Children's & Parents' Services Department eNews
Week of August 21
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
Babies Boogie/Toddlers Tango Virtual Class
Premieres on our Facebook Page on Wednesday, August 26, 11:00am
No registration necessary
Time to shake, rattle and roll with Miss Nicole! This high energy creative music and movement class encourages babies and toddlers to experience music by dancing and creating music with drums, tambourines, maracas and more!
“On the Road” Sand Castles @ Smith Point Beach
Thursday, August 27, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Register HERE now. (Please register one person to represent the whole family.) Separate registration for each date.
Weather permitting. Share some quality time with the family at our local beach. Bring your own blanket and we will supply all the sandcastle supplies. Feel free to bring your own buckets or molds if you prefer. Meet us at the beach at the bottom of the steps by Tiki Joe's at Smith Point Park.
Face masks are required but may be removed when 6 ft. distance is maintained between families. We will mark out 6 ft. spacing for each family. The CDC guidelines should be followed.
Kahoot: Name These (Not So Traditional) Sports!
Friday, August 21 to Sunday, August 23 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 24 to Saturday, August 29.

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 exercise your body and mind week! From 8/24-8/28 our friends at Page Turner Adventures will share a juggling workshop, a juggling craft and activity, and an interview with a wonderful children's book author and illustrator! Check out our Facebook page next week for these postings.
Book and Activity Bundles
Available Monday, August 24 to Saturday, August 29. One bundle, per theme, per child, each week by age/grade level.

Reserve your bundle(s) beginning Friday, August 21, on our web site Program Calendar or 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: Exercise Your Body & Mind (families)
  • Five Little Ducks Baby Bundle (babies birth to 35 months)
  • Assorted Book Bundle (3-5 years to entering K)
  • Assorted Book Bundle (entering grades 1-2)
  • Assorted Book Bundle (entering grades 3-4)
  • Assorted Book Bundle (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!
Five tips for teach-at-home parents
Advice from teaching expert Dennis Shirley of BC's Lynch School of Education and Human Development Nation, World & Society / Education - Published on March 27, 2020
1 - Don’t panic. There is a lot going on inside and outside your home. We can’t do much about what happens outside, but we can take control over what happens inside. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Be forgiving. This is unlike anything you’ve ever done, but you can do it.
2 - Set a schedule. Talk with your children about what these days are going to be like. Involve them in drawing up colorful daily learning schedules that are posted prominently in the home. Set the schedule and stick to it. Avoid negotiating about what comes next.
3 - Set clear expectations. Preview the work you’ve been asked to help them understand. Break it down for them in a quick summary so they know where the lesson or exercise is headed. Once complete, review those points and reinforce what they’ve just studied.
4 - Blend academic learning and personal growth. Supplement the assignments that come from school with additional activities that reinforce those lesson plans, but also engage in this new experience. For instance, start a family journal that everyone can add to throughout each day with reflections or artwork. If possible, keep the journals in long-hand, rather than computerized format. Try setting other learning goals, like reading silently or aloud with each other at the beginning and end of every day.
5 - "Shake your sillies out." Raffi was right. It’s a good idea for the day’s schedule to include periodic breaks or play time so children can release the energy they generate so naturally. If they’ll go for it, throw in some meditation, yoga, or just quiet time to help them relax and prepare for what’s next.
The CDC has created a checklist to help with back to school planning for the 2020-2021 school year. If your school uses a hybrid model, you may want to review both the in-person and virtual/at-home learning checklists. Check out the link here.
Watch the official music video for "On Me" by Thomas Rhett & Kane Brown featuring Ava Max from the newly released Scoob! on DVD and streaming now. 

