ScienceTellers

Photo courtesy of ScienceTellers
Photo courtesy of ScienceTellers

Tuesday, June 16th at 3 p.m.

Throw on your labcoat and get ready to experience forces and reactions through several hands-on experiments that will have you laughing, learning, and having fun. 

Grades K+. Drop-in.

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

Father's Day Crafts

Image courtesy of flickr user withlovebyvarda
Image courtesy of flickr user withlovebyvarda

Friday, June 12th from 4 to 5 p.m.

Join us for a Father's Day inspired craft. Ages 3+ with a parent/caregiver. Drop-in. 

Dinosaurs, Jurassic Park, and Kids

No Scarysaurus dinosaurs here! Just friendly ones.
No Scarysaurus dinosaurs here! Just friendly ones.

The fourth film in the Jurassic Park film saga - Jurassic World - will hit theatres on June 12th. It's rated PG-13, and if your kids are anything like 8-year-old me (Miss Amy aka AmySaurusRex) back in 1993 when the first Jurassic Park movie came out, they are begging to see it. I can confirm that despite my crying, pleading, and reasoning, my practical mother did not take me, as she had deemed the book "too scary" and concluded that the film would be, too. Instead we settled on seeing Hocus Pocus (in case you're curious about what other movies came out in 1993, see here).

Parents far and wide on the internet have posed questions about when their children will be old enough to watch the film, and whether or not they should let their toddlers see the 1993 version. In fact, a 1993 article in the Los Angeles Times titled "Scarysaurus" proclaimed that the production studio behind the film strongly advised parental guidance.  MCA Motion Picture Group Chairman Thomas J. Pollock said "[Jurassic Park] will be too intense for some children, but that doesn't mean it's too intense for all children."

So what does that mean for parents? Well, use your discrection. Common Sense Media recently reviewed Jurassic World, and proclaimed that it would be suitable for children ages 12+. As parents, you know your child's imaginative limits, and will be the best judge on whether your child should see realistic (albeit extinct) dinosaurs running wild and wreaking havoc.

In the meantime, we've rounded up some of the wildest dinosaur books we have here in the Children's Library and created this handy booklist for budding paleontologists and archaeologists alike. 

Meet Ophelie!

Hi! I'm Ophelie, the new children's library intern.

I'm a Canadian Darienite who happens to speak a total of three languages, makes really good rocky road squares (which is also the ONLY thing I can bake), and is part of the New Canaan synchronized swimming team (uh-oh I'm a double agent). I also like to read. A lot. My favorite books all belong to the Vango series by Timothee de Fombelle, which is unfortunately in French, so I have problems getting my friends to read it. In close second comes the Harry Potter series, which I stubbornly refused to read for a few years after all of my friends started reading it, and in third is Princess Ben, a single book about a princess who is a tad bit spoiled and doesn't act like a princess because she doesn't want to comply with anyone's rules. She grows as a person when she discovers magic passageways, becomes a witch, and then accidentally joins the army before coming home, having seen her kingdom from more than one perspective.

Anyways, I'm really excited to be interning here for a month. Hopefully it won't go by too fast.

Summer Reading Sign Up 2015

Artwork courtesy of our own Miss Lisa
Artwork courtesy of our own Miss Lisa

Lights, Camera, Action: Starring YOU!

Get ready for you close up and your chance at Reading Fame!

Sign up for Summer Reading starting Monday, June 8th!

Pre-readers can join the Read to Me Club and choose a free book to take home for every 10 books they read with a grown-up.  The Summer Reading Kick-off Concert  takes place on Friday, June 19th at 1 p.m. with a concert by Latin Grammy-nominated Mister G!

Kids reading on their own can join our Summer Reading Club and earn prizes by reading and completing our weekly Creative Challenges: Books Over Broadway.  Kids who complete that week's Challenge can come to the library and claim their award (prize) from the prize locker.  Kids can track the minutes they read online; for every five hours read, they will automatically be entered into our Grand Prize Raffle.

The Finale Party on the red carpet will take place on Monday August 17th with music, games, raffles and phot-ops. The winner of the Grand Prize Raffle will be announced at the Finale Party.  Registration for this party will begin on August 3.

