KAB Review: The Island of Dr. Libris

New from the author of Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library!
New from the author of Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library!

We ask our Kids Advisory Board to review new and upcoming books. What did Ishaan think of The Island of Dr. Libris?

"The Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein is about a boy named Billy whose parents are separating. He goes to live with his mom, who is renting a house from a mysterious Dr. Libris. When Billy learns that there is no TV or Xbox in the house, he is disappointed. But after reading parts of the book The Trials of Hercules, Billy hears real noises coming from Dr. Libris’s Island. He asks his mom what the noise is, but she can’t hear it. When Billy explores the island, he finds real life characters there from the books he is reading. Later, Billy takes his new friend Walter to the island and together they try and solve all of the real-live problems that are going on. The problem? Billy (Sir William of Goat) is wanted by the Sheriff of Nottingham- and the four musketeers. I liked the book because it was full of fantasy stories that I enjoy. My favorite part was when Billy used the boy Nick Farkas to destroy the evil Space Lizard for good. So, will Billy- allied with Robin Hood, Hercules, and Tom Sawyer- be able to defeat anything on the island that comes his way? Find out by reading The Island of Dr. Libris."

Introducing the Kids Newbery Section

The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American children's book published the previous year.
The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American children's book published the previous year.

The Children's Library is proud to present our Kids Newbery section - one place to check out almost 100 years of award-winning books! Shelved together at the end of Kids Fiction, the Kids Newbery Collection is home to every single award winner since 1922, as well as popular honor-winners from the past decades. 

The John Newbery Medal is the oldest and most important Children's Award in the world. It is given to the "most distinguished" written book for American children (up to age 14), so you will find books with more mature themes and characters. Newbery Award winners are great for readers looking to explore big ideas, and parents, if you haven't read a children's book since you were a child, this section is a great place to start! Here you'll find classics like Island of the Blue Dolphins (1961), tear-jerkers like Bridge to Terabithia (1978), and laugh-out-loud funny books like The Whipping Boy (1987). 

Don't forget to check out your librarian's favorite Newbery books on display above the shelves!

 

 

 

Review of Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

Raina and Amara are family, but that doesn't mean they always get along.
Raina and Amara are family, but that doesn't mean they always get along.

Sisters Book Review by Charlotte Zaino

Sisters is a graphic novel about Raina and her relationship with her little sister, Amara. Raina wants a sister REALLY badly, until she has one. The story starts when the whole family (except for her dad) is getting ready to go on a three week road trip from California to Colorado for a family reunion. Before they leave, Raina and Amara get in a big fight. Raina starts to wonder why she ever wanted a sister in the first place. Then the story goes back and forth in time from when they were little kids to the present. As the flashbacks go on, the girls get older. The illustrations really help to tell the story. 

This book is a sequel to Smile, which I found a little more exciting and entertaining. Sisters focuses more on a stressful time in Raina's life, because in this book her parents aren't getting along well and she feels left out at the family reunion. Even though the topic is more serious, there are still some exciting moments, like when Raina and Amara work together to get their old pet snake out of the car. Kids will like this book because even though there are events that most kids probably haven't been through (luring a king snake out of your car) almost every pair of siblings can relate to the relationship between Raina and Amara. In the end, Raina is glad to have a sister, and realizes that no one can replace her.

Thank you to new KAB Member Charlotte for giving us her review of the much anticipated new Raina Telgemeier graphic novel. 

Books for Branching Out

Logo design by Lisa Nowlain
Logo design by Lisa Nowlain

Has your child found the series that will help them love to read?

If you're still searching for the perfect books to help a growing reader branch out in new directions, why not start with our Branch Booklists? Hi-lo titles on these lists are perfect for reluctant readers in grades 2-5.

Branch Books for 2nd & 3rd Grade

Branch Books for 4th & 5th Grade

Also, be sure to check out the America Library Association's recommendations for Hi-Lo books!

Tween Tabs in the Children's Library

Check out a Tween Tab in the Library, or grab a Tween Tab app list.
Check out a Tween Tab in the Library, or grab a Tween Tab app list.

Place a hold on the Tween Tab today! The Children's Library circulates Tween Tab iPads for kids ages 9 to 12. 

The Tween Tabs come with pre-loaded apps selected by the children's librarians. There are over 70 Apps which highlight the following Kids Nonfiction Glades: Bio, Languages, Facts, Traditions, Animals, Create, Fun, Self, Sports, Poetry, STEM, and Then & Now.

Additional content on kids and technology is located on  ALSC's Digital Media Resources website. 

Drop in Summer Reading Programs

Summer Reading at the Darien Library
Summer Reading at the Darien Library

Summer's almost over, but we've still got awesome drop-in programs at Darien Library!

 

Bending Gravity

Eric Girardi has been professionally performing object manipulation for over 15 years as a world-ranked yo-yo player, 5 ball juggler, world-class top spinner, diaboloist, contact juggler (up to 8 balls), devilstick player, poi spinner, stilt-walker, fire entertainer, and an artist of over 15 circus skills.
Grades K to 5
Tuesday, August 19
3 to 4 p.m.
Louise Parker Berry Community Room
Tickets distributed 15 minutes prior to the program. Space is limited.

The Science Genie

The Science Genie
The Science Genie

Thursday, June 19th
4:15 to 5:15 p.m.

The Children’s Museum of West Hartford will bring science to life in this dynamic program exploring lasers, combustion, and weird science through experimentation. In the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.

Ages 5 to 12

Tickets distributed 15 minutes prior to the program. Space is limited.

Explaining the Birds and Bees for Parents

Photo courtesy of Flickr user nutmeg66
Photo courtesy of Flickr user nutmeg66

Monday, June 9 at 9:30 AM

Amanda Romaniello, LPC and Ed Moran, LCSW from Family Centers will help moms and dads prepare to have a frank discussion on “the birds and the bees” with their child. 

 

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

 

Museum Passes

Photo courtesy of Flickr user RISD museum.
Photo courtesy of Flickr user RISD museum.

The following Museum Passes are now available in the Children's Library for check out. Families can use the passes to gain free or discounted admission depending on the location. Passes are available for residents, members who work in Darien full-time, and non-residents who are Friends at the $300 level and above. Place one on hold today! 

Beardsley Zoo

Stamford Museum and Nature Center 

Stepping Stones Museum for Children 

The New Children's Museum 

Mystic Aquarium

The Maritime Aquarium

Did you know that you and your family can also reserve a MoMA Pass from the Library