Monday, November 17, 2014

Read-alike Fiction for Ages 9-12

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...
Ivy and Bean by Anne Barrows try Friends for Keeps by Julie Bowe
(True BFFs in funny and upbeat stories)
Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan try Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman
(Action-packed fantasy and mythology)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney try Timmy Failure by Stephen Pastis
(Humorous stories of middle school kids facing challenges of school, home and friends)
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau try The Roar by Emma Clayton
(Fast-paced survival stories set in troubled future worlds)


Posted by:  Miss Rosemarie

Monday, November 10, 2014

Veteran's Day

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

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Daylight Savings! What is that, exactly?

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 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween at the Library

With a special appearance by Victoria the Fairy

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Meet Gourdon!

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