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1. Happy Chocolate Covered Anything Day!

Strawberries.  Oreos.  Marshmallows.  Yum!  Can these things possibly be made any better than they already are?  Sure!  How?  Cover them in chocolate of course! 

Today is a very special day.  It is "Happy Chocolate Covered Anything Day".  Let's take a moment to celebrate.

Oh!  Chocolate!
Eating chocolate isn't the only way you can celebrate today, though I would never tell anyone not to eat chocolate, I wanted to recommend a few "candy" related books for chocolate lovers.

First things first.  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Roald Dahl's classic book about Charlie, who can barely afford to buy a chocolate bar.  With a little luck, and help from his Grandpa Joe, Charlie finds a coveted "Golden Ticket", an invitation to tour Mr. Willy Wonka's chocolate factory.

The factory has been closed to the public for so long, that there are all sorts of rumors about Mr. Wonka!  Along with five other children who have also found the tickets.

However, Mr. Wonka himself is quite strange, and the chocolate factory is a dangerous place for misbehaving children.
Can Charlie make it to the end of the tour in order to claim the great reward?  If you haven't read this one already, today is a great day to pick it up.  If you have read it, re-read it!  Or maybe you would like to try one of the books below.

The Candymakers, By Wendy Mass takes a page from Charlie.  There is a chocolate factory, and a contest, but the children invited to visit are competing for creating a new type of candy.

Another big difference is that the children in Mass's story are all generally good kids, even if a few of them have an agenda for winning the competition.

Fans of Charlie will likely enjoy The Candymakers, but there is enough originality in this sweet tale to keep readers hungry enough to keep the pages turning until the very end.

Sue Stainton's The Chocolate Cat, is a beautifully illustrated book that tells the story of a cat, a chocolate maker, and a town in need of inspiration.

When the chocolate maker creates chocolate covered mice with a little something extra, he doesn't think twice.  His cat, however, knows there is something special about this new creation.

When the townspeople begin to eat these adorable chocolate masterpieces, they are suddenly stuck with amazing ideas, that spice up their formerly drab lives.

The popularity of the chocolate mice brings new business to the chocolate maker, and new friends to talk to the cat, which just proves that chocolate can improve lives!

Prefer non-fiction?  How about a book about Milton Hershey?  Featured here is Who Was Milton Hershey, by James Buckley Jr..

While this book is a part of the popular Who Was series, the library has several books about Hershey, which is great, because he was a fascinating historical figure.

Aside from founding one of the most popular chocolate companies in the world, Hershey was a generous man who really wanted to spread joy to all.  Hershey built schools, supported his work force, and made chocolate affordable at a time when it was a luxury reserved for the very wealthy!

Isn't that the (chocolate) icing on the cake?

So grab one of these books after you enjoy your chocolate covered anything!  Just make sure to wash your hands first.  We all love chocolate, but best not to leave fingerprints on the pages!

Posted by- Miss Jessikah

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2. Holiday Movies


Today (December 9) marks the 49th anniversary of the first airing of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" on network television and the 50th anniversary of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer".  

 With the holiday season fast approaching, stop by the library for these and all your kids holiday DVD needs. 

Posted by Amy

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3. Read-alike Fiction for Ages 9-12

Sometimes when you've just finished reading a good book you're desperate to find something just as great.  
That's when read-alikes come in handy.  Read-alikes are suggestions for readers who enjoy the works of a particular author and would like to have recommendations of other authors that write in a similar style or genre.  
Here's a few suggestions and don't forget to ask your librarian for more titles!
If you like...
Ivy and Bean by Anne Barrows try Friends for Keeps by Julie Bowe
(True BFFs in funny and upbeat stories)
Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan try Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman
(Action-packed fantasy and mythology)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney try Timmy Failure by Stephen Pastis
(Humorous stories of middle school kids facing challenges of school, home and friends)
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau try The Roar by Emma Clayton
(Fast-paced survival stories set in troubled future worlds)


Posted by:  Miss Rosemarie

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4. Veteran's Day

Veteran's Day is a federal  holiday that is observed on November 11th. On this holiday we honor and thank all members of the Armed Forces who fought to protect us and keep our country safe.

This holiday originally was called Armistice Day and was first celebrated in 1921. In 1954, President Eisenhower changed it to Veteran's Day, in honor of those who served and died from all wars.

