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1. 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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2. 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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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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4. 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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5. 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!





Click on the picture to reserve your copy today! 

Happy reading!

Posted by Amy

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6. 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!


Posted by Sue Ann.

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7. 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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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




Submitted by:  Miss Rosemarie

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9. 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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10. 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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11. 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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12. 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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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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Do you know about our Museum Pass Program?

As a Syosset/Woodbury resident you can reserve a pass to one of the 24 participating museums on Long Island and Manhattan.  From the ever-popular L.I. Children's Museum to Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery, Whaling Museum, Garvies Point, Nassau County Firefighters Museum, Old Bethpage Village Restoration, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and much more.

Each pass allows free admittance for several adults and children.  You can reserve your Museum Pass online following this link http://www.syossetlibrary.org/museum-pass-program 
or call 921-7161 ext. 239. 

You can find the full listing in our brochure at the Children's Desk.

Submitted by:  Miss Rosemarie

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15. Time Capsule

Our time capsule begins Monday, October 19th and will continue through Sunday, October 25th.  Take a step into the future and help fill a time capsule that will be opened in 30 years on October 21, 2045! 

For all ages; no registration required. 

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16. That Spooky Time of Year!

The sky is getting darker earlier each night, and pumpkins are everywhere.  While costumes and candy are likely on everyone's mind, another Halloween tradition lurks within the stacks of your own library!

Scary Stories! Whether you prefer short tales to chill your bones, or a longer page turner with shivers waiting within each chapter, Syosset Public Library has just what you need.

Here are some of my own favorites.

Not for the feint of heart, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, is a favorite! These books have been around for decades, and feature short tales no longer than four pages long. If Stephen Gammell's illustrations don't scare you away from the cover art, you will surely enjoy the series as a whole.

If you're pressed for time, check out Half-Minute Horrors, a collection of short stories from famous authors such as, Lemony Snicket, and Neil Gaiman. Each story proves that you don't need more than 30 seconds to tell a good scary story. 

Another longtime favorite is the Goosebumps series, by R.L. Stine. These books have freaked out readers since the early 90's, and has gone on to spawn a television series, as well as several movies, one of which is due out October 16th, 2015.

For those who find these books to be mere appetizers, feel free to check out anything from the list below, which are longer reads, but still quite freaky.

Happy hauntings!

- Miss Jessikah

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17. Autism-friendly program!

On Sunday, October 4 the Syosset Public Library presented our 3rd annual autism-friendly performance.  This year Plaza Productions, Inc. put on a wonderful production of Disney's The Little Mermaid, Jr.  The performance was specially designed and adapted for children with autism and autism-spectrum disorders and their families.  We provide a calming corner and coping tools in the lobby and families are welcome to visit at any time during the performance.  If you would like information about upcoming performances, please leave us a comment.

Posted by Amy

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18. Family Maker Fun

Wednesday evening we had a great program at the library -- Family Maker Fun!  As you can tell by the name, we certainly had fun.  Families came and played with various building toys together -- ZOOBS, K'NEX, a Quadrilla marble roller coaster, Keva planks, Snap Circuits, Jr. and of course, LEGOs. The next Family Maker Fun is on Wednesday, October 28th at 7 PM (registration date is October 14th). Hope to see you there!

 Posted by Sue Ann

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We are in our sixth week of summer reading and so far Syosset kids have read 3024 books.  

Our last day is August 8th, if you haven't signed up yet you still have time to come in and receive prizes.

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20. Superhero Reading

Although our Summer Reading program comes to a close this Saturday, August 8th there is still plenty of time to do some reading.  Here are some titles in keeping with this summer's Superhero theme:

http://catalog.syossetlibrary.org/search/?searchtype=t&searcharg=the+big+book+of+superheroes&sortdropdown=-&SORT=D&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=thero                                                                                          http://catalog.syossetlibrary.org/search/?searchtype=t&searcharg=the+big+book+of+superheroes&sortdropdown=-&SORT=D&extended=0&SUBMIT=Search&searchlimits=&searchorigarg=thero

Submitted by:  Miss Rosemarie

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21. Celebrating the Works of Children's Author Ann McGovern (May 25, 1930- August 8, 2015)

Ann Mcgovern, popular children's book author died last week. According to a New York times article, Ann Mcgovern is the author of more than fifty books for children. She is best remembered for her adaption of "Stone Soup," a retelling of a traditional folktale.

According to a New York times article, Mcgovern "has sold over thirty million copies". Many of her books incorporated the artwork of talented illustrators including Ezra Jack Keats and Tomie dePaola.

Here are some books to check out written by Ann Mcgovern:

Peter complains his house is too noisy so the wise man advises him to obtain some rather unusual house guests.

When the little old lady claims she has no food to give him, a hungry young man proceeds to make a soup with a stone and water.

A biography of the ichthyologist whose interest in fish began at the age of nine during weekly trips to the Aquarium in New York City.

posted by Miss Meghan

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22. Let’s give a big cheer for a new school year!

 Summer is winding down and school starts up again next week!  Stop by the library to pick up some great back to school books to help ease the transition and get kids excited about school!







Have a great first day back kids (and teachers and parents)!!

Posted by Amy

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23. Miss Piggy and Kermit: From the Happiness Hotel to the Heartbreak Hotel!

Well, I rarely pay attention to celebrity gossip, but this particular piece has to do with The Muppets!

As I'm sure you've heard, after 40 years, Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog have split!

Say it isn't so!

Sadly, the news is true, and both have publicly stated that they had come to the mutual decision to end their relationship. The famous Frog and Pig duo announced their break up over (what else?) social media this past August. While Kermit and Piggy have been known to bicker in public, the main source of their choice might just be that Piggy herself, is more in love with the spotlight than Kermit is comfortable. 

This news comes hot on the heels of the new Muppet show, which will be airing on ABC in a few weeks. For those of us who care to relive the glory days of Miss Piggy and Kermit's love, the The Syosset Public Library offers an extensive collection of classic Muppet related media. This includes DVD's, CD Soundtracks, and books! One book in particular interest to this topic is Miss Piggy's Night Out, an early reader, featuring a date between the two when they were just young love birds -- er -- love PIGS and FROGS. 

To rub salt on the wounds of the news, rumor has it that Kermit has already moved on with a new pig named Denise! However, in typical form, Mr. The Frog remains coy, insisting over Twitter that the two (he and Denise) are just good friends. 

-A heart-broken Miss Jessikah

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24. Syosset Street Fair

The town of Syosset is hosting their annual Street Fair:

  Sunday, September 20th from 10:00am-5:00pm.

Along with vendors and local stores the library will be there, too!

Come visit us.  We will have give-aways, raffle prizes and information on upcoming events
for children, teens and adults.

Submitted by:  Miss Rosemarie

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25. It's Finally Fall

September 23rd is the first day of Fall. It is the time of year to play in the leaves, eat pumpkin pie, and drink hot apple cider. We have already gotten some cool fall weather. Here are some books to cozy with this fall season.

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