Computer Learning Month

October is Computer Learning Month! Whether your a master on the computer or a beginner, there is always something you can learn to enhance your computer skills. Computers occupy almost every aspect of our lives from smartphones, laptops, tablets and even cars. We use them for everything and we expect everyone to keep up with all the current technological trends.

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Computer Learning Month helps encourage those to “up your game” with classes and tutorials so you won’t be left behind. Here at the library, you can Book A Librarian for a 1 hour one-on-one computer assistance class on anything you need help with. Just check our calendar on our website and reserve your spot today!

Go to LindenhurstMemorialLibrary.com.

Hover over News & Events, then click on Program Registration and the calendar will show up.

The library also has various books on our shelves to help with using your iPhone and iPad, Windows 10, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and the Internet. If you don’t see what you want, than check MyLibby or Hoopla.

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

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.

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.

Back to School – How Your Library Can Help!

Transitioning from the summer to school days can be hard, but if you need a little extra help, your library can assist you!

If you need help with your homework, Brainfuse is the perfect place to start! Located under on the Database page of our website, Brainfuse features live online tutoring everyday from 10 am to 11 pm. They also provide:

  • Homework Help Interact with live tutors in math, science, reading/writing, social studies, PSAT/SAT, ACT, AP and state standardized tests.
  • Skills-Building Choose your topic to receive real-time help.
  • Personalized eLearning Tools My File Sharing, My Session Replay, My Tutoring Archive, My Tests Archive, and more!
  • 24-Hour Writing Lab Submit essays and other forms of writing for constructive feedback.
  • Homework Send Question Submit homework questions for expert guidance.
  • Adult Learning Center Access a library of rich adult learning content (GED) and live, professional assistance in resume/cover letter writing, U.S. citizenship prep, MS Office Essential Skills Series, and more!
  • Foreign Language Lab /Spanish-Speaking Support
Do you have a country or culture project coming up? Try using CultureGrams! This database has concise, reliable, and up-to-date cultural content. Learn about different countries’ customs, values, beliefs, traditions and institutions that create a national identity. You can also learn about everything from history, economics and religion to family life, celebrations, food and dress.

Do you need to learn about the states? Click on the states feature for some interesting facts!

World Book Online is a unique database that offers an extensive amount of information. The Reference Tools included are dictionary, atlas, timelines, how to do research and a citation builder. Topics you can browse through are people, places, science and mathematics, world religions, plants and animals, history and government, arts and sports and hobbies.

It even offers Life Skills 101! The information provided is everything that is needed and relevant for taking the next steps from high school to adulthood. With topics such as financial literacy, buying a car, getting a credit card, navigating the working world, setting up a home and much more!

Have a science project coming up? Try using Science Online, they offer science projects you can try at home that can even be cited.
Some of the tools they offer are a guide on how to avoid plagiarism, citing sources, evaluating online sources, research topics, science fair guide and writing a research paper.

Their topics include:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Forensic Science
  • Marine Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Space and Astronomy
  • Weather and Climate

Need the book To Kill a Mockingbird like yesterday? How about another assigned book for class? If you can’t get a physical copy as soon as you need it, try checking our Libby app for the e-book!

All of these services can be accessed through our website! The databases can be accessed through the Research tab on the top of our homepage. All you need is your library card and your library card account information. If you need any help navigating, call, message our chat or come in and ask!

Dungeons and Dragons

Dungeons and Dragons (aka DnD or D&D) is a fantasy role-playing game that was created in 1974. As the popularity of the game grew, it became referenced in pop culture through out the 70s and 80s. But you may be familiar with it from the Netflix show Stranger Things! But if you’re not familiar with this popular game and are interested in learning more, we’re here to help!

The game is set in a medieval fantasy world and you, along with a group of others, are led through an adventure by one player who assumes the role of a storyteller, or the Dungeon Master. Before the game starts, the Dungeon Master makes up story events or chooses them from a published guide. Then when the players get their turn they can respond in different ways to create a unique gaming experience.

Before the game, you and the other players create your own character. First you choose a race (human, elf, dwarf etc.), a class (Fighter, Rogue, Wizard etc.) and skill sets. The skill sets that you choose will help determine how well you do in certain situations. If you do well in situations, points can be gained. Sometimes difficult actions can fail and this can be determined by rolling one or more of the game’s polygonal dice.

