What makes a great winter movie? Snowy scenes, a snowball fight, snowmen and a warm cozy fire. No matter what type of movie you like, action, comedy, mystery or fantasy, you’re bound to find one set in winter that you will like. No matter what the topic is, here are some of my favorite movies that you might enjoy watching with your family this winter.
Frozen – When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna, a fearless optimist teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna’s sister Elsa, the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell.
Ice Age – Twenty thousand years ago, as the Earth was being overrun with glaciers, Manny, Diego, Sid, and Scrat head south to avoid a bad case of global frostbite and embark on a hilarious quest to reunite a human baby with his tribe.
Happy Feet – Emperor penguins are born to sing except for young Mumble, who was born to tap dance. Mumble gets kicked out of Emperor Land and embarks on a journey that proves that by being true to yourself, you can make all the difference in the world!
Cool Runnings – This comedy is based on the true story of Jamaica’s first Olympic bobsled team.
Ice Princess – Casey Carlyle is caught between her dream of becoming a championship figure skater and her mother’s dream of sending her to Harvard. She takes on the challenge of her life when she competes with the best to make the championship.
This month’s community service project is to arm knit a hat for us to donate to a local organization. Although our kits have all been spoken for, you can still gather up the material and follow along…
If you’d like to donate a hat you’ve created, bring it in and place it in our Little Free Pantry basket.
In addition to hats, you can arm knit beautiful blankets and scarves. Check out some of these videos on Creativebug. Not yet a creativebug user? Click here to create an account. All you need is your library card.
Your little one can still get in on the holiday even if they start snoozing long before midnight. Celebrate the day with this DIY craft using items you likely have at home. Then ring in the new year at noon (or anytime) by clapping, jumping, cheering, and playing with your new noisemaker craft.
Happy New Year from your friend’s at Lindenhurst Library!
As 2021 comes to end it’s that time of year where everyone starts posting their best of lists and here at the library we want to share our favorites too. Without further ado these are the Youth Services favorite books we read and listened to this year.
The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould: When Logan, the adopted daughter of reality television ghosthunters, teams up with Ashley to search for missing teens in Snakebite, Oregon, they find themselves falling for each other as they uncover a hidden evil.
Kind of a Big Deal by Shannon Hale: Dropping out of high school to pursue her Broadway ambitions, a talented performer lands in a directionless job before a visit to the library catapults her into the plotlines of the books she reads.
It’s All Your Fault by Paul Rudnick: Seventeen-year-old Caitlin Singleberry is a proper Christian teenager and member of a family singing group, but today she has been given a truly impossible assignment–keep her cousin Heller Harrigan, Hollywood wild child, out of trouble for the last weekend before her first big movie debuts.
Ms. Charlotte, Teen Librarian
Spy X Family by Tatsuya Endo: Not one to depend on others, Twilight has his work cut out for him procuring both a wife and a child for his mission to infiltrate an elite private school. What he doesn’t know is that the wife he’s chosen is an assassin and the child he’s adopted is a telepath.
You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson: Liz Lighty has always done her best to avoid the spotlight in her small, wealthy, and prom-obsessed midwestern high school, after all, her family is black and rather poor, especially since her mother died; instead she has concentrated on her grades and her musical ability in the hopes that it will win her a scholarship but when that scholarship falls through she is forced to turn to her school’s scholarship for prom king and queen, which plunges her into the gauntlet of social media which she hates and leads her to discoveries about her own identity and the value of true friendships.
Kylie Jean Gymnastics Queen by Marci Peschke: The Summer Olympics inspires Kylie Jean Carter to take gymnastics lessons, but even better than that is making a new friend, Abby, who is deaf, and starting to learn sign language.
Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein: Twelve-year-old Kyle wins a coveted spot to be one of 12 children chosen to stay in the new town library for an overnight of fun, food and games, but in the morning, the kids find all the doors still locked and must work together to solve secret puzzles in order to discover the hidden escape route.
Overboard by Terry Lynn Johnson: Eleven-year-old Travis and twelve-year-old Stacey, separated from their families after being thrown into the ocean off the coast of Washington, battle hypothermia as they struggle to survive. Includes Coast Guard-approved cold-water survival tips.
Jeanna, Youth Services Librarian
Bone Gap By Laura Ruby: Eighteen-year-old Finn, an outsider in his quiet Midwestern town, is the only witness to the abduction of town favorite Roza, but his inability to distinguish between faces makes it difficult for him to help with the investigation, and subjects him to even more ridicule and bullying.
