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1. Happy First Day of Summer!



Today is the first day of summer which means that it is time for summer reading, ice cream, relaxing on the beach, and summer camp. How many books do you think you can read this summer? 

Don't forget to sign up for summer reading! There is a summer reading program available for Newborn-3 1/2 years old, 3 1/2 to K, as well as a program for children in grades 1-5. 

Here are some book suggestions to get you started reading.



Summer days and nights by Wong Herbert Yee.
Ages 3-6




A little girl enjoys the activities of a warm summer day and night.


Commotion in the ocean / Giles Andreae ; illustrated by David Wojtowycz.
Preschool-Grade 2

A collection of poems about the many creatures living beneath the sea, including the crab, dolphin, and angel fish.

Cam Jansen and the mystery of the Babe Ruth baseball / David A. Adler ; illustrated by Susanna Natti.


Cam uses her photographic memory to identify the person who stole a valuable autographed baseball.

Stuart Little By E.B. White
Grade 3+



The adventures of the debonair mouse, Stuart Little, as he sets out in the world to seek out his dearest friend, a little bird who stayed a few days in his family's garden.
Strider by Beverely Cleary
Grade 4+



In a series of diary entries, Leigh tells how he comes to terms with his parents' divorce, acquires joint custody of an abandoned dog, and joins the track team at school.

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book 1: The Sword of Summer 

by Rick Riordan
Grade 5+

Living on the streets of Boston after the death of his mother, Magnus is told by a mysterious stranger that he is the son of a Norse god and must track down a lost ancient sword to stop a war being waged by mythical monsters, in the first book of a new series by the internationally best-selling author of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, the Kane Chronicles, and the Heroes of Olympus series. 


posted by Miss Meghan





















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2. Get Ready for Summer Reading!

Summer is right around the corner and that means it is almost time for summer reading 2016. Don't forget to sign up for summer reading starting on Monday, June 20th. Come to the children's room and ask a children's librarian to register to receive a summer reading packet.


More details are to follow.....


Begins: Monday, June 20
Ends: Friday, August 12, 2016
















posted by Miss Meghan

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3. For Rick Riordan Fans

You've read the complete series of Heroes of Olympus AND the Kane Chronicles AND the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and now you're thinking, "there is nothing else to read!"

Thankfully, we have a ton of books that fall within the same Fantasy/Mythology genre.  These types of books are called read-alikes and will take you on the same mythological adventures as your favorite Rick Riordan series.

Just tell us, your friendly librarians, that you loved the Riordan series and we can help you locate some read-alike titles. 


Try some of the following:






    Septimus Heap
    The Unicorn Chronicles
    Liesl & Po
    The New Olympians
    Tombquest
    Seven Wonders
    Heroes in Training      















      Submitted by: Miss Rosemarie                                       

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      4. Fans of "Unfortunate Events"! Your new Count Olaf!

      Good Morning, Lemony Snicket Fans!


      Hope you've had your breakfast.




      Back in 2014, it was announced that Netflix would be adapting your favorite tales of woe into a television series. Years ago, the first three books were brought to the big screen with Jim Carrey as the evil Count Olaf. Since that time, many had expressed their displeasure with the movie. Not because it had an unhappy ending -- we expected that much -- but many felt that Carrey, though talented, missed the mark on what makes the Count so frightening. In short, Jim was just too goofy.




      Jim Carrey as Count Olaf




      Other complaints were with the film itself. The length. The tone. It just didn't feel right.


      The news of a reboot was quite welcome. And then, it was announced that Neil Patrick Harris would be taking up the role of The Count. 
      Can this face haunt our dreams?






      Well, I was skeptical at first, until I caught some pictures of Harris on set? Look below, if you dare.  I believe he looks quite menacing!


      Yes. Yes it can.


      





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      5. April is Poetry Month






      In honor of National Poetry Month the children's room is celebrating with a Poetry Creation Station.  Have fun making a poem with cut out words, colorful paper, and glue sticks.  Just use your imagination and try different arrangement until you've created a found poem just for you!







