May is Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month—a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Originally a week long celebration it is now celebrated all month long. To learn more about Asian Pacific Islander Heritage month you can go here.

Here at the library we like to celebrate by reading and sharing some of our favorite books by Asian Pacific Islander authors and illustrators. Check out some amazing titles for teens and kids below.

More Than Just a Pretty Face by Syed M. Masood; A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo; From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon; Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert; Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay; Super Fake Love Song by David Yoon; Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman; We Are Not Free by Traci Chee
Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire by Susan Tan; Sea Sirens: a Trot & Cap’n Bill Adventure by Amy Chu & Janet K. Lee; Amina’s Voice by Hena Kahn; Front Desk by Kelly Yang; Eyes that Kiss in the Corners by Joanna Ho; A Morning with Grandpa by Sylvia Liu; The Sound of Silence by Katrina Goldsaito; A Different Pond by Bao Phi

Another great way to learn about Asian cultures is by attending some of our library programs. Be sure to check out tomorrow night’s Indian Dance program! Click here to go to the library calendar and register.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” -Emilie Buchwald

We are proud to announce our new and improved 1000 Books before Kindergarten program! 1000 Books is a free program that makes reading even more fun with stickers, badges, and prizes. Before school starts, parents and caregivers play an important role as teachers. 1000 Books can help guide families to help encourage a love of books in little ones. By reading with your child, you are creating the foundation for early literacy success. And be sure not to let the big number fool you. If you reader just three books per day, you’ll have read 1,095 books in a year!

Credit: @picsea

Singing up for 1000 Books is easy! Follow the link below for easy to follow tutorials on how to register and track books. You may also stop by or call the library for assistance getting started.

Although creating a budding reader is a pretty cool result, we know that prizes are extra fun! That’s why kids who are a part of the 1000 Books Before Reader program can stop by the library for stickers, earn fun badges that track their progress, and will receive three prizes during the program. This includes a 100 book prize, a 500 book mid-way prize, and a 1000 book completion prize!

So sign up today and enjoy all the benefits (and prize perks) of being an early reader!

Children’s Book Week 2021

It’s Children’s Book Week! A national celebration of early literacy and the benefits of children’s books. What better place to celebrate Children’s Book Week than at your local library? We are so proud to offer an enormous array of children’s books – from classics, to bestsellers, to brand-new titles.

How can you celebrate?

  • Check out some new titles or old favorites. Then head home and build a cozy pillow fort to snuggle up and read in.
  • Stop by the library and reserve a museum pass, then ask the librarian to find a title that relates to the museum. For example, you could go to the Cradle of Aviation Museum with a few picture books on planes. Museums and books? Win-win!
  • If your child is not yet in Kindergarten, sign up for our 1000 Books Program. You can encourage a budding reader and earn prizes while you do it!
  • If your child is in Kindergarten or older, check out our newsletter for book discussions to join. Some book discussions even offer free books that your child can keep!
  • Enjoy a movie and a book! Ask the librarian if there is a book version of your child’s favorite movie. Then have a storytime movie party! Our suggestions? The Lorax, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and Peter Rabbit!
  • Watch some of our digital storytimes on our Youtube Channel.

Need ideas on what to read? Why not start with some of the classics?

Outdoor Adventures with Museum Passes

Now that Spring is finally here and Summer is just around the corner, I am so excited to spend more time outside with my family. We are definitely an outdoors family (except for camping; I see no reason to sleep outside when I can sleep in my nice comfy home) and we love going to the park, the beach, the botanical gardens and exploring. A lot of these places do tend to have fees which can add up and that is why I love museum passes. Not only do we have museum passes for some amazing indoor museums like the Long Island Children’s Museum and the American Air Power Museum; we also have passes for some great outdoors locations.

Museum passes need to be reserved ahead of time by date or by museum and should be reserved for the day you plan on attending. For more details on pass reservations and pick up check our website. I also like to check each museum or parks site for any additional rules or regulations before we head out.

Some of our family’s favorite outdoors passes have been:

Old Westbury Gardens This pass entitles you free admission/parking for two adults and their children. The house is closed right now but there are a number of different walks/gardens to visit. Last month we walked through the Walled Garden, the Rose Garden, the West Pond, the Terraces and stopped to visit the Thatched Cottage and even though it was very early spring there were already lots of flowers, plants and critters to see.

Empire Pass-New York State This pass provides unlimited day-use vehicle entry to most facilities operated by New York State Parks including forests, beaches, trails and more. And while most of the big beaches don’t start charging until Memorial Day some of the parks like The Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park in the picture start charging in April. This is one of our favorite parks; my kiddo and I were there at least once a week last April and May. Other parks we love to visit with this pass include Heckscher State Park, Sunken Meadow State Park, Belmont Lake State Park and Connetquot River State Park Preserve. The list of parks, preserves and beaches you can visit feels endless on this pass; for a full list check the state website.

