Children's Department
July/August 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!


Wednesday, July 5, 2:00 – 3:30 PM
Book lovers of all ages are invited to visit our Reading Expo Event. Browse our displays of suggested reading, enter free raffles to win great prizes, receive a complimentary book bag provided by the Friends of The Library, and enjoy free swag to fill your bag!


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Text Version  Day by Day NY Family Literacy Calendar  NoveList K-8 Plus 

In-person registration for all summer programs begins on Saturday, July 1. Online registration begins on July 2. We are closed on Sunday July 2 so there can be no Phone reg on July 2, just online. 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.

Born to Read

To welcome our youngest patrons (newborns) we have developed a “Born To Read” gift bag, which includes information about infant development and early literacy as well as a free gift for your new baby. Please request one when you visit the Children’s Room.


Weekly Raffles
Each week from July 10 to August 7 we will post a new “Question of the Week.” Use your library skills (and the help of a librarian, if necessary) to answer the question and enter your name in the drawing. One winner each week will receive an exclusive 2017 reading club backpack.

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.

Special Family Programs

Ronald McDonald Magic Show
Wednesday, July 12 at 10:15 AM
Ages 3-years and older
A thirty-five minute fun-filled performance with magic that engages children with games and audience participation, all intended to reinforce the importance of reading, and bringing a book and its characters to life.

Family Fort Night
Friday, July 7 at 6:00 PM
All ages
We will help your family build a fort right in the Children’s Room! Once you have your space complete, we invite you to curl up with a book and read by flashlights that we will supply. A classic campout treat will be served!

Courtyard Chalk Art Festival
Friday, July 7, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Grades 3-up
Join us for an evening where you let the pavement be your canvas. Using street chalk, create beautiful works of art on the patio surface outside the library.

Family Zumba
Friday, July 21 at 10:00 or 11:00 AM
Families with children ages 3-up
High energy fitness for your whole family!

Grins & Grins
Thursday, August 3 at 7:00 PM
This event will be held at the Shoreham Wading River High School Auditorium. Earn a ticket to this show by joining the summer reading club and reading for a minimum of 5 hours! The Grins & Grins Comedy Show is a fast-paced variety show that incorporates magic, ventriloquism, whip-cracking, “daring” feats of balance, circus skills, and more to create a family-friendly show that is WAY more than just another juggling act. Ray brings incredible circus skills to the show, all the while trying to rein in Erin and her wacky antics. In-person registration for all summer programs begins on Saturday, July 1. Online registration begins on July 2.

Turtle Dance Music Presents Build A Better World: Sensory-Friendly Music, Bubble and Comedy Show
Friday, August 4 at 2:00 PM
Ages 2-7 yrs with parent/caregiver
This inclusive, sensory-friendly family concert engages young children with songs, comedy, robots, bubbles, music technology, and original stories about why engineers, architects, and designers rock!

Staller Center’s Instrument Petting Zoo
Friday, August 18 at 10:15 AM

Ages 3-5 year with a parent/caregiver
Professional musicians from the Stony Brook University Department of Music will demonstrate various instruments and children will have a chance to touch and play the instruments. Everyone leaves with a musical gift!

Infant Programs

Ages 6-17 months with a parent/caregiver

Baby Steps
Friday, July 7 at 10:15 AM and Friday, August 11 at 10:15 AM
A chance for you and your baby to play and meet new friends!

Mother Goose
Thursday, July 13 at 10:15 AM
Enjoy listening to the familiar rhymes during this session that includes the use of puppets and props.

Babies Boogie
Tuesday, July 18 OR Tuesday, August 29 at 10:00 AM
Young children will explore the motion of their bodies through dance and music!

Sensory Play
Wednesday, August 16 at 10:15 AM
Infants will enjoy manipulating toys that are designed specifically to encourage sensory exploration.

Infant Sign Language
Wednesdays, July 19 & 26 at 10:15 AM
Learn basic American Sign Language signs that you can use to communicate with your baby during this two-session workshop.


