Mental Health Awareness Month

Since 1949 the Mental Health America Organization has been observing the month of May as Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also determines how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices. 1  Mental health is important at every stage of our life!

Right now more than ever, it’s so important to talk about and take care of our Mental Health. Here are some resources for you to use to help better yourself or someone you know!:

Girls Health.Gov: The “Your Feelings” section of this website offers guidance to teenage girls on recognizing a mental health problem, getting help, and talking to parents. http://girlshealth.gov/feelings/index.html

Go Ask Alice!: Geared at young adults, this question and answer website contains a large database of questions about a variety of concerns surrounding emotional health. www.goaskalice.columbia.edu

Kelty Mental Health Resource Center: Reference sheets are provided that list top websites, books, videos, toolkits and support for mental health disorders. http://keltymentalhealth.ca/youth-and-young-adults

Teen Mental Health: Geared towards teenagers, this website provides learning tools on a variety of mental illnesses, videos, and resources for friends. http://teenmentalhealth.org/

Center for Young Women’s Health and Young Men’s Health: These websites provides a series of guides on emotional health, including anxiety, depression, bullying, and eating disorders. www.youngwomenshealth.org and www.youngmenshealthsite.org

Reach Out: This website provides information on specific mental health disorders, as well as resources to help teens make safe plans when feeling suicidal, and helpful tips on how to relax. http://au.reachout.com/

National Alliance on Mental Health:  Find resources for youth, including information on managing your mental health in college and making friends. www.nami.org/Find-Support/Teens-and-Young-Adults

Mindfulness for Teens: This website has resources to help teens use mindfulness to handle stress and includes apps to practice meditation and guided mediation recordings. http://mindfulnessforteens.com/

  1. Strengthening Mental Health PromotionExternal. Fact sheet no. 220. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health Organization.

Great Audiobook Options

Anyone that knows me can tell you that I love audiobooks! On any given week I have at least three audiobooks checked out from Overdrive on the Libby app; one that I’m currently listening to and two back up options for when I finish. I listen to audiobooks on my very long commute; while I’m cleaning, cooking or folding laundry; and when I go for walks. I have even been known to take an extra walk just so I can get a little bit more of a really great audiobook in.

However, now that my commute is from my bedroom to my kitchen table and I’m home alone all day with my lovely three year old, there isn’t as much time to listen to audiobooks. She just isn’t interested in Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin or The Athena Protocol by Shamim Serif; and trying to finish a book in three weeks was getting a bit overwhelming. There is a new holds function that lets you push holds back if you aren’t ready for them, which is awesome, but not quite enough when going from 2 hours of listening a day to 30 minutes a day. That is why I’m so excited about two other audio book programs right now.

My first recommendation is our library’s Hoopla program.

Hoopla is a service that the Lindenhurst Memorial Library provides that includes audio books, ebooks, music, movies and television. You still have a 21 day check out but there are no holds. Everything is available immediately so if you don’t manage to finish your audiobook in 21 days you can immediately renew it for another 21 days. Want to give Hoopla a try? Check out our Niche Academy tutorial on Hoopla.

My second recommendation is Sync Audiobooks for Teens. This program is put together by Audiofile magazine every year. This years program began on April 30th and for 13 weeks they will make two different Teen audiobooks available to download each week. Books are paired by theme, style or topic and the listeners get to keep the titles forever so if you’re teen is still swamped with schoolwork, they can download the titles each week and wait until the school year is over to listen to them. Each pair of titles is only available for a week and the titles change overnight on Thursdays. Instructions for downloading the titles can be found here and you can check out this years titles below.

Happy Mother’s Day

Celebrate Mother’s Day all month long, by making a card for your mom.

Supplies: Mother’s Day card template printed on white computer paper, flower shape template, 1 piece of white construction paper, 1 piece of pink construction paper, and a glue stick.

