Monday, December 26, 2011

Check out these books to movies during your break:


Pick up a copy of The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Sherlock Holmes

Read the Sherlock Holmes series

We Bought a Zoo

Pick up a copy of We Bought a Zoo

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

3rd Annual Mitten Tree

In the spirit of the season, the East Islip Public Library is collecting new winter clothing accessories during 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!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Summer Reading 2012 Teen Video Challenge

Create a summer reading video and you could win $275.

This contest, open to all New York State teens, aged 13-18, must express your interpretation of the 2012 CSLP teen slogan "Own the Night."  Additionally, it must promote public libraries and the fun of reading and be able to be used in any library.

Entry deadline is March 5, 2012.

For more information and entry form, click here.

Friday, November 18, 2011

The man who inspired the book...that inspired the movie...

Georges Melies
Born in Paris in 1861, Maries Georges Jean Melies showed an interest in the arts at an early age.  After buying the famous Theatre Robert Houdin, Melies worked full time as a theatrical showman performing magic.  After witnessing the profound invention of cinematography Melies was immediately captured.  Understanding the the theatrical element that could be enhanced by film, Melies revolutionized cinematography by pioneering camera techniques still used today; double exposure, split screen with performers acting opposite themselves and the dissolve.  

Take a look at some of his revolutionary work:

  Then check out Hugo in theaters 11.23.11

For more information on Brian Selznick and The Invention of Hugo Cabret, click here.

To reserve a copy of the book, click here.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Let the games begin...

The official Hunger Games trailer has been released.  
Will you be able to wait until 3.23.12 to see it?

To hold you over until then: 

Read the books again

Check out this picture of the cast (click here for the interactive version)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Hug it Forward

Hugs are great--a wonderful gesture between friends and even strangers.  Now, your hugs can build schools.  Strange, but true!  Hug it Forward is a non-profit that is empowering communities to unite and work together towards a common goal: building schools built out of wasted trash bottles called "bottle schools" (watch this video to see how it works).  Hug it Forward's sponsors will donate $1 for each hug tracked to fund a Bottle School.  How easy is that?  Just make sure tell the person you hug about Hug it Forward and track the hug on their website.  Ten thousand hugs equal one school; so hug your friends, hug your family, and use this as a great excuse to hug your crush, you know, in the name of charity.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Looking for somewhere to volunteer?

Look no further; fulfill your community service needs here at the East Islip Public Library!

Every month, we host a Teen Advisory Board meeting.  Not only do you get to talk about books, music and library programs, you are welcome to share any ideas and suggestions you may have for ways that we can improve! 

Current members describe TAB as a fun way to earn community service and see your fellow EIHS and EIMS friends.  New members are always welcome and any member who participates will receive one hour of community service.

Sign up for a TAB meeting here; our next meeting is Tuesday, November 1.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

October 16-22, 2011

Teen Read Week is a national literacy initiative aimed at teens to encourage reading for the fun of it.  Stop by the Library between October 16 and October 22 to celebrate:
  • Fill out a raffle located at the Reference Desk every time you come into the library during this week to win a prize.
  • Enter our Picture It @ Your Library Challenge-draw a picture of a scene from your favorite book. You can also download a sheet here.

Oh, and while you're in the building, fill out the Candy Corn Contest raffle!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

SAT Prep Course
Grades 11 & 12
Fee: $80.00

Mondays & Wednesdays October 10, 12, 17, 19, 24 & 26 from 6:30-8:30pm

If you're a junior or senior, it's only a month into school and you're probably already feeling the pressure... college applications... essays... good grades... SAT...

Help take away some of your stress by signing up for our six session series that will familiarize you with the SAT.  It's taught by two certified, experienced teachers that will cover both portions of the test.

Sign up at the Adult Reference Desk with your library card and a check made payable to Chris Cowan for $80.00.

Please note: you will be required to buy the textbook: McGraw-Hill SAT:

6th edition (2011), ISBN: 9780071740944
7th editon (2012), ISBN: 9780071764094

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Candy Corn Contest 
October 1-31       Open to YAs in grades 7-12

It's October already and Halloween's just around the corner.

What better way to celebrate the holiday than with a jar filled with candy corn?

Stop by the Reference Desk anytime you're in the library during October to fill out an entry to be in the running for our Candy Corn Contest.

Good luck!

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.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) of the American Library Association (ALA) hosts a TEEN ONLY vote in which teens get to nominate and choose their favorite books from the previous year.

Vote now through September 16.

Click here to see a complete list of the 2011 nominations.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers invites teens in grades 7-12 to submit their best works of art and writing starting September 15, 2011.  Panels of creative industry leaders will review the works for recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarship opportunities. 

Find out more information at:

Friday, July 22, 2011

Young Adult Photography Contest

It's not too late.....

