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Mon-Thu: 11-7 / Fri: 11-5 / Sat: 11-3
71 Monell Ave., Islip, NY
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New Year’s Resolution Suggestions for Teens

New Year’s Resolution Suggestions for Teens (and everyone else too!)

Here are some ideas to make 2019 your best year ever!

Number 1:

Be you! Boost your self-esteem by accepting who you are and embracing the fact that you are amazing and nothing can stand in your way. You are awesome!

Number 2:

Take care of yourself physically, emotionally, and mentally. Surround yourself with positive and supportive friends and family and ask for help if you need it. Eating healthier, drinking more water, meditating, and doing yoga are some things to help you feel your best.

Number 3:

Read more! Reading is an excellent way to boost creativity and expand your imagination. Reading helps relieve stress and exposes you to new ideas. Ask a librarian for book recommendations!

Number 4:

Dare to be brave! Do something you’ve never done before like learn how to crochet or make a meal from scratch. Learning new skills can help you prepare for the future.

Number 5:

Volunteer! The world needs you and your compassion! Volunteering your time for a good cause will make you feel great! The library is a wonderful place to find such (teen) volunteer opportunities.

Number 6:

Always be kind. You never know what others are going through - you just may be their glimmer of hope.

Now, go out there and rock 2019!

The Benefits of Nonfiction for Early Readers

The Benefits of Nonfiction for Early Readers

Education experts believe nonfiction might be the key to a non-reader’s heart. Find a topic that interests your child and look for exciting nonfiction on that topic. But start small with one topic, such as dinosaurs, trucks, outer space, animals or something else that you know your child likes.

Whatever the topic, continue to read aloud classic picture books, but supplement with nonfiction. Although the Internet has countless pages and sites devoted to information about every topic under the sun, there’s something special about opening a giant-sized book that draws in even the most reluctant reader. Pre-historic beasts or giant snakes seem to leap from the pages of the book as a child holds it up to examine pictures from every angle, something not possible on even the largest computer screen.

The advent of the Internet has been embraced as the “best” way to find information. But educator and author Kim Fulcher writes that the Internet, while more child-friendly than a set of encyclopedias, is one-dimensional. “Beautiful nonfiction books in print today,” she writes, “are at once a source of knowledge and the beginning of a sense of wonder” absent on the Web.

Furthermore, interesting and colorful nonfiction can be an antidote to the abysmal amount of time children spend reading. A national study sponsored by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that the average child in the United States spends an average of five hours a day watching television and playing video games. Fewer than four minutes a day, the study found, is spent reading nonfiction.

Educator Fulcher believes the benefits of reading nonfiction are many, but four stand out:

  • It offers a portal into the understanding that is vital for self-confidence and for feeling powerful—when we understand science, we are less likely to fall prey to superstition and to value fantasy and the power of imagination…
  • It can be the springboard to understanding how and why the world works…
  • It helps children assimilate the language of science history and academia and helps them learn academic subjects more easily as they progress through upper grades.
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    It can be the best way to entice a nonreader into giving reading another try. Gaining access to facts and ideas about something that fascinates a child can be just the sweetener needed to struggle through those early reading days.

For the parent of a beginning reader, some of these reasons may sound premature, but educators disagree. According to an article by Melissa Perry on the Website Educational Leadership, teachers encourage parents to read more nonfiction with their children because it builds on a child’s interests and curiosity, as well as increasing vocabulary and background knowledge.

“Nonfiction differs from fiction because it requires reading for content and information…giving children the opportunity to practice gleaning facts, statistics, instructions and other information from text, diagrams, charts and photographs…a skill used in daily life,” Perry writes.

Perry also believes that “whether following a recipe or deciphering a bus schedule…the ability to sift out necessary details is required to be successful.” Paired with fiction on a similar topic, children gain valuable tools to navigate their world.

The Islip Public Library not only has an extensive collection of nonfiction for early readers, it has Book Bundles, which contain picture books paired with nonfiction on a variety of topics, from princesses to firetrucks. Look for the books just opposite the reference desk in the children’s department.

As Common Core standards continue to emphasize the importance of nonfiction reading to prepare students for middle school, high school and college, educators stress the importance of nonfiction reading. Such a base of information, established in childhood, will help students develop important research and evaluation skills, which educators call information literacy.

