Museum Passes

Photo courtesy of Flickr user RISD museum.
Photo courtesy of Flickr user RISD museum.

The following Museum Passes are now available in the Children's Library for check out. Families can use the passes to gain free or discounted admission depending on the location. Passes are available for residents, members who work in Darien full-time, and non-residents who are Friends at the $300 level and above. Place one on hold today! 

Stepping Stones Museum for Children 

The New Children's Museum 

Mystic Aquarium

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum 

The Maritime Aquarium

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art 

Did you know that you and your family can also reserve a MoMA Pass from the Library

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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One Book, One Community Programs

One Book One Community Kids book choice
One Book One Community Kids book choice

Join us for a bevy of programs celebrating our One Book One Community Initiative. This year the children's book is Born to Fly by Michael Ferrari. Pick up a copy today in the children's library.

Click through for more information about the programs we will be offering in the month of May.

Flying Machines
Wednesday, May 7th at 4pm
Grades 3 to 6

 

Family Films: Planes
Sunday, May 11th at 2pm
All ages

 

Registered: Family Book Discussion
Tuesday, May 13th at 6pm
Ages 9 to 12 and a family member

 

The Wright Stuff
Tuesday, May 27th at 4:15pm
Grades K to 6

 

 

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!

Multicultural Series: March Programs

Celebrate with us!
Celebrate with us!

March Programs

The world is made up of many different cultures and here at Darien Library we like to celebrate and learn from them all. Learn something new about a different culture, widen your world view, and have fun!

 

Celebrate Holi

March 13th at 4:15-5:15pm

Join Mrs. Radia in celebrating Holi, the festival of colors! Holi is an ancient Indian festival that reminds us of the victory of good over evil. Learn about its origins and rituals, and enjoy some colorful crafts and music. Treasure the diversity in colors, and in life! Ages 6-10

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St. Patrick's Day Crafts

March 17th at 4-5pm

Join the Children's Librarians for a special drop in program featuring crafts celebrating St. Patrick's Day. Ages 4 and up.

 

Celebrate Norouz! Persian New Year

March 21st at 4:15-5:15pm

Welcome Spring with a program in honor of Persian New Year. Learn how to set the Haft Sin table, make a goldfish craft, and grow some wheatgrass. Ages 7 and up.

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Fantasy Friday: Rose

Fantasy Friday: Rose by Holly Webb

Holly Webb's Rose books, a beloved magical adventure series from the UK, are finally being released in the United States. In this charming blend of Harry Potter and A Little Princess, Rose is left under a rosebush at St. Bridget's Home for Abandoned Girls when she is less than a year old. At St. Bridget's, the girls are trained to be scullery maids and leave the Home at age 14 to find work. Unlike most of the other girls in the orphange, Rose, now 10, is looking forward to the day she gets to earn her own money. So when the Head Housekeeper to England's most important magician comes looking for a young girl to train as a maid, Rose jumps at the chance.

Almost immediately upon arriving at the Fountain Home, Rose realizes she's different than the other servants. Only she can sense the magic that seeps into the house's walls. Only she is unafraid to clean the master's storeroom. And only she can hear the voice of the master's white cat, Gus, in her head. Magic only exists in noble families, so how does an orphaned scullery maid have the ability to talk to plants and create pictures in the air? And will this lowly orphan be able to save the children of England from a magical menace that only she can sense?

Filled with humor, magic, an upstairs-downstairs feel reminiscent of Downton Abbey, and a charming new heroine, this import is a must-read!

2014 Youth Media Awards Announced

Flora & Ulysses is a laugh-out-loud funny story with a heart of gold.
Flora & Ulysses is a laugh-out-loud funny story with a heart of gold.

The American Library Association's Youth Media Awards were announced this morning, Monday, January 27th at 8 a.m. EST!

These awards include the Caldecott Medal (for distinguished illustrations), the Newbery Medal (for distinguished children's book writing), the Sibert Award (for distinguished non-fiction), and the Geisel (for distinguished books for beginning readers).

The Newbery Award went to two-time winner (and 2014 National Ambassador of Young People's Literature) Kate DiCamillo for her marvelously funny Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures. Darien Library favorite Doll Bones, by Holly Black, was one of four books to receive a Newbery Honor. 

The Caldecott Award went to the beautifully detailed Locomotive, by Brian Floca. Three books were honored, including the luminously illustrated Journey, by Aaron Becker.

You can put the complete list of winners on hold, or stop by the Children's Library and see what's available!

Worth It: The Original Art show

Above, original painting for Battle Bunny. Below, the art as it appeared in the book.
Above, original painting for Battle Bunny. Below, the art as it appeared in the book.

On Monday, December 9th, Miss Elisabeth and Miss Krishna visited The Original Art show, which is an annual exhibition of art created for children's books. The show is hosted at the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators in New York City.

The juried show is in its 34th year, and features art hand-selected by a committee of industry veterans and artists. This year's jury included Brian Floca! The show awards prizes to the best art created for a children's book in a given year. This year awards went to The Dark, illustrated by Jon Klassen, and Barbed Wire Baseball, illustrated by Yuko Shimizu, among others.

Entries from 3 of the 4 illustrators who visited Darien this fall (Frank Viva, Oliver Jeffers, and Peter Brown) make this exhibit of special interest to Darienites, and it is truly amazing to see such beautiful artwork up close. The idea that the gorgeous painting you're seeing on the wall is the same picture you have in a book at the library is both mind-boggling and wonderful.

The exhibit runs through December 21st. More information can be found here. We can't recommend it highly enough!

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!

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