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

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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!

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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.

Become an Activist of Kindness!

The U.S. National Holiday of Random Acts of Kindness Day is February 17th, but February is a long ways away. And now, more than ever, we need some acts of kindness to brighten our day. So instead of waiting for February, let’s make everyday kindness day!

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Random Acts of Kindness bring joy to the receiver and spread positive vibes throughout the community. There are even some good health benefits to being kind! (Science says so!) Spreading kindness can decrease our stress levels along with our anxiety, depression, and blood pressure. It can boost our energy level, make us happier, and prolong our lifespan by 44%! One of the most important things about kindness is that kindness is CONTAGIOUS! Doing just one random act of kindness can create a domino effect and reach thousands.

So get out there and challenge yourself to perform 1 random act of kindness EVERYDAY! You’ll be amazed by the results.

Check out some of these great books and resources that are sure to motivate and inspire:

https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/ : The official website of Random Acts of Kindness. This site has everything you need to get inspired do spread some kindness at home, school, or work.

Pete the Cat's Groovy Guide to Kindness: Dean, James, Dean, Kimberly, Dean,  James: 9780062974020: Amazon.com: Books
As an ebook, Pete the Cat has a lot to offer in the ways of spreading kindness. From sharing, to lending a hand, to showing compassion, Pete the Cat’s Groovy Guide to Kindness is sure to get you groovin’ to the beat of kindness.

Check out the day-to-day kindness suggestions for the month of September. Then, click to find the rest of the months.

Amazon.com: Esther the Kindness Fairy (Friendship Fairies #1): A Rainbow  Magic Book (1) (The Friendship Fairies): 9781338157673: Meadows, Daisy:  Books
Read how Esther, Kirstie, Rachel, and all the other Friendship Fairies come together to show a bit of kindness to the coldest person out there….Jack Frost.

https://kindness.org/ : This site brings kindness to you and shows you the benefits. It can help educate and inspire you to always be kind.

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This moving and thoughtful story explores what a child can do to be kind, and how each act, big or small, can make a difference or at least help a friend.

Let’s Fly a Kite

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superman? No, it’s a Kite!

Kites – Earth Toys

Kites come in all shapes and sizes and dance through the sky to a music all their own. They are a childhood favorite that leaves a sense of nostalgia in us. But, as we get older we tend to forget how it feels to have the wind on our face, the string between our fingers, and the sense of joy we get as we dare our kite to go higher and higher in the sky.

Kite flying can be fun, relaxing, and benefit your health. In a 2015 article written for the Health Fitness Revolution magazine, kites are said to promote exercise, improve your mental well-being, help with your eye and neck muscles, and boost creativity. So, grab a kite or try your hand at making one with library staff, August 4th. Registration is already in progress. And, don’t forget to check out our some of these great eBooks on kites below. They are a great way to boost your brain power and earn prizes for the Summer Reading Challenge. And who knows, you might find your next favorite!

Eric Carle & Lois Ehlert

On May 23rd and 25th we lost two great authors, Eric Carle and Lois Ehlert. Each with their own talents, touched the lives of so many over countless years.

Lois Ehlert entered the hearts of so many preschoolers with her cut-and-paste shape collages that formed beautiful, eye-popping illustrations. Join us in remembering her through the many books she illustrated and authored through the years.

Eric Carle used vibrant colors and familiar things from nature such as a Very Hungry Caterpillar who ate it’s way through our hearts, as well as, 1 apple, 2 pears, 3 plums, 4 strawberries… He will be remembered through the years with the many books he has left us.

Bugs!

Summer is here and so are the bugs! All 983 of them or at least that’s how many live in the state of New York. But in the whole world, there are roughly 10 quintillion bugs!! Here’s what that number looks like in case you were wondering: 10,000,000,000,000,000,000. And, to put that into perspective there are 200 million bugs for every ONE of us!

Carpenter bees drilling holes in our decks and houses, spider crickets hopping into our houses, butterflies flying from flower to flower, ants forming trails to our crumbs, and flies as big as birds are buzzing around our heads. But, as much of a nuisance bugs can be, humans wouldn’t be able to survive on this planet without their help. They do everything from pollinating our crops to cleaning up waste to generating $57 billion in revenue for the U.S. economy. What bugs do for us and the health of the planet is pretty amazing.

The Nine-Spotted Ladybug

This rare spotted beauty is the official New York State bug and can be found on the endangered species list. If you do get to see one, it is probably on its way to its next meal of tiny plant damaging insects like aphids, mites, and leaf hopper larvae. Did you know that a ladybug can eat up to 60 aphids in a day? Add that to all the other bugs it eats over its 2 year lifetime and that’s almost 5,000 “yummy” bugs. No wonder gardeners love these guys!
Do you want to help this species of ladybug get off the endangered species list? Then head over to The Lost Ladybug Project website to find out how YOU can “Save the Day!”

Ladybugs are definitely a sight to see and their story is pretty cool too! To discover more fun facts about ladybugs check out these books on Hoopla or check out the MyLibby app or any Suffolk County Library while we are closed for construction.

The Carpenter Bee

Ever hear that loud buzzing noise above your head? That’s the sound of a carpenter bee looking for its next home. They can be a huge nuisance to your house and your trees by drilling holes for their nests, but that’s it. They are actually great pollinators for our flowers, veggies, fruit, and other plants. Carpenter bees do a better job at pollinating then the other bees. Their special buzz pollination benefits plants by getting them to produce greater quantities and larger fruit and/or veggies.

To get to know more about bees in general, fly over to Hoopla, the MyLibby app, or another Suffolk County Library for these fun books:

For all those other creepy crawlers and the people that study them (entomologists), the shelves of any Suffolk County Library are crawling with them….books that is! Discover the amazing world of bugs with us today!

How Do Things Work?

Have you ever looked at a car and wondered how it works? Or maybe how your toilet works? How about your body? And just how does a plane stay in the air? The world is an interesting place and the things that occupy it are even more interesting. Lucky for you, we have lots of books that explain and describe just how things work! You name it, we’ve got it.  To get you started, here are a few interesting titles for you to choose from.  But there are plenty more on the shelves to satisfy your curiosity.

Take a ride through the toilet,
the plumbing, and the sewer system
to find our just how
everything works.
Take a look at all the incredible and diverse things your body can do! With cut-away illustrations and hands-on diagrams, you are sure to have a good time learning just how your body works.
From true stories and biographies of real
scientists and engineers to exciting diagrams 
and illustrations, accessible explanations, 
trivia, and fun features, 
this book explains it all!
From the engine that provides the power and
wings that lift the plane off the ground to the
cockpit controls and passenger cabin, see how
these modern marvels work and what makes a
plane stay in the air.
Detailed drawings that show mechanical parts and cut-away illustrations that show how the parts are assembled and work together. This book is sure to reveal just how a car moves.