Thursday, March 26, 2015

Springtime on Long Island???

March 20 at 6:45p.m. marked the arrival of Spring on Long Island.  There were no daffodils or crocus to indicate the arrival of this warm-weather season.  Instead, once again, Long Islanders pulled on their hats and gloves and began shoveling for the umpteenth time.  Yes, it was snowing! 

Will Spring ever come to our fair Island??

Maybe if we read some books it will help usher in the warm breezes and colorful flowers...


Submitted by:  Miss Rosemarie

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day

                             St. Patrick's Day Fun Facts:

1. Nine of the people who signed our Declaration Of Independence were of Irish origin, and nineteen  Presidents of the United States proudly claim Irish heritage - including our first President, George Washington

2.  Legend says that each leaf of the clover means something: the first is for hope, the second for faith, the third for love and the fourth for luck.

3. The city with the largest population of Americans of Irish descent is Boston.

4. It is considered lucky to find a four leaf clover on St. Patrick's Day.

 5. At one time, there were more Irish living in NYC, than Dublin, Ireland.
  6. Did you know that a Leprechaun is a type of fairy in Irish folklore.

 7. Shamrocks are the national flower of Ireland.

 8.  Over 94 million people are expected to wear green on St. Patrick's Day.

 9. Corn beef and and Cabbage is an Irish American dish.

10.  Lucky Charms, a favorite cereal brand among many, young and old, was created in 1963, with its popular mascot, Lucky the Leprechaun.

  11. St. Patrick’s Day has become a holiday all around the world and for one day out of the year anyone can be Irish and join in the celebration.

posted by Josephine 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Triskaidekaphobia? Celebrate the Unfortunate.

Tomorrow marks the second March 13th of the year.  Are you afraid? 

Triskaidekaphobia is defined as the fear or extreme superstition surrounding the number 13.  While there are several reasons people have adapted this fear -- some going so far as to deliberately skip thirteenth floor when designing a high rise building -- some children's authors have found ways to have fun with it!

The most notable is Lemony Snicket, whose entire "Series of Unfortunate Events" spans (you guessed it) 13 books!  Not only that, but each chapter in each book has 13 chapters.  Well, that is with the exception of the 13th book itself, which actually has 14, or if you prefer, an epilogue after the 13th chapter.

Tomorrow might be a good time to read (or re-read) this series.

However, Snicket's love of the number 13 (Triskaidekaphilia?) doesn't end with The End (ha ha) of his most famous series. 

Yet another Snicket penned book bares the burden of the unlucky number.

13 Words is a book which uniquely defines 13 words.  Some of which you might already know, and some you likely have never heard of before. 

Furthermore, Snicket includes the bad news number in the (sort of) follow up to A Series of Unfortunate Events.  The book File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents follows a young Snicket (as he is a character in his own series) while he unravels 13 short mysteries in the mysterious town of Staind'-by-the-Sea.

If Lemony Snicket isn't your cup of lemon tea, here is a quick list of other books that use the number 13 in their title. 

Thirteen Hangmen by Art Corriveau

Thirteen Treasures by Michelle Harrison

The Thirteenth Sign by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb.

The Thirteenth Princess by Diane Zahler

Good Luck!

Miss Jessikah

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Read Across America

Yesterday marked the 111th birthday of beloved children's book author, Dr. Seuss.

Each year on March 2nd the National Education Association sponsors Read Across America in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday.   Now in its 18th year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources.

Here in the Children's Room, we have an annual tradition of donning our Cat in the Hat hats and taking a photo to mark the day.  This year we have our new trainee, Miss Meghan, along with Miss Rosemarie and Miss Amy looking snazzy in their hats.

posted by Amy

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Snicker of Magic

A Snicker of Magic is the story of Felicity Juniper Pickle, a young word-collector who sees words hovering in the air above people, words they are thinking about or words they want. She travels from place to place with her mother and younger sister Frannie Jo aboard their van The Pickled Jalapeno.  They never find a friend or a home until they land in Midnight Gulch, Tennessee, previously known as a “magical place to call home.”  Midnight Gulch may no longer be magical but it is home to the mysterious Beedle, who always knows how to "fix what’s ailing people” and Dr. Zook’s Famous Ice Cream, which stays cold for 24 hours without being in a freezer and comes in such interesting flavors as Chocolate Chip Pork Rind and Chocolate Orange Switcheroo.  There are so many things to love about this book – you will never stop cheering for the wonderfully quirky characters and for a town that never really lost its magic, it was just hiding all along.  Splendiferous!

Posted by Sue Ann