Additionally, early emphasis on nonfiction, even for children as young as two or three, may be a solution to a growing problem cited by Connie Matthiessen, writing for the website greatschools.org. “Many colleges, she writes, “have discovered that incoming freshmen may be able to compute a math problem or analyze a short story, but they can’t read complex nonfiction or write a well-researched essay.”

Matthiessen cites research by the Leadership and Learning Center that “shows that workplace reading has become more complex in recent years,” and that, most shocking, “jobs that demand low reading and writing skills are being sent overseas, so even entry-level jobs now demand higher reading skills.”

To spark your child’s nonfiction reading, Matthiessen offers tips:

  • Pursue the passion: get books that encourage your child’s interests.
  • More is more: offers lots of nonfiction reading material—from books and magazines to newspapers and atlases.
  • Be the bookworm yourself: read a broad range of fiction and nonfiction and talk about what you read.
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    Reality check: talk about connections between what your child is reading and events in the news.
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    Get the lowdown: ask your child’s teacher if your child’s reading list includes nonfiction. If not, ask why.

Embarking on a plan to guide your child through the educational years ahead may seem overwhelming, so start small. Pick a topic your child talks about and start there. Below are a few nonfiction series available at most libraries that will appeal to young children.

  • The Magic School Bus series
  • National Geographic Kids
  • Backyard Books
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    Magic Treehouse companion books
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    “What was…” series
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    “Who was…” series
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    “I survived…” series

Whatever you choose, spend time reading along with your child and discussing the topics. You may find that one topic of interest leads to another. Instead of “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie…”, you can create your own family story of “If You Give a Child a Nonfiction Book.”

Holidays

Make Your Holidays More Meaningful This Year – Simplify!

It’s that time of year again, and for many of us it’s not quite the “most wonderful time of the year.”  It can be a time when the accumulated losses of life hit us the hardest. If you’ve been on the Earth for a while, chances are you are missing some very special people who have either passed away or moved away.  At the same time you’re being bombarded with media images of intact, ‘happy-all-the-time’ extended families in beautiful settings with piles of gifts and tables laden with elaborate dishes. Despite the pervasiveness of these glossy images, it’s not the reality for many who may be feeling overworked, under-financed, unwell, stressed out, or sad about missing loved ones. Just because you or your family have always celebrated the holidays in a certain way doesn’t mean you have to keep doing what no longer works. You might want to try something new. It helps to spend time on activities that feed your spirit and increase your focus on experiences instead of things. Maybe you can cancel some time sucking activities that you don’t enjoy in order to free up time for the things you do enjoy! If you have kids, what they really, really want is your time and attention, not more stuff - no matter what they say! You could create some crafts, take a hike, attend a free program or performance at the Library, volunteer your time to a good cause, play a game, do a puzzle, visit an elderly relative or neighbor, check out some Library books, read aloud, or deliver gifts to people who actually do need stuff.

Some Other Ideas:

  • When you need help, ask for it - free yourself from the illusion of perfection. Shared experiences are worth much more than a perfect anything.
  • Simplify meals. Cook a couple of satisfying dishes instead of many elaborate ones (make ahead and freeze if you can). Spending time together is more important.
  • Consider spending less time baking. If it’s not fun anymore it may be time to cut back.
  • Maybe the kids don’t really need so many gifts. One article I read said 4 is more than enough: one that they want; one that they need; one to wear; and one to read.
  • Instead of ordering gifts online or frequenting huge stores, take a stroll on a town’s main street, or visit a craft fair. Buy less. Shop locally and share a fun day with someone at the same time.
  • Draw names from a hat so that each family member buys a gift for one other person rather than everyone buying for everyone. It will reduce shopping (as well as time spent on returning and exchanging) while extending your budget.
  • Stay away from the sales and the lines! Why buy what everyone else is buying? Dare to be different. As challenging as it is, try to limit your kids’ screen time so they don’t get brainwashed by ads for the latest new thing.
  • Try wrapping any gifts that you do give in plain brown paper or newsprint. Have fun decorating them together with crayons or paint. You’ll save money and do something good for the planet at the same time.
  • Give the gift of time and experience – an offer to babysit, an invitation to lunch, a ride to a doctor’s appointment, a home cooked meal, or offer to teach someone something you know how to do that they want to learn.
  • Visit a nursing home or a shelter, spread some joy –  it will make you feel better too!
  • Honor the memory of your missing loved ones by making donations to charities in their names.

And…. Enjoy some of our offerings at the Islip Public Library! :

The Library is collecting toys and items for kids and teens through the Family Service League’s PROJECT TOY.  We’re also hosting a family community service event - The Gift of Giving, on the evening of December 20 to create toiletry bags to be delivered to guests at a local soup kitchen.