Old Bethpage Village Restoration This pass includes free admission for up to four people. We haven’t been to Old Bethpage Village Restoration yet this year. When we last went two years ago our kiddo was really too young to find most of the houses and buildings interesting so we just walked along the paths and skipped going inside most of the buildings and we had a great time. We loved the walk, seeing the animals at the farm and both my husband and kiddo loved visiting the black smith’s shop. We will definitely be heading there again this summer.

Brooklyn Botanical Garden This pass includes free admission for two adults and all children under the age of 16. Way back before children I used to spend a lot of my free time in Brooklyn and this was one of my favorite places to go. I used to go with my friend Deb who was a member and we would spend hours just walking all the different garden paths with hot cups of tea and muffins. My husband and I have been talking about it and we think the kiddo might be able to handle the drive this year. I can’t wait to head back.

Nassau County Museum of Art This pass includes admission for two adults and four children. This is another museum we haven’t been to in a long time. It may surprise you to know that I can be kind of disorganized and at least twice I have gone when the museum was closed for an exhibition swap. Fortunately they have some lovely outdoor facilities including a sculpture garden, an arboretum with trails and a formal garden.

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium This pass includes admission for two adults and four children. We’ve never been here before but another mom recommended it to me. In addition to two indoor aquariums they have five outdoor ponds. My kiddo loves all things water and I can’t wait to check this place out.

Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society This pass includes free admission for two adults and four children. I am including this pass because the walk on the boardwalk is really great and I think you all would enjoy it but we do not visit light houses because someone (me) is afraid of enclosed spaces and cannot successfully visit the top of a tall narrow lighthouse and my family is tired of having me get half way up and then walking me back down in panic mode. But if that is not a problem for you than this is another amazing outdoor adventure.

Do you have a favorite museum pass? What amazing outdoor adventures are you and your family looking forward to this summer? Let us know in the comments.

El Día de los Niño/El Día de los Libros

El Día de los Niño/El Día de los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) commonly known as Día, is an everyday celebration of children, families, and reading that happens every year on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Día is a daily commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures. The common goals of all Día programming are to:

-Celebrate and connect children to the world of learning through books, stories and libraries

-Nurture cognitive and literacy development in ways that honor and embrace a child’s home language and culture.

-Introduce families to community resources that provide opportunities for learning through multiple literacies.

-Recognize and respect culture, heritage and language as powerful tools for strengthening families and communities

This year marks their 25th year.

Día is an amplification of Children’s Day which is a celebration that took place in 1925 as a day to bring attention to the importance and well-being of children. Each country selected its own day for the celebration with Mexico and other Latin American countries choosing April 30. In March 1996, the author Pat Mora proposed linking Children’s Day with literacy and bilingualism, creating a new holiday: El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros. On April 30, 1997 the first El Día de los Niños/el Día de los Libros celebrations were held in New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas.

Promoters of Día wanted to make sure that literacy, books and reading were not relegated to a single day, so they adopted the motto “Día! Today and Every Day of the Year.” Here are some ways you can celebrate:

Read a bilingual book from our collection!

And make sure to look out for fun virtual events hosted by the library during the week of April 26. Look out for a tutorial on paletas, a bilingual storytime and more!

A Tribute to Beverly Cleary

Beverly Cleary was the most beloved children’s author in the United States and all over the world. Her books have been published in 29 different languages, so children everywhere could enjoy her relatable, humorous, and inspiring stories.

She started out as a children’s librarian and after years of struggling to find books her young patrons could identify with and hearing her young patrons ask: “where are all the books about us?” Beverly Cleary decided she would write children’s books with characters that children could relate to. Characters such as Henry Huggins, Ellen Tebbits, Otis Spofford, Beezus and Ramona Quimby, Ribsy, Socks, and Ralph S. Mouse have delighted children for generations and hopefully more to come. She believed that “kids deserved books of literary quality” and that is exactly what she set out to do when she wrote her first book in 1950, Henry Huggins. Henry Huggins is about an ordinary boy, living an ordinary life with his friends, family, and his dog Rigsby. Based off of Beverly Cleary’s own life as a child and the neighborhood kids she grew up with, Henry Huggins is a delightful story with humorous adventures that any child can relate to.

As a child, I was enamored with Beverly Cleary’s Ramona Quimby books…as was everyone else I knew. She was the first Junie B. Jones! Ramona and her big sister Beezus were first introduced in Henry Huggins in 1950, but by 1955 the two Quimby sisters had their own book and the children were loving it. Then, by 1968 Ramona Quimby debuted in her own book series and Beverly Cleary has been receiving critical acclaim and awards ever since. Another series I enjoyed greatly by Beverly Cleary was The Mouse and the Motorcycle and when it was adapted into a movie…oh boy was I ever excited! I remember watching it over and over again at home and in school. Teachers loved showing this movie in class and they still do!

