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The deadline is fast approaching for the Friends of the Library’s Essay Contest! The contest is open to children in Grades 2-5 and the theme is My Most Unforgettable Hero/Heroine and Why (in 100 words or less). The winning essays will be read and prizes will be awarded at the Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Library on June 1st
at 7 PM. The deadline is May 3rd
, so get out your
pen or pencil (or computer!) and write about your favorite hero/heroine; we would love to read all about them.
Posted by Sue Ann
April has arrived! It’s time to tell jokes and play tricks on your friends and family. Here are some books to tickle your funny bone.
Posted by Miss Meghan
March 20 at 6:45p.m. marked the arrival of Spring on Long Island. There were no daffodils or crocus to indicate the arrival of this warm-weather season. Instead, once again, Long Islanders pulled on their hats and gloves and began shoveling for the umpteenth time. Yes, it was snowing!
Will Spring ever come to our fair Island??
Maybe if we read some books it will help usher in the warm breezes and colorful flowers...
Submitted by: Miss Rosemarie
St. Patrick's Day Fun Facts:
1. Nine of the people who signed our Declaration Of Independence were of Irish origin, and nineteen Presidents of the United States proudly claim Irish heritage - including our first President, George Washington
2. Legend says that each leaf of the clover means something: the first is for hope, the second for faith, the third for love and the fourth for luck.
3. The city with the largest population of Americans of Irish descent is Boston.
4. It is considered lucky to find a four leaf clover on St. Patrick's Day.
5. At one time, there were more Irish living in NYC, than Dublin, Ireland.
6. Did you know that a Leprechaun is a type of fairy in Irish folklore.
7. Shamrocks are the national flower of Ireland.
8. Over 94 million people are expected to wear green on St. Patrick's Day.
9. Corn beef and and Cabbage is an Irish American dish.
10. Lucky Charms, a favorite cereal brand among many, young and old, was created in 1963, with its popular mascot, Lucky the Leprechaun.
11. St. Patrick’s Day has become a holiday all around the world and for one day out of the year anyone can be Irish and join in the celebration.posted by Josephine
Tomorrow marks the second March 13th of the year. Are you afraid?
Triskaidekaphobia is defined as the fear or extreme superstition surrounding the number 13. While there are several reasons people have adapted this fear -- some going so far as to deliberately skip thirteenth floor when designing a high rise building -- some children's authors have found ways to have fun with it!
The most notable is Lemony Snicket, whose entire "Series of Unfortunate Events"
spans (you guessed it) 13 books! Not only that, but each chapter in each book has 13 chapters. Well, that is with the exception of the 13th book itself, which actually has 14, or if you prefer, an epilogue after the 13th chapter.
Tomorrow might be a good time to read (or re-read) this series.
However, Snicket's love of the number 13 (Triskaidekaphilia?) doesn't end with The End
(ha ha) of his most famous series.
Yet another Snicket penned book bares the burden of the unlucky number. 13 Words
is a book which uniquely defines 13 words. Some of which you might already know, and some you likely have never heard of before.
Furthermore, Snicket includes the bad news number in the (sort of) follow up to A Series of Unfortunate Events. The book File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents
follows a young Snicket (as he is a character in his own series) while he unravels 13 short mysteries in the mysterious town of Staind'-by-the-Sea.
If Lemony Snicket isn't your cup of lemon tea, here is a quick list of other books that use the number 13 in their title. Thirteen Hangmen
by Art CorriveauThirteen Treasures
by Michelle HarrisonThe Thirteenth Sign
by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb.The Thirteenth Princess
by Diane Zahler
Yesterday marked the 111th birthday of beloved children's book author, Dr. Seuss.
Each year on March 2nd the National Education Association sponsors Read Across America
in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday. Now in its 18th year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources.
