Thursday, April 11, 2019

Highlighting: Picture Books Plus

When searching for a book title you may suddenly notice a call number that looks like this:  [PICTURE BOOKS PLUS].

What does that even mean you may wonder?

These are beautifully illustrated books meant for children 9 years old and up.  The stories use more complex vocabulary and themes and they include genres like realistic, historical, fantasy and humor. 

Because these books have multi-layered storylines, they encourage critical thinking making them a good choice for a classroom read-aloud and group discussion.

In addition, these books are a wonderful choice to continue reading with your child one-on-one.  The story's complexity and detailed illustrations will give you both plenty to talk about.

Submitted by:  Miss Rosemarie

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Make & Learn Kits

Have you heard about our Make & Learn Kits?  Inspired by STEAM, Coding and the Maker Movement, each Kit includes a hands-on experience to encourage curiosity, learning, invention, and experimentation for your child!  We currently have 16 different Kits to offer:

Squigz – Squigz are a species all their own. They flex. They stick. They suck people into creativity. Ages 3+

Automobile Engineer – Using a big and vibrant collection of bulky building parts, kids get to create ten amazing vehicles that each teach another basic concept of engineering. Ages 3+

Code-a-Pillar – Inspires little learners to be big thinkers by encouraging preschoolers to arrange the easy-to-connect segments in endless combinations. Ages 3-6

MOBIUS Magnetic Blocks – Unique tiles attract on all sides, allowing for endless creative, freeform 3-D configurations. Ages 3-8

Code & Go Robot Mouse – The race is on to build hands-on coding skills. Build your maze, and the use the coding cards to create a step-by-step path for Colby, the Programmable Robot Mouse. Ages 4+

Gears! Gears! Gears Robot Factory – Mix, match and create your own land of colorful robots! Robots are interchangeable and can be connected onto gears or stacked tougher for creative building fun. Ages 4+

Mental Blox – Lets children stack, pattern and match the multicolor shapes to help them practice following verbal instructions, asking questions and building critical-thinking skills. Ages 5+

Rocktopus – Helps kids explore a variety of musical styles while learning about different instruments, rhythmic patterns, and more. Ages 3-6

Snap Circuits Jr. – This innovative kit contains over 30 color-coded, real circuit components that snap together to create working electronic circuits and devices. Ages 8+

STEM Force & Motion Activity Set – Explore the science of “how things go” as you conduct investigations, solve problems, and explore early engineering. Ages 5+

STEM Playground Engineering & Design Activity Set – Plan, design, and then build a seesaw, a swing set, a slide and so much more! Use the activity cards to direct the play, or simply allow kids to explore open-ended building possibilities. Ages 5+

STEM Simple Machines Activity Set – Discover engineering wonders through scientific exploration with engaging tools and hands-on activities. Ages 5

Q-Ba-Maze 2.0 Big Box – A unique system of colorful cubes that interlock to form a marble run. You can create thrilling maze sculptures in the form of animals, geometric shapes or any other design! Ages 5+

Ozobot Bit Coding Robot – Ozobot bit is the educational coding robot; start learning to code with colors with the award-winning STEAM toy. Ages 6+

Snap Circuits Light – This innovative kit contains over 55 color-coded, real circuit components that snap together to create working electronic circuits and devices. Ages 8-15

Snap Circuits Sound – Learn all about sound and how it is made and heard. Build more than 185 projects to help demonstrate the principles of sound. Ages 8-15

Kits are located right by the Children's Reference Desk and can be checked out for up to 2 weeks.  If you have any questions, please ask a Children's Librarian and they will be happy to assist you.

These kits were funded by generous donations to the Friends of the Syosset Public Library.

Posted by Amy

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Play and Learn Center

With the new year came a newly designed playroom, complete with a brand new name -- the Play and Learn Center!  Everything is new -- the wall colors, the carpeting and the furniture.  We have new toys including a Lego table and play kitchen.  Everything is beautiful and child-friendly.  Come on in and check it out -- stay and play a while, too!


Posted by Miss Sue Ann.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

New Year Resolutions!

Same old resolutions again? We have a great suggestion for you.

 Add a Reading Resolution to your list!

The New Year is just around the corner and it's a great time to plan New Year’s resolutions with your families. Forget about the same old resolutions and grow your child's horizon by taking the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge for ages newborn to five years old.

·         Once you sign up for this challenge, the library will provide you a tote bag with a 1,000 Books reading log, a book to start, a bookmark, and detailed instructions and tips. Record each book that you read to your child on the log and after reading every 100 books, bring your reading log to the library and get small prizes.

·         Once you have recorded 1,000 books, the library will take your child’s picture in a graduation cap and present him/her a certificate as well as prizes.

·        Throughout your child's reading venture, the library will display your child's progress by adding his/ her name on a colorful chart by the children's desk to keep them motivated as they cross milestones.   

·         If you have children already in kindergarten or in higher grades, help them set a reading goal for each month.

·         To jump start, take advantage of the holiday break and help your children prepare a list of books they want to read in the month of January of 2019.

·         Not sure what to read? Checkout the What Should I Read? feature on the library website or by clicking the link below

Studies suggest early reading skills impact literacy scores 10 years later. Children who read earlier see improved comprehension of fiction, non-fiction, news articles, and other documents.
Have fun creating your list at home with your family.
 Posted by: Miss Noureen

Friday, December 21, 2018

Happy Holidays!

The staff of the Syosset Public Library wishes you a happy holiday season!

Festive Sweater Day 2018

Outtake from Festive Sweater Day

Posted by Amy