Children's & Parents' Services Department eNews
September 4, 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
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 the next two weeks is "Back to School." These kits will be available Monday, August 31 to Saturday, September 12.

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, August 31 to Saturday, September 12. (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, August 28, 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:

  • Baby Book Bundle (birth to 18 months)
  • Baby Book Bundle (19 to 35 months)
  • Back to School Bundle (Pre K/3-5 years)
  • Back to School (entering Kindergarten)
  • Back to School (entering grades 1-2)
  • Back to School (entering grades 3-4)
  • Back to School (entering 5-7)
  • Summer With Us: Back to School (Families)
Dog Man: Grime and Punishment Zoom Meet 
Thursday, September 10, 7:00-8:00 p.m. 
Register HERE
Grades 3-7.

Celebrate the new release of Dog Man: Grime and Punishment with your free copy of this latest Dog Man. Once you register you can come into the Children's Dept. to pick up your copy or call us at 631-399-1511 ext. 262 and arrange a curbside pick-up.    

Then meet with Mr. Scott on Zoom on Thursday, September 10 at 7 pm, to discuss, read passages, and chat all things Dog Man!  We will email you the link to the Zoom meeting the day of this event. 
"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.)
Thursday, September 22, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Registration begins Thursday, September 8. 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.
Registration begins Saturday, September 5. Register HERE
Wednesday, September 23, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Registration begins Wednesday, September 9. 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.
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

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!

Free Virtual Event – Interactive Discussion and Q&A
Students have begun returning to schools, and Newsday will gather a panel of experts to share the triumphs, pitfalls of the first few days and the path forward during a pandemic in a discussion moderated by Newsday Columnist and Editorial Writer Lane Filler. SAVE MY SPOT
What a blur the summer of 2020 has been. With many of our summer staples closed or opened in a limited capacity, Long Island families got creative with backyard games, online camps, and socially distanced playground, beach, and sprayground outings.

Luckily, all our efforts have kept COVID-19 numbers low, and just in time for school to start, Long Island is reopening! Go ahead and enjoy it this Labor Day weekend by exploring the Long Island Children’s Museum or taking in some live theater.

The Mommy Poppins Event Calendar is loaded with fun, live, in-person events for Long Island kids, plus some great virtual event picks, too.

Leaf Play

Since the weather continues to feel like autumn and we are officially into the month of September, I thought this would be a good week to share a simple baby/toddler fall activity that involves leaves. A fun outdoor autumn activity is to simply rake up the leaves that have fallen on the ground and rake them into a pile. Make sure there are no thorns or that you have not raked up poison ivy leaves! I speak from experience that it is not fun to jump into a pile of leaves that had poison ivy leaves hiding in the pile! Once they have jumped and the pile of leaves have scattered around the yard, rake them up into a pile once again and let them jump again. They will love it and have a lot of fun being outdoors. Let them hold the leaves and gather them up and throw them into the air and watch them fall back to the ground. If you don’t want to use actual leaves, you can find bags of fake leaves at the dollar store.
Leaf Sensory Bin

Then you can use those very same leaves and bring them inside to make a sensory bin out of them! Have your baby or toddler help you pick up what they see from the ground to add to the bin. It could be anything that has fallen off a tree. Maybe acorns or pine needles or a stick or twig. Do the leaves make noise when you hold them? Have your child put some leaves into their hands and let them hear the “crunch” sound they make.
Talk to them about trees and how when autumn comes the leaves begin to change color and then fall to the ground. It is a good way for them to hear some new vocabulary words like “autumn” or “fall” or “tree” and “leaf or leaves .” 
Have fun and Happy September! -Mrs. 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’s a number match game with something you’re likely to have on hand. With a regular deck of cards, use painter’s tape to tape cards 2 through 10 onto your wall, at your child’s height. You can use all the same suit (hearts, clubs, etc.), or mix them up. Then spread the other cards from
the deck, 2 through 10, for your child to choose from and match the numbers. It is fun for your child to tape the matching numbers all on top of one another on the wall, but it’s a little simpler for your child to pile the numbers on the floor or table, then pull the one off the wall that matches the other three.
If you’d like to mix it up a little, this can just be a matching game all together, and you can use the aces, jacks, queens, and kings as well! OR...mix up the whole deck, and have your child sort all the clubs, diamonds, hearts, and spades. So many different ways to do simple number games...thanks to for this fun idea!
-Ms. Debbie D.
Backyard Safari
Fun Fact: Did you know that a groundhog’s incisor teeth grow 1/16th of an inch longer every week?

It’s Groundhog 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 burrowing, toothy rodents 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 Fish. Just fold it, then just keep swimming!
Science Education
Are you searching for science-related homework assignments, activities, or experiments, but don’t know where to start? Now that the school year is starting up again and many children are learning at home, it can be overwhelming trying to find materials online to supplement your science education. Look no further than the National Science Digital Library, where they do the work for you! Simply check off some categories for what you are looking for, like grade level and subject, and the NSDL search engine will provide a list of websites where you can get everything you need.
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