Monday, October 23, 2017


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


Monday, August 14, 2017

Summer Reading

It was a busy summer here in the Children's Room as we helped 'Build a Better World'!  From programming to emoji's to hands-on-Monday, we had something for everyone.

Take a look at some of the fun we had this summer:

Syosset kids read a total of 7,082 books this summer!!
Way to go!

We'll see you next summer for "Libraries Rock".

-Posted by Amy

Thursday, July 27, 2017

We are already in week 5 of our summer reading club and 540 Syosset children have joined the club and read 4,704 books!  We still have 2 more weeks to go -- keep reading!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Happy Birthday Cynthia Rylant!

June 6, 1954-

Cynthia Rylant is an American author and librarian. She has written more than 100 children's books. She has won the prestigious Caldecott and Newberry Medal for outstanding works of children's literature. 

Posted by Miss Meghan