2018 marks the fifth year that Patchogue-Medford Library will be hatching baby chicks! We have been monitoring and maintaining the optimum temperature and humidity levels in the incubator since our eggs arrived on March 15. We are just about ready to increase the humidity from 48%-56% to 65% and begin the final three day countdown to hatching. [Read more…]
Here at the Patchogue-Medford Library, our current newsletter has a running theme of “empowerment.” Most people do not automatically think of children when they hear that word but childhood is a great place to start planting those tools into a child’s mind.
How can the Library encourage child empowerment? The ultimate keyword is: education. Through educating and nurturing the minds of our young patrons, we are empowering them for the future. The Library has a wide variety of programs for children that enable their development, from our earliest play programs for babies and toddlers to our STEM/STEAM programs for school-aged children, from our Student Success Series for homework help to our sensory friendly programs.
The gloves, the hats and the heavy coats are out of storage. Let’s not forget the boots! While you are bundled up, come to the library and spend time with family and friends at the following programs. Let’s have some fun with the children and grandparents!
Color Your World – New Family Fun Reading Club!
Making reading a family activity.
Why you ask?
Because when parent read to their children,
great things happen!
Sign Up on December 26 – February 10
District residents may register and pick up a reading packet
beginning December 26 at the CAPS Desk!
Wednesday, December 27 4-4:45
Ages 2 2/1-5 years
Wednesday, December 27 from 2-4
Grades 4 – 6
Thursday, December 29 from 7-7:30
Ages 2 1/2-5 years
Friday, December 29 11 – 1 pm
For families with children of ages.
*** District residents, please check newsletter or online for registration dates.
and drop in anytime to use STEM items such as duct tape, Ozobots, K’Nex, and gears. No registration necessary!
The yellow and orange leaves are gliding slowly to the ground and the evenings have become cooler and crisp. Yet the most noticeable change is that sunsets are coming earlier. Boys with new haircuts and girls with braided hairdos are looking happy. Before you know it, fall is coming. With that comes the return of school and establishing new daily routines for families and children. Students undergo a tremendous amount of stress in starting a new school year. They are apprehensive about what the school year will bring, such as a new teacher, new friendships and the stress of learning new skills.
There are several positive and influential ways of how we can improve old habits and instill new habits to assist our children.
Benefits of Routines
- Routines “eliminate power struggles.” If children are told what they are expected to do on a daily basis, such as bathing and brushing their teeth every night, they will know what is expected to do each night without being told constantly.
- Children learn how to cooperate and may assist the younger children to complete their day and evening activities. Parents may take turns reading to their children before wishing them good night. The children will sleep better and be prepared for the next morning’s activities.
- Children become independent when they learn that they are responsible to take care of themselves with the help of their families.
- Please keep in mind that sometimes routines have to be broken. A family may be celebrating a holiday or relatives could be visiting. Time must be made to enjoy those precious memories.
Wishing everyone a great school year! Have fun!
Free online homework help is what you need. Got stumped trying to understand your kid’s homework? Were math, social studies, or grammar not one of your strong subjects? The library has a free service that can help you with any of these problems during afterschool hours. It’s called Brianfuse HelpNow, and I’ll show you how it works.
2017 is the fourth year that Children’s and Parents’ Services will be hatching baby chicks during the school spring break. Over the past few years, we’ve had a pretty good hatch rate for our chicks. In 2014 we successfully hatched eight chicks, the last of which we named Lucky because he almost didn’t make it! In 2015, ten chicks and last year, nine chicks hatched. We candled our eggs and discovered that at least one of them is empty. Because the shell of the dark brown eggs is so dark, it makes it difficult to see what is going on inside the egg.
Baby Chicks will be hatching at the Teen Center
New this year, the Teen Department at the Carnegie Building will also be hatching chicken eggs for the first time. Their eggs will be hatching sometime around Monday, April 17.
On the first full day of spring, Tuesday, March 21, I placed a dozen eggs in our incubator, located in my office on the Lower Level of the Library. Four of the eggs are white, four are light brown and four are dark brown.
The white eggs are from a White Leghorn mix breed and they will hatch into the familiar yellow chick that we all remember from the early ‘60’s cartoon Foghorn Leghorn who always asked the baby chick character, Henery “So you want to be a chicken hawk, do ya son?” There is no way to determine the sex of these chicks when they are hatched.
The Baby Chicks will be one of three varities
The brown eggs will hatch into either Black Star chicks or Cinnamon Queen chicks. Black Star chicks are a cross between a Rhode Island Red rooster and a Barred Rock hen. Female Black Star chicks hatch all black and the male chicks hatch black with a white spot on its head.
Cinnamon Queen chicks are a cross between a Rhode Island Red rooster and a Silver Laced Wyandotte hen. Female Cinnamon Queen chicks hatch red and the male chicks hatch yellow.
Now that you know all that, you may be able to identify them as they begin to hatch on Monday, April 10. Be sure to check the Patchogue-Medford Library’s Live Chick Cam on Youtube often so that you don’t miss these eggs hatching!
Since March 21st and for the last 18 days, we have monitored and maintained the optimum temperature and humidity levels in the incubator of approximately 100 degrees and a 48%-56% humidity. Later today, the eggs will be taken out of the automatic eggs turner and laid down on the screen inside the incubator and the humidity will be increased to 65%.
Baby Chicks are expected Monday, April 10th, 2017!
