Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Happy Chocolate Covered Anything Day!

Strawberries.  Oreos.  Marshmallows.  Yum!  Can these things possibly be made any better than they already are?  Sure!  How?  Cover them in chocolate of course! 

Today is a very special day.  It is "Happy Chocolate Covered Anything Day".  Let's take a moment to celebrate.
Oh!  Chocolate!
Eating chocolate isn't the only way you can celebrate today, though I would never tell anyone not to eat chocolate, I wanted to recommend a few "candy" related books for chocolate lovers.

First things first.  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Roald Dahl's classic book about Charlie, who can barely afford to buy a chocolate bar.  With a little luck, and help from his Grandpa Joe, Charlie finds a coveted "Golden Ticket", an invitation to tour Mr. Willy Wonka's chocolate factory.

The factory has been closed to the public for so long, that there are all sorts of rumors about Mr. Wonka!  Along with five other children who have also found the tickets.

However, Mr. Wonka himself is quite strange, and the chocolate factory is a dangerous place for misbehaving children.
Can Charlie make it to the end of the tour in order to claim the great reward?  If you haven't read this one already, today is a great day to pick it up.  If you have read it, re-read it!  Or maybe you would like to try one of the books below.

The Candymakers, By Wendy Mass takes a page from Charlie.  There is a chocolate factory, and a contest, but the children invited to visit are competing for creating a new type of candy.

Another big difference is that the children in Mass's story are all generally good kids, even if a few of them have an agenda for winning the competition.

Fans of Charlie will likely enjoy The Candymakers, but there is enough originality in this sweet tale to keep readers hungry enough to keep the pages turning until the very end.

Sue Stainton's The Chocolate Cat, is a beautifully illustrated book that tells the story of a cat, a chocolate maker, and a town in need of inspiration.

When the chocolate maker creates chocolate covered mice with a little something extra, he doesn't think twice.  His cat, however, knows there is something special about this new creation.

When the townspeople begin to eat these adorable chocolate masterpieces, they are suddenly stuck with amazing ideas, that spice up their formerly drab lives.

The popularity of the chocolate mice brings new business to the chocolate maker, and new friends to talk to the cat, which just proves that chocolate can improve lives!

Prefer non-fiction?  How about a book about Milton Hershey?  Featured here is Who Was Milton Hershey, by James Buckley Jr..

While this book is a part of the popular Who Was series, the library has several books about Hershey, which is great, because he was a fascinating historical figure.

Aside from founding one of the most popular chocolate companies in the world, Hershey was a generous man who really wanted to spread joy to all.  Hershey built schools, supported his work force, and made chocolate affordable at a time when it was a luxury reserved for the very wealthy!

Isn't that the (chocolate) icing on the cake?

So grab one of these books after you enjoy your chocolate covered anything!  Just make sure to wash your hands first.  We all love chocolate, but best not to leave fingerprints on the pages!

Posted by- Miss Jessikah

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Holiday Movies


Today (December 9) marks the 49th anniversary of the first airing of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" on network television and the 50th anniversary of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer".  

 With the holiday season fast approaching, stop by the library for these and all your kids holiday DVD needs. 

Posted by Amy

Monday, November 17, 2014

Read-alike Fiction for Ages 9-12

Sometimes when you've just finished reading a good book you're desperate to find something just as great.  
That's when read-alikes come in handy.  Read-alikes are suggestions for readers who enjoy the works of a particular author and would like to have recommendations of other authors that write in a similar style or genre.  
Here's a few suggestions and don't forget to ask your librarian for more titles!
If you like...
Ivy and Bean by Anne Barrows try Friends for Keeps by Julie Bowe
(True BFFs in funny and upbeat stories)
Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan try Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman
(Action-packed fantasy and mythology)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney try Timmy Failure by Stephen Pastis
(Humorous stories of middle school kids facing challenges of school, home and friends)
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau try The Roar by Emma Clayton
(Fast-paced survival stories set in troubled future worlds)


Posted by:  Miss Rosemarie

Monday, November 10, 2014

Veteran's Day

Veteran's Day is a federal  holiday that is observed on November 11th. On this holiday we honor and thank all members of the Armed Forces who fought to protect us and keep our country safe.

