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We are in our sixth week of summer reading and so far Syosset kids have read 3024 books.  

Our last day is August 8th, if you haven't signed up yet you still have time to come in and receive prizes.






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2. What in the Wizarding World is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?

Alright, Potter fans!  I make no secret that I am absolutely WILD about Harry (Potter, that is)!

So, naturally, I have been pretty excited by recent news from Harry's literary "mother", J.K. Rowling.

You see, after the completion of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Ms. Rowling implied that she was finished writing about Harry and his world. Then, a year or so back, we were told that a new trilogy of films based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them would be making their way to our big screens soon!  And THEN Ms. Rowling began writing short stories about non-central characters in the Potterverse, for instance, Draco Malfoy (is he really such a bad guy?), or the Durselys (was this one really necessary?). But the biggest news by far is that a stage play penned by Ms. Rowling herself would be making its way to London's West End (which is the city's equivalent to our Broadway's theater district).  The play will be called, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

But what is The Cursed Child, exactly?  Some news has leaked that part of the story would deal with Harry's parents, including James Potter and his Marauder friends. So, naturally, fans had assumed the story would be a prequel.  Only, Rowling herself has tweeted otherwise.

Fans have also wondered why The Cursed Child will not be released in novel form. 

Ms. Rowling has answered this is as well, yet she remains coy on the matter.

With all of this teasing, the fact remains that as American fans of the Harry Potter (now) franchise, we would all require a trip to London in order to experience this play for ourselves!  So, would anyone be up for joining me in chartering a plane to the UK for the summer of 2016?

-Posted by Miss Jessikah


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Summer Reading 2015 is in full swing here in the Children's Room.  The kids (and staff) are having a lot of fun with this years theme - Every Hero Has a Story.  Take a look...














Stop by and visit our photo booth and take your own superhero photos!

Posted by Amy

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4. Happy Fourth of July!






Happy Fourth of July! It's time to have barbecues, watch fireworks, and celebrate with family and friends.



Here are some quick facts about July 4th:

  • July 4th is Independence Day or also known as America’s birthday in the United States.
  • We celebrate the 4th of July because it represents the day that America became separate from British rule.
  • The Declaration of Independence was written on July 2nd 1776.
  • The colonists decided to write a document announcing they were no longer part of the British government and they were going to be a new nation called the United States of America.
  • This document is known as the Declaration of Independence.


  • posted by Miss Meghan

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5. Yeah, for summer!

Summer arrives on Sunday, June 21st at 12:38pm.  It's time to laugh a little louder, run a little faster, jump a little higher AND read a little more.  

That's right, summer is a perfect time to pick up a book.  In between pool dates, park visits and camp a book is a great way to take a mental vacation.

The start of summer also kicks off our Summer Reading Program where reading can earn you weekly prizes and a chance to attend our exciting, invitation-only closing program.  

This year's theme is EVERY HERO HAS A STORY.  Choose a book about your favorite hero or let our librarians or our book lists help you find the perfect summer read.

We hope to see you on June 22nd when registration begins for our summer reading program.

Submitted by:  Miss Rosemarie

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6. Happy Birthday Maurice Sendak!





 Born on June 10, 1928 in Brooklyn, NY  "Maurice Sendak has been called the Picasso of children's literature, and godfather to generations of readers."  His best known book, "Where the Wild Things Are," which he wrote and illustrated, launched him to worldwide fame.


                                 


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Did you know that 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the publishing of Lewis Carroll's, Alice in Wonderland?

To mark to occasion, we will be offering an Alice in Wonderland drop in craft for children ages 3 and up (with a caregiver) on Wednesday, June 10 from 10-11:30 AM.  No registration is required.  This event is hosted in cooperation with the Town of Oyster Bay's program Oyster Bay Reads.

See you then!

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8. Gearing up for Summer Reading 2015

Our army of superheroes are ready to be mobilized and are on there way to a school near you!  Look for them in your school library or resource room as they promote this summer's reading program -- Every Hero has a Story.  We will have lots of exciting programs and prizes as you read your way through the summer.  Summer reading begins Monday, June 22nd.  Looking forward to seeing you then!  




Posted by Sue Ann


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9. Memorial Day

Memorial Day is almost here. On this day, we remember those who have died while serving in the armed forces. Here are some books to read on this holiday.





