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!
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.
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.
Beginning middle school is a big moment: Kids hit their pre-teen years, get their first lockers and start changing classes. A big change after spending Kindergarten through Grade 5 in one classroom all day.
Patchogue-Medford Library wants to help parents and students with this transition, and is inviting families with children starting middle school this fall to a Tuesday night presentation all about starting this new chapter.
Tim Jahn, a senior program educator at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, will be presenting “Making the Most of Middle School” from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A.
Jahn has been hosting workshops for parents and students since 1990, working with Cornell for over 35 years.
“Should I be worried,” is a common concern among parents, Jahn said when asked about the kinds of questions he usually receives when giving this presentation. Students, he finds, usually are more concerned with how the new academic lifestyle could help them make new friends.
“More than anything else, middle school brings a lot of changes so it’s important students have the ability to cope and support from their families,” Jahn said regarding what families can think about going into Tuesday’s presentation as well as the school year.
He also emphasizes the importance of planning ahead and staying organized under this new life structure.
“The biggest challenges are managing relationships, time and workload. Students will be making new friends, dealing with different teachers, handling peer pressure while they manage an increased worload,” Jahn said.
The presentation won’t be all about the difficulties though, as Jahn said he is also planning some fun activities for the evening as well.
For families that aren’t able to make it to Tuesday’s presentation, Jahn recommends checking sections of both Kidshealth.org and Scholastic.com, which have information about the move into middle school.
Tuesday’s event is free to attend, and families are encouraged to register by contacting Alyson Roselle either by calling 631-654-4700 ext. 261 or by clicking here for the online registration form.
The first day at a new school is always a big day for kids, and Patchogue-Medford Library wants to help parents get their child ready for starting kindergarten and middle school.
For parents with kids starting kindergarten this fall, teacher Edd Ohlsen from Canaan Elementary School will be presenting “Make the First Day a Great Day” Tuesday evening at 7:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m. in Meeting Room A.
Ohlsen will share tips on how to make kids’ first big day of elementary school a successful one.
Parents interested in attending can register for the event by either contacting librarian Alyson Roselle at 631-654-4700 ext. 261, or by clicking here for the online registration form.
While parents of future kindergarten students attend that event, those kids will have their own event to attend at the same time made especially for them. The “On My Own” presentation is being led by childhood experts Ellen Friedman and Doreen Holmes, who will give children an early opportunity to try out some of the activities they will participate in once they start school. That event will take place in Meeting Room B, and parents can also register their kids either by calling Roselle or by clicking here for the online registration form.
For parents with students starting sixth grade at a middle school, parent educator Tim Jahn will be presenting “Making the Most of Middle School” on Aug. 16th from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A.
Students are encouraged to attend this presentation with their parents, during which Jahn will teach everyone how to prepare for the upcoming transition out of elementary school and into the world of having lockers as well as changing classes.
Families hoping to register for the presentation can also contact Roselle, or by clicking here for the online registration form.
All of these events are free to attend, and hopefully will set aside any end-of-summer jitters about jumping into the school year next month.
The summer is a great opportunity to read formats that we normally do not have the time to read throughout the school year. Check out the magazines at our library and discover titles that will appeal to children of all ages. Look at National Geographic Kids, Highlights, Sports Illustrated for Kids, and American Girls.
Read the newspaper together. Show your child the different categories in the paper: international, national, city and sports. Read to them the opening paragraph and let them know what is happening around the world. Many newspapers have a science and a historical section that may be of interest to everybody. Keep a map nearby and show them where the countries are located. Come to the library and take out books about a particular country and learn their customs, language and food. Follow a simple recipe together and discover a new culinary delight.
The paperback section at our library has several paperback series for younger and older children. Many children like reading a series because they can follow the same characters on their adventures in different stories. They are located downstairs where children have easy access to the collection and have a chance to sit in comfy chairs. You can share the readings together at the beach or at the pool especially after lunch when you have wait several minutes before going back into the water. Some series include: Magic Tree House, Junie B. Jones, Go Girl series and Goosebumps.
Register for your library’s summer reading challenge. Have your child challenge themselves to see how many books they can read this summer. Adults can also join the summer reading programs and have everyone gather together especially at the end of the day after dinner to read. Take turns reading out loud from the youngest to the oldest. Change your voice to reflect the different characters in the story. Laugh, giggle and have lots of fun. It is this time together that will become memorable!
Have a book swap party any time during the summer. Do you have a gently used book that you are willing to swap with one of your friends? You could have a wonderful book discussion party at someone’s home or at the park! I know which book I want to discuss. See you soon at the library!
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Introduce your preschooler to grocery literacy the next time you are at supermarket. It is a great way of building literacy and math skills.
photo from www.pbs.org
1. Focus on reading readiness skills.
Start with any letter and make it a game to locate items in the grocery store. For example, start with the letter B. You can point out bananas, broccoli, beans, and berries. Repeat the word with emphasis on the letter and have your children repeat the word several times with you.
You may be able to locate the print word for bananas, broccoli or whatever letter and word you are working on at the supermarket and/or at home. The repetition of the audio sound and the visualization of the print word will be the beginning steps toward learning how to read.
2. Focus on vocabulary skills.
Write the words you have emphasized in the supermarket at home. Place the written word on a piece of paper on your cabinet above their belly, below their nose, on the bottom shelf and between other items . Have fun locating the word and sounding out the words!
Come and celebrate Financial Literacy Month by reading with your child
a book from the following book list below.
Please read our April to June newsletter for upcoming financial
literacy programs for the entire family.
Stock Photo by Sean Locke
An Apple Pie for Dinner by Susan VanHecke, Grades in K-4
Follow the Money! by Loreen Leedy, Grades 1-4
The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett, Grades K-3
Henry Builds A Cabin by D.B. Johnson, Grades P-3
How Dalia Put a Big Yellow Comforter
inside a Tiny Blue Box: And Other
Wonders of Tzedakah, Grades K-3
Johnny Swanson by Eleanor Updale, Grades 4-7
Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen, Grades 4-7
Le Ly Hayslip by Gary Paulsen, Grades 4-6
The Lemonade War
by Jacqueline Davies, Grades 3-5