If you’re interested in playing Dungeons and Dragons make sure to sign up for our upcoming sessions:

Saturday, September 25 1:00-4:00pm

Saturday, October 23 1:00-4:00pm

Saturday, November 20 1:00-4:00pm

Saturday, December 18 1:00-4:00pm

We offer these programs to any Lindenhurst resident in grades 6-12.

And if you’re interested in reading up on Dungeons and Dragons or creating your own campaign check out these books from our collection:

Books Unite Us: Banned Books Week

Banned Books week is September 22nd-October 2, 2021 and this years theme is Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us. Banned Books Week began in the 1980s, at a time of increased book challenges and bans. The American Library Association, along with 14 other organizations, works to bring an awareness of censorship during this week each year.

According to the American Library Association (ALA), “Sharing stories important to us means sharing a part of ourselves. Books reach across boundaries and build connections between readers. Censorship, on the other hand, creates barriers.”

The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted for removal or restriction in libraries and schools. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Another aspect that Banned Books week celebrates is the fact that many of these materials do remain available and are ultimately not banned.

The video below highlights the ten most challenged books of 2020 and why they were challenged. This years titles range from children’s novels, young adult fiction and adult fiction and nonfiction. In the past the list has included picture books:

Want to learn more? Check out ALA’s Banned Book FAQ here.

I always try to read a challenged book in honor of Banned Books Week. Want to read one of the top ten? Click on the books title for a physical copy; ebook and audiobook lead to digital downloads in Livebrary. If the physical book is not available in the Express Collection we can help you interlibrary loan it.

George by Alex Gino: ebook audiobook

Stamped–Racism, Antiracism and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi: ebook audiobook

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds: ebook audiobook

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson: ebook audiobook

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie ebook audiobook

Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice by Marianne Celano audiobook

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee ebook audiobook

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck ebook audiobook

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison ebook audiobook

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas ebook audiobook

Become an Activist of Kindness!

The U.S. National Holiday of Random Acts of Kindness Day is February 17th, but February is a long ways away. And now, more than ever, we need some acts of kindness to brighten our day. So instead of waiting for February, let’s make everyday kindness day!

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Random Acts of Kindness bring joy to the receiver and spread positive vibes throughout the community. There are even some good health benefits to being kind! (Science says so!) Spreading kindness can decrease our stress levels along with our anxiety, depression, and blood pressure. It can boost our energy level, make us happier, and prolong our lifespan by 44%! One of the most important things about kindness is that kindness is CONTAGIOUS! Doing just one random act of kindness can create a domino effect and reach thousands.

So get out there and challenge yourself to perform 1 random act of kindness EVERYDAY! You’ll be amazed by the results.

Check out some of these great books and resources that are sure to motivate and inspire:

https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/ : The official website of Random Acts of Kindness. This site has everything you need to get inspired do spread some kindness at home, school, or work.

Pete the Cat's Groovy Guide to Kindness: Dean, James, Dean, Kimberly, Dean,  James: 9780062974020: Amazon.com: Books
As an ebook, Pete the Cat has a lot to offer in the ways of spreading kindness. From sharing, to lending a hand, to showing compassion, Pete the Cat’s Groovy Guide to Kindness is sure to get you groovin’ to the beat of kindness.

Check out the day-to-day kindness suggestions for the month of September. Then, click to find the rest of the months.

Amazon.com: Esther the Kindness Fairy (Friendship Fairies #1): A Rainbow  Magic Book (1) (The Friendship Fairies): 9781338157673: Meadows, Daisy:  Books
Read how Esther, Kirstie, Rachel, and all the other Friendship Fairies come together to show a bit of kindness to the coldest person out there….Jack Frost.

https://kindness.org/ : This site brings kindness to you and shows you the benefits. It can help educate and inspire you to always be kind.

Best Kindness Books for Kids, as Chosen by Educators - WeAreTeachers
This moving and thoughtful story explores what a child can do to be kind, and how each act, big or small, can make a difference or at least help a friend.

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.