Black History Month Laser Tribute & Film Festival

Black History Month Laser Tribute & Film Festival
Black History Month Laser Tribute & Film Festival

Celebrate Black History Month with us!

Black History Month Laser Tribute

Tuesday, February 16th at 4 p.m.

Celebrate some of the profound contributions of African-Americans in an exciting new way. Part history lesson and part uplifting musical revival, the Black History Laser Tribute is an unforgettable experience for students of all ages.

 

Black History Month Film Festival 

Thursday, February 18th at 2 p.m.: The Wiz

Rated G. 135 minutes.

Ease on down the yellow-brick road with The Wiz. Relive all of the magic of this beloved musical. Open.  All Ages.

 

Friday, February 19th at 2 p.m.: Duke Ellington and other stories

NR 70 minutes

Celebrate African American History with short stories by award winning author and illustrators.
Open.  All Ages.

Monday Minecraft Mania

Minecrafters unite!
Minecrafters unite!

Monday, February 15th from 2 to 4 p.m.

Join us as we present challenges to build and collaborate within the Minecraft program. We'll be logged in to the Children's Library's accounts, ready to play! 

Grades 2-6, open.

Chinese New Year Crafts

2016 is the Year of the Monkey
2016 is the Year of the Monkey

Monday, February 8 at 4 p.m.

Join us for Chinese New Year inspired crafts. Ages 3 and up. Open - no registration necessary.

Sunday Matinees

Little Giants on Sunday, February 7th at 2 p.m.

Beauty and the Beast on Sunday, February 14th at 2 p.m.
Little Giants on Sunday, February 7th at 2 p.m. Beauty and the Beast on Sunday, February 14th at 2 p.m.

Little Giants on Sunday, February 7th at 2 p.m.

Beauty and the Beast on Sunday, February 14th at 2 p.m.

Families are invited to watch these classic films together. Open - no registration necessary. 

Little GiantsEver since childhood, nerdy Danny O'Shea (Rick Moranis) has felt inferior to his brother, Kevin (Ed O'Neill), a former college football star. When the youth football team Kevin coaches rejects Danny's daughter, Becky (Shawna Waldron), because she's a girl, Becky convinces her dad to start a rival team, though the city can support only one. To prove himself against his brother, Danny begins coaching his team of misfits for a playoff game. Watch the Trailer. Rated PG, running time 107 minutes. 

Beauty and the Beast. An arrogant young prince and his castle's servants fall under the spell of a wicked enchantress, who turns him into the hideous Beast until he learns to love and be loved in return. The spirited, headstrong village girl Belle enters the Beast's castle after he imprisons her father Maurice. With the help of his enchanted servants, including the matronly Mrs. Potts, Belle begins to draw the cold-hearted Beast out of his isolation. Watch the Trailer. Rated G, running time 90 minutes.

Tech Series Week 2: Screen Time & Your Family

Image Courtesy of the Darien Library
Image Courtesy of the Darien Library

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The big issue on every parent’s mind as tablets and apps abound is screen time. How much is appropriate for children? At what age should a child be exposed to media? What is the effect of screen time on young minds? The research is constantly being updated. The main thing to keep in mind is that the answer to all these questions is: it’s up to you as a parent! These rules are yours to make. It’s not that different from decisions you make around nutrition, education, and afterschool activities. At the library, we can help you with resources to help you make good decisions.

Learn more about Screen time and your family...

Missed last week's email? Read Tech Series Week 1: Digital Darien

Tech Series Week 2: Screen Time & Your Family (continued)

Courtesy of Darien Library
Courtesy of Darien Library

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So, how much screen time and when? The American Academy of Pediatrics used to recommend no screen time for children under two, but has since changed their tune. Like other organizations, such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children and Fred Rogers Center, they now assert that “All screens are not created equal.” Interactive media, such as apps on a phone or tablet, needs a different set of criteria than passive media like television. Technology, when used correctly, can be beneficial in the “context of conversation and interaction with an adult” - especially for toddlers. Preschoolers and Kindergartners can benefit from free exploration of interactive apps, especially when connected to real life learning and relationships.

