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1. 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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2. 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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3. 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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4. 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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5. 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.

Posted by Pam

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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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7. 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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8. 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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9. 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?









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10. 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...



posted by Miss Rosemarie

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12. 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.

13. Read this, then that! (Grimm's Fairy Tales)

I make it no secret that I am a fan of the original, Grimm's fairy tales. 

So naturally, when I heard that the Common Core Standards were aiming to make Grimm's tales a must in their curriculum, my knee jerk response was, "Yay!".

However, what it might surprise many children to discover is that beyond the Disney versions of beloved tales such as, "Cinderella" and "Snow White", the original stories are, well, quite grim!

Love them or loathe them, it is good to at least be familiar with the source of these stories we grew up on, even if the versions we are familiar with have been candy coated.  This becomes especially important when considering the tales that have inspired popular children's authors to pen their own takes on these beloved classics.

Here is a quick list of three tales to check out from our fairy tale collection, and a middle grade novel which corresponds to the original story. 

Read this!
The Twelve Dancing Princesses is the story of twelve sister princesses who are doomed to spend their nights dancing with mysterious princes in an underground kingdom.  This might not sound so bad at first, but I assure you that these princes are not all they seem!  When the king discovers that his daughters' dancing shoes are worn out at night, he enlists the help of many noblemen to solve the problem.  When they each fail their mission, a poor soldier approaches the king insisting he will be able to succeed.

Then this!
The Thirteenth Princess by Diane Zahler tells the original story through the eyes of Zita, the thirteenth sister of the famous twelve princesses.  Raised as a servant, Zita remains naive about her royal heritage until she reaches the age of twelve.  This is also when she discovers that her sisters are under an enchantment and Zita herself may be the only one who can break it!

Read this!
Rumplestiltskin is a fairytale about a miller's daughter whose father foolishly brags that she can do impossible tasks such as spin straw into gold!  

When the girl is brought before the king, she is told that she must make good on all the things her father has bragged that she can do.  If she fails, her life might be at stake!  The girl reluctantly makes a deal with a strange little man who claims he can spin gold.  However, his price might be too high to pay. 

Then this!

Rump:  The true story of Rumplestiltskin by Leisl Sturtliff introduces us to Rumplestiltskin's humble 
childhood.  His motivations for helping the miller's daughter are explored, as well as the importance of his name. 

Read this!
For those of you who just can't keep to one tale, we have several collections of Grimm's fairytales which contain both popular and lesser known stories.  Feel free to grab one of these thicker books and explore each tale, or choose a few that interest you!

Then this!

After you have become familiar with the tales, pick up, A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz.  While Hansel and Gretel might appear to be the only story adapted for this novel, Gidwitz manages to weave many other Grimm tales into this first book in a series.  It isn't a requirement to know all of Grimm before picking up this book, but it might enhance your enjoyment. 

Posted by Miss Jessikah

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14. Winter Scavenger Hunt!

During the month of January we are offering our first ever Winter Scavenger Hunt.  This simple hunt can be completed by children (with some grown-up help for the younger kids) ages 3 1/2 through grade 5.   Simply solve the secret code by locating the object in the photo and finding the clue (a letter) located nearby.  Once completed, kids bring it to one of the librarians for a prize.  A second prize can be obtained for knowing the answer to the Bonus Question.
Happy hunting!
Posted by Amy

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15. Happy New Year

We've had some fun and sun in the Children's Room this December-- check out these photos of our activities during the holiday break:

The One-Woman Show with a Cast of 75

Beach Bum Snowman

Happy New Year to all!

Posted by Sue Ann

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16. Have you read WONDER?

Book CoverHave you read Wonder by R.J. Palacio?  It is a wonderful book about ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extreme facial abnormalities and was not expected to survive. He goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade at a private middle school in Manhattan, which entails enduring the taunting and fear of his classmates as he struggles to be seen as just another student. If you loved Wonder, here are some other books to try:

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Out of My Mind
by Sharon M. Draper is about a girl who is considered by many to be mentally retarded.  She is a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.