Here in the Children's Room, we have an annual tradition of donning our Cat in the Hat hats and taking a photo to mark the day. This year we have our new trainee, Miss Meghan, along with Miss Rosemarie and Miss Amy looking snazzy in their hats.
posted by Amy
A Snicker of Magic is the story of Felicity Juniper Pickle, a young word-collector who sees words hovering in the air above people, words they are thinking about or words they want. She travels from place to place with her mother and younger sister Frannie Jo aboard their van The Pickled Jalapeno. They never find a friend or a home until they land in Midnight Gulch, Tennessee, previously known as a “magical place to call home.” Midnight Gulch may no longer be magical but it is home to the mysterious Beedle, who always knows how to "fix what’s ailing people” and Dr. Zook’s Famous Ice Cream, which stays cold for 24 hours without being in a freezer and comes in such interesting flavors as Chocolate Chip Pork Rind and Chocolate Orange Switcheroo. There are so many things to love about this book – you will never stop cheering for the wonderfully quirky characters and for a town that never really lost its magic, it was just hiding all along. Splendiferous!
Posted by Sue Ann
In the January 19, 2015 issue of Time Magazine you will find their list of Top Ten Children's Books for ages 3-11. Many of these titles, if not all, are familiar to many of us. They are the tried and true of children's classic stories.
As a counterpoint to Time's list, Jordan B. Nielsen, a children's book-buyer and blogger for Huffington Post had a different top ten list in mind. There's no doubting the timelessness of Time's list but Nielsen points out that the majority of the books are 50 years old. Where are the newer authors and titles that are worthy of the title children's classics? So based on her experience, below is her list of 20 New Classics Every Child Should Own.
Top Ten Children's Books for ages 3-11 (Time Magazine)
1. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (1963)
2. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (1962)
3. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (1947)
4. Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey (1948)
5. Little Bear (series) by Else Holmelund Minarik (1957)
6. Owl Moon by Jane Yolen (1987)
7. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (1964)
8. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka (1989)
9. Tuesday by David Wiesner (1991)
10. Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein (1974)
20 New Classics Every Child Should Own (Jordan B. Nielsen)
1. How To by Julie Morstad (2013)
2. Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin (2012)
3. Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan (2013)
4. Come on, Rain! by Karen Hesse (1999)
5. Toy Boat by Randall deSeve (2007)
6. Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty (2013)
7. Dream Animals by Emily Winfield Martin (2013)
8. Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska (2013)
9. 29 Myths on the Swinster Pharmacy by Lemony Snicket (2014)
10. On a Beam of Light by Jennifer Berne(2013)
11. The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds (2003)
12. Have You Seen My Dragon by Steve Light (2014)
13. On the Wing by David Elliott (2014)
14. Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers (2014)
15. A Lion in Paris by beatrice Alemagna (2014)
16. Looking at Lincoln by Maird Kalman (2012)
17. A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnel (2014)
posted by: Miss Rosemarie
Every year on February 2nd we celebrate Groundhog Day. On this day Americans await for the groundhog to emerge from his burrow to predict how much winter is left for the year. If it's cloudy and he doesn't see his shadow, then spring will come early, but if it's sunny and he does see his shadow then we will have six more weeks of winter.
The first and largest Groundhog Day takes place in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania where Phil the Punxsutawney Groundhog has been predicting the weather since 1886. The day is celebrated with large crowds, music and food as they wait for Phil to make his debut.To learn more about Groundhog day visit us in the children's room!posted by Josephine
Well, yesterday's snow storm got us a day off from school, but the forecast promised us that it would be;
"A Storm of Historic Proportions."
Sure, we got quite a lot of white fluffiness sprinkled across our lawns, but in the end, and for
New York City, history will not remember "Winter Storm Juno" as one for the books.
Average snowfall around the country, and the world for that matter, varies. However, you might want to read about a really crazy storm that hit New York City. A storm of historic proportions? One for the books?
This is the book for you! Jim Murphy's Blizzard!,
is a true account of a real storm that hit Manhattan in March of 1888. Now, please remember, here was a time when there were snow giant plows, no snow blowers, no trucks equipped with salt for the roads. Weather forecasting was not anywhere near the science it is today. In other words, no one saw this coming. So how bad was it?
It snowed for 36 hours, and while the general accumulation of snow hit about 30 inches (a little under an inch an hour) some of the snow drifts hit as high as 50 inches! Can you imagine what that looked like?
