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1. 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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3. 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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4. 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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5. 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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6. 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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7. 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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9. 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
  • 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
  • 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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10. 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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11. 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

Posted by Amy

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12. 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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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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14. 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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15. 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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16. 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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17. 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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18. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Celebrates its 45th Anniversary!

Today marks the 45th anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, which was published on March 20th 1969. Eric Carle has illustrated over 70 books, but The Very Hungry Caterpillar is his most popular book, and has been translated into over 55 languages, selling over 33 million copies.

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19. The Read Anything Book Club!

On Wednesday, February 12, we held our very first "Read Anything Book Club" in the Syosset Library Children's Room!

This was a great program where children got to come in and tell us about a book that they enjoyed.  While the questions about the books were not typical of a book club where everyone reads the same book ("If you were to make a commercial for your book, what would it be like?  Act it out!"), everyone got to enjoy some silliness while sharing why they chose to share their book.

A few of our participants agreed to let me share what they read on this blog!
-Posted by Miss Jessikah

Joseph D.:  Satch & Me  by Dan Gutman
With his ability to travel through time using vintage baseball cards, Joe takes Flip with him to find out whether Satchel Paige really was the fastest pitcher ever.

Mark K.:  The Name of this book is secret by Pseudononymous Bosch
Two eleven-year-old misfits try to solve the mystery of a dead magician and stop the evil Dr. L and Ms. Mauvais, who are searching for the secret of immortality.

Emma V.:  The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan
When the goddess Artemis disappears while hunting a rare, ancient monster, a group of her followers joins Percy and his friends in an attempt to find and rescue her before the winter solstice, when her influence is needed to sway the Olympian Council regarding the war with the Titans.

Jessica K.:  The Storybook of Legends by Shannon Hale
At Ever After High, a boarding school for the sons and daughters of famous fairy-tale characters, students Apple White and Raven Queen face the moment when they must choose whether to follow their destinies, or change them.

Ryan C.:  The Ranger's Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan 
When fifteen-year-old Will is rejected by battleschool, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt, and winds up protecting the kingdom from danger.

Reyna L. Tuesdays at the Castle  By Jessica Day George
Eleven-year-old Princess Celie lives with her parents, the king and queen, and her brothers and sister at Castle Glower, which adds rooms or stairways or secret passageways most every Tuesday, and when the king and queen are ambushed while travelling, it is up to Celie--the castle's favorite--with her secret knowledge of its never-ending twists and turns, to protect their home and save their kingdom.

Angela W.: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.

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20. Dreaming of Summer?

Are you tired of the frigid temperatures and all that snow?  Unfortunately, summer is still 121 days away.  In the meantime, why not warm up with a good summer-themed book?









Posted by Amy

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21. Celebrate Darwin Day!

Darwin Day is a global celebration of science and reason held on or around February 12, the birthday anniversary of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin.

For this special occasion, check out one of our great biographies about Charles Darwin and learn all about his life and work:

Charles Darwin by Kathleen Krull

 Darwin by Alice B. McGinty

One Beetle Too Many by Kathryn Lasky

 Posted by Sue Ann

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The Caldecott award is named in honor of Randolph Caldecott.  He was a 19th century illustrator.  This award celebrates the exceptional art that is found in children's picture books.

The Caldecott award winner is...


The Caldecott Honors Books are...


The Newbery Medal was named for the 18th century British bookseller, John Newbery.  The medal is awarded to books that significantly contribute to American literature for children.

The Newbery Medal goes to... 

The Newbery Honor Books are...



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23. Food Themed Children books

Thinking back about your childhood, I'm sure you all have a favorite book or two. When I think about what my favorite children books were they all seem to have a common theme....FOOD!  How could you not read Charlie and the chocolate factory without craving a wonka chocolate bar! Or what about cloudy with a chance of meatballs; The land of Chewandswallow is my idea of heaven (before the crazy weather hits, of course.) Hungry yet?!

What are some of your favorite food-related storybooks?
 Here are a few old and new classics: 
                                               The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle 
Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep. Die-cut pages illustrate what the caterpillar ate on successive days.

Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell and Lillian Hoban
          Frances decides she likes to eat only bread and jam at every meal--until to her surprise--her parents 
          grant her wish.

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
          Little Sal and Little Bear both lose their mothers while eating blueberries and almost end up with the 
          other's mother.

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss
          In this most famous of cumulative tales, the list of places to enjoy green eggs and ham, and friends to  
          enjoy them with, gets longer and longer. Follow Sam-I-am as he insists that this unusual treat is indeed 
          a delectable snack to be savored everywhere and in every way.

If you Give A Cat A Cupcake by Laura Numeroff
           A series of increasingly far-fetched events might occur if someone were to give a cupcake to a cat.

Cloudy with a Chance of meatballs by Judi Barrett
            Life is delicious in the town of Chewandswallow where it rains soup and juice, snows mashed  
            potatoes, and blows storm of hamburgers - until the weather takes a turn for the worse.

24. Read Across America Celebrates Dr. Seuss.

Each year on March 2nd  NEA ( National Education Association) sponsors Read Across America in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday.  They promote the benefits of reading in children and young adults across the country.

This celebration encourages parents, teachers and children to share their love of reading. Most libraries and schools are hosting special events but if your community isn't doing anything you can  print out activities from seussville.com.


You can also join the fun on their facebook page:


Have fun reading!!!

posted by Josephine

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Discover the Creatures of Mythology

       The creatures of mythology are strange and scary to many of us.  The monsters often came from the imagination of storytellers to help explain the mysteries of sea and land.  You may be familiar with some of the more popular creatures like the Kraken, the enormous sea monster that was known to drag ships down to the bottom of the ocean.  Or, the predatory Griffin who was said to have the back body of a lion and the wings, talons and beak of an eagle.  And don't forget the Manticore, considered to be the most menacing of all mythical creatures.  This beast sports the body of a lion, the tail of a scorpion and the head of a human with three rows of shark teeth.  Yikes!!
 Discover these mythical beasts at our library:

Submitted by:  Miss Rosemarie

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