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by Kathryn Erskine is about Ten-year-old Caitlin, who has Asperger's Syndrome, struggles to understand emotions, show empathy, and make friends at school, while at home she seeks closure by working on a project with her father.

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Larger than Life Lara by Dandi Daley Mackall is about fourth-grader Laney whose writing relates how an obese girl new to the class changes the lives of those around her, despite being bullied by her peers.

Posted by Pam

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17. "Frozen", Disney (once again) nods towards Hans Christian Andersen.

As you might have heard, Disney's new animated feature, "Frozen" opened on Thanksgiving weekend!

The reviews have been very positive and the box office returns have agreed that Disney has once again succeeded in melting the hearts of its audience, even during a frosty holiday weekend.

While Disney has made a habit of adapting well known fairytales to film, "Frozen" may stump young viewers when they are asked to consider its origin. 

"Frozen" is very (very, very) loosely based on the Hans Christian Andersen tale, "The Snow Queen", in which the titular character is without a doubt, the villain of the story.  As one may imagine from the trailers (or after having seen the film), this is not the case for Elsa, the Snow Queen character in "Frozen".  Sure, she appears to be an antagonist, but her heart is far from frozen.  In fact, her actions are based on fear for her sister Anna's safety as well as frustration at her powers being misunderstood.

This is not the first time Disney has adapted one of Andersen's tales.  "The Little Mermaid" is probably the best known tale which has seen success in an animated version.  Once again, Disney changed this tale and gave the mermaid her "happily ever after".  Something she absolutely does not get in the original Andersen tale. 

Maybe forgotten though is "The Emperor's New Groove", which points a finger towards Andersen's "The Emperor's New Clothes".  In the original, a haughty monarch is tricked into buying non existent clothing which is passed off as "so fine, that only those who fit their posts can see it".  Naturally the Emperor does not wish to call attention to the fact that he does not see the fabric, lest he be considered not kingly, so he addresses his subjects dressed in nothing at all.  While most of his kingdom is too afraid to point out to the Emperor that he is nude, a little boy calls it out into the crowd leaving the monarch embarrassed at the folly that has befallen him. 

"The Emperor's New Groove", retains Andersen's premise of an arrogant Emperor, portrayed as a bratty young man named Kuzco.  When an evil sorceress named Ymza seeks to dethrone him, she accidentally turns him into a llama.  With the very reluctant help of Pacha, one of Kuzco's subjects, the Emperor learns some humility on his quest to recover his throne and his human form.

Big changes there!

If you ever find yourself curious about the tales that proceeded these films, we have ever volumes of Andersen's tales available in our library!  However, be aware that unlike most of the Grimm's tales which end happily enough (for the heroes at least), Andersen's often find a joyous conclusion to be optional.

-Posted by Jessikah

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18. Celebrate Edwin Powell Hubble's birthday!

     Wednesday, November 20th is the birthday of Edwin Powell Hubble.  He was born in 1889 and was one of the greatest American astronomers.  He believed in the great expanse of the universe.

     In honor of Mr. Hubble's contributions to space, the Hubble Space Telescope was named after him on April 25, 1990.  The Hubble Space Telescope was taken into space aboard the U.S. shuttle, Discovery.  Sending the telescope into orbit allows astronomers to explore the universe better than any telescope used here on earth.

     While a trip to space is still far off into our future we can get a glimpse of our universe by visiting the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium. 

Be sure to reserve your museum pass from our website


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19. Nick the Balloonatic

We had a great turn out for our Veteran's Day Special. Nick the Balloonatic did an outstanding job with his award-winning balloon performance. Here are a few pictures taken from the show.  

posted by Josephine


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20. Superhero Librarians Part Deux

We hope you all had a fun, candy-filled Halloween.  Your Syosset Children's Librarians sure did!

