Spring Multicultural Series

Celebrate with us!
Celebrate with us!

Explore a different culture

Explore the world

The world is made up of many different cultures and here at Darien Library we like to celebrate and learn from them all. Learn something new about a different culture, widen your world view, and have fun!

April Programs

May Programs

Film Screening of Split: Divorce Through Kids' Eyes

The film screening will be followed by a facilitated discussion by Ed Moran, LCSW, who is a Senior Social Worker and Community Educator at Family Centers in Darien.
The film screening will be followed by a facilitated discussion by Ed Moran, LCSW, who is a Senior Social Worker and Community Educator at Family Centers in Darien.

Tuesday, April 29 at 7pm

This documentary for parents gives the child's perspective on divorce. Split features children aged 6 to 12 who discuss their experiences in dealing with the separation of their parents. The Huffington Post interview with filmmaker Ellen Bruno talks about her inspiration for making a documentary about kids and divorce. Film running time is 28 minutes. 

The screening will be followed by a facilitated discussion by Ed Moran, LCSW, who is a Senior Social Worker and Community Educator at Family Centers in Darien.

Mr. Moran has developed and presented programs for public and private school students, parents, teachers and school administrators on preventing peer bullying and developing leadership and communications skills in young people. He is a facilitator for the Parenting Education Program as well as Focus On Kids, a program designed to help high conflict divorced or divorcing parents. Prior to his career in social work, he was in the broadcast communications field in Fairfield County. He holds a Masters of Social Work from Fordham University.

This program is co-sponsored by YWCA Parent Awareness. The event is located in the Community Room.

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Split Trailer - splitfilm.org from ellen bruno on Vimeo.

Let's Make Music!

Image via www.incredibox.com/
Image via www.incredibox.com/

We recently discovered an incredibly entertaining website through Common Sense Media - it's called Incredibox, and it enables users to create their own songs with pre-created bass lines, melodies, choruses, voices, and effects. It's similar to one of our favorite iPad Apps by Toca Boca called Toca Band, but Incredibox is aimed at older children. 

We hope you find time to make a few tunes today!

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

OBOC Programs

One Book One Community Kids book choice
One Book One Community Kids book choice

Join us for a bevy of programs celebrating our One Book One Community Initiative. This year the children's book is Born to Fly by Michael Ferrari. Pick up a copy today in the children's library.

 

Here are the programs we will be offering in the month of May:

 

Flying Machines
Wednesday, May 7th at 4pm
Grades 3 to 6
It's a bird! It's a plane! Come craft all different kinds of flying machines.

 

Family Film: Planes
Sunday, May 11th at 2pm
All ages
A family matinee of Disney’s Planes. A plane with a fear of heights goes on to compete in an around-the-world aerial race.

 


Family Book Discussion
Tuesday, May 13th at 6pm
Ages 9 to 12 and a family member
Parents, grandparents, and siblings are invited to a family book discussion of Born to Fly by Michael Ferrari. Dinner will be provided at this event. Register

 


The Wright Stuff
Tuesday, May 27th at 4:15pm
Grades K to 6
Science takes off with this popular Children’s Museum program on flying. Learn about air pressure, the forces of flight, and follow the history of aviation from balloons to parachutes to planes to helicopters to rockets.

April is National Poetry Month

Still a beloved poetry book 40 years after its publication!
Still a beloved poetry book 40 years after its publication!

 

April is National Poetry Month, and in honor of this month-long celebration of poetry, we will have a Kid's Poetry Display in the Children's Library. Below please find a selection of some of our favorite poetry books and anthologies. Be sure to come in to the Children's Library to see our Book Spine Poems on display!

Minecraft Fridays

Image courtesy of flickr user Kjarrett
Image courtesy of flickr user Kjarrett

Fridays, April 4th and 18th, and May 2nd, 16th and 30th, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Did you know Darien Library is the host of the Fairfield County Minecraft server? Join us 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.

The Schneider Family Book Award

The Schneider Family Book Award celebrates books which highlight the disability experience.
The Schneider Family Book Award celebrates books which highlight the disability experience.

Did you know there's an award that honors books which portray the experiences of children and adolescents living with a disability? The American Library Association gives the Schneider Family Book Award each year to "an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences."

The award was created with funds donated by Dr. Katherine Schneider, a blind woman who led a successul 30+ year career as a psychologist. She credited much of her succes to the guiding influences of her mother, a teacher, and her librarian, who supplied her with books in braille.

In her remarks upon the first presentation of the award in 2004, Dr. Schneider said, "In the 1950s when I was in grade school, the only media mentions of blind people were of Helen Keller, Louis Braille, and the seven blind men who went to see the elephant.  Other disabilities fared no better.  Fifty years later we’re here to celebrate the fact that the situation has dramatically improved.  The Schneider Family Book Award committee had many wonderful children’s books to consider, which represent the experiences of the one out of seven Americans who have a disability.  The disability experience in these wonderful children’s books is a part of a character’s full life, not the focus of the life."

Check out the list of Schneider Family Book Award Winners available in the Children's Library below, and be sure to see the full list of winners!