MyLibby App Book Suggestions

While the library is closed, why not download and login to the MyLibby app. There, you can find and checkout all the books you need on your Reading List. Here are just a few suggestion to get you started:

Be inspired by the lives of famous people who achieved big dreams despite the odds in the Little People, Big Dreams series. This collection of biographies has eye catching illustrations and simple text…perfect for even the littlest of readers.

 If you like comics, graphic novels, cartoon strips and manga, why not give Libby’s awesome collection of Comic and Graphic Books a try? With over 2400 to choose from, you’re sure to find something of interest.

Libby also has a great selection of audio books and read-along books that will spark the imagination of anyone. Picture books, chapter books, and easy readers are all accessible 24 hours a day. Listen to them when you’re in the car, when you’re stuck on a word, or when you just need a break from reality.

Podcast for Kids

Press play on podcasts: Whether you’re new to podcasts or looking for something fresh, these picks will keep kids of all ages listening and learning.

The place where young readers meet to talk about books. The host, Kitty Felde, and a group of middle grade readers get together to discuss a favorite book, talk to the author, listen to a celebrity guest reader, and answer live questions from fellow young readers listening in. Running time: 20 minutes per episode

A Book Riot podcast that pairs the best of children’s literature with what’s going on in the world today. This podcast will explore how children’s book authors are responding to world events, give you an inside look into authors’ and illustrators’ creative processes, and, provide you with all the children’s book recommendations you could ever wish for. Running time: 40 minutes to 1 hour per episode

A podcast that inspires kids to think critically and express creatively through wordplay. Buttons & Figs introduces kids to great nonsense literature, poetry, and songs. This helps kids make sense of the world and gets them to think critically and express creatively. Running time: 10 minutes to 30 minutes per episode

Fifteen-year-old Tai Poole won’t rest until he’s uncovered the mysteries of the universe, one probing question at a time. With a fourth season well on its way, Tai talks to everyone from NASA scientists to comedians trying to get answers to questions like: “Why is space so dark if it’s full of stars?” and “Why do humans dance?” Running time: 25 minutes per episode

Each week, pirates, fairies, wizards, robots and more band together to help Mr. Eric, the host, tell wacky stories inspired by kids’ questions. These stories aim to keep the listener laughing and learning. Running time: 20 minutes per episode

Short stories that help children calm down and relax by guiding them through visualization and breathing exercises. Children can learn all about the subject of mindfulness through activities and relaxing stories with interest piquing topics such as sea creatures, clouds, and space. Running time: 15 minutes per episode

Let’s Celebrate Emojis!

Did you know there is an unofficial holiday celebrating emojis? That’s right, July 17th is the day where you can celebrate those tiny little pictures that bring so much color and joy to your texts, emails, and Social Media posts. Plus, Apple always has an exciting announcement about the new emojis they’ll be releasing.

*Fun Fact: Type “calendar” into your emoji search engine and you’ll see why we celebrate on July 17th. 😉

Emojis can convey emotion faster and with less characters than words. They have enhanced people’s ability to fully express themselves in text-based communication.  With over 3,000 emojis you are sure to find one or many that can express the emotion you are looking to convey to others.

😀😂😎😁🤗😅😴🤐😆🥰🤩😨🤪😵😭🥵🤑😜🥴🤡🥳🧐🤒😸😻🤭🥶🙄😛

Emoji is a Japanese word created in 1990, meaning “picture word”. These picture words were created for a television show in Japan to make it more appealing to teenagers. And when the first iPhone in Japan was released, it had an emoji keyboard. People around the world quickly found this keyboard and fell in love with the emojis, making it a worldwide sensation.

*Fun Fact: The heart emoji was the first emoji developed in 1998.

Fun Ways You Can Celebrate

  1. 1. Watch The Emoji Movie.

Hidden inside a smartphone, the bustling city of Textopolis is home to all emojis. Each emoji has only one facial expression, except for Gene, an exuberant emoji with multiple expressions. Determined to become “normal” like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his best friend Hi-5 and a notorious code breaker called Jailbreak.

2. Take inspiration from your emoji keyboard and dress as your favorite emoji.

3. Make yourself an emoji themed snack.

4. Challenge yourself and your friends to only text in emojis.

5. Create emoji art.

Blueberries!

