Social Justice: A Guide for Parents

Social justice is the view that everyone deserves to enjoy the same economic, political and social rights, regardless of race, socioeconomic status, gender or other characteristics.

Right now your child may have a lot of questions about what’s going on in our country. Here are some resources and books to facilitate important conversations and connections.

Websites and Articles:

Anti-Racism Resources for All Ages An excellent collection of videos, books, articles, and lessons on anti-racism, activism, and critical race theory curated by Dr. Nicole A. Cooke of the University of South Carolina.

Five Ways to Reduce Racial Bias in Your Children (by Greater Good magazine): Trustworthy practical tips from UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center.

Critical Racial and Social Justice Education Robin D’Angelo PhD offers resources, tools, and hand outs for parents, educators or anyone looking to learn about social justice.

Talking About Race (by the National Museum of African American History & Culture): This toolkit provides in-depth resources for caregivers, educators, and individuals to reflect on race, power, and privilege, all in the interest of having constructive, equity-oriented conversations.

Critical Media Project An indispensable collection of videos and activities focusing on how identity is represented and negotiated in media.

Social Justice Books (by Teaching for Change): Selected books for preschool and elementary aged children. This list of books intersects with all kinds of important cultural and social issues that will help your child build perspective.


Helping Kids Process Violence, Trauma, Race in a World of Non-Stop News (Common Sense): Join child development, children’s health, and trauma-care experts in this practical talk about how parents and educators can help kids process potentially traumatic news. 

Racism and Violence How to Help Kids Handle the News (Child Mind Institute): Learn about the best, research-backed ways to handle tough conversations with kids about racist violence in the media and news.

Reading List for Toddlers – Teens Available for Download

July is National Ice Cream Month

Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month? In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day.  In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.” And we do! According to the International Dairy Foods Association, the average American consumes more than 23 pounds of ice cream per year. So why not enjoy these ice cream themed books, while enjoying some homemade ice cream!

Don’t have an ice cream maker on hand? Try this no churn recipe.

International Snacks: Australia

For my second foray into the A to Z World Foods database I decided that I wanted to make a cookie. I didn’t care where the cookie was from or what kind of cookie it was; it just needed to be a cookie. After running a basic search for cookies in the database using the magnifying glass in the upper right hand corner I finally came across Anzac Biscuits. I had definitely heard of those somewhere before; maybe in a book?

According to the database Anzac Biscuits are a coconut oatmeal cookie that is affiliated with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps(ANZAC). They originated shortly after World War II and were frequently used for raising funds for military veterans. The term Anzac Biscuit is protected in Australia and for a cookie to be called an Anzac Biscuit it must follow the recipe exactly.

The cookies were pretty tasty and everyone in my family really liked them. You have no idea how rare that is. They definitely taste the best on the day they were made but ours didn’t make it past the second day so I’m not sure how long they actually last.

To bake along with me, check out my video on the library’s YouTube channel and to learn more about how to use the A to Z World Food database check out this tutorial on our website.

ANZAC Biscuits recipe from A to Z World Food Database. If you don’t want to purchase golden syrup you can substitute corn syrup or make your own with this tutorial from lifehacker.

Have you made anything from the A to Z World Food Database? Are there any family recipes you want to recommend for International Snacks? Let me know in the comments!

June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month

A Brief History of Pride Month

In honor of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan, each June, Americans come together to celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month.

In June of 1969, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City staged an uprising to resist the police harassment and persecution to which LGBTQ Americans were commonly subjected. This uprising marked the beginning of a movement to outlaw discriminatory law and practices against the LGBTQ community.1

Not only does Pride Month honor the Stonewall Uprising, it also commemorates those who have had an impact on history locally, nationally, and internationally.

Today, LGBTQ Americans partake in pride parades, picnics, parties, concerts and more in order to celebrate Pride Month.

This year events will be held virtually to practice social distancing.

If you, yourself are LGBTQIA+ and are looking for resources and support, here’s where you can start:

It Gets Better

It Gets Better is a social media campaign that offers hope and encouragement to young LGBTQ+ people.

The Trevor Project

Created in 1995, the Trevor Project offers  crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people under 25.

Pride for Youth

Pride For Youth offers education and support services for Nassau and Suffolk county LGBTQ youth.

Long Island LGBT Community Center

Long Island LGBT Community Center is located in Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens. They offer resources, regularly scheduled programs, and a public space for all ages to relax, study, hang out, and meet new people.

Q Chat Space

Q Chat Space is a bully-free online community of LGBTQ teens that can chat with other LGBTQ teens and trained professionals. Q Chat Space also works hard to verify its members and keep the online community a safe space.

Gender Spectrum Lounge

Gender Spectrum Lounge is a global online community that offers support to gender-expansive teens, their families and support professionals to connect, collaborate and find resources.


