Saturday, December 26, 2015

Take a break from all the leftovers and holiday overload and stop by the East Islip Public Library. 

We're here for you whether you're looking to check out a book or movie, want to read a magazine by the fire, or just escape from your family for a bit ;-)

Come on down; the peace and quite await you!

Library Holiday Hours:
Saturday, December 26, 9am-5pm
Sunday, December 27, Closed
Monday, December 28, 9am-9pm
Tuesday, December 29, 9am-9pm
Wednesday, December 30, 9am-9pm
Thursday, December 31, Closed
Friday, January 1, Closed
Saturday, January 2, 9am-5pm
Sunday, January 3, 1pm-5pm

Don't forget; we're open even when we're closed.  Access your library account, databases, ebooks and magazines all on

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Last chance for our Mitten Tree!

We will be accepting new winter accessories to be donated to people in need.  All sizes, styles and colors are welcome. After donation, a mitten with your name on it will be added to our bulletin board tree display.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Holiday Floral Workshop

Saturday, December 19
Grades 7-12
Fee: $2.50 

Create a festive fresh flower arrangement to enjoy for the holiday season.  $2.50 is due in cash when you sign up for the program at the Adult Reference Desk.


Friday, November 27, 2015

Don't forget our Mitten Tree!

We are collecting new winter clothing accessories during November and December to be donated to families in need.  Bring in any new mittens, hats, socks, scarves, etc. and we will display your name on a paper mitten on our Mitten Tree bulletin board in the Children's Room.  Need comes in all sizes, so items of any size, color and fabric are welcomed.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

2016 Teen Video Challenge

Create a video that promotes Summer Reading at the public library, with your interpretation of the 2016 Collaborative Summer Library Program teen slogan "Get in the Game - Read."  You could win $150 and a $50 award for the East Islip Public Library.
Open to teens 13-18, videos must creatively promote the idea of using libraries and reading.  Videos must be between 30 and 90 seconds long and be appropriate for all audiences.
For entry forms, rules and supporting documents, visit the New York State Summer Reading website.
View winning videos from previous years to get an idea of what is expected.
Entries must be in by March 4, 2016.  Good luck!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

7th Annual Mitten Tree

In the spirit of the season, we will once again be collecting new winter clothing accessories during November and December to be donated to families in need.  Bring any new mittens, hats, socks, scarves, etc and we will display your name on a paper mitten on our Mitten Tree bulletin board in the Children's Room.  Need comes in all sizes so items of any size, color and fabric are welcomed.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Don't miss out on this great program!

Wii Tournament: Super Smash Bros. (EIY748)
Monday, November 9, 7-8:30pm, Grades 6+
Enter the action-packed arena of Super Smash Brothers Brawl to pit famous Nintendo characters like Mario and Link against each other.  Play with friends as you vie for the Smash Bros. throne!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Our newest Librafax is out.  Take a look and see the great programs and volunteer opportunities we're offering for November and December!

Monday, October 5, 2015


Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Open to all students in grades 7-12, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards feature 29 categories of art and writing, the winners of which earn scholarships and have their works exhibited and published.  

Submissions are juried by experts in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Judges look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.

Deadline at large is December 16, 2015.

Click here for registration and contest information.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Wii Tournament: Super Smash Bros.

Wii Tournament: Super Smash Bros.
Monday, October 5, 7-8pm
Grades 7-12

 Enter the action-packed arena of Super Smash Brothers Brawl to pit famous Nintendo characters like Mario and Link against each other.  Play with friends as you vie for the Smash Brothers throne!

There's still time to register!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Banned Books Week

September 27

BANNED Books Week (BBW) is the annual celebration of the freedom to read.  Across the country, libraries and bookstores draw attention to the problem of censorship by creating displays of challenged books, and bringing this issue to the attention of you, our patrons.

MORE than 113,000 books have been challenged since 1982 (the inception of BBW), and several have made repeated appearances on lists across the years.  It is unfortunate that the actions of few can harm so many.  As a library we strongly believe in and fully support the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those that may not be of popular opinion.

HERE'S a sample of books challenged just last year (and you'll find the library owns and loans out all of them):

Reasons: anti-family, offensive language, sex education, depictions of bullying

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Reasons: offensive language, political viewpoint, socially offensive

Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, offensive language

Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Reason: sexually explicit

SHOW your support by raising awareness of the ongoing threat of censorship by reading a banned or challenged book.  Take a picture of your reading it and email it to for a change to win a prize.  Contest for grades 7-12, from 9.27.15-10.3.15.  Entrants must include their name and grade in the email; the winner will be chosen at random.