Here are some facts about our Veteran population in the United Sates:

*9.2 million veterans are over the age of 65
*1.9 million veterans are under the age of 35
*1.8 million veterans are women
*7.8 million veterans served during the Vietnam War era (1964-1975)
*5.2 million veterans served during the Gulf War (representing service from Aug. 2, 1990, to present)
*2.6 million veterans served during WWII (1941-1945)
*2.8 million veterans served during the Korean War (1950-1953)
*6 million veterans served in peacetime
*5 states have more than 1 million veterans in among their population: California (2.1 million) Florida (1.7 million), Texas (1.7  million), New York (1 million) and Pennsylvania (1 million)

posted by Josephine

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5. Daylight Savings! What is that, exactly?

Greetings, fellow time travelers!

This weekend, we all went, "back in time" by one hour! Sort of.

Daylight Savings Time, is a practice, where our collective clocks are set an hour ahead throughout Spring and Summer, and then set back one hour behind throughout Fall and Winter

As the saying goes, "Spring ahead, Fall back."

Why do we do this? The easy answer is that Daylight Savings Time is meant to make better use of natural daylight.  And while the winter weather creeps in, the days are naturally darker, the idea is that setting the clocks back an hour will keep us in sunlight for longer. 

Though he was not the first to come up with this idea, ancient civilizations had been using similar methods for centuries, Benjamin Franklin is considered to be the father of the modern Daylight Savings Time.  Franklin suggested that moving the clocks is economical for those who would pay for fuels to light their houses for longer.

Daylight Savings Time was never implemented during Franklin's lifetime, and has been changed several times since President Franklin Roosevelt ordered the clocks to be changed during           World War II.  This makes the tradition less than a century old.

As of 2007, Daylight Savings Time has been scheduled for "Falling back" on the first Sunday of November, and "Springing forward" on the second Sunday in March.

The best thing about this?  It gives Trick-or-Treaters an extra hour of light to gather their candy!  You see, before 2007, the clocks were set back in October, and therefore cut the evening short for children who promised to be home before dark.

So, while it might not be the fanciest form of time travel, we can all say that at least twice a year, we move forward, or backward in time.  Even for just an hour.  Of course, if this doesn't satisfy you, the Syosset Library has many books in which children take adventures through time and space!  I've listed some popular ones below. Why not come in to check one out?

-Posted by Miss Jessikah

http://catalog.syossetlibrary.org/search?/Xtime+travel-juvenile+fiction&SORT=DZ/Xtime+travel-juvenile+fiction&SORT=DZ&extended=0&SUBKEY=time+travel-juvenile+fiction/1%2C288%2C288%2CB/frameset&FF=Xtime+travel-juvenile+fiction&SORT=DZ&6%2C6%2C           http://catalog.syossetlibrary.org/search?/aDe+los+Santos%2C+Marisa%2C+1966-/ade+los+santos+marisa+1966/-3%2C-1%2C0%2CB/frameset&FF=ade+los+santos+marisa+1966&9%2C%2C9          http://catalog.syossetlibrary.org/search?/Xa+wrinkle+in+time&SORT=DZ/Xa+wrinkle+in+time&SORT=DZ&extended=0&SUBKEY=a+wrinkle+in+time/1%2C10%2C10%2CB/frameset&FF=Xa+wrinkle+in+time&SORT=DZ&6%2C6%2C     http://catalog.syossetlibrary.org/search?/Xwhen+you+reach+me&SORT=DZ/Xwhen+you+reach+me&SORT=DZ&extended=0&SUBKEY=when+you+reach+me/1%2C10%2C10%2CB/frameset&FF=Xwhen+you+reach+me&SORT=DZ&1%2C1%2C

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6. Halloween at the Library

With a special appearance by Victoria the Fairy

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7. Meet Gourdon!

Come in and meet Gourdon, our friendly pumpkin mummy!   He doesn’t say much, but he’s reminding us that Halloween is just around the corner…..

Posted by Sue Ann

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October-National Pizza Month

You probably just finished your slice of pizza or maybe it was yesterday or last week.  The point is, you and the people of the United States LOVE their pizza.  

Even in the small town of Santa Claus, Indiana where pizzeria owner, Gerry Durnell, declared October National Pizza Month in 1984.  This was at the same time he launched his trade magazine Pizza Today.

Some fun facts about pizza in the U.S.A.:
  • There are approximately 63,000 pizzerias
  • 94% of Americans eat pizza at least one time per month.  This translates into:
45 slices of pizza per person every year
100 acres of pizza consumed every day
350 slices eaten per second

Grab a slice and a book...

Submitted by:  Miss Rosemarie

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9. Children's Programs

Fall has officially begun and so has our children's programs. We currently have availability in our storytime for tots and preschool.  Bring your little one (ages 2 1/2- 3 1/2) to tots on Monday or Tuesday mornings and for the older ones (ages 3 1/2- 5) bring them to our afternoon preschool class from 1:30-2pm. Give us a call or sign up online.

