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!

iFamily: Programs for Parents

Registration opens Monday, December 29th

 

21 Things for 21st Century Parents

Monday, January 12th to Friday, March 13th

An 8-week online course for parents. From Maker culture to wearable technology, and robotics to 3D printing, you will learn about the latest and most influential new technologies. Participate at your own pace by completing mini-assignments (“things”) either online or by attending a program in the Library. The more you participate, the greater your chance of winning our grand prize raffle on Friday, March 13th. Weekly discussion topics will include: eBooks, Maker Culture, Health Tech/Wearable Tech, 3D Printing and Design, Digital Learning, and Robotics.

Register.

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Starting a Handmade Business

Tuesday, January 13th at 10am

Do you want to start your own handmade business but are not sure where to begin? Go on a guided online tour with Darien resident and handmade business educator, Jennifer St. Jean. Her sales numbers are in the thousands, and her items are sold in boutiques and at Saks Fifth Avenue. Her online shop is ittybittybag.com. 

Register.

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Family Digital Scavenger Hunt

Friday, January 16th at 6pm

Families will compete in this touchscreen event that will have them racing through the stacks. Teams are welcome to bring their own devices.

Register.

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Family Tech Night

Tuesday, January 20th at 5pm
Monday, March 2nd at 5pm

Find out how to read eBooks on your iPhone, Kindle, or other device and play with the Library's iPads, Nooks and other tech gadgets. We will also explore content available through Hoopla, OverDrive, and the 3M Cloud Library.

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Raising Teens to Thrive and Succeed in a Digital World

Thursday, January 22nd from 9:30 to 11:30am

Our children are being referred to as a “Post Human Society” because they are the first generation to be more comfortable with technology than with actual human beings.  In this talk, you will learn how to meet this new challenge and how to develop a deeper connection with your teen. This program is co-sponsored by YWCA Parent Awareness.

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Family Fingerknitting

Tuesday, January 27th at 5pm

Families with children in Grades 3-6: Explore crafting, digital learning, and learn about Maker culture with the children’s librarians as we explore the technique of Fingerknitting. No knitting experience—or knitting needles!—required.

Register.

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Stay Fit with Wii

Wednesday, February 4th at 5pm

Put on your workout shoes and join us in the Children’s Library for some friendly fitness play featuring active Wii games like Just Dance 2015, Wii Sports, and more.

Register.

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Film: Terms and Conditions May Apply

Monday, February 9th at 7pm
Saturday, February 21st at 2pm

Have you read the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policies on your favorite websites and apps? Of course not. But those agreements allow corporations to do things with your personal information that you could never even imagine. Through interviews with technology thought leaders and futurists, Terms and Conditions documents the slippery slope of internet privacy. NR, 79 minutes. 

Drop-in.

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Declutter Your Digital Self

Tuesday, February 24th at 12pm

Is your desktop hard to navigate? Do you want to understand how to better manage your digital self? Come and learn about methods for de-cluttering your hard drive and backing up your files through Cloud programs like Dropbox and Google Drive.

Waitlist.

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Appy Hour

Thursday, February 26th at 6pm

Pull up a chair, enjoy a cocktail, and learn about the latest and greatest apps for Apple and Android devices.

Drop-in.

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Online Security Seminar

Wednesday, February 25th at 10am
Thursday, March 5th at 6pm

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.

Register for Wednesday, February 25th

Register for Thursday, March 5th

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Senior Moments: Gabbin' With Grandkids

Tuesday, March 3rd at 3pm

Long distance grandparents can stay in touch with new technology like Skype and Apple’s FaceTime. We will show you how to utilize these technologies to read your grandkids a cherished book or just gab about what’s good. Support for Senior Moments is provided by the Connecticut State Library (CSL) and the Institute for Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS), an independent federal agency whose mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.

Drop-in.

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Family LEGO Mindstorms

Saturday, March 7th at 2pm

Families with children in Grades 4-6: Explore robotics by building and commanding your own LEGO  Mindstorms robot with a computer.

