Family Film Festival: International Films

Nocturna: Monday, April 11 at 2 p.m.

Children of Heaven: Wednesday, April 13 at 2 p.m.
Nocturna: Monday, April 11 at 2 p.m. Children of Heaven: Wednesday, April 13 at 2 p.m.

Join us for a special Family Film Festival of International Films.  

Nocturna: Monday, April 11 at 2 p.m.

An orphan boy named Tim is afraid of the dark. However when the stars start going out in the sky he finds himself exploring the world of the night his new friend, the cat Shepard, to find out why. Watch the trailer. Rated NR, running time 80 minutes.

Children of Heaven: Wednesday, April 13 at 2 p.m.

After a boy loses his sister's pair of shoes, he goes on a series of adventures in order to find them. When he can't, he tries a new way to "win" a new pair. Watch the trailer. Rated PG, running time 89 minutes.

Earth Day Crafts

Photo by looking_and_learning Photos / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Photo by looking_and_learning Photos / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Friday, April 22, at 4 p.m.

Join us for Earth Day inspired crafts.

Ages 3 and up. Open.

Dia Family Book Club

Let's Celebrate Dia together!
Let's Celebrate Dia together!

Thursday, April 21st at 4:15 p.m.

Celebrate Dia (Diversity in Action) with the Children's Library and your family. We will read and discuss a book and then make a special craft.

All ages. Open.

Sunday Matinees

Come see:
The Good Dinosaur on Sunday, April 10th at 2 p.m.

101 Dalmations on Sunday, April 24th at 2 p.m.
Come see: The Good Dinosaur on Sunday, April 10th at 2 p.m. 101 Dalmations on Sunday, April 24th at 2 p.m.

The Good Dinosaur on Sunday, April 10th at 2 p.m.

101 Dalmations on Sunday, April 24th at 2 p.m.

Families are invited to watch these animated Disney films together. Open - no registration necessary.

The Good Dinosaur: In a world where dinosaurs and humans live side-by-side, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. Watch the trailer. Rated PG, running time 93 minutes.

101 Dalmations: When a litter of dalmatian puppies are abducted by the minions of Cruella De Vil, the parents must find them before she uses them for a diabolical fashion statement. Watch the Trailer. Rated G, running time 79 minutes.

Minecraft Mania!

Minecrafters unite!
Minecrafters unite!

Tuesday, May 10th from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Join us as we present challenges to build and collaborate within the Minecraft program. We'll be logged in to the Children's Library's accounts, ready to play! Crafts and other projects will also be available to complete.

Grades 2-6, open.

Open T|E|A Rooms in April

Join us for T|E|A Room Tuesdays in April!

T|E|A Room Tuesdays are held Tuesday afternoons from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., and are open to children in Grades 3 to 6. No registration is necessary.

April 5 - Digital Music Making
April 12 - Playdough solar system
April 19 - Math Art
April 26 -  Terrariums

Library Field Trip: Stamford Nature Center

Image courtesy of Public Domain
Image courtesy of Public Domain

Thursday, April 14th at 10 am

Families are invited to join us for a special hands-on field trip to the Stamford Nature Center. Grades K-5th.

Please register for the waitlist here; you will be notified if we receive any cancellations.

The Birds and The Bees

Photo by GeorgesPerret / CC BY-ND 2.0
Photo by GeorgesPerret / CC BY-ND 2.0

Tuesday, April 26th at 7pm (Middle School Registration)

Amanda Romaniello, LPC from Mental Health Services of Fairfield LLC, will help moms and dads prepare to have a frank discussion on “the birds and the bees” with their child. 

 

 

App Reviews: Coding!

Image from the Foos website
Image from the Foos website

There's been a lot of interest in coding recently, and our iPads (Early Literacy iPads and Tween Tabs, which you can check out for a week) reflect that! Here is a list of our coding apps.

Early Literacy iPads (for K-1)

Daisy Dinosaur By Hopscotch Technologies
A very basic drag-and-drop introduction to visual programming. Teach Daisy to dance in her happy and bright world.
 

The Foos By codeSpark
This game was developed to support Hour of Code, the global campaign to teach coding to all kids. In the Foos, the logic of programming is taught through visual blocks of code that look like drag-and-drop coding puzzles. It looks very cartoony, and the puzzles are story-based. No reading is necesssary.

 

Tween Tab (for 8-12 year olds)

Hopscotch by Hopscotch Technologies
Create mini-games, art, minecraft remakes, and even websites using code. Kids will learn abstraction, variables, conditionals, loops, and more.

Kodable by Surfscore Inc
A game that teaches coding basics, and then lets users create games with what they know. It also comes with curricula and parent guides.

CodeAcademy by CodeAcademy
Complete this app, and you will know coding basics. Then, CodeAcademy offers free video tutorials to take you to the next step. Part of the Hour of Code initiative.

Lightbot Hour by LightBot Inc.
Another Hour of Code game, Lightbot is a programming puzzle that teaches kids concepts used in computer programming. And, it was created by an undergraduate student! The challenges ramp up really quickly, so it's good for older kids.

Cargo-Bot by Two Lives Left
36 puzzles in a deceivingly simple game that teaches that working solution may not be the optimal solution (just like in coding).

Tech Series Week 6: Hack Your Life: 3D Printing (Continued)

Continued from here.

Many websites - like LifeHack.org, Instructables.com, and DIYGenius.com - serve readers by providing creative solutions to everyday problems. You just need to know where to look! Life hacks are all about using what you already have to enrich your life in a new way. Annoyed that your keys always go missing when you get home? Maybe you could use an old spoon to create an ingenious key rack by your front door.

The idea that we can “hack our lives” has gone so far there there is now a TruTV show titled Hack My Life, which chronicles the ways we can tackle problems with a bit of ingenuity and some elbow grease. Their Tumblr is full of user-submitted hacks for common problems, like “put dry tea bags in smelly shoes” and “use recycled toilet paper rolls in a shoebox to keep cords untangled.” Genius!

The 3D printing industry is also a huge player in the “hack your life” realm. Recently, a team of designers and educators embarked on a mission to 3D print huge statues of Buddha which were destroyed by the Taliban in Afghanistan. A New York City-based doctor, Dr. Faiz Bhora, recently developed a method to 3D print windpipes which, with the ability to 3D print with stem cells, would serve as a way for patients that have suffered lung disease to receive a transplanted trachea. Currently, windpipe transplants are nearly impossible and most patients receive a breathing tube instead.

There are hundreds of ways that ordinary folks – like us! – can use a 3D printer to change our lives. For instance, you can recycle an old jam jar into a mug with a nifty 3D printed handle.

We encourage you to explore the ways you can use 3D printing to change your life through Thingiverse. Take a look at other ingenious 3D print hacks. If you find something incredible to print, book the Darien Library’s Digital Media Lab to 3D print your object and feel proud of your ability to hack your life.

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