Read Across America Day

Read Across America Day is March 2nd, in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday!
Read Across America Day is March 2nd, in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday!

Monday, March 2nd 

Join us as we celebrate Reading! In honor of famed children's book author/illustrator Dr. Suess' birthday, Read Across America Day is a national day celebrating reading. Take a seat in our special reading nook, pick up a bookmark, and write your favorite book on our banner.

All ages, and all day!

Little Artists

Photo courtesy of flickr user clappstar.
Photo courtesy of flickr user clappstar.

Little Artists

1:00-1:45pm

Fridays, April 10th, 17th, 24th and May 1st. This class runs for 4 weeks.

Join Darien Arts Center as we wander through a world of various materials and learn the art jargon along the way. These little artists will have exposure to drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, and more and know the vocabulary to go with it. 

Ages 3-5.

This class is now full, but you may Register for the Waitlist.

Celebrate Holi

Photo courtesy of flickr user PalulaLyn Cahvarlo
Photo courtesy of flickr user PalulaLyn Cahvarlo

Friday, March 6th from 4:15 to 5:15pm

Join Mrs. Radia in celebrating Holi, the festival of colors! Holi is an ancient Indian festival that reminds us of the victory of good over evil. Learn about its origins and rituals, and enjoy some colorful crafts and music. Treasure the diversity in colors, and in life! Ages 6-10

Register

Kid Coders

Picture courtesy of flickr user Lord James.
Picture courtesy of flickr user Lord James.

Join us as we explore computer coding using JavaScript.

Mondays, March 16th, 23rd, 30th, April 6th,13th, and 20th at 4:30pm. This is a series and registration is for 6 weeks of classes.

Grades 4-6.

This program is now full. Register for the waitlist. 

Maker Family Challenges!

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: 

Wednesday, April 15th from 3 pm to 4 pm - Build a tiny home! What can you make using a shoebox, some cardboard, and glue?

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.

Overdrive

3M

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

100 Before One

100 Before 1

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.

Looking for some book recommendations for babies? We've got a great list of baby books for the youngest of readers.

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!

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