Children's Department
March/April 2017

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Register in-person, by phone, or online for March programs on March 1, April programs on April 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.

Spring sessions of Storytime and Parent Toddler Workshop begin the week of March 6. Please call the library for registration information.
Read-To-Me reading charts are available in the Children’s Room. Complete the chart by reading 20 books and we will reward you with a special prize.
Leprechaun Hunt! Visit the Children’s Room between March 13 and 17 to search for the hidden St. Patrick’s Day symbols! Earn a special prize once you’ve found all of the symbols.


Feature Film: Trolls
PG, 92 Minutes
Friday, March 3 at 7:00 PM
All welcome, no registration required.

Stay & Play, ages 6-35 months with a parent/caregiver
Saturday, March 11 at 10:15 AM
This program is designed to provide a setting in which the parent and child can spend quality time together.

Baby Steps, ages 6-17 months with a parent/caregiver
Tuesday, March 21 at 10:15 AM
Play and meet new friends.

Music Together, infants up to 17 months with a parent/caregiver
Tuesday, March 28 at 10:15 AM
An early childhood music and movement program for your wee one!

Mother Goose Unplucked Puppet Show, infants-5 years with a parent/caregiver
Thursday, March 23 at 1:15 OR 2:15 PM
Presented by Small World Entertainment, you will enjoy silly sing-a-longs and crazy comedy in this show that puts a twist on some of our favorite childhood rhymes!

Circus Train, ages 18-35 months with a parent/caregiver
Friday, March 10 at 10:00 AM
A Time For Kids will present this interactive program which will include group songs, games and a simple craft activity.

Traveling Pets, ages 3 years and older
Sunday, March 19 at 2:00 PM
During this exciting, hands-on and educational show you will meet a dozen different animals, some common pets, and some not-so-common! Fun and interesting facts about each animal will be presented.

Jump Bunch Baseball, Pre-K, ages 3-5 years with a parent/caregiver
Thursday, March 9 at 11:15 AM or 1:15 PM
It’s time for spring training! Join us for some awesome Jump Bunch baseball drills!

In Like a Lion, Out Like A Lamb, Grades K-2
Tuesday, March 7 at 4:30 PM
The Fanny Cake Bakers will help you decorate cupcakes to enjoy as you say goodbye to winter!

Happy Hedgehog, Grades K-2
Thursday, March 16 at 4:30 PM
Meet Henry the hedgehog and learn about his diet and habitat. Make an adorable craft too!

Cupcake Wars, Grades 3-5
Friday, March 10 at 7:00 PM
It’s cupcake vs cupcake in this tasty competition! Teams brainstorm and decorate cupcakes and present one cupcake to be judged. The winning group will receive a prize!

Kids Paint Night: Sticker Kaleidoscopes, Grades 3-5
Monday, March 13 at 4:30 PM
Join us for a fun night of Sticker Art! We will be using stickers to create a beautiful piece of art that will be ready to frame and hang up in your room.

Lego Master Builders, Grades K-5
Friday, March 17 at 7:00 PM
Enjoy creating clever and imaginative structures using LEGO building blocks.

Ozobots, Grades 3-5
Friday, March 24 at 7:00 PM
Learn how to use basic coding to program mini-robots!

Cookies & Bookies, Grades 3-5
Monday, March 27 at 4:30 PM
Register in-person when you pick up a copy of Bailey’s Story: A dog’s purpose by W. Bruce Cameron. This program will include a booktalk, games, prizes, and cookies & milk.

Fun with Facts: Gardening!, Grades 3-5
Friday, March 31 at 4:30 PM
Hear a reading of Farmer Will Allen and the growing table by Jaqueline Briggs Martin. Decorate a large flower pot and plant vegetables in it.


Meet The Very Hungry Caterpillar!
Tuesday, April 4
Visit with the star of Eric Carle’s popular picture book! Stop in and have your picture taken between the hours of 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 2:00 – 3:00 PM or 4:30 – 5:30 PM. No registration is required!
National Library Week Book-A-Day Raffle, April 9 – 15
Once again we will sponsor a Book-a- Day raffle in recognition of National Library Week. Enter the young adult, adult or children’s raffle each time you visit the library. There will be three raffle winners each day (one from each age category).
  Baby Steps, ages 6-17 months with a parent/caregiver
Thursday, April 20 at 10:15 AM
A chance for infants to play and meet new friends!

