Starting a do-it-yourself home improvement project can seem daunting, especially when there are young children in the house! The best way to make these projects fun instead of nerve-wracking is to involve the whole family. The Library provides a great resource for any of your home improvement needs, filled with ideas, tips, and guidelines for a wide variety of projects, called Home Improvement Reference Center. This database can be found through our homepage by clicking here and clicking on Home Improvement Reference Center. There is a whole section of Home Improvement Reference Center that is dedicated to sprucing up children’s rooms!
Picture it: the snow is falling, the wind is blowing, and no one really wants to leave the house for any reason. It is always a great time to cuddle up with a good book, but that is especially true in these quiet winter moments when it seems more possible to spend some time reading. Turn off your phones, your televisions, and your computers, and enjoy reading aloud some wintery folktales from around the world with your family.
It has been said that it is never a good idea to meet your heroes because, inevitably, your expectations most likely will not be met. I can agree with that to some extent, but luckily, that was not the case with me when I met one of my childhood literary heroes, Ann M. Martin. Earlier this month, Martin’s world-famous children’s book series, “The Baby-Sitters Club,” celebrated its 30th publication anniversary. When she posted about this milestone on Facebook, it made me reminisce about the time when I had the chance to meet her in person.
The 2016-2017 edition of our Guide To Nursery Schools is now available! This guide contains information for 23 local nursery schools and has proven very helpful to our patrons in past years. There are two physical copies available through our Children’s And Parents’ Services Department; one is a ready reference copy for use in the library, and one is available in our Parenting Collection for checkout. In addition to those copies, we have added a digital version of this guide to our library’s website for your convenience. This digital version is in PDF format and there is the option for patrons to print out single information sheets or the entire guide if they so choose. To access the digital Guide To Nursery Schools, please click here. It is also available under the “Youth Services” tab on the main homepage. I hope that this guide helps our patrons with the very important decision of where to send their child for their preschool learning experience.
More than the Golden Globes, more than the Academy Awards, the awards many children’s librarians most look forward to each year are the winners of the Newbery Medal and Caldecott Medal. These prestigious honors are decided by special committees assigned by the American Library Association after much deliberation and discussion. Sometimes there are obvious favorites over the course of a given year, but more often than not, the winners can be quite the surprise when announced at the annual American Library Association’s mid-winter conference. This was certainly the case with one of this year’s winners.
Our Money For Life grant is officially in full swing! Not only are we offering informational and entertaining programs for adults, teens, and children, but our Children’s And Parents’ Services Department has also updated their iPads for in-house use with eight new apps for children to enjoy. These apps are all fun, educational, and centered on children learning the concepts of counting and spending money, making budgets, and keeping track of their allowances. One app, called “Amazing Coins,” helps children learn how to count coins, recognize the differences between coins, make change with various coins, and more. If your children loved the “Number Nook” store that we had as a temporary loan from the Middle Country Public Library, then they will love the app called “Toca Store!” With this app, children can turn the iPad into their very own virtual store. “Just Saving My Money” is a book app based on the classic Little Critter series, and the interactive story teaches children how to save their money for toys and other items they might want. Through this story, we learn how Little Critter raises money to buy himself a treat. Please come on down to the Children’s And Parents’ Services Department to try these new apps out for yourself! iPads are available at the children’s reference desk for in-house use when parents/caregivers exchange their license and library card for the iPad.
Here is a complete list of all eight new apps featured on our iPads. They can be found in a special folder called “Money For Life.” We hope to see you soon!
1. Amazing Coins
3. Funny Money Maker – Allowance Builder
4. Count Money!
5. My Piggy Bank
6. Toca Store
7. Freefall Money – Coin Math For Kids
8. Just Saving My Money – Little Critter
Due to inclement weather conditions, the Patchogue-Medford Library will be having a delayed opening at 11:30am on Monday March 2nd. Please be careful when driving!
Today was a great day in our Children’s And Parents’ Services Department! We celebrated Take Your Child To The Library Day with a Pete The Cat-themed storytime, an amazing puppet show by Steve Petra, and a special drop-in Craft Buddies program. Pete The Cat himself even dropped by for pictures and fun with the children and staff. A great time was had by all!