Featured Collection - Kids Languages

Choose from one of the many books in the Kids Languages Glade
Choose from one of the many books in the Kids Languages Glade

Are you traveling this December? Is your child curious about a new language or culture? The Kids Languages section in the Children's Library includes books, DVDs, and other resources in a variety of languages including Spanish, Chinese, Hebrew and Arabic. There are even materials for English Language Learners and kids passionate about American Sign Language.

The Library also subscribes to online databases that support learning a new language.

Muzzy Online

The world's number one language course for children, Muzzy has been recommended by teachers and parents for twenty-five years. Developed by the BBC, Muzzy online instructs learners through both animation and humor. Languages available include English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Chinese Mandarin, and Russian.

Mango Languages

PhD- created and linguist-approved, Mango Languages is a language learning software for both adults and students.

Little Pim offers a variety of language DVDs and Playaway Views which are also part of the Kids Languages Glade.

The following booklist features some of the children's librarians' favorite books in this collection.

Road Trip Audiobooks

Going on an hours-long road trip for the holidays this year? Dreading having to play "I-Spy"  for hours and mediate fights over the family iPad or laptop? We've got an audiobook list that will keep the whole family entertained during your journeys near and far. Stop in to check them out before we close on December 24th!

Common Core Standards - Resources for Parents and Teachers

Looking to learn more about the Common Core State Standards? Here are a few great resources:

Presentation Slides from March 20, 2013 Panel Discussion

Children's Cooperative Book Center - Bibliographies with Common Core in mind

CoreStandards.org  The website that details all aspects of the standards.

Connecticut State Department of Education

Parent Guides to Student Sucess  Created by the National PTA, these are grade-level guides that detail the skills children are expected to master.

Shifts for Students and Parents  Created by EngageNY.org, this document explains the six major shifts in English and Math that happen under Common Core.

Common Core Standards Video - This video created by the Hunt Institute gives the history of the standards.

KAB Review: Villainous

What did Sage think of Matthew Cody's latest?
What did Sage think of Matthew Cody's latest?

Here are KAB member Sage's thoughts on Villainous:

When the truth spread that there were super humans in the town of Noble’s Green, tourists started coming from around the world. Because of that, the town opened up a super human school to teach the gifted how to control their powers for good. Around that time, mysterious acts of vandalism started appearing. The townspeople are blaming the super humans. Meanwhile, a group of super humans are bullying and terrifying everyone at the super-school. Will Daniel be able to solve all the mysteries?

Although I didn't like Villainous as much as the other two books in the Powerless series, there’s still a lot going on throughout the entire book. The main action happens in the last few chapters.

Ferguson Resources for Parents

A picture from Ferguson, MO's public library
A picture from Ferguson, MO's public library

Maybe you're getting some questions you don't know how to answer, or you want to make sure your child learns about the broader issues at stake with the Ferguson, MO events.  We've created a booklist of non-fiction, fiction, and poetry that deal with American history, African- American experiences, and civil rights.  Read on!

A St. Louis high school librarian created a LibGuide with resources about Ferguson, which are definitely geared towards high schoolers but may be of interest.

New Children's Books: October 2014

As one Yankee great retires, why not check out the Young Readers addition of another great's autobiography.
As one Yankee great retires, why not check out the Young Readers addition of another great's autobiography.

On the hunt for something new and exciting?

Looking for a great new author or the next book in your favorite series?

Below you'll find a list of brand new children's books available here at Darien Library, published in the ninth month of 2014.

For a complete list of children's books published this month, visit Publisher's Weekly on-sale calendar!

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!

 

 

 

Meet Harold W. McGraw Fellow Lisa Nowlain!

Lisa is from California, and in this picture she is trying to learn how to stay warm for winter.
Lisa is from California, and in this picture she is trying to learn how to stay warm for winter.

Most of you know Krishna Grady, who for the past two years has been the Harold W. McGraw fellow here in the Children's Library at Darien.  The fellowship is a two-year Children's Librarian opportunity for a children's librarian who has recently graduated from library school, and people from all over the country apply to work in this special library.  Two years have passed, and lucky for us, Krishna is staying on as Coordinator of Children's Programs!

We are happy to welcome the 2014-2016 Fellow this month - Lisa Nowlain. Lisa was born in San Francisco, CA and has driven from California all the way to Connecticut this month - with her husband, her cat Risso, and most of her belongings packed in the car!  Lisa became a librarian after returning from her time Laos, where she was giving art and mural workshops.  She realized that in her next job, she wanted to connect people with ideas, information, and each other in the heart of a community.  And so she went to librarian school in San Jose, CA!

Lisa is half Swedish and grew up eating a lot of potatoes, pancakes, and lingonberry jam, and speaks Swedish with her mom and grandparents.  She loves Pippi Longstocking because she is extraordinarily silly and a swashbuckling adventurer - most of Astrid Lindgren's books are her favorites.  She also loves books about edible wild plants and Neil Gaiman's creepy books make her a little afraid of the dark (but she reads them anyway).

Lisa has said, "If there's one thing about Darien that makes me the most excited, it's the TEA room! I can't wait to make art with kids and their families."  Lisa is also very excited about the giant printer in the Small Office Home Office center and the fact that she gets to read books, sing songs, play with iPads, and brainstorm how to support Darien's children with talented librarians - for her job!

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.

The Children's Library is now circulating Tween Tabs for kids ages 9 to 12. 

The iPad Kits 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. 

Place a hold on the Tween Tab today. 

Additional content on kids and technology is located on  ALSC's Digital Media Resources website. 

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