Don't miss the submission deadline for our 3rd Annual YA Amateur Photography Contest.  Thursday, July 28 (by 9pm) is rapidly approaching!  This year, we ask you to take a photo of your favorite place.  The winner will have their work permanently displayed in the Teen Bistro.  To download and print an entry form, click here.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Young Adult Summer Programs

We have begun sign ups for all of our Young Adult Summer Programs.  Click on the program name to go directly to our calendar to sign up, or come down to the library or call (581-9200x5).  Just remember, you will need your library card to sign up for each program.

Acting Workshop  EIY718
Tuesdays, July 26 & August 2, 5-6:30pm
Entering grades 6-12
Calling all actors!  Attend these dramatic workshops and learn the art of improv, hone your acting skills, perfect your deliverance of monologues and even work on a bit of writing.  Then, on August 2 at 6pm, you will take everything you learned and perform a monologue for your family and friends.
*This program is presented courtesy of the Bohlsen Foundation*

T-Shirt Tie Dye  EIY710
Wednesday, July 27, 7-8:30pm
Entering grades 6-12
Learn how to recycle an old white shirt or dye a new one!  Please bring a washed white or light colored shirt, the more worn the better.  Shirts should be 100% cotton or 50% cotton and 50% polyester for best results.

Felt Clutch  EIY766
Thursday, July 28, 7-8pm
Entering grades 6-12
Fee: $5 cash
Use felt, decorative gems and glue to create a fashion forward clutch, perfect for stashing a phone and other essentials.  $5 in exact change is due at the time of registration at the Adult Reference Desk.

Hot, Hot, Hot, Cold, Cold, Cold  EIY773
Wednesday, August 3, 7-8:30pm
Entering grades 6-12
You need heat to make ice cream?! Come learn the science involved with making your very own ice cream.

Dreamcatchers  EIY764
Wednesday, August 10, 7-8:30pm
Entering grades 6-12
Weave your own dream web on a woodland vine and learn the legend of this wonderful object.
*This program is presented courtesy of the Bohlsen Foundation*

Minute to Win It  EIY769
Thursday, August 11, 7-8pm
Entering grades 6-12
Ever watch NBC's Minute to Win It and think, "I can do better than that"?  Then come down to the library with your friends and prove it!

Let's Make Pizza  EIY765
Monday, August 15, 7-8:15pm
Entering grades 6-12
Learn how to make pizza from scratch.

Candy Wrapper Journals  EIY767
Thursday, August 18, 7-8pm
Entering grades 6-12
Go back to school in style with this customized composition notebook.

Young Adult Programs are open to East Islip Library Cardholders.  You will need your library card to register for all programs whether online or at the Reference Desk.  Out of district patrons will be placed directly on a waitlist and invited to programs based on availability.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

New York Safe Boating Class EIY703

Monday, June 27, 6-9pm,
Tuesday, June 28, 6-9pm & 
Wednesday, June 29, 7-9pm

Fee: $35 for ages 10-17, $40 for ages 18+

Plan to spend the summer on your family's boat? Want to be able to drive it? Then don't miss our New York Safe Boating Class.  This class is required for anyone who wishes to operate personal watercraft or for persons younger than 18 who wish to operate a boat.  You must attend all three classes to obtain a certificate.  Please bring your library card and exact change with you when you register for this program at the Reference Desk.

Sign up today!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

The new Librafax is out!

The Library's newsletter has just come out and is chock full of great programs and a ton of volunteer opportunities:

* Mother's Day Floral Workshop, Saturday, May 7, 10:45-11:45am
Design a fresh flower arrangement to give to a deserving person on Mother's Day.

*Our last two TAB meetings of the season: Tuesdays, May 10 & June 7

*New York Safe Boating Class, Mon. June 27 (6-9pm), Tues. June 28 (6-9pm) & Wed. June 29 (7-9pm).  This class is intended for anyone who wishes to operate personal watercraft or for people younger than 18 who wish to operate a boat.

For more information on our upcoming programs, click here.

Not only do we have our regular volunteer opportunities, Mother's Day and Father's Day gift workshops, Story Craft and Lego builders, we have two special opportunities for May and June:

*50th Anniversary Celebration Volunteers, Tuesday, June 21 (4-9pm, depending on the activity).   There are different ways in which you can volunteer for the celebration but you must sign up for any of them at the Reference Desk. 

*Summer Volunteer Opportunities, late June through August
The Library needs responsible volunteers for several programs this summer.  The amount of time varies with each program.  Registration is ongoing throughout the month of May only and spots are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please be aware that this is the only time we register volunteers for the whole summer.  You must register at the Reference Desk, and don't wait too long, space is limited.

To view a description of the available opportunities, click here.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Celebrating reading by connecting teens and authors

Saturday, April 30, 2011
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (doors open at 9:30am)
Grades 6-12
St. Joseph's College, Patchogue NY

A FREE full-day event open to everyone, but teens get preferred seating. Meet dynamic authors of young adult literature. Break out sessions with the following authors: Tonya Hurley, Robert Lipsyte, George O'Connor, Rita Williams-Garcia, Maryrose Atwood, Coe Booth, Tricia Rayburn, Daniel Ehrenhaft, Anna Godbersen, Alyssa Sheinmel, Adam Gidwitz and Jim McCann. Cool giveaways, books for sale and autographing will be available. Please note: this program takes place at St. Joseph's College, Patchogue, NY and attendees are responsible for their own transportation to and from this event.

