Learn More About Our Museum Passes

Did you know the library offers museum passes for you to borrow? These museum passes offer you the key to a variety of fun places to go. From planetariums to state parks, there is something fun for everyone to do! Here is some background information on each museum.

American Airpower Museum Farmingdale, NY

Admission is for 2 adults and 2 children.

This museum’s mission is to preserve the legacy of all Americans who have sacrificed themselves to defend our liberties. They hope to educate a new generation by presenting the operational aircraft and armor in the museum’s collection and its related displays, exhibits and programs.

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium Cold Spring Harbor, NY

Admission is for 2 adults and 4 children.

After 99 years as a New York State trout hatchery, this non-profit center became dedicated to educating visitors about the freshwater ecosystems of New York. They have the largest living collection of New York State freshwater reptiles, fishes and amphibians. Visitors can tour two aquarium buildings and eight outdoor ponds, feed hungry trout and try “Catch & Keep” fishing.

Cradle of Aviation Garden City, NY

Each pass admits 2 adults and up to 2 children, 18 years and younger.

This aviation and spaceflight museum is located in East Garden City on Long Island to commemorate Long Island’s part in the history of aviation. This educational center preserves Long Island’s contribution to aerospace, science and technology by inspiring future generations through learning.

Empire Pass New York State

The Empire Pass provides unlimited day-use vehicle entry to most New York State Parks including forests, beaches, trails and more. Here are just some of the places you can visit with the pass:

-Bayard Cutting Arboretum

-Belmont Lake State Park

-Captree State Park

-Connetquot River State Park Preserve

-Heckscher State Park

-Jones Beach

-Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park

-Robert Moses

-Sunken Meadow State Park

Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society Captree Island, NY

Admission is for 2 adults and 4 children.

The Fire Island Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse on Long Island. Visit the lighthouse and climb the 182 steps to the top of the tower. There you will see the ocean, Fire Island, the bays, Long Island to the North and on a clear day, the skyline of New York City. You can also see the Keeper’s Quarters, the Len’s Building, and the Boathouse.

Long Island Children’s Museum Garden City, NY

This pass admits 2 adults and 2 children.

The Long Island Children’s Museum offers 14 interactive exhibits, plus live theater, art spaces, and daily activities to provide hours of discovery for children of all ages.

Nassau County Museum of Art Roslyn Harbor, NY

Includes admission for 2 adults and 4 children

Visit this museum to get a deeper understanding of art and culture through their exhibits and education programs. They work hard to enhance their permanent collections, sculpture park, historic property, and natural setting.

Old Bethpage Village Restoration Old Bethpage, NY

Includes free admission for up to 4 people.

This unique history museum offers visitors a chance to step back in time and experience life as it was on Long Island during the 19th century. This village consists of 36 houses, barns, and buildings dating from 1660 through 1875.

Old Westbury Gardens Old Westbury, NY

This pass includes free admission/parking for 2 adults and their children to the gardens.

The historic mansion at Old Westbury Gardens sits among 200 acres of formal gardens, landscaped grounds, woodlands, ponds, and lakes. The Westbury house itself is furnished with English antiques and decorative arts. On the Gardens’ premises you can attend guided tours, museum exhibitions, pop up concerts, gardening classes and more!

Vanderbilt Museum, Mansion and Planetarium Centerport, NY

Each pass admits 2 adults and 4 children. Includes museum grounds, exhibits and one free regularly scheduled planetarium show. 

This informal educational facility is a unique combination of mansion, marine and natural history museum, planetarium and park. This facility was Mr William K Vanderbilt II’s idea to help promote understanding and appreciation of the diversity of life.

A New Halloween

Halloween is upon us and with the continued lingering of Covid-19, many of us are unsure of what to do with our little ghouls and ghosts.  The risks of walking the neighborhood or going to Trunk or Treats are very real.  Social distancing, sanitizing, mask wearing, and even candy gathering are some of the challenges that this very social holiday brings. 

But I say, don’t get discouraged and let there be Halloween….just not like we’re used to.  You don’t need to walk the neighborhood and get pillowcases full of candy for it to be Halloween.  In fact, the very first Halloween didn’t even involve candy or costumes…well maybe not the kind of costumes that we think of.  Halloween wasn’t even called Halloween!  It was first known as Samhain, then All Hallows or All Saints Day.  Just like its name, the holiday went through several stages before it became what we know it as today.  