This week we have signs up for:

Yoga Wisdom: A Mother-Daughter Yoga Class.  Grades 3-6 on Wednesday October 15th. (registration Wednesday, October 1st)

Pizza & Pages Book Discussion: Grades 3-5 on Wednesday October 29th
 (registration Wednesday, October 1st)

posted by Josephine 

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10. Alexander and the very questionable, how much exactly does this movie have in common with the book?

Did you know that a movie adaption of Judith Viorst's classic picture book, Alexander, and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, is on the way to your theaters October 10th? While the film definitely deals with a boy named Alexander who is having a rotten day, from the previews, it is obvious that whoever wrote this film took some liberties with the script.  Sure, it appears that Alexander's day begins badly, with gum stuck in his hair, but after that, who knows how much of the movie will stay true to the book?

Of course, this isn't a huge surprise. Most movie adaptions make changes to the original. Some are good, some make little sense. Of course, the big challenge in adapting a book like Alexander, is that the book is only 32 pages long! In order to make a feature length film, the story would need some extra scenes, and with Steve Carell playing Alexander's dad, some of the best scenes may not even center around Alexander himself!

Of course, this is not the first time a picture book has been adapted into a very different movie.

Audiences loved Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, when it came to theaters, but while the movie was a madcap adventure dealing with a crazy scientist who creates a machine that makes food fall from the sky, but Judi Barrett's book has little resemblance to the movie.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, the picture book, is a quiet story about a grandfather who tells his grandchildren a tall tale about a town where the weather blows in as breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Maurice Sendak's classic picture book, Where the Wild Things Are, tells the story of Max, who goes wild while wearing a wolf suit. His behavior frustrates his mother, who sends him to bed without supper. Max's room turns into a forest with a river, and he sails to an island of "Wild Things" who make him their king. 

The movie, Where the Wild Things Are, shares this plot, but the Wild Things themselves often seem more moody than wild. Some people really loved this movie, and it was beautiful to look at, but it has been hotly debated as to whether the film had the kid appeal that the book continues to have.

What picture books would you love to see on the big screen? If you were to write the script, would you change anything?

-Posted by Miss Jessikah

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11. Hug a Book

In celebration of Scott Campbell's adorable new
 picture book, Hug Machine, publisher Simon & Schuster declared last week "Hug a Book" week.  Your children's librarians got in on the fun and we all hugged our favorite books.  Take a look:







Be sure to check out "Hug Machine" during your next visit!


Posted by Amy

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12. The Star-Spangled Banner

We are fast approaching the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner, penned by Francis Scott Key near the end of the Battle of Fort McHenry (September 12-14, 1814) during the War of 1812. We all know the stirring story -- on the morning after the battle, Key was so inspired by the sight of the American flag still flying over the Fort that he wrote the first few lines of the poem that would eventually become our national anthem.

The original flag that flew over Fort McHenry is housed in the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History.  Here are both the flag and Key's original manuscript of the poem The Star- Spangled Banner:

Here are just a few of the books that you can check out to find more information:


The Star-Spangled Banner by Catherine A. Welch

Posted by Sue Ann.

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Time for pencils, books and backpacks!

 Summer's Fizz Boom Read program brought many fun programs to Syosset Library's Children's Dept. (see Miss Josephine's blog for great photos!)
But now, September is just around the corner...time to hang up your swim goggles and sharpen those pencils.
Get in the school groove and re-boot your brains.  You'll find books on math, science, report writing and much more.  Come visit us and we'll point you in the right direction.

Posted by:  Miss Rosemarie

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14. Summer Fun

We hope that the kids of Syosset had a FIZZ BOOM BLAST time with their summer reading!!! Here is a recap of all our wonderful and exciting programs for the summer. 
Star Wars Day

Ice Cream in a Bag
Taste of Summer Cupcake Wars

Green Meadows Farm closing program

Fire and Ice closing program

Candy Bingo

Crab Cupcakes

For the Birds
Science of the Small

Toddler Drive-In

posted by Josephine

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Congratulations to our 12 bookmark contest winners:













Thank you to all the talented kids who participated!

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16. And the winner is...

Stephen C.


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Did you know that a Great white sharks can live up to 70 years?

How about that recent studies show that sharks might be colorblind?

You knew that?

Alright, but did you know that some sharks make "mental maps" that can help them navigate to locations they have been before?

Do you know which shark has the strongest bite?