Here are a few pictures to help you out.
|Snow drifts reached close to 50 inches!|
|The Snow Fell for about 36 hours!|
| That means, almost an inch of snow fell each hour that the storm raged on!|
Paddington, the beloved children's book character, is starring in a brand new movie which opened last Friday. To celebrate, we hosted a drop-in Paddington Bear craft in the Children's Room.
Stop by the Children's Room and check out one of our many Paddington Bear books and read all about his adventures!
Posted by Amy
January is National Oatmeal Month. This much maligned month is apparently the ideal time to celebrate a variety of things including soup, hot tea, and bath safety. However, since oatmeal is a beloved breakfast food and I happen to have a favorite book on oatmeal, I thought it would be the perfect time to highlight it:
This is the story of Katerina-Elizabeth, who sailed on an ocean liner across the Atlantic to visit her grandmother in Scotland. Along the way, she was served oatmeal every day for breakfast, which she detested. She threw it overboard into the ocean where it was enjoyed by a tiny sea worm. He follows the ship across the ocean and grows to be none other than the Loch Ness Monster.
Posted by Sue Ann.
Disclaimer: Please note that neither the library nor this blogger advocates the throwing of food.
We observed the longest night of the year on December 21st at 6:00pm. This night is known as the Winter Solstice where we celebrate the return of the Sun. As we brave the biting cold temperatures of the next several months take comfort in knowing that the days will be getting longer and warmer.
If winter activities leave you shivering in your boots then consider one of these titles and a cup of hot chocolate to get you through the chilliest time of the year.
Hold Fast by Blue Balliett - On a cold winter's day Early's father has disappeared. Can she find him while keeping her family safe? (gr. 4 and up) The Solstice Cup by Rachel Dunstan Muller - Visiting relatives in Ireland during the Winter Solstice twin sisters fall into a river and are transported into the Otherworld. They are desperate to escape this dark mythical place but time is running out. (gr.5 and up) Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper - Little Hawk survives a winter journey into manhood only to return back to his village which has been wiped out by a white-man's plague. He meets John, a pilgrim, and together they forge a friendship that will change their lives forever. (gr. 5 and up)
Nightmareland by James Preller - Aaron gets sucked into a video game where he must brave a snowstorm. A nearby forest provides refuge only if you can stand the screaming howls and find your way out. (gr. 4 and up)
posted by: Miss Rosemarie
Happy Holidays from the children's department!
posted by Josephine
Strawberries. Oreos. Marshmallows. Yum! Can these things possibly be made any better than they already are? Sure! How? Cover them in chocolate of course!
Today is a very special day. It is "Happy Chocolate Covered Anything Day". Let's take a moment to celebrate.
Eating chocolate isn't the only way you can celebrate today, though I would never tell anyone not to eat chocolate, I wanted to recommend a few "candy" related books for chocolate lovers.
First things first. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
. Roald Dahl's classic book about Charlie, who can barely afford to buy a chocolate bar. With a little luck, and help from his Grandpa Joe, Charlie finds a coveted "Golden Ticket", an invitation to tour Mr. Willy Wonka's chocolate factory.
The factory has been closed to the public for so long, that there are all sorts of rumors about Mr. Wonka! Along with five other children who have also found the tickets.
However, Mr. Wonka himself is
quite strange, and the chocolate factory is a dangerous place for misbehaving children.
Can Charlie make it to the end of the tour in order to claim the great reward? If you haven't read this one already, today is a great day to pick it up. If you have read it, re-read it! Or maybe you would like to try one of the books below.The Candymakers,
By Wendy Mass takes a page from Charlie.
There is a chocolate factory, and a contest, but the children invited to visit are competing for creating a new type of candy.
Another big difference is that the children in Mass's story are all generally good kids, even if a few of them have an agenda for winning the competition.
Fans of Charlie
will likely enjoy The Candymakers,
but there is enough originality in this sweet tale to keep readers hungry enough to keep the pages turning until the very end.
