In the meantime, here is the current list of apps you will find installed on Darien Library's Early Literacy iPads:

Concepts, Matching & Numbers Apps:

Montessori Counting Board: Learn how to count the Montessori way: by sight, sound, and touch.

Lingo Zoo: Users assemble jigsaw puzzles of animals and learn their names in both English and Spanish. One of the Children's Library's most popular apps!

ABC Pocket Phonics: a simply-designed app that reinforces letter knowledge. Children are encouraged to trace letter shapes and repeat the sounds.

eliasMATCH: A well-designed app that boosts memory and thinking skills, while also developing letter knowledge, number recognition, and vocabulary.

Hickory Dickory Dock: a visually stunning app that helps teach children numbers and how to read a clock face, all while enjoying a unique twist on the clasic nursery rhyme.

Eddy's Number Party!: Students readying for kindergarten will benefit from this educational number identifiation app. The fun matching aspect of the games will keep young users attentive and engaged.

Touch the Thing: Eleven different scenes (jungle, street, fruits/vegetables, etc) allows users to touch objects and hear the name of it in TEN different languages.

Alphabet and Learn-to-Read Apps:

Bob Books #1- Reading Magic: The classic beginning reader books have been digitized and transformed into an interactive learn-to-read app. Very simple, like the books, but with the added bonus of hearing the words pronounced when needed.

ABC Alphabet Phonics: A very simple app for building and promoting letter recongnition.

Intro to Letters Montassorium: A sleekly designed app that helps build letter knowledge by teaching the sounds, shapes, and names of the alphabet.

Little Pim Spanish: Developed for native English speakers wishing to learn basic vocabulary in Spanish. Divided into parts such as Eating and Drinking, PlayTime, and Wake Up Smiling.

Endless Alphabet: An intuitive and easy way to expose pre-readers and new learners to letters, phonetics, and new vocabulary. New words are added each week at no cost - and the app is Free!

LetterSchool: An award winner for 2013 as announced by the Children's Technology Review, this program stands out among letter-recognition apps for its highly usable interface and jazzy imagery.

ABC Food: An app from the award-winning ABC app series by PeaPod Labs, this is a great app for drumming up interest in new and unique foods that some users may not already be familiar with, and also educates children with new vocabulary and spelling.

Interactive eBooks:

PopOut! Peter Rabbit: One of our very favorite book-based apps. Children can listen to the narrator read this classic tale while also engaging with the interactive pop-up style illustrations.

Moo Baa La La La: A hilarious iPad adaptation of the best-selling board book by author/illustrator Sandra Boynton. Children can read or be read to while learning animal sounds, and discovering hidden interactive features in this barnyard romp.

Barynyard Dance: Stomp your feet! Clap your hands! Everybody ready for a barnyard dance! An action-packed, super fun and musical rendition of Sandra Boynton's popular book of the same name.

Blue Hat, Green Hat: Sandra Boynton hits another homerun with this hilarious interactive eBook that adds another fun dimension to her already beloved book.

3 Little Pigs: A highly readable version of the classic tale that is also entertaining and interactive. Blow into the microphone to help the Big Bad Wolf blow down the pigs’ houses. Great fun!

Nursery Rhyme with Storytime: Classic rhymes like Jack and Jill and Three Blind Mice come to life in this highly interactive, music-filled app that supports phonological awareness and helps build hand-eye coordination.

Cat in the Hat: Dr. Seuss’ classic book is brought to life in this interactive app that reinforces print awareness and vocabulary-building.

Olivia Acts Out: The adventures of Olivia (that fabulous pig) are adapted into this narrated storybook app. The style is taken from the Olivia TV series, as opposed to the original books, but it is still an entertaining reading experience for young Olivia fans.

Elmer & Rose: Adapted from the popular book series, Elmer the Elephant and his friend Rose learn the meaning of being different and being loved.

Don't Let the Pigeon Run This App!:  From the genius behind the beloved Pigeon books comes a fantastic app that lets you create your own pigeon stories and draw with Mo Willems himself!

My Little Pony's Twilight Sparkle: Teacher for a Day: The reboot of the classic 80's cartoon now has an app. It's a colorful world filled with ample pink and purple where friendship abounds!

Go Away, Big Green Monster: The innovative die-cut picture book classic comes alives in a fresh new way in this clever app.

