Dungeons and Dragons (aka DnD or D&D) is a fantasy role-playing game that was created in 1974. As the popularity of the game grew, it became referenced in pop culture through out the 70s and 80s. But you may be familiar with it from the Netflix show Stranger Things! But if you’re not familiar with this popular game and are interested in learning more, we’re here to help!
The game is set in a medieval fantasy world and you, along with a group of others, are led through an adventure by one player who assumes the role of a storyteller, or the Dungeon Master. Before the game starts, the Dungeon Master makes up story events or chooses them from a published guide. Then when the players get their turn they can respond in different ways to create a unique gaming experience.
Before the game, you and the other players create your own character. First you choose a race (human, elf, dwarf etc.), a class (Fighter, Rogue, Wizard etc.) and skill sets. The skill sets that you choose will help determine how well you do in certain situations. If you do well in situations, points can be gained. Sometimes difficult actions can fail and this can be determined by rolling one or more of the game’s polygonal dice.
If you’re interested in playing Dungeons and Dragons make sure to sign up for our upcoming sessions:
Saturday, September 25 1:00-4:00pm
Saturday, October 23 1:00-4:00pm
Saturday, November 20 1:00-4:00pm
Saturday, December 18 1:00-4:00pm
We offer these programs to any Lindenhurst resident in grades 6-12.
And if you’re interested in reading up on Dungeons and Dragons or creating your own campaign check out these books from our collection:
Banned Books week is September 22nd-October 2, 2021 and this years theme is Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us. Banned Books Week began in the 1980s, at a time of increased book challenges and bans. The American Library Association, along with 14 other organizations, works to bring an awareness of censorship during this week each year.
According to the American Library Association (ALA), “Sharing stories important to us means sharing a part of ourselves. Books reach across boundaries and build connections between readers. Censorship, on the other hand, creates barriers.”
The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted for removal or restriction in libraries and schools. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. Another aspect that Banned Books week celebrates is the fact that many of these materials do remain available and are ultimately not banned.
The video below highlights the ten most challenged books of 2020 and why they were challenged. This years titles range from children’s novels, young adult fiction and adult fiction and nonfiction. In the past the list has included picture books:
I always try to read a challenged book in honor of Banned Books Week. Want to read one of the top ten? Click on the books title for a physical copy; ebook and audiobook lead to digital downloads in Livebrary. If the physical book is not available in the Express Collection we can help you interlibrary loan it.
The U.S. National Holiday of Random Acts of Kindness Day is February 17th, but February is a long ways away. And now, more than ever, we need some acts of kindness to brighten our day. So instead of waiting for February, let’s make everyday kindness day!
Random Acts of Kindness bring joy to the receiver and spread positive vibes throughout the community. There are even some good health benefits to being kind! (Science says so!) Spreading kindness can decrease our stress levels along with our anxiety, depression, and blood pressure. It can boost our energy level, make us happier, and prolong our lifespan by 44%! One of the most important things about kindness is that kindness is CONTAGIOUS! Doing just one random act of kindness can create a domino effect and reach thousands.
So get out there and challenge yourself to perform 1 random act of kindness EVERYDAY! You’ll be amazed by the results.
Check out some of these great books and resources that are sure to motivate and inspire:
https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/ : The official website of Random Acts of Kindness. This site has everything you need to get inspired do spread some kindness at home, school, or work.
Check out the day-to-day kindness suggestions for the month of September. Then, click to find the rest of the months.
https://kindness.org/ : This site brings kindness to you and shows you the benefits. It can help educate and inspire you to always be kind.
Did you know that National Amelia Earhart Day is celebrated each year on July 24th? This day honors the achievements that Amelia Earhart has made as a famous American Pilot. Amelia’s love of flying began in December 1920. Her first flight was in California with a World War II Pilot, Frank Hawks. She started taking flight lessons in January 1921 with a female pilot, Neta Snook. She also bought her first plane in 1921. It was a yellow Kinner Airster which she named the Canary.
She received her pilot’s license in December 1921, and she has achieved many records. In 1922, she became the first woman pilot to fly alone at 14,000 feet. In 1932, she was the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. She was also awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross by Congress. In 1929, she helped form an international nonprofit organization that was called the Ninety Nines. This organization was founded by 99 women pilots who inspired new women pilots through education, and scholarships.