This begins the final three day countdown as the chicks prepare to hatch. With any luck, on Monday, the eggs will begin to show signs of pipping by the chick. The chick will use a special egg tooth to peck its way out of the shell. This egg tooth is only there on the chick for the first 12-24 hours. The hatching process requires a great amount of exertion on the part of the chick. The chick alternates between periods of activity and lengthy periods of rest. Chicks can take up to 24 hours to hatch. While it can be a slow process, it is amazing to watch! Once all or most of the eggs have hatched and the chicks are dry, they will be moved to a brooder box. Chicks absorb some of their yolk so they can survive in the incubator for 48-72 hours before being moved.
I know you won’t want to miss out on the action and educational experience this year! The chicks will be around for about a week if you would like to come down and see them in person too! We have many stories as well as nonfiction books about chickens that you can borrow from the Children’s and Parents’ Services Department as well as from the Adult Department too!
Looking forward to seeing you (and the chicks!) soon!
Mrs. Drake, Children’s and Parents’ Services
Storytelling is as simple as reading a story from a book. If you don’t have that much time, you can always share a story from memory, talk about your own childhood, or even read out loud from your phone. There are innumerable advantages of story telling for kids, especially for preschoolers, kindergarten and young children.
Explore the rewards of storytelling and how your family can engage in lively discussions about past stories.
What are some of the benefits of storytelling for kids?
— Instills virtues in your child
— Makes them aware of their own culture and roots
— Enhances verbal proficiency
— Improves listening skills
— A great tool for sharpening memories
— Encourages creativity and imagination power
— Makes academic learning easier
— Better communication
— Helps to face difficult situations with ease
For more information, please check out the
following link: http://momjunction.com/articles
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Attention High Schoolers and Parents:
Need help with college planning? Or do you need career counseling on what to do after high school? Planning for your future after high school can be a difficult and confusing process for many. Thinking about what college you’d like to apply to or what career field you should choose can be overwhelming, but we have some relief for you! Come meet with our College and Career Counselor at the Carnegie Library to help answer any questions you may have. The purpose of a college and career counselor is to help students make more informed decisions to better their futures in both educational and career choices. This can include guidance on choosing courses in high school to prepare for college or advice on occupational training opportunities.
College Access and Career Counselors are also a great resource who can help you with:
- Finding the best-fit school for you
- With personalized admission strategies
- Applying for financial aid
- Filling out college applications
- Choosing high school courses that will work towards your intended major
- Career training
- And much more!
This service is geared towards students in grades 8-12, who want to know the necessary steps to take in each grade to be fully prepared for their college or career training. The earlier you make these decisions, the more prepared you’ll be for your future.
To make an appointment you can register online, by calling the Carnegie library at 631-438-3290 (2:30-8:30pm), or you can drop in to ask questions.
Upcoming dates include Tuesdays, February 28, March 7, and 21 from 6-8pm. Check our upcoming newsletter for more dates.
Did you know that injury is the leading cause of death for children in New York State? While preventable injury is not the most cheerful holiday subject, toy safety is an important consideration when thinking about children’s gifts.
Here are some important tips on toy safety from the American Academy of Pediatrics:
- Select toys to suit the age, abilities, skills and interest level of the intended child. Toys too advanced may pose safety hazards for younger children.
- Before buying a toy or allowing your child to play with a toy that he has received as a gift, read the instructions carefully.
- To prevent both burns and electrical shocks, do not give young children (under age 10) a toy that must be plugged into an electrical outlet. Instead, buy toys that are battery-operated.
- Young children can choke on small parts contained in toys or games. Government regulations specify that toys for children under age three cannot have parts less than 1 1/4 inches in diameter and 2 1/4 inches long.
- Children can have serious stomach and intestinal problems – including death – after swallowing button batteries or magnets. In addition to toys, button batteries are often found in musical greeting cards, remote controls, hearing aids, and other small electronics. Small, powerful magnets are present in many homes as part of building toy sets. Keep button batteries and magnets away from young children and call your health care provider immediately if your child swallows one.
- Children can choke or suffocate on uninflated or broken balloons; do not allow children under age 8 to play with them.
- Remove tags, strings, and ribbons from toys before giving them to young children.
- Watch for pull toys with strings that are more than 12 inches in length. They could be a strangulation hazard for babies.
- Parents should store toys in a designated location, such as on a shelf or in a toy box, and keep older kids’ toys away from young children. Use a toy box with no lid or a lightweight, non-locking lid and ventilation holes.
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission maintains a Recall Listing where you can search by keyword, specific hazard, or specific manufacturer. This is tool can help you ensure a product you have received or are considering purchasing is safe.
The American Academy of Pediatrics also has a great article about Holiday Safety Tips and Mental Health Tips which covers everything from food safety to holiday visiting to trees, lights, and decorations. These tips can help keep everyone in the whole family happy and healthy this holiday season.
Of course, as a librarian, I recommend purchasing great age appropriate books for everyone on your shopping list. Need a suggestion on what to buy? Librarians are knowledgeable about current trends in books, are trained to match readers with books, and love talking about books. Ask a librarian!
- Reading to children at an early age provides the foundation for reading at grade level, obtaining higher reading scores, and achieving academic success.
- It’s important for children to see that their parents enjoy reading.
- Reading to children daily is important for their emotional and intellectual development and can help them become good readers and prepare them to learn in school.
- There are many effective ways a parent can read to a child. For example, if you are tired reading the same story, try reading two stories: your child’s favorite story and a new one. You could also read poems to a child. Children enjoy repetition. Another suggestion is to find a place that is comfortable to read, where the television is turned off and full attention can be focused on the book. Finally, HAVE FUN! When reading is animated and interactive, a child will be more engaged.
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- Don’t forget a child’s age and state of development when selecting books to read to him or her. There are different types of books available according to the age and maturity of a child. If you need help in selecting the right book, consult your librarian.