Wednesday, December 21, 2016

1KB4K Achievement

Congratulations to Daniel H. for completing 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten!

He is the fourth child to complete the program since its launch in October 2014!

See how everyone stacks up so far:

8 children have reached 
50 Books
10 children have reached 
100 Books
3 children have reached 
150 Books
4 children have reached 
200 Books
2 children have reached 

250 Books
2 children have reached 
300 Books
3 children have reached
400 Books
1 child has reached 
500 Books
1 child has reached 

600 Books
1 child has reached
650 Books
1 child has reached
750 Books
and 4 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.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Who Said Kids Can't Vote!? Election Results 2016






Monday, October 24, 2016

News From the Children's Room

Maker Mondays
Every Monday get creative at the library!  We will have a cart of materials available in the Children's Department between 3pm and 5pm.  Children can use their imagination to design and assemble their own creations.

Reader's Challenges
Designed specifically for children in grades K-2 and 3-5, these reading challenges reward children for beginning to read independently (K-2) and for reading a variety of genres (3-5).  Stop by the Children's Department today to sign up!

Brainfuse Homework Help
Got homework? Connect with online tutors using Brainfuse. Online certified tutors are available to help you with your homework. Brainfuse also offers skills-building, writing assistance, flash cards, test preparation and more. It may be accessed on the Children’s Room Blog under Resources. Learn more about it here:

Print From Anywhere Service

The library is introducing a great new service this month.  You can now print to the library's printers from anywhere!  If you're working on a project or homework at home and need to print something out, follow a simple set of directions that can be found here: and then come in to the library to pick it up!

3D Printer
Stop by the computer area in the back of our library and check out our new 3D printer.  It's constantly working so you can see it in action!

Toys for Tots
Starting in November, patrons may drop off new, unwrapped toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots program.  What a wonderful opportunity to brighten the life of a child this holiday season.  A collection box will be located in the Children's Department.

Mitten Tree

Starting on Thursday, December 1st-Friday, December 23rd, patrons may begin in new or handmade mittens, gloves, hats or scarves to the Children's Room to be hung on the Mitten Tree.  These items will be donated to local agencies for children in our community.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Observe the Moon Night


Join the celebration by taking some time this evening to observe the Earth's Moon.  Tell us a little bit about what you see!  What color is the moon?  What shape is it?  Does it have any marks?  Where is it in the sky?  

What you will need:
Binoculars or Telescope
Flashlight (cover this with a red tissue paper)
Folding chair
Bug spray

Pick a spot that is not near any bright lights so you have the best view!

Here are some Moon facts:
1. The moon is the brightest object in our sky, except for the Sun.
2. Sometimes you can see the moon during the day.
3. The moon is 2,100 miles across.
4. The moon is 4 and a half billion years old.
5. The moon reflects the light of the sun.

Learn even more at!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Early Literacy Tip

                                                Early Literacy  
What children know about reading and writing before they learn to read and write.

It is important to develop early literacy skills in young children so that they are adequately prepared to learn how to read and write.  Strong reading skills form the basis for learning in all subjects and lead to better performance in school.

Early Literacy Tip


Read and reread, and read again.  Read books about topics your child is interested in.  Read to your child, read with your child, and listen to their attempts to read to you.

Reading and rereading books to, and with, your child helps to develop your child's language skills, and increases their vocabulary and general knowledge.  It also promotes print awareness (the awareness that words on a page mean something), how books are put together, and letter knowledge (learning the letters of the alphabet).

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Reading Challenges

Sign up for one of our Reading Challenges!
Read all year long for lots of chances to win prizes!


We have a special set of reading challenges for kids in grades K-2.  We want to find out how many books you read together with an adult, and how many books you can read on your own!  The more you read, the more chances you have to earn raffles and prizes!  Complete the challenge by reading a total of 1000 books!


Are you a fantasy fan?  Do you love to read mysteries?  Or do you like to read all different kinds of books?  Kids in grades 3-5 are invited to take on our Reading Challenge.  Read books of all different genres for a chance to earn raffles and prizes!  Read 8 books in each of the 16 genres to complete the challenge!

For more information, call or stop by the Children's Reference Desk.  
Sign up in person at the Children's Reference Desk.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Library Card Facts

September is Library Card Sign Up Month!

Get one for your child today!

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

Friday, August 19, 2016

T-Shirt Raffle and SRC Raffle Winners!

Congratulations to our T-Shirt Raffle Winners!

Reilly C., Colin B., and Ryan B.
All three won V-Tech Action Cams for wearing their Summer Reading Club t-shirts this summer!

Congratulations to all of our other raffle winners!
All of our raffle winners were pulled from Summer Reading Club participants.