This holiday originally was called Armistice Day and was first celebrated in 1921. In 1954, President Eisenhower changed it to Veteran's Day, in honor of those who served and died from all wars.

Here are some facts about our Veteran population in the United Sates:

*9.2 million veterans are over the age of 65
*1.9 million veterans are under the age of 35
*1.8 million veterans are women
*7.8 million veterans served during the Vietnam War era (1964-1975)
*5.2 million veterans served during the Gulf War (representing service from Aug. 2, 1990, to present)
*2.6 million veterans served during WWII (1941-1945)
*2.8 million veterans served during the Korean War (1950-1953)
*6 million veterans served in peacetime
*5 states have more than 1 million veterans in among their population: California (2.1 million) Florida (1.7 million), Texas (1.7  million), New York (1 million) and Pennsylvania (1 million)

posted by Josephine

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Daylight Savings! What is that, exactly?

Greetings, fellow time travelers!

This weekend, we all went, "back in time" by one hour! Sort of.

Daylight Savings Time, is a practice, where our collective clocks are set an hour ahead throughout Spring and Summer, and then set back one hour behind throughout Fall and Winter

As the saying goes, "Spring ahead, Fall back."

Why do we do this? The easy answer is that Daylight Savings Time is meant to make better use of natural daylight.  And while the winter weather creeps in, the days are naturally darker, the idea is that setting the clocks back an hour will keep us in sunlight for longer. 

Though he was not the first to come up with this idea, ancient civilizations had been using similar methods for centuries, Benjamin Franklin is considered to be the father of the modern Daylight Savings Time.  Franklin suggested that moving the clocks is economical for those who would pay for fuels to light their houses for longer.

Daylight Savings Time was never implemented during Franklin's lifetime, and has been changed several times since President Franklin Roosevelt ordered the clocks to be changed during           World War II.  This makes the tradition less than a century old.

As of 2007, Daylight Savings Time has been scheduled for "Falling back" on the first Sunday of November, and "Springing forward" on the second Sunday in March.

The best thing about this?  It gives Trick-or-Treaters an extra hour of light to gather their candy!  You see, before 2007, the clocks were set back in October, and therefore cut the evening short for children who promised to be home before dark.

So, while it might not be the fanciest form of time travel, we can all say that at least twice a year, we move forward, or backward in time.  Even for just an hour.  Of course, if this doesn't satisfy you, the Syosset Library has many books in which children take adventures through time and space!  I've listed some popular ones below. Why not come in to check one out?

-Posted by Miss Jessikah

http://catalog.syossetlibrary.org/search?/Xtime+travel-juvenile+fiction&SORT=DZ/Xtime+travel-juvenile+fiction&SORT=DZ&extended=0&SUBKEY=time+travel-juvenile+fiction/1%2C288%2C288%2CB/frameset&FF=Xtime+travel-juvenile+fiction&SORT=DZ&6%2C6%2C           http://catalog.syossetlibrary.org/search?/aDe+los+Santos%2C+Marisa%2C+1966-/ade+los+santos+marisa+1966/-3%2C-1%2C0%2CB/frameset&FF=ade+los+santos+marisa+1966&9%2C%2C9          http://catalog.syossetlibrary.org/search?/Xa+wrinkle+in+time&SORT=DZ/Xa+wrinkle+in+time&SORT=DZ&extended=0&SUBKEY=a+wrinkle+in+time/1%2C10%2C10%2CB/frameset&FF=Xa+wrinkle+in+time&SORT=DZ&6%2C6%2C     http://catalog.syossetlibrary.org/search?/Xwhen+you+reach+me&SORT=DZ/Xwhen+you+reach+me&SORT=DZ&extended=0&SUBKEY=when+you+reach+me/1%2C10%2C10%2CB/frameset&FF=Xwhen+you+reach+me&SORT=DZ&1%2C1%2C