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1.

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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2. 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:

Audrey:

Jordan:

Molly:

Maggie:

Helen:

Janice:

Lawrence:


Annie:

Milena:

Sandra:

Stella:

Francesca:

Thank you to all the talented kids who participated!



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4. And the winner is...

Stephen C.


Congratulations!


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5. SHARK WEEK!

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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6. And the winner is...



Posted by Amy

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7. 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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8. 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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9. 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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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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11. 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

Flubber
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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12. 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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13. 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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14. Fizz Boom Read

Summer Reading fun begins on Monday, June 23rd and continues all the way to Saturday, August 9th.  Come join us for great programs and fun prizes -- and remember to keep reading all summer long!





Posted by Sue Ann 

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15. New Technology in the Children's Room


When you come to visit the Children's Room, you can use one of our brand new computers, or you can borrow an iPad to use in the Library!  The iPads are preloaded with games for children!  Come with your grownup and their library card and Driver's license to sign out an iPad for an hour!




We also have two nooks loaded with many titles and series to borrow for two weeks!  The series include Harry Potter, Dork Diaries, Heroes of Olympus, Middle School, I Survived and Who Was.  The individual titles are The Candymakers by Wendy Mass, Frindle by Andrew Clements, Heat and Summerball by Mike Lupica , The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper, and Wonder by R. J. Palacio.  An adult over 18 will have to check out the nook, and sign the borrowing agreement.

Posted by Pam

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On your mark! Get set! Go!


June marks the countdown of the school year and many elementary schools celebrate with a Field Day event.  

Before you pack their backpacks with water and slather on the sunscreen, get your kids ready by reading the antics of some of their favorite characters as they race to the finish line.




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17. DIY Mason Jar Cookie Mix

 
 
Cookie mixes in mason jars make great gifts to handout to family and friends. For Mother's Day we had kids put together M&M's cookies in a jar. To start we set up an assembly line for the kids to assemble their jars. Then they got to decorate it with colorful ribbon, paper and gift tag.
 
There are plenty of cookie in a jar recipes available on the web.
Here is a recipe we used for our M& M cookies by www.damndelicious.net
 
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup m&m’s
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup sugar
Instructions
  • In a pint size mason jar, layer the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, oats, m&m’s, brown sugar and sugar, packing each layer tightly.
  • Add a ribbon and a tag with the following directions:
  • Empty jar of cookie mix into a mixing bowl; mix well. Add 1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted, 1 beaten egg and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Mix until blended.
  • Roll into 1-inch balls, and place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 375 degrees until edges are lightly browned, about 12 to 14 minutes.
  • Cool on cookie sheet for five minutes, then transfer to wire racks.
  • Makes 1 dozen cookies
 
   

 
 
posted by Josephine
 
 

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18. Harry Potter spin off movie, "Fantastic Beasts" has a release date!

The first in a planned trilogy of movies, based in the world of Harry Potter is set to hit the screen on

November 18, 2016.

No doubt, this is exciting news for all fans of Harry.  Since the series was announced, there has been much speculation, with way too few details to satisfy eager ears.

Here is what we know so far.

The series will be called, Fantastic Beasts and where to find them, and will be loosely based on the book of the same name which served as a companion to the Harry Potter series back in 2001.  

The original book was only 54 pages long, and was more of a "text book" than a story, so J.K. Rowling herself, will be adapting it into a screenplay.

The movies will follow the adventures of Newt Scamander, a magizoologist (student of magical animals), and will take place in New York City about 70 years before the events of Harry Potter.

Warner Brother's Studios plans on reusing many of the sets from the Harry Potter films.

On the heels of this announcement has been news of progress in the extended Potter-centric theme park in Orlando.

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson are reuniting to film a special scene for an attraction called, Escape from Gringotts.  This will be a fast paced ride, which will allow fans to "live through" one of the most gripping scenes from the final Potter book and movie.  

In addition to this, Universal Studios will be opening an area of the park called, Diagon Alley.  Fans of the books and movies will know that Diagon Alley is an important destination for Harry and his friends before leaving for Hogwarts.

-Posted by Miss Jessikah

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19. Happy Birthday, Houdini !