Halloween dates back almost 2,000 years ago, where Celtics celebrated the end of the harvest season and the dead.  They would build big bonfires and wear animal-like costumes to honor their dead.  When the Romans seized the Celtic lands, they combined the celebration with theirs adding Goddess’s to honor.  Then, the Christians adopted the holiday to honor and pray for the souls of the dead.  They walked in parades, built bonfires like the Celtics, and dressed up like angels, saints, and devils. When the tradition arrived in America,plays were added along with ghost stories. As time went on costumes changed and children started to dress up and go from house to house for treats. Halloween as we know it came into effect around the 20th Century.

If you need more facts about Halloween and its history check out these great books in the Children’s Library:

So, instead of trick or treating this year try something from the past like building a bon fire and telling ghost stories. Or, you can try one of the suggestions below to help you and your family get into the Halloween spirit.

Zoom Halloween

Why not “Zoom” into a Halloween party? Invite all your friends and family to join you for a very spooky party…virtually. Halloween backgrounds from Unsplash.com can easily be used to add an extra spooktacular touch to your party. Make sure you don’t forget the costumes so you can host a “Monster Fashion Show” for all to “ooooo & ahhhh” at. And what would a party be without music and games? You can stop by the library to pick up a copy of Kidz Bop: Halloween Hits! or Halloween Party cd to help get your Monster Groove on.

As for games, there are tons of Halloween themed Bingo sheets that you can print online along with ideas on what other types of games you can play virtually such as charades, Simon Says, a Haunted Scavenger Hunt, and Ghost Bowling.

“Boolicious” Dishes

For dinner time, make hot “mummy” dogs with ghost-tators or “eyeballs” and spaghetti with black lemonade. Then for dessert you can whip up some Spider-chip cookies or a Graveyard cake with marshmallow ghosts and skeleton bone candies. And if that’s not enough, you can stop by the library and check out one of our Halloween Cookbooks for more creepy dinner and snack ideas.

Halloween Movies

Halloween wouldn’t be the same without a “bone-chilling” movie feature and with Covid-19, this is a great way to spend the holiday. So grab some “bewitched” popcorn and bubbling witches brew and head to the couch or your favorite chair to enjoy a Halloween film-fest. Here at the library you can find many family-fun movies that are sure to bring a smile and maybe even a shiver down your spines.

Spooktacular Crafts

Making Halloween crafts at home is a great way to get the family together. One simple idea that can help spread some Halloween fun is making Ghost Greeting Cards. These cards can definitely bring a spooky surprise to all that you send them too. If you have an empty vegetable can or soup can you can add some paint and turn it into a Frank-Can-Stein. And with all those toilet paper rolls laying around, mummy’s can be made or even a Bat Mobile. For more spooky ideas come to the library and check out one of our many Halloween Craft books.

Find Your Next Great Read with Book Browse

The library is now offering Book Browse database to all of our patrons.

This website offers you in-depth book reviews, author interviews, book previews, and reading guides. There are many features that can help readers find the next book they will like and this database is meant to help you save time finding that next book. Here are some highlights from this comprehensive database:

What’s New” tab:

Under this tab you will find book news, articles, what other readers recommend, and what’s getting published this week.

You will also find the Editor’s Choice section. In this section, you can read reviews, an excerpt from the book and explore the historical, cultural and contextual aspects of the book.

Find Books” tab:

Under this tab you will find the Young Adults page.

You will also find a Featured Books section with hand-picked books for young adults and more recent titles.

Another great part of this page are the Reading Lists. You can click on any term and a list of books in that genre will come up for YA.

The Read-Alikes Tab:

If you enjoyed a certain book and would like to read something similar you can visit this section where you will find hand-selected read-alikes. It breaks it down for you by title to title and author to author recommendations.

This database is perfect for readers 10 and up! Visit Book Browse Here!

The Great Giveback

Saturday October 19, 2020 will be the third annual Great Give Back. The Great Give Back is a community service initiative created by the Suffolk County Library Directors Association and the Suffolk Cooperative Library System in conjunction with the Nassau County Library System.

The mission of The Great Give Back is to provide a day of opportunities for the patrons of the Public Libraries of New York State to participate in meaningful, service-oriented experiences.

Community service and volunteerism have always been very important to me. When I was in middle school and high school I belonged to many clubs and organizations that had community service and volunteerism as their central tenants and it’s one of the reasons I manage so many of our community service programs here.

I love our annual Great Give Back; it is a wonderful opportunity for the entire family to get involved and enjoy the benefits of community service and volunteerism. This is a great way for us to share with our children how volunteering makes a difference and how good it feels to help other people in our community and to enact change.

I am so excited for this year’s Great Give Back activities. This year for The Great Give Back we are:

Inviting teens to participate on our Instagram for Teentober. Help us promote the library by creating social media posts for our Instagram.