Ages 18-35 months with a parent/caregiver

Thursday, July 6 at 10:00 AM
A Time For Kids will present this program, which will include group songs, games, and a simple craft.

Parent Toddler Workshop
Friday, July 14 at 10:15 AM and Thursday, August 17 at 10:15 AM
Climb, ride, slide, and play with a wide variety of toddler toys!

Toddlers Tango
Tuesday, July 18 at 11:00 AM OR Tuesday, August 29 at 11:00 AM
Clap your hands, stomp your feet, and sing along with Nicole Sparling during this wonderful movement class.

Sensory Stations
Friday, July 28 at 10:00 AM OR 11:15 AM
While children are seeing, touching, smelling, listening, and sometimes even tasting, they are having fun exploring and learning without even realizing it!

Duck in a Duck Pond
Friday, August 4 at 10:00 AM
A Time For Kids will present this program, which will include group songs, games, and a simple craft.

Thursday, August 10 at 1:15 PM
A music and movement class that will have you moving to the beat of contemporary pop music!


Children will enjoy a themed storytime, with stories, flannelboards, songs, and a simple craft activity.

Choose one 3-week session for children ages 21/2 to 31/2 with a parent/caregiver.
Session 1: Mondays, July 10, 17, and 24 at 10:15 AM
Session 2: Mondays, July 31, August 7 and 14 at 10:15 AM

Ages 3½ to Entering Kindergarten
Choose one 3-week session for pre-school children ages 31/2 to entering K.
Session 1: Mondays, July 10, 17, and 24 at 11:15 AM or 1:15 PM
Session 2: Mondays, July 31, August 7 and 14 at 11:15 AM or 1:15 PM

Story Crafters Entering Grades 1-3
Enjoy stories and a related craft activity at each session. Exciting themes for this series include Building, Gardening, and Recycling. Choose one 3-week session.
Session 1: Wednesdays, July 12, 19, and 26 at 1:15 PM
Session 2: Wednesdays, August 2, 9, and 16 at 1:15 PM

Bedtime Storytimes
Wednesdays, July 12 to August 9 at 7:00 PM
All ages, no pre-registration is required. Come in your pajamas with a cuddly bedtime buddy to enjoy some stories, flannel boards, and a simple craft activity!

Book Buddies
Thursdays, August 3 OR 10, at 10:30 AM or 11:00 AM
Children ages 4 to 8 years are invited to become a “Little Buddy” by joining the library’s Book Buddies program. Young adult volunteers will be available to read with your child for one half-hour session.

Read To Mudge, A Real Live Therapy Dog
Tuesdays, July 11 – August 15, 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Read aloud to Mudge to practice your reading skills. Register online or call 631-929-4488, Ext. 223 to make an appointment to read aloud for a fifteen-minute session.


A parent/child book discussion group for students entering grades 3-5. This exciting program will include a book discussion, a simple craft activity, a game segment, and refreshments. Please come in to register beginning on July 1 and pick up your book for one or both of the following booktalks:
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
Friday, July 21 at 2:00 PM
Roz the robot discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island with no memory of where she is from or why she is there, and her only hope of survival is to try to learn about her new environment from the island’s hostile inhabitants.

Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke
Friday, August 11 at 2:00 PM
Jack dreads summer because his single mother has to work and leaves him at home with his boring little sister who is autistic. She doesn’t talk at all. Ever. But one day while they are at a flea market, she does talk. She tells Jack to trade their mother’s car for a box of mysterious seeds. It’s the best mistake Jack has ever made!


School Supply Bingo!, Entering Grades K-5
Friday, August 25 at 10:15 AM or 11:15 AM
Enjoy this classic group game and win prizes to get you ready for September!

Getting Ready For Pre-K
Mon-Thurs., August 21 to 24 at 10:00 AM or 11:15 AM
This program, which will meet on four consecutive days, is for pre-school children ages 3 to 5 years with a parent or caregiver. Each session will explore a different concept (shapes, colors, numbers, and sequences) and will include a story and craft.


