21 Things Week 4: Gaming

photo courtesy of the examiner
photo courtesy of the examiner

This week our topic is gaming. In our email we talked about the first appearance of video games, the popularity of online gaming and console generations. We also talked about what new gaming consoles like the Wii U have hit the market. Participation in at least one thing will enter you in this week’s raffle. Week four’s prize is a two month subscription to GameFly. (GameFly is like Netflix but for video games)

Thing: Attend a screening of Video Game Revolution. We will screen Video Game Revolution on Monday February 4th at 10 am. Video Game Revolution explores video game inception,popularity, violence and impact. We will have an encore screening February 7th at 7pm.

Thing:  Try out one of our gaming consoles in the Children’s Library before each screening of Video Game Revolution and Friday, February 8th at 5pm, as part of our weekly Wii’ve Got game program.

Thing: Attend the Start Your Own Website or Blog program Tuesday February 5th at 9:30am. You will need to register for this program as seating is limited.

21 Things Week 2: Makers

A 3D printer, similar to the one Darien Library has in the Digital Media Lab. Photo courtesy of Flickr user Creative Tools.
A 3D printer, similar to the one Darien Library has in the Digital Media Lab. Photo courtesy of Flickr user Creative Tools.

This week's topic was Makers and Maker Culture. From robots and 3D printing to knitting and home improvement, we learned that almost everyone has a bit of a Maker in them. By participating in at least one of the Things listed below, you will be entered into this week's raffle (a giftcard to Etsy!) 

Thing: In the comments section below, respond to the following: Everyone is a Maker of one kind or another. What kind of Maker are you? Have you explored Pinterest yet? What do you think?

Thing: Attend the Etsy Workshop on Tuesday, January 22 at 10am. Register.

21 Things Week 8: Homework 2.0

Image via Flickr user mikecogh
Image via Flickr user mikecogh

This week's topic was Homework 2.0.


Thing: Attend the Homework Apps App Chat on Tuesday, March 12 at 10 a.m. in the Children's Library.


Thing:  Thursday, March 14 at 8 p.m.  Join our Tweet Up to discuss great homework apps and resources.  Use the hashtag #DLTweetUp to share your thoughts and follow the conversation.

21 Things Week 7: Instagram and Photosharing

Image via Flickr user clasesdeperiodismo
Image via Flickr user clasesdeperiodismo

This week's topic was photosharing.


Thing:  Attend the Tedx Darien Library this week on Monday, March 4 at 10 a.m.

Thing:  Attend the Photo-sharing for Parents workshop on Tuesday, March 5 at 10 a.m.

Thing: Tweet a picture using Instagram to @darienlibrary.



21 Things Week 6: Apps

Image via Flickr user Daniel Y. Go
Image via Flickr user Daniel Y. Go

Our topic this week was Apps for both Android and Apple devices.

Thing: Attend the Children's Library App Chat. Pull up a chair and learn all about the latest and greatest apps for iPad, iPhone, and Android devices. Tuesday, February 26 at 10am: Apps for All Ages.

Thing: Participate in our Tweet Up, a discussion of apps that will take place on Twitter. Join the conversation from the comfort of your own home or while on the go. Sign in to your Twitter account and use the hashtag #CLTweetUp to chat with the librarians and other parents. Thursday, February 28 at 8pm: App Chat.

Thing: Answer our online poll about what type of apps your child uses.


21 Things Week 5: Blogs and Tumblr

Image via Flickr user Scott Beale
Image via Flickr user Scott Beale

This week's topic was blogs and Tumblr.


Thing:  Check out three of the blogs mentioned and mention your favorite in the Comments section below.  Or mention a blog that you read regularly.

Thing:  Sign up for the Tumblr class this Thursday, February 14 at 10 a.m.


21 Things Week 3: Twitter and Facebook

Image via Flickr user birgerking
Image via Flickr user birgerking

This week's topics were Facebook and Twitter.

Thing:  E-mail the Children's Library (childrenslibrary@darienlibrary.org) your Twitter username. 

Thing:  Like the Children's Library on Facebook.

Thing:  Attend the Twitter and Facebook Workshop for Parents.  (This workshop is currently full, but if you complete one of the Things above, you'll still be entered in the weekly raffle!)



21 Things Week 1: Gadgets

Image via Flickr user sirwiseowl
Image via Flickr user sirwiseowl

This week's topic was gadgets. We talked about new tablets hitting the market and the potential for new access to  ebooks for libraries in 2013. By participating in at least one of the three Things below, you will be entered in our first weekly raffle. Week 1's prize is a Nook!

*Note: Week 1's e-mail mentioned that Overdrive and 3M apps could be purchased, they are actually available to download for free.

Thing: In the comments below, discuss your favorite tablet or ereader device. What do you use? What does your family use?

Thing: On Monday, January 14th at 10 a.m., Darien Library will host a screening of Connected, a documentary about the visible and invisible connections of our time, in the community room. Attend this screening or the encore show Thursday, January 17th at 7 p.m.!

Thing: On Tuesday, January 15th at 9:30 a.m., Darien Library and YWCA Parent Awareness will host Cyber Safety for Kids and Tweens, a panel discussion, in the community room. More information about the event can be found here.


21 Things: Apps (Week 8)

Image via Flickr user Jenny Downing
Image via Flickr user Jenny Downing

This week's topic was apps. 

Thing:  Discuss the following question in the Comments below.  Do you have any app recommendations--for kids or adults?

Thing:  Attend our Smart Apps, Sound Screentime Panel Discussion on Tuesday, March 13 at 9:30 a.m.  Touch screen technology and apps have changed the way even very young children interact with media, books and each other. But how much screentime is too much? Where do parents draw the line between healthy does of technology and oversaturation? How can parents find great, educational apps for different age groups? Hear from a panel of experts who will share their experiences and recommendations. This program is co-sponsored by Darien Library and YWCA Parent Awareness, members of Thriving Youth; Connected Community.

Thing:  App Chat on Thursday, March 15 at 4 p.m.  Join the Children's Librarians for this special edition of our monthly Children's Library Chat program.  We'll discuss great apps for different ages--everything from interactive e-Books to educational games.  We'll also share tips with parents and teachers on finding and evaluating apps for children.


21 Things: Shopping Online (Week 7)

Image via Flickr user hellojenuine
Image via Flickr user hellojenuine

This week's topic was fun stuff to do online--everything from crafting to shopping!

Thing:  Discuss the following questions in the Comments below.  Are there certain items you only shop online for?  Are there items you only buy in-person?

Thing:  Sign up for our Etsy Workshop on Tuesday, March 6.  If you have an eye for vintage or handmade goods, Etsy is the place for you.  Learn all about how to run an Etsy shop from Jennifer St. Jean (one of our Tech Panel bloggers, IttyBittyBag.com).


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