Anthony C.
Benjamin H.
Nathan B.
Loudan G.
Sophia M.
Cole S.
Meghan M.
Caleb A.
William E.
Emme M.
Ava S.
Darby K.
Katherine A.
Sydney D.
Allison L.
Peter B.
Emma P.
Juliet R.
Nicholas V.
Zander C.
Christopher L.
Arush D.
Ava P.
Jake F.
Braelyn R.
Michael C.
Luke R.
Tyler J.
Grace L.
Delaney B.
Ryan Z.
Avery R.
Adysen B.
Arthur S.
Shaun M.
Dillon B.
Charles H.

We hope you're excited for next year!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

On Your Mark, Get Set....READ! Bookmark Contest Winners


Meghan M. (2nd grade) 
Sara R. (3rd grade) 
Leah R. (4th grade) 
Jordan R. (5th grade) 

for winning our On Your Mark, Get Set....READ! Bookmark Contest!

View and download the winning bookmarks here, or pick up a copy in the library.

Meghan M.        Sara R.

Leah R.       Jordan R.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Songs and Story CD Collection

Check out Disney's Songs and Story CD Collection! 
A series of CDs that include songs from the original Disney film as well as the narrated story of the entire film, including character voices and sound effects.

Click to see if the title is available:

More to come!  Look for:

The Little Mermaid
Finding Nemo
The Lion King
Wreck-It Ralph
Snow White
Toy Story 2
Toy Story 3
Beauty and the Beast
Jake and the Never Land Pirates

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Program Photographs

Looking for photos from past programs? Check out our new Program Photographs page (see tab above.)

**Please notify us immediately if there is a photograph of your child that you do not want posted online.  We will remove it.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

1KB4K Achievement

Congratulations to Daytona G. for completing 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten!

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

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

News From the Children's Room Summer 2016

Affordable Things to do on Long Island Summer 2016
The Children's Librarians Association of Suffolk County (CLASC) has put together a list of Affordable Things to do on Long Island this summer!  All admission fees are $8 and under.  The list is organized by location, including: Bay Shore, Calverton, Centereach, Cold Spring Harbor, East Islip, Flanders, Greenport, Holtsville, Huntington Station, Islandia, Islip, Mattituck, Northport, Port Jefferson, Quogue, Ridge, Riverhead, Sag Harbor, Sayville, Smithtown, Southhampton, Stony Brook and Yaphank. 
To access the list, simply click on the link above.  The link can also be found under Things to Do in Your Community on our Resources page.

Summer Reading Club Fitness Bingo
Have some fun and get fit this summer! Pick up your Fitness Bingo Board at the Children’s Reference desk or when you sign up for the Summer Reading Club. Each time you complete an activity mark off the box.  You must complete each activity 5 times in order to mark off one box. When you have a Bingo you can bring your sheet to the Children’s Department to pick up a prize.

Check out the list of activities here:
25 Jumping Jacks
20 High Knees
10 Push Ups
1 minute Skipping
1 minute Crab Walk
15 Giant Steps
15 Hops Right Foot
1 minute Jump Rope
20 Toe Touches
20 Sit Ups
1 minute Walk on Tip Toe
15 Frog Jumps
Walk up 50 Stairs
20 Wall Jumps
5 Tuck Jumps
15 second Wall Sit
1 minute Walk on Heels
5 Broad Jumps
15 Small Arm Circles
30 seconds Running In Place                                                      Check out the board here.
15 Large Arm Circles
15 Ski Jumps
15 Hops Left Foot

If you need help with any of the moves, simply ask a librarian!

Bookmark Contest
Get creative and design a bookmark that goes with our Summer Reading Club theme, On Your Mark, Get Set…READ! Children entering grades 1st-5th can pick up a bookmark template at the children’s reference desk. Entries are due by Friday, July 29th. Two winning bookmark designs will be copied and distributed in the library during the month of August.

Harbes Family Farm Library Pass 
The library now has a pass to Harbes Children’s Farm located at 715 Sound Avenue, Mattituck. The pass allows for 2 adults and 2 children under 16 years or age admission to the Barnyard Adventure. The Harbes Farm Barnyard Adventure is an interactive experience nestled in the heart of a 100 acre working farm. The farm is home to chickens, cows, ducks, sheep, goats, ponies, pigs, bunnies and more. Some fun activities include Pony rides, Bounce House, Chick Hatchery, Goat Mountain Slide, and Gem Mining. 
Reserve the pass online here or call 631-363-6133.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

1KB4K Achievement

Congratulations to Phinnea P. for completing 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten!

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

See how everyone stacks up so far:

6 children have reached 
50 Books
7 children have reached 
100 Books
4 children have reached 
150 Books
4 children have reached 
200 Books
2 children have reached 
300 Books
2 children have reached
350 Books
2 children have reached 
550 Books
1 child has reached
650 Books
1 child has reached

750 Books
1 child has reached
900 Books
and 2 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.