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Bookworms at Home: "A Bear Called Paddington"

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!

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Homeschool Play: Water Cycle

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! ...

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Coronavirus Books for Kids

Extra, extra, read all about it! Hot off the presses, your Darien Librarians are here to bring you not one but TWO brand new free resources to teach your kids about the novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19! ### First up:

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Family Art Party: Watercolor Eggs

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!

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Maria Magallanes (Children's)

Homeschool Play: Cafe

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.

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Expand Your Learning: Lerner Distance Learning Library

Check out Lerner Digital’s Distance Learning Library! To help librarians, teachers and educators better aid students with remote learning, Lerner Publishing Group has made a selection of their digital products available for free through the end of June. All of the available titles are read-alouds, though you can choose not to utilize this featur ...

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Kaitlin (CL STAFF) Frick

Homeschool Play: Insects and Arachnids

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 ...

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Homeschool Play: Storytelling

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. Let’s start off the week by telling some stories. Storytelling is an ancient art form, practiced by our oldest ancestors--and yet we still enjoy stories today!

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Bookworms at Home: "The Cat in the Hat"

Welcome back 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! Today we’re bringing our creative efforts to Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in th ...

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Maria Magallanes (Children's)

Homeschool Play: Basic Chemical Reactions

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. We’re wrapping up this week with a series of basic chemical reactions that you can explore at home! ### Let’s Get Started! We started off the day by defining a chemical reaction. I relied heavily on the Kids Britannica defi ...

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Family Art Party: Spring Trees

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!

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Maria Magallanes (Children's)

Homeschool Play: Fingerprint Letters

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. Today we’re combining art and letter recognition!

  • Last Updated 11 months ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Bookworms at Home: "Secret Pizza Party"

Welcome back 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! Today we’re having a pizza party! What do you like on your pizza? Do you go for s ...

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Maria Magallanes (Children's)

Historical Fic Picks

Darien Library’s readers have a wide range of interests, and we love helping our patrons find that perfect next read. But within the Children’s Library, historical fiction is a perennial favorite. So here are a few of our favorite historical fiction titles, all available digitally via OverDrive or Hoopla, for your social distancing reading needs:

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Kaitlin (CL STAFF) Frick

Homeschool Play: Patterns and Number Practice

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. Today we’re turning preschool math into play by exploring patterns and playing a number recognition game! ### Let’s get started! You can practice patterns with all kinds of household items. Make patterns out of different colored books, draw patterns of shapes on paper, or make pa ...

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Homeschool Play: Painting Toys

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. Today we’re practicing hand-eye coordination and some zen mess making by painting toys with finger paint!

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Homeschool Play: Miss Humblebee's Academy Preschool Readiness

Welcome back to Homeschool Play! Today's extra special post features a free resource currently being offered by Gale, one of our many database resources. Through Gale, we are proud to offer free access to Miss Humblebee's Academy, a Preschool Readiness program created for kids ages 3 to 6.

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Bookworms at Home: "Where the Wild Things Are"

Welcome back 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!

  • Last Updated 11 months ago
  • Amanda L. Goodman

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Book Recommendations

Did you know May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month? During May, we celebrate Asian and Pacific Islanders in the United States - and one of our favorite ways to do that is to read books by and about Asian/Pacific Americans! We’ve created a great booklist you can reference for a variety o ...

  • Last Updated 11 months ago
  • Kaitlin (CL STAFF) Frick

Homeschool Play: Cabbage Chemistry

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. Today we’re testing acids and bases using common household substances! Was anyone else’s favorite part of chemistry class the part where you got to test acids and bases using pH test strips? There was something so magical about watching the strip change colors, like it was giving me some secr ...

  • Last Updated 1 year ago
  • Maria Magallanes (Children's)

Homeschool Play: Math Machine

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. Today we’re making a simple toilet paper tube contraption to help your preschooler or early elementary school child practice addition!

  • Last Updated 11 months ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Mystery Month Booklist

Did you know May is Mystery Month? The Children’s Library has some great recommendations for the super-sleuth in your life, a whole list of which you can find here. While all of the titles on this list are top-notch, here are just a few of our favorites:

  • Last Updated 11 months ago
  • Kaitlin (CL STAFF) Frick

Homeschool Play: Frozen Color Mixing

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. Today we’re combining sensory play and color mixing with a hearty dose of play.

  • Last Updated 11 months ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Homeschool Play: Wet Chalk Painting

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. Today we are creating a sensory invitation to play with water, chalk, and tree branches. This activity is drawn from the book Play, Make, Create by Meri Cherry, which contains many fabulous process-based art projects. The th ...

  • Last Updated 11 months ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Bookworms at Home: "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus"

Welcome back 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!