Summer 2015: Books Groups

Book Groups

 

Jr. Book Club


Early elementary readers are invited to share their thoughts on some of the booktalking selections for this year. The discussion will be followed by an activity, game, or craft inspired by the story.
Grades 2 to 3
Wednesdays, 4 to 5 p.m.

July 8
The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John
 

August 5

Phoebe G. Green by Veera Hiranandani and Joelle Dreidemy
 

R.W.D. (Read. Watch. Discuss)


Watch and discuss these books turned into movies. 
Ages 9 to 12
Thursdays, 2 to 4 p.m.

July 23
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen. Rated PG. Running time 90 minutes.

 

August 20

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson and Donna Diamond. Rated PG. Running time 96 minutes. 

Summer 2015: 3-6 Programs

Robo-Mania

Do the robot in this intro to robotics program for kids of all ages. Experiment and have fun outdoors with robots made of toothbrushes and new machines like the Ollie and Finch robot.


Register for one of the following classes:

Brushbots
Grades 2 to 3
Wednesday, June 17
3 to 4 PM

Sphero
Grades 3 to 4
Thursday, June 18
3 to 4PM

Finch Robots
Grades 5 to 6
Friday, June 19
4 to 5:30pm

Silly Stories to Twist Your Tongue

Improve your public speaking skills and impress your friends and family with dramatic retellings of silly poems and stories. Those who cause the most laughs win a prize!

Ages 9 to 12
Wednesday, June 17
2 to 3:00pm.

Gather in the Garden

We will learn about gardening, plant seeds to take home to watch them grow, and explore different vegetables and flowers. This program will feature vegetables from the library farm share.

Aged 7-9
Tuesday, June 23
10 to 11 am

Frogs, Bugs and Animals: Every Animal Has a Hero

Meet LIVE animals such as Stickers the tree frog, Tickles the hedgehog and Crunchy the bug. Learn about where these animals live, what they eat, when they sleep, and how they protect themselves. Everyone is encouraged to pet and touch frogs, toads, bugs, a bunny, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, a chicken, reptiles and furry creatures. Enjoy a contest and discover ways that you can be a hero for animals by recycling and protecting the environment.

Grades K-6
Tuesday, June 23
3 to 4 p.m.

Tie Dye & Tunes

Make your own tie-dye craft while listening to some groovy film themes from the sixties. Learn about the origins of this unique form of clothing design and its start in cultures in Asia and Africa.

Ages 9 to 12
Wednesday, June 24
3 to 4:00 p.m.

Hooked on Llamas

Country Quilt Llama Farm is coming to the library with a presentation on llamas and alpacas. The children will first pet the llama, then they can settle down and sit in front of the llama as Diane her owner  reads the story "Is Your Mama a Llama?"

Ages 5 to 12
Thursday, June 25
3 to 3:45 p.m.

Makerbot 101

Want to learn about the MakerBot and 3D Printing? Join us in the TEA Room as we discuss 3D printing technology and take time to design our own 3D printed items.

Grades 3-6
3:15 to 4:15 p.m.
Monday, July 6

Library Field Trip: Museum of the Moving Image

Join the Children’s Librarians in Queens at the Museum of the Moving Image. We will go on a tour that will let us discover how movies are made and have a special class at the museum.

Families with kids ages 9 to 12
11:00 a.m.
Thursday, July 9

Microscope Art

Using very fine pens we will create very tiny drawings while looking through a microscope and then move on to petri dish art.

Grades 3 to 6
3 to 4 p.m.
Thursday, July 9

Playwriting

Students express themselves through the creation of characters and dramatic scenes.

Grades 3 to 6
3 to 4:00 p.m.
Friday, July 10

Tinkercad 101

Learn about 3D printing, our MakerBot, and the software program Tinkercad that you can use to make your own 3D designs.

Ages 9 to 12
3 to 4:00 p.m.
Monday, July 13

Creepy Crawlies

Giant Madagascar hissing cockroaches, tarantulas and other creatures will invade the library in this hands-on workshop. Through up close interactions, we will develop an understanding of the important role these strange and wonderful animals play in our ecosystems.

12:15 to 1pm (Grades 3-4)
Tuesday, July 14

Matica Whole Body Math

Whole Body Mathematics explores numbers and math through the physical body. Students of all grades will be encouraged to move dynamically and creatively.

