Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Lights, Camera, Save! is a video contest brought to you by the Astoria Federal Savings Bank and the American Bankers Association Education Foundation to get get teens excited about saving money.

To enter the video contest:
  1. Teens 13-18 should create a video demonstrating the value of saving.
  2. Submit the video along with a completed entry form to any Astoria Bank branch by November 1, 2011.

Video Concept Ideas...
  • Design a plan to teach others about saving.
  • Create a recipe for savings success.
  • Be free and get creative!  Come up with a unique way to talk about saving.

National winners will receive a $3,000, $1,500 or $500 U.S. savings bond. 

View and print an entry form here.

View more contest information here.

View last year's winning video here.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Today is Homework Help Day!

In an effort to highlight's invaluable Homework Help and tutoring services, today is Homework Help Day! is a cooperative project of the public libraries of Suffolk County.  It presents a one-stop, digital branch for Suffolk County public library cardholders to access online resources. Homework Help is:

  • Available to students K-12 with an East Islip Library card.
  • Tutors are available Monday through Sunday from 2pm-11pm.
  • A 24-hour writing lab allows students to submit essays and other forms of writing for constructive feedback.
  • Tutors are trained in math, science, reading/writing, social studies and general skills.
  • As the school year progresses, tutors will also offer assistance in PSAT, SAT, ACT, AP and New York state standardized tests.
  • Homework Help tutors are trained and certified.  All tutors have been cleared with thorough background checks and must possess a four-year degree and have prior teaching/tutoring experience.
  • Students remain anonymous during every session.
  • A transcript of each session is recorded and can be e-mailed. 
Watch a demonstration of a Homework Help tutoring session in action:

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Banned Books Week 
September 24 - October 1

Throughout history, different kinds of people and groups of all persuasions, for all sorts of reasons, have attempted--and continue to attempt--to suppress anything that conflicts with or anyone who disagrees with their own beliefs.

Each year, for one week, the America Library Association promotes awareness to the challenges to library materials and celebrates the freedom of speech.

Celebrate and enjoy your right to choose your own reading material.  Find a book in our catalog here.

For a list of books challenged/banned in 2010/2011, click here. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Word of the Day Contest
September 19-October 28

Each day of the week through October 28, a word of the day will be posted on  Follow the WBLI link to the contest page to fill in the entry form with the day's word in order to be eligible for a chance to win the week's random drawing for a $50 Friendly's certificate.  Winners will be contacted by the radio station and posted at and

For more details on the Word of the Day contest, visit or on Facebook.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Getting Ready to Babysit   
Saturday, September 24 from 10am-1pm
Fee: $10 cash
Sign up for our babysitting course and learn the skills to become a great babysitter.  Topics covered will include: child safety, developmental stages of children and how to plan activities that are age appropriate.  You will receive a certificate upon completion. 

To sign up for this program, bring $10 in exact change with you to the Adult Reference Desk.