Blueberries are an all time favorite snack for many that pack a punch of sweet juices with every little bite. They contain lots of antioxidants, very few calories, and are said to have many health boosting benefits. Kids love their color and parents love how they are the perfect, healthy to-go snack. No wonder these little berries are so popular.

Blueberries are the only fruit in the world that are blue thanks to a special pigment called anthocyanin. The more pigment, the bluer the berry. The bluer the berry, the richer it is in antioxidants, vitamins, iron and magnesium. The blueberry bush is one of the few fruits that are native to North America, but not until the 1900’s did the first cultivated blueberry bush produce berries commercially. Before than, the only way to get blueberries was from the wild.

Newspaper clipping from The Philadelphia Inquirer; 1983

Peak season for blueberry harvesting is July which makes it the perfect month to celebrate. On Long Island, there are a few places to pick-your-own or pick up a fresh picked pint or two of blueberries. You might even get lucky with homemade blueberry ice cream, jams, jellies, and more.

Lewin Farms in Calverton offers pick-your-own fruit with a farm stand that offers local produce as well.

Bhavana Berries in Southold grows 6 different blueberries, all certified organic.

Patties Berries and Bunches in Mattituck has all the Summertime berries and don’t forget to try some of their homemade ice cream like lemon basil or chipotle raspberry.

Seven Ponds Orchard in Water Mill has the berries and the pastries.

Wickham’s Fruit Farm in Cutchogue has blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and Apples in the Fall.

With all those blueberries you are going to need something to do with them. Head over to the library’s YouTube page and see what Chef Rob is cooking up. There are blueberry whoopie pies, blueberry crumble pancakes, and blueberry muffin cookies. For more yummy blueberry recipes click here.

June is National Zoo and Aquarium Month

Every year in June, Zoos and Aquariums all over the United States are celebrated for their role in the conservation and research they do with animals and sea life. It is a time when the weather is nice, the animals are out, and schools are ending. It’s the perfect time to get out and enjoy some time with the family learning about the various animals around the world and in the sea. National Zoo and Aquarium Month promotes knowledge about different animals and fish. It stresses the importance of conservation, especially for those on the endangered species list, and the importance of public contributions. Zoo’s and Aquariums have come a long way since they were first established in the 1830’s. They are no longer a place where people come to just stare at animals. They are great educational tools offering classes, workshops, and shows that bring people face-to-face with animals and provide them with pertinent information about their habitats, the food they eat, and how they are taken care of. The more we know, the more we can do to protect the animals of the world and of the sea.

Here at the library, we promote our Zoos and Aquariums with discounted tickets. Stop by during library hours to pick up your Bronx Zoo tickets for $27.95 or your Long Island Aquarium tickets for $24.00 today!

Fun Facts:

Did you know that the first Zoo in America was the Philadelphia Zoo. It opened in 1874 and is still open today. It plays an important role in the protection and breeding of endangered species.

In 1895, the New York Zoological Society was established to embraced the advancement of native wildlife conservation, promote the study of zoology, and create a first-class zoological park that would be free to the public. The name changed to Wildlife Conservation Society in 1993 to better represent what the Zoos were trying to accomplish.

The world’s first saltwater aquarium, oceanarium, was opened in 1938 in St. Augustine, FL. it was named Marineland.

The biggest aquarium in America is the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia. It holds more than 10 million gallons of water and aquatic life than any other aquarium in the world.

Harnessing the Wind

The wind can be a powerful tool and a great alternative energy source. We use its power to produce electricity for homes and businesses. With just a turn of a wind blade, a generator is charged and enough electricity is produced in one day to power thousands of homes.

The wind can be a lot of fun too! Kids fly kites, people sail boats, and gardeners add beautiful pinwheels and windchimes to their gardens and homes. And with all the wind we’ve been getting around here lately, why not get out there and enjoy it!

Here at the library, we have books, eBooks, and even some fun programs to get you out and in the wind!

Books & eBooks: (For more fun and exciting books, just click Outdoors!)

This bird watching guide book can be found on the shelves in the library. It is filled with photographs, drawings, and maps. This book is a go-to resource for all kids who are interested in their backyard birds and the ones they see along their family hikes.

A quick read and packed with great tips for catching all sorts of fish. You’ll learn everything you need to know to catch the biggest fish and learn a few fun facts about them too!

