Children's & Parents' Services Department eNews
Week of August 7
With the Children's and Parents' Services Department
Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube for lots of story times, links, resources, and activities to share with your families.

Keep an eye on our library web program calendar for upcoming virtual programs. Click HERE to view.
Upcoming Programs
Kahoot: Name These Items You'd Find in a Maker Kit
Friday, August 7 to Sunday, August 9 at 9:00pm

Test your knowledge and see how you rank. Fun for the whole family and will spark a discussion to come up with the answers. Try it HERE
Crafts-To-Go Kits
Crafts-To-Go will be offered ongoing as part of the way that you can Summer With Us.

The theme for this week is Shape Creations. These kits will be available Monday, August 10 to Saturday, August 15.

Crafts-To-Go can be picked up in the Children’s Dept. when you visit the library or requested by phone (631-399-1511 ext. 262) for curbside pick-up. WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!
Page Turner Adventures
It's Makers/Creative/DIY week! From 8/10-8/14 our friends at Page Turner Adventures will share a fun and informative S.T.E.A.M. lab show, a solar oven S'mores craft, an animation/optical illusion activity and more! Check out our Facebook page next week for these postings.
Book and Activity Bundles
Available Monday, August 10 to Saturday, August 15. One bundle, per theme, per child, each week by age/grade level.

Reserve your bundle(s) beginning Friday, August 7, on our web site Program Calendar by calling 631-399-1511 ext. 262, or by visiting us in person. You will be notified when the book bundle is ready for curbside pickup. Limited supplies, WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

Bundles available for this upcoming week are:

  • Summer With Us Family Bundle (one per family)
  • Baby & Me Book Bundle (babies birth to 35 months)
  • Flowers Book & Activity Bundle (children 3-5 years)
  • Pick Up Sticks Bundle (entering K – 2)
  • LED Art Tiles (entering grades 3-4)
  • LED Art Tiles (entering grades 5-7)
Crafts & Activities

Are you missing our cooking classes with Chef Rob? Check out our Facebook page for his newest cooking demonstrations and recipes and you can bring him right into your own kitchen.

No registration necessary!
During these challenging times, NY State of Health, New York’s official health plan Marketplace, remains committed to ensuring access to affordable, quality health insurance for all New Yorkers. They are dedicated to helping you and the community you serve to get the coverage you need, so you can get the care you need.

If your job or income has changed, NY State of Health is here for you. If you recently became unemployed, lost your health coverage, or are currently uninsured, you can apply now for coverage through NY State of Health. You may be eligible for free or low-cost coverage through Medicaid, the Essential Plan, or Child Health Plus. Individuals who lose job-based health insurance should apply within 60 days of losing that coverage. 
Enrollment in Medicaid, Child Health Plus, and the Essential Plan is open all year. You can enroll in a Qualified Health Plan during the annual Open Enrollment Period, or a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) if you are eligible. NY State of Health has opened a SEP during the COVID-19 public health emergency through August 15, 2020.
There are three ways to apply:
3) Enroll by phone with Customer Service: 1-855-355-5777
All health plans offered through the Marketplace include doctor’s visits, hospital stays, emergency care, maternity, and newborn care, mental health and substance abuse disorder services, prescription drug coverage, rehabilitative and habilitative services, and devices, laboratory services; preventive and wellness services, chronic disease management, and pediatric dental and vision coverage. Preventive care, such as routine office visits and recommended screenings are free.
Below are “crisis” resources compiled by Suffolk Cooperative Library System that may be referenced for assistance at this time.
Crisis and Recovery Resources
  • Response Crisis Center .... 631-751-7500
  • Veterans' Crisis Line ....1-800-273-8255 or TEXT 838255
  • Veteran Caregiver Support Line ... 1-855-260-3274
  • Disaster Distress Hotline … 1-800-985-5990 
  • SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) National Hotline .... 1-800-662-4357
  • NYS Mental Health Support Line ... 1-844-863-9314 or Text 741741
  • Family Service League DASH 24/7 Hotline 631-952-3333
  • NY Connects ... 1-800-341-9871  
  • Long Island Against Domestic Violence ...631-666-8833
  • Alcoholic’s Anonymous 631-669-1624
  • Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Support Line ..!-800-272-3400 Also offers daily support calls, to register call 516-586-1507 
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness   
  • Dial "311"" to connect with various services and organizations, to request a face mask, and to connect with emergency food resources
  • Island Harvest … 631-873-4775
  • L I Cares … 631-582-FOOD (3663)
Learn the months of the year in this fun calendar and exercise video for kids! Sing the 12 months of the year while exercising with Jack!

Watch HERE
With these hot days of summer and spending them at the beach to cool off, I wanted to share a fun idea to do with your baby.  This is a safe way to introduce them to the fun of the beach without them trying to eat the real sand at the actual beach. The times I have seen babies eat sand, it always makes me nervous and luckily my own son really wasn’t into eating sand but seeing that other babies do, made me want to share this idea.   Miss Tara R.
Edible Beach Sand
  • Boxes of corn meal
  • Plastic bin /Rubbermaid bin big enough to fit your baby/toddler
  • Kiddie pool if you have
  • Sand toys/bucket/shovel

If you want to make it a sensory bin, you could include a plastic hermit crab, seashells or starfish. 

** Please note that these are not meant to be put in their mouths and aren’t edible. Never leave your baby unattended. **
Just pour the boxes of corn meal into the bin. If you want your child to sit on the “sand”, then purchase more boxes of corn meal and chose a plastic bin that is big enough to do that. If you have a kiddie pool, that works great as well. If you only have a small bin then you can turn it into a sensory bin for their hands only.

Once the corn meal is in the bin, then add any sensory beach things you may have like the seashells or a plastic hermit crab. Let them dig their hands into the “sand”. Add water with their bucket and they can make a sand castle! If the bin is big enough, let them dig their toes and wiggle their feet in the corn meal sand too!
Miss Kathy fans, make sure to watch our Facebook page Friday mornings for her weekly baby and toddler programs. Babies and Toddlers class starts at 10:00 a.m. and class for 2-3-year olds starts at 10:30 a.m. No registration necessary!
Thanks to for this scavenger hunt idea! Not only is it simple, but it ties in literacy with fun. Children are finding objects of different colors, while learning to associate the written word with that color as well. Using a light-colored pad of sticky notes, and some different colored markers or crayons, write color words, in their own colors, on individual sticky notes. Your child can then choose a sticky note, find something that color, and stick the note on it! Keep going until all the notes are used up, then have your child collect the notes and start again, finding different objects. Every time your child looks at the word/color, it helps to form that association between the written word and its meaning. - Ms. Debbie D.
What better way to help get your kids excited for a (virtual) museum visit than through a book? Below are books for all ages about museums.
Picture Books
Easy Readers
Grades 3-4
Grades 5-7
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