Lindenhurst Memorial Library Mobile App

You know that feeling—the feeling of panic. You have a stack of books and you are at the checkout desk. The person behind the desk is asking for your library card. You reach in your purse or wallet to get it, and it’s not there. Then the panic starts. You just had your card; where did it go. Now you are scrambling to search for your card while a line of very impatient people forms behind you. Now you are thinking, why can’t check out be more effortless. But now, it can be with the Lindenhurst Memorial Library App. You can access your library card with a click of a button.


The welcome page offers all the wonders of the library right at your fingertips. A patron can look at their library account, search the catalog, look up information about the library, and so much more. This fantastic app has so many cool features.


The My Account feature is where you want to start. This feature is where you will set up your digital library card. Click on the Digital Library Card icon and add your information. The digital library card can replace your physical library when checking out materials. You can also look at what you currently have checked out of the library, place a hold, and look to see if you have any fines in the My Account section.


In the Library Information feature, a patron can find all the latest information about the library’s building project. Need to know what time the library closes? You can get the library’s hours of operation and directions to the library. A patron can access other features like the library’s blog, social media sites and updated library news as well.


Looking for something to do, click on the Museum Pass button to access local museums, gardens, and attractions. You can reserve a pass by location or date. Don’t feel like traveling that far? The library is constantly hosting events for you. The Events button will give you access to all programs the library is hosting. You can search by date or title of the program. Plus, you register for programs using the app.


The app is available for Apple or Android devices. Go to the App Store or Google Play store and type in Lindenhurst Memorial Library to download the app.

The Underdogs of 2020: Ten Picture Books You May Have Missed

There are so many picture books to choose from that it may be hard to decide which ones are the best for your little ones. I know as a mother of a three year old, I get overwhelmed with the amount of books to choose from. Here are ten of my favorites.

From Vanessa Brantley-Newton, the author of Grandma’s Purse, comes a collection of poetry filled with engaging mini-stories about girls of all kinds. The book is filled with attractive illustrations featuring bright colors and layered textures and patterns, with such variety that each page has its own feel to suit its story. The poems are simple, upbeat, and affirming—a great reminder of what is to be gained when girls appreciate their own uniqueness and that of others. A dynamic, uplifting, and welcoming world of girls.

Now that you know how to babysit your grandma and grandpa, it’s time to teach them how to read with you! In this hilarious new addition to Jean Reagan and Lee Wildish’s bestselling How to… series, the kids are in charge! Kids can show their grandparents how to choose a great book, find the perfect spot to read together, and use their best reading-out-loud voices. Even after the book is done, there are lots of activities that kids and their grandparents can do together!

An alien has just crash-landed in your book, and it’s up to you to return him to space. You’ll have to twist, shake, and bounce your book to complete the mission; but before you launch your alien into the void, ask yourself: does he have to go?

Mommy needs to wrangle her sweet creature in bed so that the whole family can sleep. From tigers to squirrels to snakes, the little boy dodges around his bedtime, until he is tired enough to finally sleep. His imaginative animal friends weave their way through the illustrations, eventually joining him in curling up for the night.

From funny to sweet, silly to sincere, the lyrics of Mister Rogers explore such universal topics as feelings, new siblings, everyday life, imagination, and more. Through these songs—as well as endearing puppets and honest conversations—Mister Rogers instilled in his young viewers the values of kindness, self-awareness, and self-esteem. But most of all, he taught children that they are loved, just as they are. Perfect for bedtime, sing-along, or quiet time alone, this beautiful book of meaningful poetry is for every child—including the child inside of every one of us

Saddened by her classmates’ and teacher’s mispronunciations of her name, a girl is empowered by her discovery that names are like songs when she and her mom celebrate the musicality of African, Asian, Black-American, Latinx, and Middle Eastern names.

Tameika is excited to audition for the school’s Snow White Musical, but when she overhears her classmates say she is too tall, chubby, and brown to play Snow White, she questions whether she is right for the part.

Did you know that po cha, the traditional tea in Tibet, is thick and salty like soup? Or that in Iran, tea is served with a rock? (A rock candy, that is!) Or that afternoon tea was dreamed up in England by a duchess who complained of being hungry between lunch and dinner?