For Children Ages 3 Years to Entering K

Tuesdays at 10:15 or 11:15 AM
In-person registration begins on July 1 for the July 11 class and one week prior to program date for the remaining classes.
July 11: Building Belt
July 18: Noodle House
July 25: Animals of the World
Aug. 1: Macaroni Garden
Aug. 8: Love My World Sun Catcher

For Children Entering Grades 1 and 2

Tuesdays at 1:15 PM
In-person registration begins on July 1 for the July 11 class and one week prior to program date for the remaining classes.
July 11: Bird Feeder
July 18: Sun Catcher
July 25: Mason Jar Votive Holder
Aug. 1: Lentil Mosaic
Aug. 8: Canvas Paint Print

For Children Entering Grades 3-5

Tuesdays at 3:00 PM
In-person registration begins on July 1 for the July 11th class and one week prior to program date for the remaining classes.

July 11: K’Nect with K’Nex
Work in teams and follow “build it yourself” instructions in this fun, interactive program.

July 18: Architect Collage
Design your own town using magazines, sturdy paper, paintstrips, paintbrushes, glue, and scissors.

July 25: Building With Rice Krispies
Create building structures with Rice Krispies, frosting, and assorted candies.

Aug. 1: Screen Printing Skyscrapers
Design your own prints and create unique screen prints to take home.

Aug. 8: Cartooning For Kids
Learn basic cartooning skills to create original cartoons and learn how to draw some of your favorite cartoon characters.


Double-Dutch Jump Rope
Saturday, July 8
Entering Grades 1-2 at 10:15 AM
Entering Grades 3-5 at 11:15 AM

Experience the joy of learning how to double-dutch jump rope with two-time championship jumper, Erica Dantzler.

Kids Paint Night: Build Your World, grades 3-5
Monday, July 24 at 4:00 PM
Join us for a night of painting. We will be designing our own cities and then painting them to make a dazzling city skyline at night. Dress for a mess!

Kids Paint Night: 3D Hand Creations, grades 3-5
Monday, August 14 at 4:00 PM
Using a special drawing technique, we will make 3D artwork just by using our own hands. These creations will really jump off the page!

LEGO Master Builders, Grades K-Up
Thursday, July 20 and Tuesday, August 15 at 3:00 PM
Enjoy making creative and imaginative creations!

littleBits Makerspace, Grades 3-5
Thursdays, July 13 & August 17 at 3:00 or 4:00 PM
Use littleBits, small magnetic pieces of electronics that snap together, to form circuits that light up, buzz, spin, and lift. Experimentation that is sure to be exciting and fun!

Ozobots, A Drop-in & Explore Program, Grades 3-5
Tuesday evenings, July 11 – August 8, between the hours of 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Stop in on Tuesday evenings to sharpen your coding skills by playing with our Ozobots!

Build A Better World Quest, Grades 3-5
Friday, July 28 at 7:00 PM
Search the children’s library to track down hidden clues, resource puzzle pieces, materials, and designs, and use them to build a better world! Use Clue Decoder cards along with your own observation and detection skills to find the secret ingredient needed to build a better world. All participants will be rewarded for their efforts by being sworn in as a Junior World Builder.

Scavenger Hunt, Grades 3-5
Monday, August 28 at 1:00 or 2:30 PM
Team up to use your library skills to locate a variety of library materials. An ice cream treat follows this fun and educational activity!

Escape the Library, Grades 3-5
Friday, August 18 at 7:00 PM
Find the hidden objects, figure out the clues, and solve the puzzle to earn your freedom and “Escape the Library”. You only have 60 minutes, so be quick!

Solar Eclipse Scavenger Hunt
August 14-18
In anticipation of the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, we have prepared a fun scavenger hunt where you will search the Children’s Room for images that relate to this exciting event! All Ages!

Catch the Eclipse!, Families, Grades K-5
Monday, August 21 at 1:30 PM
Suffolk County Community College’s Professor Thomas Madigan will prepare us for the Total Solar Eclipse! Attendees will receive safety glasses prior to a group viewing of the spectacular rare event.


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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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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