      

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      6. Calling all practical jokers!

                                    

      Do you enjoy a good prank? This Friday, April 1st, is April Fools Day!

      While the first day of April has been associated with practical jokes since the 1300's -- first referenced in Geoffrey Chaucer's Canerbury Tales -- April Fools day does not exist as an actual public holiday on any calendar in any country.

      A public holiday is usually established by the laws of a country. In spite of this, several cultures have long practiced the act of setting aside a specific day of the year to celebrate the art of the joke.


      Just remember, a joke should be in good fun for everyone. No prank should be at the expense of someone's feelings.

      Take advantage of this Friday to check out a funny book, or perhaps a book on practical jokes.


      Suggested reading below.

      -Miss Jessikah

      http://catalog.syossetlibrary.org/search?/abarnhart+norm/abarnhart+norm/1%2C1%2C2%2CB/frameset&FF=abarnhart+norm&1%2C%2C2http://catalog.syossetlibrary.org/search?/t13-story+treehouse./t++++++13+story+treehouse/-3%2C-1%2C0%2CB/frameset&FF=t++++++13+story+treehouse&1%2C%2C2                http://catalog.syossetlibrary.org/search/?searchtype=t&searcharg=the+kids%27+guide+to+pranks&sortdropdown=-&SORT=D&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=tthe+kids%27+guide+to+
             
      http://catalog.syossetlibrary.org/search?/Xjokes&SORT=D/Xjokes&SORT=D&SUBKEY=jokes/1%2C231%2C231%2CB/frameset&FF=Xjokes&SORT=D&4%2C4%2Chttp://catalog.syossetlibrary.org/search/?searchtype=t&SORT=D&searcharg=chicken+squadhttp://catalog.syossetlibrary.org/search?/dHumorous+stories./dhumorous+stories/-3%2C-1%2C0%2CB/frameset&FF=dhumorous+stories&5%2C%2C1262


                           
      http://catalog.syossetlibrary.org/search?/tcold+cereal/tcold+cereal/1%2C4%2C5%2CB/frameset&FF=tcold+cereal+saga++++1&1%2C1%2C
                          http://catalog.syossetlibrary.org/search/?searchtype=t&searcharg=dinosaurs+love+underpants&sortdropdown=-&SORT=D&extended=1&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=i9781416989387                        http://catalog.syossetlibrary.org/search/?searchtype=t&SORT=D&searcharg=bad+kitty+gets+a+bath

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      7. LEGO Fun

      We held our spring session of LEGO Fun today. 














      Posted by Amy

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      8. Happy Saint Patrick's Day !

       











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      9. WEATHER PREDICTIONS



      From the very beginning humans have always tried to predict and explain weather patterns.


      A saying like, "March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb", is an old English proverb that was used to describe typical March weather.  Although it is not always very reliable, March 2016 seems to be very Lion-like as it is snowing this very minute!!


      There are many other sayings known as weather folklore that were used by shepherds, sailors and farmers to help guide them during their workdays.
      Fortunately, today modern technology has taken the guess work out of weather predictions.  So the next time you see a "Red sky in the morning (sailors take warning)" or a "Red sky at night (sailor's delight)"  you can either heed the folklore or tune-in to your local weather station. 


      http://catalog.syossetlibrary.org/search?/tweather/tweather/1%2C37%2C62%2CB/frameset&FF=tweather&19%2C%2C20


      http://catalog.syossetlibrary.org/search?/tweather/tweather/1%2C37%2C62%2CB/frameset&FF=tweather&19%2C%2C20/indexsort=-




      Posted by:  Miss Rosemarie




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      10. New Books This Week!






      Superheroes Don't Eat Veggie Burgers by Gretchen Kelley.
      A sixth-grade boy's stories about superhero Dude Explodius start changing reality.




                                               When Mischief Came To Town by Karina Nannestad.
         In 1911, when orphaned ten-year-old Inge comes to live with her stern grandmother in a remote island village in Bornholm, Denmark, she ends up changing the climate of the town, bringing joy and laughter to her grandmother's life and finding a new family for herself to help assuage her grief over losing her mother.


