Children's Department
May/June 2017

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Children's Summer Reading Program

Build a Better World!
Click here to join the Summer Reading Club.
Earn one prize for each hour that is recorded on your online reading club account! For ages 3 years through 5th grades.


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Register in-person, by phone, or online for May programs on May 1, June programs on June 1, unless otherwise noted. You must use your child’s own library card to register for programs. Please adhere to all posted age requirements. To validate registration you must include the child’s age or grade level in the “Note to Instructor” field. Unless otherwise noted, children in Grades K -5 will attend programs independently.


Baby Steps, Ages 6-17 months with a parent/caregiver
Tuesday, May 16 at 10:15 AM
Infants and toddlers will enjoy open playtime while meeting new friends!

Sensory Play, Infants up to 12 months with a parent/caregiver
Wednesday, May 24 at 10:15 AM
Enjoy manipulating toys that are designed specifically to encourage sensory exploration.

Stay & Play, Ages 6-35 months with a parent/caregiver
Saturday, May 13 at 10:15 AM
Enjoy quality playtime, a simple craft, and circle-time songs!

Happy Birthday Everyone! Ages 18-35 months with a parent/caregiver
Thursday, May 25 at 10:00 AM
Time for Kids will present this interactive program which will include group songs, games, and a simple craft.

Kidnastics: Toddlers, Ages 18-35 months with a parent/caregiver
Tuesday, May 30 at 10:15 AM
A fun exercise program designed to develop fine and gross motor skills.

Art Nanny: Mother’s Day Flower Bouquet, Pre-K ages 3-5 years with a parent/caregiver
Wednesday, May 10 at 11:15 AM or 1:15 PM
Child and adult artists will create a watercolor painting together, complete with a frame ready to hang. Little hands will color and paint while adults use art tricks to create amazing artwork that looks professional.

Kidnastics: Pre-K, Ages 3-5 years with a parent/caregiver
Tuesday, May 23 at 11:15 AM or 1:15 PM
A fun exercise program designed to develop fine and gross motor skills.

Butterfly Sand Mosaic, Grades K-2
Saturday, May 13 at 2:00 PM
Children and caregivers will enjoy working with colored sand and glue as they create a beautiful butterfly. Perfect for Mother’s Day gift-giving!

Birds in a Nest, Grades K-2
Thursday, May 25 at 4:30 PM
A story/craft program celebrating our backyard feathered friends!

Lego Master Builders, Grades K-5
Friday, May 5 at 7:00 PM
Enjoy creative clever and imaginative structures using LEGO building blocks!

Love You Day & Night, Grades 3-5
Thursday, May 11 at 4:30 PM
Use your creativity to make a one-of-akind stained glass window decal as well as a stained glass inspired candle holder for your Mom!

Fun with Facts: Whales, Grades 3-5
Friday, May 12 at 4:30 PM
Hear a reading of The Blue Whale by Jenni Desmond and make an underwater diorama.

Ozobots, Grades 3-5
Friday, May 12 at 7:00 PM
Practice basic coding to program these mini-robots!

Kids Paint Night: Painted Flower Bouquet, Grades 3-5
Monday, May 15 at 4:30 PM
Perfect for Spring, we will be making painted paper flowers and turning them into a beautiful bouquet. Dress for a mess!

Cookies & Bookies, Grades 3-5
Monday, May 22 at 4:30 PM
Register in-person when you pick up a copy of Moo by Sharon Creech. This program will include a booktalk, cookies, and a challenge!

Read to Mudge
Saturdays, May 13, 20, June 3, 10, & 17 10:30 – 11:30 AM
Call to make an appointment to practice your reading skills by reading aloud to Mudge, a gentle and loveable therapy dog!


Annual Summer Reading Club:
Build A Better World

Register to participate in the online Summer Reading Club. During the month of June the staff will be visiting all of the elementary schools to introduce the exciting events planned for the summer and to distribute the summer brochure. Look for a copy in your child’s backpack!

Baby Circle Time, Infants up to 17 months with a parent/caregiver
Friday, June 16 at 10:15 AM
Enjoy learning some simple fingerplay songs and moving to some happy tunes!

