Children's Department
November/December 2017

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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.
Registration for November programs begins on November 1, registration for December programs begins on December 1. 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 circulates museum passes to NSPL 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.

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.

Free Online Homework Help!
Grades K-12
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Infant Lullabies, Ages 3-17 months with a parent/caregiver
Thursday, November 9, 10:15 – 11:00 AM
Learn songs and lullabies to enjoy with your infant.

Stay & Play, Ages 6-35 months with a parent/caregiver
Saturday, November 18, 10:15 – 11:30 AM
Join us for open playtime with a brief circle time of fingerplays and songs to end the program.

Baby Steps, Ages 6-17 months with a parent/caregiver
Wednesday, November 22, 10:15 – 11:15 AM
Listen to rhymes with the use of puppets and props.

Mother Goose, Infants to 17 months with parent/caregiver
Tuesday, November 28, 10:15 – 11:00 AM
A music and movement class that will have you moving to the beat of contemporary and pop music!

Under The Big Top, Ages 18-35 months with a parent/caregiver
Thursday, November 16, 10:00 – 11:00 AM
A Time for Kids will present this interactive program which will include group songs, games, and a simple craft.

The Art Nanny presents Fall Deer Watercolor Painting, Pre-K, ages 3 & 4 years with a parent/caregiver
Friday, November 10, 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM OR 1:15 – 2:00 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!

Thankful for Friends, Grades K-2
Thursday, November 9, 4:30 – 5:15 PM
Create a whimsical and colorful seasonal sign to hang in your home.

Chocolate Turkey Cupcakes, Grades K-2
Monday, November 20, 4:30 – 5:15 PM
Decorate cupcakes with chocolate frosting, sprinkles, sugar eyes, and candy corn feathers to take home in a bakery box.

Native American Craft Workshop, Grades 3-5
Tuesday, November 7, 4:30 – 5:15 PM
Learn about the first Long Island communities and find out how Native Americans were a key part of the whaling industry. Touch Native American oil lamps, see real arrowheads, and create a wampum necklace with a stone arrowhead.

Ozobots, Grades 3-5
Sunday, November 12, 2:00 – 2:45 PM
Sharpen your coding skills by playing with ozobots!

Fun With Facts: The Life of L. Frank Baum, Grades 3-5
Friday, November 17, 4:30 – 5:15 PM
After a reading of The Road to Oz by Kathleen Krull you will create an Oz-inspired art project.

Kids Paint Night: Leaf Painting, Grades 3-5
Monday, November 13, 4:30 – 5:15 PM
Using real leaves we will paint beautiful fall portraits that will be ready to hang in your home. Dress for a mess.

Lego Master Builders, Grades K-5
Saturday, November 25, 10:15 – 11:00 AM
Create clever and imaginative structures using LEGO building blocks.

Cookies & Bookies, Grades 3-5
Monday, November 27, 4:30 – 5:15 PM
Register in-person when you pick up a copy of Sheep by Valerie Hobbs. This program will include a booktalk, cookies, and a challenge.

Cars 3, (G, 103 min) All ages
Sunday, November 26, 2:00 – 3:45 PM
All welcome, no registration required.


PlayHooray, Ages 6-35 months with a parent/caregiver
Wednesday, December 6, 1:15 – 2:00 PM OR 2:15 – 3:00 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, December 9, 10:15 – 11:30 AM
Open playtime with a brief circle time of fingerplays and songs to end the program.

Baby Steps, Infants ages 6-17 months with a parent/caregiver
Friday, December 15, 10:15 – 11:15 AM
Play and meet new friends.

Sensory Play, Infants 6-17 months with a parent/caregiver
Wednesday, December 20, 10:15 – 11:15 AM
Enjoy manipulating toys that are designed specifically to encourage sensory exploration.

Dynamic Kids of New York: Snowball Fight! Pre-K, ages 3-5 years old
Monday, December 18, 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM OR 1:15 – 2:00 PM
Tumble, jump and play in the snow with hoops, parachutes, small and giant snowballs, fitness games and more!

All That Glitters Snowflake Wreath, Pre-K, ages 3-5
Thursday, December 21, 10:15 – 11:00 AM OR 1:15 – 2:00 PM
Create a festive wreath to add some sparkle to your home!

Bottle Snowman, Grades K-2
Tuesday, December 12, 4:30 – 5:15 PM
Use recycled creamer containers to create a beautiful holiday snowman.

Pillow Pals, Grades K-2 with a parent/caregiver Saturday, December 23, 3:00 – 3:45 PM
Parent and child will work together to make a cozy, soft fleece pillow. Perfect for gift-giving or for cuddling with on a chilly winter night.

Canine Companions: Meet Cotton, Grades K-5
Saturday, December 2, 10:30 – 11:30 AM
Learn about the training of therapy dogs and about the important support that they provide in various settings. Cotton will enjoy showing you how much he enjoys helping others!

Gingerbread House Decorating, Grades K-5
Friday, December 15, 6:00 – 6:45 PM OR 7:15 – 8:00 PM
Your family will work together with the Fanny Cakes bakers at this hands-on holiday decorating class! A non-refundable $10.00 materials fee will be collected at in-person registration. Limit: One per family.

The Circus Guy, All Ages!
Tuesday, December 26, 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Kid-friendly entertainment including juggling, magic, unicycling, balancing stunts and humor!

New Year’s DJ Dance Party, Grades K-5
Friday, December 29, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Join us to celebrate the end of 2017 and to welcome 2018! Enjoy music, games and follow-me dances like the Cha Cha Slide, Funky Chicken, Macarena and Cotton-Eyed Joe!

Sea Glass Ornaments, Grades 3-5
Monday, December 11, 4:30 – 5:15 PM
After some hands-on science experiments you will create your own sea-glass mosaic decoration.

“All Aboard” for Lionel Toy Trains
Saturday, December 16, 2:00 – 3:30 PM
Just in time for the holidays, come “play trains” with best-selling Lionel author and local collector Ron Hollander. This talk - for all ages - features operating antique trains with smoke and whistle and will take you back to those innocent days when a Lionel train was all a child could wish for.

Kids Paint Night: Winter Wonderland, Grades 3-5
Monday, December 18, 4:30 – 5:15 PM
Using watercolors and tissue paper you will design your own winter wonderland collages. Dress for a mess.

littleBits, Grades 3-5
Friday, December 22, 6:30 – 7:15 PM
Experiment with electronic circuits to make things buzz, spin, and light up!

Cookies & Bookies & Bagels Too! Grades 3-5
Wednesday, December 27, 10:15 – 11:00 AM
Register in-person when you pick up a copy of Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm. This program will include a booktalk, cookies, breakfast treats, and a challenge.

Lego Master Builders, Grades K-5
Thursday, December 28, 10:15 – 11:00 AM
Create clever and imaginative structures using LEGO building blocks.

It’s A Wrap!
Saturdays, December 2 & 9, 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Children are invited to sneak some holiday gifts into the library and we will help you wrap them for the holiday gift giving season! No registration required.

Read To Cotton
Saturdays, December 9 & 16, 10:30 – 11:30 AM
Register for a 15-minute appointment to read aloud to our loveable therapy dog! This program is ideal for beginning readers!

Young Artists

November: Luca Landolfi and Joseph Houck
December: Kylie and Camryn Hagan


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
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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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