Theatre Sports: Improve Your Mind

Freestyle Repertory Players
Freestyle Repertory Players

Tuesday, July 7th from 3:00 to 3:45 p.m.

New York based improvisational troupe Freestyle Repertory Theatre presents a high energy program designed and presented as a competitive sport. Two teams of actors challenge each other to create scenes, songs, stories and poems, based on suggestions from the audience. It’s positive, creative, and fun for all ages, but seeing is believing. Grades K to 6.

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

 

Stories by the Sea 2015

Miss Elisabeth and Miss Liz tell some great Stories by the Sea
Miss Elisabeth and Miss Liz tell some great Stories by the Sea

Tuesdays, July 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th from 10 to 10:30 a.m.

One of our most popular summer storytimes is Stories by the Sea, a family storytime for all ages at Darien’s Weed Beach Park

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

All ages. Drop-in.

Series Order of Kid's Books

What's Next database from the Kent District Library
What's Next database from the Kent District Library

Is your child wrapped up in a series and can't get enough? Is the series one of those oddballs like the Infinity Ring with different authors for each book? Or maybe the series is like Judy Moody and the books aren't numbered but do have an order. Either way, finding out the order of many children's book series can be a tough task, especially when the books are unnumbered or by a variety of authors.

Never fear - a great web tool exists which allows individuals to search for a series by the title, author, or by a specific book within that series. It can be found here and it's called the KDL What's Next®: Books in Series database presented by the Kent District Library in Michigan. It's a great source for parents looking for the proper sequence of books in series.

Summer Storytimes

Come On, Everybody! Storytime in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room
Come On, Everybody! Storytime in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room

Keep the storytime fun going this summer in 2015 with great drop-in programs (no registration required!).

Come On, Everybody!  Mondays at 10 a.m. - All ages

Toddler Tales  Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. - Walkers up to 36 months

Baby Laptime  Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. - Pre-walking babies

Preschool Time  Fridays at 9:30 a.m. (previously on Monday at 1:30 p.m.)

Family Sing-A-Long

Image courtesy of flick user ashiula_tsai
Image courtesy of flick user ashiula_tsai

Thanks for coming to the Family Sing-A-Long! If you missed it, you can download the lyrics to the songs we sang here.

Summer Reading Kick-Off Concert

Photo courtesy of Mister G
Photo courtesy of Mister G

Friday, June 19th at 1 p.m.

Latin Grammy-nominated musician Mister G will bring his kid-friendly bilingual rock to the library for our Summer Reading Kick Off Concert. Come dance the afternoon away!

Ages 2+. Drop-in. 

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

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.

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