Baby Steps, Ages 6-17 months with a parent/caregiver
Friday, June 23 at 10:15 AM
Enjoy open playtime while meeting new friends!

Dance with Me, Ages 18-35 months with a parent/caregiver
Tuesday, June 6 at 10:15 AM
Join the Great South Bay Dance Company for creative movement dance activities, free play, tumbling, and a story.

Construction Zone, Ages 18-35 months with a parent/caregiver
Tuesday, June 13 at 10:15 AM
Little builders will enjoy building up and knocking down their cardboard box towers and buildings!

Stay & Play, Ages 6-35 months with a parent/caregiver
Saturday, June 17 at 10:15 AM
Enjoy quality playtime, a simple craft, and circle-time songs!

BBQ Apron for Dad, Pre-K, ages 3-5 years with a parent/caregiver
Thursday, June 15 at 10:15 AM or 1:15 PM
Personalize and decorate an apron for your dad! A gift he will treasure all year long, year after year!

Superhero Bingo! Pre-K, ages 3-5 years with a parent/caregiver
Wednesday, June 21 at 10:15 AM or 1:15 PM
Fun and prizes at our superhero themed Bingo event!

Shirt & Tie Cookies, Grades K-2
Thursday, June 15 at 4:30 PM
Master Baker Guy G will help you decorate these unique cookies for your Dad!

Fun with Facts: Collage! Grades 3-5
Friday, June 9 at 4:30 PM
Hear a reading of the 2017 Caldecott Award book, Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michael Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe and create a city scene collage.

Patriotic Dad, Grades 3-5
Tuesday, June 13 at 4:30 PM
Make a wooden American Flag and some delicious patriotic chocolate covered pretzels for your Dad!

Kids Paint Night: Sweet Tooth, Grades 3-5
Monday, June 19 at 4:30 PM
Join us for a night of painting. We will be decorating ceramic banks, shaped like cupcakes! Dress for a mess!

Kick-Off your Summer Vacation with these great programs:

Night Sky Starlab
Monday, June 26
Grades K-2 at 6:00 PM
Grades 3-5 at 7:00 PM

A portable planetarium will bring the wonders of the universe to the library! Enjoy star stories of ancient culture and gaze at the beauty of the constellations!

Cookies & Bookies, Grades 3-5
Tuesday, June 27 at 10:15 AM
Register in-person when you pick up a copy of Jack the Castaway by Lisa Doan. This program will include a booktalk, bagels, muffins, mini-donuts, and a challenge!

Lego Master Builder, Grades K-5
Wednesday, June 28 at 3:00 PM
Enjoy creative clever and imaginative structures using LEGO building blocks!

Author Visit: Meet Paul Griffin
Wednesday, June 28 at 6:30 PM
Meet author Paul Griffin who wrote several young adult novels, Ten Mile River, The Orange Houses, Stay with Me, Burning Blue, Adrift, and When Friendship Followed Me Home, his latest novel for middle grade readers. Paul lives in New York City with several crazy dogs who are often featured in his stories. Upon in-person or telephone registration, a complimentary copy of one of his books will be reserved in your name for signing during a reception. In-person and telephone registration begins 6/1. Grades 4 and up.

Frog, Bugs and Animals, Ages 3-older
Thursday, June 29 at 10:00 or 11:30 PM
Green Meadow Farms will bring frogs, bugs, hedgehogs, reptiles, and more to the library!

littleBits, Grades 3-5
Thursday, June 29 at 3:00 PM
Experiment with electronic circuits to make things buzz, spin, and light-up!

Shark Day!, Grades 2-up/adults welcome!
Friday, June 30 at 7:00 PM
Learn the myths and facts surrounding shark behavior and shark attacks. See and touch shark jaws and teeth and talk to a shark attack survivor!

During the month of May we will be showcasing the artwork of the students who attend the North Shore Youth Council’s Before/After Care School Programs.

World Book's Early World of Learning
The Early World of Learning is the premier online resource for preschoolers and children in the early elementary grades. Developed with experts on early childhood education, the Early World of Learning offers rich resources designed for easy integration into the classroom curriculum. Click here to enjoy unlimited remote access.

