Children's & Parents' Services Department eNews
Week of June 17
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: Guess the Famous Kid Sleuths and Detectives
Friday, July 10 to Sunday, July 12 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 it out 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 mystery/secret codes. These kits will be available Monday, July 20 to Saturday, July 25.

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
Monday, July 20 to Saturday, July 25. One bundle for the week, per child, by grade level.

Reserve your bundle beginning Friday, July 17, 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!

Eric Carle Book & Activities Bundle. Reserve HERE
Entering grades K-3

Ladybug Girl Book & Activities Bundle. Reserve HERE
Entering grades 1-2

Superhero Book & Activities Bundle. Reserve HERE
Entering grades 4-6
Our friends at Page Turner Adventures continue to entertain all through Summer With Us!  

The week of 7/20 - 7/24 we'll share some amazingly fun and creative videos including an eco-friendly magic show and crafts like sandpaper art! Check out our Facebook page next week for these postings.  
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

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!
Helpful Article for Parents Who Are Essential Workers

The Danger of Burnout and Secondary Trauma During the COVID-19 Pandemic
by Shirley Davis
Police officers, nurses, doctors, nursing aides, and many other professionals stand on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic. While catching the virus themselves is a huge danger, the second danger is burnout, with the third being secondary trauma.
This article will focus on the danger of burnout and how first responders are at risk of having burnout and secondary trauma.

What is Burnout?

Being a first responder during COVID-19, and indeed, any time during the helping professions often brings people into stressful situations. First responders may witness human suffering, and because they are human, feel powerless to help.

The short answer to the question of burnout is that it is a feeling of desperate exhaustion and being overwhelmed during exposure to distressing situations. The human cost of burnout is horrendous to essential workers makes the virus pale by comparison.

Signs of burnout include:
  • Being easily frustrated
  • Sadness, depression, or apathy
  • Blaming others
  • Irritability
  • Poor hygiene
  • Feeling tired, exhausted, or overwhelmed
  • Lacking feelings, or being indifferent
  • Feeling a failure
  • Feeling there is nothing you can do that will help
  • Feeling a need for alcohol or drugs to cope
  • Feeling the inability to do their job well

The workloads we expect essential workers to handle, coupled with being separated from their families, is a perfect recipe for an emotional disaster.  READ MORE HERE
Free Online Programs
Parent/Child Sexual Abuse Awareness for every age
Help your children become aware of the many warning signs associated with sexual abuse, harassment, dating violence and stalking. Beginning at the elementary level up through adulthood, recognize the signs before becoming a victim.
Through Zoom
Calendar and Schedule
Click HERE to register
How can students head back to school in the fall without triggering new waves of sick families, teachers and staff? In this webinar, we’ll take a deeper look at what’s at stake for student learning and wellness as the pandemic continues. Sign-up HERE !
Let's sing the telescope song! What do you see?
Check out this silly song about what Moose thinks he sees through the telescope, and then what he actually finds! See if you and your family can guess along!  Great for young learners, pre-school, kindergarten and the ESL classroom.

Watch HERE
Over the past few weeks, I have shared a few different ways for our little ones to be creative and have a tactical experience through sensory activities. Another fun way to let your little one get their hands dirty and pretend to be an artist is also the simplest and mess free. 
Mess Free Painting

  • Paintbrush(es)
  • Water
Let your baby have a paintbrush or brushes and a cup of water. Let them go outside and “paint” things you’d never really let them paint, like the front porch or deck. There are endless opportunities to paint things outside! They will love it. Give them different types of brushes to extend the activity.   

**Always remember to supervise them and make sure they do not put the paintbrush or anything small they find along the way in their mouths. **

Have fun!  Miss Tara R.
Rainbow Walk

Next time you take a walk around the block, go over the colors in the rainbow. Point out the red stop sign, orange flower or leaf, yellow mailbox, etc. Find things in your neighborhood that match each color from red to purple. Keep going through the colors in order until you’ve finished your walk. This is the perfect way to teach them early how to practice mindfulness. 
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 is a fun skill and concept to practice with your older preschooler...that of tracing objects and overlapping shapes.

Gather some cups or lids, or whatever you’d like, and help your child hold down the object while tracing around it. This can be tricky for a young child, but a good thing to practice. Have your child move the objects around, and trace shapes that overlap with each other. Using crayons, markers, colored pencils, paint, or a combination thereof, your child can color in each individual section that was created by the tracing.

Help your preschooler to understand the shared space created when two shapes overlap, and the endless design possibilities that can be made. Once your child gets the hang of it, try other shapes as well! -- Miss Debbie D.
Bye-bye Boredom Crafts

Crafts are a great way to keep kids busy during the long summer. Your library has a craft section with tons of ideas for crafty, artistic, sewing and maker kids. Here are just a few:
There are also many Make It! Draw It! Sew It! and Draw It! books available for download online. Search  HERE
Backyard Safari

Fun Fact: Did you know that some House Sparrows have been recorded as living their whole lives in a warehouse, and others in an abandoned coalmine deep underground?

It’s Sparrow Week in the Nature Corner. Check out our sixth in-depth Backyard Safari Spotter’s Guide on the MMS Community Library Facebook page to learn all about these common, world-spanning birds. 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

Virtual Reality is not science fiction, it is science fact! But if you don’t want to pay hundreds of dollars for a headset, why not make your own for under $20? You can make and experience VR for cheap, using cardboard, some lenses off Amazon, and your smartphone. The Inventionland blog has step by step instructions that will show you how it’s done. You can also check out Creativity Buzz on YouTube if you prefer a video tutorial.
At Home Learning

Leaving New York State might not be a great idea right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t see what’s out there. Our bodies might be at home, but our minds (and our eyes) can go lots of places…thanks to virtual reality. Using a headset you’ve bought or crafted, and your smartphone, you can visit hundreds of parks, zoos, and museums all over the world. Try the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in our nation’s capital. They provide free virtual tours  where you can move through past and present exhibits from the comfort of your home.
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