For little readers with big plans

I have found a new favorite book and it is Bob Shea's Big Plans (big plans, I say!), illustrated by Lane Smith (also an incredible author and illustrator).  It's the humorous story of a little boy who really knows his own mind and goes after what he wants.  After being put in time out for his ambitiousness (the blackboard next to him says things like, "I will not prove the teacher wrong"), he imagines what would happen if his big plans were successful, accompanied by his yes-man sidekick, who is a mynah bird.  He helps his local football team win a game, becomes mayor of his town, then eventually president (the President offers him the position of "assistant President", which our hero turns down and replies with, "You can be third in charge, after the mynah bird").  A loud, fun, and very funny book for those kids with big ideas and the guts to go after them.  

 

  

 

 

 

Bob Shea has written some other hilarious books, including:

New Socks - A yellow, glasses-wearing chick excitedly shares his new pair of socks with the reader.

 

 

 

 Dinosaur vs. Bedtime - Little Dinosaur takes on all kinds of activities, like dinner and a pile of leaves, and always wins.  When he comes up against bedtime, who will come out victorious?

 

 

 

 Dinosaur vs. The Potty (seriously)!  If you know a little someone who can hold it in until near-explosion, they might appreciate this book.  

 

KidCast Playhouse Podcast

Last week, we had a podcasting camp here at Darien Library. The kids brainstormed plots, characters, conflict and got inspiration from radio greats such as "Who's On First?" by Abbott and Costello. They wrote and recorded a script of their own creation right here in the Library and I am so proud of the cast for their creative comedy!  I hope we can continue podcasting. Kids, if you are interested in participating in the next installment of KidCast Playhouse, please comment below and we'll get another group together!

Kidnapping on a Summer's Eve

Written and performed by Darien Library's KidCast Playhouse July 2010

http://www.darienlibrary.org/2010/07/12/kidcast-playhouse-presents

Cast (in order of appearance):

Bob:  Tyler

Miss Butterman: Morgan

Mom:  Katie

Police Officer 1:  Zach

Police Officer 2:  Olivia

Random Person:  Tyler

Chloe:  Olivia

Jeter:  Zach

Derek:  Anir

Sam:  Katie

Epilogue:  Morgan & Tyler

Girls Book Club: Our First Meeting

This week was the first meeting of our first Girls Book Club, a book discussion group for girls ages 9 to 12. 

We talked about our favorite books (see those below), ate lots of pizza and chose our books for March and April.  No need to sign up, just read, and come to the library that night.  We'll have a light dinner; something tasty...it could be pizza again!

 

On March 25 at 6:45 p.m. we will discuss Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City by Kirsten Miller.  Come in, check out a copy (we own 10!) and read the exciting girl group mystery.  Four girls sleuth out the secret world underneath Manhattan.

 

 

In April (date to be decided) we will discuss Gods of Manhattan by Scott Mebus

 

 

 

Some of our favorite books are Savvy, Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, and Blood on the River.

Wii Got Game - Fridays @ 4:15pm

photo courtesy of Flickr user daveynin's

Friday nights in the children's room is the new place to be. Our brand new program We've Got Game started in January and it's been a smashing success. Kids get a chance to test out the library's cool new tech gadgets like the Nintendo Wii (yes, the library has a Wii), Creation Station, and the Chumby. Plus kids can even bring their own handhelds. You can even try out the new Microsoft Surface!!!

Stop by this Friday, February 13 @ 4:15pm and see what all the Buzz is about.

Also check out the WebPlay! section of the Youth page for some awesome websites and gaming posts.

Happy Gaming!

YouTube Jr.

Youtube videos are everywhere, but how can you be sure you won't come across something with questionable content?  Try Totlol!  This new sub-site of YouTube is a parent moderated video community aimed at kids under the age of 13. There are videos about music, phonics, classic cartoons, even some cool series like Signing Time where you can learn sign language!  The selection is huge and if you like, you can participate too by creating a free account, creating your own playlist. The site has gotten some good reviews from ReadWriteWeb and Wired Magazine. Find our more information about how it works here and see if you'd like to join in!

Other Online Video Alternatives:

Sesame Street also shares videos on their site and you can never get enough Elmo! Check out all the fun videos about reading!

blip.tv is where our library shares videos like Opening Day and time lapse videos of it being built.  See what it looked like one year ago this month!

Vimeo has fun videos like Bob Shea's Dinosaur vs. Bedtime (a personal favorite book of mine!)


Dinosaur vs. Bedtime from bob shea on Vimeo.

Valentine's Bead-a-Bracelet

Hey Kids!

Photo by Flickr User dichohecho

Come bead your own bracelets at the library this Saturday, February 7th at 1:15 pm in the Children's Library!

Sign up by calling, emailing or coming in to the Children's Library. Space is limited!

For kids ages 7-10.

crstaff@darienlibrary.org

(203) 669-5235

We had HOW many visitors?

Saturday, January 10, 2009 was a banner day! 

The NEW Darien Library opened with visitors galore!  The children's library game to guess the number of people was a smashing draw.  We had over 100 guesses, and one was pretty close. 

 

 

Question: How many visitors came to the Darien Library on opening day?

drumroll....

Answer: 7,200

A sixth grader guessed 7,100 and won a gift card prize.

Truly amazing; we can't thank you enough for making the Library such an awesome place!

 

 photo courtesy of flickr user Dave-F

 

Parent Favorite: Classic and Modern FUNNY STORIES (a Booklist)

Did you grow up laughing along with books like Homer Price and Mr. Popper's Penguins?  Check out these modern read-alikes that will have you and your child busting a gut!

The Hoboken Chicken Emergency by Daniel Pinkwater

Stinky: A Toon Book

by Eleanor Davis

 

 

Frindle

by Andrew Clements

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Talented Clementine

by Sara Pennypacker

Double Trouble in Walla Walla

by Andrew Clements

The Legend of Spud Murphy

by Eoin Colfer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For advanced readers with a refined sense of irony, try Richard Peck's The Teachers Funeral and Here Lies the Librarian

DIY Halloween Costumes

Make-your-own costumes...what comes to mind?  Sewing, elaborate, taking lots of time?  It doesn't always have to be that way, right?! 

Many costumes can start with a sweatshirt or a box.  My favorite costume was in 4th grade; I was a pair of dice with my friend Kerry.  She and I painted the boxes, pasted on paper dots, and wore tights and a turtleneck.

Some DIY costume links:

A Seattle Times article, that links to FamilyFun and parents.com, so we might as well too!  FamilyFun also has creepy cuisine

A Baltimore Sun article with lots of links

About.com has costumes and family crafts too
 

HGTV has 3 minute video clips that include no-sew costumes and toddler costumes

 

Some DIY costume books for kids and adults:

 

Nutmeg Intermediate Book Group

The Nutmeg Book Group discusses this year's Intermediate (Grades 4 to 6) Nutmeg nominees.  The Nutmeg Book Award is Connecticut's children's choice award.  Here's the fall schedule. 

- Tuesday, September 16 from 6 to 7 p.m. We'll be discussing MVP* Magellan Voyage Project by Douglas Evans.

- Wednesday, October 22 from 6 to 7 p.m. We'll be discussing Eager by Helen Fox

Register for each date.  Registration begins Tuesday, September 2. Copies of the books are available for check out in the Children's Room.