K-Pop in the Stacks

Are you a member of the BTS Army or a Monbebe? Do you love watching fancams and dance videos? K-Pop is taking off and whether you are an avid fan or just learning about it these books will give you a peek into the K-Pop world; where aspiring stars go through intensive training together to see if they can persevere and become idols.

Check out these amazing YA titles while you wait the next comeback.

Once Upon a K-Prom, Somewhere Only We Know, Shine, I’ll Be the One, K-Pop Confidential, Idol Gossip

You can check out K-Pop music and more K-Pop books on Hoopla with your library card.


Blueberries are an all time favorite snack for many that pack a punch of sweet juices with every little bite. They contain lots of antioxidants, very few calories, and are said to have many health boosting benefits. Kids love their color and parents love how they are the perfect, healthy to-go snack. No wonder these little berries are so popular.

Blueberries are the only fruit in the world that are blue thanks to a special pigment called anthocyanin. The more pigment, the bluer the berry. The bluer the berry, the richer it is in antioxidants, vitamins, iron and magnesium. The blueberry bush is one of the few fruits that are native to North America, but not until the 1900’s did the first cultivated blueberry bush produce berries commercially. Before than, the only way to get blueberries was from the wild.

Newspaper clipping from The Philadelphia Inquirer; 1983

Peak season for blueberry harvesting is July which makes it the perfect month to celebrate. On Long Island, there are a few places to pick-your-own or pick up a fresh picked pint or two of blueberries. You might even get lucky with homemade blueberry ice cream, jams, jellies, and more.

Lewin Farms in Calverton offers pick-your-own fruit with a farm stand that offers local produce as well.

Bhavana Berries in Southold grows 6 different blueberries, all certified organic.

Patties Berries and Bunches in Mattituck has all the Summertime berries and don’t forget to try some of their homemade ice cream like lemon basil or chipotle raspberry.

Seven Ponds Orchard in Water Mill has the berries and the pastries.

Wickham’s Fruit Farm in Cutchogue has blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and Apples in the Fall.

With all those blueberries you are going to need something to do with them. Head over to the library’s YouTube page and see what Chef Rob is cooking up. There are blueberry whoopie pies, blueberry crumble pancakes, and blueberry muffin cookies. For more yummy blueberry recipes click here.

Discounts, Free Passes, & More! Things to Do with Little Kids in Lindenhurst 

If you’re a parent or caretaker in Lindenhurst and you’re searching for some affordable fun, look no further than the Lindenhurst Library. In this post we’ll go over everything the library has to offer for those looking after babies, toddlers, and small children. 

There’s so much you can do with a library card!
  1. Books & Movies

Your child can explore countless titles at the library. We have board book for little babies, picture books for toddlers and preschoolers, and even a range of non-fiction children’s titles that offer interests such as cooking, crafting, and more. If your child wants a specific title, we will happily inter-loan it from another library.

We have children’s DVDs, including new releases and popular titles. Our DVDs also include some TV series with multiple episodes. We also offer “Binge Boxes” with up to 7 films in one box. These “Binge Boxes” include collections like Pixar, Animal Adventures, and DreamWorks. Just like books, we can inter-loan DVDs as well.

  1. Programming 

Don’t miss out on our library programs! Lindenhurst Memorial Library is proud to offer programs each month for our little patrons. We will send our catalog to your door or you can check out our catalog online on our website homepage. Our programs include circle times for babies, story times for toddlers and preschoolers, as well as exercise, craft, and art programs that take place both inside the library and throughout the Lindenhurst community. Little ones can enjoy stories, songs, activities, puppets, bubbles, and more during our interactive programs.

  1. Museum Passes 
There is a lot to discover on Long Island and New York City! You can enjoy free passes to museums with your Lindenhurst Memorial Library card. With our museum pass program you’ll have access to wonderful museums like the Long Island Children’s Museum, the Cradle of Aviation, and Old Bethpage Restoration. You can go on a scenic adventure to places like the Fire Island Lighthouse and Old Westbury Gardens. Enjoy a beach day or picnic by renting the Empire Pass, which gives you access to dozens of Long Island parks and beaches. We even have the Harbes Family Farm pass, where your group can visit Mattituck for a one of a kind barnyard experience.
  1. Discount Tickets 

Don’t pay full price! Stop by Lindenhurst Memorial Library for discount tickets to your favorite spots. Discount tickets include Splish Splash, the Bronx Zoo, Long Island Aquarium, and Watch Hill Ferry. Save your cash for something more fun – like ice cream – at these hot spots!

  1. Online access to TV Shows, Movies, and Books 

Sometimes it’s fun to just relax at home. Use your library card for Hoopla, a database that includes thousands of movies, TV shows, audiobooks, eBooks, songs, and comics for free. Little ones can enjoy interactive talking eBooks through Tumblebooks. Kanopy is another free database that gives you access to children’s movies, TV shows, and educational series with just a click of a button. Check out all of our databases on our website.

We hope you can enjoy all of the fun things Lindenhurst Memorial Library has to offer.

Audiobook Appreciation Month!

As your adult might have seen on our Between the Shelves blog, June is Audiobook Appreciation Month. But audiobooks aren’t just for adults. Audiobooks are a great way for you to consume books as well and for a number of reasons. They can give you exposure to a vocabulary you might not hear in everyday conversation, they are great for reading comprehension if you listen and read along with a book, or you can simply get stuff done while you’re reading!

Another great thing about audiobooks is how accessible they are today. You can get them physically from the library or you can download them from our app and take them on the go on your mobile device.

Here are some great teen audiobooks that have been recently added to our collection :

Not My Problem by Ciara Smyth

Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston

Northwind by Gary Paulsen

Spin Me Right Round by David Valdes

The Bone Spindle by Leslie Vedder

Vinyl Moon by Mahogany L. Browne

Once Upon a Quincearera by Monica Gomez-Hira

Serendipity: Ten Romantic Tropes by Marissa Meyer

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!

Mystic Museum of Art

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!