The 2016 Nutmeg Nominees are here!

Which Nutmegs will be Darien favorites in 2015-2016?
Which Nutmegs will be Darien favorites in 2015-2016?

The Connecticut State Book Award, the Nutmeg, announced it's 2016 slate of nominees on Friday, May 1st.

Check out the Elementary Nutmegs, for grades 2-4!

Check out the Intermediate Nutmegs, for grades 4-6!

Which Nutmeg Nominee will be your favorite this year?

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 for the Waitlist.

 

 

 

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

Screen Free Week

Image courtesy of screenfree.org
Image courtesy of screenfree.org

May 4th-10th

Screen Free Week is an international event in which families, communites and schools pledge to be screen free for a week. The Children's Library will participate by taking out the Ipads for the week. We encourage you to check out more books and read together as a family in our special reading nooks, and come by the Children's Library and write on our pledge banner.

Need some ideas for what to do when you're not using a screen?

Here are a few:

Ride a bike, take a hike, read some books, volunteer, bake cookies, fly a kite or plant a garden

There are so many wonderful things to explore without a screen but most importantly, Have Fun!

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!

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

In Concert: Vered and the Babes

photo courtesy of Vered
photo courtesy of Vered

Wednesday, May 13th at 11am (shortly after 9:30am Toddler Tales storytime)

Her voice is lush, her songs funny and poignant, and her upbeat melodies and playful harmonies are reminiscent of a doo-wop band. Her album, Good Morning My Love, was a Gold Award Winner from both the Parents' Choice Foundation and from National Parenting Publications and was named by Laurie Berkner a 2012 favorite (USA Today).

Parents often say that Vered’s music is like a soundtrack to life with their little ones, adding melody and bounce to the ups and downs, joyful interactions, and daily routines. Her band, Vered and the Babes, bring a variety of instruments including pots and pans, french-horn and trumpet, and always have the kids and parents jumping and singing along.

All Ages. Drop-in.

In the Louise Parker Berry Community Room.