FOR more information on Banned Books Week and the books that get challenged visit here and here.  You can also check out the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.  They have a wealth of information on the particular vulnerability of comic books to challenges due to the power of static images used in the medium.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

East Islip Public Library Databases

Let us help you go back to school with ease:

Academic One File compiles over 12,000 journals and reference sources. Many articles are peer-reviewed and offer full text; two limiters that are very easily searched within the database.

Brainfuse Homework Help offers free tutoring services.  Available Monday-Sunday from 2pm-11pm, tutors are trained in math, science, reading/writing, social studies and general skills grades K-12.  You can even receive study assistance with PSAT, SAT, ACT and AP Prep. 

Credo Reference is a great place to start your research projects with a wide variety of subjects covered.  Search results yield topic pages, magazine articles, encyclopedia and dictionary entries, maps and photos.

Global Road Warrior provides regularly updated information on 175 countries, like: climate, county facts, demographics, holiday & festivals, maps, photographs, religion and more. 

Newspaper access:
      New York Times: complete articles from 1851 and onward
      Newsday: full text articles from 1985 and onward
      Suffolk Historic Newspapers: newspapers and obituaries spanning nearly 100 years of Suffolk county history

Pronunciator provides instruction on over 80 languages.  Prepare for your next language text with vocabulary and grammar drills and quizzes.  

All databases can be found on and all you need is your library card to connect.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Our new Librafax is out!

We have some great programs and volunteer opportunities we're offering this month and next.  Some regulars and some new ones.  Head over to our Programs and Workshops and Volunteer Opportunities pages; make sure you don't miss out!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Congratulations Saorla!
Another winner!

We here at the library just love to have contest and raffles to be able to give our patrons gifts!  We asked our Young Adult Summer Reading Club participants to read to their heart's content.  After reading each book we asked for a brief review.  Each review was exchanged for a raffle ticket.  Many prizes were raffled off and one grand prize was awarded to Saorla Steves. She won a Sphero 2.0 app-controlled robotic ball.  Using apps on your smartphone or table, you can change colors, play games and even learn the basics of programming with this quirky little piece of technology.  

Thank you to all of the teens that made this year's reading club great and congratulations to all our winners this summer.   We're looking forward to having you all participate next year!

Monday, August 17, 2015

We have a winner!

This year's group of photography contest photos were absolutely beautiful!  Though it must have been hard to choose between them, voters dutifully came to the library and chose their favorite.

Our winner:
Summer Rides #2
 Head over to our Photography Contest page to see the other entrants.  

Thanks to all who participated and voted! 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Check out our actors!

Over two weeks this summer, teens met at the East Islip Public Library to work on their acting skills.  After practicing, several famous scenes were recorded, including some teens delivering single monologues.  Take a look at our YouTube channel to see their latest, greatest work!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015


Vote Now!

The 7th Annual Photography Contest is underway and we need your help.  Stop into the library and visit the Teen Bistro; all photography contest entries are on display.  Vote for your favorite and spread the word.

Voting ends Friday, August 14, 2015 so hurry! 

Saturday, June 27, 2015

We're having our first 
Comic Con!!!

Saturday, August 1, 10am-3pm, 
all ages

The entire family is invited to attend programs and events throughout the library.  All are encouraged to wear their favorite costume. There will be snacks, giveaways, raffles, debates (Your Favorite Dr. Who OR Marvel vs. DC), crafts, a photo booth, prize drawings, a short film festival, a scavenger hunt, and a costume contest (last chance to enter 1:15pm, judging at 1:30pm).  We'll even have a visit from the Star Wars Storm Troopers of the 501st Legion's Empire City Garrison and other surprises!  Though there is no registration necessary for the day, there are several programs for which you must register starting July 1st.  Only programs with a program code require registration:

