Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Frankenstein 200 years later!

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"

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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!
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A particularly silly storybook for instance uses the refrain of Ludwig Bemelman's Madeline books replacing the heroine with the rhyming "Frankenstein". 

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However, if a young child is interested in Mary Shelley herself, I recommend 
Mary who wrote Frankenstein, a new biography for young readers by author Linda Bailey and gorgeous illustrations by Julia Sarda. 

Friday, August 24, 2018


We had a rocking good time in the Children's Room this summer!  

Hands-on Monday fun!

Selfie Station photos!

Mambo King drumming!

Music for Aardvarks

Preschool Storytime

National Circus Project Summer Reading finale

Plus, Syosset kids read over 6,800 books this summer!

We're looking forward to an awesome school year with Syosset kids!

Posted by Amy

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Family Cupcake Wars

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.


Posted by Miss Sue Ann

Friday, June 8, 2018

Focus ON: The End of the School Year!

Even though summer vacation is highly anticipated, losing contact with people they've seen every day for a whole year can be difficult for little ones.  Creating closure before the school ends is important for children as it provides everyone with a chance to say goodbye and remember the fun times. An End of School Memory Printable is a great way to record the school year and makes a wonderful keepsake. Children even can draw a self portrait! Super Cute!
An End of School Memory Printable is a great way to record the school year and makes a wonderful keepsake. Children even can draw a self portrait! Too Cute!
Here are some ideas for closure activities you can use during the last couple of weeks or days of the school year:
  • Take a photo of your child somewhere that you also took a photo on the first day such as by the front door of your home, at the school, or sitting at his desk.
  •  Pack a lunch box note with a special message to remind your child that you are proud of him/her for all that he/she has accomplished this year.
  • Countdown the last five days with balloons. Fill five balloons with a note or a treat and number them. Each day, have your child pop a balloon and enjoy the surprise inside.
  • Send your child to school on the last day with something that friends can write on and a sharpie. Your child’s friends can autograph his/her shirt, a pillowcase, or another keepsake. This is especially fun for kids moving up to the next school, i.e. 5th grade to middle school.
  • If your child rides the bus, decorate the sidewalk from the bus stop to the front door with sidewalk chalk. Write messages like, “Happy summer!”
  • Make a summer bucket list. Sit down with your child and plan out a few fun things to look forward to such as taking a trip to the museum. (check out Syosset Library’s website for a list of free museum passes).
  • A great start of the summer is to sign up your child for the Summer Reading club at the library.  Children’s librarians have arranged many exciting summer programs that won't let your children get bored.

Here is a glimpse of some of the program you don't want to miss!!
  • Bricks Rock, A two day LEGO fan festival. June 23-24.
  • Funky Town Playground-June 27
  • Rock Star Party- July 21.
Register your child in person or online and don’t miss the registration dates as all our programs are very popular and get filled up very fast!!!

Posted by: Noureen




Thursday, May 17, 2018

Memorial Day

Monday, May 28th 2018

On Memorial Day, we remember the brave men and women who fought and died for our freedom.

Memorial Day Activities:

Print out and color a Memorial Day Picture

Make a patriotic star wreath

Make a patriotic

Read a book from our library!

posted by Miss Meghan