Milo Imagines the World by Matt de La Peña: While Milo and his sister travel to a detention center to visit their incarcerated mother, he observes strangers on the subway and draws what he imagines their lives to be.
Clean Getaway by Nic Stone: An 11-year-old boy confronts the realities of race relations, past and present, and the mysterious agenda of his unconventional grandmother during an unplanned spring break road trip through the once-segregated American South.
The Bootlace Magician by Cassie Beasley: Micah Tuttle loves living at the magical Circus Mirandus, but when a dangerous enemy from the past threatens his new home, every magician will have to be ready to fight–including Micah.
Lisa Kropp, Library Director
Pax by Sara Pennypacker: When his father enlists in the military and makes him return his beloved pet fox to the wild, Peter, who has been sent to live with his grandfather hundreds of miles away, embarks on a journey filled with astonishing discoveries in order to be reunited with his fox.
Ms. Rosalia, Teen Librarian
You’ll Be the Death of Me by Karen McManus: Deciding to ditch school together, former friends Ivy, Cal and Mateo, in one chance move, find their day turning from dull to deadly when another student is murdered right in front of them.
Zoey and Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows by Asia Citro: Zoey discovers a glowing photo and learns an amazing secret. Injured magical animals come to their backyard barn for help! When a sick baby dragon appears, it’s up to Zoey and Sassafras to figure out what’s wrong. Will they be able to help little Marshmallow before it’s too late?
Something’s Wrong! A Bear, a Hare and Some Underwear by Jory John: Jeff the bear is sure he has forgotten something when he sets out from home, but none of the animals he meets initially inform him that he is only wearing his underwear, until he reaches his friend Anders the hare–who quickly thinks of a way to avoid embarrassing Jeff, by starting a fashion trend.
The holidays are a time of joy, connection, and celebration. Whether you observe Christmas, Kwanzaa, or Hanukkah, the sounds, smells, and symbols of the season are all around. These symbols have a rich cultural history that many of us do not know. So let us deepen our connection by finding out more about these common holiday symbols below.
Celebrated all around the world, Christmas is considered a Christian holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. The Christmas Tree is a well known, visually beautiful symbol of Christmas that is said to symbolize the birth and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is credited to the Germans who first brought the whole tree into their homes in the 16th century. They decorated them with candlelight, various fruits, and wooden ornaments. It brought color and light during the winter and helped them celebrate the Feast of Adam & Eve on the 24th of December.
An eight-day Jewish holiday that celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem after the Maccabean Revolt. The nine-branched candelabra, the menorah, is lit each night and can often be seen in windows. With the center candle as the “helper” candle, it lights the other 8 candles on the menorah. The candles are lit in order and signify the victory of the Jews over the Syrians in the 2nd century.
A week long holiday to honor the African heritage within the African American community. It celebrates family, community, and culture which are represented in the three official colors of Kwanzaa: red, black, and green. The seven candles, mishumaa saba, (3 red, 3 green, and 1 black) are lit in a specific order and represent one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa: Unity, Self-determination, Responsibility, Economics, Purpose, Creativity, and Faith. The black candle, which stands in the center, represents Black people everywhere.
A 400 year old Mexican tradition, Las Posadas is celebrated for 9 days. There is caroling, praying, feasting, and the breaking of the Piñata. The seven-coned piñata represents the seven deadly sins in the Catholic faith. The stick that breaks the Piñata represents the love it takes to destroy or break through those sins and the candy and treats that pour out symbolize the forgiveness or a new beginning.
Many people are gearing up for some serious holiday cooking with Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the numerous holiday parties that are always a must this time of year. Our favorite dishes are cooked to abundance to ensure everyone gets to enjoy each dish. But what do we do when the parties are over, the holidays fade away, and the leftovers pile up? Get creative! Instead of reheating, recreate those favorite dishes into something new and delicious. Here are 10 creative ways to bring life to those leftovers:
Salad- Chop that meat up and sprinkle on top of a beautiful bed of greens, dried fruit, croutons, etc. Then finish with a drizzle of your favorite dressing.
Soup- Add those veggies and meat to a pot of broth with a bit of seasoning, some pasta or rice, stir, and enjoy!