Kai, merboy, loves to share hugs with his mother, but learns that some friends prefer fin bumps, tail claps, tentacle shakes, or claw pinches.

Hedgehog and Tortoise were the best of friends. They wanted to give each other a great, big hug. But they weren’t allowed to touch. “Don’t worry,” said Owl. “There are lots of ways to show someone you love them.” So the two friends wave to each other, blow kisses, sing songs, dance around and write letters. And even though they can’t hug and they can’t touch, they both know that they are loved. A gorgeous, uplifting, inspiring picture book that makes social distancing fun!

If you like any of these books, click on the image you want to put it on hold. All you need is your Lindenhurst Memorial Library card!

Reading Challenges Made Fun

Spring may have just sprung, but here at the library we are looking forward to summer! Summer Reading Clubs and weekly prizes will be available for all age groups. Plan for some fun in the sun with tons of outdoor events and programs throughout the town of Lindenhurst. Registration will begin in early June- don’t miss it! Mark your calendars, and remember to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to get all the updates about this year’s events.

Don’t want to wait until June? Try one of these ongoing challenges. They are available throughout the year and have come up with some creative ways to help your child explore the wonders of reading without making them feel like it’s a chore. Don’t like any of these challenges, try creating your own. One that fits your lifestyle.

Read Native 2021

American Indian Library Association invites you to participate in the inaugural reading challenge. With this challenge we support and recognize our Indigenous authors, scientists, legislators, storytellers, and creators throughout the year, not just during the national Native American Heritage month.

Throughout the year, find and read books and publications by and about Native Americans; visit tribal websites; search peer reviewed scholarly journals; visit Native-owned bookstores; and check with Native librarians for all of the best sources for learning more about Native Americans and Indigenous people around the world

Macaroni Kid  2021 Reading Challenge

Macaroni Kid offers a very simple reading challenge. Download and print a list of 20 books to celebrate your child’s literacy.

Goodreads

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. They offer a yearly reading challenge, where you decide how many books you want to read for the year. The user logs in the book that they have read and Goodreads will keep track for you.

Need help looking for a title to complete your book challenge?

Stop on in and ask a librarian. We would be happy to help guide your reading journey. Can’t make it to the library? You can always call us @ 631-957-7755, chat with a librarian on our website, check out our book suggestions, or let us curate some “Librarian Specials” for you, using an online form. You can also check out our huge collection of ebooks and audiobooks. Set up an account with your library card to gain access to thousands of titles.

And remember, reading is not only amazing, it can also change your life! According to the American Association of School Librarians (2007), “reading is a foundational skill for learning, personal growth, and enjoyment. The degree to which students can read and understand text in all formats (e.g., picture, video, print) and all contexts is a key indicator of success in school and in life. As a lifelong learning skill, reading goes beyond decoding and comprehension to interpretation and development of new understandings”.

And The Winner Is…..

On January 25, 2021, the American Library Association announced the winners for outstanding books, digital media, video and audio books for children and young adults. Some of the more notable awards given were the Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz awards.

John Newbery Medal is awarded to the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature. This year’s winner is:

When You Trap a Tiger,” written by Tae Keller, is the 2021 Newbery Medal winner. The book is published by Random House Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Random House. “When Lily and her family move in with her sick grandmother, a magical tiger straight out of her halmoni’s Korean folktales arrives, prompting Lily to unravel a secret family history. Long, long ago, Halmoni stole something from the tigers. Now, the tigers want it back. And when one of those tigers offers Lily a deal–return what Halmoni stole in exchange for Halmoni’s health–Lily is tempted to accept. But deals with tigers are never what they seem! With the help of her sister and her new friend Ricky, Lily must find her voice… and the courage to face a tiger”-Goodreads

Randolph Caldecott Medal is awarded to the most distinguished American picture book for children. This year’s winner:

We Are Water Protectors,” illustrated by Michaela Goade is the 2021 Caldecott Medal winner. The book was written by Carole Lindstrom and published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings. “When a black snake threatens to destroy the Earth and poison her people’s water, one young water protector takes a stand to defend Earth’s most sacred resource”.-Goodreads

Michael L. Printz Award is awarded for excellence in literature written for young adult. This year’s winner:

