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Islip Library’s Second Annual Volunteer Fair

Islip Library’s Second Annual Volunteer Fair
Monday, March 27, 2017 from 4 pm – 7 pm

On Monday, March 27, 2017 from 4 pm – 7 pm the Islip Public Library will host a second Volunteer Fair in the Library’s community room. Many local volunteer organizations will be in attendance - please join us! No registration is required. Last year over 100 patrons attended and 17 organizations participated.

If you are an organization and would like a table at our volunteer fair, you must complete an application. Please come into the Library and ask at the Adult Reference Desk, contact us by mail with information about your organization, or complete the application online now.

Social, Health, and Career Benefits of Volunteering

Volunteering helps you make new friends and contacts:
One of the best ways to make new friends and strengthen existing relationships is to commit to a shared activity together. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, especially if you are new to an area. Volunteering also strengthens your ties to the community and broadens your support network, exposing you to people with common interests, neighborhood resources, and fun and fulfilling activities.

Volunteering increases your social and relationship skills:
While some people are naturally outgoing, others are shy and have a hard time meeting new people. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to practice and develop your social skills, since you are meeting regularly with a group of people with common interests. Once you have momentum, it’s easier to branch out and make more friends and contacts.

Volunteering increases self-confidence:
Volunteering can provide a healthy boost to your self-confidence, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. You are doing good for others and the community, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment. Your role as a volunteer can also give you a sense of pride and identity. The better you feel about yourself, the more likely you are to have a positive view of your life and future goals.

Volunteering provides a sense of purpose:
Older adults, especially those who have retired or lost a spouse, can find new meaning and purpose in their lives by helping others. Whatever your age or life situation, volunteering can help take your mind off your own worries, keep you mentally stimulated, and add more zest to your life.

Volunteering combats depression:
A key risk factor for depression is social isolation. Volunteering keeps you in regular contact with others and helps you develop a solid support system, which in turn protects you against stress and depression when you’re going through challenging times. Working with pets and other animals has also been shown to improve mood and reduce stress and anxiety.

Volunteering helps you stay physically healthy:
The physical activity involved in certain forms of volunteering—such as environmental projects in parks, nature reserves, or beaches—can be good for your health at any age, but it’s especially beneficial for older adults. Studies have found that those who volunteer have a lower mortality rate than those who do not, even when considering factors like the health of the participants. Volunteering has also been shown to lessen symptoms of chronic pain or heart disease.

Volunteering can provide career experience:
Volunteering offers you the chance to try out a new career without making a long-term commitment. It is also a great way to gain experience in a new field. In some fields, you can volunteer directly at an organization that does the kind of work you’re interested in. Your volunteer work might also expose you to professional organizations or internships that could be of benefit in your career.

Volunteering can teach you valuable job skills:
Just because volunteer work is unpaid does not mean the skills you learn are basic. Many volunteer opportunities provide extensive training. Volunteering can also help you build upon skills you already have and use them to benefit the greater community.

Achieving Your New Year’s Resolutions

Happy “YOU” Year! Want to achieve some of your New Year’s resolutions? Start at the Islip Library! Yes, we can help you!

