Registration for the Fall Storytime Series

Brochures for the two Fall 2014 Registered Storytime series available now. We look forward to seeing you and your children for our upcoming season of storytimes!  The schedule is below.

Fall I (Six weeks)
Register: Monday 8/18 - Tuesday 9/2
Session: Monday 9/8 - Friday 10/17


Storytime break: Week of Monday 10/20.


Fall II (Six weeks)
Register: Monday 10/6 - Monday 10/20
Session: Monday 10/27 - Friday 12/5

 

Registration is a lottery.  Each child can participate in one registered program per session. Parents will be notified by Saturday, 9/6 (Fall I) & Saturday, 10/25 (Fall II).  

-Register your infants and 1-year-olds based on their ability to walk 

-Register children ages 2 and up based on their age by 9/1 (Fall I) and 10/20 (Fall II).


*Registered storytimes are for Darien residents, those employed full-time in Darien, or non-residents who are contributors to the Darien Library Annual Campaign at the $300 level or above.

 

We will also have some great drop-in Baby Laptime, Toddler Tales, and Preschool Time storytimes on the schedule as well!

Books for Branching Out

Logo design by Lisa Nowlain
Logo design by Lisa Nowlain

Has your child found the series that will help them love to read?

If you're still searching for the perfect books to help a growing reader branch out in new directions, why not start with our Branch Booklists? Hi-lo titles on these lists are perfect for reluctant readers in grades 2-5.

Branch Books for 2nd & 3rd Grade

Branch Books for 4th & 5th Grade

Also, be sure to check out the America Library Association's recommendations for Hi-Lo books!

Museum Passes

Photo courtesy of Flickr user RISD museum.
Photo courtesy of Flickr user RISD museum.

The following Museum Passes are now available in the Children's Library for check out. Families can use the passes to gain free or discounted admission depending on the location. Passes are available for residents, members who work in Darien full-time, and non-residents who are Friends at the $300 level and above. Place one on hold today! 

Stepping Stones Museum for Children 

The New Children's Museum 

Mystic Aquarium

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum 

The Maritime Aquarium

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art 

Did you know that you and your family can also reserve a MoMA Pass from the Library

Review of Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

Raina and Amara are family, but that doesn't mean they always get along.
Raina and Amara are family, but that doesn't mean they always get along.

Sisters Book Review by Charlotte Zaino

Sisters is a graphic novel about Raina and her relationship with her little sister, Amara. Raina wants a sister REALLY badly, until she has one. The story starts when the whole family (except for her dad) is getting ready to go on a three week road trip from California to Colorado for a family reunion. Before they leave, Raina and Amara get in a big fight. Raina starts to wonder why she ever wanted a sister in the first place. Then the story goes back and forth in time from when they were little kids to the present. As the flashbacks go on, the girls get older. The illustrations really help to tell the story. 

This book is a sequel to Smile, which I found a little more exciting and entertaining. Sisters focuses more on a stressful time in Raina's life, because in this book her parents aren't getting along well and she feels left out at the family reunion. Even though the topic is more serious, there are still some exciting moments, like when Raina and Amara work together to get their old pet snake out of the car. Kids will like this book because even though there are events that most kids probably haven't been through (luring a king snake out of your car) almost every pair of siblings can relate to the relationship between Raina and Amara. In the end, Raina is glad to have a sister, and realizes that no one can replace her.

Thank you to new KAB Member Charlotte for giving us her review of the much anticipated new Raina Telgemeier graphic novel. 

Lego Club

Lego Club creations
Lego Club creations

Saturday, August 30th from 2 to 4 p.m.

Stop by the Children’s Library for free play and collaborative Lego building. Ages 5 and up. Drop-in.