On October 13th Syosset Library along with over 75 libraries island-wide participated in the GREAT GIVEBACK.
Each library invited their patrons to take some time out of their day and "give back" to their community. Some libraries ran food drives, others wrote letters to overseas troops and one library helped a mid-west town devastated by a recent tornado.
Here at Syosset, we asked our patrons to create craft kits and write a letter to a child who is receiving medical care. Each assembled kit and letter was delivered to local hospitals and handed out to the children.
Thank you to our patrons for GIVING BACK and spreading some happiness to a child in need.
October is usually our favorite month for monsters, but this year September will hold some opportunity for a few good screams and shivers.
September 2018 marks 200 years since Mary Shelley's classic story Frankenstein was published.
While most children would see this guy and immediately say that his name is "Frankenstein"
They would be incorrect. The image above is actually Frankenstein's monster! Dr. Victor Frakenstein is the namesake of Shelley's story, and the image of the green monster with a flat head and bolted neck first became associated with the monster was made popular by a 1933 film adaptation of the book.
That doesn't mean we can't have some fun with the big guy when it comes to children's books!
A particularly silly storybook for instance uses the refrain of Ludwig Bemelman's Madeline books replacing the heroine with the rhyming "Frankenstein".
However, if a young child is interested in Mary Shelley herself, I recommend
Family Cupcake Wars was my favorite program to date this summer. It was such a pleasure watching Moms and Dads and siblings work together on their luscious treats; they collectively chose a theme and everyone worked on their entries using frosting, candies, pretzels, cotton candy, sprinkles, food coloring, etc. Afterwards, as the judges were making their rounds, they were given the opportunity to display their entries. Parents and children were both very proud and eager to talk about their cupcakes and to discuss how they followed their selected themes. Winners were chosen based on creativity, teamwork, and cleanliness.
Many thanks to Michelle Vamos for running this program. She was unfailingly kind and patient and thoroughly enjoyed the families' creative efforts! We all had fun and look forward to having this program again.