How to Use Kanopy Kids

No cable? No problem! Access hundreds of free children’s TV shows, movies, story times, and more with your library card!

With your library card, you have access to Kanopy, an on-demand streaming platform. Adults can enjoy 10 downloads per month, with titles including academy award winning films, documentaries, and acclaimed TV series. Adults can also access Kanopy Kids, with unlimited access to hit TV shows from entertainment giants like PBS, shorts from Highlights, popular children’s films, and read-along storybook videos. There is no shortage of entertainment for your child, and it’s all for free with your library card!

How Can I Access Kanopy Kids?

Accessing this free service is as simple as pulling out your library card. First, go to our website at lindenhurstlibrary.org.

Once on the homepage, hover over the Digital tab on the blue toolbar. When the dropdown appears, select Digital Services.

Scroll down to Movies, Music, & TV and select Kanopy.

You will be brought to the Kanopy site. From there, select the orange button that reads Add Library Card.

From here you can add your library card number and any additional information.

Feel free to browse the extensive titles in Kanopy. But we sure not to miss out on the wonderful children’s entertainment! To switch to Kanopy Kids simply select the link in the top righthand corner.

You’ve made it! Now it’s time to browse!

Below you can see just a fraction of what you can access, without limits, for free through Kanopy.
Multiple episodes of Sesame Street including full seasons.
Fun and educational children’s series including hits like Pinkalicious, Sid the Science Kid, Arthur, and Reading Rainbow.
Vooks (or video books) with animated read-alongs to some of your child’s favorite books.
Animated shorts from popular authors like Mo Willems.
Children’s movies.
Language Learning videos for children.

Another wonderful perk is the Kanopy app can be downloaded to your smartphone, tablet, or even your TV.

Take advantage of all the amazing entertainment your Kanopy account has to offer by signing up today!

Celebrate International Women’s Day with the Special Little One In Your Life!

Did you know that March 8th is International Women’s Day? This day celebrates all the achievements of women throughout history. You and your little one can celebrate the day by reading a picture book featuring a strong female lead. Stop by Lindenhurst Memorial Library or check out these books online on Libby.

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

Keep Climbing Girls by Beah E. Richards

Rosie Revere Engineer by Andrea Beaty

Princesses Wear Pants by Savannah Guthrie

Wild by Emily Hughes

Sleeping Cinderella and Other Princess Mix-Ups by Stephanie Clarkson

Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio

This Little Trailblazer: A Girl Powered Primer by Joan Holub

You go girl! Happy reading!

Little One’s Learn – Hibernation

Although we can’t enjoy beaches or picnics, wintertime offers it’s own splendor. With small children, each season offers an opportunity to learn, grow, and play. Check out our list of recommended picture books on hibernation, fun facts about hibernation, and a simple play idea that you can share with your children!

  • Animals that hibernate in the winter include bears, chipmunks, box turtles, bumblebees, bats, hedgehogs, garter snacks, snails, skunks, and wood frogs.
  • Animals who hibernate eat a lot of food during the summer and fall. All this food helps to build fat to keep them warm during the cold winter season.
  • During hibernation an animal’s heart rate can slow to about 10 beats per minute. By comparison, the average adult human heartrate ranges from 60 to 100 bpm (beats per minute)
  • While some hibernating animals will wake briefly during hibernation to eat or go to the bathroom, many will sleep for the entire winter!
  • The wood frog can freeze and thaw multiple times during hibernation.
  • As the weather gets colder, turtles will burrow in the mud at the bottom of ponds.
  • Brown bats slow their bodies so much that they only need to take a breath every 2 hours.

To further your lesson about hibernation, all it takes is some snacks, some pillows, and some blankets. Ask your child to choose a hibernating animal to pretend to be. They can growl like a bear, flap their wings like a bat, or hop like a frog.

Put out some yummy snacks like grapes, carrot sticks, and crackers. Have your child forage the “forest” (aka your living room) for their food before winter.

Tell your child that winter is nearly here! It’s time to find some shelter. Encourage them to build a shelter using pillows and blankets.

Oh! Here comes snow! It’s time to crawl, slither, or hop their way to their cozy dens. Once inside, pretend to get some shut eye or enjoy some quiet time reading some books.

Happy Hibernating!

Let’s Celebrate Black History Month!

Each February we celebrate Black History Month, an annual observation dedicated to the great achievements in black history.

In honor of Black History Month, we’ve compiled a list of picture books featuring Black main characters.

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

This classic picture book tells the story of Peter and his icy adventure through his city on a particularly snowy day. Beautifully told and illustrated – it’s the perfect tale to share over a cup of hot cocoa.