A boy and his father come from far away to visit the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington and find the name of the boy's grandfather, who was killed in the conflict.





Introduces the history of our national burial ground and discusses some of the people, particularly those in the American military services, who are buried there.





Recounts the efforts of Moina Belle Michael to launch a national campaign establishing the red poppy of Flanders Fields as a reminder of the sacrifice and courage of America's soldiers.

 
Discusses World War I, the creation of the memorial to the soldiers who died in it, the parts of the memorial, and its restoration and addition of a museum.


posted by Miss Meghan

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10. Happy Children's Book Week!




This week we kick off Children’s Book Week, May 4-10. It’s the 96th anniversary of the annual celebration of books for young children, a week to enjoy your favorite books, authors, and illustrators!

Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year,  events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes wherever young readers and books connect!



 Visit the link below to see fun activities or local events in your area!

http://www.bookweekonline.com/




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11. Earth Day



Did you know that Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970?   That means we are marking its 45th anniversary today!

Visit National Geographic to discover some easy going green tips for you and your kids.

PBS.org has some fun crafts for kids.

The library is offering an Earth Rescue Scientist today at 4 PM.  Kids are going to try clean up an oil spill, design a water filter and learn how others help our earth with fun science experiments.  They will also design and take home their own I Love Earth canvas bag!

Stop by the Children's Room for a free earth eraser, too!

Posted by Amy



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12. Friends of the Library Essay Contest


The deadline is fast approaching for the Friends of the Library’s Essay Contest! The contest is open to children in Grades 2-5 and the theme is My Most Unforgettable Hero/Heroine and Why (in 100 words or less). The winning essays will be read and prizes will be awarded at the Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Library on June 1stat 7 PM.  The deadline is May 3rd, so get out your
pen or pencil (or computer!) and write about your favorite hero/heroine; we would love to read all about them.

                                      

Posted by Sue Ann

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13. April Fools' Day


April has arrived! It’s time to tell jokes and play tricks on your friends and family. Here are some books to tickle your funny bone. 

Picture Books


Joke Books
         
                               

Posted by Miss Meghan 

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14. Springtime on Long Island???

March 20 at 6:45p.m. marked the arrival of Spring on Long Island.  There were no daffodils or crocus to indicate the arrival of this warm-weather season.  Instead, once again, Long Islanders pulled on their hats and gloves and began shoveling for the umpteenth time.  Yes, it was snowing! 

Will Spring ever come to our fair Island??




Maybe if we read some books it will help usher in the warm breezes and colorful flowers...

       

Submitted by:  Miss Rosemarie

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15. Happy St. Patrick's Day




                             St. Patrick's Day Fun Facts:


1. Nine of the people who signed our Declaration Of Independence were of Irish origin, and nineteen  Presidents of the United States proudly claim Irish heritage - including our first President, George Washington

2.  Legend says that each leaf of the clover means something: the first is for hope, the second for faith, the third for love and the fourth for luck.

3. The city with the largest population of Americans of Irish descent is Boston.

4. It is considered lucky to find a four leaf clover on St. Patrick's Day.

 5. At one time, there were more Irish living in NYC, than Dublin, Ireland.
 
  6. Did you know that a Leprechaun is a type of fairy in Irish folklore.

 7. Shamrocks are the national flower of Ireland.

 8.  Over 94 million people are expected to wear green on St. Patrick's Day.

 9. Corn beef and and Cabbage is an Irish American dish.

10.  Lucky Charms, a favorite cereal brand among many, young and old, was created in 1963, with its popular mascot, Lucky the Leprechaun.

  11. St. Patrick’s Day has become a holiday all around the world and for one day out of the year anyone can be Irish and join in the celebration.


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16. Triskaidekaphobia? Celebrate the Unfortunate.

Tomorrow marks the second March 13th of the year.  Are you afraid? 




Triskaidekaphobia is defined as the fear or extreme superstition surrounding the number 13.  While there are several reasons people have adapted this fear -- some going so far as to deliberately skip thirteenth floor when designing a high rise building -- some children's authors have found ways to have fun with it!



The most notable is Lemony Snicket, whose entire "Series of Unfortunate Events" spans (you guessed it) 13 books!  Not only that, but each chapter in each book has 13 chapters.  Well, that is with the exception of the 13th book itself, which actually has 14, or if you prefer, an epilogue after the 13th chapter.