Muzzy Online Language: the World's #1 Language Course for Children is a learning Language course for Children.Muzzy Online is a comprehensive, interactive and fun way to learn a second language including Spanish, French, English, German, and Italian!

Great Websites for Kids!

Suffolk Homework Help
Free Online Tutoring available at home. Connect with live expert tutors in all core subjects from grades K-12! Professional tutors in Math, Social Studies, English and Science are ready to help struggling students as well as those seeking enrichment and additional challenges. The Tutors include certified teachers, college professors, undergraduate and graduate students from accredited universities and professionals. They provide help, not answers, and bring every session to an educationally sound conclusion. All Tutors are thoroughly screened and certified. Click on the icon below.

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Please let us know in advance if you have a research assignment and we will put aside materials for your students. Assignment Alert

Program Registration and Library Cards

Attention Parents: All children, regardless of their age, are eligible for their own library card! Please see the Children's Librarian staff to request a card for your child the next time you visit the library. As we now offer an on-line program registration option, we require library cards for all registrants, including children. In addition, we will continue to encourage storytime attendees to check out library books after each session.

Museum Passes
The library is offering family museum passes for all NSPL library cardholders. Museums included are: The Brooklyn Botanic Garden; The Children's Museum of the East End, Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum; The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum; The Long Island Children's Museum; The Long Island Museum of American Art, History & Carriages; The Museum of Modern Art; Old Westbury Gardens; The Parrish Art Museum; The Vanderbilt Museum. You may reserve passes for a three day loan at the Children's Reference Desk. Click here for more information: Museum Pass Program

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Parents: Here is a listing of Nursery Schools in the Area: Nursery Schools

Ellison Machine

The library has two Ellison Paper Cutting Machines along with a full collection of dies. Use this tool to cut out letters, numbers and shapes to decorate your classroom, to make simple craft projects and for scrapbooking.
Please supply your own materials.
List of Dies

New York State Adoption Services

Children of all ages are waiting to be adopted. New York State Adoption Service (NYSAS) welcomes responsible, caring adults who are ready to share their time, their hearts, and their lives with our waiting children. When you adopt a waiting child, you will be giving that child a permanent family and another chance in life. All children deserve a loving, committed, safe, and permanent family. Website
Here are some reading lists put together by our librarians to help your child deal with other children in school.
Self Esteem
Friends & Enemies

Parents, check out these websites!

  • Parents for Megan's Law: A guide for members of our community
  • FamilyEducation Today: A newletter for improved parent involvement on everything from the terrible two's to financing a college education.
  • Child Safety on the Information Highway
  • Affordable Things to do on Long Island

    Text VersionGet Well Kits will help your child pass some time while recovering from an illness. Please call to request a free kit if the need arises.


    Bedtime Math
    Families are invited to participate in this special math program. Pick up fun charts and star stickers in the Children's Room. Visit the Bedtime Math link from our webpage, or search http:// and select the Fun Nightly Math link. Bedtime Math posts a new math problem every night. Every time you complete a Bedtime Math problem add another star to your chart. Bring your completed chart back to the library for a prize that the whole family will enjoy! (One prize per family, while supplies last)

    Museum Passes
    The library is offering family museum passes for all NSPL library cardholders. Learn more about the museums and reserve passes from our home page, at the Children's Reference Desk, or by calling 631-929-4488 ext. 223.

    Discount Tickets
    Purchase discounted admission tickets at the library's Circulation Desk for The Long Island Aquarium ($16.50), The Long Island Game Farm ($10.00) and The Bronx Zoo ($21.00). Available while supplies last! Please call 631-929- 4488 for more information.

    Be sure to browse our collection of:
    Playaway Talking Books and Video Games available for Playstation 3, Wii, and X-Box.
    Check out a NOOK!
    The library circulates Nook tablets, which are pre-loaded with a variety of children's books covering all reading levels and a wide range of reading interests!

    iPad Computer Tablets, available for in-library use, include apps for reading, math, art, science, social studies, and fun!

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