The Snowy Day Board Book: Keats, Ezra Jack: 9780670867332: Amazon.com: Books

I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes

Full of empowering affirmations, this book is sure to cheer on the special child in your life.

I Am Every Good Thing: Barnes, Derrick, James, Gordon C.: 9780525518778:  Amazon.com: Books

The King of Kindergarten and The Queen of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes

If you have a little one who is feeling a bit insecure about school, The King of Kindergarten or The Queen of Kindergarten are perfect confidence boosters. Follow these two adorable kids as they make their marks on the world.

The King of Kindergarten: Barnes, Derrick, Brantley-Newton, Vanessa:  9781524740740: Amazon.com: Books
The Queen of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes: 9780593111420 |  PenguinRandomHouse.com: Books

The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson

Another great title for new students – The Day Begin discusses the stress of sharing ourselves with new people and the beauty that comes from accepting our differences.

The Day You Begin: Woodson, Jacqueline, López, Rafael: 9780399246531:  Amazon.com: Books

The Last Stop on Market Street by Matthew De La Pena

With gorgeous illustrations by Black illustrator Christian Robinson, this tender tale follows CJ and his grandmother as they leave church and head off on a bus ride to an undisclosed location. In between the pages you’ll find a story of gratitude, empathy, and kindness. This happens to be one of my personal favorites and I own a copy signed by Christian Robinson!

Last Stop on Market Street: de la Peña, Matt, Robinson, Christian:  9780399257742: Amazon.com: Books

Milo Imagines the World by Matthew De La Pena

Another title from De La Pena and Robinson! This book teaches its readers that you can’t always judge a book by its cover and people may surprise you.

Milo Imagines the World by Matt de la Peña: 9780399549083 |  PenguinRandomHouse.com: Books

 Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment by Parker Curry

A tale of following your hopes and dreams no matter how extraordinary. We learn how one moment can impact a lifetime.

Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment (A Parker Curry Book):  9781534451865: Curry, Parker, Curry, Jessica, Jackson, Brittany: Books -  Amazon.com

Saturday by Oge Mora

This sweet story features a hardworking mother and her loving daughter. Saturday is their day. A day to spend time alone together after a long, busy week. But after everything seems to go wrong, mother learns a very important lesson from her special little girl.

Saturday: Mora, Oge: 9780316431279: Amazon.com: Books

Just Like Me by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Although this title features a diverse array of skin tones, the story still echoes a beautiful lesson – to feel confident and comfortable in your own skin.

Just Like Me: Brantley-Newton, Vanessa: 9780525582090: Amazon.com: Books

Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts

Watch as Jeremey tumbles through several emotions from jealousy to generosity as he long for a pair of ultra-popular shoes.

Those Shoes: Boelts, Maribeth, Jones, Noah Z.: 9780763642846: Amazon.com:  Books

Noon Year’s Eve

Your little one can still get in on the holiday even if they start snoozing long before midnight. Celebrate the day with this DIY craft using items you likely have at home. Then ring in the new year at noon (or anytime) by clapping, jumping, cheering, and playing with your new noisemaker craft.

Happy New Year from your friend’s at Lindenhurst Library!

Easy DIY New Year Noisemaker

Picture Books for Parenting

As parents we wish we had the answers to everything. We wish we could comfort our kids with a simple hug and all their worries would whittle away. Unfortunately, real life doesn’t work like that. The good news is there are countless picture books that can really make those tough conversations a little bit easier.  

Below you’ll find picture book recommendations for some of the trickiest parenting topics. From potty training, to sleep stress, to new siblings, to first day of school scaries, it’s great to have a fun and informative book to turn to. 

Potty training is no easy feat. Before tackling this big milestone, it’s a good idea to read some books to help your child understand what to expect. These books take on toilet training with tact and can answer most of your child’s burning questions. 
Here’s another doozy! Sleep can be a huge struggle. A good idea to help your child is to create a bedtime routine. Most children thrive with routine, so a chain of events before each bedtime can really help them get into a sleepy mindset. One bedtime favorite is reading a story together. If your child has trouble falling asleep, with nightmares, or staying asleep, then give these books a try. 
You’re thrilled to be adding a new addition but how does your kid feel? New babies can turn our worlds a bit wacky, so children want to know what to expect. These books not only explain what will happen when a new baby joins the family, but also hypes your kid up for their new job as big brother or big sister! 
Is your little one about to start school? Be it preschool or nursery school this is a HUGE milestone. While they may have an idea of what school is all about, these books can help will all the first day jitters. 

