Food Science

Cooking and baking are both a science and an art. Every ingredient has a purpose. Too much or too little of a single ingredient can change the final product. Just as important as the flavor of your dish, is the presentation. Food has to look good for us to want to eat it. Creating good-looking food is an art.

Discover the incredible, edible science that happens every time you cook, bake, or eat with this children’s book that is part-cookbook, part-science reference.

Or try baking this yummy ice cream bread.

Ice Cream Bread

Ingredients
1½ cups Self Raising flour*
2 cups Vanilla Ice Cream (use any flavor ice cream you want), melted

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a loaf pan with non stick cooking spray or line the loaf pan with parchment paper for easy clean up.
  2. In a medium size mixing bowl, combine flour and melted ice cream. Mix well.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top.
  4. Bake for 35~40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  5. Remove onto a wire rack and cool completely.
  • *Notes
  • Make your own Self raising flour by mixing 2 cups all purpose flour with 1 tbsp baking powder and ½ tsp salt. Whisk and use as needed.
  • For a fun twist, add in some chocolate chips or chopped nuts.

Early Learning & Parenting Resources

Hi there everyone! It’s Miss Jeanna, the Early Literacy Librarian at Lindenhurst Memorial Library. I know that during this trying time, it is so difficult to ensure your children are getting everything they need. If you are the parent of a young child that is not yet in school and is not on a remote learning track, it can be hard to come up with ways to keep your little one entertained and educated.

At the library I typically work with babies, toddlers, and early learners who are not yet in school. I’m also the mother of a soon-to-be three-year-old. For anyone else in a similar boat as I am, you may be feeling the strain of trying to keep your little one occupied while still feeling like they are benefiting.

For this reason, I’ve compiled some wonderful online resources for parents of very young children to use to help keep everyone smart, happy, and healthy during this time!

Reading Rockets focuses on the early literacy needs of young readers. Parents and caregivers can find classroom teaching strategies, booklists, STEM literacy, phonics help, and much more. In addition, the website offers a “Fun Stuff” section that includes free printables and adventure packs.  

https://www.readingrockets.org

With the International Children’s Digital Library, you can find thousands of free digital books online in dozens of languages. Books can be broken down by age level, starting as young as three to five years old and up until thirteen.  

http://en.childrenslibrary.org

Enjoy early literacy games, literacy checklists, and tips for parents. Get Ready to Read is dedicated to the development of early literacy skills. Parents and caregivers can find free kindergarten readiness tests as well as resources for specific areas identified by the test.  

http://www.getreadytoread.org

Little ones can indulge in dozens of learning games that feature letter recognition, phonics, read-alongs, sing-alongs, and much more.  

https://www.starfall.com/h

All you need is your library card to access hundreds of free eBooks and audiobooks for your child. Search by recommendations, popular titles, topics, and more. You can even find kids crafting and cooking books for even more at home activity ideas.  

https://livebrary.overdrive.com/library/kids

https://www.tumblebooklibrary.com/Home.aspx?categoryID=77

Similar to Libby, Tumblebooks gives you access to free eBooks using just your library card. Early literacy resources are broken down by Storybooks and Readalongs, and can be broken down even further into New Books, Award Winners, Alphabet & Reading, and much more. 

I hope this list helps keep you and your little one reading, playing, and learning! Check out our easy infographic below to help you remember all the free resources available for your early learner.  

https://www.sesamestreet.org/caring

Caring for Each Other

Your friends on Sesame Street are here to support you during the COVID-19 health crisis, as families everywhere are creating a “for now normal.” Children thrive with structure in their lives, and they learn best through play—even in everyday moments. So this site is filled with content you can use all day long to spark playful learning, offer children comfort, and focus a bit on yourself, too. After all, it’s important that we take care of ourselves, so that we can best care for our families.

https://soundcloud.com/user-492333083

Parenting Tips Podcast

“Parenting Tips” provides current research-based information from Cornell University and other American land grant institutions. In today’s world, parenting is rewarding as well as challenging. “Parenting Tips” supports parents and other caregivers by translating timely child development research into practical and helpful information to support family health and wellness.

http://daybydayny.org

DaybyDayNY is a website for young children and their families.

Libraries are essential to Family Literacy. Libraries educate the whole family by providing computer and internet access, materials such as books and music, access to health information, and interaction with staff that are skilled in programming to engage young children to learn.