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

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Snow Again?!?

That was no April Fool's joke.  The New York area woke up on April 2nd to another blanket of snow.
What's happening? Where are our spring flowers? Is this the result of climate change?
We hear words like, carbon footprint, fossil fuel, and greenhouse effect.  What do they mean? And is there anything we can do to stop or reverse the damage done to the environment?
We have a great selection of books that could help answer many of these questions.  Feel free to ask a librarian for help or do your own search by typing "climatic changes" as a Keyword search.
Submitted by: Miss Rosemarie

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Books to Flix!

Happy spring to everyone! Well, technically it is spring -- but if you were to look outside you would feel like nature is pulling an early April Fools Day prank on us with all of this snow.

Fear not though. Flowers will be popping up soon enough -- and so will new adaptations of some of your favorite children's books!
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Count Olaf

Last year Netflix gave us a new series based on Lemony Snicket's A Serious of Unfortunate Events. With Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf, each episode was perfectly peculiar and should have left fans of the series pleased.

This year the The Baudelaire's and Olaf return to face off once again, and added to the cast are the Quagmire twins -- errr... triplets who share their misfortune in being menaced by Olaf and his evil acting troupe. 
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Llama Llama and friends
 Anna Dewdney's popular Llama Llama picture book series was animated and produced for Netflix. Although the episodes have slightly less Llama drama, they share the sweetness that should to Llama Llama's young fans.

Netflix will also be bringing us an animated version of Max Brallier's The Last Kids on Earth.

Image result for a wrinkle in timeJust a few weeks ago, a brand new movie version of Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time brought us across the universe with Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin.

This September, another "oldie but goody" John Bellairs' creepy but fun The House with a Clock in its Walls will get a big screen treatment.

Don't forget, if you do not have Netflix, the library lends out Roku units which offer the app to our patrons. Of course, while we will be getting the DVD versions of these other books when they are available, we have on our shelves the originals for you to read and contrast to decide if the book is indeed better than the movie.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Fabulous February!

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:



Click here to view our spring newsletter for more Children's Room fun!

Posted by - Amy