Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Do or do not. There is no try.

This past Saturday, we were honored to have the Jedi from Saber Guild – Endor Temple bring their Padawan Training Institute to our library.  Our younglings were trained in the ways of the lightsaber and they were able to put their training to use almost immediately when we were suddenly attacked by the Sith!  They successfully pushed back the intruders and saved their instructor.  The Force is strong with these younglings; they show much promise.  At the end of class, everyone received a well-deserved certificate.  Obi-Wan and Master Yoda (visiting telepathically) expressed praise and admiration for this class of future Jedi knights.  Another surprise visitor – R2D2 (courtesy of New England R2 Builders and Astromech.net) – delighted everyone with his chatter and antics.


 




Posted by Miss Sue Ann. 

Friday, December 22, 2017

It’s Time to Look Back at 2017

January of 2017 started with exciting programs to warm up children and their parent’s hearts.   Programs such as “Snack & Stories” and “Jump Bunch” (sports and fitness program) provided the children an outlet to socialize as well as to learn healthy skills.  The winter special program “Matter of Fact” gave them an opportunity to play alchemist for a day by turning a nickel into gold (well, almost).
Writing comics is a great practice for storytelling and it is a clever way to motivate reluctant writers to write.  We had a stimulating workshop called “Create Your Own Comic Strip” with Helen Murdock-Prep, cartoonist and creator of Shrinking Violet Comics.

The library provides volunteer opportunities to help youth earn some community work hours and experience.  Among many other craft programs, teen volunteers participated in the “Math Buddies” program.  This program aimed to help children from K – 2nd grade develop early math skills by playing math games, apps, and using fun math books.
This year’s summer reading program “Build a Better World” was very successful.  The program started with an opening show called “Marvels of Motion” where children learned about the power of force. It was followed by many other engaging programs such as “Sketch & Stretch,” “S’more Pies,” “Wii Buddies,” “Campfire Tales,” “Sound Explore” and  “Keva Colab.”

The grand finale for the summer programs was our special treat for the children who participated in the summer reading club.  It was a musical show called “Madagascar” that was performed by local actors.  This summer, during “Build a Better World,” Syosset children read 7,082 books.

Syosset Library had its first Sy-Con which brought many entertaining programs for all ages.  Our little ones enjoyed the Sy-Con by participating in the Cosplay Contest, “Superhero Masks,” and by making mouth-watering candy sushi.  


The fall season was marked by spooky Halloween themed crafts and by creating Stamp Tote Bag. 
Some of our popular ongoing programs are Maker Buddies, Family Lego, Story Time, Friday Film & Fun, Book Discussion, and Chess Workshops.


This year Syosset Library Theater showed the following movies: Moana, Beauty and the Beast, and Despicable Me.

2017 is winding down with Prestino’s Magic Show, Snow Globe, and Holiday Cookie Decoration.  

We are looking forward to another exciting year in 2018 with your little ones. 

We in the Children’s Room wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year! 
Posted by Noureen. 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Thanksgiving Facts and Myths







On the fourth Thursday of November, Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, a national holiday honoring the early settlers and their harvest feast known as the first Thanksgiving.




Facts and Myths about Thanksgiving


  • Long before settlers came to the East Coast of the United States, it was inhabited by many Native American tribes. The area surrounding the site of the first Thanksgiving, now known as southeastern Massachusetts and eastern Rhode Island had been the home of the Wampanoag people for over 12,000 years, and had been visited by other European settlers before the arrival of the Mayflower. The native people knew the land well and had fished, hunted, and harvested for thousands of generations.

  • Some food eaten during the first Thanksgiving was deer, corn, shellfish, and roasted meat. This is very different than what most people eat on Thanksgiving today!


  • The English settlers did not call themselves 'pilgrims'. They enjoyed playing ball games, singing, and dancing.


  • The peace between the Native Americans and settlers lasted for only a generation.


  • Early settlers did not wear dark clothing and silver buckles on their shoes. Much of their clothing was brightly colored.


  • In 1846, Sarah Josepha Hale, editor of a magazine called Godley’s Lady’s Book, campaigned for an annual national thanksgiving holiday after a passage about the harvest gathering of 1621 was discovered and incorrectly labeled as the first Thanksgiving.


  • It wasn't until 1863, when President Abraham Lincoln declared two national Thanksgivings; one in August to commemorate the Battle of Gettysburg and the other in November to give thanks for "general blessings."


(Cited from National Geographic Kids)


Posted by Miss Meghan


Monday, October 23, 2017

HALLOWEEN CUSTOMS

One night every October people celebrate Halloween by dressing in costumes, trick-or-treating and cutting pumpkins into Jack-o-lanterns.  Where did these customs come from?

An old Irish legend tells a story of a man named, Stingy Jack, who during his lifetime made several deals with the Devil.  After Stingy Jack died he was not allowed into Heaven and the Devil did not accept him into Hell.  Instead, the Devil condemned Stingy Jack to roam the earth for all eternity.  To help him see at night the Devil gave him a burning coal which he carried in a carved out turnip. 
 
Some believe this is how the tradition of the Jack-o-lantern came about. 

The costumes that we wear are said to be traditions used during the Celtic festival called, Samhain, and the Christian holiday, All Souls Day.  Long ago, people believed that the spirits of the dead walked among the living during those holidays.  This made people quite uncomfortable so they began to wear disguises to fool the spirits in hopes that they would be left alone.

 
So as you cut out your pumpkin and prepare your costume be on the look-out for Stingy Jack and other spirits!


Posted by:  Miss Rosemarie

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

When Sy-Con came to town

Happy September, Syosset!


This time of year marks the beginning of school, a return to colder weather, and multi-colored leaves -- the last of which are now part of our Children's Room window d├ęcor.


Last weekend however, we celebrated what I like to call "The Monday of the year" (because Mondays and Septembers mean back to school) with our very first pop-culture convention.


While Sy-Con was aimed at all ages, the Children's Room went all out with super hero crafts and candy sushi.


The Children's Cosplay Competition saw 24 competitors, ages 3-12.


Costumed characters from the 501st Empire City Garrison, Empire Lightsaber Guild, and The Museum of Interesting Things were on hand to keep the momentum going to the very end of the day.


For now Sy the Syosset Cyclops -- our one eyed mascot -- is on a well deserved vacation, but please keep you eye out (pun intended) for him in the future.


Candy Sushi
Super Hero Masks
 

Cosplay Contest

Lucky Charms Guessing Jar

Miss Amy and some costumed guests


Checking out our posters
 
Ninja Turtle
 

Museum of interesting things
Superhero Capes