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!

Howl's Moving Castle
Howl's Moving Castle

Tuesday, August 12th at 2 p.m.

Read the book.

Watch the movie.

Discuss them both!

Join us for a movie, snack, and discussion of the book and Oscar-nominated film adaptation of Diana Wynne Jones' book Howl's Moving Castle.

Sophie is resigned to her boring fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl. Watch the trailer for the 2005 movie.

Rated PG, running time 119 minutes. Drop-in.

Ages 9 to 12.

 

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!

A Visit with Author/Illustrator Peter Brown

YOU WILL BE MY FRIEND, PETER BROWN! from Peter Brown on Vimeo.

Tuesday, November 19th at 4:15 p.m.

Join us for a night of reading and drawing with Author/Illustrator Peter Brown!

Peter Brown is a perennial favorite at Darien Library, and this year's Randolph Caldecott Honor-winner for his work on Creepy Carrots. He wrote and illustrated the hit fall release Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, as well as the wildly funny Children Make Terrible Pets. Check out his website here!

Books will be available to purchase at the event.

Ages 3+

**Space is limited; tickets will be distributed 15 minutes prior to the event

Register Now for T|E|A Room Programs

One of our projects
One of our projects

T|E|A Room classes are held every Tuesday & Wednesday afternoon from 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., and are open to children in Grades 3 to 6.

Click here to register for December T|E|A Room classes!

Middle Ages School Project Resources

Book
Book "Women and Girls in the Middle Ages"

We know that many of our young Darien Library users are hard at work on a Middle Ages project right now. Did you know that our Homework Help page can assist your research? We have many resources available on a range of topics.

Check out the learning guide for the Middle Ages in the library or at home with your library card.

Eliminating Stress and Creating Balance in Your Child’s Life

Photo courtesy of Flickr user herwordskill
Photo courtesy of Flickr user herwordskill

Tuesday, November 19 at 7 pm (middle and high school panel)

Darien Library and the YWCA Parent Awareness are proud to present a panel for parents of middle and high school students. The panel will feature local mental health experts who will speak to topics that relate to children of that age group. Register below for panel attendance.

The panel will be moderated by Connecticut State Representative Terrie Wood, who represents Darien and Norwalk in the Connecticut House of Representatives. Ms. Wood also serves as the Co-Chair of the Mental Health Working Group of the Gun Violence Bill.

Tuesday, November 19 at 7pm - Middle and High School Panel

Panelists include: Lisa Bunce, MS, RD/N, Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Owner, Back-to-Basics Nutrition Consulting, Redding; Christopher M. Bogart, PhD, Executive Director, The Southfield Center for Development, Darien; Phyllis L. Weihs, MS, NCC, NCDF, Psychotherapist Fairfield University; and Eileen Whalen, School Psychologist, Darien High School.

Parents can submit questions for the panelists prior to the event.

In the Library's Community Room. Additional parking is available along Post Road.

 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid #8: Coming November 5!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck

We know you've been waiting patiently for almost two years to read the next book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. The day is finally here! On Tuesday, November 5, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck will be released. We have 20 copies that we are excited to add to the Darien Library's collection.

Place a hold on one today! 

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