May App of the Month: ABC Farm

In honor of summer being just around the corner, our app of the month this May is ABC Farm, a bright, imaginative app all about farms. Created by award winning app production studio Peapod Labs, ABC Farm teaches youngsters all about animals, farm life, and the variety of food and crops that grow on farms. Users also test out their letter recognition and print knowledge skills, which are especially important skills for pre-readers to utilize.

We especially like that users can toggle from English to Spanish to learn words in both languages. It's a great feature for bilingual users and language enthusiasts alike!

Peapod Labs have created a slew of great apps which feature picture and words relating to a special topic, like food, wildlife, and music, and ABC Farm is no disappointment! Available for Apple products for $2.99.

Kids Summer Reading Programs

Bring out your inner spy!
Bring out your inner spy!

Welcome, agents, to a summer of fun, reading, and...intrigue.  Find out what's going on throughout the summer in the Children's Library by clicking on a link below.

Kids Program Calendar

Special Programs

Drop-In Programs

Book Groups

Tween Book Club - Breadcrumbs

By Anne Ursu
By Anne Ursu

Wednesday, April 10 at 6 p.m.

Come and chat over pizza about some of the Best Books of 2012.
After the discussion everyone will take part in a book-related activity.

April's Book: Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu

Drop-In for Ages 9 to 12

VideoMakers Club Beginning in April

A new opportunity for young filmmakers at the Library begins on April 6.
A new opportunity for young filmmakers at the Library begins on April 6.

Saturdays, April 6 and April 20

1 to 4 PM

This spring spend Saturday afternoons with filmmaker Bob Kernen. Mr. Kernen will teach kids the elements of film and help them to develop their own projects including storyboarding, filming, and editing.  Grades 5 to 7.

May 4 and 18

June 1, 15, 29

Waitlist

One Book, One Community Children's Programs

The Children's One Book, One Community book this year is Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin
The Children's One Book, One Community book this year is Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin

The official kick-off date for the One Book, One Community program is Monday, March 18.

This year the children's librarians are starting off the festivities with an intergenerational book group for kids and their families. Discuss the Library's youth selection, Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin, over dinner with family and friends! 

There are other opportunities for kids to learn about Russian culture, the art of chess, and find out first hand what it's like to grow up during wartime. 

Family Book Discussion of Breaking Stalin’s Nose
Thursday, March 28 at 6 PM
Ages 9 to 12 and family members.
Parents, grandparents, and siblings are invited to a family book discussion of Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin. Dinner will be provided at this event. 

Make Your Own Matryoshka - Waitlist 
Tuesday, March 26 at 4:15 PM
Ages 5 to 7

Russian nesting dolls, or matryoshka, were first created in the 1890s, and made out of wood. Share a story and decorate your very own nesting doll in this afternoon craft program. 

Learn to Play Chess
Thursdays, April 4 at 3:30 PM and Thursday, April 11 at 3:30 PM
Ages 10 to 14
In these two sessions, participants are invited to learn the game of chess with representatives from the Chess Club of Fairfield County. 

My Life in Pictures
Monday, April 22 at 4:15 PM
Ages 7 to 9
Modeling on the picture book biography, The Wall by Peter Sis, students will draw, journal, and map out major milestones in their life. The project will include historical events, modern day music, and personal experiences. 

 

Tweet Up: Homework Apps

There's an app for that!  Image via Flickr user alexanderiam
There's an app for that! Image via Flickr user alexanderiam

Thursday, March 14 at 8 p.m.

Join us for a discussion of learning and discovery apps on Twitter!  Use the hashtag #DLTweetUp to participate in the conversation or follow along. 

 

Tween Book Group - March 20th

Wednesday, March 20th at 6 p.m.

Join us for a discussion of Kimberly Brubaker Bradley's award-winning Jeffersons Sons: A Founding Father's Secret Children.

A lively discussion over pizza will be followed by a book-related activity.

Grades 4 - 6.

Be sure to check out each month's Tween Book Group!

Soundwaters - Watershed Science and Animals

Photo courtesy of Flickr user gwylow71
Photo courtesy of Flickr user gwylow71

Monday, March 4th  from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.

Join SoundWaters to discover the variety of animals that call the Long Island Sound watershed home. Get up close and learn how terrapins, sea stars, fish and crabs adapt to changes daily and over time. Determine who is a producer, scavenger or predator. Also perform a hands-on experiment of human impact on a watershed. This program will take place in the Library's Community Room. 

Grades K to 5

Youth Media Awards to be Announced on Monday

Who will win the Caldecott this year? Last year's winner, THIS IS NOT MY HAT, has been a big hit at Darien Library!
Who will win the Caldecott this year? Last year's winner, THIS IS NOT MY HAT, has been a big hit at Darien Library!

The American Library Association's Youth Media Awards will be announced this 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 Seibert Award (for distinguished non-fiction), and the Geisel (for distinguished books for beginning readers). 

Keep an eye on this space for a list of the winning books on Monday morning! 

Have you read all of last year's winners?

Bookworms

Join us!
Join us!

Thursdays, November 13th and 20th at 4:15 p.m.

Join us for a weekly crafty storytime.  Read a book, have a discussion, and get crafty!  Drop in to find out what's happening each week!

Ages 5 to 7.