Girls belong outside! Your definitive guide to getting outside-for girls 9-12! It covers everything you need to know about camping, hiking, map reading, first aid, recipes, activities, and more! (eBook)

Getting creative with nature is fun and colorful with these Crayola outdoor crafts! Easy to read instructions and detailed photos guide readers through making projects. (eBook)

Youth, Teen, & Adult Programs:

Have some fun and learn while doing it with these awesome programs!

Every Wednesday join a librarian at the library and get out and walk! Wednesday Wellness Walks are a great way to get some exercise and meet some friendly faces all while walking around downtown Lindenhurst. Register online or call 631-957-7755.

For all you 6th-12th graders, you will enjoy this! A Citizen Scientist Walk around the Lindenhurst Village Park. Using the iNaturalist app, you will be taking pictures of your surroundings to help update and keep scientists informed of what can be found in nature here in Lindenhurst. Community Service is available. Register online or call 631-957-7755 by May 27th.

On May 26th from 3pm-6pm the Library and the Kiwanis Club of Lindenhurst will be honoring local veterans by placing flags on their graves at Breslau Cemetery. Register for a one hour session or for the entire event. Call the library by May 26th to reserve your flags.

Join the library at the Village Gazebo for their annual Pups on Parade event June 5th. Bring the whole family and show everyone what your furry companion can do. No registration.

Start summer with a wildly fun performance in the library’s backyard! This interactive, musical yo-yo show brings the magic of Broadway to Lindenhurst with jaw-dropping yo-yo skills from New York City performer, Brian Klimowski. June 25th. No registration.

Join us for our Summer Reading Club summer kickoff for all ages. Fun and games will be available for the whole family along with prizes, food trucks, and more!

Check out our calendar for more programs here.

Kids Love Nonfiction Too!

Kids all over the world are curious about life and the world they live in. In order to satisfy that curiosity, kids turn to nonfiction books. These books engage, inform, and inspire through detailed illustrations, vibrant photographs, and interactive text.

Here at the library there are many ways to access great nonfiction:

You can borrow eBooks both fiction and nonfiction along with audiobooks, instantly, for free. Anytime, anywhere using any device!

A collection just for kids! Animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, National Geographic videos, nonfiction books, playlists, books in Spanish and French, Graphic Novels, and Math Stories!
Movies, TV shows, songs, audiobooks, eBooks & comics. All for free with no waitlists!

And don’t forget about our shelves! The Express library is open from 9am-9pm Mon-Thur, 9am-6pm Fri, and 9am-5pm Sat. Just come to the end of Lee Ave, turn right into our parking lot, and the entrance will be on your right where the ramp is. Here are just a few of the great nonfiction books we have waiting for you on our shelves:

‘What’s in Your Pocket?’ introduces nine scientists who collected natural treasures when they were young. Collecting, sorting, and playing with shells, stones, and other objects taught these young people how to observe, classify, and discover.
This beautifully illustrated true story is an extraordinary cross-species friendship that will move readers and warm the hearts of animal lovers at every age.
Packed with comics, diagrams, and “secret diaries,” this book is a wondrous, encyclopedic glance at a host of nearly 100 different things on Earth. From the gross and smelly to the beautiful and fascinating, this book is a treasure trove of entertaining information.
The Book of Amazing Trees: Tordjman, Nathalie, Norwood, Julien, Simler,  Isabelle: 9781616899714: Amazon.com: Books
Discover the incredible world of trees in this interactive, fun-filled guide where fascinating facts and beautiful illustrations can be found on every page. Put your knowledge to the test with interactive quizzes, detailed seek-and-find scenes, and hands-on activities

Books for Encanto Fans

Disney’s newest animated movie has quickly become a household favorite and the music has topped the charts for weeks with “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” being in the number 1 spot. Encanto is filled with gorgeous imagery, Latin American cultural references, and themes of family, compassion, humility, and self-discovery.

Encanto | Disney Movies

Here are some books to check out if you are an Encanto fan:

Love Sugar Magic by Anna Meriano

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Mischief, friendship, and a whole lot of heart can be found in this wonderful series. The Logroño’s family owns the most beloved bakery in Rose Hill, Texas and everyone helps out except Leo. What Leo doesn’t know is that her family is hiding something magical about their family and their bakery. Just like Mirabel in Encanto, Leo struggles to find her way in her family so that she can prove that she’s just as “special” as they are.

Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal

Alma and How She Got Her Name: Martinez-Neal, Juana, Martinez-Neal, Juana:  9780763693558: Amazon.com: Books

Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela has way too many names. She turns to her Dad for answers and finds that her very long name tells the vibrant story of where she came from and who she may one day be.