If you’re looking to read about Pride and non-fiction LGBTQ+ related topics, check out this bibliography that offers a variety of in-house books, audiobooks and e-books that can be downloaded from Hoopla.

Father’s Day

Did you know that the first Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910 in the state of Washington? However, it was not until 1972 that Father’s Day became a nationwide holiday in the United States honoring fathers. Although the library is not open yet, we wanted to share a project with you that we would normally do all together. So grab your art supplies and let Dad know how much you appreciate him by making an Out of this World Father’s Day Rocket Ship Craft.

Materials Needed: Rocket ship Template, a Printer, White Computer Paper, Dark Blue, Red, Orange, Yellow, and Black Construction Paper, Scissors, 1 Black Magic Marker, 1 Black Crayon, 1 Glue Stick, and 1 package of star stickers.


  1. Print the rocket ship template out of computer paper. No printer, no problem, just draw your own rocket ship!
  2. Cut out and glue the white rocket ship to the black construction paper.
  3. Glue the 2 black circular windows on to the rocket ship.
  4. Glue one blue wing to the right side of the rocket ship and glue one blue wing to the left side of the rocket ship.
  5. Trace your hand on the red and orange construction paper and cut it out.
  6. Glue the red hand print on to the back of the rocket ship.
  7. Glue the orange hand print on to the red hand print.
  8. Add some finishing touches to the rocket ship using a black crayon and a black magic marker.
  9. Trace and cut out the star from the template.
  10. Trace and cut out the star using blue construction paper.
  11. Write a message to your dad using a black magic marker.
  12. Decorate your project using star stickers or draw your own stars!
Source: Red Ted Art

Imagine Your Story Summer @ LML Kick Off

Starting today you can start logging books, activities and more for this year’s Summer @ LML. If you haven’t registered yet, you can sign up anytime over the summer here. Can’t do the club online? Than call 631-957-7755 or email us at to request a paper log. Each club; Birth-Pre-k;Kindergarten-5th Grade; 6th- 12th Grade and Adult has a fun Bingo Sheet you can complete for prizes or raffle tickets for a chance to win amazing prizes. Check out our FAQ!

Although this summer looks a little different than what we all had planned we still wanted to get your Summer @ LML started off right. Scroll down for craft tutorials with Ms. Lisa, Ms. Rose, Ms. Justine and Ms. Charlotte and a fun Cinderella story time with Ms. Cheryl. Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube for fun tutorials and story times all summer long and make sure to check off those Watch a Virtual Tutorial program boxes on your bingo sheets.

Ms. Lisa’s Fairy House Tutorial

Ms. Rose’s Magic Story Beans

Ms. Cheryl’s Cinderella Story Time

Ms. Justine’s Fairy Garden Tutorial

Ms. Charlotte’s Homemade Wizard Wand

And be sure to check out some awesome summer fun with the Page Turners. There’s comedy story theater shows, crafts, recipes, author interviews, guest performers, contests, games, and much more! Email us at for your invitation into their imagination!

Let’s Get Moving!

Yoga for Kids by Ms. Rose

As a mother of an pre-schooler that needs A LOT of physical activity, yoga is my go to on those stay indoor type of days. I have learned that if my daughter doesn’t get enough movement during the day then it will take her hours longer to fall asleep at night and you can kiss that nap goodbye no matter how tired she is and how much she’s yawning. There were certain parts of April (all of it) where it felt like it rained EVERY SINGLE DAY and when summer finally gets here there will be days where it is just too hot to play outside.

Fortunately for me, my daughter’s amazing pre-school teachers have instilled a love of yoga in my daughter. Check out some of our favorite yoga videos from YouTube and Hoopla.

Cosmic Kids Yoga on YouTube. There are an infinite number of yoga stories based on favorite books, movies and more for every age. The videos range in length from 5 minute Super Yoga’s (no story; more like a video game) to hour long Saturday morning specials that include multiple stories and meditations. My daughter’s favorites are all the Super Yogas, Ruby Broom and Pokemon.

Storyland Yoga on Hoopla. There are two episodes about 20-25 minutes long. This is very similar to Cosmic Kids in that a lot of the focus is the story. The stories have a conservation theme and skew a little bit younger. My daughter says that the Save the Whale episode is a lot better then the Condor Trek.

Gaiam: Yoga for Kids Dino-Mite Adventure and Outer Space Blast Off on Hoopla. Each set consists of four episodes that average 15 minutes. These felt more like a traditional yoga class and skew a little older; there isn’t a real story to all of them. The theme just provides a framework. My daughter always requests Dino-Mite Yoga.

Zoo Zen A Yoga Story for Kids on Hoopla. The first 10 minutes of this movie is the story from the book Zoo Zen; the last 10 minutes of the movie is Lyla’s zoo flow yoga routine. My daughter always does the yoga poses during the story but when it’s time to do the flow routine gets bored, but sometimes I need a more traditional yoga routine to keep myself happy.

Backyard Games with Ms. Cheryl

With the weather getting warm, it’s time for my family and I to get moving outdoors. Some fun outdoor games that we like to play include bowling, croquet, potato sack races, and bocce ball.

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If you want to make your own bowling game, all you need is a yoga mat, 3 pool noodles, (2 pool noodles will be used for the bumpers, and 1 pool noodle will be used for the back of the bowling game), a scissor, toothpicks, 10 empty soda bottles filled halfway with beans or sand – make sure the caps are on the soda bottles, and a beach ball. Cut the pool noodles to fit the mat and use toothpicks to attach the pool noodles together. Then arrange the bowling pins on the yoga mat and have fun bowling!

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Croquet is fun game to play with your family. All you have to do is hit the ball through the hoops using a wooden mallet. If you don’t have a croquet at home try making one with this video by babble.

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Another fun activity for your family are potato sack races. All you need for this laugh out loud activity are some potato sacks or old pillow cases. Each person gets inside the potato sack/pillow case and holds it up with their hands. The first person to hop their way back to the finish line wins.

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Finally, try a game of bocce Ball! All you need are a few balls that are the same size and a smaller ball. Each player takes turns trying to get their ball closest to the little ball while knocking out their opponents ball. The player who gets their ball closest to the little ball wins!

Working out with Ms. Charlotte

Working out will keep you in good physical shape and improve your mood. I start off my day with a weight training class, a HIIT, Barre, or other type of class to stay happy and healthy. There are so many different types of physical activity that you can incorporate into your daily life. Walking, yoga, running, and dancing are just a few. It may seem hard to find ways to work out at home, but there are plenty of online resources to help keep you active.

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Here are some video links to get you started or for you to keep up with your routine:

100 Mile Club:

For 26 days, track your progress and aim for 1 mile per day.

PhysEd TV

New content every week for elementary, middle school, and high school students.

H.Y.P.E at Home!

Hip Hop Public Health has put together a collection of free, fun, instructional videos for hip-hop dance. Click on the resources page and then filter by age and videos.

Workout from Home: Options for People with Disability and Chronic Health Conditions

The National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability has curated a playlist of exercise from home videos for kids and adults. It has 32 options for all abilities.

Mindful Remote Learning

Yoga Foster offers Yoga videos in English and Spanish along with journaling activities!

PowerUp Fitness at Home

PowerUp Fitness at Home offers workout videos that can be done in small spaces and don’t require any equipment.


If you’re in need of a more quiet option, try downloading a fitness e-book from Hoopla using your library card. Hoopla offers e-books with how-to tutorials on all different types of physical activities for all different levels!

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International Snacks: Torrijas from Spain

Another program that I really miss running is the International Snacks program that I have with the teens once a newsletter. I love picking a country; finding a store that carries items from that country and compiling different food facts from our A to Z World Food Database; snacking with the kids and finding out which snacks are their favorites and which they hate. I’m constantly being surprised by what they’re willing to taste and which things they actually like and which they hate.

Now that we’ve been home for awhile I found myself experimenting with the other part of the A to Z World Database; the recipes. The database includes tons of recipes from every country I can think of; and some from countries I’ve never even heard of.

For my first recipe from the database I picked Spain; where my family is from. I love my family but they are terrible at sharing recipes. I decided to try to make torrijas which is the Spanish version of french toast because I had a leftover loaf of bread. It’s one of those recipes that no one in my family can give me measurements for and as a baker I like concrete measurements for ingredients.

While my torrijas did not come out beautiful; they did in fact taste just like my Tia Mari’s. She is the best cook in my family; hands down. You should try this recipe. To cook along with me, check out my video on the library’s YouTube channel

The A to Z World Food Database is turning out to be a great way to explore food from around the world, practice cooking skills together as a family and teach our daughter about different foods and not to “yuck someone else’s yum.” To learn more about how to use the database check out this tutorial on our website.

The recipe for torrijas from A to Z World Foods with a little advice from my mom.

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a time to remember all those Americans who have fought in the past to keep this country safe and free. It is a day to honor and respect the armed forces, those who have already died, and those who continue to serve our country today. Have your child make an American Flag and place in a window or on your front door to honor these men and women for their military service. It’s super simple to make with just a few supplies.

Supplies: Red, white, and blue construction paper, a white crayon, and a glue stick.


  1. Cut out a medium size square out of blue construction paper.
  2. Glue the square on the top left side of the white construction paper.
  3. Draw 50 white stars on the blue square.
  4. Cut out 7 red strips of paper.
  5. Glue the red strips of paper on to the right side of the white construction paper leaving some white space in between each red strip of paper.

Learn more about Memorial Day at World Book Online. Use your library card to login and begin your search.

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 Most activities are available in four languages (Korean, Arabic, English, and Spanish).