Scavenger Hunt, 10am-2pm, ages 10-15
Visit the MakerSpace and enter to win a 3D printed item
Visit the photo booth and enter to win a poster of yourself
Visit the book sale and get a deal on Sci-Fi & Fantasy books
 Visit the upper level and view our memorabilia display
Have a snack in the Conference Room, 11am-1:30pm, all ages
Borrow a graphic novel from one of the displays throughout the main level
Super Hero Film Festival, 10-11am, all ages
Learn the Basics of Cosplay, 10-11am, all ages
Create a Drop-In Craft, 10am-12:15pm & 1-1:30pm, up to grades 6
Join the Debate: Marvel vs. DC, 11am-12pm
Superhero Drawing EIJ570, 11-11:45am, entering grades 3-6
POW! History of Superhero Movies, 12-1pm, all ages
Anime & Manga Drawing EIY772, 12-1pm, entering grade 7 and older
Superhero Bingo EIJ563, 12:30-1pm, entering grades 1-2
Who's Your Favorite Dr. Who?, 1-1:30pm, all ages
Costume Contest / Door Prizes, 1:15-1:50pm, all ages
Minecraft Contest EIJ560, 2-2:30pm OR 2:30-3pm, entering grades 3-6
Wii Tournament: Super Smash Bros. EIY774, 2-3pm, entering grades 7 and older

Make sure you sign up for those awesome programs and check on the Facebook page to get more details as they're added!

And for those of you who may not be interested in attending, we'll need a ton of help to make sure that day runs smoothly; sign up starting July 1st to earn volunteer hours.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

New York Safe Boating Class
Tuesday, June 30, 6-9pm
Wednesday, July 1, 6-9pm
Thursday, July 2, 7-9pm

Ages: 10+
Fee: $50 cash for all ages

New York State law requires that anyone born on or after May 1, 1996 must obtain a boating license.  Additionally, all persons operating  personal watercraft (Jet Skis) must have a boating certificate and be at least 14-years-old.  So, take this class just in time before the busy summer months; the license earned in this class is good for both boats and Jet Skis and will last for a lifetime.  

You must attend all three classes to obtain a certificate.

Register, with your library card and exact change, at the Reference Desk.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Summer Programs @ EIPL

Registration for Summer Programs @ EIPL starts today!

Each teen that attends a summer program will receive a lottery ticket for the chance to win some great prizes.  There is no limit to how many tickets, or prizes, you can win!

Vibrobots   EIY770         
Entering grades 6-12
Monday, July 13, 7-8pm
What can you make out of a cup, pens, a vibrating motor and a bit of cleverness?  Your own artistic vibrobot!  Learn about circuits, build your own robot and use it to produce a piece of robot art.

Entering grades 6-12
Tuesday, July 14, 7-8pm
Work with fondant to create superhero themed cupcakes.  Each teen will take home three fully decorated cupcakes.

Donut Shaped Message Board   EIY757          
Entering grades 6-12
Wednesday, July 15, 7-8pm
Make this fun donut shaped message board that can hold your favorite photos and cards. 

Library Lock-In   EIY773   Entering grades 6-12   
Friday, July 17, 5:45-7:45pm
The Library will be closed to the public, but open to you!  Join us after hours where we will enjoy games and food!  This program is not suitable for those with food allergies. Please note: you must hand in a signed permission slip when you sign up for this program at the Reference Desk.

Acting Workshop   EIY718         
Entering grades 6-12
Monday, July 20, Wednesday, July 22, Monday, July 27, Wednesday, July 29 & Thursday, July 30, 5-6:30pm
Calling all actors!  Attend these dramatic workshops to learn the art of improvisation, hone your acting skills, perfect your monologue delivery, and even share your ability to write.  Student actors will critique their videotaped performances on the last session, promoting their directing talents as well!  This program is sponsored by the Bohlsen Foundation. 
Please note: videotaped performances are posted to the library's YouTube channel.  If you do not wish for your child to be included in this footage, please sign a waiver at the Reference Desk. 

 Entering grades 6-12
Monday, July 20, 7-8pm
Pop into science! Not only will you explore the flexible properties of bubble gum, you'll learn how to make your very own.

Jewelry Workshop   EIY771          
Entering grades 6-12
Thursday, July 24, 7-8pm
Learn how to create a braided wish bracelet with bead accents.  Make a wish when fastening then as the bracelet wears, the beads fall out and your wish comes true!

Entering grades 6-12          Fee: $5 CASH
Tuesday, July 28, 6-8:30pm
Learn how to pedicure, decorate and care for your feet. Everyone will get their own pedicure kit that includes: foot basin, emery board, pumice block, orangewood stick, nail polish and nail decorations. Please note: there is a $5 kit fee to be pain in cash when you register for the program at the Reference Desk.

