It’s OK to take Me Time

Sometimes we feel guilty for putting our self first but I am here to tell it’s OK to pamper yourself everyone once a while. Go for a nice walk, binge watch some TV, read a book, or have a nice glass of wine. There is nothing wrong with wanting a little alone time to recuperate your mind, body, and spirit. As a wife, mother, and librarian I find myself overwhelmed sometimes, especially during these new and challenging times we are facing as a country. I have learned to step back from it all and take a moment for myself. I am going to share with you some resources that you can use to help you with Me Time.

Great eBooks and eAudio books can be found searching the catalog at https://lindenhurstlibrary.org/, such topics you can search is mindfulness, relaxation, mediation, reiki, yoga, and more….

If you want to binge watch some TV then Hoopla is the site for you. It has so many genres for you to choose from and can be view on a computer, smartphone, or tablet. You can also flip through a magazine on the Flipster. Flipster has a variety of magazine that can be view on any internet connected device or you can download the Flipster app. All of these create resources can be found at https://lindenhurstlibrary.org/digital/.

Don’t want to stay indoors for your Me Time, then head outside. You can always walk around your neighbor or head to a local state park. Here is the site to find a park in your area https://parks.ny.gov/, but please remember to abide by social distancing rules.

There are so many ways you can take your Me Time. You just need to find what works for you. It is important to take care of yourself, as you are taking care of others.

Sesame Street in Communities

Sesame Street in Communities has added some new resources to their site in light of the pandemic. These new resources center around caring for each other and how to offer comfort. Three main topics for this new section are Adult Awareness, Mindful Modeling, and Self Soothing.

Providing articles on topics such as stress in children or comfort strategies gives parents the tools they need to help their child deal with new emotions. Activities are also available to help support mindful behavior. The activity “Helping Hand’s is a way to show your child that they have a place in the world and how they can help others. In addition to the wonderful resources, Sesame Street in Communities has humorous video clips to help keep things fun. They offer games and coloring pages to help children self soothe.

In these uncertain times, helping our children understand and explore new feelings can be hard, Sesame Street in Communities can help! Visit their site at http://www.ssic.org/. Most activities are available in four languages (Korean, Arabic, English, and Spanish).

Nature At Home

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Hi everyone, Miss Justine here. As I sit here at home with my children I realize that what I miss the most is not being able to connect with nature. I love going on nature walks with my little ones and explain to them all about the animals around us. Sure, we go for walks in our neighborhood, but how many times can you talk about squirrels? Usually, when the weather starts to get warm, my family and I love to go to zoos, aquariums, and animal farms in our area. Since these places are currently closed, my kids and I were very sad. Then I discovered that zoos and many other places have animal cams set up. I thought I would share what I have found. Enjoy some zoo cams from around the United States.

Bronx Zoo, New York https://bronxzoo.com/virtual-zoo/live-cams

San Diego Zoo, California https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams

Smithsonian’s National Zoo, Washington D.C. http://nationalzoo.si.edu/webcams

The Houston Zoo, Texas https://www.houstonzoo.org/explore/webcams/

If you want to learn more about the animals you visit virtually, go to our website and click on the kids and teens button. Scroll down to World Book Online. You will need to login by using your library card number (on the back of your library card). Once logged in to World Book, click on the button titled Kids and go to World of Animals; from there you can learn all about different species of animals. Click here to go directly to World Book Online:

Looking for some fun and educational sites for your children?

Sesame Street in Communities builds on our almost 50-year commitment to caring for the developmental, physical, and emotional needs of children. Thoroughly researched and tested with families, these resources featuring our friendly, furry Muppets, are proven to make a measurable difference for kids, and make your job as a parent a little bit easier.

http://www.ssic.org/

ABCya provides over 400 fun and educational games for grades PreK through 6. Games are categorized by grade and subject, and cover topics such as multiplication, parts of speech, typing, pattern recognition, and more. With so much variety, there is sure to be something for kids at all learning levels and styles.

https://www.abcya.com

Code.org® is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools so that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn computer science.

https://code.org/

PBS KIDS offers a whole-child approach to preparing children for kindergarten, offering media that supports key developmental areas — from communication and critical thinking skills to literacy and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning.

https://pbskids.org/