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

 

New DVDs for Parents

One Book, One Community Programs

One Book One Community Kids book choice
One Book One Community Kids book choice

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.

Click through for more information about the programs we will be offering in the month of May.

Flying Machines
Wednesday, May 7th at 4pm
Grades 3 to 6

 

Family Films: Planes
Sunday, May 11th at 2pm
All ages

 

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

 

 

Minecraft Information for Parents

Image courtesy of flickr user Kjarrett
Image courtesy of flickr user Kjarrett

For Parents:

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!

Multicultural Series: March Programs

Celebrate with us!
Celebrate with us!

March Programs

The world is made up of many different cultures and here at Darien Library we like to celebrate and learn from them all. Learn something new about a different culture, widen your world view, and have fun!

 

Celebrate Holi

March 13th at 4:15-5:15pm

Join Mrs. Radia in celebrating Holi, the festival of colors! Holi is an ancient Indian festival that reminds us of the victory of good over evil. Learn about its origins and rituals, and enjoy some colorful crafts and music. Treasure the diversity in colors, and in life! Ages 6-10

Waitlist 

 

St. Patrick's Day Crafts

March 17th at 4-5pm

Join the Children's Librarians for a special drop in program featuring crafts celebrating St. Patrick's Day. Ages 4 and up.

 

Celebrate Norouz! Persian New Year

March 21st at 4:15-5:15pm

Welcome Spring with a program in honor of Persian New Year. Learn how to set the Haft Sin table, make a goldfish craft, and grow some wheatgrass. Ages 7 and up.

Drop in!

Fantasy Friday: Rose

Fantasy Friday: Rose by Holly Webb

Holly Webb's Rose books, a beloved magical adventure series from the UK, are finally being released in the United States. In this charming blend of Harry Potter and A Little Princess, Rose is left under a rosebush at St. Bridget's Home for Abandoned Girls when she is less than a year old. At St. Bridget's, the girls are trained to be scullery maids and leave the Home at age 14 to find work. Unlike most of the other girls in the orphange, Rose, now 10, is looking forward to the day she gets to earn her own money. So when the Head Housekeeper to England's most important magician comes looking for a young girl to train as a maid, Rose jumps at the chance.

Almost immediately upon arriving at the Fountain Home, Rose realizes she's different than the other servants. Only she can sense the magic that seeps into the house's walls. Only she is unafraid to clean the master's storeroom. And only she can hear the voice of the master's white cat, Gus, in her head. Magic only exists in noble families, so how does an orphaned scullery maid have the ability to talk to plants and create pictures in the air? And will this lowly orphan be able to save the children of England from a magical menace that only she can sense?

Filled with humor, magic, an upstairs-downstairs feel reminiscent of Downton Abbey, and a charming new heroine, this import is a must-read!

2014 Youth Media Awards Announced

Flora & Ulysses is a laugh-out-loud funny story with a heart of gold.
Flora & Ulysses is a laugh-out-loud funny story with a heart of gold.

The American Library Association's Youth Media Awards were announced this morning, Monday, January 27th at 8 a.m. EST!

These awards include the Caldecott Medal (for distinguished illustrations), the Newbery Medal (for distinguished children's book writing), the Sibert Award (for distinguished non-fiction), and the Geisel (for distinguished books for beginning readers).

The Newbery Award went to two-time winner (and 2014 National Ambassador of Young People's Literature) Kate DiCamillo for her marvelously funny Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures. Darien Library favorite Doll Bones, by Holly Black, was one of four books to receive a Newbery Honor. 

The Caldecott Award went to the beautifully detailed Locomotive, by Brian Floca. Three books were honored, including the luminously illustrated Journey, by Aaron Becker.

You can put the complete list of winners on hold, or stop by the Children's Library and see what's available!

Take Your Family to MoMA for Free!

This tote contains all you need for a fun day at MoMA with your family!
This tote contains all you need for a fun day at MoMA with your family!

This year Darien Library collaborated with the Museum of Modern Art on a new iniative to bring library patrons to the museum - for free! Patrons may call the Welcome Desk at (203-669-5239) to reserve the passes ahead of time. One pass admits 5 people over the age of 16 - children under the age of 16 always visit MoMA for free. The passes circulate in kits, which include tips and tricks for making the most of your visit, a guidebook, a Metro-North train schedule, driving directions, and a list of great activities for children at MoMA.

The library has 7 of these passes, and you can find out more about reserving them and visiting the museum here.

Be sure to check out MoMA Kids & Families before your visit to find out what fun things are happening at the museum for families!

2013 Holiday Gift Giving Guide

image courtesy of christmasstockimages.com
image courtesy of christmasstockimages.com

Searching high and low for the perfect present this holiday season?

Check out a list of suggestions curated by the Children's Librarians! Our favorite books, toys, games, and more are sure to make your loved ones smile this year.

Find great gifts for ages birth to 12!

Eliminating Stress and Creating Balance in Your Child’s Life

Photo courtesy of Flickr user herwordskill
Photo courtesy of Flickr user herwordskill

Tuesday, November 19 at 7 pm (middle and high school panel)

Darien Library and the YWCA Parent Awareness are proud to present a panel for parents of middle and high school students. The panel will feature local mental health experts who will speak to topics that relate to children of that age group. Register below for panel attendance.

The panel will be moderated by Connecticut State Representative Terrie Wood, who represents Darien and Norwalk in the Connecticut House of Representatives. Ms. Wood also serves as the Co-Chair of the Mental Health Working Group of the Gun Violence Bill.

Tuesday, November 19 at 7pm - Middle and High School Panel

Panelists include: Lisa Bunce, MS, RD/N, Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Owner, Back-to-Basics Nutrition Consulting, Redding; Christopher M. Bogart, PhD, Executive Director, The Southfield Center for Development, Darien; Phyllis L. Weihs, MS, NCC, NCDF, Psychotherapist Fairfield University; and Eileen Whalen, School Psychologist, Darien High School.

Parents can submit questions for the panelists prior to the event.

In the Library's Community Room. Additional parking is available along Post Road.

 

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