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!

Film Screening of Split: Divorce Through Kids' Eyes

The film screening will be followed by a facilitated discussion by Ed Moran, LCSW, who is a Senior Social Worker and Community Educator at Family Centers in Darien.
The film screening will be followed by a facilitated discussion by Ed Moran, LCSW, who is a Senior Social Worker and Community Educator at Family Centers in Darien.

Tuesday, April 29 at 7pm

This documentary for parents gives the child's perspective on divorce. Split features children aged 6 to 12 who discuss their experiences in dealing with the separation of their parents. The Huffington Post interview with filmmaker Ellen Bruno talks about her inspiration for making a documentary about kids and divorce. Film running time is 28 minutes. 

The screening will be followed by a facilitated discussion by Ed Moran, LCSW, who is a Senior Social Worker and Community Educator at Family Centers in Darien.

Mr. Moran has developed and presented programs for public and private school students, parents, teachers and school administrators on preventing peer bullying and developing leadership and communications skills in young people. He is a facilitator for the Parenting Education Program as well as Focus On Kids, a program designed to help high conflict divorced or divorcing parents. Prior to his career in social work, he was in the broadcast communications field in Fairfield County. He holds a Masters of Social Work from Fordham University.

This program is co-sponsored by YWCA Parent Awareness. The event is located in the Community Room.

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Split Trailer - splitfilm.org from ellen bruno on Vimeo.

Minecraft Information for Parents

Image courtesy of flickr user Kjarrett
Image courtesy of flickr user Kjarrett

For Parents:

To participate in Minecraft Fridays, children should already have their own Minecraft account, which can be obtained through the Minecraft creator Mojang. Patrons that use the Minecraft app on an Apple or Android product should double check to ensure that they have a username and password associated with their account. The Children's Library has a limited number of usernames that children may use to play with if they do not have their own account.

Once a Darien Library user confirms that they have a Minecraft username and password, they should come visit the Help Desk on the lower level of the Library to become approved/whitelisted to play on the Fairfield County Minecraft Server. Once a player has been permitted access to use the server, they may play, build, and dig with other Fairfield County Minecraft Server users both in the Library and at home! If a player lives in another town in Fairfield County, they will need to visit the IT department at their home library to become approved to play on the server.

If you are experiencing any difficulties obtaining a Minecraft account at home or determining if you already have one, feel free to come to the Library to speak with a Children's Librarian. We are happy to help!

Take Your Family to MoMA for Free!

This tote contains all you need for a fun day at MoMA with your family!
This tote contains all you need for a fun day at MoMA with your family!

This year Darien Library collaborated with the Museum of Modern Art on a new iniative to bring library patrons to the museum - for free! Patrons may call the Welcome Desk at (203-669-5239) to reserve the passes ahead of time. One pass admits 5 people over the age of 16 - children under the age of 16 always visit MoMA for free. The passes circulate in kits, which include tips and tricks for making the most of your visit, a guidebook, a Metro-North train schedule, driving directions, and a list of great activities for children at MoMA.

The library has 7 of these passes, and you can find out more about reserving them and visiting the museum here.

Be sure to check out MoMA Kids & Families before your visit to find out what fun things are happening at the museum for families!

Eliminating Stress and Creating Balance in Your Child’s Life

Photo courtesy of Flickr user herwordskill
Photo courtesy of Flickr user herwordskill

Tuesday, November 19 at 7 pm (middle and high school panel)

Darien Library and the YWCA Parent Awareness are proud to present a panel for parents of middle and high school students. The panel will feature local mental health experts who will speak to topics that relate to children of that age group. Register below for panel attendance.

The panel will be moderated by Connecticut State Representative Terrie Wood, who represents Darien and Norwalk in the Connecticut House of Representatives. Ms. Wood also serves as the Co-Chair of the Mental Health Working Group of the Gun Violence Bill.

Tuesday, November 19 at 7pm - Middle and High School Panel

Panelists include: Lisa Bunce, MS, RD/N, Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Owner, Back-to-Basics Nutrition Consulting, Redding; Christopher M. Bogart, PhD, Executive Director, The Southfield Center for Development, Darien; Phyllis L. Weihs, MS, NCC, NCDF, Psychotherapist Fairfield University; and Eileen Whalen, School Psychologist, Darien High School.

