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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Tween Recommended Reads

Hipster fox tweens love to read!
Hipster fox tweens love to read!

This month the Association for Library Services to Children published a fantastic new resource for middle-grade readers. Middle-grade books are written for kids and tweens, usually in grades 4 - 7. Darien Library's own Miss Claire was on the committee that selected titles for the list!

Featuring a wonderful blend of genres published this year, there's sure to be something on this list to please your tween reader!

Check out the list below!

 

 

Movie for a Snowy Day

Planes!
Planes!

Today at 1:00 p.m.

Join us for a special snow day showing of the movie Planes. Running Time 92 minutes. Rated PG.

A cropdusting plane with a fear of heights lives his dream of competing in a famous around-the-world aerial race.

Registration for Spring 2014 Storytimes

Storytime at the Library
Storytime at the Library

Registration for the Spring 2014 storytime lottery will open on Monday, March 3rd, 2014 and run through Monday, March 17th. Registration is a lottery, and notification will be Saturday, March 22. Storytimes will begin the week of Monday, March 24, 2014. 

Brochures are available now. We look forward to seeing you and your children for our upcoming season of storytimes!

Register for storytimes

2013 Holiday Gift Giving Guide

image courtesy of christmasstockimages.com
image courtesy of christmasstockimages.com

Searching high and low for the perfect present this holiday season?

Check out a list of suggestions curated by the Children's Librarians! Our favorite books, toys, games, and more are sure to make your loved ones smile this year.

Find great gifts for ages birth to 12!

2013 Holiday Gift Giving Guide

The 2013 Darien Children's Library Holiday Gift Giving Guide is here!

Check it out for great suggestions for ages birth through 12!

Read. Watch. Discuss!

Howl's Moving Castle
Howl's Moving Castle

Tuesday, August 12th at 2 p.m.

Read the book.

Watch the movie.

Discuss them both!

Join us for a movie, snack, and discussion of the book and Oscar-nominated film adaptation of Diana Wynne Jones' book Howl's Moving Castle.

Sophie is resigned to her boring fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl. Watch the trailer for the 2005 movie.

Rated PG, running time 119 minutes. Drop-in.

Ages 9 to 12.

 

New Children's Fantasy

Merrie Haskell also wrote Miss Elisabeth's favorite book of 2011, The Princess Curse
Merrie Haskell also wrote Miss Elisabeth's favorite book of 2011, The Princess Curse

Do you have a fantasy fan in your life?

Then be sure to check out the list of new fantasy below - from wizards and thieves to monsters and dragons, we've got a brand new book for you!

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