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.*

Games Around the World

Image courtesy of Flickr user Sichuan Quake Relief
Image courtesy of Flickr user Sichuan Quake Relief

Tuesday, May 20th at 4:15 p.m.

Ages 7 and up

Learn how kids all around the world play games in this interactive program. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing and shoes safe for jumping. 

Register.

Family Book Discussion: Born To Fly

One Book One Community Kids book choice
One Book One Community Kids book choice

Tuesday, May 13th at 6pm

Parents, grandparents, and siblings are invited to a family book discussion of Born to Fly by Michael Ferrari.

Dinner will be provided at this event.

Ages 9 to 12 and a family member.

Register.

 

Family Film: Planes

Planes from Disney
Planes from Disney

Sunday, May 11th at 2 p.m.

All ages

A family matinee of Disney’s Planes. A plane with a fear of heights goes on to compete in an around-the-world aerial race. Be sure to watch the trailer.  

In the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.

May Open T|E|A Rooms

The T|E|A Room at Darien Library
The T|E|A Room at Darien Library

Wednesdays, May 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th from 4-6 p.m.

Calling all Makers! The T|E|A Room (Technology, Engineering, and the Arts is open for play, exploration, creation and discovery.

Grades 3 to 6. Drop-in.

May 7: Flying Machines

It's a bird! It's a plane! Come craft all different kinds of flying machines.

May 14: Rainbow Looms

Bring your own loom and rubberbands and get tips from other loomers. Share your favorite designs and learn a new favorite.

*A small amount of looms and rubberband will be available*

May 21: Shadow Art

Combine light, shadow, paper, pencils, marker and crayons to create rad art.

May 28: Origami

Did you know that ori means "folding" and kami (kami changes to gami due to rendaku) means "paper"? Come learn and practice the traditional Japanese art of paper folding.

Cinco de Mayo Art Program

Image courtesy of flickr user Thrashq4g
Image courtesy of flickr user Thrashq4g

Monday, May 5 at 4:15 p.m.

Ages 5 and up

Join us as we learn about Mexican culture from Miss Maria. We will also decorate our own paper sombreros to take home and wear on this festive holiday.

Register.

OBOC Programs

One Book One Community Kids book choice
One Book One Community Kids book choice

Here are the programs we will be offering in the month of May for One Book, One Community:

Flying Machines
Wednesday, May 7th at 4pm

Grades 3 to 6
It's a bird! It's a plane! Come craft all different kinds of flying machines.

Family Film: Planes

Sunday, May 11th at 2pm
All ages
A family matinee of Disney’s Planes. A plane with a fear of heights goes on to compete in an around-the-world aerial race.


Family Book Discussion
Tuesday, May 13th at 6pm

Ages 9 to 12 and a family member
Parents, grandparents, and siblings are invited to a family book discussion of Born to Fly by Michael Ferrari. Dinner will be provided at this event. Register


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.*

Let's Make Music!

Image via www.incredibox.com/
Image via www.incredibox.com/

We recently discovered an incredibly entertaining website through Common Sense Media - it's called Incredibox, and it enables users to create their own songs with pre-created bass lines, melodies, choruses, voices, and effects. It's similar to one of our favorite iPad Apps by Toca Boca called Toca Band, but Incredibox is aimed at older children. 

We hope you find time to make a few tunes today!

This Spring Break...Visit the MoMA for Free!

Borrow a MoMA Pass today!
Borrow a MoMA Pass today!

If you were unable to register for the Children's Library's MoMA Tour offered on Tuesday, April 15th, feel free to borrow a MoMA Pass to visit on your own. Want to reserve a pass? Here's how!

The passes circulate for one week, in periods that run from Tuesday to the following Monday. For example, the first borrowing period will be between Tuesday, September 24 and Monday, September 30. Rather than placing them on hold like a book, you will reserve them for a specific week, which should make it easier to plan your visit. Passes can be reserved in person at the Welcome Desk, or over the phone (203-669-5239). At this time, passes can only be reserved by residents, members who work in Darien, and Friends of the Library at the $300 annual level or above.

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