Amelia’s flight around the world started on June 1, 1937 out of Oakland, California. She was on this trip with her Navigator, Fred Noonan. They left New Guinea on July 2, 1937 with 7,000 miles left for their journey. Unfortunately, this was the last time that they had been seen alive.
If you would like to learn more about Amelia Earhart’s life and her accomplishments, check out these books from our Children’s collection.
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superman? No, it’s a Kite!
Kites come in all shapes and sizes and dance through the sky to a music all their own. They are a childhood favorite that leaves a sense of nostalgia in us. But, as we get older we tend to forget how it feels to have the wind on our face, the string between our fingers, and the sense of joy we get as we dare our kite to go higher and higher in the sky.
Kite flying can be fun, relaxing, and benefit your health. In a 2015 article written for the Health Fitness Revolution magazine, kites are said to promote exercise, improve your mental well-being, help with your eye and neck muscles, and boost creativity. So, grab a kite or try your hand at making one with library staff, August 4th. Registration is already in progress. And, don’t forget to check out our some of these great eBooks on kites below. They are a great way to boost your brain power and earn prizes for the Summer Reading Challenge. And who knows, you might find your next favorite!
On May 23rd and 25th we lost two great authors, Eric Carle and Lois Ehlert. Each with their own talents, touched the lives of so many over countless years.
Lois Ehlert entered the hearts of so many preschoolers with her cut-and-paste shape collages that formed beautiful, eye-popping illustrations. Join us in remembering her through the many books she illustrated and authored through the years.
Eric Carle used vibrant colors and familiar things from nature such as a Very Hungry Caterpillar who ate it’s way through our hearts, as well as, 1 apple, 2 pears, 3 plums, 4 strawberries… He will be remembered through the years with the many books he has left us.
Summer is here and so are the bugs! All 983 of them or at least that’s how many live in the state of New York. But in the whole world, there are roughly 10 quintillion bugs!! Here’s what that number looks like in case you were wondering: 10,000,000,000,000,000,000. And, to put that into perspective there are 200 million bugs for every ONE of us!
Carpenter bees drilling holes in our decks and houses, spider crickets hopping into our houses, butterflies flying from flower to flower, ants forming trails to our crumbs, and flies as big as birds are buzzing around our heads. But, as much of a nuisance bugs can be, humans wouldn’t be able to survive on this planet without their help. They do everything from pollinating our crops to cleaning up waste to generating $57 billion in revenue for the U.S. economy. What bugs do for us and the health of the planet is pretty amazing.
The Nine-Spotted Ladybug
This rare spotted beauty is the official New York State bug and can be found on the endangered species list. If you do get to see one, it is probably on its way to its next meal of tiny plant damaging insects like aphids, mites, and leaf hopper larvae. Did you know that a ladybug can eat up to 60 aphids in a day? Add that to all the other bugs it eats over its 2 year lifetime and that’s almost 5,000 “yummy” bugs. No wonder gardeners love these guys! Do you want to help this species of ladybug get off the endangered species list? Then head over to The Lost Ladybug Project website to find out how YOU can “Save the Day!”
Ladybugs are definitely a sight to see and their story is pretty cool too! To discover more fun facts about ladybugs check out these books on Hoopla or check out the MyLibby app or any Suffolk County Library while we are closed for construction.
The Carpenter Bee
Ever hear that loud buzzing noise above your head? That’s the sound of a carpenter bee looking for its next home. They can be a huge nuisance to your house and your trees by drilling holes for their nests, but that’s it. They are actually great pollinators for our flowers, veggies, fruit, and other plants. Carpenter bees do a better job at pollinating then the other bees. Their special buzz pollination benefits plants by getting them to produce greater quantities and larger fruit and/or veggies.
To get to know more about bees in general, fly over to Hoopla, the MyLibby app, or another Suffolk County Library for these fun books:
For all those other creepy crawlers and the people that study them (entomologists), the shelves of any Suffolk County Library are crawling with them….books that is! Discover the amazing world of bugs with us today!