Here are some ideas for ways to use media in an educational way with children.
·         Make a media plan. Think about apps used, hours spent, and who is using the media.
·         The key to media use with young children is joint media engagement. When an adult is there to give context to the app, it makes using a tablet into a learning opportunity. Just like reading a book, playing apps should be a collaborative activity with your child.
·         Let apps inspire real life play! Connect what you’re seeing in media to what you’re seeing in real life. For instance, after playing Build a Train, talk about things you’ve seen in the game in the car.
·         Be a media model! You are your child’s first model for media use.
·         Connect your app use to the five early literacy practices: read, write, talk, sing, and play.
We are always available to talk about screen time and technology here at the library, and have many books in our collection to support you!

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New iPad apps!

I'm a tablet
I'm a tablet

We've updated our iPad apps on our Early Literacy and Tween Tabs, both available for checkout!

Whats new?

Coding is now a category on both, with apps to help kids learn programming languages through fun games.

The Tween Tabs have apps for downloading eBooks from our collection, and the Early Literacy iPads have six new interactive eBooks on them.

Let us know if you have any suggestions! For a list of the new apps, see: Early Literacy iPad apps or Tween Tab apps.

Continued: Tech Series Week 1

Photo by tasselflower / CC BY 2.0
Photo by tasselflower / CC BY 2.0

Continued from here.

So what’s the hubbub about eBooks, and how does the Darien Library fit into this digital world? This past year was a big one for eBooks. In 2015, eBook circulation in libraries across the country skyrocketed, with over 33 library systems in large cities exceeding a million checkouts. Each month Darien Library adds hundreds of titles to our eBook lending libraries, of which we have three: Overdrive, Hoopla, and the 3M Cloud Library. The Children’s and Teen Library are especially proud of our eReading Room, which is offered through Overdrive. This special portal on the library’s website links children and teen eBook borrowers directly to content just for them! All adult books are omitted from the eReading Room, making it the perfect place for anyone ages 0-18 to browse through the 1,800+ titles we offer through the eReading Room.

If you are a Darien resident, work full-time in Darien, or are a Friend of the Library who has donated $300 or more, Darien Library offers eBooks and eAudiobooks for check-out through those three vendors. Each service offers free apps that can be easily downloaded to your tablet device or phone. Overdrive also has an exclusive contract with Amazon which allows readers to download kindle books to their devices and Kindle apps.

We also offer a Netflix-like streaming service, Hoopla, with offerings such as television shows, movies, music, and comics in addition to eAudiobooks. Additionally, the library offers eMagazines through a service called Zinio, a convenient free app that you can download to your devices. The service can also be used on a desktop or laptop computer through the library’s website.

If it’s cold outside, the library is closed, or you just don’t feel like changing out of your pajamas this winter, there’s a way to get great books, movies, tv shows, music, magazines, and audiobooks delivered right to your device. Check out our Digital page to learn more!

Tech Series Week 1: Digital Darien

Photo by tasselflower / CC BY 2.0
Photo by tasselflower / CC BY 2.0

Like what you see here? Sign up for tech emails and we will send you one email a week through March 14.

The big issue on every parent’s mind as tablets and apps abound is screen time. How much is appropriate for children? At what age should a child be exposed to media? What is the effect of screen time on young minds? The research is constantly being updated. The main thing to keep in mind is that the answer to all these questions is: it’s up to you as a parent! These rules are yours to make. It’s not that different from decisions you make around nutrition, education, and afterschool activities. At the library, we can help you with resources to help you make good decisions.

Learn more about Digital Darien...

Noon Year's Eve Photos on Flickr!

Celebrating Noon Year's Eve!
Celebrating Noon Year's Eve!

Did you join us for Noon Year's Eve? We posted the photos from our photo booth on Flickr if you'd like to see how the festivities went!

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