In her 49 years of writing books, Beverly Cleary has won numerous awards and honors for her books. Awards such as the John Newbery Medal in 1978, ’82, and ’84, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award in 1975, the National Medal of Arts in 2003, and the 35+ state-wide awards based on votes from her young readers. And in the year 2000, Beverly Cleary was named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress. You can also find tribute to her at, formerly named, Fernwood Grammar School, where she attended as a girl, who officially changed the name in 2008 to Beverly Cleary School. There is a sculpture garden at Multnomah County Library that features statues of her beloved book characters and a Resident’s Hall at University of California named after her.

Although her passing on March 25th of this year was heartbreaking, Beverly Cleary lived a long and plentiful life. She filled the lives of so many children with books about them! She made reading exciting and touched so many. Her stories will live on for generations to come.

Earth Day

Earth Day is held on April 22 of each year in the United States and Canada. The first Earth Day was celebrated in the United States in 1970. As a growing reaction to toxic drinking water, air pollution, and the effects of pesticides, over 20 million people took to the streets, parks and auditoriums to demonstrate against the impacts of 150 years of industrial development which had left a growing legacy of serious human health impacts.  Today we celebrate Earth Day to increase awareness of environmental problems and to lift environmental issues onto the world stage. The fight for a clean environment continues with increasing urgency, as the ravages of climate change become more and more apparent every day. 

Here are some some small steps that you and your family can take to help our planet:

  1. Enjoy spending time outside? Pick up trash while enjoying your outdoor activities. It is a great way to save that plastic bottle cap from the landfill while you are on your morning walk!
  2. Be a part of the change. Change your diet to fight climate change! Try participating in meatless Mondays!
  3. Convince your school district or office building to choose reusable utensils, trays, and dishes in the cafeteria. 
  4. Help protect pollinators by pledging to go pesticide-free! We need pollinators to ensure the persistence of our crop yields and ensure healthy sustainable ecosystems now and in the future.
  5. Try growing your own organic garden!

If you want to learn more about Earth Day, check out these books from our Children’s Collection.

And here are some fun things that you and your family can participate in during Celebrate the Earth Week: April 19-24, 2020:

  1. Start your own herb and vegetable garden by picking up seed bundles from the library.
  2. Watch Ms. Justine do an Earth inspired story time on our YouTube Channel.
  3. Make a plant based resipe inspired by our A-Z World Food database. There’s a video on our YouTube page to show you how.
  4. Pick up an Earth Day Poster kit at the library and proudly display your poster in your house.
  5. Pick up a mystery kit at the library with ecofriendly recycled material to make a craft.

April is Poetry Month

Inspired by the success of Black History Month and Women’s History Month, the Academy of American Poets came together to form Poetry Month in 1996 to celebrate the art of poetry in all its forms. Appreciating the history behind it and the lives of poets that inspired it, Poetry Month helps cultivate a new generation of poets.

Poetry provides children an opportunity to develop crucial reading and comprehension skills. Chanting a poem over and over again can be fun, especially when you add some moves to it. What moves can you add to this fun poem?

For the full poem check out My Shadow on Hoopla.

Over the years, Poetry Month has become one of the biggest literary celebrations in the world. Schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets all take time to teach, discuss, learn, read, and write this wonderful literary art form. If you want to join in on the celebration then take a look at this list of things to do.

  1. Check out our poetry section, 811, in the library and look for books like the ones below:

2. Join a virtual Poetry Program at the New York Public Library They are celebrating with poetry discussion groups, open mic hours, trivia, poetry writing workshops, poetry readings, and so much more. There is something for adults, kids, and teens.

3. Write some of your own poetry and share it with family and friends. If you need help getting started…the library has an e-book for that!

The Underdogs of 2020: Ten Picture Books You May Have Missed

There are so many picture books to choose from that it may be hard to decide which ones are the best for your little ones. I know as a mother of a three year old, I get overwhelmed with the amount of books to choose from. Here are ten of my favorites.

From Vanessa Brantley-Newton, the author of Grandma’s Purse, comes a collection of poetry filled with engaging mini-stories about girls of all kinds. The book is filled with attractive illustrations featuring bright colors and layered textures and patterns, with such variety that each page has its own feel to suit its story. The poems are simple, upbeat, and affirming—a great reminder of what is to be gained when girls appreciate their own uniqueness and that of others. A dynamic, uplifting, and welcoming world of girls.