Watercolor Workshop   EIY736          
Entering grades 6-12       
Thursday, July 30, 7-8:30pm
Come to the Library for a beginner watercolor class where, using painter's tape, you will paint your own birch tree design. You will complete a project to take home.  This program involves materials that could get on clothing so please dress appropriately. This program is sponsored by the John A. Rodger, Jr. Foundation in conjunction with the Arts Council of the East Islip Public Library.

First Annual East Islip Public Library Comic Con
Saturday, August 1, 10am-3pm       All ages
All ages are invited to attend programs and events throughout the library.  There will be prizes, raffles, crafts, a short film-festival, debates, snacks, photo booth, costume contest and more!  We'll even have a visit from the 501st Legion's Empire City Garrison!  Though there is no registration necessary for the day, there are several programs for which you must register starting July 1st:
Superhero Drawing Class  EIJ570 
11-11:45am, entering grades 3-6
Anime & Manga Drawing Class  EIY772, 
12-1pm, entering grades 7+
Minecraft Contest  EIJ560
2-2:30pm; 2:30-3pm, entering grades 3-6
Wii Tournament: Super Smash Bros.  EIY774, 
2-3pm, entering grades 7+

Science Hero: Sir Isaac Newton   EIY759          
Entering grades 6-12         
Monday, August 3, 7-8pm
Learn about Newton's life and discoveries through stories and hands on experiments. Find out what happens in a car crash, fly a balloon rocket and much more.

Entering grades 6-12
Thursday, August 6, 7-8pm
Create this delectable treat right in the library. First, you will make the homemade waffles used in this sandwich. While you enjoy your snack, you will get to see how to make ice cream at home.
Silly Putty   EIY762          
Entering grades 6-12         
Monday, August 10, 7-8pm
The Science Wizard will teach you the properties of rubber and slime and show you how to make a rubber ball that you can take home.  

Sharpie Tie Dye   EIY761          
Entering grades 6-12         Fee: $5 CASH
Tuesday, August 11, 7-8pm
Learn how to use Sharpie markers to create a tie dye pattern on a t-shirt. All materials will be provided.  Please note: there is a $5 program fee to be paid in cash, when you register for the program at the Reference Desk.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Summer Volunteer Opportunity Registration is OPEN!
The library needs responsible volunteers for the summer.  Registration for July volunteer opportunities is May 1 - June 27; registration for August volunteer opportunities is July 1 - July 29.  Spots are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.  Register at the Reference Desk; there is no telephone or online registration:
  • Those entering grades 7-12 can register to help in the Children's Room with various craft programs throughout the summer.  You may register for 3 craft programs for each month.
  • Those entering grades 7-12 can register to provide babysitting services during library programs.  You may register for 5 babysitting days for each month.
  • Those who are 14-years-old and older can register to be Summer Reading Club Listeners, requiring you to work a schedule of three hours per week throughout the summer, listening to children report on what they have read.
You may be simultaneously registered for any of the above as long as you stay within the limitations for each type of volunteer opportunity (i.e. up to 3 craft programs, up to 5 babysitting shifts, and/or summer reading club listener for each summer month).

So stop by the library today to sign up!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Mother's Day Floral Workshop
Saturday, May 9, 10:45am-11:45am
Grades 7-12
Fee: $2.50 (cash)

Learn how to design a fresh flower arrangement to give to a deserving person on Mother's Day.  Please bring $2.50 in exact change when you sign up at the Reference Desk.

Don't miss out...sign up today!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Getting Ready to Babysit
Saturday, April 25, 2015
10:00am - 1:00pm
Grades 6-9
Fee: $10.00 (cash)

Bring a snack and learn the skills to become a babysitter. topics covered include: child safety, developmental stages of children and how to plan activities that are age appropriate.  You will receive a certificate upon completion.   

Please bring $10.00 in exact change when you sign up at the Reference Desk.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

SAT Prep Class
Mondays & Wednesdays
April 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 & 29
Grades 11 & 12
Fee: $80.00

Learn skills and strategies to help you raise your SAT score.  This class is taught by two experienced New York State certified math and English teachers.  Students will be required to to buy the textbook: McGraw-Hill SAT, 2015 edition.

This class will finish before the last two SAT dates this spring (May 2, June 6).

Please bring your library card and an $80.00 non-refundable check, made payable to Chris Cowan, when you register at the Reference Desk. 

Register today!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

It's your turn to change the world.

The Google Science Fair is a global online competition open to individuals or teams from 13 to 18 years old.

