It's been a busy month here in the Children's Room. We wrapped up most of our regular winter programming and then capped off the month with special programs for the school break. In addition to our Lucky Fortune Chinese New Year and Math Buddies programs, two of our most fun programs were Minute-to-Win-It, where kids competed in various minute-long challenges to win prizes and Chopped were teams brainstormed to create a snack made of mystery ingredients.
Take a look at the fun:
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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.
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,
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
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
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!
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."
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!