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.
It's finally time to reveal the new Nutmeg Nominees for 2015, and this year, there's a surprise!
For the first time ever, there are Nutmeg books for kids in grades 2-6 to read!
The Elementary Level is geared towards kids in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade. These books can be found on display to the right of the doors when you enter the children's library.
The Intermediate Level is geared towards kids in grades 4th, 5th, and 6th. These books can be found on display to the left of the doors when you enter the children's library.
Nutmeg Voting Results for 2014
Intermediate Book Award
Total votes: 17,349
5,689 Out of My Mind
3,815 The Candymakers
2,106 Closed for the Season
1,499 Wildfire Run
944 Inside Out and Back Again
933 Saving Armpit
776 The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman
620 Wild Girl
594 The Great Wall of Lucy Wu
373 Mike Stellar: Nerves of Steel
Wednesday, April 30th, All Day
Many nations throughout the world, especially within the Western hemisphere, celebrate “Día de los Niños” on April 30th to honor and celebrate children—who represent the hopes and dreams of every community.
Dia!, or Diversity in Action is "a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. It is a daily commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures."
Come in to the Children's Library today to read to each other in our special reading space and sign our banner!
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!
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!
Did you know that you and your family can also reserve a MoMA Pass from the Library?
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.
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.
Wednesday, May 7th at 4pm
Grades 3 to 6
Family Films: Planes
Sunday, May 11th at 2pm
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
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!