      Bad Kitty Goes to the Vet by Nick Bruel.
      Even the best bad kitties can get sick, and when it happens, it means just one thing: a visit to the vet!








      What was Woodstock? by Joan Holub.
      On August 15, 1969, a music festival called 'Woodstock' transformed one small dairy farm in upstate New York into a gathering place for over 400,000 young music fans. Concert-goers, called 'hippies,' traveled from all over the country to see their favorite musicians perform. Famous artists like The Grateful Dead played day and night in a celebration of peace, love, and happiness. Although Woodstock lasted only three days, the spirit of the festival has defined a generation and become a symbol of the hippie life.




                                            Friday Barnes, Girl Detective by R.A Spratt.

      A genius girl detective discovers her ultra exclusive boarding school is a hotbed of crime, from missing homework and stolen lemon tarts to a mysterious yeti haunting the school swamp.










      Henry Cicada's Extraordinary Elktonium Escape by David Teague.
      Henry Cicada just wants to be plain, but extraordinary things keep happening to him. When he's accidentally transported to a different dimension, he realizes a little wackiness is the key to adventure.









      Bunny vs. Monkey by Jamie Smart.
      When mean, selfish Monkey is sent into space, his spaceship crash-lands in Bunny's peaceful forest home, and Monkey, believing he is on a new planet, tries to claim it for his own.




      posted by Josephine

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      11. The Cursed Child will "Bless" Library Shelves this Summer!




      The year 2016 has not yet begun and already and it has already been a big year for Harry Potter fans.


      First, the sad.


      We lost Alan Rickman, the actor who -- among many other roles -- was beloved for his betrayal of the morally grey Professor Severus Snape.


      However, while the above is heartbreaking, yet uncontrollable, the rest of the news is positive.


      First off, Universal Studios will be adding a Wizarding World of Harry Potter its Hollywood, California location on the west coast. In addition to this, the established park in Orlando has expanded greatly.


      November 2016 will see the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. This is a film which will expand upon the world created in the original Harry Potter novels. The script will be penned by J.K. Rowling, who recently released the names of Wizarding Schools throughout the world.


      Also, stage play for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is set to open in London this summer. This news was a bit of a bummer to fans on this side of "the pond". Many young fans might have thought they would need to beg their parents for a family trip to the UK in order to experience this new story in the "Potterverse".


      But good news rang once again when it was announced that the script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child would be released in published form this summer! Of course, we will be reserving shelf space for this magical tome to take its place among its predecessors!


      -Posted by (your fellow Potter-enthusiast) Miss Jessikah

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      12.

      Winter recess is upon us.  We have some fun programs lined up for kids this week.  On Monday we will be showing the movie CinderellaNature Nick's Animal Adventures will be here on Wednesday with animals from all corners of the world!  Thursday marks the triumphant return of Lifesize Candyland.  We had so much fun with this program a few years ago (check out the photos below), so we are bringing it back.  Are you into robotics?  Then Maker Buddies is the program for you on Friday.  Finally, on Saturday we have two special guests visiting us.  WNBC reporter Ida Siegal will be here to talk about her new children's book series - Emma is on the Air and Chef Paula will conduct a hands-on workshop to make some yummy treats inspired by the books!






       We hope to see you next week!!!

      Posted by Amy


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      13. Family Maker Fun

      Everyone had a great time at our Family Maker Fun program last night. We played with Zoob tubes, K'Nex, Keva planks, Snap Circuits, and built marble roller coasters.  Our next session is Wednesday, April 6th at 6:30 PM (registration is March 23rd) -- come join us!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         




      Posted by Sue Ann
      



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      14. Children's Book Awards 2016





      Earlier in the month, the winners were announced for the John Newberry Medal, The Caldecott Medal, and the Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award. These are some of the most prestigious awards given to works of children's literature.

      Newberry Medal Winner 2016:




      A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.


      Newberry Honor books:





      A young disabled girl and her brother are evacuated from London to the English countryside during World War II, where they find life to be much sweeter away from their abusive mother.





