Summer's over, but the books you liked reading then...now have sequels! Find out what your favorite characters are up to now: What kind of trouble is Squish getting into? What mystery will Bethesda solve now that she knows Ms. Finkleman's story? Find out by clicking on the link below.
Can't remember the booktalking books, take a look at the lists again here.
The Value of Clutter: A Panel Presentation
Friday, March 4 at 10 AM
In January, they taught us about maximizing our closet space, managing our time, and organizing our important files. Now, back by popular demand, F.O.C.U.S. (Fairfield Organizers Creating Ultimate Solutions), a group consisting of local members of NAPO, the National Association of Professional Organizers, returns for a panel presentation that helps us make sense of, deal with, and become free of that thing that consumes many of us throughout our day - clutter!
This fun and informative look at why we keep clutter, and where it should go, will be moderated by Susan Lovallo, CPA, CPO, of Clutter Solutions, LLC. Topics to be covered include:
Paper Clutter (magazines, children's artwork, mail, greeting cards, and more) Presented by Matt Baier of Matt Baier Organizing, LLC.
Closet Clutter (baby clothes, "skinny" clothes, shoes, keepsakes, and more) Presented by Janet Barnes of Connecticut Closet and Shelf.
Assorted Clutter (books, old equipment, shopping bags, and more) Presented by Cara Brook of Strategize. Organize. Simplify., LLC.
What kinds of clutter have got you stumped? Bring your questions and have them answered by the pros!
At the beginning of December, we launched a new service designed to keep you up-to-date on library events, services and news. Text a Librarian Outbound Messages will allow you to receive text message updates from Darien Library. Members may select to receive general Library news, news from the Teen Lounge, and/or news from the Children’s Library.
DLNews: Updates about Library events, services, materials and news.
DLTeen: Information about events, materials, and news from the Teen Lounge.
DLKids: Information from the Children’s Library about events, services, and materials of interest to parents and kids.
Text will be sent from each list weekly, highlighting a particular event, service, or Library news item that will be of interest to subscribers.
A Pew Research Center report found that 85% of Americans now own mobile phones, a percentage that increases to 96% among 18-29 year olds, and a Nielsen survey found that American adults text twice as much as they talk on their mobile phones. We are eager to be able to connect with patrons on-the-go, and to be able to reach out with news alerts, reminders about upcoming events, and for suggestions for materials or services.
These services supplement our existing Text-a-Librarian text message reference service: By texting AskDL to 66746, our patrons are put in touch with a librarian who can answer questions by text message.
Darien Library does not charge for text services, but standard message and data rates apply.
Stress Management: Caring for Ourselves, Empowering Our Children
Friday, November 12 at 11 a.m.
Experts and studies prove that no matter how busy we are, it is important to find ways to manage stress to maintain a healthy lifestyle and overall sense of well-being. This panel discussion will provide specific tips for reducing stress for ourselves while helping our children to develop healthy stress-management habits, as well.
Presented by representatives from The Child Guidance Center of Southern CT, Darien Youth Options, and Family Centers, this program is part of our Health & Wellness Series, “A Picture of Health.”
Presenting will be:
The Library's Health and Wellness Series is an extensive series of lectures, expert panels, computer workshops, and films. The schedule offers sessions on a variety of health issues, including nutrition, stress management, personal safety for children and teens, pain management, holistic medicine, sleep disorders, and medication management.
Darien Land Trust in cooperation with Darien Nature Center invite the public to a free viewing of Play Again, an award-winning documentary directed by Tonje Hessen Schei. At a time when children spend more time in the virtual world than in the natural world, "Play Again" unplugs a group of media-savvy teens and takes them on their first wilderness adventure. Through the voices of children and leading experts, "Play Again" investigates the consequences of a childhood removed from nature and encourages action for a sustainable future.
The film will be shown on Monday, November 1, in the Community Room of the Darien Library, 1441 Post Rd., Darien. The program is slated to run from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, visit www.playagainfilm.com.
Special Health & Wellness Film Screening!
Follow four families as they attempt to instill healthy habits in their kids by using a set of proven positive parenting skills represented by the acronym SPICE (Structure, Praise, Inspire, Consistency, and Enjoy) - including how to deal with children who refuse to eat healthy foods and turn to sedentary forms of entertainment. This documentary is not rated. Running time is 90 minutes. (2010).
This special film screening is part of our Health & Wellness Series, “A Picture of Health,” an extensive series of lectures, expert panels, computer workshops, and films. The schedule offers sessions on a variety of health issues, including nutrition, stress management, personal safety for children and teens, pain management, holistic medicine, sleep disorders, and medication management.
To watch a preview of the documentary, please click here.
For the complete schedule of our Health & Wellness Series, click here.
Question: Every wondered what book 26 is in the Geronimo Stilton series?
Answer: The Mummy with No Name
A library in Missouri has organized tons of series! It's pretty awesome; it contains over 29,000 children's books.
You can also use the database Novelist. Find children's books similar to other books, their descriptions, and reviews of them too. Have your library card handy.
Darien Library's Spring Author Series has Judith Warner visiting Thursday, March 4 at 7 p.m.
In her newest book, Judith Warner, "New York Times" bestselling author of 2005's Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety, returns to explore the answers to two very timely questions: Are we overdiagnosing and overmedicating our children? Are parents and physicians labeling children to "explain away" bad behavior? With five years of rigorous investigation and research of parents, psychologists, psychiatrists, and other experts, Warner brings concerns and perspectives to this controversial debate.
This event is co-sponsored by the Darien YWCA Parent Awareness Network. Refreshments will be served.
Presentation will conclude with a book signing. Books will be available for purchase.
Additional parking for evening and weekend Library programs on Thorndal Circle (behind Nielsen's).
I am always looking for good, current research about how young children use technology. There is a lot of studies that have been done on teenagers, but research with younger children is not nearly as common. I was thrilled to see that one of my favorite websites, Read Write Web is undergoing a big survey which aims to find out how children under the age of 12 use web technology. Are any of you parents out there interested in taking part? Click here to participate in the survey.