Worth It: The Original Art show

Above, original painting for Battle Bunny. Below, the art as it appeared in the book.
Above, original painting for Battle Bunny. Below, the art as it appeared in the book.

On Monday, December 9th, Miss Elisabeth and Miss Krishna visited The Original Art show, which is an annual exhibition of art created for children's books. The show is hosted at the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators in New York City.

The juried show is in its 34th year, and features art hand-selected by a committee of industry veterans and artists. This year's jury included Brian Floca! The show awards prizes to the best art created for a children's book in a given year. This year awards went to The Dark, illustrated by Jon Klassen, and Barbed Wire Baseball, illustrated by Yuko Shimizu, among others.

Entries from 3 of the 4 illustrators who visited Darien this fall (Frank Viva, Oliver Jeffers, and Peter Brown) make this exhibit of special interest to Darienites, and it is truly amazing to see such beautiful artwork up close. The idea that the gorgeous painting you're seeing on the wall is the same picture you have in a book at the library is both mind-boggling and wonderful.

The exhibit runs through December 21st. More information can be found here. We can't recommend it highly enough!

Tween Recommended Reads

Hipster fox tweens love to read!
Hipster fox tweens love to read!

This month the Association for Library Services to Children published a fantastic new resource for middle-grade readers. Middle-grade books are written for kids and tweens, usually in grades 4 - 7. Darien Library's own Miss Claire was on the committee that selected titles for the list!

Featuring a wonderful blend of genres published this year, there's sure to be something on this list to please your tween reader!

Check out the list below!

 

 

Movie for a Snowy Day

Planes!
Planes!

Today at 1:00 p.m.

Join us for a special snow day showing of the movie Planes. Running Time 92 minutes. Rated PG.

A cropdusting plane with a fear of heights lives his dream of competing in a famous around-the-world aerial race.

Registration for Spring 2014 Storytimes

Storytime at the Library
Storytime at the Library

Registration for the Spring 2014 storytime lottery will open on Monday, March 3rd, 2014 and run through Monday, March 17th. Registration is a lottery, and notification will be Saturday, March 22. Storytimes will begin the week of Monday, March 24, 2014. 

Brochures are available now. We look forward to seeing you and your children for our upcoming season of storytimes!

Register for storytimes

2013 Holiday Gift Giving Guide

image courtesy of christmasstockimages.com
image courtesy of christmasstockimages.com

Searching high and low for the perfect present this holiday season?

Check out a list of suggestions curated by the Children's Librarians! Our favorite books, toys, games, and more are sure to make your loved ones smile this year.

Find great gifts for ages birth to 12!

2013 Holiday Gift Giving Guide

The 2013 Darien Children's Library Holiday Gift Giving Guide is here!

Check it out for great suggestions for ages birth through 12!

Read. Watch. Discuss!

The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis

Tuesday, February 18th at 3:00 p.m.

Read the book.

Watch the movie.

Discuss them both!

Join us for a movie, pizza, and discussion of the book and film adaptation of Christopher Paul Curtis' Coretta Scott King Honor award winning The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963.

Kenny and his family - who live in Flint, Michigan - spend the summer visiting his grandmother in Birmingham, Alabama, during a time in the country when African Americans were treated differently than white citizens. Kenny and his siblings, who are part of a loving African American family, have never visited the South and encounter a very different way of life. During his family's time in Birmingham, Kenny discovers his own personal courage and perseverance in the face of adversity. Watch the trailer for the 2013 movie.

Rated PG, running time 86 minutes. Drop-in.

Grades 4 and up.

 

Classic Holiday Movies

A Charlie Brown Christmas
A Charlie Brown Christmas

Friday, December 27th at 10:00 a.m.

Join us Fridays for such classics as A Charlie Brown Christmas (December 27).

In the Community Room.

All ages

3rd Annual Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Stuffed animals from last year's sleepover get silly with the copy machine!
Stuffed animals from last year's sleepover get silly with the copy machine!

Tuesday, December 17 at 6pm

It's that time of year again! Bring your furry and fuzzy stuffed animal pals to the Library for a special evening storytime and have them sleep over. Pick them up the next day and discover what happens “when the library lights go out.” Ages 2 and up.

New Children's Fantasy

Merrie Haskell also wrote Miss Elisabeth's favorite book of 2011, The Princess Curse
Merrie Haskell also wrote Miss Elisabeth's favorite book of 2011, The Princess Curse

Do you have a fantasy fan in your life?

Then be sure to check out the list of new fantasy below - from wizards and thieves to monsters and dragons, we've got a brand new book for you!

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