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September/October 2017


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Children's Summer Reading Program


Build a Better World!
Click here to join the Summer Reading Club.

The summer reading programs and activities are offered to encourage children to use the library. Reading throughout the summer months will continue to foster a love of reading, as well as maintain your child’s current reading skills. Children ages 3 and older are invited to participate in our annual reading program!

You are able to record your progress from your home computer, create a record of the books you have read, and receive notification when you qualify for a prize. Our staff will always be available to help if you’d like to register and record your progress from the computer stations in the library.

Register today and start recording your reading progress on June 19. For each hour that is entered on your online reading account, you will be rewarded with your choice of a prize!



     

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Registration for September programs begins on September 1, registration for October programs begins on October 2. Each child must be registered under his/her own library card. To validate registration the child’s age/grade MUST be entered in the “Note to Instructor” field. Children in Grades K and up will attend programs independently.

Museum Passes
The library is offering family museum passes for all NSPL library cardholders. Learn more about the museums and reserve passes from our homepage, 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 ($17.50), The Long Island Game Farm ($12.50), and The Bronx Zoo ($25.00). Available while supplies last! Please call 631-929-4488 for more information.

Children’s Play Space
Children enjoy this safe and fun room where free play is encouraged. You will find puzzles, puppets, magnetic toys, building blocks, and more. Perfect for a break from the heat or during a rainy summer’s day.

Congratulations to our young readers!

We had over 700 readers register for the Annual Summer Reading Club! Check back soon to learn which elementary school earned the Reading Trophy!

Celebrate Library Card Sign-Up Month!

DC Superhero Teen Titans will team up to promote Library Card Sign-Up Month! Celebrate with us by checking out an item with your own library card and we will reward you with a Superhero Prize!

Registration for the Fall Parent Toddler Workshops and Storytime Sessions begins on Friday, September 1. You must register with your child’s own NSPL library card.

Parent Toddler Workshops
Please choose one 5-week session:
Mondays, Oct. 2 – Nov. 6 at 10:15 AM (no class 10/9)
Mondays, Nov. 13 - Dec. 11 at 10:15 AM

This five-week program is for children 18–35 months old with a parent/caregiver. Your toddler will enjoy interacting with other toddlers in a setting designed to encourage free play and exploration.

Storytimes
Our fall series will include sessions for children ages 2½ to second grade. Storytime classes will begin the week of October 2. For more information, please call the library or visit the Children’s Room.

Free Online Homework Help!
Grades K-12
Brainfuse provides online homework help using a unique blend of one-toone homework help, state-aligned skills building, test preparation, and writing assistance. Click here to connect!

September

Family Scarecrow Festival
Saturday, September 16 12:30 – 1:30 PM OR 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Work together as a family to build a child-sized scarecrow! You provide child’s clothing and we will provide the rest! To make the event extra special there will be a craft table and a professional family photo opportunity. Please register for a family photograph at the Circulation Desk.

Baby Steps, Ages 6-17 months with a parent/caregiver
Wednesday, Sept. 6, 10:15 – 11:30 AM
Play and meet new friends.

PlayHooray, Ages 6-35 months with a parent/caregiver
Wednesday, September 13, 1:15 – 2:00 PM
A music and movement class that will have you moving to the beat of contemporary and pop music!

Stay & Play, Ages 6-35 months with a parent/caregiver
Saturday, September 23, 10:15 – 11:30 AM
Join us for open playtime with a brief circle time of fingerplays and songs to end the program.


Cuckoo Bird, Ages 18-35 months with a parent/caregiver
Monday, September 11, 10:00 – 11:00 AM
A Time for Kids will present this interactive program which will include group songs, games, and a simple craft activity.

Construction Zone, Ages 18-35 months with a parent/caregiver
Tuesday, September 26, 10:15 – 11:00 AM
Have fun building with blocks of all shapes and sizes!

Enchanted Castle, Pre-K ages 3 & 4 with a parent/caregiver
Thursday, September 7 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM or 1:15 – 2:00 PM
Dress in your best royal attire and explore the objects of the enchanted castle! Learn about magnetism and test objects from the castle in this interactive science lab. Create your own royal magnet to take home.

1, 2, 3, Full STEAM Ahead, Pre-K ages 3 & 4 with a parent/caregiver
Monday, September 18 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM or 1:15 – 2:00 PM
A Time for Kids presents an interactive program designed to stimulate and engage thinking through exploration and play.

Back to School with Rodent Rally, Grades K-2
Friday, September 15, 4:30 – 5:15 PM
Learn all about these adorable mammals and how to care for them. Meet a live rodent friend and create a craft to get you organized for school.

Paint a Red Cardinal, Grades K-2
Tuesday, September 26, 4:30 – 5:15 PM
Hear the story of Albert by Donna Jo Napoli, and paint a picture of a beautiful red cardinal.

Lego Master Builders, Grades K-5
Friday, September 29, 7:00 – 7:45 PM
Enjoy creating clever and imaginative structures using LEGO building blocks.