Watch HERE

Download/Stream SCOOB! The Album:
Sadly, it has felt over the past couple of days, that Autumn seems to be right around the corner and like each and every year, summer flew past us in a blink of an eye. My son Vincent lately has become interested in collecting leaves. I was thinking of what to share this week as a baby activity and thought of this as an end of summer/beginning of fall activity for babies. This activity is a two-step one.
Leaf Hunt - While you are outdoors taking a walk, look at the leaves that have fallen down. Bring a Ziploc bag with you and start collecting dry leaves that you see. Use this as an opportunity to teach your baby/toddler some new vocabulary words and talk about colors. Look up into the trees and talk about some new vocabulary words like tree and leaf. Share the words, leaf and tree and how the leaves fall down off the trees during the season of Autumn. Have them touch the leaves and continue using those vocabulary words and talk about the colors. If they are old enough, have them help you put them in the bag or if you are walking with older siblings or toddlers have them pick up the leaves and put them in the bag.
Tummy Time: Leaf Exploration
As with all baby activities, you always want to supervise them and never leave your baby/child alone. If they are at the stage where they still like to put things in their mouths, then give then a pacifier during this tummy time. Get out your boppy or pillow that you use for tummy time and put the Ziploc bag in front of them. You may want to even tape the bag to the floor and then show them how to use their hands to make the leaves “crunch” inside the bag. Talk to them about the different colors of the leaves and how some are small and some are big. If they are old enough, have them hold the bag and “shake” the leaves. Or have an older sibling do it while the baby is on the floor. Explain to them that leaves make a “crunch” sound. - Miss Tara R.
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!
Preschoolers love to make their own books! Why not set up a simple “Book Making Center”, and let your child create away. Depending on your child’s skills, determine how much help he/she will need with stapling a few pages together. Have available some safety scissors, drawing and writing materials, stickers, collage materials, glue sticks, junk mail, address labels, and magazines to cut up. Your child can decorate, practice letters, scribble, “write” a story about a picture, draw family portraits, practice numerals, or anything else he/she can think of. The book might have a theme, or just be a random collection of things that your child finds appealing. The possibilities are endless. This exercise in encouraging literacy helps to expand imagination and creativity. Might keep someone busy for a while too! - Ms. Debbie D.
Preschoolers love to make their own books! Why not set up a simple “Book Making Center”, and let your child create away. Depending on your child’s skills, determine how much help he/she will need with stapling a few pages together.
SCOOB!, the first full-length animated Scooby-Doo adventure for the big screen, is the never-before told stories of Scooby-Doo’s origins and the greatest mystery in the career of Mystery Inc. SCOOB! reveals how lifelong friends Scooby and Shaggy first met and how they joined with young detectives Fred, Velma and Daphne to form the famous Mystery Inc. Now Scooby and the gang face their biggest, most challenging mystery ever: a plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. As they race to stop this global “dogpocalypse,” the gang discovers that Scooby has a secret legacy greater than anyone imagined. Rated PG. Available on many platforms and on DVD at your library.
There are many Scooby-Doo picture books, easy readers and series at your library. Ebooks and audio books are available to download HERE.
The One and Only Ivan is a heartfelt children's novel written by K. A. Applegate. While trapped in a cage at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, a silverback gorilla named Ivan teams up with a caring elephant named Stella to piece together his mysterious past and hatch a cunning escape from their shared captivity. In 2013, it was named the winner of the Newbery Medal. It, along with the brand new sequel The One and Only Bob, is available at your library, downloadable HERE or on the Libby app.
The One and Only Ivan has been adapted into a movie, available starting today on Disney+. Rated PG (older kids).
Backyard Safari
Fun Fact: Did you know that white-tailed deer are partly color blind? Colors like red and orange just appear gray to them.

It’s Deer week in the Nature Corner. Check out our new in-depth Backyard Safari Spotter’s Guide on the MMS Community Library Facebook page to learn all about the skittish, hooved mammals living all around us. We’ll be giving you everything you want to know, including where to spot them, what to look for, and plenty more fun facts!
Garden Crafts
Paper folding is fun! The art of Origami originated in Japan centuries ago, and it’s just as popular today. If you want to try your hand at it, there are plenty of books, websites, and YouTube videos that will show you how. All you need is a piece of paper and the urge to start folding! This week, we have posted a video on our Facebook page to instruct you step by step in making your very own Origami Boat. Just fold it, then get nautical!
Science Education
The Museum is coming to you! The American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan just opened up again for a limited number of visitors per day. If you can’t fit a visit into your pre-school year schedule, never fear! AMNH has a special website devoted to science education for kids. Check out their Ology page and learn about all your favorite subjects: paleont-ology, marine bi-ology, and archae-ology…to name just a few! Explore by subject, or the type of activity you want to try out.
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