Savvy by Ingrid Law

Amazon.com: Savvy: Law, Ingrid: Books

For generations, the Beaumont family has harbored a magical secret. They each possess a savvy, a special supernatural power that strikes when they turn thirteen. Mibs is desperately waiting for her savvy to come when the family gets bad news about their Poppa. Mibs becomes convinced that her savvy is to help her Poppa and she embarks on a magical journey that will force her to make sense of growing up and of other people, who might also have a few secrets hidden just beneath the skin.

Islandborn by Junot Diaz

 Islandborn is a celebration of creativity, diversity, and our imagination’s boundless ability to connect us—to our families, to our past and to ourselves. When Lola’s teacher asks the students to draw a picture of where their families immigrated from, all the kids are excited. Except Lola. She can’t remember. But with the help of her family and friends, and their memories—joyous, fantastical, heartbreaking, and frightening—Lola’s imagination takes her on an extraordinary journey back to The Island.

Sustainability in the Winter

Did you know that the Lindenhurst Memorial Library is a certified sustainable library. What does that mean? That means we are committed to environmental stewardship, economic feasibility, and social equity. Being sustainable in the winter can sometimes be a challenge, but here are some things you can do to help. The colder weather makes us want to stay inside and crank up the heat. This may sound good, but for the environment that means more energy and more resources are being used. But don’t fret, you won’t have to freeze in order to be sustainable. There are plenty of ways to use your energy efficiently and cut down on resources you are using.

Layering up is a great way to stay warm in the Winter. Thermals, sweaters, fleece-lined pants, and fuzzy socks make for a toasty warm outfit that is sure to keep the cold out.

Adding an extra blanket to your bed is another great way to stay warm while you sleep. Throwing a blanket on the couch for when you settle down to watch Netflix or read a book will make you wonder why you’ve never done this before.

A hot beverage or a cup of soup will warm you from the inside out. And, if you’re going out, don’t forget to fill up your reusable mug with some hot chocolate and marshmallows to keep you warm.

On sunny days, open the blinds, shades, and/or curtains to let in the warmth from the sun. If you feel a draft when you open those blinds then get some insulation tape to cover the seams or roll up a towel and place it on the sill to block the cold air from blowing in.

Run your ceiling fans in a clockwise direction. This will pull the warm air from the ceiling and recirculate it through your home, cutting your heating costs by about 15 percent.

Holiday Symbols & Their Meanings

The holidays are a time of joy, connection, and celebration. Whether you observe Christmas, Kwanzaa, or Hanukkah, the sounds, smells, and symbols of the season are all around. These symbols have a rich cultural history that many of us do not know. So let us deepen our connection by finding out more about these common holiday symbols below.

Christmas

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Celebrated all around the world, Christmas is considered a Christian holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. The Christmas Tree is a well known, visually beautiful symbol of Christmas that is said to symbolize the birth and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is credited to the Germans who first brought the whole tree into their homes in the 16th century. They decorated them with candlelight, various fruits, and wooden ornaments. It brought color and light during the winter and helped them celebrate the Feast of Adam & Eve on the 24th of December.

Hanukkah

An eight-day Jewish holiday that celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem after the Maccabean Revolt. The nine-branched candelabra, the menorah, is lit each night and can often be seen in windows. With the center candle as the “helper” candle, it lights the other 8 candles on the menorah. The candles are lit in order and signify the victory of the Jews over the Syrians in the 2nd century.

Kwanzaa

What Kwanzaa means | Henry Ford College

A week long holiday to honor the African heritage within the African American community. It celebrates family, community, and culture which are represented in the three official colors of Kwanzaa: red, black, and green. The seven candles, mishumaa saba, (3 red, 3 green, and 1 black) are lit in a specific order and represent one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa: Unity, Self-determination, Responsibility, Economics, Purpose, Creativity, and Faith. The black candle, which stands in the center, represents Black people everywhere.

Las Posadas

Christmas Time is a Very Special Time in Mexico | Learn Another Language

A 400 year old Mexican tradition, Las Posadas is celebrated for 9 days. There is caroling, praying, feasting, and the breaking of the Piñata. The seven-coned piñata represents the seven deadly sins in the Catholic faith. The stick that breaks the Piñata represents the love it takes to destroy or break through those sins and the candy and treats that pour out symbolize the forgiveness or a new beginning.