      For fans of Raina Telgemeier’s Smile, a heartwarming graphic novel about friendship and surviving junior high through the power of roller derby.









      Decades after a man is entwined in a prophecy-based quest involving three mysterious sisters and a harmonica, three individuals from different areas of the world confront daunting challenges involving the same harmonica.

      Randolph Caldecott Medal Winner 2016:






      A picture book adaptation of the story of the real bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh describes how the author's great-grandfather, a veterinarian from Winnipeg, rescued a bear cub and took her with him to an English army base during World War I.



      Caldecott Honor Books:




      A Grammy-nominated headliner for the New Orleans Jazz Fest describes his childhood in Tremâe and how he came to be a bandleader by age six.






      Five toy animal friends sit happily together on a windowsill, patiently waiting for anticipated weather changes that are orchestrated by their young human companion. 







      Presents a collage-illustrated treasury of poems and spirituals inspired by the life and work of civil rights advocate Fannie Lou Hamer.

      Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Pena (See Above)

      Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award Winner 2016: 


      Spending the summer with their grandmother in the rural South, three sisters from Brooklyn discover the surprising reason behind their mother's estrangement from their aunt. By the Newbery Honor-winning author of One Crazy Summer. 

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      15. SYOSSET KIDS' DATABASES

      The Children's Department has over a dozen databases that are geared for pre-school through elementary grades. 

      Sesame Street E-Books, TumbleBooks and TumbleBookCloud Jr. are just a few of the databases that encourage children to read through various early literacy activities.

      Elementary students have the opportunity to research accurate and current material for their school reports by using such sites as Biography in Context, Facts on File Modern World History, Searchasaurus, Kid InfoBits, Scholastic Go! and many more.

      Tutor.com provides free online homework help everyday from 2pm-10pm.

      My favorite is NoveList K-8 which is a great site if you want to read reviews on books or find read-alike titles.

      To find our databases go to:

       


      Posted by:  Miss Rosemarie

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      16. Harry Potter fans remember Alan Rickman



      Sad news came yesterday morning, when it was announced that
      Alan Rickman, had passed away. While Rickman has been known by many as a seasoned actor, his loss hits children's literature particularly hard.

      Generations of young readers grew up to see the complicated character of Severus Snape expertly portrayed by Alan Rickman. It was said that J.K. Rowling kept only Rickman in the loop when it came to the character's childhood friendship with Harry's mother, Lily, and the motivations of Snape's character throughout the series.

      Several of Alan Rickman's fans, co-stars,as well as Rowling herself, used social media to mourn his loss.


      He will be remembered. Always.












      

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      17. New Year, New Books

      The staff of the Children's Room wishes you a happy and healthy 2016.  

      Below are a few books to look forward to in the new year!

      http://catalog.syossetlibrary.org/search/?searchtype=t&searcharg=mr+lemoncellos&sortdropdown=-&SORT=DZ&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=Xds%26SORT%3DD

      http://catalog.syossetlibrary.org/search?/tbalto+the/tbalto+the/-3%2C0%2C0%2CB/frameset&FF=tbalto+of+the+blue+dawn&1%2C1%2C/indexsort=-

      http://catalog.syossetlibrary.org/search/?searchtype=t&SORT=D&searcharg=woodland+wedding

      http://catalog.syossetlibrary.org/search?/tprincess+in+black/tprincess+in+black/1%2C5%2C5%2CB/frameset&FF=tprincess+in+black+and+the+hungry+bunny+horde&1%2C1%2C

      Click on the picture to reserve your copy today! 

      Happy reading!

      Posted by Amy

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      18. A Visit from St. Nicholas

      On this day in 1823, Clement Clarke Moore's beloved poem A Visit from St. Nicholas (also known as 'Twas the night before Christmas) was first published.  The library has several versions in the collection, but all are checked out for the upcoming holiday.  However, 'Twas the Day before Christmas by Brenda Seabrooke is available; this beautifully illustrated book tells the story behind the famous poem and Clarke's inspiration for writing it.
      Wishing all our Syosset community a wonderful holiday and a happy, healthy new year!

      http://catalog.syossetlibrary.org/search/?searchtype=t&searcharg=%27twas+the+day+before+christmas&sortdropdown=-&SORT=D&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=t%27twas+the+day+before+christmas

      Posted by Sue Ann.

