Wednesday, June 21, 2017

New DVDs

New DVDs have their own shelf!


New DVDs are now located at the end of the Children's DVD aisle, right above the Launchpads.  If you're looking for a newly released movie, or newly purchased copies of older movies, check out the NEW DVD section!





Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Caterpillars Have Arrived!


The Children's Room now has live caterpillars!  Come to the library all summer long to view the miracle of metamorphosis!  The caterpillars will grow and change, first becoming chrysalides and then beautiful butterflies.  They will then be released in our Children's Garden.  

Check back here, on our Children's Blog, for regular updates and pictures!

 








Thursday, May 25, 2017

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Rube Goldberg Contraptions

RUBE GOLDBERG CONTRAPTIONS

Rube Goldberg (1883-1970) was a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist best known for his zany invention cartoons. He was born in San Francisco on the 4th of July, 1883 – and graduated from U. Cal Berkeley with a degree in engineering. His first job at the San Francisco Chronicle led to early success, but it wasn’t until he moved to NYC and began working for Hearst publications that he became a household name. Rube Goldberg is the only person ever to be listed in the Merriam Webster Dictionary as an adjective. It’s estimated that he did a staggering 50,000 cartoons in his lifetime.

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Goldberg is best known for a series of popular cartoons depicting complicated gadgets that perform simple tasks in indirect, convoluted ways, giving rise to the term, Rube Goldberg machines for any similar gadget or process.

Check out some of the Rube Goldberg contraptions that kids created during our class on May 9th!


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Friday, May 5, 2017

Children's Book Week

Children's Book Week
May 1-7
Children's Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading.


The theme, "One World, Many Stories,” highlights the power of books to unite readers of all backgrounds.

Do you enjoy reading?  Comment below with your favorite book or books!



Here are some ways to enjoy books and reading at the library: 

1. Browse for a book.
2. If you don't have a library card, sign up for one!  All children are entitled to a library card, no matter their age!  Juvenile cards are for children from birth through 5th grade.
3. Meet the Children's librarians and ask them for a book recommendation.
4. Try reading an e-book or listening to an audiobook.
5. Come to one of our programs!
6. Sign up for one of our reading programs: 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, Beginning Readers Challenge, Independent Readers Challenge.

7. Comment below with other ways you enjoy books and reading at the library!







Friday, April 28, 2017

Reading Challenge Achievement

Congratulations to Christina C. for completing the Independent Readers Challenge!





She is the first child to complete the challenge since its launch in September 2016!

The Independent Readers Challenge tasks children in grades 3-5 with reading 8 different books in 16 different genres for a total of 128 books.  It takes a lot of dedication, hard work and time to complete.

Great job Christina!

Read more about the challenges for school age kids here, or check out our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program for children not yet in kindergarten here.

Check out our Reading Challenge Wall of Achievement to see pictures of all children who complete the challenge.







Friday, April 21, 2017

Affordable Things To Do On LI This Summer & Library Museum Passes

Looking for fun activities to do this summer?
Check out this great list of affordable things to do on Long Island this summer, compiled by the Children's Librarians Association of Suffolk County.


****In order to see the entire list, click on the image below****



Do you know about any other great Long Island summer activities not listed here?  Share them with us by emailing emma@bpplibrary.org.  Thanks!


Also be sure to check out our full list of museum passes and reserve yours today!






Monday, April 17, 2017

Staff Picks

STAFF PICKS

Ms. Sue's favorite new picture books about acceptance and friendship:

Chee-Kee: A Panda in Bearland
Sujean Rim
Picture Book
Ages 3-8

Chee-Kee, a young panda, moves with his parents to a new land of opportunity.  Just when he's resigned to never fit in, Chee-Kee finds a way to use his own experience and ingenuity to save the day and show that he's one of a kind in all the best ways.



Blue Penguin
Petr Horáček
Picture Book
Ages 3-8

Rejected by his fellow penguins because of his unusual color, minimal diving, and jumping skills, Blue Penguin begins to sing in his loneliness and wonders if he will be able to convince the others that he is one of them.