I wonder what we will be next year??

 Posted by Amy

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21. Holy Pumpkins, Batman!

Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins. 

Before the first leaf hits the ground we know Fall is on the way.  Can you tell by the slight nip in the air on an evening in late August?  Do you prefer to measure the season by how many days you have left before a new school years begins?  Or does your Autumn just roll in to your mind in the shape of a big round pumpkin?

Yes!  Pumpkins are a popular symbol of the Fall.  In recent years pumpkin flavor has invaded everything from the frosting on your donuts to the flavors of coffee the adults in your life sip to warm up.

Pumpkins!  They're not just for pies anymore.

For those who want to carve pumpkins!

Of course, there are many other things people do with pumpkins in the fall.  They carve them!  Of course, this too has become a changing trend.  While traditionally*, Jack O' Lanterns were simply toothy grins carved into our round orange friend, some really talented folk have taken their pumpkin carving skills to an entire new level.

Rise of the Jack O' Lanterns is a great exhibit that hits the Old Westbury Gardens every fall.  This is not your usual romp through the Gardens, but a trail which displays over 5,000 hand carved pumpkins that range from detailed faces to all out sculptures.  This exhibit runs every year and will still be up through this coming weekend.  If you have not gotten tickets, now is the time!

For those who want to grow pumpkins!

For those who are interested in size more than art, Hicks Nurseries in Westbury has been holding a contest for the last 11 years to determine the largest pumpkin on Long Island.

This year, the winning fruit weighed 1,456 lbs.  That's a lot of pie!

While these are great pumpkin themed events that are fun to visit and read about, I thought they might inspire some young readers to carve or grow their own pumpkins.  Be sure to stop by the library were we have several books on this seasonal staple and jump on the pumpkin wagon!


*Actually, traditionally a Jack O' Lantern was actually carved from a beet, a turnip and even a potato since pumpkins did not grow in Ireland or Scotland where their lore was born.  However, in the United States, a Jack 'O Lanterns are most definitely always associated with pumpkins. 

-Posted By Miss Jessikah

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22. World Origami Days

Today is the start of World Origami Days, a 2 1/2 week event from October 24th through November 11th.  October 24th is the birthdate of Lillian Oppenheimer, who founded the first origami group in America, and November 11th is Origami Day in Japan where the paper crane has become a symbol of peace.  Let's get the world to fold!

I got into the "spirit" and made these two creations for an upcoming popular holiday:

And here are just a few of the origami books in the children's room to help get you started on the joys of paperfolding:

Posted by Sue Ann.

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23. Libraries are Important!

Neil Gaiman, author of  Coraline The Graveyard Book and Chu's Day says libraries are important!  Reading fiction and reading for pleasure are the most important things one can do.  Imagination is key for the developing mind of a child.  Fiction builds empathy (helping people to work together), fiction can show you a different world, and fiction helps us to navigate the world.

Libraries are about freedom - freedom to read, freedom of ideas, and freedom of communication!  Libraries provide entertainment, a safe space and access to information.

Posted by Miss Pam.

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24. Everybody loves a teddy bear!

Bring your best friend, your teddy bear, to school or work on Wednesday October 7th to celebrate:
National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work and School Day.

Check out the history of the bear and how it got it's name at the National Museum of American History.

Come visit our library and check out some fun books about our fuzzy friend.

posted by:  Rosemarie B.

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25. Read for the Record

Thursday, October 3 is "Read for the Record" day.  On this day, millions of adults and children across the country will come together to celebrate literacy and support Jumpstart in its efforts to promote early childhood education and their to work towards the day that every child in America enters kindergarten prepared to succeed. 
Last year 2.3 million people participated in the event by reading Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad by David Soman and Jacky Davis.
This year everyone participating will be reading Otis by Loren Long.

Hopefully we can set a new record this year!
Happy reading!
Posted by Amy

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