Ozobots, Grades 3-5
Saturday, September 9, 10:15 – 11:00 AM
Sharpen your coding skills by playing with Ozobots!

Fun with Facts: Hearts for 911, Grades 3-5
Thursday, September 14, 4:30 – 5:15 PM
Listen to a reading of Seven and a Half Tons of Steel by Janet Nolan and create a heart memory.

Kids Paint Night: Watercolor Animals, Grades 3-5
Monday, September 18, 4:30 – 5:15 PM
Make beautiful animals in a nature scene using watercolors. Dress for a mess!

Secrets of the Venus Fly Trap, Grades 3-5
Friday, September 22, 4:30 – 5:15 PM
Learn unique and exciting facts about different carnivorous plants, enjoy a related craft activity, and take home a Venus Fly Trap to plant.

Cookies & Bookies, Grades 3-5
Monday, September 25, 4:30 – 5:15 PM
Register in-person when you pick up a copy of Alabaster Shadows by Matt Gardner. This program will include a booktalk, cookies and a challenge.

Read to Gabby
Saturdays, September 9, 16, 23, 30, October 14, 21, & 28, 10:30 – 11:30 AM
Register for a 15-minute appointment to read aloud to our special guest, a lovable therapy dog. This program is ideal for beginning readers!

October

Read-To-Me Reading Charts
Available in the Children’s Room. Complete the charts by reading 20 books and receive a special gift.

Sensory Play, Infants up to pre-walkers with a parent/caregiver
Tuesday, October 10, 10:15 – 11:00 AM
Enjoy manipulating toys that are designed specifically to encourage sensory exploration.

Baby Steps, Ages 6-17 months with a parent/caregiver
Wednesday, October 25, 10:15 – 11:30 AM
Play and meet new friends.

Kidnastics, Ages 18-35 months with a parent/caregiver
Thursday, October 12, 10:15 – 11:00 AM
A fun exercise program designed to develop fine and gross motor skills.

Music Together, Infants up to 17 months with a parent/caregiver
Tuesday, October 17, 1:15 – 2:00 PM
An early childhood music and movement program.

Baby and Me Art Class, Ages 8-24 months with a parent/caregiver
Wednesday, October 18, 10:15 – 11:00 AM
You and your child will work together using a variety of mixed media supplies.

Stay & Play, Ages 6-35 months with a parent/caregiver
Saturday, October 21, 10:15 – 11:30 AM
Join us for open playtime with a brief circle time of fingerplays and songs to end the program.

Jump Bunch: Soccer, Ages 3 & 4 years
Friday, October 13 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM or 1:15 – 2:00 PM
Join Coach Winkie for Jump Bunch soccer drills!

Discovering Dragons, Grades K-2 Thursday, October 12, 4:30 – 5:15 PM
Come explore the world of the Bearded Dragon in this interactive science program. Meet Elliot, the cutest Bearded Dragon and make an awesome craft!

Fun Fall Scarecrow, Grades K-2
Thursday, October 19, 4:30 – 5:15 PM
Create a fun scarecrow using a variety of materials.

Kids Paint Night: Spooky Spiders, Grades 3-5
Monday, October 16, 4:30 – 5:15 PM
Using a super cool technique, we will paint spider webs that really stand out! Dress for a mess!

Lego Master Builders, Grades K-5
Friday, October 20, 7:00 – 7:45 PM
Create clever and imaginative structures using LEGO building blocks.

Fun with Facts: Spider Sculptures! Grades 3-5
Friday, October 20, 4:30 – 5:15 PM
Hear a reading of Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois by Amy Novesky and create a spider sculpture.

Zombie Antics, Grades 3-5
Monday, October 23, 4:30 – 5:15 PM
Learn about zombies from ventriloquist puppet "Dead Zone." Decorate your own zombie cookie, have your face painted like a zombie, and bring home a zombie goody bag!

Cookies & Bookies, Grades 3-5
Monday, October 30, 4:30 – 5:15 PM
Register in-person when you pick up a copy of The Bad Beginning: A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. This program will include a booktalk, cookies and a challenge.

littleBits, Grades 3-5
Saturday, October 14, 10:15 – 11:00 AM
Experiment with electronic circuits to make things buzz, spin and light-up!

Annual Halloween Party
Friday, October 27
All ages are invited to visit the library between 6:00 and 7:30 PM to enjoy some holiday games and to collect some Spooktacular Treats! No registration required.

Young Artists

September: Gianna and Isabell Aceto October: Yuuki and Sena Donnelly

NEED HELP FINDING A GOOD BOOK?

Here are some suggestions:
Novelist K-12: Browse this resource from our homepage.
Build A Better World: When you log-on to the reading club, browse the Suggested Reading Lists
OR Ask the Children’s Librarians! We are always willing to make suggestions!


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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Teachers

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.
Bullying
Self Esteem
Friends & Enemies
Tolerance
Teasing

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.


    CHECK OUT THESE SPECIAL OFFERINGS!

    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:// bedtimemath.org/ 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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