Tomorrow might be a good time to read (or re-read) this series.

However, Snicket's love of the number 13 (Triskaidekaphilia?) doesn't end with The End (ha ha) of his most famous series. 

Yet another Snicket penned book bares the burden of the unlucky number.

13 Words is a book which uniquely defines 13 words.  Some of which you might already know, and some you likely have never heard of before. 



Furthermore, Snicket includes the bad news number in the (sort of) follow up to A Series of Unfortunate Events.  The book File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents follows a young Snicket (as he is a character in his own series) while he unravels 13 short mysteries in the mysterious town of Staind'-by-the-Sea.

If Lemony Snicket isn't your cup of lemon tea, here is a quick list of other books that use the number 13 in their title. 

Thirteen Hangmen by Art Corriveau

Thirteen Treasures by Michelle Harrison

The Thirteenth Sign by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb.

The Thirteenth Princess by Diane Zahler

Good Luck!

Miss Jessikah

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17. Read Across America


Yesterday marked the 111th birthday of beloved children's book author, Dr. Seuss.

Each year on March 2nd the National Education Association sponsors Read Across America in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday.   Now in its 18th year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources.

Here in the Children's Room, we have an annual tradition of donning our Cat in the Hat hats and taking a photo to mark the day.  This year we have our new trainee, Miss Meghan, along with Miss Rosemarie and Miss Amy looking snazzy in their hats.


posted by Amy

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18. A Snicker of Magic

A Snicker of Magic is the story of Felicity Juniper Pickle, a young word-collector who sees words hovering in the air above people, words they are thinking about or words they want. She travels from place to place with her mother and younger sister Frannie Jo aboard their van The Pickled Jalapeno.  They never find a friend or a home until they land in Midnight Gulch, Tennessee, previously known as a “magical place to call home.”  Midnight Gulch may no longer be magical but it is home to the mysterious Beedle, who always knows how to "fix what’s ailing people” and Dr. Zook’s Famous Ice Cream, which stays cold for 24 hours without being in a freezer and comes in such interesting flavors as Chocolate Chip Pork Rind and Chocolate Orange Switcheroo.  There are so many things to love about this book – you will never stop cheering for the wonderfully quirky characters and for a town that never really lost its magic, it was just hiding all along.  Splendiferous!


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19. Happy Holidays


    Happy Holidays from the children's department!




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20. WINTER SOLSTICE READING

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/be/9e/99/be9e997b002b41348bdb59c737145c60.jpgWe observed the longest night of the year on December 21st at 6:00pm.  This night is known as the Winter Solstice where we celebrate the return of the Sun.  As we brave the biting cold temperatures of the next several months take comfort in knowing that the days will be getting longer and warmer.

If winter activities leave you shivering in your boots then consider one of these titles and a cup of hot chocolate to get you through the chilliest time of the year.

Hold Fast by Blue Balliett - On a cold winter's day Early's father has disappeared. Can she find him while keeping her family safe? 
(gr. 4 and up)

The Solstice Cup by Rachel Dunstan Muller - Visiting relatives in Ireland during the Winter Solstice twin sisters fall into a river and are transported into the Otherworld.  They are desperate to escape this dark mythical place but time is running out.  (gr.5 and up)

Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper - Little Hawk survives a winter journey into manhood only to return back to his village which has been wiped out by a white-man's plague.  He meets John, a pilgrim, and together they forge a friendship that will change their lives forever. (gr. 5 and up)

Nightmareland by James Preller - Aaron gets sucked into a video game where he must brave a snowstorm.  A nearby forest provides refuge only if you can stand the screaming howls and find your way out. (gr. 4 and up)


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21. National Oatmeal Month

January is National Oatmeal Month. This much maligned month is apparently the ideal time to celebrate a variety of things including soup, hot tea, and bath safety.  However, since oatmeal is a beloved breakfast food and I happen to have a favorite book on oatmeal, I thought it would be the perfect time to highlight it:



This is the story of Katerina-Elizabeth, who sailed on an ocean liner across the Atlantic to visit her grandmother in Scotland.  Along the way, she was served oatmeal every day for breakfast, which she detested.  She threw it overboard into the ocean where it was enjoyed by a tiny sea worm.  He follows the ship across the ocean and grows to be none other than the Loch Ness Monster. 


