Celebrate Día (Diversity in Action) de los Ninos!

Celebrate Día (Diversity in Action) de los ninos!
Celebrate Día (Diversity in Action) de los ninos!

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30th. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

April 29th at 4:15 p.m. Family Book Group

Discuss diverse picture books with your family, which will be provided by the Library. Stop into the Children's Library anytime before the program to borrow a bag of the three discussion books to take home and share with your family. Ages 5+. Discussion books are:

Deep in the Sahara by Kelly Cunnane 

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena

Dancing in the Wings by Debbie Allen

April 30th at 4 p.m. Family Film: The Book of Life

The Book of Life (Rated PG, running time 95 minutes). Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart, embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastic worlds where he must face his greatest fears. Watch the trailer.

Children's Book Week

Photo courtesy of bookweekonline.com
Photo courtesy of bookweekonline.com

Join the Children's Library as we celebrate Children's Book Week!  May 4-9

"Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, commemorative events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes -- wherever young readers and books connect!"

 Kids who come to the Children's Desk and say "Happy Children's Book Week," will receive a tote bag and a poster!

*while supplies last.

 

Special Author Visit: Mike Curato

The author Mike Curato and his debut award-winning picture book Little Elliot, Big City
The author Mike Curato and his debut award-winning picture book Little Elliot, Big City

Saturday, May 9th at 11am

Come meet award-winning children’s book author/illustrator Mike Curato as he reads and draws from Little Elliot, Big City. Mr. Curato is the winner of the 2014 Founder’s Award from the Society of Illustrators.

Little Elliot, a charming new picture book character, lives among the hustle and bustle of the big city. Despite big crowds and bigger buildings, Little Elliot leads a quiet life. Though he faces challenges, Elliot finds many wonderful things to enjoy — like cupcakes! And when his problems seem insurmountable, Elliot discovers something even sweeter — a friend.

Children in Kindergarten and up are invited to join Mr. Curato as he shares his talents with us. Drop-in, no registration necessary, though space is limited. The first thirty attendees will receive complimentary posters and tote bags in celebration of Children’s Book Week. 

 

Picture Book Workshop

Photo courtesy of flickr user andrea joseph.
Photo courtesy of flickr user andrea joseph.

May 4th, 6th, and 8th (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) from 4 to 5 p.m.

Have you always wanted to design your own picture book? Here's your chance!  We will be hosting a three day picture book workshop. Participants will learn how to develop a concept, storyboard and then finally create their own picture books.

Registration is for all three days.

Grades 3-6

Register.

 

 

 

Cinco de Mayo Art Program

photo courtesy of Flickr user Mary Anne Enriquez
photo courtesy of Flickr user Mary Anne Enriquez

Tuesday, May 5th at 4:15pm

Join us as we learn about Mexican Art and culture from Miss Maria.

Ages 5 and up

Register

Mother's Day Crafts

photo courtesy of flickr user linda sellers
photo courtesy of flickr user linda sellers

Thursday, May 7th at 4pm

Join us and make a special craft just for your mom!

Ages 3 and up with a parent/caregiver

Drop in.

Librarians to Visit...YOUR Schools!

The Children's Department is excited to visit your school!
The Children's Department is excited to visit your school!

It's that time of year again! 

The Children's Librarians are gearing up to visit YOUR schools during the month of May and early June. We will be visiting each and every student that attends elementary and middle school in Darien. During our visits, we will share exclusive details about our Summer Reading program and reveal top-secret booklists that we have been working on for months! The dates of each of our visits are below.

May 6th & 7th: Hindley 

May 12th: Pear Tree Point

May 19th: Ox Ridge

May 26th & 27th: Tokeneke

May 28th & June 4th: Holmes

June 2nd & 3rd: Royle

June 5th: MMS

Check back here after May 6th to find links to our top-secret booklists!

The Mask You Live In

Join us for this special screening on May 11.
Join us for this special screening on May 11.

Monday, May 11, from 7pm to 9pm

Darien Library and YWCA Parent Awareness present a screening of The Mask You Live In from the Representation Project and the director of Miss Representation.

Following the screening, there will be a discussion facilitated by James McGinn, MA, NCC, an Outpatient Behavioral Health Clinician at Family Centers' Center for Hope in Darien. 

Running time is 90 minutes. 

*PARENTAL AND VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED. STRONG LANGUAGE IS BRIEFLY USED.

Introducing 100 Before One: A Program for Babies in their First Year

Register Today
Register Today

The Children’s Library invites all parents of newborns to join the 100 Before One challenge. Help your baby become a lifelong reader by joining the challenge and reading 100 books before your baby’s first birthday. As related recently in a New York Times article, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends reading to infants starting from birth to aid in brain development and vocabulary growth.

Parents that register their babies for 100 Before One will receive a free tote bag, booklists, a DVD of baby rhymes, a Highlights baby magazine, and a folder to keep track of the books your child has heard.  After reading and listening to 25 books of your choice, parents return to Darien Library to receive their next blank list of 25 to fill in.

Upon completion of the program, your baby will get to go home with a prize courtesy of the Library.

Need book ideas? We have a booklist full of suggestions for your and your baby

Happy Reading!

Open TEA Rooms this May

Make Paper Rockets, Shadow Puppets, and Paper Monsters with us!
Make Paper Rockets, Shadow Puppets, and Paper Monsters with us!

Tuesdays, May 12, 19, and 26 from 4 to 5 p.m.

Join us for Open TEA Rooms in May starting May 12th. Open TEA Rooms are drop-in classes for exploration, creation, and discovery. Grades 3-6. 

May 12: Paper Rockets

May 19: Shadow Puppets

May 26: Paper Monsters