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


Sensory Saturdays

April is Autism Awareness month
April is Autism Awareness month

Saturdays, April 12th and 26th from 12 noon to 1 p.m.

April is Autism Awareness Month and the Children's Library will be hosting a creation hour for families of children with autism or sensory processing disorders. Ages 3+ with a parent/caregiver.

Celebrate Nowruz! Persian New Year

Drop in for crafts and a Nowruz celebration Friday, March 21. 

Flickr photo courtesy of yaza_
Drop in for crafts and a Nowruz celebration Friday, March 21. Flickr photo courtesy of yaza_

March 21st at 4:15-5:15pm

Welcome Spring with a program in honor of Persian New Year. Learn how to set the Haft Sin table, make a goldfish craft, and grow some wheatgrass. Ages 7 and up.

Drop in!

Review of Winter Sky by Patricia Reilly Giff

Looking for a fast-paced mystery?
Looking for a fast-paced mystery?

One of our Kids Advisory Board members submitted this review of the new book by Connecticut author Patricia Reilly Giff. 

Winter Sky

This book is a fast paced mystery, about a girl named Siria, whose mom died and dad is a fire fighter. Siria watches over her dad and secretly follows him to all his fires. But when fires start to pop up in the oddest of places, Siria suspects someone is setting them.  As she follows the clues, she thinks she knows who is setting them but is she right? Can she stop them when she does find out? I won't spoil it for you, so read the book if you want to find out.

I enjoyed this book because it is fast placed and got right into the action. I also liked that it was a mystery so I was always trying to decipher the clues. This book was hard to put down and I think that children who like mysteries, adventure, or just want a fast paced book will definitely enjoy this one. 

Thank you Toby for that awesome review! 


2014 Youth Media Awards Announced

Flora & Ulysses is a laugh-out-loud funny story with a heart of gold.
Flora & Ulysses is a laugh-out-loud funny story with a heart of gold.

The American Library Association's Youth Media Awards were announced this morning, Monday, January 27th at 8 a.m. EST!

These awards include the Caldecott Medal (for distinguished illustrations), the Newbery Medal (for distinguished children's book writing), the Sibert Award (for distinguished non-fiction), and the Geisel (for distinguished books for beginning readers).

The Newbery Award went to two-time winner (and 2014 National Ambassador of Young People's Literature) Kate DiCamillo for her marvelously funny Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures. Darien Library favorite Doll Bones, by Holly Black, was one of four books to receive a Newbery Honor. 

The Caldecott Award went to the beautifully detailed Locomotive, by Brian Floca. Three books were honored, including the luminously illustrated Journey, by Aaron Becker.

You can put the complete list of winners on hold, or stop by the Children's Library and see what's available!

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.


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

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! 

Star Wars Reads Day Returns

May the Force Be With You on October 5
May the Force Be With You on October 5

Saturday, October 5

The Children's Library is happy to announce the return of Star Wars Reads Day. The entire day will be a celebration of all things Star Wars with a film screening, crafts, hourly raffles, photobooth, and some surprise special guests! All ages

10 am Star Wars themed crafts

1 pm Star Wars A New Hope film screening in the Conference Room, Rated PG, 121 minutes

2 pm Star Wars Lego Club

Check out our photos from last Star Wars Reads Day .... silly librarians.