Podcast for Kids

Press play on podcasts: Whether you’re new to podcasts or looking for something fresh, these picks will keep kids of all ages listening and learning.

The place where young readers meet to talk about books. The host, Kitty Felde, and a group of middle grade readers get together to discuss a favorite book, talk to the author, listen to a celebrity guest reader, and answer live questions from fellow young readers listening in. Running time: 20 minutes per episode

A Book Riot podcast that pairs the best of children’s literature with what’s going on in the world today. This podcast will explore how children’s book authors are responding to world events, give you an inside look into authors’ and illustrators’ creative processes, and, provide you with all the children’s book recommendations you could ever wish for. Running time: 40 minutes to 1 hour per episode

A podcast that inspires kids to think critically and express creatively through wordplay. Buttons & Figs introduces kids to great nonsense literature, poetry, and songs. This helps kids make sense of the world and gets them to think critically and express creatively. Running time: 10 minutes to 30 minutes per episode

Fifteen-year-old Tai Poole won’t rest until he’s uncovered the mysteries of the universe, one probing question at a time. With a fourth season well on its way, Tai talks to everyone from NASA scientists to comedians trying to get answers to questions like: “Why is space so dark if it’s full of stars?” and “Why do humans dance?” Running time: 25 minutes per episode

Each week, pirates, fairies, wizards, robots and more band together to help Mr. Eric, the host, tell wacky stories inspired by kids’ questions. These stories aim to keep the listener laughing and learning. Running time: 20 minutes per episode

Short stories that help children calm down and relax by guiding them through visualization and breathing exercises. Children can learn all about the subject of mindfulness through activities and relaxing stories with interest piquing topics such as sea creatures, clouds, and space. Running time: 15 minutes per episode

Family Fun Month

With all of the every day stressors, sometimes it’s really hard to relax. That is why the month of August is designated Family Fun Month, which is the perfect time to take a family vacation and put away all your devices and spend quality time with each other. Family Fun Month reminds you to take a break, and create special memories together. And you don’t have to go away to enjoy a vacation. Here are some fun activities that you can do with your family that are close to home.

The library has museum passes that allow you free admission to some of the areas most popular museums. Included are the American Airpower Museum, the Cradle of Aviation Museum, the Intrepid Museum, the Long Island Children’s Museum, the Nassau County Museum of Art, the Fire Island Lighthouse, Harbes Family Farm, and the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum.

If you and your family like to go to the beach, you could reserve our Empire Pass. Empire Passes are for Long Island Region parks and facilities only operated by New York State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more.. Visit parks.ny.gov to find participating parks and facilities. We also have discounted tickets available for the Watch Hill Ferry.

In addition to the wonderful museums and parks, the library also offers discounted tickets to the Long Island Aquarium, Splish Splash Waterpark, the Bronx Zoo, the Queens Zoo, the Central Park Zoo, and the New York Aquarium.

If you are interested in any of these fun, close to home family excursions, just visit our website for more information.

August 2nd is National Coloring Book Day

When I was a kid I really loved to color. It was one of my favorite activities. It made me feel so happy and relaxed and I’m sure my mom was thrilled that I was doing a nice quiet activity that helped develop and improve my fine motor skills. Since I grew up coloring has had an explosion in popularity and there are adult coloring books, fancy pens and colored pencils. In our house we’ll be having a family coloring party to celebrate with the Oceans of Possibilities coloring book I made below.

If you’re looking for some fancier coloring for yourself and your older kids you can check out this great Creativebug class 30 Coloring Pages: Get Creative with Colored Pencils.

Ocean Life Webcams

Have you joined the Summer Reading Club yet? We have clubs for babies, preschoolers, school-age, teens, and adults! The summer reading theme is Oceans of Possibilities. In the spirit of our summer reading club, we have compiled a list of some ocean life webcams to check out sea creatures in real time!

The Aquarium of the Pacific

Check out live cams for sharks, penguins, coral reefs, and more!

Monterey Bay Aquarium

This aquarium offers live cams for a plethora of creatures including sea otters, spider crabs, and jellyfish.

Georgia Aquarium

Scroll through web cams for piranhas, puffins, and more. As a bonus, this famous aquarium also has relaxing yoga flow videos to get some exercise while you enjoy the view.

National Aquarium

The National Aquarium is proud to present some stunning live streams of blacktip reef sharks, jellyfish, and coral reefs.

After viewing these creatures live, why not check out some library eBooks on sea creatures? You can check out our collection of eBooks on our website. Find more information on downloading eBooks here.

Enjoy the beauty of our ocean and happy reading!

Summer Activities

Don’t miss out on these amazing summer crafts and concerts for kids!

No registration is necessary, just stop by for a fun night of music and crafts.

And be sure to check out our all ages concerts:

Penny Lane – Beatles Tribute Band

Tuesday, August 2, 7:00-8:30 pm

Stagecoach Band

Tuesday, August 9, 7:00-8:30 pm

Just Sixties

Tuesday, August 16, 7:00-8:30 pm

Let’s Celebrate Emojis!

Did you know there is an unofficial holiday celebrating emojis? That’s right, July 17th is the day where you can celebrate those tiny little pictures that bring so much color and joy to your texts, emails, and Social Media posts. Plus, Apple always has an exciting announcement about the new emojis they’ll be releasing.

*Fun Fact: Type “calendar” into your emoji search engine and you’ll see why we celebrate on July 17th. 😉

Emojis can convey emotion faster and with less characters than words. They have enhanced people’s ability to fully express themselves in text-based communication.  With over 3,000 emojis you are sure to find one or many that can express the emotion you are looking to convey to others.

😀😂😎😁🤗😅😴🤐😆🥰🤩😨🤪😵😭🥵🤑😜🥴🤡🥳🧐🤒😸😻🤭🥶🙄😛

Emoji is a Japanese word created in 1990, meaning “picture word”. These picture words were created for a television show in Japan to make it more appealing to teenagers. And when the first iPhone in Japan was released, it had an emoji keyboard. People around the world quickly found this keyboard and fell in love with the emojis, making it a worldwide sensation.

*Fun Fact: The heart emoji was the first emoji developed in 1998.

Fun Ways You Can Celebrate

  1. 1. Watch The Emoji Movie.

Hidden inside a smartphone, the bustling city of Textopolis is home to all emojis. Each emoji has only one facial expression, except for Gene, an exuberant emoji with multiple expressions. Determined to become “normal” like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his best friend Hi-5 and a notorious code breaker called Jailbreak.

2. Take inspiration from your emoji keyboard and dress as your favorite emoji.

3. Make yourself an emoji themed snack.

4. Challenge yourself and your friends to only text in emojis.

5. Create emoji art.

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!

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