Reading books can serve as a window to new experiences. Next time you’re having trouble with any of these topics, request these books from the library. Showing your child what they can expect to save them, and you, loads of unnecessary stress.  

Accessing Picture Books From Home

If you’re ever eager to read a new title to your little one but can’t make it to the library, try using Overdrive or Libby to download titles straight to your device!

Step 1: Log onto the library website and search our catalog for the title you’re interested in.

Step 2: Browse results for eBook option.

Step 3: Select ‘Access Here’.

Step 4: By clicking the link, you’ll be taken to the Overdrive Kids page for your title. This page includes the title’s description, author, illustrator, sample, as well as the option to borrow if the title is available. If you wish to borrow the title, click the orange ‘Borrow’ button.

Step 5: You’ll be taken to a sign in page. Begin by selecting Lindenhurst Memorial Library. Please note, like all media, you’ll need a valid library card to borrow eBook titles.

Step 6: Fill out your library barcode and password. If you do not recall your library password, please view the next step.

Step 7: If you don’t know your password, select password help. You will be instructed to enter your library card number. Next a reminder will be sent to the email address attached to that library card. If you do not have an email address on file, please contact us at 631-957-7755 or chat with us on our website. We’ll be happy to help you!

Step 8: Once you have created your new password, return to the Overdrive Kids log in page. From here you can select your library, enter your barcode, and enter your password.

Step 9: Note that you can select your loan period in the dropdown.

Step 11: After clicking the ‘Borrow’ button, you have the option to read the title via Kindle with your phone or tablet, or you may read via your browser on your tablet, phone, or computer.

Step 12: Smile! The title is yours until your loan period ends at which point the title will automatically be returned.

It’s as simple as that! Beyond picture books, you can use this process to search for all different titles – from Adult Non-fiction to Easy Readers and audiobooks. And, as always, you can always contact us at the library to help you!

Happy Reading!

Halloween Books

Do you have a Halloween lover in your house? What about a lover of all things spooky? Check out this list of fun, silly, and not-so-spooky Halloween titles that you can get from the library!

  1. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
    A sweet little rhyming tale about a witch, old friends and new friends, accepting our differences, and a big dragon! There is also a very sweet animated version of this title.

  2. Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley
    With unique paper cut pages, this book is not only a story but an interactive experience. You can make the big green monster go away as quickly as he appears as you turn each page.
  3. Jampires by Sarah McIntyre and David O’Connell
    If you’d like to avoid a story about blood sucking beasts, then try this sweetly illustrated story about critters who love jam so much they steal all of Sam’s jam doughnuts.
  4. I Want to Eat Your Books by Karin Lefranc and Tyler Parker
    Similar to the title above, in this story our main character is no ordinary zombie. Instead of brains, he wants your books!
  5. Gustavo the Shy Ghost by Flavia Z. Drago
    Although Gustavo is great at a lot of paranormal activities, he can’t seem to get past his spooky shyness. Will he make friends by the end of this sweet story?
  6. The Monster At the End of This Book by Jon Stone
    An absolute classic. Join Grover as he panics about the impending last page that brings you ever closer to the dreaded monster.
  7. Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett
    Can a ghost and a girl really become friends? Find out in this Halloween tale of perservance, imagination, and friendship.
  8. Clever Little Witch by Muon Thi Van
    This story combines witches with another popular subject – new siblings. Can this clever little witch find a way to get rid of her pesky baby brother, or will she realize just how much she loves him?
  9. Ghosts In the House by Kazuno Kohara
    What do you do with a house full of ghosts? In this story, a little witch finds smart uses for all her new spooky friends.
  10. Zombie In Love by Kelly Dipucchio
    Mortimer the Zombie is just looking for love but everywhere he turns he just can’t find the right person for him. That is, until he meets a special someone at the big dance. If you’re a fan of this title you can also check out it’s sequel, Zombie In Love 2 + 1.

Library Card Month!

Did you know that September is library card month? If you haven’t yet taken advantage of getting a library card from your local library, then you are missing out!

Library cards can open up your world. The power of a library card has changed, and today they give you access to more than just books (although, we do love books!).

What does a Lindenhurst Library card give patrons?

And now it’s simpler than ever to get a library card with us. Just download our mobile app to apply and renew from the comfort of your home. For more information, check out our website: https://lindenhurstlibrary.org/get-a-library-card/

So don’t delay! Get a library card today!

Already have a library card? Help us encourage everyone to sign up for a library card by creating a bookmark that shows how “Out-of-this-World” your library is.

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!

Credit: @picsea

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!