4 to 4:45 p.m. (Grades 2-3)
Wednesday, July 15

Tween Make Week

The Teen Room and Children’s Library will join forces this July to bring a mini-Maker Camp to Darien Library. Tweens can register for any of the afternoon programs, which include DIY projects that focus on STEM building activities. Register for up to two of the five programs. Please note that registration is a lottery. Participants will be notified on Saturday, June 13.

Ages 10 to 14
2 to 3:30 p.m.

Monday, July 20:   Cardboard Automata
Tuesday, July 21:   For the Makers  (Make it and Take It)
Wednesday, July 22:  Robotics 101
Thursday, July 23:  Mini Movie Makers 
Friday, July 24:  For the Makers (Make it and Take It)

Roots & Shoots

Go green in this earth-friendly program. Environmental themes and eco- crafts will be explored in this program which is part of the Youth Division of the Jane Goodall Institute.

Ages 8 to 12
4:15 to 5 p.m. 
Wednesday, July 22 or August 5 or August 12

S.T.E.A.M CAMP

The Children’s Librarians will conduct the first ever S.T.E.A.M Camp at Darien Library. Each day of the week-long camp will focus on a different field. We will have special visits from MoMa, Stepping Stones Museum, Liberty Science Center and many more. All participants are responsible for bringing their own lunch.  A mid-morning snack will be provided.

Grades 4 to 6
10 am to 3:15 p.m.

Monday, July 27 Science
Tuesday, July 28 Technology
Wednesday, July 29 Engineering
Thursday, July 30 Arts
Friday, July 31 Mathematics

Recycled Costume Design

Using recycled materials, we will make costumes!

Grades 3-6
Monday, August 3
2 to 3:00 p.m.

Mini Movie Makers

Young cineastes will make table-top movies complete with mini-lights and mini-figures.

Using tech skills, tactile play, and spatial learning, kids will work collaboratively on a small scale project.
Grades 3 to 6
Monday, August 10
3 to 4:00 p.m.

Pixelation: It's Alive!

With The Good School YOU become the star in this class that explores the art of Pixelation; the animation of live subjects! Narrative film making takes on a whole new form as students write and direct their own animated shorts, showing off the many special effects that can be created using Pixelation.

Grades 3-6
Wednesday August 12
1 to 4 p.m.

 

 

Summer 2015: K-2nd Programs

Robo-Mania: Brushbots

Do the robot in this intro to robotics program for kids of all ages. Experiment and have fun outdoors with robots made of toothbrushes and new machines like the Ollie and Finch robot.

Grades 2 to 3
Wednesday, June 17
3 to 4 PM

Gather in the Garden

We will learn about gardening, plant seeds to take home to watch them grow, and explore different vegetables and flowers. This program will feature vegetables from the library farm share.

Aged 7-9
Tuesday, June 23
10 to 11 am

Frogs, Bugs and Animals: Every Animal has a Hero

Meet LIVE animals such as Stickers the tree frog, Tickles the hedgehog and Crunchy the bug. Learn about where these animals live, what they eat, when they sleep, and how they protect themselves. Everyone is encouraged to pet and touch frogs, toads, bugs, a bunny, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, a chicken, reptiles and furry creatures. Enjoy a contest and discover ways that you can be a hero for animals by recycling and protecting the environment.
Grades K-6
Tuesday, June 23
3 to 4 p.m.

Hooked on Llamas

Country Quilt Llama Farm is coming to the library with a presentation on llamas and alpacas. The children will first pet the llama, then they can settle down and sit in front of the llama as Diane her owner  reads the story "Is Your Mama a Llama?"

Ages 5 to 12
Thursday, June 25
3 to 3:45 p.m.

LEGO Pre- Engineering

Let your imagination run wild with tens of thousands of LEGO®!  Build engineer designed projects such as boats, bridges, mazes and motorized cars, and use special pieces to create your own unique design!  Explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGO® building system with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor. This is an ideal way to prepare young builders for the challenge of Engineering FUNdamentals.

Ages 5 to 7
Monday June 29-Friday July 3
9:30am-12:30 p.m.

