Winter Family Movies for a Cozy Movie Night

What makes a great winter movie? Snowy scenes, a snowball fight, snowmen and a warm cozy fire. No matter what type of movie you like, action, comedy, mystery or fantasy, you’re bound to find one set in winter that you will like. No matter what the topic is, here are some of my favorite movies that you might enjoy watching with your family this winter.

Frozen – When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna, a fearless optimist teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna’s sister Elsa, the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell.

Ice Age – Twenty thousand years ago, as the Earth was being overrun with glaciers, Manny, Diego, Sid, and Scrat head south to avoid a bad case of global frostbite and embark on a hilarious quest to reunite a human baby with his tribe.

Happy Feet – Emperor penguins are born to sing except for young Mumble, who was born to tap dance. Mumble gets kicked out of Emperor Land and embarks on a journey that proves that by being true to yourself, you can make all the difference in the world!

Cool Runnings – This comedy is based on the true story of Jamaica’s first Olympic bobsled team.

Ice Princess – Casey Carlyle is caught between her dream of becoming a championship figure skater and her mother’s dream of sending her to Harvard. She takes on the challenge of her life when she competes with the best to make the championship.

Magical Children’s Books about Unicorns

What do you get when you mix up bright flourescent colors and loads of glitter and sparkle? Well unicorns, of course! From Starbucks’ pink and blue, cotton candy-esque Unicorn Frappuccino to My Little Pony, the unicorn trend has been on an upswing for several years and shows no signs of slowing. Unicorn headbands, t-shirts and leggings are everywhere. And don’t be surprised if you see quite a few faces painted with bright, sparkly, unicorn-inspired makeup. Since unicorns are so trendy right now, we thought you could use some reading suggestions! Here are some of our favorite books for you to take a look at.

Where’s the Unicorn? by Ingela Arrhenius

Lift the felt flaps to discover four hidden magical creatures which includes a mermaid, a dragon, a fairy, and a unicorn. – Good Reads

Twinkle, Twinkle Unicorn by Jeff Burton

This unicorn is ready for sweet-dream adventures as she flies across the night skies.

How to Catch a Unicorn by Adam Wallace

A group of kids try to catch a unicorn by setting up traps, but the unicorn escapes each time.

Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

A powerful, shared wish helps Uni the unicorn and the little girl who believes in him to save the land of unicorns from endless rain.

Blues for Unicorn by Molly Coxe

Unicorn and Mule want to start a cool blues group, but Unicorn decides she gets to make all the rules.

Uni and the Perfect Present by Candice Ransom

Uni gives Silkie a special present for his birthday.

Unicorn Diaries: Bo’s Magical New Friend by Rebecca Elliott

Bo and the other students at Sparklegrove School for Unicorns are excited when a new unicorn, Sunny Huckleberry enters the school, but Sunny does not know what his special magical power is. Bo has the power to grant wishes, and is eager to help him even though he does not want Bo’s help.

Rainbow Magic: Leona the Unicorn Fairy by Daisy Meadows

The magical creature fairies look after seven young magical creatures, and train them to use their powers for the good of Fairyland and the human world. However, all of the creatures have been stolen by naughty Jack Frost! Can Rachel and Kirsty help Leona find her magical unicorn before she’s lost forever in the human world? – Good Reads

Celebrating Fall

Fall is an exciting time of year as the leaves fall off the trees, and the weather gets cooler. There are also plenty of festive fall activities to look forward to such as apple picking, pumpkin picking, decorating pumpkins, going trick or treating with your family and friends on Halloween, hay rides at the farm, or visiting a Haunted House.

The Lindenhurst Memorial Library also has some fun activities planned for you this Fall. Pumpkin painting for preschool-grade 12, take and make crafts for October 22nd, a zombie makeup kit with instructional video for children in Grades 3-5, a Halloween pet parade at the Village Gazebo on Tuesday, October 26th, monster mania for children in grades K-2 the annual Trick or Trunk event on Friday, October 29th.

For more information on any of these programs, check out our library calendar of events

Get Ready for Back to School with Some Great Books

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Back to school time is an exciting time of year for students. Back to school mean fresh starts, new experiences, and learning new things. Get in the back to school groove with some great books about school life for our younger readers!

All are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold.

All the children are welcomed to their school with open arms. They grow and learn from each other’s traditions and the whole community gathers together to celebrate the Lunar New Year. – Good Reads

Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes by Eric Litwin.

Pete is rocking in his school shoes. He visits the library, the lunch room, the playground, and other fun places at school while singing his song.

Biscuit Goes to School by Alyssa Satin Capucilli.

Biscuit is excited about going to school. Even though dogs are not allowed in school, he still wants to see and do everything that takes place at school.

Lola Goes to School by Anna McQuinn.

Lola prepares for her first day of school the night before by picking out her clothes, and putting her pencils and water bottle in her backpack. The next day she gets up early, takes pictures, and goes to her class. While she is at school, she makes new friends, reads a book, plays, and has a snack.

The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing.

All the kids are preparing for kindergarten by packing their school supplies, taking pictures, and saying goodbye to their parents.

Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School by Herman Parish.