Ms. Julie's Pick:

The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate
Jaqueline Kelly
Chapter Book
Grades 4-8

This gem of a book is the follow-up to the much loved Newbery Honor book, The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate.  This work of historical fiction follows the adventures of 13 year old Calpurnia, or Callie Vee, to her six brothers (yikes!) on their farm in dusty, turn of the 20th century, Fentress, Texas.  Callie Vee is expected to spend her time outside of school baking, knitting, and playing piano, none of which she excels at, or even remotely enjoys.  She rebels against these social conventions by making scientific discoveries with her grandfather, a naturalist and friend of, none other than, Charles Darwin!  She also conceals all manner of wild animals with her brother Travis from their parents and dares to dream about going to college someday.  A devastating natural disaster, that a discovery of Callie Vee's predicts, brings an emotionally wounded cousin to town along with another displaced person that may help her realize her destiny.

Calpurnia Tate is a funny, spunky, inquisitive and fearless heroine whose adventures I hope to read about for a long, long time.  Check out this book, or its prequel, The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate.



Ms. Emma's Favorites:

I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World
Malala Yousafzai
Chapter Book, Biography
Grade 5+

This is the powerful story of the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai.  It gives you a view into the world of Taliban controlled Pakistan and the way people were forced to live under their rule, which also said that girls could not go to school.  Malala, who grew up with father who was a teacher, was a bright student and when she was told she could no longer attend school, she continued to find ways to educate herself, attend school, and began speaking out about why girls have the right to education.
The story is told her strong voice and it is a compelling story that will make for an easy, interesting, and thought-provoking read for any young reader.


Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea
Ben Clanton
Graphic Novel
Grades 1-4

This introductory graphic novel is perfect for reluctant readers, children switching from picture books to chapter books, and is full of humor and adorable pictures! The first in a new series, this graphic novel is broken in to three short, silly stories about friendship and includes a song and some narwhal and jellyfish facts.  Kids who love Mo Willem's Elephant and Piggie series will also love this hilarious duo.




Ms. Gail's Pick:

Pax
Sara Pennypacker
Chapter Book
Grades 4-8

Pax is an extraordinary book written by award winning author Sara Pennypacker.
Peter has already lost his mother and now his father is going off to war. He must go live with his grandfather and release his pet fox that he raised from birth. Having regrets, Peter gathers a few supplies and journeys into the woods determined to find his beloved pet. Pax has never been without his boy and now he has been left alone in the wilderness to survive. A touching and powerful story!





Check to see if any of these books are available by clicking on the title.  The link will take you directly to our catalog.  Or, call us at 631-363-6133.






Friday, March 10, 2017

New Audiobooks and Playaways


NEW AUDIOBOOKS

As Brave As You by Peter Reynolds
2017 Schneider Family Book Award Winner
2017 Coretta Scott King (Author) Award Honor Book
Fish In A Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
2016 Schneider Family Book Award Winner
Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by Jon Scieszka
The Inquisitor’s Tale by Adam Gidwitz
2017 Newbery Honor Book
Panda-monium by Stuart Gibbs
The Warden’s Daughter by Jerry Spinelli
Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
2017 Newbery Honor Book


NEW PLAYAWAYS

The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue
Moo by Sharon Creech
Pax by Sara Pennypacker
Robot Revolution by James Patterson

The Warden’s Daughter by Jerry Spinelli



Look for these new items on our shelves, or place a hold on them today by stopping by, going online or calling us at 631-363-6133.





Wednesday, March 8, 2017

1KB4K Achievement

Congratulations to Braelyn R. for completing 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten!




She is the fifth child to complete the program since its launch in October 2014!

See how everyone stacks up so far:

9 children have reached
50 Books
8 children have reached
100 Books
5 children have reached 
150 Books
4 children have reached 
200 Books
1 child has reached 
250 Books
3 children have reached 
300 Books
1 child has reached
400 Books
1 child has reached
450 Books
1 child has reached 
550 Books
1 child has reached 
600 Books
2 children have reached
650 Books
1 child has reached
700 Books
and 5 children have completed 1,000 Books!

Keep up the good work!

Check out our 1KB4K Wall of Achievement to see pictures of all children who complete the program.