Reading Challenges Made Fun

Spring may have just sprung, but here at the library we are looking forward to summer! Summer Reading Clubs and weekly prizes will be available for all age groups. Plan for some fun in the sun with tons of outdoor events and programs throughout the town of Lindenhurst. Registration will begin in early June- don’t miss it! Mark your calendars, and remember to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to get all the updates about this year’s events.

Don’t want to wait until June? Try one of these ongoing challenges. They are available throughout the year and have come up with some creative ways to help your child explore the wonders of reading without making them feel like it’s a chore. Don’t like any of these challenges, try creating your own. One that fits your lifestyle.

Read Native 2021

American Indian Library Association invites you to participate in the inaugural reading challenge. With this challenge we support and recognize our Indigenous authors, scientists, legislators, storytellers, and creators throughout the year, not just during the national Native American Heritage month.

Throughout the year, find and read books and publications by and about Native Americans; visit tribal websites; search peer reviewed scholarly journals; visit Native-owned bookstores; and check with Native librarians for all of the best sources for learning more about Native Americans and Indigenous people around the world

Macaroni Kid  2021 Reading Challenge

Macaroni Kid offers a very simple reading challenge. Download and print a list of 20 books to celebrate your child’s literacy.

Goodreads

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. They offer a yearly reading challenge, where you decide how many books you want to read for the year. The user logs in the book that they have read and Goodreads will keep track for you.

Need help looking for a title to complete your book challenge?

Stop on in and ask a librarian. We would be happy to help guide your reading journey. Can’t make it to the library? You can always call us @ 631-957-7755, chat with a librarian on our website, check out our book suggestions, or let us curate some “Librarian Specials” for you, using an online form. You can also check out our huge collection of ebooks and audiobooks. Set up an account with your library card to gain access to thousands of titles.

And remember, reading is not only amazing, it can also change your life! According to the American Association of School Librarians (2007), “reading is a foundational skill for learning, personal growth, and enjoyment. The degree to which students can read and understand text in all formats (e.g., picture, video, print) and all contexts is a key indicator of success in school and in life. As a lifelong learning skill, reading goes beyond decoding and comprehension to interpretation and development of new understandings”.

School Resources for You and Your Child

This year, school looks very different. We are facing new challenges as parents to make sure our children receive the best education possible. Whether your child is doing homeschooling, virtual, hybrid, or in class learning, here are some great resources to keep handy.

Online Resources

The world wide web can be a tricky place to navigate. Sometimes it’s hard to decide what is best for your child. Here are a few websites that might help enrich your child’s learning process.

https://wideopenschool.org/

“Wide Open School helps families and educators find trusted resources to enrich and support distance learning. Every day students can access free, high-quality learning activities across subjects, all in one place. More than 75 partners and supporters have come together to meet the change in learning needs of students, teachers, and families due to the coronavirus pandemic”. -Wide Open School

https://www.khanacademy.org/

“Khan Academy is an American non-profit educational organization created in 2008 by Sal Khan, with the goal of creating a set of online tools that help educate students. The organization produces short lessons in the form of videos. Its website also includes supplementary practice exercises and materials for educators”. – Khan Academy

https://www.discoveryeducation.com/

“Discovery Education Experience provides engaging high-quality content, grab-and-go digital lessons, creative collaboration tools, and practical professional learning resources to give educators everything they need to engage all learners and create a lasting educational impact in any learning environment”. -Discovery Education

https://childmind.org/

“The Child Mind Institute is an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Our teams work every day to deliver the highest standards of care, advance the science of the developing brain and empower parents, professionals and policymakers to support children when and where they need it most”. – Child Mind Institute

Library Resources

Your public library is a great place to look for resources for your child. It can be a one stop shop for learning materials. Here are some great online databases that are available thru the Lindenhurst Memorial Library. All you need to access these materials is your library card.

On demand, anytime, anywhere eLearning includes: homework help, 24-Hour Writing Lab, and live tutors in math, science, reading/writing, social studies, PSAT/SAT, ACT, AP and state standardized tests.

Fosters understanding and appreciation of the world’s countries and peoples by creating and publishing concise, reliable, and up-to-date cultural content. Today the CultureGrams series is one of the most trusted and widely used cultural reference and curriculum products in the education, government, and non-profit arenas. In Library Link.

World Book Online Reference is your source for electronic encyclopedia, dictionary and atlas entries; as well as educator tools and resources.

Looking for help can be a daunting task. We here at the Lindenhurst Memorial Public Library are always here to help you. Contact us via phone, email, or chat with your questions or concerns.

https://lindenhurstlibrary.org/

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:

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/