Amelia Bedelia is sure that she will absolutely love school. While she is at school, she mixes up just about everything in this funny picture book about her childhood experiences. She make new friends, and learns new lessons from her teacher, Mrs. Edwards. – Good Reads

The Berenstain Bears Go to School by Stan and Jan Berenstain.

Sister Bear is nervous about starting Kindergarten. Her mom and her brother convince her everything will be okay. She has a lot of fun in kindergarten and she enjoys going to school every day.

Junie B. Jones: First Grader at Last! by Barbara Park.

Junie B. Jones has graduated Kindergarten and is starting first grade. She is excited about meeting her new teacher and meeting some new friends. Nevertheless, she is having trouble reading the words on the blackboard and she discovers she may need glasses.

National Amelia Earhart Day

Did you know that National Amelia Earhart Day is celebrated each year on July 24th? This day honors the achievements that Amelia Earhart has made as a famous American Pilot. Amelia’s love of flying began in December 1920. Her first flight was in California with a World War II Pilot, Frank Hawks. She started taking flight lessons in January 1921 with a female pilot, Neta Snook. She also bought her first plane in 1921. It was a yellow Kinner Airster which she named the Canary.

She received her pilot’s license in December 1921, and she has achieved many records. In 1922, she became the first woman pilot to fly alone at 14,000 feet. In 1932, she was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. She was also awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross by Congress. In 1929, she helped form an international nonprofit organization that was called the Ninety Nines. This organization was founded by 99 women pilots who inspired new women pilots through education, and scholarships.

Amelia’s flight around the world started on June 1, 1937 out of Oakland, California. She was on this trip with her Navigator, Fred Noonan. They left New Guinea on July 2, 1937 with 7,000 miles left for their journey. Unfortunately, this was the last time that they had been seen alive.

If you would like to learn more about Amelia Earhart’s life and her accomplishments, check out these books from our Children’s collection.

Tails and Tales Summer Reading Club

Reading is fun, especially when it’s about our “tail” worthy friends. Don’t miss out on this years adventure and fun! Register on our website, or using the READSquared App, available at the App store or on Google Play. This summer will be filled with stories, activities, raffles, and prizes.

Looking for your next favorite? Check out these tales about tails.

Picture Books for Preschoolers

Pete the Cat: Super Pete by Kimberly and James Dean. When there is trouble in town, Super Pete is ready to take down the bad guys and save the day. – Good Reads

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. This is a story about a beautiful fish who makes friends with the other fish by sharing some of his shining scales with them.

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin. A young boy hosts a taco party for the dragons, but he accidentally served the dragons tacos with spicy salsa which was made with Jalapeno Peppers. He tried to stop the dragons from eating those tacos, but he was too late.

How to Catch a Mermaid by Adam Wallace. This is a tale of two children, and a dog who are trying to catch a mermaid. They set up traps to lure her in, but she manages to escape each time. Then the children find themselves in danger when they see the sharks come back. They already used up all the traps and bait, and the mermaid comes back to save them from the sharks.

Easy Readers for Grades K-2

Biscuit’s First Beach Day by Alyssa Satin Capucilli. Biscuit spends his first beach day making sand castles, collecting seashells, and playing in the ocean.

Danny and the Dinosaur and the New Puppy by Syd Hoff. The dinosaur likes to play with Danny and his new puppy at the park. Afterwards, they go in the pool to cool off, and they have a sleepover at a Museum.

Pony Party by Catherine Hapka. The Pony Scouts are helping throw a pony party for Tina’s birthday. However, Tina isn’t having fun, and it’s up to Meg, Jill, and Annie to save the day. – Good Reads

Chapter Books for Grades 3-5

Amy and the Missing Puppy by Callie Barkley. It is Spring Break in Santa Vista, and everyone has big plans except for Amy. As her best friends head out of town on exciting adventures, Amy resigns herself to helping out at her mom’s vet clinic. At least she’ll be around cute animals! However, when Marge Sullivan brings her puppy Rufus for a check-up, Amy encounters an unexpected mystery. After her friends return home, the girls get to the bottom of what happened to Rufus and discover a way to help other lost and lonely animals in their town. – Good Reads

Humphrey’s Really Wheely Racing Day by Betty Birney. Humphrey is one of the class pets in Mrs. Brisbane’s class, and every weekend he gets to go home with a different classmate. One weekend he went home with Mandy and he met her hamster, Winky. Winky showed Humphrey his hamster car, and let him use it. He loved Winky’s hamster car, and he wanted his own car. Mrs. Brisbane surprised Humphrey and gave him a hamster car as a gift because she wanted to have a hamster race at school to go along with her math unit on measurement. All the kids watched the car race between Humphrey and Winky, and the car race ended up being a tie. Humphrey and Winky each won a first place certificate, and a box of Hamster Chew Chews from Pet-O-Rama.

Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne. The Magic Tree House transports Jack and Annie back in time where they see live dinosaurs.