Sue Stainton's The Chocolate Cat
, is a beautifully illustrated book that tells the story of a cat, a chocolate maker, and a town in need of inspiration.
When the chocolate maker creates chocolate covered mice with a little something extra, he doesn't think twice. His cat, however, knows there is something special about this new creation.
When the townspeople begin to eat these adorable chocolate masterpieces, they are suddenly stuck with amazing ideas, that spice up their formerly drab lives.
The popularity of the chocolate mice brings new business to the chocolate maker, and new friends to talk to the cat, which just proves that chocolate can improve lives!
Prefer non-fiction? How about a book about Milton Hershey? Featured here is Who Was Milton Hershey,
by James Buckley Jr..
While this book is a part of the popular Who Was
series, the library has several books about Hershey
, which is great, because he was a fascinating historical figure.
Aside from founding one of the most popular chocolate companies in the world, Hershey was a generous man who really wanted to spread joy to all. Hershey built schools, supported his work force, and made chocolate affordable at a time when it was a luxury reserved for the very wealthy!
Isn't that the (chocolate) icing on the cake?
So grab one of these books after you enjoy your chocolate covered anything! Just make sure to wash your hands first. We all love chocolate, but best not to leave fingerprints on the pages!
Posted by- Miss Jessikah
Today (December 9) marks the 49th anniversary of the first airing of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" on network television and the 50th anniversary of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer".
With the holiday season fast approaching, stop by the library for these and all your kids holiday DVD needs.
Posted by Amy
Sometimes when you've just finished reading a good book you're desperate to find something just as great.
That's when read-alikes come in handy. Read-alikes are suggestions for readers who enjoy the works of a particular author and would like to have recommendations of other authors that write in a similar style or genre.
Here's a few suggestions and don't forget to ask your librarian for more titles!
If you like...
(True BFFs in funny and upbeat stories)
(Action-packed fantasy and mythology)
(Humorous stories of middle school kids facing challenges of school, home and friends)
(Fast-paced survival stories set in troubled future worlds)
Posted by: Miss Rosemarie
Veteran's Day is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11th. On this holiday we honor and thank all members of the Armed Forces who fought to protect us and keep our country safe.
This holiday originally was called Armistice Day and was first celebrated in 1921. In 1954, President Eisenhower changed it to Veteran's Day, in honor of those who served and died from all wars.
Here are some facts about our Veteran population in the United Sates:
*9.2 million veterans are over the age of 65
*1.9 million veterans are under the age of 35
*1.8 million veterans are women
*7.8 million veterans served during the Vietnam War era (1964-1975)
*5.2 million veterans served during the Gulf War (representing service from Aug. 2, 1990, to present)
*2.6 million veterans served during WWII (1941-1945)
*2.8 million veterans served during the Korean War (1950-1953)
*6 million veterans served in peacetime
*5 states have more than 1 million veterans in among their population: California (2.1 million) Florida (1.7 million), Texas (1.7 million), New York (1 million) and Pennsylvania (1 million)
posted by Josephine
In celebration of Scott Campbell's adorable new
picture book, Hug Machine
, publisher Simon & Schuster declared last week "Hug a Book" week. Your children's librarians got in on the fun and we all hugged our favorite books. Take a look:
Be sure to check out "Hug Machine
" during your next visit!
Posted by Amy
Did you know that a movie adaption of Judith Viorst's classic picture book, Alexander, and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, is on the way to your theaters October 10th? While the film definitely deals with a boy named Alexander who is having a rotten day, from the previews, it is obvious that whoever wrote this film took some liberties with the script. Sure, it appears that Alexander's day begins badly, with gum stuck in his hair, but after that, who knows how much of the movie will stay true to the book?
Of course, this isn't a huge surprise. Most movie adaptions make changes to the original. Some are good, some make little sense. Of course, the big challenge in adapting a book like Alexander, is that the book is only 32 pages long! In order to make a feature length film, the story would need some extra scenes, and with Steve Carell playing Alexander's dad, some of the best scenes may not even center around Alexander himself!
Of course, this is not the first time a picture book has been adapted into a very different movie.