Directions:

  1. Print out the Mother’s Day card template on white computer paper.
  2. Print out the flower shape template on white computer paper.
  3. Cut out the flower shape template and trace the flower on to pink construction paper.
  4. Cut out the small white flower shape template and trace the flower on to white construction paper.
  5. Glue the pink flower on to the green stem.
  6. Glue the small white flower on to the middle of the pink flower.
  7. Fold the white paper in half to make a card.
Source: Teaching Nook https://teachingnook.wordpress.com/holidays/mothers-day-fathers-day-crafts/

Nature At Home

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Hi everyone, Miss Justine here. As I sit here at home with my children I realize that what I miss the most is not being able to connect with nature. I love going on nature walks with my little ones and explain to them all about the animals around us. Sure, we go for walks in our neighborhood, but how many times can you talk about squirrels? Usually, when the weather starts to get warm, my family and I love to go to zoos, aquariums, and animal farms in our area. Since these places are currently closed, my kids and I were very sad. Then I discovered that zoos and many other places have animal cams set up. I thought I would share what I have found. Enjoy some zoo cams from around the United States.

Bronx Zoo, New York https://bronxzoo.com/virtual-zoo/live-cams

San Diego Zoo, California https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/live-cams

Smithsonian’s National Zoo, Washington D.C. http://nationalzoo.si.edu/webcams

The Houston Zoo, Texas https://www.houstonzoo.org/explore/webcams/

If you want to learn more about the animals you visit virtually, go to our website and click on the kids and teens button. Scroll down to World Book Online. You will need to login by using your library card number (on the back of your library card). Once logged in to World Book, click on the button titled Kids and go to World of Animals; from there you can learn all about different species of animals. Click here to go directly to World Book Online:

Star Wars Day: May the 4th Be With You!

To celebrate all things Star Wars, check out these awesome crafts and activities. And don’t forget, May 4-10 is Children’s Book Week, so why not read a couple of Star Wars books.

Click the picture to see a full collection of ebooks.

For more information on how to download ebooks and audiobooks, click here: https://my.nicheacademy.com/lindenhurst/course/1451

Baby Yoda Paper Bag Puppet

Crayon Resist Death Star

For more Star Wars related activities, check out the official Star Wars site:

https://www.starwars.com/video/may-the-4th-be-with-you-2020

Scavenger Hunt

One of my favorite library programs is The Family Scavenger Hunt at Fireman’s Park. Traditionally, we would all meet at the park where families collect items that correspond with different clues. I love to see what families collect! Because it is such a versatile family activity; you can really do it anywhere. It could even be adapted for indoors on a rainy day. Since we are not able to be together during these unprecedented times, I thought I would share some of my favorite scavenger hunt clues with you so you can have the scavenger hunt in your own backyard.

Looking for more nature activities to adapt for the backyard?

Homework Help

Hi everyone! Miss Charlotte here. One of the things I miss doing at the library is helping you tackle your homework. Are you at home now and stuck on a subject? Have you ever thought about watching an instructional video on it? Kanopy, our online-streaming service offers educational videos that supplement K- college learning! It’s really easy to use and has over 800 videos to offer. Below is a quick tutorial on how to find these videos on Kanopy!


If you’re still stuck on a subject you can always sign on to Brainfuse, our online one-on-one tutoring database. All you need is your library card! Check out the tutorial below.

https://my.nicheacademy.com/lindenhurst/course/5840

Looking for some fun and educational sites for your children?

Sesame Street in Communities builds on our almost 50-year commitment to caring for the developmental, physical, and emotional needs of children. Thoroughly researched and tested with families, these resources featuring our friendly, furry Muppets, are proven to make a measurable difference for kids, and make your job as a parent a little bit easier.

http://www.ssic.org/

ABCya provides over 400 fun and educational games for grades PreK through 6. Games are categorized by grade and subject, and cover topics such as multiplication, parts of speech, typing, pattern recognition, and more. With so much variety, there is sure to be something for kids at all learning levels and styles.

https://www.abcya.com

Code.org® is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools so that every student in every school has the opportunity to learn computer science.

https://code.org/

PBS KIDS offers a whole-child approach to preparing children for kindergarten, offering media that supports key developmental areas — from communication and critical thinking skills to literacy and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning.

https://pbskids.org/