First Saturdays in the Children's Library

Children's Library storytime attendees
Children's Library storytime attendees

Saturday,  February 1st, March 1st, and April 5th

11 am

A weekend storytime for families. Walkers up to 36 months with a parent/caregiver are welcome to attend this Saturday morning storytime, which will include some of our favorite books, rhymes, and fingerplays. 

 

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.

Celebrate Harry Potter's Birthday!

JK Rowling says Harry Potter was born July 31, 1980, making our beloved character 33 this year!
JK Rowling says Harry Potter was born July 31, 1980, making our beloved character 33 this year!

Wednesday, July 31 at 2 p.m.

Calling all kid Potter fans!

This Wednesday, July 31st, is Harry Potter's birthday! Come celebrate the birth of the Boy Who Lived with the Children's Library.

This drop in event will run from 2 - 4 p.m. Potterheads can participate in a trivia contest, test their knowledge of Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans, vote for their favorite Harry Potter book, create their own "dark mark" tattoos, and win cool prizes!

 

In Case You Missed It: The Dear America Series

 

Looking for a series that reads quickly and is filled with adventures? Why not check out the Dear America books? First published a decade ago, this collection of historical (fictional) journals covers every period in American History, while the accompanying Royal Diaries series looks at the childhood of famous princesses throughout the world.

The books are uniformly excellent - this librarian is a particular fan of Voyage on the Great Titanic: The Diary of Margaret Ann Brady and the Royal Diaries book Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House of Tudor. Lots of your favorite authors wrote for the series, including Kathryn Lasky and Mary Pope Osborne!

Check them out today!

The Worry Bug: Coping with Childhood Anxiety

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

 

Brand New Audio!

 

The Children's Library just got a huge order of brand new audio - both CDs and Playaways! See if we have your new favorites below!

 

Non-Fiction for 6th Grade & Beyond

The Children's Librarians have compiled their favorite non-fiction books for sixth grade and beyond!

Great Non-Fiction For Kids

With the increasing focus on reading non-fiction at all grade levels in school, the Darien Children's Librarians put together recommendations of some of their all-time favorite non-fiction books for kids of all ages! Just click on the links below:

Kindergarten and First Grade

Second and Third Grade

Fourth and Fifth Grade

Sixth Grade and Beyond

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. 

Tween Book Group - March 20th

Wednesday, March 20th at 6 p.m.

Join us for a discussion of Kimberly Brubaker Bradley's award-winning Jeffersons Sons: A Founding Father's Secret Children.

A lively discussion over pizza will be followed by a book-related activity.

Grades 4 - 6.

Be sure to check out each month's Tween Book Group!

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