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      19.

      Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School

      by Jeff Kinney

      The new Diary of a Wimpy kid book is released Tuesday, November 3.

      Reserve your copy today to find out what happens next to Greg Heffley.

      Life was better in the old days. Or was it?

      That's the question Greg Heffley is asking as his town voluntarily unplugs and goes electronics-free. But modern life has its conveniences, and Greg isn't cut out for an old-fashioned world.

      With tension building inside and outside the Heffley home, will Greg find a way to survive?



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      20. Veteran's Day


      The Syosset Library recently presented two programs in honor of Veteran’s Day. 

      Author Valerie Pfundstein visited the Children’s Room on November 5th and read her book Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhood to an audience of adults and children.  In a moving presentation, she told us stories about friends and family members who are veterans, including one German Shepherd. She encouraged the children to find the veterans in their own families and to write down their stories.  




      On Veteran’s Day, the Banjo Rascals performed a patriotic themed concert in our theater for the enjoyment of all.



      A world of gratitude to all our veterans, past and present.

      Posted by Sue Ann




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      21. Clifford the Big Red Dog

       Clifford the Big Red Dog visited the library a few weeks ago!  Check out his visit below:










       Thanks, Clifford!

      Posted by Amy

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      22. Thanksgiving Turkey Rods!

      The days are shorter, the air is crisp. Perhaps your house smells like fresh baked cornbread?

      Thanksgiving is only short two days away!

      While the dark might make some younger patrons sleepy, Monday night, some young gourmets trotted into the Syosset Library Children's Room to make a Thanksgiving treat!

      Check out some pictures of the adorable Thanksgiving Turkey Rods below. If you ask me, they look too cute to eat. Almost.

      Don't you just want to gobble (gobble) them up?

      Happy Thanksgiving Day!
      -Posted by Miss Jessikah



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      23. Happy Birthday Jan Brett!






       

      Happy Birthday to Jan Brett who was born on December 1, 1949.
      She's a best selling children's author who writes and illustrates her books.


      Here are a few of her books:





       You can check out her website for more information about the Author and other fun activities:


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      24. TOP 2015 CHILDREN'S BOOKS

      The New York Times just posted their "Notable Children's Books of 2015" list in the November 30th Sunday Book Review section.  The list mentions titles from picture book and illustrated fiction categories, as well as, fiction and non-fiction books for middle grade readers.  Below are some titles but for the complete list go to http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/06/books/review/notable-childrens-books-of-2015.html?_r=0


      http://catalog.syossetlibrary.org/search/?searchtype=t&searcharg=finding+winnie&sortdropdown=-&SORT=D&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=task+mehttp://catalog.syossetlibrary.org/search?/task+me/task+me/1%2C8%2C10%2CB/frameset&FF=task+me&1%2C1%2C



      http://catalog.syossetlibrary.org/search/?searchtype=t&searcharg=listen+slowly&sortdropdown=-&SORT=D&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=tcircus+mirandus                                                                    
      http://catalog.syossetlibrary.org/search/?searchtype=t&searcharg=circus+mirandus&sortdropdown=-&SORT=D&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=ti+survived+true+stories







      http://catalog.syossetlibrary.org/search/?searchtype=t&searcharg=roller+girl&sortdropdown=-&SORT=D&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=tfinding+winnie


      Submitted by:  Miss Rosemarie

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      25. Star War Crafts




      In celebration of the new Star Wars film, stop by the children's room Thursday, December 17 and Friday, December 18th  to make an Ewok paper bag puppet and a moveable BB-8. BB-8 is a new droid from the new Star Wars movie.









      Also, visit Master Yoda on Display...




      Happy Crafting and May the Force be with You!

































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