Welcome to Bookworms at Home--the online version of Miss Maria’s popular Bookworms program, our book + craft club for kids ages 4 to 7! Each project is designed to be done with common household items, but feel free to substitute items for anything you might not have--your craft will be uniquely yours!
Welcome to the first of many Homeschool Play posts, a new resource for you to use to entertain and teach kids during this time of social distancing!
### The Water Cycle
Today's post celebrates the water cycle! April showers bring May flowers, right? But what’s the science behind all those April showers? Introduce your kids to the water cycle with a few fun activities!
We are so excited to introduce you to Family Art Party--the online version of Miss Maria’s popular Preschool Art Party program! Each project is designed to be done with common household items, but feel free to substitute items for anything you might not have--your craft will be uniquely yours!
Merge pretend play and math practice in this fun family activity! Turn a play kitchen (or imaginary food!) into a cafe complete with a menu, servers, and play money for a morning of family fun that doubles as math time.
To start, I prepped some play money--green construction paper turned into $1, $5, and $10 bills, but I used real coins to add an air of seriousness to our play.
Hello again from the front lines of homeschooling! If you’re looking to engage a multi-age group of young kids, we have a fabulous series of activities today that will interest and excite your small crew.
### Insects and Arachnids
Do you ever find yourself, a grown adult, feeling confused about the difference between insects and spiders? Well, prepare to learn along with your childr ...
If you’re struggling to find enough books to satisfy your voracious reader, Darien Library’s still got you covered! Kate and Miss Mia are sharing new booklists on OverDrive and the library’s website weekly to highlight more digital content your child/teen is sure to enjoy. This week, be sure to check out our realistic fiction list for 4th and 5th graders:
Welcome back to Family Art Party--the online version of Miss Maria’s popular Preschool Art Party program! Each project is designed to be done with common household items, but feel free to substitute items for anything you might not have--your craft will be uniquely yours!
Experience the joy of the Children's Library at home! Our themed boxes have been curated by the Youth Services librarians to bring the experience of a library visit to your home. Every Little Library Box includes a new book to add to your personal collection along with two to ...
Buzzfeed Books compiled a [list of all the books](https://www.buzzfeed.com/jarrylee/all-the-books-referenced-on-season-4-of-orange-is-the-new-bl?utm_term=.haXjbKlwBn#.npylD73bwB "Orange is the New Black booklist") seen on the fourth season of _Orange is the New Black_. You can borrow some of them from Darien Library by putting them on hold below!
You might be surprised to learn just how many folks love to go deep with a character by reading a series. We've offered up a list of first in series titles that should contain something for anyone and everyone.
We are so excited to introduce **_Note to Shelf_** our brand new monthly newsletter. So what can you expect? Our goal with **_Note to Shelf_** is to inform, excite, and educate our adult patrons about the items we are loving or in some cases…not loving at the moment. The majority of the newsletter will be dedicated to our staff reviews on books, audio books, and DVDS. Note to Shelf will also featu ...
Nature can soothe the soul in trying times so we have created a list of books that celebrate being outside and the miracles that nature can create. While the Library is closed, please borrow these titles as e-Books or e-Audiobooks through our **[Hoopla](https://dar.to/2v0aCWq)** and **[Libby for Overdrive](https://dar.to/2rwHAsg)** digital collections.
Happy Monday! This week is all about connection. Recently, there was a meme going around that said, “Introverts check on your extrovert friends… they are not doing ok.” At first glance it made us laugh, but it is a good rule of thumb. We should be checking in on each other. Just because we are physically distant doesn’t mean we have to be emotionally distant. And for the most part the world has st ...
The air is crisp, the leaves are turning, and pumpkins are everywhere...it must be time for a good book.
Here are some of our staff's most anticipated books that we are looking forward to reading this fall.
Voting is a superpower - so make sure you exercise your right to vote this year!
Below are Darien Library's picks for the best books on the history, power, and importance of the vote for adults, children, and teens.
Reading is one of the very best ways to improve a child's vocabulary, and babies start learning words almost as soon as they're born!
Very young infants do best with books with bold colors, photos of other babies, or stark black and white. These images are easier for their developing eyes to see, and will catch their interest more.
Once your baby can grasp, board books are a great way to le ...
As your baby grows, they will interact more with you while you read together. Hold your child in your lap and encourage them
to explore the book that you are sharing. They might put the book in their mouth, turn the pages, or point at objects. Sturdy board books are perfect for this hands-on exploration and are easier for tiny hands to hold.
Children this age enjoy pictures of real faces and ...
At this age, your toddler is likely very active! They enjoy books with lots of movement and actions. Continue reading while your child plays as they are often still listening.
Toddlers may have favorite books and songs that they enjoy listening to again and again. This repetition is great because it helps your child build an understanding and master new skills.
During your child's preschool years, they start to develop a longer attention span. Try reading books with longer plots and simple concepts such as letters, numbers, colors, and opposites.
Children at this age often become more talkative, express themselves creatively, and try to be more independent. Encourage them in these behaviors to develop their growing self-esteem.