Parents can submit questions for the panelists prior to the event.

In the Library's Community Room. Additional parking is available along Post Road.

 

A Visit with Author/Illustrator Frank Viva

c Brooklyn Book Festival
c Brooklyn Book Festival

Thursday, October 3rd at 4:15 p.m.

Join us for a reading with Frank Viva!

In collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) Publications, help us kick off Fall Into Art with a reading from Frank Viva, author of the 2013 booktalking book A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse and the new book Young Frank, Architect, available starting September 27th!

Young Frank, Architect, is the first picture book to ever be published by MoMa Publications. Read more about the book here!

Ages 3-8.

Register for the waitlist here.

Raising Financially Responsible Children

Image courtesy of Online Trading Academy
Image courtesy of Online Trading Academy

Tuesday, September 17 at 10 a.m.

Teach your kids about the value of money in this seminar created by the noted financial expert and New York Times bestselling author, Neale S. Godfrey.

Learn age-appropriate methods of teaching kids how to:

- Earn and Appreciate Their Allowance

-Develop Good Savings and Investing Habits

-Separate Needs and Wants

-Become Disciplined Shoppers

This seminar will be led by Seth Morton and Terry Gaffney from the New York Life Insurance Company of Stratford, CT.

The Worry Bug: Coping with Childhood Anxiety

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Photo courtesy of Flickr user chefranden via Creative Commons Attribution License.

Whether it's current events in the news or particular events in a child's life, more and more parents are noticing increased anxiety in their young children. 

Tamar E. Chansky, a psychotherapist who treats anxious children and adults was recently profiled in The New York Times. According to Dr. Chansky, her goal is not to trivialize children’s fears but to help them see that their fears are unwarranted and can be overcome.

Dr. Chansky offered the following Parent Tips for helping children gain control over their anxiety:

- Empathize with your child. Acknowledge the child’s concerns and the effect they have without dismissing them as silly.

- Describe the problem as coming from the part of our brains that jumps to conclusions and cannot be trusted. Give worry a name, like “brain bug” or "worry bug." This takes the focus away from the child’s specific fear and makes anxiety itself the problem.

- Rewire and resist. Ask your child what she is really worried about and what she thinks might happen. Then ask her to check whether these thoughts really make sense. Help her the inner voice that tells worry it is not the boss.

- Teach relaxation techniques that help temper the biological alarm to fight or flee whenever fear takes over. Deep breathing is a great self-help strategy. 

- Help your child focus on what he wants to do and what he would do if worry were not in charge.

- Finally, reinforce your child’s efforts. Praise her for getting through a tough situation.

For parents seeking professional help, there are many local resources:

Child Guidance Center

Family Centers

The Life Solution Center of Darien

The Southfield Center for Development

 

Common Core Resources for Parents

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

Presentation Slides from March 20, 2013 Panel Discussion

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

Connecticut State Department of Education 

About Common Core  Presented by the Connecticut Education Association 

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. 

2013 ALA Youth Media Award Winners

Congratulations to this year's ALA Youth Media Award Winners!

The Newbery Award for excellence in children's literature went to The One and Only Ivan by Kathryn Applegate. Newbery honors were given to Laura Amy Schlitz for Splendors and Glooms, Sheila Turnage for Three Times Lucky, and Sibert Winner Bomb.

This year, the Caldecott Award for excellence in picture books went to John Klassen, for This is Not My Hat. Klassen also won a Caldecott Honor for Extra Yarn, by Mac Barnett. Other Caldecott Honors were given to Peter Brown for Creepy Carrots, Laura Seeger for Green, David Small for One Cool Friend and to Pamela Zagarenski for Sleep Like a Tiger. Special Congratulations to Miss Kiera on her excellent work on the 2013 Caldecott Committee!

The Sibert Award for excellence in children's non-fiction went to Bomb: The Race to Build (And Steal) The World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steven Sheinkin. And the Geisel Award, for excellence in Early Readers, went to Up, Tall and High, by Ethan Long.

See a full list of winners below!

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