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.
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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- 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.
“Para que los niños tener éxito en la escuela, deben tener un lengua rico (vocabulario), donde los adultos se comunican bien, eschucar y leer en voz alta todos los días.”
Ernest L. Boyer, 1991
Nuestro departmento de niños y servicios de padres en la biblioteca Patchogue – Medford
ofrecen los siguente programas:
Bilingual Rhyme Time – para niños de 2- 35 meses
Games for Ones – para niños de 12 – 23 meses
Games for Twos – para la niños de 24-35 meses
Baby Games – para la niños de 3 – 11 meses
Parachute Play – para las niños 18 – 35 meses
Introducción a la lengua de los bebés está hecha inicialmente por los padres/cuidadores. Deben escuchar un idioma de forma coherente con el fin de aprender vocabulario. Al escuchar las palabras hechas diariamente por todos los miembros de un hogar, así como los demás, aprende a comunicarse. En este proceso, los niños aprenderán cómo utilizar sonidos, palabras y frases para informar a sus emociones a sus miembros de la familia, así como los demás. El vocabulario de un niño crecerá a una velocidad increíble, sobre todo en el premier año a partir del desarrollo físico.
“In order for a child to be successful in school, they must have a rich language (vocabulary), where adults communicate well, listen, and read out loud everyday.” Ernest L. Boyer, 1991
The Patchogue-Medford Library offers the following
programs for young children in the Children’s
and Parents’ Department:
Bilingual Rhyme Time – for children ages 2- 35 months
Games for Ones – for children ages 12 – 23 months
Games for Twos – for children ages 24-35 months
Baby Games – for children ages 3 – 11 months
Parachute Play – for children ages 18 – 35 months
Babies’ introduction to language is initially made by parents/caregivers. They should hear a language consistently in order to learn vocabulary. By hearing the words made daily by all the members of a household as well as others, they learn how to communicate. In this process, children will learn how to use sounds, words and sentences to inform their emotions to their family members as well as others. A child’s vocabulary will increase at an amazing speed especially in the beginning first year of physical development.
Reading Out Loud: A Workshop for Parents
Monday, September 26th from 6:30 to 7:15 pm.
What are the benefits of reading out loud to your child?
Join Margaret King, a certified teacher,
to discuss the importance of reading to your child.
Register on line, in person, or by phone beginning
Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in Elementary School
- Attend Back-to-School Night and Parent-Teacher Conferences – Meeting your child’s teacher at the beginning of the school year is a great way to learn about his/her teacher’s expectations. If you cannot attend this first meeting, request a meeting at your earliest convenience to meet your child’s teacher and notify the teacher of any special needs your child may have.
- Visit the School and Its Website – On the school website, you will find information on the school calendar, staff contact information, and upcoming events.
- Support Homework Expectations – Homework in grade school reinforces and extends classroom learning and helps kids practice important study skills. It helps them develop a sense of responsibility and a work ethic that will benefit them beyond the classroom.
- Send Your Child to School Ready to Learn –You can boost your child’s attention span by providing a breakfast rich in whole grains, fiber and proteins and low in sugar. Most school age children need 10 to 12 hours of sleep a night. After school activities, television, computers and video games can contribute to students not getting sufficient sleep every night.
- Get involved by –
- being a classroom helper or homeroom parent
- organizing and/or working at fundraising activities and other special events
- attending school board meetings
- joining the school’s parent-teacher group
Learn other ways of helping your child succeed in elementary school by clicking the following link: http://kidshealth.org/en/parents/school-help-elementary.html
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