Stay & Play, ages 6-35 months with a parent/caregiver
Saturday, April 22, 10:15 – 11:30 AM
This program is designed to provide a setting in which the parent and child can spend quality time together.

Sensory Play, infants up to 12 months with a parent/caregiver
Wednesday, April 26 at 10:15 AM
Enjoy manipulating toys that are designed specifically to encourage sensory exploration.

Storytime Yoga, ages 18-35 months with a parent/caregiver
Friday, April 7 at 10:00 AM
Bend, stretch, sing, laugh, and read as we bring favorite storybook characters to life with yoga poses!

Zumbini, Infants Birth-17 months with parent/caregiver
Thursday, April 6 at 10:00 or 11:15 AM
Zumbini, Toddlers, 18-35 months with a parent/caregiver
Thursday, April 27 at 10:00 or 11:15 AM
Zumba for your little one! This class will be fun, energetic, and full of contemporary music and world beats!

Read to Mudge
Saturdays, April 8, 22, & 29, 10:30 – 11:30 AM
Please call 631-929-4488, ext. 223 to schedule a 15-minute appointment to read aloud to this loveable pet. This program is ideal for beginning readers!

Ventriloquist Steve Petra Presents: The Big Mouth Talent Show, ages 3-5 years-up
Monday, April 10 at 2:00 PM
Comedy, music, audience participation and plenty of laughs!

Ladybug Picnic, Pre-K ages 3-5 years
Friday, April 21 at 11:15 AM OR 1:15 PM
Learn all about insects in this interactive science program. Meet live ladybugs and create a lovely craft!

Cherry Blossom Watercolors, Grades K-2
Tuesday, April 11 at 10:15 AM
Spring is in the air! Welcome the season with a beautiful painting and learn how to mix colors.

Spring Animal Craft, Grades K-2
Thursday, April 27 at 4:30 PM
Make an animal ceramic pot and fill it with a jellybean bracelet.

Ozobots: A Family Coding Play Date, Grades K-5 with a parent
Thursday, April 13 at 10:15 AM OR 2:15 PM
Children and adults will use basic coding to program mini-robots!

Cookies & Bookies & Pizza Too!, Grades 3-5
Wednesday, April 12 at 12:00 PM
Register in-person when you pick-up a copy of Mocha Dick by local author, Brian Heinz. This program will include a booktalk, pizza, craft, games, and prizes.

Kids Paint Night: April Showers, Grades 3-5
Monday, April 17 at 4:30 PM
Join us for a night of painting. We will be using a special painting technique to create a picture that will make you want to dance in the rain! Dress for a mess!

littleBits, Grades 3-5
Saturday, April 8 at 2:00 PM
Experiment with electronic circuits to make things buzz, spin, and light-up!

Lego Master Builders, Grades K-5
Wednesday, April 12 at 7:00 PM
Enjoy creating clever and imaginative structures using LEGO building blocks.

Make A Bowl from Recycled Paper!, Grades 3-5
Saturday, April 22 at 2:00 PM
Get creative with old magazines, modge podge, tape, pencils and paint to create a beautiful bowl.

Fun with Facts: Pictures in Poetry!, Grades 3-5
Friday, April 28 at 4:30 PM
Listen to some of Douglas Florian’s poems. Write and illustrate poems of your own!

March: Reilly Kenneally and Mia Lankop
April: Grant and Ellie Connell

American Library Association Announces 2017 Awards

Randolph Caldecott Medal: Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, illustrated by Javaka Steptoe
John Newbery Medal: The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

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!

  • The Early Years Institute
    Local resources for parents and professionals, and for all community leaders who make a difference in the lives of children. You'll find links to dozens of articles and web sites on early learning --plus information about the work of Long Island Organizations -- and more.
  • 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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