Audiences loved Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, when it came to theaters, but while the movie was a madcap adventure dealing with a crazy scientist who creates a machine that makes food fall from the sky, but Judi Barrett's book has little resemblance to the movie.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, the picture book, is a quiet story about a grandfather who tells his grandchildren a tall tale about a town where the weather blows in as breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Maurice Sendak's classic picture book, Where the Wild Things Are, tells the story of Max, who goes wild while wearing a wolf suit. His behavior frustrates his mother, who sends him to bed without supper. Max's room turns into a forest with a river, and he sails to an island of "Wild Things" who make him their king.
The movie, Where the Wild Things Are, shares this plot, but the Wild Things themselves often seem more moody than wild. Some people really loved this movie, and it was beautiful to look at, but it has been hotly debated as to whether the film had the kid appeal that the book continues to have.
What picture books would you love to see on the big screen? If you were to write the script, would you change anything?
-Posted by Miss Jessikah
Fall has officially begun and so has our children's programs. We currently have availability in our storytime for tots and preschool. Bring your little one (ages 2 1/2- 3 1/2) to tots on Monday or Tuesday mornings and for the older ones (ages 3 1/2- 5) bring them to our afternoon preschool class from 1:30-2pm. Give us a call or sign up online.This week we have signs up for:Yoga Wisdom: A Mother-Daughter Yoga Class
. Grades 3-6 on Wednesday October 15th. (registration Wednesday, October 1st)Pizza & Pages Book Discussion
: Grades 3-5 on Wednesday October 29th
(registration Wednesday, October 1st)
posted by Josephine
October-National Pizza Month
You probably just finished your slice of pizza or maybe it was yesterday or last week. The point is, you and the people of the United States LOVE their pizza.
Even in the small town of Santa Claus, Indiana where pizzeria owner, Gerry Durnell, declared October National Pizza Month in 1984. This was at the same time he launched his trade magazine Pizza Today.
Some fun facts about pizza in the U.S.A.:
- There are approximately 63,000 pizzerias
- 94% of Americans eat pizza at least one time per month. This translates into:
45 slices of pizza per person every year
100 acres of pizza consumed every day
350 slices eaten per second
Grab a slice and a book...
Submitted by: Miss Rosemarie
Come in and meet Gourdon, our friendly pumpkin mummy! He doesn’t say much, but he’s reminding us that Halloween is just around the corner…..
Posted by Sue Ann
With a special appearance by Victoria the Fairy
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Greetings, fellow time travelers!
This weekend, we all went, "back in time" by one hour! Sort of.
Daylight Savings Time, is a practice, where our collective clocks are set an hour ahead throughout Spring and Summer, and then set back one hour behind throughout Fall and Winter
As the saying goes, "Spring ahead, Fall back."
Why do we do this? The easy answer is that Daylight Savings Time is meant to make better use of natural daylight. And while the winter weather creeps in, the days are naturally darker, the idea is that setting the clocks back an hour will keep us in sunlight for longer.
Though he was not the first to come up with this idea, ancient civilizations had been using similar methods for centuries, Benjamin Franklin is considered to be the father of the modern Daylight Savings Time. Franklin suggested that moving the clocks is economical for those who would pay for fuels to light their houses for longer.
Daylight Savings Time was never implemented during Franklin's lifetime, and has been changed several times since President Franklin Roosevelt ordered the clocks to be changed during World War II. This makes the tradition less than a century old.
As of 2007, Daylight Savings Time has been scheduled for "Falling back" on the first Sunday of November, and "Springing forward" on the second Sunday in March.
The best thing about this? It gives Trick-or-Treaters an extra hour of light to gather their candy! You see, before 2007, the clocks were set back in October, and therefore cut the evening short for children who promised to be home before dark.
So, while it might not be the fanciest form of time travel, we can all say that at least twice a year, we move forward, or backward in time. Even for just an hour. Of course, if this doesn't satisfy you, the Syosset Library has many books in which children take adventures through time and space! I've listed some popular ones below. Why not come in to check one out?
-Posted by Miss Jessikah