A Visit with Author/Illustrator Oliver Jeffers

Via Oliver Jeffers' Twitter
Via Oliver Jeffers' Twitter

Thursday, October 17th at 4:15 p.m. for ages 3+

Join us for a drop-in celebration of drawing and books!

The Children's Library is pleased to present A Visit With Author/Illustrator Oliver Jeffers, one of Darien's favorite picture book authors! Oliver Jeffers is the popular author of booktalking books Stuck and Up & Down, as well as the illustrator of the New York Times bestselling The Day the Crayons Quit. Find out more about the author on his website. And check out the awesome short video below!

 

**Space is limited; tickets will be distributed 15 minutes prior to the event.

Collection Scavenger Hunt!

What questions will be answered in Kids Traditions?
What questions will be answered in Kids Traditions?

Thursday, September 19 from 4 - 5 p.m.

Get to know the newly reorganized Non-Fiction collection during this drop-in Scavenger Hunt!

Pick up your sheet of scavenger questions at the Children's Library desk and get to hunting! The first 10 kids with all the right answers win a delicious prize!

Ages 7+

 

National Book Award Longlist

 

The 2013 National Book Award Longlist for young adult literature has been released, and this year there are several Childern's Library favorites on the list, including the newest from Kate DiCamillo and the lastest from Anne Ursu, whose Breadcrumbs has been an enduring favorite since its 2011 release.

Check out all 10 books on the longlist below!

Fall Into Art - Drop-In Programs

These fun Fall Into Art programs do not require registration, but space may be limited.

R.W.D. Read, Watch, Discuss    

Wednesday, November 20 at 4:15 p.m.: Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Join Miss Elisabeth and Miss Krishna for a movie, pizza, and discussion of a book and its film adaptation. Grades 4 to 6.

Artworms      

Thursday, November 14, 21 from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.

Miss Krishna leads this weekly craft program. Learn about famous artists and replicate some of their work! Ages 5-7.

Open TEA Room*      

Friday, November 15, 29 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Calling all Makers! The TEA Room (Technology, Engineering, & The Arts) is open for free play, exploration, creation, and discovery. Grades 3-6 and a parent/care-giver. *Space is limited, sign up 15 minutes prior to the program.

Sensory Saturdays       

Saturday, November 23 from 11 to 1 p.m.

Explore your senses in this crafting program designed for Children on the Spectrum but open to all! Ages 4+ and a parent/caregiver.

 

October Fall Into Art Programs

Registration begins Tuesday, September 3.

These are the Fall Into Art registered programs for October 2013. Click on a program title to register.

A Visit with Author Frank Viva      Thursday, October 3 from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.

In collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Publications, help us kick off Fall Into Art with a reading from Frank Viva, author of the 2013 booktalking book A Trip to the Bottom of the World With Mouse, as well as his new book Young Frank, Architect. Ages 3-8.

Art APPreciation     Mondays, October 7, 14, 21, 28 from 5 to 6 p.m.

Young artists will go digital by experimenting with photography, drawing, and animation apps. Ages 9-12.

This class is now full. Register for the waitlist here.

Get Surreal!     Wednesday, October 16 from 4:15 tp 5 p.m.

Read a book about famed Surreal artists Salvador Dali aand Rene Magritte and create your own surreal collages to take home. Ages 7-9

This class is now full. Register for the waitlist here.

Needle & Thread      Tuesday, October 22 from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.

At this inter-generational program, enjoy tea and cookies while learning the art of needlework! Ages 8-12.

This class is now full. Register for the waitlist here.

Deepavali/Diwali Celebration      Tuesday, October 29 from 5 to 6 p.m.

Join Mrs. Radia to learn about the ancient celebration of Deepavali/Diwali in this interactive crafting program. Ages 5+.

This class is now full. Register for the waitlist here.

 

 

Fall Into Art!

Fall into Art this autumn with the children's library! Image via http://www.williammoten.com/
Fall into Art this autumn with the children's library! Image via http://www.williammoten.com/

School is back in session and the air is getting crisper - this autumn, Fall Into Art with the Children's Library!

Join us in October and November for a series of creative programs for all ages, as well as spectacular author visits from Darien Library favorites Frank Viva, Oliver Jeffers, Peter Brown, and Greg Foley!

Register for November & December programs

Drop-in programs

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

 

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