The Monster At the End of This Book....starring Grover!: The app version of the Sesame Street classic immerses children in the story. It is a surefire way to launch a giggle fit!

Hugless Douglas: Based on the book of the same name by David Melling, this app includes well-thought functions and discoverable features that will keep readers of all ages engaged and amused.

Grimm's Sleeping Beauty: An eBook app version of the classic fairy tale, this app shows readers a fresh new take on a familiar story. Princess enthusiasts and story-book readers alike will delight in this fun and explorative eBook app.

Sensory Apps:

Build and Play 3D: A great app for learning about sequencing, puzzle completion, and machines. Kids assemble the different parts of machines, and upon complettion the machines come to life. Great for transportation and puzzle lovers.

Peek-A-Zoo: App for learning and recognizing different emotions and animals. Great way for kids to develop knowledge of new concepts and animal names.

Toca Band: Great exploratory app that encourages creative play with the use of sounds, different instruments, characters, and beats.

Spot the Dot: Kids will love the journey of scouring through pictures for a colored dot, all the while learning color names and boosting their concentration and memorability.

Make it Pop!: This app will keep kids intrigued as they pop letters and shapes, while learning about colors, numbers, and more.

Sound Shaker: Tilt, tap, and shake the iPad to move colored circles on the screen to hear new sounds. Pop the circles to reveal a bird and watch him fly away. This app emphasizes awareness of cause and effect.

Goosed-Up Rhymes: Not only will these Mother Goose nursery rhymes help young children develop phonological awareness, a key early literacy skill, but they are hilarious and entertaining for grown-ups, too.

Head2Toes: Rosemary Wells created the featured bunny in this entertaining, multilingual app. Children can sing along to Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes in English, French, Spanish, and Japanese.

eliasPAINTS: A fun coloring app that inspires creativity. Children can choose from animal, alphabet, number, or object coloring pages.

Musical Me: A music education app for young children. They'll learn about different instruments, notes, and rhythm- all while having a rocking good time.

Highlights Hidden Pictures: Kids will love the app version of the classic hidden pictures puzzles from Highlight Magazine. The simple and satisfying gameplay supports critical thinking and analytical skills.

ABA Sight Words: A fantastic app for kindergarteners learning to read and for children on the spectrum that may need extra guidance when it comes to vocabulary building.

Picture Me Calm:  Enables users to upload their own photos and use them to create picture schedule systems for children on the autism spectrum or with special needs. Great for reinforcing morning, bedtime, and meal time rituals.

See. Touch. Learn.: An invaluable app for parents, educators, and therapists to use with children with special needs to work on learning new concepts and improving communication skills. The free app version provides 32 flash cards and 6 lessons, and additional sets and flash cards are available for in-app purchase ranging from $.99-$3.99.

First Words Sampler: An early phonics and letter recognition app for new readers. Clear, bright imagery will help with noun and item recognition.

Touch and Learn: Emotions: This app helps children on the spectrum develop recognition of different emotions and facial expressions through identification practices and positive reinforcement.

Do you have a great app recommendation? Let us know in the comments below or send us an email at childrenslibrary@darienlibrary.org.

Fall TEA Room Programs

The TEA Room in the Children's Library
The TEA Room in the Children's Library

Beginning September 10, weekly TEA Room classes will be held every Tuesday & Wednesday afternoon from 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Registration for TEA Room programs will open September 3.

September and October Classes (please click on the date to register):

     September 10 or 11: Make a Spin Bot! (grades 5 and 6)

     Both Make a Spin Bot classes are now full. Waitlist for September 10; Waitlist for September 11.

     September 17 or 18: Papercraft Toys (grades 3 and 4)

     The Papercraft classes and our waitlists are now full.

September 24 or 25: Banana Tattoos (grades 5 and 6)

     October 1 or 2: Marble Machines (grades 5 and 6)

     The October 1 Marble Machines class and waitlist are now full

October 8 or 9: Wire Jewelry-Making (grades 5 and 6)

     October 15 or 16: Spaghetti Bridges (grades 3 and 4)

     The Spaghetti Bridges classes are now full. Waitlist for October 15; Waitlist for October 16.

October 22 or 23: Podcasting 101 (grades 5 and 6)

     October 29 or 30: Found Object Art (grades 3 and 4)

     The Found Object Art classes are now fullWaitlist for October 30.

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