Friday, December 26, 2014

Search Box

New to our blog is a search box which you will see on the right hand side of the screen at the top of our side bar.  You can now use this feature to search for anything of interest on the blog!

Be sure to check out other blog features such as our printable calendars, which you can access by clicking on the tab above, or scroll down to read more interesting blog posts!

Thank you for visiting our blog!

The Children's Department

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Reading in a Winter Wonderland

On this first day of winter, December 21st, we bring you a list of books about winter for children!
Let’s embrace the wintertime this year and read together.  Explore our list of children's winter reads below and uncover some new books you've never read before.  We have so many gems on our shelves waiting for you to check them out just in time for the cold to being in earnest.  Be sure to have a book ready for the first time it snows, so click on the links to find out if they are currently available in the library!

The list is also in a printable format (see below) so you can print it out and bring it with you!

  1. The Mitten by Jan Brett
  2. Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
  3. The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
  4. Snow by Uri Shulevitz
  5. Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs
  6. Snowballs by Lois Ehlert 
  7. Stranger in the Woods by Carl R. Sams II andJean Stoick
  8. Snowmen at Night by Caralyn and Mark Buehner
  9. My Little Polar Bear By Claudia Rueda
  10. The Snow Day By Komako Sakai
  11. 365 Penguins By Jean-Luc Fromental
  12. Cold Snap by Eileen Spinelli
  13. The Iciest, Diciest, Scariest Sled Ride Ever by Rebecca Rule
  14. The Kids’Winter Fun Book: Homespun Adventures for Family Fun by Claire Gillman & Sam Martin
  15. Little Dog Lost: The Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic by Mônica Carnesi
  16. Me Too! By Valeri Gorbachev
  17. Over and Under the Snow By Kate Messner
  18. Red Sled By Lita Judge
  19. The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder By Mark Cassino
  20. Winter Is for Snow By Robert Neubecker
  21. Bear Snores On byKarma Wilson
  22. Clifford's First Snow Day by Norman Bridwell
  23. Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London
  24. It's Winter! by Linda Glaser
  25. LittlePolar Bear by Hans de Beer
  26. Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse
  27. Penguins by Liz Pichon
  28. Polar Bear Night by Lauren Thompson
  29. Snow Bear by Piers Harper

Click on the link for the printable version: 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Gingerbread Houses

There was so much fun to be had at our Gingerbread program last week!  Lots of families participated and went home with a creative house to display!  See pictures of the event here and by following the link provided.
Share some of your favorite parts of the program with us below in the comments section!

Click this Link for More Pictures:

Be sure to check out our printable calendars (see the tab above) or our newsletter to find out what events we have coming up in January and February.  

Be the first to sign up for programming in the new year.
Registration will be on Saturday, January 3 at 11:00am.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Tropical Reef Paradise

On Monday, November 17th we invited art instructor and naturalist (Jan Porinchak) to the library!  Jan spoke to the class about tropical fish and their coral reef habitats.  He also taught them how to create realistic sculptures of the fish and assisted the children in making 3D artwork of the tropical fish, coral and other sea creatures.


Check out some of the 3D creations below!  Using a variety of mediums, and photographs for inspiration, students put together these very colorful underwater seascapes.  

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

November is Picture Book Month!

 “…Picture Books can be great art and great art makes for a great people and a great society.”
– Tomie dePaola from his Picture Book Month essay

“Picture books open a safe, beautiful path to other worlds, when read and explained in the voice of loved ones.” 
– Rosemary Wells from her Picture Book Month Essay

The month of November is Picture Book Month!  Celebrate with us by coming to the library to check out a picture book.

Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates the print picture book during the month of November.   Visit to explore!  Every day in November, there will be a new post from a picture book champion explaining why he/she thinks picture books are important.  In this digital age where people are predicting the coming death of print books, picture books (the print kind) need love.  And the world needs picture books. There’s nothing like the physical page turn of a beautifully crafted picture book.

We have a printable bibliography of 100 Picture Books!

Follow this link to go to the full, printable version:

Join the celebration and party with a picture book!

If you have a child who is not yet in kindergarten, you may want to consider signing up for our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program.  This early literacy reading program encourages you to read 1,000 books with your child before they enter kindergarten.  Prizes will be awarded as you complete different milestones in the program.  Call or visit the Children's Reference Desk for more information.

Tell us which picture book is your favorite in the comments section below!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Kiddie Kampus Visit

On Wednesday Miss Emma visited Kiddie Kampus in Bayport!  She got to meet the 4 year olds, 3 year olds and even some of the 2 year olds.  They read some stories together and talked about the library.  It was so much fun! 

Together they read Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn and talked about some of the things that you can do at the library, like picking out books, going to story times, and having fun!  One of the most important items that Lola brought to the library was her library card so that she could take home the books about bears and shoes that she picked out at the library.

Library Card Facts: 
Did you know that your child can get a library card starting at birth?  A Juvenile Card is for children from birth through 5th grade.  If your child doesn’t have one, be sure to bring them in today to get one!
All you need is:
  • A parent/guardian must fill out and sign a Registration Form.
  • Parent/guardian must provide proof of residence.  This includes a current library card OR valid NYS Driver’s License, Utility Bill or Lease Agreement with current address listed.

What can you do with a library card?
  •          Take out books and other materials
  •          Register & attend Children’s Programs
  •          Use computers & print
  •          Check out museum passes
Each child was given a practice library card to fill out and bring to the library to exchange for a real one.  The back of the card provided directions for how to use the library card to check out books.

Miss Emma told the children all about the different kinds of books at the library.  They all wanted to know if there were books on dinosaurs, science, germs, princesses, wizards, and bears! (All of these were actual questions!)  There are books at the library about all of those    topics and they talked about asking the librarian for help when they want to find something.  Together, they read We’re Going On A Book Hunt by Pat Miller and explored all the things you do to pick out the perfect book.  Some of those included being respectful in the library, being gentle with books, and how to check them out of the library.  The children did a great job of following along, joining in and remembering the repetitive parts!

We hope to see everyone in the library soon!  If any of your children were a part of this experience, encourage them to say hello to Miss Emma and the other librarians when they’re in the library!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Undergoing Construction

Our children's blog will be undergoing some changes over the next few weeks.  Be sure to check back in with us so you don't miss a thing!

Thank you for your patience.

The Children's Department

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Capapulted Marshmallows


                                                      Okay, here goes!
                                                      Alright, watch this one!
                                                     Ready, aim...
                                                 Who can make it go the furthest?
                                                   Let me try again.
                                                             Look at that!
                                                             Watch this.