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

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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.

Tis the Season for Leftovers!

Healthy Holiday Leftover Recipes : Food Network | Holiday Recipes: Menus,  Desserts, Party Ideas from Food Network | Food Network

Many people are gearing up for some serious holiday cooking with Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the numerous holiday parties that are always a must this time of year. Our favorite dishes are cooked to abundance to ensure everyone gets to enjoy each dish. But what do we do when the parties are over, the holidays fade away, and the leftovers pile up? Get creative! Instead of reheating, recreate those favorite dishes into something new and delicious. Here are 10 creative ways to bring life to those leftovers:

  1. Salad- Chop that meat up and sprinkle on top of a beautiful bed of greens, dried fruit, croutons, etc. Then finish with a drizzle of your favorite dressing.
  2. Soup- Add those veggies and meat to a pot of broth with a bit of seasoning, some pasta or rice, stir, and enjoy!
  3. Shepherds Pie- A wonderful traditional Irish dish that welcomes leftovers. Layer a casserole dish with meat and gravy, veggies, and mashed potatoes. Heat, serve, and enjoy the smiles.
  4. Hot Open-Faced Sandwiches- Use that sliced meat to make a warm, messy sandwich dripping with gravy. Serve on toast with a fork, knife, and several napkins.
  5. Pot Pie- Make a savory pie with meat, veggies, potatoes, and gravy.
  6. Potato Cakes- Mash those potatoes, if they aren’t already mashed, add seasoning, and flour to help form a cake. You can even add diced up meat and veggies to add more flavor.
  7. Cranberry Smoothie- If, by chance, you have leftover cranberry sauce you can make a refreshing smoothie. Just add plain yogurt, milk, and a straw.
  8. Pumpkin Pie Milkshake- Make that pumpkin pie drinkable by putting a slice in the blender along with some of that leftover vanilla ice cream, and milk. Top with whipped cream and you have a delicious new way to enjoy pumpkin pie!
  9. Stuffing Waffles- Mix an egg, some broth, and stuffing until moist. Spread onto a hot waffle iron, cook to crispy, and top with some cranberry sauce and an egg.
  10. Nachos- Turn those leftovers into something festive! Chips, cheese, meat, and veggies. Or get creative and add stuffing and cranberry sauce.

Getting to Know Your Alphabet Books

Alphabet books aren’t just for babies! They entertain both young and old, going well beyond basic letter and sound recognition. They can often have longer descriptions and detailed information about the topic referenced by each letter. These books are a fun way to explore puzzles, art, facts, alliteration, rhyme, humor, fantasy, etc. You can use the alphabet-style book for almost any subject!

Below are some of our favorite alphabet books that spark the imagination, get everyone thinking, and can act as a fabulous springboard to further learning about letters, sounds and words!

Sharkabet: Troll, Ray, History, American Museum of Natural: 9781558685192:  Amazon.com: Books
In this thrilling, chilling alphabet book for kids, sharks, both living and extinct, lurk throughout its pages. The colorful, eye-popping images are accompanied by catchy factoids, making this book a swimmingly good read.

P Is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever: Haldar, Raj, Carpenter,  Chris, Beddia, Maria: 0760789274367: Amazon.com: Books
This whimsical, funky book turns the traditional idea of an alphabet book on its head, poking fun at the most mischievous words in the English language and demonstrating how to pronounce them. Fun and informative for word nerds of all ages!

Amazon.com: A is for Audra: Broadway's Leading Ladies from A to Z:  9780525645405: Allman, John Robert, Emmerich, Peter: Books
Broadway fans and theater lovers everywhere will give a standing ovation to this one-of-a-kind tribute full of toe-tapping rhymes, with illustrations as bright and beautiful as the shining lights on any marquee. Start with “A” for six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, then sing and dance your way through the alphabet with beloved entertainers like Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, and Liza Minnelli!

Amazon.com: Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters:  0884784272804: Jeffers, Oliver, Jeffers, Oliver: Books
 A creative work from A through Z. Slyly funny in a way kids can’t resist, and gorgeously illustrated in a way readers of all ages will pour over, this series of interconnected stories and characters explores the alphabet in a way that will forever raise the bar.