We have books and ebooks on money & investing
​We also have plenty of books on health and nutrition
  • Eat smarter and healthier: Attend our Eating for Energy Nutrition Program on Wednesday, January 18 at 7 pm with holistic health counselor Ann Monaco.
  • Get fit and have fun in our all new 6 week Zumba Gold fitness program on Friday mornings at 9:30 am starting on January 27th with licensed Zumba Gold instructor Joy Walker.
Can’t attend our fitness class? Try some of these fitness DVDs at home
  • Manage some of your chronic pain: Try out the MELT Method® exercise program on Saturday mornings from February 11 - March 4 at 10:30 am with Ellen Chiappetta, a certified personal trainer and trained MELT instructor.
  •  Learn a new language: Our free database available through Live-brary.com called Pronunciator is a fun and free way to learn any of 80 languages with self-directed lessons, live teachers, movies, music, and more.
  • Tackle a home improvement project: Our free database, available through Live-brary.com called Home Improvement Reference Center includes magazine articles and reference content as well as videos and images designed to help homeowners tackle home repairs safely. This database provides the latest step-by-step information along with background information and basic tips on topics including electrical, plumbing, woodworking, outdoor projects, maintenance and decorating.
  • Sleep better: Check out some eBooks or Audiobooks on Sleeping available through our Live-brary free downloads service.
  • Online learning: Take an online learning course available for free through Live-brary.com. Course are taught by a variety of professors from Yale, Harvard, Princeton, MIT and many more! There are many courses to choose from.
  • Adopt a pet: A feline friend can’t wait to meet you from the Pioneers for Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) Inc., who will be at the library on Saturday, January 14th from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. No registration required.
  • Is traveling on your bucket list for 2017? Joan Manahan, a travel consultant for 30 years, will discuss hassle-free and no-fee planning for your dream trip in a two-part workshop on Tuesday, March 7 at 7:00 pm & Tuesday, March 14 at 7:00 pm. Attend one or both of the presentations!
  • Donate to a charity: There are many charities out there looking for your money and other household items, but how can you find out which ones are legitimate and gather more information about them? Before deciding which charity to donate to, take a look at this website: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0074-giving-charity
  • Volunteer: There are many organizations in the area looking for volunteers. Save the date: Monday, March 27, 2017 from 4-7 pm we are having our Second Annual Volunteer Fair. Many local organizations will be on hand looking for volunteers. If your organization would like to have a recruitment table at our Volunteer Fair, please click here to fill out an online application.

Finding the Right Job

Are you employed but still looking? Are you underemployed or unemployed?

Be sure to stop by the Islip Public Library on Friday, October 21 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm for our 9th Annual Job Fair presented by the Suffolk County One Stop Employment Center.

Did you know about some of the job related websites listed below? These websites are great if you are looking for a job, and for writing or revising your resume and cover letter.

The Islip Library also has an online database called “Career Cruising” plus books, ebooks, and audiobooks on jobs and careers.

Career Info. Websites

Resume/Cover Letter Websites

Library Services

Try the Career Cruising database for exploring careers. Career Cruising is an interactive career guidance and pathways planning tool designed for people of all ages. The tool can help students to explore different career options, manage course selections online--and plan various pathways to meet the requirements for their desired career path.

Download eBooks and eAudio on career and job information

Check out our job and career books!

Better You

Write Your Way to a Better You

Did you know that writing can have a number of benefits to you both physically and mentally? Below are a list of ways writing has been proven to benefit your body and mind:

1. Writing can help you recover from a traumatic event:

Writing expressively can help injuries heal faster. Expressive writing, according to a study from New Zealand researchers, involves writing about your most personal, deep-rooted feelings, desires, and fears. An article from Harvard Health discussed how stress, trauma, and unexpected life developments — such as a cancer diagnosis, a car accident, or a layoff — can throw people off stride emotionally and mentally. Writing about thoughts and feelings that arise from a traumatic or stressful life experience — called expressive writing — may help some people cope with the emotional fallout of such events.

2. Writing can help improve your memory:

Write it, don't type it, if you want knowledge to stick. Writing can help you better retain the information you are writing, according to research. That’s because in the physical act of writing, signals are being sent from your hands to your brain to build motor memory.

3. Writing can help you sleep better:

Spending just 15 minutes a night writing down what you’re thankful for could do wonders for your sleep, according to an Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being study. Researchers found that study participants who wrote down a list of things they were grateful for before bed experienced longer — and better — sleep.

4. Writing can make you feel happier:

Keeping a gratitude journal may help you feel happier. An article from The New York Times reported that people in the study who kept a gratitude journal that they wrote in once a week for two months were more optimistic about life compared with people who did not keep a journal.

5. Writing can reduce stress:

Articles from Everyday Health and Healthy Women say that keeping a journal or diary is an effective stress relief exercise, and people who write in a diary or other notebook reap both physical and emotional benefits. You can use journaling to help you deal with stressors you don't feel comfortable sharing with others. Stress psychologists have shown that journaling enhances immune function and can alter the course of chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and asthma.

