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Featured Collection - Kids Languages

Choose from one of the many books in the Kids Languages Glade
Choose from one of the many books in the Kids Languages Glade

Are you traveling this December? Is your child curious about a new language or culture? The Kids Languages section in the Children's Library includes books, DVDs, and other resources in a variety of languages including Spanish, Chinese, Hebrew and Arabic. There are even materials for English Language Learners and kids passionate about American Sign Language.

The Library also subscribes to online databases that support learning a new language.

Muzzy Online

The world's number one language course for children, Muzzy has been recommended by teachers and parents for twenty-five years. Developed by the BBC, Muzzy online instructs learners through both animation and humor. Languages available include English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Chinese Mandarin, and Russian.

Mango Languages

PhD- created and linguist-approved, Mango Languages is a language learning software for both adults and students.

Little Pim offers a variety of language DVDs and Playaway Views which are also part of the Kids Languages Glade.

The following booklist features some of the children's librarians' favorite books in this collection.

Comics Galore

New Comics in the Graphic Novel section of the Children's Library
New Comics in the Graphic Novel section of the Children's Library

Did you know that in addition to the graphic novel collection the Children's Library also circulates comics? 

From nostalgic classics like Archie and My Little Pony, to newer trends like Angry Birds, there are a plethora of choices for your visual reading pleasure. 

New Children's Books: March 2015

Favorite Author Gordon Korman is back with an all-new thriller perfect for kids who love adventures and spies!
Favorite Author Gordon Korman is back with an all-new thriller perfect for kids who love adventures and spies!

On the hunt for something new and exciting?

Looking for a great new author or the next book in your favorite series?

Below you'll find a list of brand new children's books available here at Darien Library, published in the second month of 2015.

For a complete list of children's books published this month, visit Publisher's Weekly on-sale calendar!

Kids Advisory Board Booklist

Aidan recommends West of the Moon by Margi Preus
Aidan recommends West of the Moon by Margi Preus

Each year the Children's Library's Kids Advisory Board compiles a list of their suggested reads for ages 9 to 12. If you are looking for must reads from some of the Library's super readers then check out the featured books found in the Kids Fiction section of the Library. 

Many of the titles can also be found as digital editions using the Library's eBook catalogs.

Overdrive

3M

For additional suggestions for your tween reader, check out the American Library's Association's Tween Recommended Reads booklist. 

Red - not just roses and hearts

February can be rough. There are roses, hearts, and lipsticky kisses on everything around you. But can red be more than a smooshy love color? We think so! Check out these fun books about this exciting color, with everything from fairy tales to history.

Red - not just roses and hearts

February can be rough. There are roses, hearts, and lipsticky kisses on everything around you. But can red be more than a smooshy love color? We think so! Check out these fun books about this exciting color, with everything from fairy tales to history.

Black History Month Film Festival: The Watsons Go to Birmingham

Did you know The Watsons Go to Birmingham was originally a book? 

If you are curious about civil rights - the who, what, when and the how of them, check out this booklist.  Why would people bomb a church in Alabama? And why would people march into firehoses spraying them?  What does integration mean? All of these questions and more are answered in our booklist below.

Black History Month Film Festival: Princess and the Frog

Did the Jazz Music in the Princess and Frog inspire you? Learn more about this exciting music form, and New Orleans, in these books (and CDs!) in our collection.

Here's what Martin Luther King, Jr. had to say about jazz in 1964: "Jazz speaks for life. The Blues tell the story of life's difficulties, and if you think for a moment, you will realize that they take the hardest realities of life and put them into music, only to come out with some new hope or sense of triumph.

This is triumphant music.

Modern jazz has continued in this tradition, singing the songs of a more complicated urban existence. When life itself offers no order and meaning, the musician creates an order and meaning from the sounds of the earth which flow through his instrument.

It is no wonder that so much of the search for identity among American Negroes was championed by Jazz musicians. Long before the modern essayists and scholars wrote of racial identity as a problem for a multiracial world, musicians were returning to their roots to affirm that which was stirring within their souls."

Black History Month Film Festival: The Color of Friendship

The Color of Friendship is about a South African exchange student and an African-American family in Washington, D.C - and their struggles to overcome stereotypes and racism. Are you curious about the history of both South Africa and African Americans?  Look no farther! Below is a list that should help you out from picture books to non-fiction.

Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!

We have a great display up in the library, but here are some books from our collection on this great man.  Read and be inspired!

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