Halloween Crafts

Image courtesy of Flickr user Carolyn Brunelle
Image courtesy of Flickr user Carolyn Brunelle

Monday, October 27th from 4 to 5 p.m.

Join us as we make Halloween inspired crafts. Ages 3 and up. Drop-in. 

Minecraft Fridays

Minecrafters unite!
Minecrafters unite!

Fridays, October 24th, November 7th and 21st, and December 5th and 19th from 4 to 6 p.m.

Back by popular demand! Join us in the Children's Library as we present opportunities to build and collaborate in Minecraft.

Grades 3-6. Drop-in.

Parents can find further information about Minecraft and Minecraft Fridays here.

Visit the Fairfield County Minecraft Website for even more information.

Chilling Reads for Halloween

The scariest book Miss Elisabeth ever read.
The scariest book Miss Elisabeth ever read.

 

Looking for a story to scare you to your bones, to make you check under the bed before you sleep at night, and make you believe in ghosts?

Search the catalog for the tag "superscary" to find some chilling reads, or check out the list below!

 

Stories to Chill Your Bones

Photo courtesy of flickr user atoach
Photo courtesy of flickr user atoach

Thursday, October 30th at 5:30 p.m. at Tilley Pond Park

Are you afraid of the dark? You might be after hearing the Children's Librarians weave stories of terror, and thrill you with the macabre. Join us at Tilley Pond Park for Stories to Chill your Bones!

Ages 8 and up (warning: these stories may be scary, so the program is advised for children ages 8+)

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

* In the event of rain this program will be held in the Children's Library.

STEAM Series

design by Miss Lisa
design by Miss Lisa

STEAM Series

October - December

Join us as we  get all steamed up and learn together! The STEAM series will feature Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics programs. Our classes are drop-in or registred and appeal to a variety of ages.

Browse our full list of classes

 

Introducing the Kids Newbery Section

The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American children's book published the previous year.
The Newbery Medal is awarded annually by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American children's book published the previous year.

The Children's Library is proud to present our Kids Newbery section - one place to check out almost 100 years of award-winning books! Shelved together at the end of Kids Fiction, the Kids Newbery Collection is home to every single award winner since 1922, as well as popular honor-winners from the past decades. 

The John Newbery Medal is the oldest and most important Children's Award in the world. It is given to the "most distinguished" written book for American children (up to age 14), so you will find books with more mature themes and characters. Newbery Award winners are great for readers looking to explore big ideas, and parents, if you haven't read a children's book since you were a child, this section is a great place to start! Here you'll find classics like Island of the Blue Dolphins (1961), tear-jerkers like Bridge to Terabithia (1978), and laugh-out-loud funny books like The Whipping Boy (1987). 

Don't forget to check out your librarian's favorite Newbery books on display above the shelves!

 

 

 

Comics Galore

New Comics in the Graphic Novel section of the Children's Library
New Comics in the Graphic Novel section of the Children's Library

Did you know that in addition to the graphic novel collection the Children's Library also circulates comics? 

From nostalgic classics like Archie and My Little Pony, to newer trends like Angry Birds, there are a plethora of choices for your visual reading pleasure. 

A Visit from a Children's Librarian

A Children's Librarian visits a local Darien preschool
A Children's Librarian visits a local Darien preschool

Are you a Girl or Boy Scout Troop interested in visiting the Library?

Are you a teacher, substitute teacher, or homeschool parent looking for books on a specific subject?

We can help! The Children's Library is available for visits to outside facilities, such as preschools or elementary schools, and can also lead guided tours of the Library and its collections. Additionally, we offer support to teachers and homeschool parents on providing support for specific topics, booklist creation, and database tutorials. 

If you would like to book a visit to the Library, or a visit from a Librarian, visit our Outreach Visits page.

If you would like guidance or support on a school unit or specific subject, visit our Assignment Alert page. 

 

Review of Magic in the Mix

Magic in the Mix by Annie Barrows
Magic in the Mix by Annie Barrows

Magic in the Mix by Annie Barrows

In this adventure a set of “twins” are sent back in time to set things right. Magic in the Mix is the sequel to The Magic Half, where Miri goes back in time to get a twin from the 1940`s, Molly. In this book, when a handy man starts tearing apart the house to rebuild it, magic begins leaking all over the place. The house they live in is old and full of magic, but nobody knows except for the twins.  Molly has to go back in time to before she was born to save her mom from dying the minute she is born. Molly has to stop herself from being born by keeping her mom from meeting her dad. Or at least that’s what she thinks. To solve the real problem they have to go back and save their brothers who accidentally walked into the Civil War thinking it was a reenactment.   

Magic in the Mix is a really well written book that is sad, adventurous, suspenseful, and exciting to read. If you haven`t read the first book it still makes sense. I recommend it to people who like historical and fun books. I`m not a big fan of historical books, but this book made me want to read more historical books. It is one of my favorite books because it`s suspenseful, and I think you`ll love it too.

Book Review written by Charlotte Zaino