Rescue on the Oregon Trail by Kate Messner. Ranger has been trained as a search and rescue dog, but can’t officially pass the test because he’s always getting distracted by squirrels during exercises. One day, he finds a mysterious first aid kit in the garden and is transported to the year 1850, where he meets a young boy named Sam Abbott. Sam’s family is migrating west on the Oregon Trail, and soon after Ranger arrives he helps the boy save his little sister. Ranger thinks his job is done, but the Oregon Trail can be dangerous, and the Abbotts need Ranger’s help more than they realize! – Good Reads

Earth Day

Earth Day is held on April 22 of each year in the United States and Canada. The first Earth Day was celebrated in the United States in 1970. As a growing reaction to toxic drinking water, air pollution, and the effects of pesticides, over 20 million people took to the streets, parks and auditoriums to demonstrate against the impacts of 150 years of industrial development which had left a growing legacy of serious human health impacts.  Today we celebrate Earth Day to increase awareness of environmental problems and to lift environmental issues onto the world stage. The fight for a clean environment continues with increasing urgency, as the ravages of climate change become more and more apparent every day. 

Here are some some small steps that you and your family can take to help our planet:

  1. Enjoy spending time outside? Pick up trash while enjoying your outdoor activities. It is a great way to save that plastic bottle cap from the landfill while you are on your morning walk!
  2. Be a part of the change. Change your diet to fight climate change! Try participating in meatless Mondays!
  3. Convince your school district or office building to choose reusable utensils, trays, and dishes in the cafeteria. 
  4. Help protect pollinators by pledging to go pesticide-free! We need pollinators to ensure the persistence of our crop yields and ensure healthy sustainable ecosystems now and in the future.
  5. Try growing your own organic garden!

If you want to learn more about Earth Day, check out these books from our Children’s Collection.

And here are some fun things that you and your family can participate in during Celebrate the Earth Week: April 19-24, 2020:

  1. Start your own herb and vegetable garden by picking up seed bundles from the library.
  2. Watch Ms. Justine do an Earth inspired story time on our YouTube Channel.
  3. Make a plant based resipe inspired by our A-Z World Food database. There’s a video on our YouTube page to show you how.
  4. Pick up an Earth Day Poster kit at the library and proudly display your poster in your house.
  5. Pick up a mystery kit at the library with ecofriendly recycled material to make a craft.

Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans to the United States. It honors all Black people from all periods of U.S. history, from the enslaved people first brought over from Africa in the early 17th century to African Americans living in the United States today.

“In 1915, in response to the lack of information on the accomplishments of Black people available to the public, historian Carter G. Woodson co-founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. In 1926, the group declared the second week of February as “Negro History Week” to recognize the contributions of African Americans to U.S. history. Few people studied Black history and it wasn’t included in textbooks prior to the creation of Negro History Week.” – National Geographic Kids

In 1976 , U.S. president Gerald Ford extended the week to a month long recognition. Black History Month has been celebrated in the United States every February since.

Check out these amazing books written to educate and highlight the accomplishments and contributions of African Americans to U.S. History.

Family Friendly Winter Activities

There are many fun outdoor family activities that you could do in the Fall, Spring, or Summer. However, during the winter months, it can be a little more challenging coming up with fun outdoor activities to keep your family physically active.

Here are some fun winter activities that you could do outside with your family if the weather isn’t too cold.

  1. Build a snowman building.
  2. Paint pictures in the snow using paint in spray bottles.
  3. Build a snow fort.
  4. Go sledding at Belmont Lake State Park or Heckscher Park.
  5. Make snow angels.

No snow? No worries. Take a hike or go on a nature scavenger hunt. Go to the beach. It may not be quite as fun as swimming in the summertime, but the beach is still worth a visit during winter! Fly a kite along the shoreline, climb rocks or dunes, explore tide pools, check out a lighthouse, watch the waves, or go rock/shell hunting.

When those winter temperatures do drop below freezing and the wind is relentless, bring the outside, inside! Try an indoor Family Game Night. It’s so much fun to get together with family and laugh the night away. Play board games, create an indoor obstacle course, play an old fashioned round of cards. The options are endless. You could even try your hand at cooking or baking. Whip up a batch of cookies or make a meal together. For some cooking ideas, check out our YouTube Channel.

Whether it’s indoors or outdoors, make sure you take time this winter for some quality fun with your family. Winter can seem never ending, but being active and sharing some laughs will certainly make the season seem cheery and bright. The start of a new year is the perfect time to try new things and start the year spending time with those you care about.

Fun Exercises for Children

Regular physical activity in children is essential to developing and perfecting fine and gross motor skills. According to the Encyclopedia of Children’s Health, these skills are important to a child’s coordination, self confidence, ability to socialize, and academic performance. And since students are now learning at home, some or most of the time, I figured it would be a great time to introduce some ideas to create a healthy learning environment at home.

Some fun activities that your children could do include outside activities, such as walking, jogging, running, playing hopscotch, riding a bicycle, setting up an obstacle course in your backyard using hula hoops for the kids to jump through, or having a hula hoop contest. Raining or too cold to be outside? There are plently of inside activities that help to build Cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility such as doing Yoga, and Zumba. Look for some amazing movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts on Go Noodle.

And don’t forget to check out some exercise videos for children on Hoopla. Not sure what Hoopla is? Our Niche Academy tutorial can help!