Maker Family Challenges!

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Image from Planet Smarty

Bring your little ones and your big ones to our Maker Family Challenges! Join us in the Storytime Room for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) challenges that the whole family can do together. Stations will be set out for you to explore and have fun! Drop-in anytime, no registration necessary, ages 5 and up.

Upcoming days for Maker Family Challenges are: 

Saturday, April 11th from 11 am to 12 noon

Saturday, April 25th from 11 am to 12 noon

Introducing 100 Before One: A Program for Babies in their First Year

Register Today
Register Today

The Children’s Library invites all parents of newborns to join the 100 Before One challenge. Help your baby become a lifelong reader by joining the challenge and reading 100 books before your baby’s first birthday. As related recently in a New York Times article, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends reading to infants starting from birth to aid in brain development and vocabulary growth.

Parents that register their babies for 100 Before One will receive a free tote bag, booklists, a DVD of baby rhymes, a Highlights baby magazine, and a folder to keep track of the books your child has heard.  After reading and listening to 25 books of your choice, parents return to Darien Library to receive their next blank list of 25 to fill in.

Upon completion of the program, your baby will get to go home with a prize courtesy of the Library.

Need book ideas? We have a booklist full of suggestions for your and your baby

Happy Reading!

Kids Advisory Board Booklist

Aidan recommends West of the Moon by Margi Preus
Aidan recommends West of the Moon by Margi Preus

Each year the Children's Library's Kids Advisory Board compiles a list of their suggested reads for ages 9 to 12. If you are looking for must reads from some of the Library's super readers then check out the featured books found in the Kids Fiction section of the Library. 

Many of the titles can also be found as digital editions using the Library's eBook catalogs.



For additional suggestions for your tween reader, check out the American Library's Association's Tween Recommended Reads booklist. 

Snow Day Screening: The Boxtrolls

The Boxtrolls will screen today in the Storytime Room.
The Boxtrolls will screen today in the Storytime Room.

Thursday, March 5th at 1 p.m.

This film will be shown in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room. Rated PG, running time 100 minutes 

Eggs, an orphan, lives with the Boxtrolls, mischievous creatures who live beneath the city of Cheesebridge. When villainous Archibald Snatcher hatches a plan to get rid of the creatures, Eggs decides to go above ground, where he meets and befriends Winnifred. Together, Eggs and Winnifred devise a plan to save the Boxtrolls from extermination.

2015 Youth Media Awards

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander 2015 Newbery Medal Winner.
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander 2015 Newbery Medal Winner.

The American Library Association's Youth Media Awards were announced this morning, Monday, February 2nd at 9 a.m. EST!

These awards include the Caldecott Medal (for distinguished illustrations), the Newbery Medal (for distinguished children's book writing), the Sibert Award (for distinguished non-fiction), and the Geisel (for distinguished books for beginning readers).

The Newbery Award went to first time winner Kwame Alexander for The Crossover (Darien Library 2014 Summer Reading List favorite). There were two honor books El Deafo by Cece Bell and Brown Girl Dreaming (Winner of the National Book Award) by Jaqueline Woodson.

The Caldecott Award went to the highly imaginative The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, by Dan Satant. Six books were honored, including the vibrantly illustrated Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales.

You can put the complete list of winners on hold, or stop by the Children's Library and see what's available!

Valentine's Day Crafts

Image courtesy of Flickr user melisdramatic
Image courtesy of Flickr user melisdramatic

Wednesday, February 11th at 4 p.m.

Join us for crafts, fun, and more! Ages 3 and up. Drop-in.


Online Security Seminar

Online Security Seminar presented by Miss Amanda
Online Security Seminar presented by Miss Amanda

Thursday, March 26th at 6 p.m.

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.

This program will take place in the 3rd Floor Conference Room. 


Stay Fit With Wii

Families love playing Wii! (Image courtesy of Flickr user JFlinchbaugh)
Families love playing Wii! (Image courtesy of Flickr user JFlinchbaugh)

Wednesday, February 4th at 5pm

Put on your workout shoes and join us in the Children’s Library for some friendly fitness play featuring active Wii games like Just Dance 2015, Wii Sports, and more.

Registration encouraged but not required. Ages K+.

Storytime Saturdays

Storytime in the Library
Storytime in the Library

Saturdays, April 4th and 18th, at 11 a.m.

A weekend storytime for families. Walkers up to 36 months with a parent/caregiver are welcome to attend this Saturday morning storytime, which will include some of our favorite books, rhymes, and fingerplays.

Monday Belongs to Oscar: "The Boxtrolls" Film Screening

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Monday, February 9th at 2 p.m.

Come see some of the hottest films of this past year in preparation for the film industry's biggest night! Enjoy a screening of a selection of the 2015 Oscar nominated films in January and February. 

The film is rated PG, running time 95 minutes.

Watch the trailer here

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