Pick up your FREE ticket at the Reference Desk today!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Last Little Blue Envelope is almost here!

Maureen Johnson's much anticipated sequel to 13 Little Blue Envelopes is due out in just under 2 weeks.   In honor of that exciting event, from now through April 25th, you can get a free, totally legal download of 13 Little Blue Envelopes to keep.  FOR FREE.  No catch.  And if that's not reason enough, this electronic edition has a sneak preview of Last Little Blue Envelope.  So what are you waiting for?

I want a copy of 13 Little Blue Envelopes:
For Kindle
For Nook

Place a hold on The Last Little Blue Envelope here

Friday, March 25, 2011

New Books in YA

Check out these books that are new to the young adult collection:

Chime by Franny Billingsley
In the early twentieth century in Swampsea, seventeen-year-old Briony, who can see the spirits that haunt the marshes around their town, feels responsible for her twin sister's horrible injury until a young man enters their lives and exposes secrets that even Briony does not know about.
Grades 8+

Recovery Road by Nelson Blake
While she is in a rehabilitation facility for drug and alcohol abuse, seventeen-year-old Maddie meets Stewart, who is also in treatment, and they begin a relationship, which they try to maintain after they both get out.
Grades 9+

Strings Attached by Judy Blundell
When she drops out of school and struggles to start a career on Broadway in the fall of 1950, seventeen-year-old Kit Corrigan accepts help from an old family friend, a lawyer said to have ties with the mob, who then asks her to do some favors for him.
Grades 8+

Wither by Lauren DeStefano
After modern science turns every human into a genetic time bomb with men dying at age twenty-five and women dying at age twenty, girls are kidnapped and married off in order to repopulate the world.
Grades 9+

Afterlife by Claudia Gray
When a shocking twist of fate turns Bianca into a wraith and Lucas into a vampire, the star-crossed lovers have no choice but to return to the sinister Evernight Academy to deal with the repercussions.
Grades 8+

Two teenagers who are living on the streets and barely getting by become involved in a complicated criminal plot, and make an unexpected connection with each other.
Grades 9+

Eighteen-year-old Robert tries to help his half-brother Xan, a seventeen-year-old misfit, to make better choices as he becomes increasingly attracted to a variety of protesters, anarchists, and the like.
Grades 9+

Piper's Son by Melina Marchetta
After his favorite uncle's violent death, Tom Mackee watches his family implode, quits school, and turns his back on music and everyone who matters, and while he is in no shape to mend what is broken, he fears that no one else is, either.
Grades 9+

The political and romantic tensions that began when Aislin became Summer Queen threaten to boil over as the Faerie Courts brace against the threat of all-out war.
Grades 7+

It's the summer of 1889, and Amelia van den Broek is new to Baltimore. But her gaiety is interrupted by disturbing, dreamlike visions that offer glimpses of the future. When one of her darkest visions comes to pass, Amelia's world is thrown into chaos.
Grades 9+


Marooned in a broken-down Houston neighborhood--and in a Mexican immigrant family where making ends meet matters much more than making it to college--smart, talented Marissa seeks comfort elsewhere when her home life becomes unbearable.
Grades 9+


Told in their separate voices, thirteen-year-old soccer star Kevin and police sergeant Brown, who knew his father, try to keep Kevin out of juvenile hall after he is arrested on very serious charges.
Grades 7+

Across the Universe by Beth Reves
Teenaged Amy, a cryogenically frozen passenger on the spaceship Godspeed, wakes up to discover that someone may have tried to murder her.
Grades 9+

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like her by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil.
Grades 8+

Sixteen-year-old Jamie Gordon had a taste of praise and recognition at age fourteen when her unflattering photograph of an actress was published, but as she pursues her dream of being a celebrity photographer, she becomes immersed in the dark side of fame.
Grades 9+

A teenage girl's beloved brother returns home from the Iraq War completely unlike the person she remembers.
Grades 9+

Rival by Sara Bennett Wealer
Two high school rivals compete in a prestigious singing competition while reflecting on the events that turned them from close friends to enemies the year before.
Grades 9+

See What I See by Gloria Whelan
When eighteen-year-old Kate arrives on the Detroit doorstep of her long-estranged father, a famous painter, she is shocked to learn that he is dying and does not want to support her efforts to attend the local art school.
Grades 9+

Miles From Ordinary by Carol Lynch Williams
As her mother's mental illness spins terrifyingly out of control, thirteen-year-old Lacey must face the truth of what life with her mother means for both of them.

Grades 7+

Click on any title for more information or to reserve your copy today!