Now that you know how to babysit your grandma and grandpa, it’s time to teach them how to read with you! In this hilarious new addition to Jean Reagan and Lee Wildish’s bestselling How to… series, the kids are in charge! Kids can show their grandparents how to choose a great book, find the perfect spot to read together, and use their best reading-out-loud voices. Even after the book is done, there are lots of activities that kids and their grandparents can do together!

An alien has just crash-landed in your book, and it’s up to you to return him to space. You’ll have to twist, shake, and bounce your book to complete the mission; but before you launch your alien into the void, ask yourself: does he have to go?

Mommy needs to wrangle her sweet creature in bed so that the whole family can sleep. From tigers to squirrels to snakes, the little boy dodges around his bedtime, until he is tired enough to finally sleep. His imaginative animal friends weave their way through the illustrations, eventually joining him in curling up for the night.

From funny to sweet, silly to sincere, the lyrics of Mister Rogers explore such universal topics as feelings, new siblings, everyday life, imagination, and more. Through these songs—as well as endearing puppets and honest conversations—Mister Rogers instilled in his young viewers the values of kindness, self-awareness, and self-esteem. But most of all, he taught children that they are loved, just as they are. Perfect for bedtime, sing-along, or quiet time alone, this beautiful book of meaningful poetry is for every child—including the child inside of every one of us

Saddened by her classmates’ and teacher’s mispronunciations of her name, a girl is empowered by her discovery that names are like songs when she and her mom celebrate the musicality of African, Asian, Black-American, Latinx, and Middle Eastern names.

Tameika is excited to audition for the school’s Snow White Musical, but when she overhears her classmates say she is too tall, chubby, and brown to play Snow White, she questions whether she is right for the part.

Did you know that po cha, the traditional tea in Tibet, is thick and salty like soup? Or that in Iran, tea is served with a rock? (A rock candy, that is!) Or that afternoon tea was dreamed up in England by a duchess who complained of being hungry between lunch and dinner?

Kai, merboy, loves to share hugs with his mother, but learns that some friends prefer fin bumps, tail claps, tentacle shakes, or claw pinches.

Hedgehog and Tortoise were the best of friends. They wanted to give each other a great, big hug. But they weren’t allowed to touch. “Don’t worry,” said Owl. “There are lots of ways to show someone you love them.” So the two friends wave to each other, blow kisses, sing songs, dance around and write letters. And even though they can’t hug and they can’t touch, they both know that they are loved. A gorgeous, uplifting, inspiring picture book that makes social distancing fun!

If you like any of these books, click on the image you want to put it on hold. All you need is your Lindenhurst Memorial Library card!

Pretend Play – Let’s Shop!

If you are the parent or caregiver of a toddler or preschooler, you may be very familiar with one phrase: LET’S PLAY! 

Despite the immense benefits of play, sometimes it can be downright draining to come up with new ideas to keep your little one happy. That is where imaginative play comes in.  

Pretend play is hugely beneficial to development. By acting out everyday scenarios, your child gets lessons in vocabulary, social skills, and problem solving. 

In an effort to inspire pretend play, we have come up with a simple game for you and your child.  

How to Play Shop

  • Encourage child to play shop with you. Together select items in your home to be the merchandise for your shop. Your shop can be specific (such as a hat shop, toy store, grocery store) or it can have various departments. 
  • Once your items are selected, display them in various different parts of the room. In this case, you can encourage your child to sort items that are alike. For example, if you are playing grocery store, group together dairy items, sweets, etc.  
  • Time to price your items! You can either print the price labels we have provided below or simply pretend stickers are price labels. (suggestion: this soccer sticker means the item is $5!) 
  • Ask your child if they would prefer to be the shopkeeper or the shopper. You may take turns while playing.  
  • Open your shop! You may use the printable sign provided below or create a sign yourselves using crayons and construction paper. 
  • Ask questions! 
  • “How much is this item?” 
  • “Do you have any milk?” 
  • “Can I have a bag?” 
  • “What hat looks best?” 
  • “Can I help you find anything?” 
  • “Oops! I dropped the oranges. Can you help me clean them up?” 
  • “Can you help me to restock the shelves?” 
  • When you’ve completed your shopping, it’s time to pay. Use the free printable money included below or use play money or precut pieces of green paper. 
  • When finished, reserve all your items used to play the game so that you can explore pretend play again. 

We hope this activity helped your child learn, explore, and discover! Check back for more pretend play ideas and free printables from Lindenhurst Memorial Library! 

FREE PRETEND PLAY PRINTABLES 

These can be printed on regular paper or sturdy cardstock. To ensure future use, you may also choose to laminate these printables. In an effort to save paper, you do not need to use printables to play this game. Any stickers, signs, etc. will do, as long as you use your imagination!