1000 Books Before Kindergarten

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” -Emilie Buchwald

We are proud to announce our new and improved 1000 Books before Kindergarten program! 1000 Books is a free program that makes reading even more fun with stickers, badges, and prizes. Before school starts, parents and caregivers play an important role as teachers. 1000 Books can help guide families to help encourage a love of books in little ones. By reading with your child, you are creating the foundation for early literacy success. And be sure not to let the big number fool you. If you reader just three books per day, you’ll have read 1,095 books in a year!

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Singing up for 1000 Books is easy! Follow the link below for easy to follow tutorials on how to register and track books. You may also stop by or call the library for assistance getting started.

Although creating a budding reader is a pretty cool result, we know that prizes are extra fun! That’s why kids who are a part of the 1000 Books Before Reader program can stop by the library for stickers, earn fun badges that track their progress, and will receive three prizes during the program. This includes a 100 book prize, a 500 book mid-way prize, and a 1000 book completion prize!

So sign up today and enjoy all the benefits (and prize perks) of being an early reader!

Children’s Book Week 2021

It’s Children’s Book Week! A national celebration of early literacy and the benefits of children’s books. What better place to celebrate Children’s Book Week than at your local library? We are so proud to offer an enormous array of children’s books – from classics, to bestsellers, to brand-new titles.

How can you celebrate?

  • Check out some new titles or old favorites. Then head home and build a cozy pillow fort to snuggle up and read in.
  • Stop by the library and reserve a museum pass, then ask the librarian to find a title that relates to the museum. For example, you could go to the Cradle of Aviation Museum with a few picture books on planes. Museums and books? Win-win!
  • If your child is not yet in Kindergarten, sign up for our 1000 Books Program. You can encourage a budding reader and earn prizes while you do it!
  • If your child is in Kindergarten or older, check out our newsletter for book discussions to join. Some book discussions even offer free books that your child can keep!
  • Enjoy a movie and a book! Ask the librarian if there is a book version of your child’s favorite movie. Then have a storytime movie party! Our suggestions? The Lorax, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and Peter Rabbit!
  • Watch some of our digital storytimes on our Youtube Channel.

Need ideas on what to read? Why not start with some of the classics?

Pretend Play – Let’s Shop!

If you are the parent or caregiver of a toddler or preschooler, you may be very familiar with one phrase: LET’S PLAY! 

Despite the immense benefits of play, sometimes it can be downright draining to come up with new ideas to keep your little one happy. That is where imaginative play comes in.  

Pretend play is hugely beneficial to development. By acting out everyday scenarios, your child gets lessons in vocabulary, social skills, and problem solving. 

In an effort to inspire pretend play, we have come up with a simple game for you and your child.  

How to Play Shop

  • Encourage child to play shop with you. Together select items in your home to be the merchandise for your shop. Your shop can be specific (such as a hat shop, toy store, grocery store) or it can have various departments. 
  • Once your items are selected, display them in various different parts of the room. In this case, you can encourage your child to sort items that are alike. For example, if you are playing grocery store, group together dairy items, sweets, etc.  
  • Time to price your items! You can either print the price labels we have provided below or simply pretend stickers are price labels. (suggestion: this soccer sticker means the item is $5!) 
  • Ask your child if they would prefer to be the shopkeeper or the shopper. You may take turns while playing.  
  • Open your shop! You may use the printable sign provided below or create a sign yourselves using crayons and construction paper. 
  • Ask questions! 
  • “How much is this item?” 
  • “Do you have any milk?” 
  • “Can I have a bag?” 
  • “What hat looks best?” 
  • “Can I help you find anything?” 
  • “Oops! I dropped the oranges. Can you help me clean them up?” 
  • “Can you help me to restock the shelves?” 
  • When you’ve completed your shopping, it’s time to pay. Use the free printable money included below or use play money or precut pieces of green paper. 
  • When finished, reserve all your items used to play the game so that you can explore pretend play again. 

We hope this activity helped your child learn, explore, and discover! Check back for more pretend play ideas and free printables from Lindenhurst Memorial Library! 

FREE PRETEND PLAY PRINTABLES 

These can be printed on regular paper or sturdy cardstock. To ensure future use, you may also choose to laminate these printables. In an effort to save paper, you do not need to use printables to play this game. Any stickers, signs, etc. will do, as long as you use your imagination! 

Let’s Get More Sustainable!

There are simple but effective ways to encourage sustainability in your household. Whether you make your own compost, reuse plastics to make crafts, or are mindful of recycling items, the steps you take are not only beneficial to the earth, but also beneficial to your child as they learn and grow from your choices.

The Lindenhurst Memorial Library is a proud member of the Green Business Partnership, and we make an effort each day to make greener choices for our library, the community, and our planet. Our library has paper, plastic, and battery recycling, and we make a conscious effort to only order sustainable supplies or utilize recycled supplies in our inventory.

Did you know that many of the craft supplies used in the children and teen departments are eco friendly? From the construction paper to the cups used to hold our glue and paint, we are always thinking about how we can lessen our impact on the world and change our habits for the long term. We aim to buy less, make more and re-use what we already have.

If you are interested in teaching your child about sustainability, start by stopping by our green library and checking out a few of these wonderful picture books. Or check out some of our sustainable programs in our newsletter. Every step towards a sustainable earth makes a difference!

Diversity in Picture Books

Hi everyone! This is Miss Jeanna. As a children’s librarian and mother of two little ones, I see a lot of picture books and stories created to transform the lives of small children. Stories that explore concepts or creativity. Stories that delve into fairy tale and folk lore. I see illuminating stories of fantasy and serious slice of life tales.  

With such a rich variety of stories to choose from, why then is there less variety when it comes to children’s book characters? I look at the children who visit the library, and the children who attend my programs, and even my own children, and I think of the value of seeing themselves in these stories. Representation matters. 

Thankfully there are many authors who introduce diverse characters into their magical worlds. Below are some of the best picture books featuring diverse characters. Stop by the Lindenhurst Memorial Library to pick up some of these books or ask a librarian about other diverse titles to enjoy.

Parenting Resources at the Library

Even the best parents in the world need a little help sometimes. Did you know that your local library can help you out with everything from adventurous activities to homework assistance? Below are a few resources you can find at Lindenhurst Memorial Library to help keep everyone entertained and educated. 

  1. Books, movies, DVDs, and more: While you likely already know what type of material the library has to offer, you may not realize the extent of it. We have books for babies, early readers, and chapter books. We have graphic novels and audio books. We also offer a huge collection of DVDs, video games, as well as devices like Hotspots, Starlings, and Launchpads. Additionally, we have a large Parenting Collection of current Parenting books. 
  1. Adventures Await: Looking to get out of the house? Why not explore Long Island by reserving a Museum Pass from us? Follow this link to learn more: Museum Pass Program 
  1. Homework Help: When homework piles up it can be tough on everyone. Let the library help you! We have FREE and LIVE tutors ready to help your child learn. Users can get free tutoring for math, science, reading/writing, social studies, and PSAT/SATs/ACT/AP and standardized tests. You can also submit homework questions, request essay feedback, and much more! Interested? Check it out here: Brainfuse eLearning