Inviting everyone from our tiniest tots to our wisest retirees to make cards for the residents of the Berkshires Nursing Home. Register to receive a cardmaking kit; after decorating your cards return them to the basket in the Children’s room.

Inviting everyone in our community to join us for a Clean Up our Community event. Meet us at the library for gloves, bags, and masks.

I hope you decide to join us for any or all of these amazing Great Give Back opportunities. We look forward to seeing you there!

It’s OK to take Me Time

Sometimes we feel guilty for putting our self first but I am here to tell it’s OK to pamper yourself everyone once a while. Go for a nice walk, binge watch some TV, read a book, or have a nice glass of wine. There is nothing wrong with wanting a little alone time to recuperate your mind, body, and spirit. As a wife, mother, and librarian I find myself overwhelmed sometimes, especially during these new and challenging times we are facing as a country. I have learned to step back from it all and take a moment for myself. I am going to share with you some resources that you can use to help you with Me Time.

Great eBooks and eAudio books can be found searching the catalog at https://lindenhurstlibrary.org/, such topics you can search is mindfulness, relaxation, mediation, reiki, yoga, and more….

If you want to binge watch some TV then Hoopla is the site for you. It has so many genres for you to choose from and can be view on a computer, smartphone, or tablet. You can also flip through a magazine on the Flipster. Flipster has a variety of magazine that can be view on any internet connected device or you can download the Flipster app. All of these create resources can be found at https://lindenhurstlibrary.org/digital/.

Don’t want to stay indoors for your Me Time, then head outside. You can always walk around your neighbor or head to a local state park. Here is the site to find a park in your area https://parks.ny.gov/, but please remember to abide by social distancing rules.

There are so many ways you can take your Me Time. You just need to find what works for you. It is important to take care of yourself, as you are taking care of others.

Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week reminds us to celebrate our freedom to read, draws attention to banned and challenged books, and highlights individuals who have been persecuted. Taking the time to read what you want is a part of exercising your First Amendment rights!

Keep the celebration up by doing these things:

Read a Banned Book

This may seem like an obvious choice, but it’s also the most effective! Check out this list of banned Children’s and YA books or choose one from our bibliography:

YA Banned/Challenged Books

Children’s Banned/Challenged Books

Reach Out to an Author

Tell an author how much their work means to you! Reach out to an author who’s on the banned books list or to an author you enjoy.

Writing a book takes a lot of effort and can be extremely challenging. You can reach out through social media, their websites or e-mail and let them know much you appreciate, value, and love the books they share with us.

Share a Banned Books Infographic

Infographics like this one from American Library Association can be posted and shared on social media apps. ALA has other infographics that can be downloaded and shared in order to spread awareness.

ALA Infographic Downloads

Join or Host a Virtual Read-Out

The Banned Books Week Read-Out is your way to stand up to censorship and exercise your rights by reading from a banned book or discussing censorship issues on camera. Since 1982, banned authors such as Judy Blume, Dav Pilkey, and John Green have participated in this read-out. Join them and others and have the chance to be added to the Banned Books Week YouTube channel.

Get Informed

Another great thing you can do is educate yourself. Read about what Banned Books week is and its history. Then learn about the history of the books that were challenged and banned.

Do you know the difference between a challenged book and a banned book? A challenge is only an attempt to remove or restrict material, based solely on the opinions of a person or group. Challenging a book is damaging because it could restrict access to others. When you ban a book, you remove the material.

Process Art

It may surprise you to know that I do not consider myself artistic. Most of my time spent creating displays for the library bulletin boards or coming up with crafts to do with the teens is actually spent figuring out how to get around my less than mediocre drawing ability and make my vision a reality; and that is why I love process art.

Process art consists of art activities that are more focused on what you did to create the art than what you want the final product to be. Everyone’s project is supposed to be unique and self- directed rather then following a specific set of steps or instruction that’s focused on everyone creating the exact same thing. A lot of the discussion surrounding process art is focused on younger children. Process art is great because it fosters creativity and joy in the process of creating. But process art is great for older kids, teens and adults for the same reasons and because the focus is not on the final project but on the fun of creating can also be very empowering for those that feel like they have no artistic ability whatsoever, like me.

Process art also tends to be a lot less work to set up and usually requires fewer specialized supplies. Check out the tutorials below for some fun process art activities or craft along with me on YouTube; there’s Geometric Art and Monoprinting.

We used old pediatric Tylenol droppers but if you let the salt dry you can just paint the watercolors on with a paintbrush.

Looking for more great process art ideas? Check out these books from Live-brary. I know they’re pre-school focused but I have had just as much fun (if not more fun) creating projects with these techniques as my daughter and have gotten some great ideas for things to do with the teens as well.