Are sharks endangered?

Do they migrate?

Why am I asking so many questions about sharks?  Well, from August 11th-17th it's Shark Week!

What is Shark Week?  Back in July of 1988, The Discovery Channel held the first Shark Week which aimed to spread awareness (and respect) about sharks.  Since then, Shark Week has become an international phenomenon. Shark Week programming can be found in over 70 countries, and has spread from just a Discovery Channel festivity.

So how can the library help you celebrate Shark Week?  Well, not only do we have some wonderful non-fiction books about sharks, but a fun array of fiction books that shark lovers can sink their teeth into! 

My personal favorite is Gilbert the Great, by Jane Clarke. 

Who can deny a smile like that?
So as the summer begins to fade, don't be afraid to go in the water, but definitely don't be afraid to come to the library to devour our collection of shark books!  Just please don't return any books with bite marks.

Posted by Miss Jessikah 

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18. And the winner is...

Posted by Amy

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19. Can you guess...

How many LEGOS do you think are in this jar?

Stop by the Children's Room to submit a guess.  While you're there, make sure you sign up for our Summer Reading Club.

Check back in August to find out the answer!

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20. Mad about science? Help us decorate our Children's Room!

With the first week down of this year's SRP (or Summer Reading Program, if you prefer), we are all delighted to see so many children come to sign up!

It is great to see everyone so excited about reading, and maybe even excited about science?  After all, this year our theme is "Fizz, Boom, Read!" As you might have noticed, if you have visited us this past week, we have decorated our room with all sorts of science related crafts.  All that's missing is yours!

That's right!  While each of the librarians contributed to the festivities -- we all made the robots sitting on the stacks -- we are asking for your help in making our room look better than ever!

How can you help?  We are providing kits to make your very own paper bag "Mad Scientists" to put on our shelves!  Stop by!  Make a Mad Scientist!  We will display your craft all summer long, and in August, you can take it home.  But make sure to stop by soon, because supplies are limited. Once they fizzle out, BOOM!  They'll be gone.

Scroll down to check out some of ones your friends and neighbors have already done.

-Posted by Jessikah

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21. Hands On Monday..

Every Monday for the duration of our Summer Reading program we will have a table stationed with hands on experiments: Fizz Boom Feel!

This week we have our Touch, Feel, and Squeeze

Kinetic Sand
Can Do Magnification
Lava Lamps

You can continue the fun by making your very own Flubber and lava lamp at home. Just take one our recipes...Enjoy!!

posted by Josephine

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Summer reading is in full swing...

Our Summer Reading program is in its 4th week.  The children have been doing an amazing job.  At this point, they have read a total of 2016 books!!

Finding a good book can sometimes be a challenge.  To help our readers (and parents) we have a "Quick Picks" table.  Our librarians choose fiction books which are then grouped by grades (K-6) using colored ribbons.  This makes the selection process less overwhelming than walking through the stacks.

Also, on display is our collection of illustrated fiction.  These books are great for our 3rd-6th graders who are looking for varied reading material.

In keeping with the Fizz Boom Read theme we are featuring the famous AND not so famous scientists of our time.  Besides Edison, Einstein and Marie Curie have you ever heard of Paul Flaherty, Hazel Barton or Steve Sillett?  These are current day scientists, extreme scientists to be exact.  They study some of earth's most intense conditions in order to understand how our planet works (Extreme Scientists: Exploring nature's mysteries from perilous places).

Keep those pages turning,

Miss Rosemarie

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23. Beauty and the Beast

Join us for a one-hour autism-friendly performance of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Jr. on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 12:00 noon.  Seats are still available, and now open to everyone.  Come to the Children's Room to reserve your spot, or call 516-921-0185 or email splchildrens@syossetlibrary.org.

Posted by Pam

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24. Follow us on Instagram!

Which librarian was taken hostage by Darth Vader?  Who (or what) wreaked havoc overnight in the library? Who is Mrs. Bee?  Which of our young patrons wrote and illustrated their own books?  Find out all this and more when you follow us on Instagram:

Username:  syossetlibrary

or scan our QR code for a direct link to our Instagram page where you will find out all about the programs and fun at Syosset Public Library including librarians just acting silly sometimes:

Posted by Sue Ann

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25. You're a robot. I'm a robot. Everyone's a robot!

Robots were everywhere in the Children's Room this summer.  Our robot photo-spot offered our patrons a chance to be a "robot".  The fun was not limited to our patrons, however.  Your library staff also got in on the fun.  

Take a look:

Thanks for being such good sports everyone!

Posted by Amy

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