Sunday, November 19, 2017

Thanksgiving Facts and Myths

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."

(Cited from National Geographic Kids)

Posted by Miss Meghan

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!