Sign up at alone or in teams of two or three

Use the project site builder to tell Google about your experiment

Deadline is May 18, 2015

Click here for a complete listing of rules and details

Friday, January 30, 2015

New YA Books

In this fast-paced survival story set in Hawaii, electronics fail worldwide, the islands become completely isolated, and a strange starscape fills the sky.  Leilani and her father embark on a nightmare odyssey from Oahu to their home on the Big Island.  Leilani's epilepsy holds a clue to the disaster, if only they can survive as the islands revert to earlier ways.

Seventeen-year-old Aubrey Housing and her best friends live by a set of rules: don't fall in love, don't be needy and don't give away your heart, but Aubrey finds herself struggling with her convictions when she meets newcomer Nathan Diggs, a caring boy with whom she experiences an instant connection.

Ileni is losing her magic.  And that means she's losing everything: her position as the rising star of her people, her purpose in life, and even the young mane she loves.  Sent to the assassin's cave hidden deep within the mountains, she expects no one will ever hear from her again.  The last two sorcerers sent died within weeks of each other.  Accidents, or something more sinister?  As Ileni navigates the dangers of the caves, she'll discover secrets that have been kept for decades.  

Katie never thought she'd be the girl with the popular boyfriend.  She also never thought he would cheat on her--but the proof is in the photo that people at their boarding school can't stop taking about.  Mark swears he doesn't remember anything.  But Rose, the girl in the photo, is dead, and Mark is in big trouble.  Hoping that Mark was just stupid and not a killer, Katie investigates turning up more than she bargained for.
Maia is a teenage piano prodigy and dutiful daughter, imprisoned in the oppressive silence of her adoptive parents' house like a princess in an ivory tower.  Cass is a street rat, witch and runaway, scraping by with her wits and her knack for a five-fingered discount. When a chance encounter brings the two girls together, an unlikely friendship blossoms that will soon change the course of both their lives.

Elena Rudina lives in the impoverished Russian countryside.  When a train arrives in the village carrying a noble family that includes Ekaterina, a girl of Elana's age, the two girls' lives collide.  An adventure is set in motion that includes mistaken identity, a monk locked in a tower, a prince traveling incognito and a witch of Russian folklore.

One minute Danny was running from the cops, and the next, he jolted awake in an unfamiliar body--his own, but different.  Somehow, he's crossed into a parallel universe.  Now his friends are his enemies, his parents are long dead, and studious Eevee is not the mysterious femme fatale he once kissed back home.  Then again, this Eevee--a girl who'd rather land an internship at NASA than a date to prom--may be his only hope of getting home.

Tella Holloway is losing it.  Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can't determine what's wrong, her parents decide to move to the middle of nowhere for the fresh air.  She's lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying--and she's helpless to change anything.  Tella learns that a win in the Brimstone Bleed--an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean and mountain--could result in the Cure for her brother's illness.  But all the participants are after the Cure for the people they love and there's no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.

With acerbic wit and a hilarious voice, Shane describes the challenges he faces as a twenty-one-year-old with spinal muscular atrophy.  From awkward handshakes to having a girlfriend and everything in between, Shane handles his situation with humor and a "you-only-live-once" perspective on life. 

Friday, January 2, 2015

New Programs....

Our January/February newsletter has just come out and in it are some great programs you don't want to miss! 

Junk Mail Snowflakes EIJ469
Tuesday, January 27, 5:30-6:15pm, Grades 4+
Join us to turn trash into snow treasure!  Registration starts December 13.

Thursday, February 5, 7-8pm, Grades 7-12
Bring your creativity and help your fellow teens create a Valentine's Day bulletin board full of heart. Participating members will receive one hour of community service.  Snacks will be served.

Tuesday, February 3, 5:30-6:15pm, Grades5+
Tweens join us to create this beautiful wreath just in time for Valentine's Day.
Registration begins January 14, 2015.

Tuesday, February 17 (6-9pm), Wednesday, February 18 (6-9pm) and Thursday, February 19 (7-9pm)     Ages: 10+     Fee: $50 per person
Why wait until the last minute to get your boating license? Recent New York State law requires that anyone born on or after May 1, 1996 must obtain a boating license.  Come in from the cold and take this class to get it out of the way; the license earned in this class is good for both boats and Jet Skis and will last for a lifetime.  

Tuesday, March 9, 5:30-6:15pm, Grades 4+
You'll use scrap paper to create a beautiful work of art!
Registration begins February 13, 2015.

Sign up today!