ADHD and Mood Disorders: New Strategies and Treatments

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Steven Yeh
Photo courtesy of Flickr user Steven Yeh

Monday, March 23rd at 7pm

Darien Library and Darien Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC) are pleased to present Dr. Alan Wachtel on ADHD & Mood Disorders: New Strategies and Treatments.  

Dr. Wachtel will discuss strategies, medication options and treatments for children who struggle with mood and attention. He will cover school-based accommodations and strategies. Research has shown that parents and teachers need to foster a child’s focus to maximize a child’s ability to learn. In addition, he will address the benefits and risks of various treatments and decisions when to commence or postpone treatment at various stages of a child's life.

Dr. Wachtel is the author of The Attention Deficit Answer Book. He is a board certified psychiatrist and is the founder and director of Familyhealth Associates and a Distinguished Life Fellow APA.

In the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.

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The Mask You Live In

Join us for this special screening on May 11.
Join us for this special screening on May 11.

Monday, May 11, from 7pm to 9pm

Darien Library and YWCA Parent Awareness present a screening of The Mask You Live In from the Representation Project and the director of Miss Representation.

Following the screening, there will be a discussion facilitated by James McGinn, MA, NCC, an Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinician at Family Centers' Center for Hope in Darien. 

Running time is 90 minutes. 


KAB Review: Cakes in Space

Coming soon!
Coming soon!

We ask our Kids Advisory Board to review new and upcoming books. What did Kiran think of Cakes in Space?

Cakes in space was a great book - it was full of action and friendship. The book is about a girl named Astra who is moving to a new planet. It will take 1,000 years to get there so robots have to put them into sleeping pods. Astra wakes up in the middle of the night and she finds cakes made from the food robot nomo-torn but these cakes are alive and have a brain of their own. Astra goes on a journey through the ship with her friend Pilibeam who helps her stop the evil cakes

Meaningful Inclusion Benefits All Students

William Henderson, Ed.D., author of The Blind Advantage will be at the Library on April 27
William Henderson, Ed.D., author of The Blind Advantage will be at the Library on April 27

Monday, April 27th from 12 noon to 1:30 pm

William Henderson, Ed.D., author of The Blind Advantage: How Going Blind Made me a Stronger Principal and How Including Children with Disabilities Made the School Better for Everyone, will present practical strategies for developing successful inclusive schools.

Dr. Henderson will discuss actions that individuals can take and policies that schools can develop to promote a culture of inclusion, to provide instruction with universal design and specialized supports, and to build a community that collaborates and problem solves. He will also highlight how including students with disabilities can be a catalyst for improving teaching and learning for everyone.

As a first-year teacher, Dr. Henderson learned he was gradually losing his vision and was advised he “should get out of education.” Instead he continued to persevere and went on to become principal of the Patrick O’Hearn Elementary School which is now renamed the Dr. William W. Henderson K- 12 Inclusion School.

This program is co-sponsored by SEPAC, the Special Education Parent Advisory Committee. 


There will also be an educator presentation from 3:30 to 5 PM. 


Your librarians' reading styles!

Are you nervous your child is reading the wrong kinds of books? Or maybe you're a kid who is worried you read slow. Either way, check out these new comics that show the Children's Librarian's reading profiles. They answered the questions:

  • What do you like to read (genre, age range, etc)
  • What is your reading speed: slow, medium, fast?
  • What do you wish you could tell yourself when you were learning to read?
  • What’s the best thing about reading?
  • What’s your favorite reading advice for parents?


See them all here!

Nutmeg Book Group: Walls Within Walls

Thursday, March 19th at 5 p.m.

Join us for pizza and a discussion of Walls Within Walls, a Nutmeg-Nominated book.

The discussion will be followed by a book-related activity.

Grades 4 to 6. Drop-in.

100 Before One Suggestions

This is Miss Elisabeth's all-time favorite book to read to babies!
This is Miss Elisabeth's all-time favorite book to read to babies!

Congratulations! You've signed up for Darien Library's 100 Before One program and have committed to reading your baby at least 100 books before their first birthday. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends reading to your infant every single day from birth, and we at Darien Library support that wholeheartedly. Reading is one of the very best ways to improve a child's vocabulary, and babies start learning words almost as soon as they're born! 

Very young infants do best with books with bold colors, photos of other babies, or stark black and white. These images are easier for their developing eyes to see, and will catch their interest more. Once your baby can grasp, board books are a great way to let your child figure out how books work! Rhyming text, interesting patterns, animal noises, and classic nursery rhymes are great for babies approaching the age of one. To get a jump start on your list, check out this booklist of great books for babies below! 

Online Security Seminar

Online Security Seminar presented by Miss Amanda
Online Security Seminar presented by Miss Amanda

Thursday, March 26th at 6 p.m.

Our online world can be daunting — how do we keep ourselves and our families safe from identity theft, computer viruses, and online predators? Come learn tips from our tech savvy librarians about how to protect your computer, accounts, and self online.

This program will take place in the 3rd Floor Conference Room. 


Starting a Handmade Business with Jen. St. Jean

Image courtesy of Jen St. Jean
Image courtesy of Jen St. Jean

Tuesday, January 13th at 10am

Do you want to start your own handmade business but are not sure where to begin? Go on a guided online tour with Darien resident and handmade business educator, Jennifer St. Jean. Her sales numbers are in the thousands, and her items are sold in boutiques and at Saks Fifth Avenue. Her online shop is


Raising Teens to Thrive and Succeed in a Digital World

Image courtesy of flickr user Kevin Jarrett
Image courtesy of flickr user Kevin Jarrett

Thursday, January 22nd from 9:30 to 11:30am

Our children are being referred to as a “Post Human Society” because they are the first generation to be more comfortable with technology than with actual human beings. In this talk, you will learn how to meet this new challenge and how to develop a deeper connection with your teen. You can help your child develop balance, motivation, responsibility, and empathy—even in the digital world.

This program is co-sponsored by YWCA Parent Awareness.

In the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.

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