Today marks the 140th birth anniversary of the great Harry Houdini.  To learn more about this legendary illusionist and stunt performer noted for his sensational escape acts, check out some of the following books:


                                             A Picture Book of Harry Houdini by David Adler                       




                                                           Harry Houdini by Janice Weaver    


                                                                                                                                                                     Houdini by Kathleen Krull

                 



                                                        The Houdini Box by Brian Selznick



Posted by Sue Ann.

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20. Spring Break!

 Spring Break is just around the corner!  We have a lot of fun and educational programs going on to keep the kids occupied.  

Build It - Tuesday, April 15 @ 2 PM 
Learn about the mathematical principles and physical forces behind structures and apply what you've learned to construct a freestanding structure out of modeling clay and toothpicks.

Magic & Comedy of Jim McClenahan - Wednesday, April 16 @ 2:30 PM
Jim provides family entertainment with a unique magical twist to bring fun and guaranteed side-splitting laughter with high levels of energy and excitement. Each performance induces giggles from children and adults all from Jim’s colorful, wacky antics and zany comedy.  

Children's Movie - Frozen - Thursday, April 17 @ 2:30
Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter

Go Green:  Animal Sculptures - Tuesday, April 22 @ 11-12 Noon
Discover how Picasso, Calder, and other famous artists built amazing animal sculptures out of toys, trinkets, and other junk.  Then construct your own animal out of cardboard without using glue!  Decorate it with recycled ribbon, buttons and more.

Registration is required for all programs.
 Children's movies are open seating - first come, first served.

For more information visit our Kids' Program page.


Posted by Amy


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21. Do you know your Newbery?



This year's Newbery Medal winner was Kate DiCamillo's Flora and Ulysses.  But while winners from recent years might be fresh in our minds, it is easy to forget that the Newbery is an award that originated in the year 1922!

Want to know how "well read" you are when it comes to Newbery winners?  Click here to take a quiz!  Good luck!

-Posted by Miss Jessikah

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22. National Library Week



What is National Library Week? First sponsored in 1958 by the American Library Association, National Library week is celebrated by all types of libraries across the United Sates.  During this annual celebration our nation's libraries and librarians promote library use and support. It begins April 13 through April 19th with the theme "Lives change @ your library."
We hope the library has a positive impact on your life.


We're celebrating this week with a Book Character Scavenger Hunt.  Come in and hunt all over the children's room to find the characters and win a prize. The scavenger hunt is going on until this Saturday.


posted by Josephine



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23. APRIL IS NATIONAL HUMOR MONTH


Anyone can tell you that children love to giggle and laugh.  Get them hooked on reading by introducing them to some pretty funny stories and hysterical antics.  We'll have your little ones giggling along with Big Chickens Fly the Coop.


Young readers will enjoy Buzz Boy and Fly Guy, one of our most popular Easy Reader chapter books.

School-aged children can laugh along with Mr. Klutz is Nuts.


Some other titles that will have your kids laughing out loud are:






Have fun,  Miss Rosemarie.


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24. Cinco de Mayo


Cinco de Mayo (the 5th of May) is a national holiday in Mexico.  Also known as the Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, it was established to honor a military victory in 1862 over the French forces of Napoleon III and has since become a symbol of Mexican resistance to foreign domination. It is celebrated in Mexico with parades and speeches.  It is also popular in parts of the United States with large Mexican populations and is celebrated with festivals that include music, dancing and food.  To find out more about Cinco de Mayo, here are some books to explore:

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by Caroline Otto













Cinco de Mayo by Leia Tait













Here in the Children's Room, we celebrated Cinco de Mayo a little early with LilChefs.com Special Events' program Chip 'n Dip Day.  Here are some photos from that wonderful afternoon and the delicious dip:









Posted by Sue Ann.



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25. International Museum Day

On Sunday, May 18 countries from around the world celebrate International Museum Day.  This day is organized to encourage public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society.  Now in it's 37th year and coordinated by the International Council of Museums, this effort has the participation of over 30,000 museums in over 120 countries.

Visiting a museum is an excellent way to support this cause.  Here at the Syosset Public Library, you have access to our Museum Pass Program.  Free museum passes, including the Long Island Children's Museum, Cradle Of Aviation, the Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum and the Museum of Modern Art (just to name a few) are available to Syosset Public Library cardholders in good standing. Advanced reservations are required.  

Participating Museums

Reserve a pass


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