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


Thursday, May 15th 4:15pm


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

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                            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

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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

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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

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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. 


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.



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.

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