S Is for S'mores: A Camping Alphabet (Sleeping Bear Press Sports &  Hobbies): James, Helen Foster, Judge, Lita: 9781585363025: Amazon.com: Books
This book takes readers on an A-Z trail exploring the outdoor pastime of camping.  From what to pack, where to go, and what to do when you get there, this unique camping alphabet is sure to help campers of all ages make the most of their wilderness adventures.

Alphabreaths: The ABCs of Mindful Breathing: Willard PsyD, Christopher,  Rechtschaffen MA, Daniel, Clifton-Brown, Holly: 9781683641971: Amazon.com:  Books
Each letter of the alphabet teaches a simple mindfulness or compassion-based practice. Kids will spread their arms like beautiful butterfly wings, imagine blowing out candles on a birthday cake, and be as still and silent as a ninja.

Top 10 Children’s Halloween Movies for 2021

Halloween is almost here and Lindenhurst Memorial Library has some spooktacular DVD’s to get you in the mood. Check out this years top 10 Halloween movies that are guaranteed to bring some fright to your nights.

1. The Addams Family (2019)

Get ready to snap your fingers! The Addams Family is back in their first animated comedy about the kookiest family on the block. Funny, outlandish, and completely iconic, The Addams Family redefines what it means to be a good neighbor.

2. The House with a Clock in its Wall (2018)

Ten-year-old Lewis goes to live with his oddball uncle in a creaky old house that contains a mysterious `tick tock’ noise. He soon learns that his uncle and his feisty neighbor, Mrs. Zimmerman, are powerful practitioners of the magic arts. When Lewis accidentally awakens the dead, the town’s sleepy façade suddenly springs to life, revealing a secret and dangerous world of witches, warlocks and deadly curses.

3. Monster House (2006)

A group of kids discover that a neighborhood house is actually a monster. With Halloween approaching, the trio must find a way to destroy the “monster house” before innocent trick-or-treaters meet ghastly ends.

4. Coco (2018)

Despite his family’s generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming a musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Hector, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

5. Goosebumps (2015)

Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, Zach Cooper finds a silver lining when he meets Hannah. But, every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah’s mysterious dad is in fact R.L. Stine, the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. Zach soon discovers that Stine holds a dangerous secret.

6. Room on the Broom (2003)

From the makers of The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, comes a rollicking, rhyming tale perfect for Halloween. A friendly witch and her cat couldn’t be happier flying the sky on their broomstick. But when they come across some new friends will their be ‘room on the broom’ for them?

7. Hotel Transylvania (2012)

Welcome to Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up and no humans are allowed. To celebrate his beloved daughter Mavis’s 118th birthday, Dracula pulls out all the stops. Until a human guy stumbles into the hotel and changes everything!

8. The Toy Story of Terror (2013)

What starts out as an exciting road trip for the Toy Story gang takes an unexpected turn for the worse following a detour to a roadside motel. After Mr. Potato Head suddenly disappears, his friends find themselves caught up in a hilarious mystery that must be solved before they suffer the same fate in this thrilling story of TERROR!

9. Frankenweenie (2012)

After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor uses science to bring back his best friend back with just a few minor adjustments. When the “new” Sparky gets loose, the whole town learns that getting a “new leash on life” can be monstrous.

10. The Haunted Mansion (2003)

Here’s the fright-filled comedy adventure loaded with hair-raising laughs and eye-popping special effects! Eddie Murphy stars as a real estate agent whose family comes face-to-face with 999 grim, grinning ghosts in the creepy old Gracey Manor!

Computer Learning Month

October is Computer Learning Month! Whether your a master on the computer or a beginner, there is always something you can learn to enhance your computer skills. Computers occupy almost every aspect of our lives from smartphones, laptops, tablets and even cars. We use them for everything and we expect everyone to keep up with all the current technological trends.

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Computer Learning Month helps encourage those to “up your game” with classes and tutorials so you won’t be left behind. Here at the library, you can Book A Librarian for a 1 hour one-on-one computer assistance class on anything you need help with. Just check our calendar on our website and reserve your spot today!

Go to LindenhurstMemorialLibrary.com.

Hover over News & Events, then click on Program Registration and the calendar will show up.

The library also has various books on our shelves to help with using your iPhone and iPad, Windows 10, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and the Internet. If you don’t see what you want, than check MyLibby or Hoopla.