Come and tone up your writing muscles at the Islip Public Library during a two-part workshop in August, Writing to Exercise Your Mind: Mondays, August 15 & 20 from 2- 4 pm. Your writing coach, Anne Kelly-Edmunds, will lead stimulating writing exercises, group discussion, and offer constructive feedback that will help you to hone your talent.



Summertime Is Reading Time at Islip Public Library!

Summer is right around the corner and that means beaches, barbecues, hiking, kayaking, sailing, and of course summer reading! Did you know that we have a summer reading club for adults?!

Registration for the adult summer reading club is underway. It’s really easy to participate: Come into the library to register and receive a summer reading club folder. Read any book you want and give us a review of the book you read.

You can either report on your book using a paper book review form (found in the folder you will receive when you register) or by filling out your book review on our Adult Summer Reading club blog found here:


Remember, you need to register before reporting on your books. After reading and reporting on two books, you will receive a special prize -- an Islip Library ceramic mug with spoon. After reading and reporting on three books, you will receive an invitation to attend our summer reading club party on Friday, August 19 at 6:00 pm.


Need some ideas for what to read this summer? A booklet of ‘staff picks’ is included in your reading club folder!

If you are looking for additional suggestions, check out these websites:

Celebrate Older Americans Month

Celebrate Older Americans Month With Islip Public Library!

May is a month of fresh beginnings. Perennials bloom once again, blazing a trail of bright color. May is also when we celebrate Older American’s Month, acknowledging the perennial contributions of older adults to our nation.

Proclaimed as a national observance by President John F. Kennedy in 1963, the month of May provides us an opportunity to honor older Americans and acknowledge their contributions.

Every President since Kennedy has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month of May asking that the entire nation pay tribute in some way to older persons in their communities. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter’s proclamation changed the name to Older Americans Month. Older Americans Month is celebrated across the country through ceremonies, events, fairs, and other such activities.

Seniors, join us at the Islip Public Library throughout the month of May to learn, socialize and have fun!

Senior Fitness Classes​

Senior Fitness classes are held on Wednesdays from 9:30-10:30 am. Have fun and get fit while learning basic weight training and body-toning with Ellyn Seltzer.

​Medicare Made Easy for Open Enrollment

Medicare Made Easy for Open Enrollment will be held on Wednesday, May 11 at 7 pm. The basics of Medicare will be be reviewed: supplementary insurance, advantage plans, prescription drug plans, the “donut hole,” eligibility requirements, and enrollment windows. There are frequent changes in Medicare plans and pricing -- attend this program and get informed!

Concert: Just ‘n Time

Concert: Just ‘n Time on Sunday May 15 at 2:00 pm. Enjoy this vocal/piano duo featuring music from the past decades. Sing and dance along to some well-known songs with vocals by Richie V. - with Frankie D. on piano.

Living Healthy Series for Older Adults

Living Healthy Series for Older Adults on Fridays from 10:00 am - 12 noon, May 20 - June 24. Put life back in your life during this six-week workshop series that empowers older adults to take charge of chronic conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, chronic pain, obesity and anxiety.

Guest Speaker Vincent DeSantis: Long Term Care Options

Vincent DeSantis, a Long Term Care Professional will be at the library on Tuesday, May 24 at 7 pm to discuss various long term care options.

FREE Health Screenings

The St. Francis Hospital Mobile Bus, staffed by medical professionals, will be in the Islip Library parking lot on Tuesday, May 31 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm for free health screenings. No registration required.

3d printer

3D Printers Lend a Helping Hand

The MakerBot 3D Printer has been at the Islip Library during February and will be there throughout the month of March. If you haven’t yet seen it in action yet, stop by the Adult Reference Desk to take a look, and to find out about programs using the printer.

While we have the 3D Printer for Febrary and March, we volunteered to work with an organization called Enabling the Future and have been busy printing 3D assistive mechanical hands, called the Raptor Hand. Enabling the Future is a global network of volunteers who are using 3D printing to give a helping hand to children in need; there are nearly 7,000 members and approximately 2,000 hands that have been created and gifted for free to individuals in over 45 countries.

During Teen Tech Week (March 7-11), teens will work in groups to assemble these devices and then we’ll donate them to Enable.

