Register for Newbery Visionaries 2016!

What will win the Newbery Award in 2017? Your Newbery Visionary can cast their vote for Darien Library's pick!
What will win the Newbery Award in 2017? Your Newbery Visionary can cast their vote for Darien Library's pick!

Newbery Visionaries is a registered book group which welcomes all book lovers and critical thinkers in grades 5-7.

Participants will learn all about the Newbery Award, the oldest and most distinguished Children's Book Award in the world.

Kids will be given potential 2017 Newbery Award books to read and asked to use their critical thinking skills at monthly meetings to debate which books deserve to win the biggest prize of all. It all culminates in a party in January where Darien's Newbery Visionaries vote for their own choice for the 2017 Newbery Award!

Dinner will be served at each meeting. Participants will be expected to attend each meeting. 

Registration is a lottery. Register by Monday, February 15th. 

First Meeting: Monday, February 22nd at 5 pm

2016 Youth Media Awards Announced

I'm a bus!
I'm a bus!

The American Library Association's Youth Media Awards were announced this morning, Monday, January 11th 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, in a surprising twist, went to Matt De La Pena for his picture book Last Stop on Market Street. The book, a heart-warming celebration of our differences, also garnered a Caldecott Honor for its illustrator, Christian Robinson. Darien Library 2015 Booktalking Books The War that Saved My Life, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley and Rollergirl , by Victoria Jamieson received Honors.

The Caldecott Award went to Finding Winnie : The True Story Of The World's Most Famous Bear. There were four honors, including Waiting, the latest from beloved author/illustrator Kevin Henkes.

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

Cece Bell Author Visit

Join us to meet Newbery Honor winner Cece Bell as she talks about her New York Times bestselling graphic novel memoir EL DEAFO.  Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful—and very awkward—hearing aid.

This is a unique chance to connect with a major publishing talent and an opportunity for everyone to think closely about their own growing up experience.

Ages 8 and up
Monday, October 5 from 5 to 6 pm
Open - no registration necessary. Tickets will be distributed 15 minutes before the program.
Louise Parker Berry Community Room

The 2016 Nutmeg Nominees are here!

Which Nutmegs will be Darien favorites in 2015-2016?
Which Nutmegs will be Darien favorites in 2015-2016?

The Connecticut State Book Award, the Nutmeg, announced it's 2016 slate of nominees on Friday, May 1st.

Check out the Elementary Nutmegs, for grades 2-4!

Check out the Intermediate Nutmegs, for grades 4-6!

Which Nutmeg Nominee will be your favorite this year?

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.