There’s a special volunteer opportunity for teens on December 15 - the teens will be wrapping gifts that patrons bring in to the Library. It’s free and we supply the paper and ribbons too!

Two special (free of course) performances are happening at the Library in December: For kids and families there’s Once Upon a Snowflake by Plaza Theatrical on Sunday, December 9. For everyone, there’s the Long Island re-Sound Handbell Ensemble performance on Sunday, December 16.

Bring your child to the Library to read aloud to a therapy dog on December 20. Animals have a special non-judgmental way of slowing us down and keeping us grounded.

Don’t miss meeting Mary Poppins herself as she makes a special appearance at the showing of the Mary Poppins movie on Saturday, December 22!

Stop in to see the Polar Express train set that will be gracing a large table in the Children’s Room during the month of December – magical!

As always there are many free programs to attend at the Library including some new drop-in programs for kids.

Take advantage of the Library’s Museum Pass program. Passes are free. Enjoy a fun, educational day. Reserve a pass from our websitewww.isliplibrary.org

Stretch your gift budget by visiting the Library’s sale shelves to buy some gently used, very inexpensive books and DVDs.

Take a look at our newsletter for more information about Library programs.

For even more ideas about simplifying the holidays while making them more meaningful, you may want to visit these websites:

Project Toy

Project Toy Family Service League

“In a world where you can be anything, be kind.” - Jennifer Dukes Lee

The Islip Public Library is collecting toys and other items for children and teenagers again this holiday season for the Family Service League’s PROJECT TOY program. You can help to make a family’s holiday brighter by donating new and un(gift)wrapped toys, books, clothing, etc… for a child or teenager. The collection box is located at the Adult Reference Desk. Donated items need to be received in the Library by Thursday, December 13 please. The items will be made available to families in need by The Family Service League at their annual December event.

Check out The Family Service League website at www.fsl-li.org to learn more about all the programs and services that this not-for-profit human services agency provides to families on Long Island.

Also, look for other giving opportunities at the Library later this winter. We’ll be collecting winter coats as well as mittens, hats, and scarves for those in need. See our January-February newsletter for details.

Sometimes it can feel like a cold and difficult world out there, let’s stick together! Thank you in advance for your generosity!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM), also referred to in America as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM), is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer.

Throughout October there is an exhibit in the Islip Public Library’s display cases presented by the Islip Breast Cancer Coalition. Take a look at the photos and learn more by stopping by to see the exhibit and pick up a brochure.

The Mission of this Organization is:

“To provide direct services and support to breast cancer patients, as well as patients with other women’s cancers, to present educational programs and outreach within the community, and to encourage scientific and environmental research.”

The Islip Breast Cancer Coalition was founded in 1996 by a group of women committed to helping people in our community diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2015, the group expanded to include all women’s cancers. IBCC is an independent, grassroots, not-for-profit organization serving the residents of the Township of Islip including areas of Bay Shore, Bayport, Bohemia, Brentwood, Brightwaters, Central Islip, East Islip, Fire Island, Great River, Hauppauge, Holbrook, Islip, Islip Terrace, Islandia, Oakdale, Ronkonkoma, Sayville, and West Sayville.

The Coalition has created a Garden of Hope next to Islip Town Hall. Please consider a donation by ordering a Garden Butterfly to be displayed in the Garden in October by calling 631-968-7424.  The butterflies may be placed in honor or in memory of someone you know who has been affected by breast or ovarian cancer.  The cost to place a butterfly is a $10.00 donation to this not-for-profit organization.

For more information about services, or about making a donation, and/or volunteering to help, please visit the website: ​IslipBreastCancer.com  
You can also email the group at: info@islipbreastcancer.com

Graphic Novels

Extra! Extra! The Graphic Novels are Here!

Why should your kids read graphic novels? Because more reading is a good thing! Graphic novels can be funny, exciting, suspenseful, and most importantly, fun! In the Children’s Services Department at the Islip Public Library, we have our very own graphic novel section with something for everybody.

