Meet Harold W. McGraw Fellow Lisa Nowlain!

Lisa is from California, and in this picture she is trying to learn how to stay warm for winter.
Lisa is from California, and in this picture she is trying to learn how to stay warm for winter.

Most of you know Krishna Grady, who for the past two years has been the Harold W. McGraw fellow here in the Children's Library at Darien.  The fellowship is a two-year Children's Librarian opportunity for a children's librarian who has recently graduated from library school, and people from all over the country apply to work in this special library.  Two years have passed, and lucky for us, Krishna is staying on as Coordinator of Children's Programs!

We are happy to welcome the 2014-2016 Fellow this month - Lisa Nowlain. Lisa was born in San Francisco, CA and has driven from California all the way to Connecticut this month - with her husband, her cat Risso, and most of her belongings packed in the car!  Lisa became a librarian after returning from her time Laos, where she was giving art and mural workshops.  She realized that in her next job, she wanted to connect people with ideas, information, and each other in the heart of a community.  And so she went to librarian school in San Jose, CA!

Lisa is half Swedish and grew up eating a lot of potatoes, pancakes, and lingonberry jam, and speaks Swedish with her mom and grandparents.  She loves Pippi Longstocking because she is extraordinarily silly and a swashbuckling adventurer - most of Astrid Lindgren's books are her favorites.  She also loves books about edible wild plants and Neil Gaiman's creepy books make her a little afraid of the dark (but she reads them anyway).

Lisa has said, "If there's one thing about Darien that makes me the most excited, it's the TEA room! I can't wait to make art with kids and their families."  Lisa is also very excited about the giant printer in the Small Office Home Office center and the fact that she gets to read books, sing songs, play with iPads, and brainstorm how to support Darien's children with talented librarians - for her job!

Books for Branching Out

Logo design by Lisa Nowlain
Logo design by Lisa Nowlain

Has your child found the series that will help them love to read?

If you're still searching for the perfect books to help a growing reader branch out in new directions, why not start with our Branch Booklists? Hi-lo titles on these lists are perfect for reluctant readers in grades 2-5.

Branch Books for 2nd & 3rd Grade

Branch Books for 4th & 5th Grade

Also, be sure to check out the America Library Association's recommendations for Hi-Lo books!

Tween Tabs in the Children's Library

Check out a Tween Tab in the Library, or grab a Tween Tab app list.
Check out a Tween Tab in the Library, or grab a Tween Tab app list.

Place a hold on the Tween Tab today! The Children's Library circulates Tween Tab iPads for kids ages 9 to 12. 

The Tween Tabs come with pre-loaded apps selected by the children's librarians. There are over 70 Apps which highlight the following Kids Nonfiction Glades: Bio, Languages, Facts, Traditions, Animals, Create, Fun, Self, Sports, Poetry, STEM, and Then & Now.

Additional content on kids and technology is located on  ALSC's Digital Media Resources website. 

Explaining the Birds and the Bees Booklist

Regardless of what age your children are when you begin The Talk there are many resources available to make this task a bit easier. 

Each year the Children's Library brings representatives from Family Centers to help guide parents through the process of tackling the topic of sex and reproduction with their children. 

Below are some titles that will also help in explaining the birds and bees to your kids. 

Parenting Magazine - Curious Kids

Kids Health 

 

Explaining the Birds and Bees for Parents

Photo courtesy of Flickr user nutmeg66
Photo courtesy of Flickr user nutmeg66

Monday, June 9 at 9:30 AM

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. 

 

2015 Nutmeg Nominees Announced!

2015 Nutmeg Nominees are here!
2015 Nutmeg Nominees are here!

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.

View the Elementary Level books and place holds!

View the Intermediate Level books and place holds!

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

 

Celebrate Dia at Darien Library!

Celebrate Dia! at Darien Library!
Celebrate Dia! at Darien Library!

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!

New DVDs for Parents

New Children's Books: May 2014

Did you read the first SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL? We loved this twisted take on fairy tale
Did you read the first SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL? We loved this twisted take on fairy tale "good" and "evil."

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!

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! 

State Parks and Forests Day Pass

Beardsley Zoo

Stamford Museum and Nature Center 

Stepping Stones Museum for Children 

The New Children's Museum 

Mystic Aquarium

The Maritime Aquarium

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

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