Everything Sad Is Untrue (a true story),” by Daniel Nayeri, is the 2021 Printz Award winner. The book is published by Arthur A. Levine, an imprint of Levine Querido. “The story of a boy who flees Iran as a small child, detours through a refugee camp in Italy, then winds up in middle school in Oklahoma, where he is met with both curiosity and suspicion.”-Goodreads

If you wish to view the entire list of winner and honor books, it can be view at http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2021/01/ala-announces-2021-youth-media-awards

Want to read any of these books? Click on the link to the Lindenhurst Memorial Public Library homepage and reserve you copy today. https://lindenhurstlibrary.org/

School Resources for You and Your Child

This year, school looks very different. We are facing new challenges as parents to make sure our children receive the best education possible. Whether your child is doing homeschooling, virtual, hybrid, or in class learning, here are some great resources to keep handy.

Online Resources

The world wide web can be a tricky place to navigate. Sometimes it’s hard to decide what is best for your child. Here are a few websites that might help enrich your child’s learning process.

https://wideopenschool.org/

“Wide Open School helps families and educators find trusted resources to enrich and support distance learning. Every day students can access free, high-quality learning activities across subjects, all in one place. More than 75 partners and supporters have come together to meet the change in learning needs of students, teachers, and families due to the coronavirus pandemic”. -Wide Open School

https://www.khanacademy.org/

“Khan Academy is an American non-profit educational organization created in 2008 by Sal Khan, with the goal of creating a set of online tools that help educate students. The organization produces short lessons in the form of videos. Its website also includes supplementary practice exercises and materials for educators”. – Khan Academy

https://www.discoveryeducation.com/

“Discovery Education Experience provides engaging high-quality content, grab-and-go digital lessons, creative collaboration tools, and practical professional learning resources to give educators everything they need to engage all learners and create a lasting educational impact in any learning environment”. -Discovery Education

https://childmind.org/

“The Child Mind Institute is an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Our teams work every day to deliver the highest standards of care, advance the science of the developing brain and empower parents, professionals and policymakers to support children when and where they need it most”. – Child Mind Institute

Library Resources

Your public library is a great place to look for resources for your child. It can be a one stop shop for learning materials. Here are some great online databases that are available thru the Lindenhurst Memorial Library. All you need to access these materials is your library card.

On demand, anytime, anywhere eLearning includes: homework help, 24-Hour Writing Lab, and live tutors in math, science, reading/writing, social studies, PSAT/SAT, ACT, AP and state standardized tests.

Fosters understanding and appreciation of the world’s countries and peoples by creating and publishing concise, reliable, and up-to-date cultural content. Today the CultureGrams series is one of the most trusted and widely used cultural reference and curriculum products in the education, government, and non-profit arenas. In Library Link.

World Book Online Reference is your source for electronic encyclopedia, dictionary and atlas entries; as well as educator tools and resources.

Looking for help can be a daunting task. We here at the Lindenhurst Memorial Public Library are always here to help you. Contact us via phone, email, or chat with your questions or concerns.

https://lindenhurstlibrary.org/

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.

Geocaching: The Modern Day Scavenger Hunt

As a child, I loved going on scavenger hunts. I would draw maps and go on a treasure hunts in my backyard. The idea of looking for hidden treasures was a thrill. The adventures I had along the way are memories I will have forever. I wanted to share my love for scavenger hunts with my daughters, but competing with today’s electric distractions was hard. That is when I discovered geocaching.

Geocaching is an outdoor activity where people use a GPS or mobile device with GPS on it to find small containers. These containers are geocaches or caches. They can be any shape or size. Geocaches can be found all over the world.

There are tons of geocaching apps to choose from. After looking at a few I decided on https://www.geocaching.com/play The site is easy to follow and has helpful videos on how to geocache for newcomers. Once you download the app it will use your location to show you where the nearest geocaches are, select a location, and start your hunt. To help you choose the best geocache for you to find, each geocache will have a description of where to find it, show its level of difficulty to find, and it even has a hint if you get stuck. After you find the geocache sign the log book and place it back in its spot for others to find.

If you like this and want to try more outdoor activities with your children take a look at some of the books the library has to offer. Click on the book to see if it’s available.

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/