Kindergarten-2nd grade Summer Reading Programs

Robofun Video Game Design Workshop
Using Scratch, kids will learn how to design their own video games.
Wednesday, June 25
Grades 1-3: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Double Dare
There can be only one winner. In this retro-inspired game contestants will answer trivia questions or compete in physical challenges, but watch out--you might get slimed!
Ages 7 to 9
2 to 2:45 p.m.
Monday, July 7th

Game Across America, American Girl
Taking inspiration from the American Girl book series, join the Children’s Librarians as they show you that all girls game. We will have a small tea party with dolls at the conclusion of our gaming.
Ages 5 to 12
1 to 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 26

Darien Arts Center Illustration Station
Let’s look at the processes our favorite illustrators have used to create some of our favorite books. Collage, watercolor, and stamping are all techniques that create these wonderful images! Then, let’s use some of these ideas to inspire some of our own projects!
Ages 5-7
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Monday and Tuesday, July 28 and 29 - Eric Carle
Wednesday and Thursday, July 30 and 31- Leo Lionni
*Each workshop is two days. Please register for either the Eric Carle or Leo Lionni session.

Math Playground
Let’s explore the playground of math using art, music, movement, and games. Join National Board Certified Teacher Mrs. Radia to view mathematics in the world around you. Learn some math strategies and enjoy a Fraction Fiesta. Don’t forget to bring your favorite number!
Ages 7 to 10
4 to 5 p.m. 
Monday, August 4 to Friday, August 8

 

Review of Fairy Tale Comics

Laugh out loud at these silly versions of your favorite fairy tales!
Laugh out loud at these silly versions of your favorite fairy tales!

View the fairy tale world in a completely different light! Classics such as "Hansel and Gretel", "Puss in Boots", "Rapunzel", and "Little Red Riding Hood" are brought to life in this fabulous graphic novel! Several different artists each tell a twist on your favorite tales, with colorful illustrations and hilarious stories. Watch as Rapunzel becomes her own heroine, lassoing a pine tree, catching her handsome prince, and rescuing him from plummeting to the ground. Or see Snow White, after swallowing the horrible poisoned apple, be revived when the carriers of her glass coffin trip, sending the piece of apple flying from her snow white throat! All of this and more awaits you in these delightfully funny twists of favorite story book tales!

Preschool Summer Reading Programs

Preschool Dance Party
Join the Children’s Librarians for this fast paced storytime, which includes books, group movement songs, and rhymes.
Ages 3 to 5
Tuesday, June 24
1 to 1:30 p.m.

Green Moon Art Spot

Rowayton’s Green Moon will bring its creativity to the Library in this art program for preschoolers.
Ages 4 to 5
Thursday, June 26 and Friday, June 27
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Up and Down Science

Build up and roll down! Stepping Stones Museum will have children investigating gravity and enhancing their building skills using their natural creativity and curiosity.
Ages 3 to 5
3 to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, July 8

Game. Set. Learn

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

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 11, Wednesday, August 13, and Friday, August 15
Ages 4 and 5 with a parent/caregiver
1:30 to 2 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 19 or Thursday, August 21
11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Play on Words
Join Mrs. Radia on an adventure with word parts and sounds! Use your imagination and decoding skills to play with all kinds of interesting words. This play on words will help begin the journey into reading using visualizing, predicting, questioning, and connecting.
Ages 4 and 5
Wednesday, August 20 or Thursday, August 21
2 to 3 p.m.                                                                                                                                                      

Review of the New Joshua Dread Book

The third book in the incredible Joshua Dread series!
The third book in the incredible Joshua Dread series!

Joshua Dread, The Dominion Key

 

Joshua Dread, the Dominion Key, is the best book that Lee Bacon has written in the series! The author has created an adventure that would fit in a superhero's diary!

Let me introduce the gang: Joshua, the main character, has the power of sending an electric wave in any direction. Sophie, Captain Justice's daughter, has superhuman strength. Milton, Joshua's best friend, is the only person in the group who doesn't have a superpower. Marinda became their friend when they all joined the Alliance of Infinity, which is the name of the group. She can look into the future, so she can predict her enemy's next move.

The story starts in the food court at the mall. They discover there is another supervillain there when nachos, ketchup, and mustard start flying through the air. Along with the supervillain, who can control objects with her mind, there is a thug and the four friends' all-time enemy, nFinity. nFinity used to be one of the superheroes but betrayed them by siding with Phoenix Vex, an evil multi-billionaire. nFinity drops a list at the food court. The list holds names of the gadgets that Vex wants the supervillains to get so they can create a weapon to stop time and destroy the universe.

The superheroes get sent away to Alabaster Academy for safety purposes. One by one, things on nFinity's list are disappearing. There's only the Dominion Key left, so they take a journey to save it. Will they beat Phoenix Vex to it?

 

by Kevin Kuryla

 

2nd and 3rd Grade Booklist

The 2nd and 3rd Grade 2014 Summer Booktalking books are below!

Print a PDF of the 2nd/3rd Booklist!

Booktalking Lists 2014

Check out the fantastic titles on this year's booktalking lists! We shared them with you when we visited your school.

Click on the grade of the class, and start browsing!

 

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Booktalking List

2nd and 3rd Grade Booktalking List

4th and 5th Grade Booktalking List

MMS Booktalking List

Booktalking Ebooks - All Grades

Children's Book Week Programs

Tuesday, May 13th 6:00pm

Family Book Discussion for the book Born to Fly by Michael Ferrari

Register


Thursday, May 15th 4:15pm

Bookworms

We read a book and then craft using the book for inspiration.


Saturday, May 17th 11am

Storytime Saturday

A weekend storytime for families includes some of our favorite books, songs and rhymes.

Children's Book Week

image available courtesy of bookweekonline.com
image available courtesy of bookweekonline.com

                            May 12th-18th

 

Join the Children's Library as we celebrate Children's Book Week!

 

"Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, commemorative events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes -- wherever young readers and books connect!"

 

We will have special reading nooks, programs, bookmarks and the first 10 kids who come to the Children's Desk and say "Happy Children's Book Week," will receive a tote bag of goodies!

 

Let us know what you're doing for the week by tweeting us @darienlibrary and use the hashtag #CBW14

Screen Free Week

Image courtesy of screenfree.org
Image courtesy of screenfree.org

May 5th-11th

Screen Free Week is an international event in which families, communites and schools pledge to be screen free for a week. The Children's Library will participate by taking out the Ipads for the week. We encourage you to check out more books and read together as a family in our special reading nooks. 

Need some ideas for what to do when you're not using a screen?

Here are a few:

Ride a bike, take a hike, read some books, volunteer, bake cookies, fly a kite or plant a garden

There are so many wonderful things to explore without a screen but most importantly, Have Fun!

The Wright Stuff

Image courtesy of Flickr user Reinventat
Image courtesy of Flickr user Reinventat

The Wright Stuff
Tuesday, May 27th at 4:15pm

Grades K to 6

Science takes off with this popular Children’s Museum program on flying. Learn about air pressure, the forces of flight, and follow the history of aviation from balloons to parachutes to planes to helicopters to rockets. 

*This event will take place in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room. Tickets will be distributed 15 minutes before the program.*

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