Children's & Parents' Services Department eNews
Week of June 27
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
Our friends at Page Turner Adventures continue to entertain all through shark week and Summer With Us!  

The week of 7/27 - 7/31 we'll share some great shows and craft project videos including a Bubble Show, an Underwater Show and bubble art crafts! Check out our Facebook page next week for these postings.  
Crafts-To-Go Kits
Crafts-To-Go will be offered ongoing as part of the way that you can Summer With Us .

The theme is Shark Week and the kits will include all things "sharks". These will be available Monday, July 27 to Saturday, August 1.

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, July 27 to Saturday, August 1. One bundle for the week, per child, by grade level.

Reserve your bundle beginning Friday, July 24, on our web site program calendar (see links), 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!

Shark Week Book & Activities Bundle
Children 3-5 years to entering kindergarten - Reserve HERE
Entering grades 1-3 - Reserve HERE
Entering grades 4-7 - Reserve HERE
Peter Rabbit Book & Activities
Entering kindergarten–grade 2 - Reserve HERE
Celebrate author, Helen Beatrix Potter’s birthday week with one of her books, Peter Rabbit, included in this bundle.
Harry Potter Activities Bundle 
Entering grades 2-7 - Reserve HERE
Welcome back to Hogwarts! Wave your magic wand and color your favorite house crest. Reserve your kit which includes Harry Potter's lightning scar tattoo and classic glasses!

Mars 2020 Book & Activities Bundle
Children 3-5 years to entering grade 2 - Reserve HERE
Entering grades 3-4 - Reserve HERE
Entering grades 5-7 - Reserve HERE
Watch NASA with a currently projected launch to planet Mars on July 30, 2020. We prepared this space themed book bundle for kids excited about outer space.
PASTA/Grandparent Support Group
Tuesday, July 28, 8:00-9:00 p.m.

Grandparents/Caregivers (PASTA - Parenting a Second Time Around)
Registration is required. Register  HERE

Get the information, support, and resources you need to navigate the challenges of raising your grandchildren and relatives, especially during these trying times.

Join us using on your computer or mobile device.  You will need to download the Zoom app. You must provide us your email to receive the Zoom ID# link to join the session.  We will email you the day of the program.
Crafts & Activities

Start off Shark Week with Yummy Gummy Shark Ice-Cream

A fun and easy recipe for the whole family to make and enjoy! Click HERE for the recipe.

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!
For Parents/Caregivers/Educators
Fishing for some fin-tastic activities to celebrate this year’s Shark Week? We have you covered! Feed your insatiable appetite for Shark Week by exploring videos, crafts, lesson plans, songs, puzzles, facts, games and more with these jaws-dropping Shark Week resources.  Something for every age.

Have you heard Baby Shark recently? We're here to get it caught in your head all over again! Dance along with Bounce Patrol to the Baby Shark song! There are lots of actions to mimic, so jump up and dance! Let's explore the ocean with Baby Shark, Mommy Shark, Daddy Shark, Grandma Shark and Grandpa Shark.

Watch HERE
As I was looking for some new ideas this week, I got inspiration from my 5 ½ yr. old playing with his cars. Why not turn their cars into fun sensory play that can either be fun to do in the bathtub or outside when the sun isn’t so blazing or under the shade of a tree?
DIY Toy Car Wash

You will need:
  • Empty bins
  • Water
  • Bubble bath/soap
  • Sponges
  • Cups
  • Their play cars/trucks
Make sure you are picking vehicles that are okay to get wet. You don’t want to choose anything that has a battery as the water will ruin the vehicle. Your little one will love cleaning their cars or trucks. Just fill a bucket or bin or two with water, add some soap and include a sponge or a plastic cup or two. They will enjoy squeezing the sponge, pouring the water with the cup and washing their vehicles! It is a fun way to keep cool as well. This is an easy sensory activity that helps with their fine motor skills also!
Tummy Time with Water

This is a fun way to add a little excitement and allow your baby to have a full sensory experience either inside or outside. If you lay some towels down on the floor or if you are on a blanket outside, you can add the element of water to tummy time.

**Always make sure you are supervising your baby/child. Never leave them alone, especially when they are near water. **

Just a little water will bring them laughing and making their first splashes. When baby is doing tummy time down on the floor or outside on the blanket, add a shallow pan of water right next to them. If you have one, add a rubber duck or a boat, or whatever toy that you have that floats. This will not only give your little one something new and exciting to watch, but it also will provide a slow-moving object for your little one to follow along with their eyes.

  • Shallow bucket/pan
  • Water
  • Rubber duck/ floating toy/ball
  • Blanket/towels
Have fun! 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!
Here are some bookends that you and your preschooler can make from objects you’re likely to have on hand. Fill empty cylindrical containers with sand or rocks to give them weight. Using whatever you have around - which for me was a paper bag and some small bits of leftover wrapping paper - help your child to think about what kind of bookends they’d like to make.
Let the scraps provide inspiration! A fanciful tree, or a castle with some interesting residents, perhaps! After you’ve measured a piece of something that is big enough to go around your cylinder, decorate it while it is flat, then tape or glue it on your cylinder. It can be anything! Or nothing at all! The idea is...books are
Get a Clue!

There’s nothing like a good mystery. Mysteries are full of intrigue. They captivate your attention and keep you guessing and reading! They also help your child foster logical thinking and deductive reasoning. And they’re just plain fun! These are a few of your library’s mysteries for children, available in the library, for curbside pickup, or are downloadable HERE .
Picture Books
Easy Readers
3rd & 4th Grade
5th & 6th Grade
Backyard (Shark) Safari
Fun Fact: Did you know that sharks can loose tens of thousands of teeth over the course of their lives? They don’t mind, because they are constantly growing new ones to replace any that are lost.

It’s Shark 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 toothy, ferocious fish living near our shores.

We’ll be giving you everything you want to know, including where to spot them, what to look for, and plenty more fun facts!
Shark 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 square piece of paper and the urge to start folding! This week, we will be posting a video on our Facebook page , to instruct you step by step in folding your very own Origami Shark.
Shark Education
Sharks are awesome! Shark Week is here to celebrate these misunderstood and much maligned predators of the sea. If you want to know more about sharks, and maybe do your part in protecting the many endangered species of sharks in our oceans, check out the Shark Research Institute . They have fun facts about many different types of sharks, handouts for children to learn more about sharks in general, and a whole webpage dedicated to promoting kids who have made a difference in educating the world about these fascinating animals.
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