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  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, 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.

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.

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. 

Explaining the Birds and the Bees Booklist

Regardless of what age your children are when you begin The Talk there are many resources available to make this task a bit easier. 

Each year the Children's Library brings representatives from Family Centers to help guide parents through the process of tackling the topic of sex and reproduction with their children. 

Below are some titles that will also help in explaining the birds and bees to your kids. 

Parenting Magazine - Curious Kids

Kids Health 


Explaining the Birds and Bees for Parents

Photo courtesy of Flickr user nutmeg66
Photo courtesy of Flickr user nutmeg66

Monday, June 9 at 9:30 AM

Amanda Romaniello, LPC and Ed Moran, LCSW from Family Centers will help moms and dads prepare to have a frank discussion on “the birds and the bees” with their child. 


New DVDs for Parents

New Children's Books: May 2014

Did you read the first SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL? We loved this twisted take on fairy tale
Did you read the first SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL? We loved this twisted take on fairy tale "good" and "evil."

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 fourth month of 2014.

Spring is an important season for publishing, so there are lots of lots of great new books for every age level on this list, including new offerings from favorite authors like Mo Willems and sequels to beloved books like The Lemonade War!

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

The Schneider Family Book Award

The Schneider Family Book Award celebrates books which highlight the disability experience.
The Schneider Family Book Award celebrates books which highlight the disability experience.

Did you know there's an award that honors books which portray the experiences of children and adolescents living with a disability? The American Library Association gives the Schneider Family Book Award each year to "an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences."

The award was created with funds donated by Dr. Katherine Schneider, a blind woman who led a successul 30+ year career as a psychologist. She credited much of her succes to the guiding influences of her mother, a teacher, and her librarian, who supplied her with books in braille.

In her remarks upon the first presentation of the award in 2004, Dr. Schneider said, "In the 1950s when I was in grade school, the only media mentions of blind people were of Helen Keller, Louis Braille, and the seven blind men who went to see the elephant.  Other disabilities fared no better.  Fifty years later we’re here to celebrate the fact that the situation has dramatically improved.  The Schneider Family Book Award committee had many wonderful children’s books to consider, which represent the experiences of the one out of seven Americans who have a disability.  The disability experience in these wonderful children’s books is a part of a character’s full life, not the focus of the life."

Check out the list of Schneider Family Book Award Winners available in the Children's Library below, and be sure to see the full list of winners!

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