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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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: