June is National Zoo and Aquarium Month

Every year in June, Zoos and Aquariums all over the United States are celebrated for their role in the conservation and research they do with animals and sea life. It is a time when the weather is nice, the animals are out, and schools are ending. It’s the perfect time to get out and enjoy some time with the family learning about the various animals around the world and in the sea. National Zoo and Aquarium Month promotes knowledge about different animals and fish. It stresses the importance of conservation, especially for those on the endangered species list, and the importance of public contributions. Zoo’s and Aquariums have come a long way since they were first established in the 1830’s. They are no longer a place where people come to just stare at animals. They are great educational tools offering classes, workshops, and shows that bring people face-to-face with animals and provide them with pertinent information about their habitats, the food they eat, and how they are taken care of. The more we know, the more we can do to protect the animals of the world and of the sea.

Here at the library, we promote our Zoos and Aquariums with discounted tickets. Stop by during library hours to pick up your Bronx Zoo tickets for $27.95 or your Long Island Aquarium tickets for $24.00 today!

Fun Facts:

Did you know that the first Zoo in America was the Philadelphia Zoo. It opened in 1874 and is still open today. It plays an important role in the protection and breeding of endangered species.

In 1895, the New York Zoological Society was established to embraced the advancement of native wildlife conservation, promote the study of zoology, and create a first-class zoological park that would be free to the public. The name changed to Wildlife Conservation Society in 1993 to better represent what the Zoos were trying to accomplish.

The world’s first saltwater aquarium, oceanarium, was opened in 1938 in St. Augustine, FL. it was named Marineland.

The biggest aquarium in America is the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia. It holds more than 10 million gallons of water and aquatic life than any other aquarium in the world.

Celebrate Pride Month

June is LGBTQ Pride Month. This month is celebrated in honor of the 1969 Stonewall riots and works to achieve equal justice and opportunity for LGBTQ Americans. It is also a time when LGBTQ individuals in our community and all over the country celebrate the freedom to be themselves. If you plan on celebrating this month yourself, here are some ways you can do so with the library. Keep scrolling for a craft and some book recommendations. This month we will also be giving out pride ribbon pins at the library!

In case you didn’t get to pick up a kit from the library, below are the instructions for the Take & Make Pride Bracelets. Feel free to switch out the colors for a more specific pride flag color palette.

And of course, find something good to read! Here are some books that are in our collection that have LGBTQ representation.

Looking for more title recommendations? Stop by the Reader’s Advisory desk at the library and a Youth Services librarian will help you!

Harnessing the Wind

The wind can be a powerful tool and a great alternative energy source. We use its power to produce electricity for homes and businesses. With just a turn of a wind blade, a generator is charged and enough electricity is produced in one day to power thousands of homes.

The wind can be a lot of fun too! Kids fly kites, people sail boats, and gardeners add beautiful pinwheels and windchimes to their gardens and homes. And with all the wind we’ve been getting around here lately, why not get out there and enjoy it!

Here at the library, we have books, eBooks, and even some fun programs to get you out and in the wind!

Books & eBooks: (For more fun and exciting books, just click Outdoors!)

This bird watching guide book can be found on the shelves in the library. It is filled with photographs, drawings, and maps. This book is a go-to resource for all kids who are interested in their backyard birds and the ones they see along their family hikes.

A quick read and packed with great tips for catching all sorts of fish. You’ll learn everything you need to know to catch the biggest fish and learn a few fun facts about them too!

Girls belong outside! Your definitive guide to getting outside-for girls 9-12! It covers everything you need to know about camping, hiking, map reading, first aid, recipes, activities, and more! (eBook)

Getting creative with nature is fun and colorful with these Crayola outdoor crafts! Easy to read instructions and detailed photos guide readers through making projects. (eBook)

Youth, Teen, & Adult Programs:

Have some fun and learn while doing it with these awesome programs!

Every Wednesday join a librarian at the library and get out and walk! Wednesday Wellness Walks are a great way to get some exercise and meet some friendly faces all while walking around downtown Lindenhurst. Register online or call 631-957-7755.

For all you 6th-12th graders, you will enjoy this! A Citizen Scientist Walk around the Lindenhurst Village Park. Using the iNaturalist app, you will be taking pictures of your surroundings to help update and keep scientists informed of what can be found in nature here in Lindenhurst. Community Service is available. Register online or call 631-957-7755 by May 27th.

On May 26th from 3pm-6pm the Library and the Kiwanis Club of Lindenhurst will be honoring local veterans by placing flags on their graves at Breslau Cemetery. Register for a one hour session or for the entire event. Call the library by May 26th to reserve your flags.

Join the library at the Village Gazebo for their annual Pups on Parade event June 5th. Bring the whole family and show everyone what your furry companion can do. No registration.

Start summer with a wildly fun performance in the library’s backyard! This interactive, musical yo-yo show brings the magic of Broadway to Lindenhurst with jaw-dropping yo-yo skills from New York City performer, Brian Klimowski. June 25th. No registration.

Join us for our Summer Reading Club summer kickoff for all ages. Fun and games will be available for the whole family along with prizes, food trucks, and more!

Check out our calendar for more programs here.

Kids Love Nonfiction Too!

Kids all over the world are curious about life and the world they live in. In order to satisfy that curiosity, kids turn to nonfiction books. These books engage, inform, and inspire through detailed illustrations, vibrant photographs, and interactive text.

Here at the library there are many ways to access great nonfiction:

You can borrow eBooks both fiction and nonfiction along with audiobooks, instantly, for free. Anytime, anywhere using any device!

A collection just for kids! Animated, talking picture books, read-along chapter books, National Geographic videos, nonfiction books, playlists, books in Spanish and French, Graphic Novels, and Math Stories!
Movies, TV shows, songs, audiobooks, eBooks & comics. All for free with no waitlists!

And don’t forget about our shelves! The Express library is open from 9am-9pm Mon-Thur, 9am-6pm Fri, and 9am-5pm Sat. Just come to the end of Lee Ave, turn right into our parking lot, and the entrance will be on your right where the ramp is. Here are just a few of the great nonfiction books we have waiting for you on our shelves:

‘What’s in Your Pocket?’ introduces nine scientists who collected natural treasures when they were young. Collecting, sorting, and playing with shells, stones, and other objects taught these young people how to observe, classify, and discover.
This beautifully illustrated true story is an extraordinary cross-species friendship that will move readers and warm the hearts of animal lovers at every age.
Packed with comics, diagrams, and “secret diaries,” this book is a wondrous, encyclopedic glance at a host of nearly 100 different things on Earth. From the gross and smelly to the beautiful and fascinating, this book is a treasure trove of entertaining information.
The Book of Amazing Trees: Tordjman, Nathalie, Norwood, Julien, Simler,  Isabelle: 9781616899714: Amazon.com: Books
Discover the incredible world of trees in this interactive, fun-filled guide where fascinating facts and beautiful illustrations can be found on every page. Put your knowledge to the test with interactive quizzes, detailed seek-and-find scenes, and hands-on activities

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 National Poetry Month with Black Out Poetry!

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April is National Poetry Month. I love poetry but are you like me and love to read it but not sure how to write it? Sometimes it seems like writing poetry can be daunting. Where do you begin? What will be your focus? How do you choose the right words to make your poem sound good? Luckily, Blackout poetry takes away most of those problems. Blackout poetry is a type of “found” poetry which means you select words that catch your interest from another text and make them into a poem. After you’ve found your words, you usually color over the words you won’t be using. In order to make Blackout poetry, you will need a pinch of creativity, an old book or newspaper, and a sharpie or other art materials. Below are the steps to make your own Blackout poetry. And don’t forget to register for Take and Make Blackout Poetry here!

  1. First start by perusing the shelves of your local thrift store, Little Free Library out in Lindenhurst or even your bookshelves at home. You can also upcycle a newspaper. Grab a book or newspaper that looks interesting to you!
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2. Once you have your books, feel free to start ripping out the pages that interest you. Or you can just keep your poetry on the pages inside the book like a journal. When you’ve decided on your pages, start reading through them.


3. Begin to look for keywords that inspire you. Maybe you see the word “night” and now you want to center your poem around nighttime. Circle all the keywords you like in pencil and write them out on a piece of paper creating your poem.

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4. When you’re sure you like the poem you’ve found, grab a sharpie and start circling the keywords. Next take your sharpie and begin by blacking out the rest of the page. Feel free to get creative here. And you don’t necessarily have to use just a sharpie. You can use paint, colored pencils, or markers and you can also draw a design on the page. Here are a few examples:

“Neighbors” by Austin Kleon
Lauren Zucker
SuZen Art

There are so many creative ways to make Blackout poetry. I love the idea of keeping an old book intact and filling each page with a poem. I’ve also seen people make collage art on their Blackout poems. I hope now that you’ve learned how to make Blackout poetry, you will like just it as much as I do!

Start a Garden with Your Library Card!

Spring is here and our seed library is open. In past years my kiddo and I have grown tomatoes and peas from our seed library seeds. We’ve really enjoyed container gardening on our patio.  There will be seed bundles to grow herbs and vegetables, as well as special Bee-way Builders! It’s been a great way to help my kiddo understand where food comes from and to get her to try some new things.

In addition to the seeds, the library has lots of resources and important information on Gardening for kids where you can learn about what to plant, local growing seasons, controlling weeds without chemicals and much more. Once you learn how to sow and save your seeds from your harvest, you can share with the library and others if you’re interested.

Let’s Celebrate Ramadan

This year Ramadan starts on the evening of Saturday, April 2nd and ends at sundown on Sunday, May 1. Ramadan, the holy ninth month of the Islamic calendar is just getting started and Muslims around the world will observe it by doing charitable deeds, special prayers, and daily fasting from sunrise to sunset.

To help our patrons with their Ramadan celebrations, here is a selection of picture books that I would like to recommend to you.

The Gift of Ramadan by Rabiah York Lumbard

Sophia is too young to fast all day, read the Quran, or offer money for charity, but the little girl contributes to her family’s Ramadan celebration in her own way by helping Grandma make iftar dinner in this beautiful picture book.

Night of the Moon by Hena Khan

A seven year old girl named Yasmeen has a wonderful time celebrating the Muslim holy month of Ramadan with her family and friends.

Lailah’s Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story by Reem Faruqi

Lailah’s mom is letting her daughter fast for Ramada, but Lailah is nervous about explaining the tradition and the holiday to her teacher and her classmates at her new school in Atlanta.

Max Celebrates Ramadan by Adria Worsham

Omar celebrates Ramadan with his friend Max, and his family on this special day.

National Library Week

National Library Week (April 3 – 9, 2022) is a week where Americans celebrate libraries, library workers and library usage! This week started in the 1950s. Back then, research showed that Americans were spending too much time listening to the radio, watching TV, and playing musical instruments but not a lot of time reading. As a result, a group called the National Book Committee was formed. Their intention was to increase the amount of time Americans spent reading in their leisure. Working alongside the American Library Association and the Advertising Council, the first National Library Week was created in 1958 with the theme “Wake Up and Read!”

This year, National Library Week’s theme is “Connect with Your Library”. There are plenty of ways you can connect with us this week, but here are some fun ones:

April 4: Take a Shelfie

Stage a creative picture of your favorite book, tell us why you love it and then email it to us at: engage@lindenhurstlibrary.org so we can add it to our Instagram!

April 5: Fill Out a Heart & Tell Us Why You Love the Library

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Come to the Reader’s Advisory Desk and fill out a colorful heart telling us why you love the library!

April 6: Decorate a Bookmark

Farah Artbright

Need a new bookmark? Come to the library and color your own!

April 7: What Should I Read Next?

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Not sure what you should read next? Consult our book fortune teller for your next read.

April 8: Guess How Many Bookworms!

Stop by the library to guess how many bookworms (bookworms = gummy worms) are in the jar at our desk! Fill out a card with your name, phone number and guessed amount. If you guess the correct amount you get to keep the jar!

Peeps Diorama: All Week Long

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You can also celebrate with Peeps! Create a Peeps diorama based on your favorite book or a literary theme. All characters must be portrayed using Peeps and all dioramas must use a standard size shoebox. No food can be used as material, other than your Peeps characters. Entries will be judged in four separate categories: Adults, Children, Teens, Families. Snap a picture of your finished diorama and send it to us via email, engage@lindenhurstlibrary.org, along with your name, age category, telephone number, and literary theme/book by Sunday, April 9. Entries will be posted to Facebook on Monday, April 10 and voting will take place via “likes”.

Books for Encanto Fans

Disney’s newest animated movie has quickly become a household favorite and the music has topped the charts for weeks with “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” being in the number 1 spot. Encanto is filled with gorgeous imagery, Latin American cultural references, and themes of family, compassion, humility, and self-discovery.

Encanto | Disney Movies

Here are some books to check out if you are an Encanto fan:

Love Sugar Magic by Anna Meriano

Mirelle Ortega on Twitter: "The Love Sugar Magic trilogy is about to be  completed! 😭💖" / Twitter

Mischief, friendship, and a whole lot of heart can be found in this wonderful series. The Logroño’s family owns the most beloved bakery in Rose Hill, Texas and everyone helps out except Leo. What Leo doesn’t know is that her family is hiding something magical about their family and their bakery. Just like Mirabel in Encanto, Leo struggles to find her way in her family so that she can prove that she’s just as “special” as they are.

Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal

Alma and How She Got Her Name: Martinez-Neal, Juana, Martinez-Neal, Juana:  9780763693558: Amazon.com: Books

Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela has way too many names. She turns to her Dad for answers and finds that her very long name tells the vibrant story of where she came from and who she may one day be.

Savvy by Ingrid Law

Amazon.com: Savvy: Law, Ingrid: Books

For generations, the Beaumont family has harbored a magical secret. They each possess a savvy, a special supernatural power that strikes when they turn thirteen. Mibs is desperately waiting for her savvy to come when the family gets bad news about their Poppa. Mibs becomes convinced that her savvy is to help her Poppa and she embarks on a magical journey that will force her to make sense of growing up and of other people, who might also have a few secrets hidden just beneath the skin.

Islandborn by Junot Diaz

 Islandborn is a celebration of creativity, diversity, and our imagination’s boundless ability to connect us—to our families, to our past and to ourselves. When Lola’s teacher asks the students to draw a picture of where their families immigrated from, all the kids are excited. Except Lola. She can’t remember. But with the help of her family and friends, and their memories—joyous, fantastical, heartbreaking, and frightening—Lola’s imagination takes her on an extraordinary journey back to The Island.