Creepy Crawlies

Giant Madagascar hissing cockroaches, tarantulas and other creatures will invade the library in this hands-on workshop. Through up close interactions, we will develop an understanding of the important role these strange and wonderful animals play in our ecosystems.

11am to 11:45am (Grades K-2)
Tuesday, July 14

Matica Whole Body Math

Whole Body Mathematics explores numbers and math through the physical body. Students of all grades will be encouraged to move dynamically and creatively.

3 to 3:45pm (Grades K-1)
Wednesday, July 15

Junior Aerospace Engineers

The Junior Aerospace Engineering classes introduce our youngest engineers to fundamental concepts of aircraft and spacecraft design. Through open and focused exploration, students explore and construct airplanes, rockets, hot air balloons, and more. Ages 5-7

1 to 1:45 p.m.
Thursday, July 16

A Play's the Thing

Budding thespians will create props and act out dramatic retellings of classic picture books. Dramatics Welcome!

Ages 5-7
Thursday, July 23
11 to 11:45 a.m.

Put it Together

Structures need to withstand the power of forces. Have fun striking poses as you experience compression and tension in the body. Investigate shapes and materials as you build structures to test what stands up best.

Grades 2-3
Friday, August 7
3 to 3:45 p.m.

Summer 2015: Preschool Programs

Storybook Theatre: Billy Goats Gruff

Stepping Stones Museum brings this interactive workshop featuring storytelling and acting. Children bring a familiar tale to life using costumes and props to become the characters in the story.
Ages 3-5
Monday, June 22
2 to 2:45 p.m.

Preschool Dance Party

Join the Children’s Librarians for this fast paced storytime, which includes books, group movement songs, and rhymes.
Ages 3-5
Wednesday, June 24
1 to 1:30pm 

The Skeleton Inside You

The Liberty Science Center will help us discover why we have bones. What are they made of? What happens when they break? We will discover these answers and many more as we learn all about bones in the story of The Skeleton inside You by Philip Balestrino. After reading the story the students will craft their own ‘broken bone’ and mend it with a cast. Please register for one of the following sessions.

Grades Pre K- K
11am to 11:45am or 12:15pm-1:00pm
Wednesday, July 8

Matica Whole Body Math

Whole Body Mathematics explores numbers and math through the physical body. Students of all grades will be encouraged to move dynamically and creatively.

3 to 3:45 p.m. (Grades Pre-K-1)
Wednesday, July 15

Kindergarten Readiness: Starring You!

Get prepared for kindergarten with these special programs geared to stimulate the mind, delight the senses, and prepare your little one for school.

Green Moon
Rowayton's Green Moon will bring its creativity to the Library and engage your   preschoolers. Ages 4 and 5
Monday, August 17, Wednesday, August 19 and Friday, August 21
1 to 2:00 p.m.

Little Clickers
Share an interactive computer class with your child. This technology program will introduce new kid-friendly websites and help your preschooler learn basic computer skills.
Monday, August 17, Wednesday, August 19 and Friday, August 21
Ages 4 and 5 with a parent/caregiver
2 to 2:30 p.m.

Wild About Books
A more sophisticated storytime and book discussion, followed by crafts and other book-related activities.
Ages 4 and 5
Tuesday, August 18 or Thursday, August 20
2 to 2:45 p.m.

Kitchen Sink Science
Bubble! Pop! Fizz! Using everyday household products we will explore simple science concepts
Ages 4 and 5
Tuesday, August 18 or Thursday, August 20
11:30am to 12pm

Lights, Camera, Action! : Summer Reading Registration Begins June 8

artwork courtesy of our own Miss Lisa
artwork courtesy of our own Miss Lisa

Registration for the Summer Reading Club begins June 8! Make sure to pick up your book prize in the Children's Library when you sign up.

Summer Reading Club - for kids who are reading on their own

Log your reading hours on our online log by logging in and updating your Star Log every time you read! The Summer Reading Club automatically enters you into the grand prize lottery for every 5 hours you read. The lottery winners will be announced at our Finale Party on Monday, August 17.

 

Read to Me Club - for kids who are being read to

Come and pick up your log at the Library and write down every book you read. For every ten books, come into the Library to get a stamp and a free book (up to 3 free books total).

 

For classes and events, click here.

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