A Visit with Author/Illustrator Greg Foley

photograph by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin
photograph by Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin

Wednesday, December 4th at 4:15 p.m.

Join us for a reading and a drawing demonstration with author/illustrator Greg Foley!

Greg Foley is the award-winning author/illustrator of books such as Thank You Bear, Purple Little Bird, and Willoughby and the Moon. His visit will mark the close of our Fall Into Art series, so be sure to register below! Find out more about the author on his delightfully interactive website.

Ages 3-8

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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!

 

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

 

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

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

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?

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.

 

 

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