Shepherds Pie- A wonderful traditional Irish dish that welcomes leftovers. Layer a casserole dish with meat and gravy, veggies, and mashed potatoes. Heat, serve, and enjoy the smiles.
Hot Open-Faced Sandwiches- Use that sliced meat to make a warm, messy sandwich dripping with gravy. Serve on toast with a fork, knife, and several napkins.
Pot Pie- Make a savory pie with meat, veggies, potatoes, and gravy.
Potato Cakes- Mash those potatoes, if they aren’t already mashed, add seasoning, and flour to help form a cake. You can even add diced up meat and veggies to add more flavor.
Cranberry Smoothie- If, by chance, you have leftover cranberry sauce you can make a refreshing smoothie. Just add plain yogurt, milk, and a straw.
Pumpkin Pie Milkshake- Make that pumpkin pie drinkable by putting a slice in the blender along with some of that leftover vanilla ice cream, and milk. Top with whipped cream and you have a delicious new way to enjoy pumpkin pie!
Stuffing Waffles- Mix an egg, some broth, and stuffing until moist. Spread onto a hot waffle iron, cook to crispy, and top with some cranberry sauce and an egg.
Nachos- Turn those leftovers into something festive! Chips, cheese, meat, and veggies. Or get creative and add stuffing and cranberry sauce.
As parents we wish we had the answers to everything. We wish we could comfort our kids with a simple hug and all their worries would whittle away. Unfortunately, real life doesn’t work like that. The good news is there are countless picture books that can really make those tough conversations a little bit easier.
Below you’ll find picture book recommendations for some of the trickiest parenting topics. From potty training, to sleep stress, to new siblings, to first day of school scaries, it’s great to have a fun and informative book to turn to.
Reading books can serve as a window to new experiences. Next time you’re having trouble with any of these topics, request these books from the library. Showing your child what they can expect to save them, and you, loads of unnecessary stress.
Alphabet books aren’t just for babies! They entertain both young and old, going well beyond basic letter and sound recognition. They can often have longer descriptions and detailed information about the topic referenced by each letter. These books are a fun way to explore puzzles, art, facts, alliteration, rhyme, humor, fantasy, etc. You can use the alphabet-style book for almost any subject!
Below are some of our favorite alphabet books that spark the imagination, get everyone thinking, and can act as a fabulous springboard to further learning about letters, sounds and words!
What do you get when you mix up bright flourescent colors and loads of glitter and sparkle? Well unicorns, of course! From Starbucks’ pink and blue, cotton candy-esque Unicorn Frappuccino to My Little Pony, the unicorn trend has been on an upswing for several years and shows no signs of slowing. Unicorn headbands, t-shirts and leggings are everywhere. And don’t be surprised if you see quite a few faces painted with bright, sparkly, unicorn-inspired makeup. Since unicorns are so trendy right now, we thought you could use some reading suggestions! Here are some of our favorite books for you to take a look at.
Where’s the Unicorn? by Ingela Arrhenius
Lift the felt flaps to discover four hidden magical creatures which includes a mermaid, a dragon, a fairy, and a unicorn. – Good Reads
Twinkle, Twinkle Unicorn by Jeff Burton
This unicorn is ready for sweet-dream adventures as she flies across the night skies.
How to Catch a Unicorn by Adam Wallace
A group of kids try to catch a unicorn by setting up traps, but the unicorn escapes each time.
Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
A powerful, shared wish helps Uni the unicorn and the little girl who believes in him to save the land of unicorns from endless rain.
Blues for Unicorn by Molly Coxe
Unicorn and Mule want to start a cool blues group, but Unicorn decides she gets to make all the rules.
Uni and the Perfect Present by Candice Ransom
Uni gives Silkie a special present for his birthday.
Unicorn Diaries: Bo’s Magical New Friend by Rebecca Elliott
Bo and the other students at Sparklegrove School for Unicorns are excited when a new unicorn, Sunny Huckleberry enters the school, but Sunny does not know what his special magical power is. Bo has the power to grant wishes, and is eager to help him even though he does not want Bo’s help.
Rainbow Magic: Leona the Unicorn Fairy by Daisy Meadows
The magical creature fairies look after seven young magical creatures, and train them to use their powers for the good of Fairyland and the human world. However, all of the creatures have been stolen by naughty Jack Frost! Can Rachel and Kirsty help Leona find her magical unicorn before she’s lost forever in the human world? – Good Reads