Monday, September 26, 2016

2017 Profile in Courage Essay Contest

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation invites U.S. high school students to honor the 100th anniversary of JFK's birth by participating in the 2017 Profile in Courage Essay Contest.

In Profiles in Courage, John F. Kennedy recounted the stories of eight U.S. senators who demonstrated political courage by risking their careers to do what was right for the nation.  The Profile in Courage Essay Contest challenges U.S. high school students to write a new profile in courage describing and analyzing an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year of JFK's birth.

Winners receive:
First-place prize winner gets $20,000 and an expense-paid trip to Boston to receive recognition at the Centennial event.
Second-place winner gets $1,000
Five finalists will get $500 each
Eighteen Centennial awards of $100 each 

For contest information, registration and to submit your essay, visit

Deadline for submission: January 4, 2017

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Let us help you go back to school with ease

The East Islip Public Library has a whole host of databases available to you online, 24/7: 
  • Credo Reference is a great place to start your research project with a wide variety of subjects covered.
  • Global Road Warrior provides regularly updated information on 175 countries, like: climate, demographics, holidays & festivals, religion and more.
  • Access instruction on over 80 languages with Pronunciator; prepare for your next language test with vocabulary and grammar drills and quizzes.
  • Receive free tutoring services with Brainfuse Homework Help. Available Monday-Sunday from 2pm-11pm, tutors are trained in math, science, reading/writing, social studies and general skills, K-12.  You can even receive assistance with PSAT, SAT, ACT and AP prep.
All databases can be found on and all you need is your library card to connect!