Islip Public Library’s First Ever Volunteer Fair: March 14, 2016

On Monday, March 14, 2016 from 4 pm – 7 pm the Islip Public Library will host our first ever Volunteer Fair in the library’s community room.  Many local volunteer organizations will be in attendance so please join us!  No registration required.  

If you are an organization and would like a table at our volunteer fair, you must complete an application. Please come into the Library and ask at the Adult Reference Desk, contact us by mail with information about your organization, or complete the application online now.

Social, Health, and Career Benefits of Volunteering:

  • Volunteering helps you make new friends and contacts:  One of the best ways to make new friends and strengthen existing relationships is to commit to a shared activity together. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, especially if you are new to an area. Volunteering also strengthens your ties to the community and broadens your support network, exposing you to people with common interests, neighborhood resources, and fun and fulfilling activities.
  • Volunteering increases your social and relationship skills:  While some people are naturally outgoing, others are shy and have a hard time meeting new people. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to practice and develop your social skills, since you are meeting regularly with a group of people with common interests. Once you have momentum, it’s easier to branch out and make more friends and contacts.
  • Volunteering increases self-confidence:  Volunteering can provide a healthy boost to your self-confidence, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. You are doing good for others and the community, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment. Your role as a volunteer can also give you a sense of pride and identity. And the better you feel about yourself, the more likely you are to have a positive view of your life and future goals.
  • Volunteering provides a sense of purpose:  Older adults, especially those who have retired or lost a spouse, can find new meaning and purpose in their lives by helping others. Whatever your age or life situation, volunteering can help take your mind off your own worries, keep you mentally stimulated, and add more zest to your life.
  • Volunteering combats depression:  A key risk factor for depression is social isolation. Volunteering keeps you in regular contact with others and helps you develop a solid support system, which in turn protects you against stress and depression when you’re going through challenging times. Working with pets and other animals has also been shown to improve mood and reduce stress and anxiety.
  • Volunteering helps you stay physically healthy:  The physical activity involved in certain forms of volunteering—such as environmental projects in parks, nature reserves, or beaches—can be good for your health at any age, but it’s especially beneficial in older adults. Studies have found that those who volunteer have a lower mortality rate than those who do not, even when considering factors like the health of the participants. Volunteering has also been shown to lessen symptoms of chronic pain or heart disease.
  • Volunteering can provide career experience:  Volunteering offers you the chance to try out a new career without making a long-term commitment. It is also a great way to gain experience in a new field. In some fields, you can volunteer directly at an organization that does the kind of work you’re interested in.  Your volunteer work might also expose you to professional organizations or internships that could be of benefit to your career.
  • Volunteering can teach you valuable job skills:  Just because volunteer work is unpaid does not mean the skills you learn are basic. Many volunteer opportunities provide extensive training.  Volunteering can also help you build upon skills you already have and use them to benefit the greater community.

You Served, You Deserve!

The Islip Public Library will host a free Veterans’ Healthcare Enrollment Event on Thursday, November 19th from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Find out about new and improved Veterans Affairs (VA) programs, including MyHealtheVet; VA Caregiver Support Services; Disabled American Veteran (DAV) Transportation Opportunities, and much more from the Community Outreach Team of the Northport VA Medical Center.

This caring team will answer important questions regarding eligibility for care and programs. Using their new mobile resource unit, VA staff will assist you in the application process*, offer hypertension screenings, and provide first-time physical exams for new VA enrollees.

VA ID cards are issued for veterans eligible for VA healthcare. This card is not the same as those issued by

the Suffolk/Nassau County Veterans Services Agency.

*Please bring a copy of your DD214/military separation papers if applying for VA benefits.

Important: Pre-registration through the Northport VA is required.

Please call: VA Community Relations Department at (631) 261-4400 Ext.7084/7082/5250

Do you know why Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11th every year?

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and November 11th became a national holiday beginning in 1938.

There are approximately 23.2 million military veterans in the United States.

The VA health care system had 54 hospitals in 1930, since then it has expanded to include 171 medical centers; more than 350 outpatient, community, and outreach clinics; 126 nursing home care units; and 35 live-in care facilities for injured or disabled vets.

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