Children's & Parents' Services Department eNews
September 11, 2020
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 Famous Dogs
Friday, September 11 to Sunday, September 13 at 9:00 p.m.

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 the trivia HERE
Crafts-To-Go Kits
Crafts-To-Go will be offered ongoing through the fall.

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!
Book and Activity Bundles
Available Monday, September 14 to Saturday, September 19. (The same bundle is being given out throughout the two weeks.) One bundle, per theme, per child, by age/grade level.

Reserve your bundle(s) beginning Friday, September 11, 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:

  • Care Bears Kit (3 years – grade 1)
  • September Authors’ Bundle (3 years – kindergarten)
  • September Authors’ Bundle (grades 1-2)
  • September Authors’ Bundle (grades 3-5)
  • September Authors’ Bundle (grades 6-7)
"On the Road" Sand Castles @ Smith Point Beach
Thursday, September 15, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Register HERE (Please register one person to represent the whole family.)
Tuesday, September 22, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Register HERE (Please register one person to represent the whole family.)
Tuesday, September 29, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Registration begins Thursday, September 15. Register HERE (Please register one person to represent the whole family.)
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.
Babies Book Club: Stroller Edition @ Southaven Park
Wednesday, September 16, 10:30-11:30 a.m. 
Register HERE
Babies birth to 35 months. (Siblings welcome)

Weather permitting, join us for songs and a stroll. Meet at Southaven Park on the left side (west side) of the parking lot. Each registered child gets a free book to add to your home library. Face masks must be worn by everyone over 2 years old. Keep 6 ft. distance between each family.  The CDC guidelines should be followed.
Sidewalk Chalk Art
Friday, September 18, 4:30-5:00 p.m. 
Register HERE
Grades 2-6.

Weather permitting, join us in the library’s parking lot for some art fun. Each attendee will be given their own socially distant space to decorate as they wish. Face masks must be worn by everyone over 2 years old. Keep 6 ft. distance between each person. The CDC guidelines should be followed.
"On the Road" Birding @ Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, September 19, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Register HERE
Wednesday, September 23, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Register HERE
For Families.

Weather permitting, meet us in the parking lot at Wertheim, 340 Smith Road, Shirley. Join us as we socially distance while participating in a beginner birder challenge. We will be looking for common NY State birds from various look out points. Bring your own binoculars if you like but are not required to participate. Face masks must be worn by everyone over 2 years old. Keep 6 ft. distance between each family. The CDC guidelines should be followed.
Chef Rob's Grab and Go Kit - Harvest Apple Brownies
Tuesday, September 22
Registration begins Tuesday, September 15. Register HERE
Families with child(ren) grade 6 or younger.

Chef Rob is putting together Grab and Go Kits with his usual delicious recipes! These kits include the recipe and all non-perishable ingredients. This month is harvest apple brownies, perfect for a family dessert. Chef Rob’s pre-recorded video will be posted on our Facebook page.  Come to the library on September 22 to pick up the kit or call 631-399-1511 ext. 262 to schedule a curbside pick-up.
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Zoom Meet
Tuesday, September 29, 8:00 pm
Registration begins Tuesday, September 15. Register HERE
Join our support group for grandparents raising grandchildren. Find resources and expert information from our guest speakers especially during these changing times - we can help! This month Elizabeth A. Justesen, Esq. from the Legal Aid Society of Suffolk County will be joining us. Please provide current email as a Zoom link will be emailed to you prior to the meeting.
Crafts & Activities
Mulan (G)

Fearful that her ailing father will be drafted into the Chinese military, Mulan takes his spot - though, as a girl living under a patriarchal regime, she is technically unqualified to serve. She cleverly impersonates a man and goes off to train with fellow recruits. Accompanied by her dragon, Mushu, she uses her smarts to help ward off a Hun invasion, falling in love with a dashing captain along the way! Exploring themes of family duty and honor, Mulan is a wonderfully enjoyable Disney film, with beautiful animation and memorably loving characters (Eddie Murphy is a standout as Mushu!). Watch it for the first time, or again as a re-fresher, before you see the new live action version! 

Check it out at the Library or put a hold on it with your library card HERE

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!
We now have a Social Work intern that is available by appointment.  If you need any help in accessing resources, filling out forms, counselling, domestic issues, or any other life issue, make an appointment today by registering:

Thursday, September 17
Thursday, September 24
Other times are also listed on the library calendar HERE under “Meet with Our Social Work Intern.”  Sign up for the time that best suits your schedule.  You will need an email so the Social Work intern can contact you.

Coming back from where we left off when we first experimented with remote learning, here is some expert advice on reintroducing your children to a totally different school year.

5 Ways to Get Structure Back Into Your Kids’ Lives. LINK

Communication with your child’s teacher has always been important, but now more than ever it will be vital to your child’s education. Here are some tips on how to have effective communication with your child’s teacher so that everyone is on the same page.     
Apple Sensory Play
Since autumn is upon us, it is a good time to go apple picking and think all things apple. This is a great time to introduce your baby to learning all about apples. What they look and feel like and they are naturally edible, so it is perfect for a sensory bin! You could do apple slices and the whole apple all in one bin!

Supplies needed:
  • A tray or shallow bin
  • Apples
  • Oatmeal
  • Plastic/wooden spoons, scoopers

Just set it all out and your little one will have an apple good time. Use it as a teachable moment and let them hear some new vocabulary words such as apple, red, round, fruit, stem. 
You can extend the activity by putting out another bin with just water in it. And make it an apple washing sensory bin. This can be especially fun and less messy if you are doing this outside.

Give them a bin filled with water and a dish washing brush. Then model for them how to wash an apple. You can add a little dish soap and make it a foam rinse. 
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!
CNN and Sesame Street team up this Saturday for a new Town Hall tackling all things back-to-school, from staying healthy in classrooms to making the most of remote learning. The hour-long special, The ABCs of Back to School, will be hosted by CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Anchor, Erica Hill along with Sesame Street’s Big Bird on Saturday, September 12 at 10 a.m. ET on CNN, CNN International, and CNN en Español.
Sesame Street Muppets join school-aged children in a variety of learning environments, with Elmo going to preschool during the week, Big Bird in hybrid learning, and Rosita fully remote. The trio will be joined by Abby Cadabby and her brother Rudy, Super Grover, and other friends from Sesame Street, along with Sesame Workshop’s Vice President and Education Publisher for Sesame Learning, Akimi Gibson.
The special will stream live without requiring a log-in on’s homepage and across mobile devices via CNN’s apps for iOS and Android. It can also be viewed on CNNgo (at on your desktop, smartphone, and iPad and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, and Android TV) and will be available on demand to subscribers via cable/satellite systems, CNNgo platforms, and CNN mobile apps.

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