Posted by Sue Ann.

Disclaimer:  Please note that neither the library nor this blogger advocates the throwing of food. 


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22. Paddington Bear

Paddington, the beloved children's book character, is starring in a brand new movie which opened last Friday.  To celebrate, we hosted a drop-in Paddington Bear craft in the Children's Room.



Stop by the Children's Room and check out one of our many Paddington Bear books and read all about his adventures!

Posted by Amy

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23. Snow big deal?

Well, yesterday's snow storm got us a day off from school, but the forecast promised us that it would be;

"A Storm of Historic Proportions."

Sure, we got quite a lot of white fluffiness sprinkled across our lawns, but in the end, and for
New York City, history will not remember "Winter Storm Juno" as one for the books.


Average snowfall around the country, and the world for that matter, varies.  However, you might  want to read about a really crazy storm that hit New York City.  A storm of historic proportions?  One for the books?




This is the book for you!  Jim Murphy's Blizzard!, is a true account of a real storm that hit Manhattan in March of 1888.  Now, please remember, here was a time when there were snow giant plows, no snow blowers, no trucks equipped with salt for the roads.  Weather forecasting was not anywhere near the science it is today.  In other words, no one saw this coming.  So how bad was it?


It snowed for 36 hours, and while the general accumulation of snow hit about 30 inches (a little under an inch an hour) some of the snow drifts hit as high as 50 inches!  Can you imagine what that looked like?



Here are a few pictures to help you out.        
-Miss Jessikah                                                                           
Snow drifts reached close to 50 inches!
The Snow Fell for about 36 hours!
 That means, almost an inch of snow fell each hour that the storm raged on!


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24. Groundhog Day




Every year on February 2nd we celebrate Groundhog Day.  On this day Americans await for the groundhog to emerge from his burrow to predict how much winter is left for the year. If it's cloudy and he doesn't see his shadow, then spring will come early, but if it's sunny and he does see his shadow then we will have six more weeks of winter.  


The first and largest Groundhog Day takes place in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania where Phil the Punxsutawney Groundhog has been predicting the weather since 1886. The day is celebrated with large crowds, music and food as they wait for Phil to make his debut.


To learn more about Groundhog day visit us in the children's room!







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25. Top Ten Children's Books: The Old and New

In the January 19, 2015 issue of Time Magazine you will find their list of Top Ten Children's Books for ages 3-11.  Many of these titles, if not all, are familiar to many of us.  They are the tried and true of children's classic stories.

As a counterpoint to Time's list, Jordan B. Nielsen, a children's book-buyer and blogger for Huffington Post had a different top ten list in mind.  There's no doubting the timelessness of Time's list but Nielsen points out that the majority of the books are 50 years old.  Where are the newer authors and titles that are worthy of the title children's classics?  So based on her experience, below is her list of 20 New Classics Every Child Should Own.

Top Ten Children's Books for ages 3-11 (Time Magazine)

1. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (1963)
2.  The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (1962)
3.  Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (1947)
4.  Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey (1948)
5.  Little Bear (series) by Else Holmelund Minarik (1957)
6.  Owl Moon by Jane Yolen (1987)
7.  The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (1964)
8.  The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka (1989)
9.  Tuesday by David Wiesner (1991)
10. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein (1974)

20 New Classics Every Child Should Own  (Jordan B. Nielsen)

1.  How To by Julie Morstad (2013)
2.  Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin (2012)
3.  Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan (2013)
4.  Come on, Rain! by Karen Hesse (1999)
5.  Toy Boat by Randall deSeve (2007)
6.  Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty (2013)
7.  Dream Animals by Emily Winfield Martin (2013)
8.  Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska (2013)
9. 29 Myths on the Swinster Pharmacy by Lemony Snicket (2014)
10.  On a Beam of Light by Jennifer Berne(2013)
11. The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds (2003)
12. Have You Seen My Dragon by Steve Light (2014)
13. On the Wing by David Elliott (2014)
14. Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers (2014)
15. A Lion in Paris by beatrice Alemagna (2014)
16. Looking at Lincoln by Maird Kalman (2012)
17. A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnel (2014)

posted by:  Miss Rosemarie

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