Language of Math

Photo by Artúr Herczeg /CC BY
Photo by Artúr Herczeg /CC BY

Thursday, May 5th at 10 a.m.

Math is much easier when you understand the language of it.  During this workshop, we will discuss the research-based techniques that are the foundation of our instructional methods at Eagle Hill School. You’ll leave with ideas for activities to use at home, and more important how to help your children discover that MATH IS FUN!  The information will be targeted towards elementary/early middle-school aged children.

Register for this program.

If the above link is no longer accepting submissions, please register for the Waitlist.

This presentation will be hosted by educators from Eagle Hill School.

Eagle Hill is a co-ed independent school serving children, ages 5-15, with language based learning disabilities. The curriculum is highly individualized according to students' needs and learning styles.  Math classes typically range from 3:1 to 7:1 (student:teacher ratio) and this allows for a comprehensive and tailored approach to instruction.

Evan Gottfried's Family Music Extravaganza

Shake it up on April 30 with your family!
Shake it up on April 30 with your family!

Saturday, April 30th at 2 p.m.

Come celebrate spring with a family concert in the Library! In this highly interactive and imaginative program, Evan Gottfried will have everyone on their feet and singing to music off of his Reach Up! album.

This program will take place in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room

App Evaluation Round-Up

On Thursday, January 28, we had an app evaluation program here at the children's library. We discussed screen time, how to select educational apps, and the landscape of app creation today.

We love hearing your questions about app evaluation and screen time, so feel free to contact us any time. And don't forget, you can check out our Early Literacy iPads (for 5 and under) or Tween Tabs (for 8 and up) for one week with your library card!

The handouts and research we had printed out included:

Family Time with Apps: A Guide to Using Apps with Your Kids by the Joan Ganz-Cooney Center

How to Choose iPhone Apps for Kids on the PBS Parents Page

Using Screen Media With Young Children from Zero to Three

Can Your Preschooler Learn Anything From an iPad App? from Slate

Our own App Evaluation worksheet


Other resources we can recommend:

American Academy of Pediatrics: AAP Report on children and media.
PBS Parents: Studies/articles for parents of kids ages 3 +.
Kirkus Reviews: Reviews on the latest in picture book apps.
National Association for the Education of Young Children: Resources from a national organization.

School Library Journal: A collection of app reviews by librarians.

Fred Rogers Center: National leaders on early literacy and media.

Darien Library Catalog: Books about children and digital media.

Common Sense Media: Reviews based on age and content.

Cybils Award: Annual awards for excellent apps for kids.

Children's Technology Review: App reviews and subscription-based articles.

Parents Choice Awards: Awards by parents, for parents.

Book Group - Tech Topics for Parents

Book discussions for parents on tech topics.
Book discussions for parents on tech topics.

Finding it difficult to navigate new digital terrain? Parents are invited to attend book discussions on topics such as screentime and networked teens. Breakfast will be served.

Thursday, March 10th from 10 to 11 a.m.
It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens By Danah Boyd

Open to Adults: No registration necessary



When Tragedy Happens - How to Talk with Kids

Photo courtesy of Flickr user iStock_000011923856Medium
Photo courtesy of Flickr user iStock_000011923856Medium

It is often difficult to know what to say to children when tragedies occur, especially when we are trying to make sense of the world's events ourselves. 

Below are resources that can help you discern how best to communicate with your family. 

Explaining the News to Our Kids - Common Sense Media 

Helping Children Cope: Tips for Talking about Tragedy - Mayo Clinic

Talking with Kids about News: How to Help Kids Feel Safe After Tragedy - PBS Kids

Parent Resources:Tragic Events - The Fred Rogers Company 

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!

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. 


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.

Register Online

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!

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