Youth Media Awards to be Announced on Monday

Who will win the Caldecott this year? Last year's winner, THIS IS NOT MY HAT, has been a big hit at Darien Library!
Who will win the Caldecott this year? Last year's winner, THIS IS NOT MY HAT, has been a big hit at Darien Library!

The American Library Association's Youth Media Awards will be announced this 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 Seibert Award (for distinguished non-fiction), and the Geisel (for distinguished books for beginning readers). 

Keep an eye on this space for a list of the winning books on Monday morning! 

Have you read all of last year's winners?

Kids Languages - A Brand New Addition to the Children's Library!

All-new Little Pim Playaway Views!
All-new Little Pim Playaway Views!

Come check out a brand-new addtion to the Children's Library collection - our Kids Languages!

Revamped and refreshed with new picture books, new DVDs, new board books, and new Playaway Views, this collection can be found next to to the Children's Computer Lab.

Anyone looking to learn a new language or practice their skills in a language other than English will get much use out of this collection. With materials in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Chinese, Japenese, Korean, Arabic, Hebrew, Russian, and ESL and a collection that grows each day, the Kids Languages collection has something for everyone!

Favorite Kids Books of 2012

The Children's Librarians have picked their very favorite books for children published in 2012.

How to Help Kids (and Parents) Cope with Tragedy

Image courtesy of Flickr user qthomasbower
Image courtesy of Flickr user qthomasbower

In light of recent events, many parents and caregivers may be seeking information on talking with children about sensitive topics, looking for signs of mental stress, and wondering about local support services. 

We have created an online guide, Trauma Resources for Children & Familes, dedicated to compiliing web resources, articles, lists of local organizations and mental health services available in Darien. 

 

The Second Annual Stuffed Animal Sleepover

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A "just-right" read

Whew, the animals have finally settled down and gone to sleep.  To see what these silly stuffed animals got up to after you tucked them in, take a look at our Flickr photos

Thank you to all of our friends, stuffed and not-stuffed, who made the sleepover so much fun!

The Digital Family: Winter Technology Series

Connect with your family!
Connect with your family!

Monday, January 14-Thursday, March 14

"What's a tweet?"  "Who is Etsy?" 

The Children's Library's Digital Family technology series will introduce the basics of applications and websites like Twitter, a site where users can share their thoughts with the world in 140 characters or less, and Etsy, a beautifully-curated online marketplace for handmade and vintage items.  The series will also explore the role of emerging technology as it relates to parents and children.  Join us for hands-on classes, stimulating discussion, and thought-provoking documentary film screenings. 

View programs for parents

 

Children's Library Holiday Gift Ideas

Check out the Children's Library's gift-giving list for book and more for kids ages 0 to 12.

 

 

Book Club Kits in the Children's Library

Children reading on the playground, 1910. Photo via NYPL's archive.
Children reading on the playground, 1910. Photo via NYPL's archive.

Parents - thinking about starting a book club for your kids? 

Kids- looking for suggestions for your next book club meeting?

The children's library can help you choose books, offer discussion starters, and even provide a meeting space for your group! Choose a title from our list, check out mulitple copies of the book, and receive a discussion guide including a summary, discussion questions, and further activites for your club's use!

For more information, contact a children's librarian or check out the lists below!

First - Third Grade Books

Fourth - Sixth Grade Books

Every Child Ready to Read: A Workshop for Parents

Read together to develop reading skills.
Read together to develop reading skills.

The next Every Child Ready to Read Workshop will be held on Tuesday, December 11 at 10 a.m.

Register Online

The children's librarians will be hosting a special parent workshop, Every Child Ready to Read!

Parents of babies, toddlers, and preschoolers are invited to learn about:

- early literacy development

- the fundamentals of learning to read

- tips, advice, and practical takeaways on how parents and caregivers can support early literacy skill-building

Developed by the American Library Association and the Public Library Association, the Every Child Ready to Read workshops have been developed after years of research on early brain development and the correlation between early experiences and future academic success. 

 

Tips to Help Encourage a Brand New Reader

The magic moment: when the squiggles on the page become letters, words, stories!
The magic moment: when the squiggles on the page become letters, words, stories!

Is your child just starting to read? Children at this stage are known as "emerging readers" and every child emerges at a different pace. Here are a few tips to help you encourage your child and keep them motivated as they transition from pre-readers to independent readers:

- Be patient. Learning to read successfully is comprised of two major skills working together: decoding and comprehension. Simply put, these skills are the ability to recognize familiar words (and sound out unfamiliar ones) and the knowledge of what those words mean. It's a process.   

- Read together often. Read to your child and let your child read to you.

- Talk about what you read. Talk about new words. Explain unfamilar vocabulary and phrases.

- Make your house a print-rich environment. Have books all over- the kitchen, the bedroom, even the bathroom (well, perhaps not library books!)  You can also listen to audio books while driving around town.

- Read books that your child enjoys- even if they are gross, silly, or not to your preference. The best way to help a new reader become a lifelong reader is by taping into their interests. Don't worry, they hopefully won't find bodily functions this hilarious forever....

 

 

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