Children's & Parents' Services Department eNews
Week of August 28
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 Vintage School Supplies
Friday, August 28 to Sunday, August 30 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 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!
Page Turner Adventures

From 8/31-9/4 our friends at Page Turner Adventures will share a cool Book Bat craft for tweens and an amazing performance from young Blues prodigy Miles Hoyt! Check out our Facebook page next week for these postings.
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)
"On the Road" Sand Castles @ Smith Point Beach
Thursday, September 3, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
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.
Dog Man: Grime and Punishment Zoom Meet 
Thursday, September 10, 7:00-8:00 p.m. 
Registration begins Thursday, September 3. 
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. 
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!
This "calendar song" celebrates the month of September! Learn that September has 30 days, the season of summer ends and the season of fall begins, and we celebrate our labor work force on Labor Day, the first Monday of the month.  

Watch HERE
Create Art with your Baby!

  • Blank canvas (If you don’t have a canvas, try stapling together 2 or 3 sheets of construction paper together.)
  • Acrylic or finger paint bottles (use as many colors as you like or have on hand.)
  • Zip lock bag that is big enough to fit the canvas or construction paper
  • Plastic wrap
  1. Pick a workspace that you have room to paint on.
  2. Put newspaper/tablecloth underneath your workspace.
  3. Decide which colors of paint you want to use and get those ready.
  4. Take your plain canvas or if you are using construction paper, tape the construction paper to a table, and then start to add in dots of paint.
  5. Once you are done adding the dots of paint, put the canvas into the Ziploc bag or cover the canvas with plastic wrap. This is what makes it a mess-free art project with no paint on your baby’s hands.
  6. Then let your baby squish or pat the paint with their hands and as they do that, they are spreading the colors around the canvas or construction paper.
  7. Remove the plastic wrap or take the canvas or construction paper out of the Ziploc bag and let dry.
  8. When the paint is dry, maybe write a quote or add some work of art that is from you and then you can hang it in their room.

Have fun! --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!
Tracing letters is always a good way to reinforce the letters’ names and shapes, in addition to practicing fine motor skills. Using crayons or markers to do so is great, but here’s a fun and different way for your child to trace...using stickers! Simply write a word or your child’s name on a piece of paper, neatly and fairly large, and let your child go to town placing stickers along the lines of each letter. It is helpful to leave spaces between the letters so that there is room for the stickers...also helpful to use small stickers!
As we all know...most kids LOVE stickers...this activity enhances learning and can keep a child engaged. Thanks to Paola in The Activity Room at for this great idea.
-Ms. Debbie D.
Kids love puzzles! Whether it is jigsaw, word searches, spot and finds, or puzzle mysteries, they are fantastic for any kid who loves to solve problems and look for clues. These are great for developing logical thinking. Books are available at your library or are downloadable HERE
Picture Books
Elementary Picture Books
Easy Readers
Chapter Books
Backyard Safari
Fun Fact: Did you know that a male American Robin can sing for hours at a time?

It’s Robin 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 red-breasted songbirds 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 Butterfly. Just fold it, then start fluttering!
Science Education
Just because it’s TV, doesn’t mean it’s not educational! If you are looking to shake up family movie night with something you can all watch and learn together, why not try a nature documentary? There are hundreds of great films available on various streaming services, cable channels, and at our library that spotlight beautiful wildlife, exotic locations, and fascinating scientific discoveries. If you want to get started right away, check out the National Geographic website where they have plenty of free videos available for you check out now!
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