Write in a library book? I know it’s an unusual request from us here at the library but that is exactly what we’re looking for with our new Community Journal Project. We are asking you, the members of our community, to share your thoughts, creativity, artwork and knowledge with us.
There are currently fifteen notebooks on many different topics for all age group from A Community Cookbook for all Mom and Dad’s cooking tips and tricks to A Wordless Picture Book for our youngest pre-writers. To learn more about how to participate check out our website where you can see our full guidelines and all of the available topics.
By adding your own thoughts and artwork to the journals, you or your teen or child will be engaging in dialogue and connection with other community members. All adults, teens and children are invited to join the library in this collaborative creative adventure. Look for the journals on display next to the library’s main entrance.
Reading is fun, especially when it’s about our “tail” worthy friends. Don’t miss out on this years adventure and fun! Register on our website, or using the READSquared App, available at the App store or on Google Play. This summer will be filled with stories, activities, raffles, and prizes.
Looking for your next favorite? Check out these tales about tails.
Picture Books for Preschoolers
Pete the Cat: Super Pete by Kimberly and James Dean. When there is trouble in town, Super Pete is ready to take down the bad guys and save the day. – Good Reads
The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. This is a story about a beautiful fish who makes friends with the other fish by sharing some of his shining scales with them.
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin. A young boy hosts a taco party for the dragons, but he accidentally served the dragons tacos with spicy salsa which was made with Jalapeno Peppers. He tried to stop the dragons from eating those tacos, but he was too late.
How to Catch a Mermaid by Adam Wallace. This is a tale of two children, and a dog who are trying to catch a mermaid. They set up traps to lure her in, but she manages to escape each time. Then the children find themselves in danger when they see the sharks come back. They already used up all the traps and bait, and the mermaid comes back to save them from the sharks.
Easy Readers for Grades K-2
Biscuit’s First Beach Day by Alyssa Satin Capucilli. Biscuit spends his first beach day making sand castles, collecting seashells, and playing in the ocean.
Danny and the Dinosaur and the New Puppy by Syd Hoff. The dinosaur likes to play with Danny and his new puppy at the park. Afterwards, they go in the pool to cool off, and they have a sleepover at a Museum.
Pony Party by Catherine Hapka. The Pony Scouts are helping throw a pony party for Tina’s birthday. However, Tina isn’t having fun, and it’s up to Meg, Jill, and Annie to save the day. – Good Reads
Chapter Books for Grades 3-5
Amy and the Missing Puppy by Callie Barkley. It is Spring Break in Santa Vista, and everyone has big plans except for Amy. As her best friends head out of town on exciting adventures, Amy resigns herself to helping out at her mom’s vet clinic. At least she’ll be around cute animals! However, when Marge Sullivan brings her puppy Rufus for a check-up, Amy encounters an unexpected mystery. After her friends return home, the girls get to the bottom of what happened to Rufus and discover a way to help other lost and lonely animals in their town. – Good Reads
Humphrey’s Really Wheely Racing Day by Betty Birney. Humphrey is one of the class pets in Mrs. Brisbane’s class, and every weekend he gets to go home with a different classmate. One weekend he went home with Mandy and he met her hamster, Winky. Winky showed Humphrey his hamster car, and let him use it. He loved Winky’s hamster car, and he wanted his own car. Mrs. Brisbane surprised Humphrey and gave him a hamster car as a gift because she wanted to have a hamster race at school to go along with her math unit on measurement. All the kids watched the car race between Humphrey and Winky, and the car race ended up being a tie. Humphrey and Winky each won a first place certificate, and a box of Hamster Chew Chews from Pet-O-Rama.
Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne. The Magic Tree House transports Jack and Annie back in time where they see live dinosaurs.
Rescue on the Oregon Trail by Kate Messner. Ranger has been trained as a search and rescue dog, but can’t officially pass the test because he’s always getting distracted by squirrels during exercises. One day, he finds a mysterious first aid kit in the garden and is transported to the year 1850, where he meets a young boy named Sam Abbott. Sam’s family is migrating west on the Oregon Trail, and soon after Ranger arrives he helps the boy save his little sister. Ranger thinks his job is done, but the Oregon Trail can be dangerous, and the Abbotts need Ranger’s help more than they realize! – Good Reads