Waitlist

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

CoreStandards.org  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 EngageNY.org, 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.

Film Screening: Terms and Conditions May Apply

Terms and Conditions May Apply
Terms and Conditions May Apply

Monday, February 9th at 7 p.m. 
Saturday, February 21st at 2 p.m.

Have you read the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policies connected to every website you visit, phone call you make, or app you use? Of course you haven’t. But those agreements allow corporations to do things with your personal information that you could never even imagine. What are you really agreeing to when you click “I accept?” Through interviews with technology thought leaders and futurists, Terms and Conditions documents the sign posts on the slippery slope of internet privacy. NR, 79 minutes.

KAB Review: Villainous

What did Sage think of Matthew Cody's latest?
What did Sage think of Matthew Cody's latest?

Here are KAB member Sage's thoughts on Villainous:

When the truth spread that there were super humans in the town of Noble’s Green, tourists started coming from around the world. Because of that, the town opened up a super human school to teach the gifted how to control their powers for good. Around that time, mysterious acts of vandalism started appearing. The townspeople are blaming the super humans. Meanwhile, a group of super humans are bullying and terrifying everyone at the super-school. Will Daniel be able to solve all the mysteries?

Although I didn't like Villainous as much as the other two books in the Powerless series, there’s still a lot going on throughout the entire book. The main action happens in the last few chapters.

Featured Collection - Kids Languages

Choose from one of the many books in the Kids Languages Glade
Choose from one of the many books in the Kids Languages Glade

Are you traveling this December? Is your child curious about a new language or culture? The Kids Languages section in the Children's Library includes books, DVDs, and other resources in a variety of languages including Spanish, Chinese, Hebrew and Arabic. There are even materials for English Language Learners and kids passionate about American Sign Language.

The Library also subscribes to online databases that support learning a new language.

Muzzy Online

The world's number one language course for children, Muzzy has been recommended by teachers and parents for twenty-five years. Developed by the BBC, Muzzy online instructs learners through both animation and humor. Languages available include English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Chinese Mandarin, and Russian.

Mango Languages

PhD- created and linguist-approved, Mango Languages is a language learning software for both adults and students.

Little Pim offers a variety of language DVDs and Playaway Views which are also part of the Kids Languages Glade.

The following booklist features some of the children's librarians' favorite books in this collection.

2015 Book Groups

Book Groups in the Children's Library will read books like this one!
Book Groups in the Children's Library will read books like this one!

This winter, join the Children's Library for a series of drop-in book discussions for elementary and middle school readers! Our book groups are designed to encourage Common Core-required skills such as critical thinking, information literacy, self-direction, and collaboration – all in a fun environment. 

Jr. Book Club

Wednesday, March 25th at 4:15 p.m.: The Vanishing Coin

Early elementary readers are invited to discuss librarian-selected chapter books. The discussion will be followed by an activity, game or craft inspired by the story. Grades 2-3.

 

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.

New Children's Books: October 2014

As one Yankee great retires, why not check out the Young Readers addition of another great's autobiography.
As one Yankee great retires, why not check out the Young Readers addition of another great's autobiography.

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 ninth month of 2014.

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

Introducing the Kids Newbery Section

The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American children's book published the previous year.
The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American children's book published the previous year.

The Children's Library is proud to present our Kids Newbery section - one place to check out almost 100 years of award-winning books! Shelved together at the end of Kids Fiction, the Kids Newbery Collection is home to every single award winner since 1922, as well as popular honor-winners from the past decades. 

The John Newbery Medal is the oldest and most important Children's Award in the world. It is given to the "most distinguished" written book for American children (up to age 14), so you will find books with more mature themes and characters. Newbery Award winners are great for readers looking to explore big ideas, and parents, if you haven't read a children's book since you were a child, this section is a great place to start! Here you'll find classics like Island of the Blue Dolphins (1961), tear-jerkers like Bridge to Terabithia (1978), and laugh-out-loud funny books like The Whipping Boy (1987). 

Don't forget to check out your librarian's favorite Newbery books on display above the shelves!

 

 

 

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