Graphic novels are unique because they contain text and words within panels and speech bubbles, similar to comic books.  There are benefits to reading them especially for reluctant readers, children for whom English is a new language (ENL students), and for children who have learning challenges.  First, having both text and pictures within a book can facilitate reading comprehension. Pictures, combined with text, help a story to come alive. Second, looking at a book with both words and pictures is less intimidating for a child who does not like to read or who has difficulty reading; this is also true for ENL students.  Third, today’s children are growing up in a digital world in which visual literacy is an important skill. While reading a graphic novel, the reader must incorporate what is seen (both pictures and words) into meaning.  Lastly, when children can retain meaning from a graphic novel and enjoy the experience, they will likely want to read more books.  More reading – it is a good thing! 

Come in and explore our new graphic novel section in Children’s Services. If you have any questions about graphic novels or any other books for your children, don’t hesitate to ask one of the children’s librarians.  We’re here to help! Below I have included ten children’s graphic novels that your child may love. Dog Man, Smile, and the Big Nate series are favorites with children.

Popular Children’s Graphic Novels:

  • Sidekicks, by Dan Santat (Grades 3-6). When Captain Amazing feels he is getting too old to be a reliable superhero, he tries to hire a new sidekick, but his pets have different ideas.
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    Dog Man, by Dav Pilkey (a series, Grades 1-4). The creator of the Captain Underpants has also written a series that follows the adventures of Greg the police dog who makes history through surviving a life-saving surgery that transforms him into Dog Man.
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    Big Nate:  In a Class by Himself, by Lincoln Peirce (a series, Grades 4-6). This is the perfect book for anyone who has ever been to middle school.
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    Johnny Boo:  The Best Little Ghost in the World! By James Kochalka (a series, Grades K-3). Johnny Boo is the best little ghost in the whole world, because he has Boo Power. This means that he can go "BOO" loudly. He and his pet ghost named Squiggle have great ghost adventures!
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    The Baby-Sitters Club, by Raina Telgemeir, based on the novel by Ann M. Martin (a series, Grades 3-7). Cranky toddlers, huge dogs, scary neighbors, and prank calls - babysitting isn't always easy, and neither is dealing with strict parents, new families, fashion emergencies, and mysterious secrets. These best friends get through it all together.  
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    The Lost Boy, by Greg Ruth, (Grades 4-7). Nate and his family moved to a new town and Nate discovers a tape recorder under the floorboard, which leads to a mystery of the lost boy.
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    Smile by Raina Telgemeier (a series, Grades 5 and Up). Raina just wants to be a normal sixth grader. Unfortunately, she trips and falls, severely injuring her two front teeth. She finds herself on a frustrating journey with family, friends, boys and dental drama.
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    Secret Coders:  Get with the Program, by Gene Luen Yang (a series, Grades 4-8).  Hopper and Eni attend an elite school where children are adept at compute programming. Together they resolve to crack the school founder's biggest mystery together.
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    Babymouse:  Queen of the World, by Jennifer L. Holm (a series, Grades 2-5). An imaginative mouse dreams of being queen of the world, but would also like an invitation to the most popular girl's slumber party.
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    Benny and Penny in Lost and Found, by Geoffrey Hayes (a series, Grades 1-2). Penny the mouse tries to help her brother Benny find his favorite hat, but Benny warns her that he is in a bad mood.
Tabletop Role Playing Games

Tabletop Role Playing Games

Some of my best friendships were made during my teen years sitting around a table pretending to be a half-elf druid with a Warg as a pet. I am still friends with the people I played Dungeons and Dragons with, and the game has become a staple of my adult life. Dungeons and Dragons is just one of the many awesome tabletop games that can be played with many people, but it  happens to be my favorite. As an avid gamer and mythology lover, anything to do with ancient myths (especially Greek or Norse), and mysteries is right up my alley. Tabletop gaming allows the creative type to unleash their imagination and have loads of fun, especially as the Dungeon Master, where your friend’s (character’s) fates are literally in your hand.

Some of my other favorite tabletop games are Werewolf, Call of Cthulhu, Munchkin, Apples to Apples, and Adventure Time Love Letter. I also enjoy playing the MMORPG World of Warcraft, which takes you to the warring realm of Azeroth, and reading about the Drow Elf Drizzt Do’Urden and his tumultuous life in the Forgotten Realms series. Tabletop gaming is an incredibly fun way to meet new friends, read some awesome stories, and create your own world or characters, places, and scenarios. It opens up a whole new world of possibilities.

Your library is the perfect place to learn how to play tabletop games, make new friends, and discover something that you will enjoy for years to come. Remember to stop by our Teen Room to check out our upcoming program calendar and flyers too.

Follow us on Instagram: @isliplibraryteenroom for updates and program information!

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