Summer Storytimes

Come On, Everybody! Storytime in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room
Come On, Everybody! Storytime in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room

Keep the storytime fun going this summer in 2015 with great drop-in programs (no registration required!).

Come On, Everybody!  Mondays at 10 a.m. - All ages

Toddler Tales  Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. - Walkers up to 36 months

Baby Laptime  Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. - Pre-walking babies

Preschool Time  Fridays at 9:30 a.m. (previously on Monday at 1:30 p.m.)

Lights, Camera, Action! : Summer Reading Registration Begins June 8

artwork courtesy of our own Miss Lisa
artwork courtesy of our own Miss Lisa

Registration for the Summer Reading Club begins June 8! Make sure to pick up your book prize in the Children's Library when you sign up.

Summer Reading Club - for kids who are reading on their own

Log your reading hours on our online log by logging in and updating your Star Log every time you read! The Summer Reading Club automatically enters you into the grand prize lottery for every 5 hours you read. The lottery winners will be announced at our Finale Party on Monday, August 17.

 

Read to Me Club - for kids who are being read to

Come and pick up your log at the Library and write down every book you read. For every ten books, come into the Library to get a stamp and a free book (up to 3 free books total).

 

For classes and events, click here.

Summer Book Clubs

Jr. Book Club 

Early elementary readers are invited to share their thoughts on some of the booktalking selections for this year. The discussion will be followed by an activity, game, or craft inspired by the story. Drop-in. Grades 2 to 3.

Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m.

July 8th: The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John

August 5th: Phoebe G. Green: Lunch Will Never be the Same by Veera Hiranandani and Joelle Dreidemy

R.W.D. (Read. Watch. Discuss) 

Watch and discuss these books turned into movies. In the Louise Parker Berry Community Room. Drop-in. Ages 9 to 12

Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m.

July 23rd: Hoot by Carl Hiaasen. Rated PG. (Running time 90 minutes.)

August 20th: Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson and Donna Diamond. Rated PG. (Running time 96 minutes.)

Stories by the Sea 2015

Miss Elisabeth and Miss Liz tell some great Stories by the Sea
Miss Elisabeth and Miss Liz tell some great Stories by the Sea

Tuesdays, July 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th from 10 to 10:30 a.m.

One of our most popular summer storytimes is Stories by the Sea, a family storytime for all ages at Darien’s Weed Beach Park

This program is co-sponsored by the Darien Parks and Recreation Department.

All ages. Drop-in.

Summer 2015: Drop in Programs

Want to know what fun and fabulous programs we will be doing in the Louise Parker Berry Community Room this summer? Take a look at our fantastic list of drop-in programs we're offering to kids of all ages! Find the full list here. 

Summer Reading Booktalking Lists 2015

We loved visiting you!
We loved visiting you!

Check out the fantastic titles on this year's booktalking lists! We shared them with you when we visited your school.

If you don't see the book you're looking for, just ask a friendly librarian we can help you find it or put a hold on it for you.

Click on the grade of the class to choose the next great book you're going to read.

 

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Booktalking List

2nd and 3rd Grade Booktalking List

4th and 5th Grade Booktalking List

MMS Booktalking List

eBooks and eAudiobooks K-5

Dinosaurs, Jurassic Park, and Kids

No Scarysaurus dinosaurs here! Just friendly ones.
No Scarysaurus dinosaurs here! Just friendly ones.

The fourth film in the Jurassic Park film saga - Jurassic World - will hit theatres on June 12th. It's rated PG-13, and if your kids are anything like 8-year-old me (Miss Amy aka AmySaurusRex) back in 1993 when the first Jurassic Park movie came out, they are begging to see it. I can confirm that despite my crying, pleading, and reasoning, my practical mother did not take me, as she had deemed the book "too scary" and concluded that the film would be, too. Instead we settled on seeing Hocus Pocus (in case you're curious about what other movies came out in 1993, see here).

Parents far and wide on the internet have posed questions about when their children will be old enough to watch the film, and whether or not they should let their toddlers see the 1993 version. In fact, a 1993 article in the Los Angeles Times titled "Scarysaurus" proclaimed that the production studio behind the film strongly advised parental guidance.  MCA Motion Picture Group Chairman Thomas J. Pollock said "[Jurassic Park] will be too intense for some children, but that doesn't mean it's too intense for all children."

So what does that mean for parents? Well, use your discrection. Common Sense Media recently reviewed Jurassic World, and proclaimed that it would be suitable for children ages 12+. As parents, you know your child's imaginative limits, and will be the best judge on whether your child should see realistic (albeit extinct) dinosaurs running wild and wreaking havoc.

In the meantime, we've rounded up some of the wildest dinosaur books we have here in the Children's Library and created this handy booklist for budding paleontologists and archaeologists alike. 

Theatre Sports: Improve Your Mind

Freestyle Repertory Players
Freestyle Repertory Players

Tuesday, July 7th from 3:00 to 3:45 p.m.

New York based improvisational troupe Freestyle Repertory Theatre presents a high energy program designed and presented as a competitive sport. Two teams of actors challenge each other to create scenes, songs, stories and poems, based on suggestions from the audience. It’s positive, creative, and fun for all ages, but seeing is believing. Grades K to 6.

In the Louise Parker Berry Community Room. Tickets to be distributed 15 minutes prior to the program; space is limited.

 

Poetry in Motion

David Zucker of Poetry in Motion
David Zucker of Poetry in Motion

Tuesday, July 14 from 3 to 4 p.m.

Poetry in Motion is a revival of the almost lost art of performing poetry. This exhilarating tour de force brings to life the best of poetic literature. Doran Hamm will introduce a cast of characters drawn from the world’s best children’s poems. The audience participates actively on the journey. 

Ages 5 to 12.

In the Louise Parker Berry Community Room. Tickets to be distributed 15 minutes prior to the program; space is limited.

 

Hula Hoopin' Through History

Courtesy of Amanda Blake
Courtesy of Amanda Blake

Tuesday, July 21 from 3:00pm to 3:45pm

Join Amanda Blake as she teaches the history of Hula Hooping and dazzles us with her hula hoop prowess.

Ages 5 and up.

In the Louise Parker Berry Community Room. Tickets to be distributed 15 minutes prior to the program; space is limited.