  • Last Updated 11 months ago
  • Maria Magallanes (Children's)

Mental Health Month Booklist

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and while we all struggle to find the time to support our own mental well being, we might not realize our children need the same care. According to the Child Mind Institute’s 2018 Children’s Mental Health Report, anxiety affects 30% of children and adolescents, but 80% never get help. Untreated, anxiety diso ...

  • Last Updated 11 months ago
  • Kaitlin (CL STAFF) Frick

Homeschool Play: Dancing Grains

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. Today we’re playing with a new take on the old baking soda and vinegar experiment. .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { ...

  • Last Updated 11 months ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Family Art Party: Spring Chicks Watercolor

Welcome back to Family Art Party--the online version of our 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!

  • Last Updated 11 months ago
  • Maria Magallanes (Children's)

Homeschool Play: Monster Shapes

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. Today we are joining in to celebrate One Book, One Community by drawing our own monsters!

  • Last Updated 11 months ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

This List is Anti-Racist

According to The Conscious Kid - a resource I highly recommend you check out - “experts recommend acknowledging and naming race and racism with children as early and as often as possible” to counter racial bias. Referencing title lists from a variety of sources, including The Conscious Kid and Soc ...

  • Last Updated 11 months ago
  • Kaitlin (CL STAFF) Frick

We Made a Monster: Monster Picture Books

Darien’s One Book One Community program has officially launched! While we have a lot of great book recommendations up on our main page for the event, here are a few of our favorite monster-themed stories for the youngest readers out there:

  • Last Updated 11 months ago
  • Kaitlin (CL STAFF) Frick

Mystery Monster Game

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. Today we are playing a simple game to engage the creativity of the whole family.

  • Last Updated 11 months ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Social Justice Picture Books

A relatively recent policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) outlines the myriad ways racism negatively impacts the health and well-being of Black, Indigenous and People of Color. While healthcare professionals are certainly in an ideal place to tackle racial inequality in our healthcare system, addressing racism can’t end ...

  • Last Updated 10 months ago
  • Kaitlin (CL STAFF) Frick

Pride Month Book Picks

June has arrived, and that means it’s time to pull out those Pride Month picks to share with your family! If you’re not quite sure where to start, we’ve got you covered with a list full of suggestions. Here, we’ve highlighted just a few of our favorites:

  • Last Updated 11 months ago
  • Kaitlin (CL STAFF) Frick

Read Me Next Booklist

Classics are classic for a reason: They’re generally well-loved and remembered fondly. But sometimes even the classics need a little update. So if you’re looking for some more modern reading alternatives to classic favorites, look no further! ...

  • Last Updated 9 months ago
  • Kaitlin (CL STAFF) Frick

Homeschool Play: Rock Matching

Welcome back to Homeschool Play, where we’re merging learning and play that the whole family can enjoy. Today we are engaging in some low-key spatial learning for preschoolers by matching rocks!

  • Last Updated 10 months ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Social Justice Books for Older Readers

Now more than ever, you may be considering the importance of diversifying your child’s reading selections. After all, reading fiction has been shown to increase empathy and compassion. Not only that, but in this particular moment in our history, reading books by and about people of color (particularly Black people) can aid in combating the racis ...

  • Last Updated 10 months ago
  • Kaitlin (CL STAFF) Frick

Summer Stories

The Summer Solstice was Saturday, June 20th, which means it’s officially time to roll out those warm-weather reads you’ve been craving! We have a great list of recommendations for children available on our Book Lists page, but I’ve highlighted some personal favorites here:

  • Last Updated 10 months ago
  • Kaitlin (CL STAFF) Frick

Summer Reading Fun: "Mananaland"

Welcome back to Summer Reading Fun, where we highlight some of our favorite Summer Reading books and show off fun extension activities to take your enjoyment of our list of Summer Reading books to the next level!

  • Last Updated 9 months ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Summer Reading Fun: "The Oldest Student"

Welcome back to Summer Reading Fun, where we highlight some of our favorite Summer Reading books and show off fun extension activities to take your enjoyment of our list of Summer Reading books to the next level!

  • Last Updated 9 months ago
  • Catherine Stricklan

Starting Important Conversations

Resources to help families with important conversations. ### COVID-19 * [Talking with Children about COVID-19](https://dar.to/3demdE6 "Talking with Children about COVID-19") ### The News * [Offering Comfort](https://sesamestreetincommunities.org/topics/comfort/) from the Sesame Street in Communities * [Helping Kids Navigate Scary News ](https://www.pbs.org/parents/thr ...

  • Last Updated 3 months ago
  • Erika (CL STAFF) Walston

Introducing Little Library Box

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 ...

  • Last Updated 5 months ago
  • Storytimes Children's

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