Do you have any favorite process art projects you want to share? Tell us in the comments!

#LookToLibraries

Did you know children’s library professionals have access to information, resources, and community partnerships that contribute to the development of materials, programs, and services that support families in their library communities? Through ALSC, you can create an informed media plan that best suits your family’s needs and navigate through the hardships brought on by COVID-19.

#LookToLibraries for Media Mentorship 

Navigating the extent of digital devices and content available to young children can be daunting for parents and caregivers, and even more so during times of crises. These resources help to develop a media plan that best addresses your family’s needs. These tools have been available through the library and, just as families have had to adapt their expectations and guidelines for media use, libraries are continuously adapting to accommodate new situations and new challenges, like that of the COVID-19 pandemic.   

Media Mentorship Tip Sheet – Learn more about media mentorship and how you can find excellent resources, model safe and effective digital device use, and find objective suggestions on creating a family media plan.

To Tech or Not to Tech? The Debate about Technology, Young Children, and the Library  By Kathleen Campana, J. Elizabeth Mills, Claudia Haines, Tess Prendergast, and Marianne Martens

Where Are We Now? The Evolving Use of New Media with Young Children in Libraries  By Kathleen Campana, J. Elizabeth Mills, Marianne Martens, Claudia Haines 

#LookToLibraries for Support during a Pandemic 

The resources below can help families and their children navigate and adjust to drastic changes in routines and the lack of access to familiar people and places as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tough Conversations Tip Sheet  – Consider the strategies of Fred Rogers, of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, that describe how to talk with children about difficult topics.

Apps, Podcasts, and Activities – Apps, podcasts, and activities to support family well-being during the pandemic.

Books for Older Children – Titles for older children that include nonfiction information about epidemics and ways to manage anxiety.

Books for Young Children – Books to help young children understand germs and how to cope with the feelings they may be having.

Comforting Reads – times of crises bring times of change. These books were selected to help children going through challenging situations like the death of a loved one, an unexpected move, natural disasters, and more. 

COVID-19 Expert Resources Tip Sheet  – Connections to information about the virus to help children understand the pandemic.

COVID-19 Resources Tip Sheet  – Print and online books, articles, apps, podcasts, and websites for youth and parents/caregivers to provide support during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Online Books for Children – Online books for children that address the COVID-19 pandemic and how to cope with its challenges.

Resources for Parents/Caregivers – Books and articles to help parents and caregivers on a range of topics, from caring for a newborn in the age of COVID-19 to trying to balance parenting and coping with the pandemic.

Tough Topics – The books on these lists are to help inspire conversations with children going through challenging situations like the death of a loved one, an unexpected move, natural disasters, and more. 

Seed Library

Ask any teen that volunteered in last summer’s Community Gardeners program and they will tell you that I am not a gardener. I do not know what anything is called; I do not know how to weed; I do not know when things are ready to pick. Most questions were answered with either, “Hang on, let me text Ms. Joni and ask her” or “Let’s look that up!” I learned a lot doing Community Gardeners with the teens last year and was looking forward to this years program. I was also excited about trying to grow something with my daughter this year with everything I learned last year. I was a little worried since last year we tried to grow Purple Cone Flowers and we never got past the tiny green sprout.😢

This year Ms. Joni gave me seeds from our seed library to try with my daughter. She gave us some green peas, chinese greens and zinnias. We planted the peas Mother’s Day weekend.

My daughter is so excited to see her peas growing! We planted them in hanging containers and we are hoping that when they get big enough they will drape over the sides instead of having to be trained up something. (Ms. Joni says they will!)

Do you want to participate in our seed library? Check out this display the next time you’re in the library. It is immediately to the right of the front door when you first walk in. You can get seeds and in the fall you can even turn in seeds for next year.

What are you growing in your garden this year? Did you get any seeds from our seed libraries? Let us know in the comments!

Drawing

One thing that I’ve always liked to do is draw. When I was growing up, I took lots of art classes in high school and a lot more in college. Every now and then I still make the time to draw, but I’m always looking for ways on how I can improve my skill. Do you like to draw too? Drawing is a great way to relax and develop creativity. With the help of some of these books from Overdrive or Libby, you can have fun learning how to draw.

https://livebrary.overdrive.com/media/554906
https://livebrary.overdrive.com/library/kids/media/3455705
https://livebrary.overdrive.com/media/576804
https://livebrary.overdrive.com/media/1000551
https://livebrary.overdrive.com/library/teens/media/1192990
https://livebrary.overdrive.com/library/teens/media/635380
https://livebrary.overdrive.com/library/kids/media/1260245