Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Girl Scouts Annual Light Show

Just because Christmas is over doesn't mean you can't do one more holiday activity.

Through December 30th, you can visit Girl Scouts Camp Edy and travel through a mile-long wooded trail filled with captivating light and holiday displays.

Located on Lakeview Avenue in Bayport the light show runs daily from 5pm-9pm.

So gather your family and go enjoy!

For directions, fees and more information click here.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Snowflakes for Sandy Hook

Snowflakes for Sandy Hook

In an effort to begin to heal and move past the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, teachers have asked for paper snowflakes from around the country.

After the holiday season, the students of Sandy Hook Elementary School will move into a temporary, vacant building and your paper snowflakes can help brighten the students' lives.

Paper snowflakes are easy to make and a simple way to make a difference.

Please send snowflakes by January 12, 2013 to:
Connecticut PTSA
60 Connelly Parkway
Building 12, Suite 103
Hamden, CT 06514

Friday, December 14, 2012

Listen to a Life Contest

This contest gives you the chance to travel through time and learn about the past, while discovering a direction for your own future.

Students must interview one older person and write a 300-word story to send a message around the world and into the future.  All winning essays become part of the Legacy Project's online Legacy Library.

Each entry must be submitted by an intergenerational team consisting of one young person, 8-18 years old, and one older person, at least 50 years old, from the United States or Canada.

The essay must be an original, true story about a real event or experience in the older entrant's life and be based on an actual interview the young person completes in person, over the phone, or via the Internet with a living older adult.

One Grand Prize Timeless Award Winner Receives a Lenovo ThinkCentre computer, a keepsake timepiece from Expressions of Time, and an autographed copy of Dream, an award-winning bestseller about time, legacies and dreams across a lifetime.

10 Legacy Award Winners receive a keepsake timepiece from Expressions of Time and an autographed copy of Dream, an award-winning bestseller about time, legacies and dreams across a lifetime.

Entries must be received by Friday, March 22, 2013.

For more information, official rules and entry forms, click here.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Tween Reading Club
Dragonswood by Janet Lee Carey
In 1192 A.D. on Wilde Island, Tess, the daughter of a cruel blacksmith, is accused of witchcraft and must flee, but when she meets a handsome and enigmatic warden of Dragonswood who offers her shelter, she does not realize that he too harbors a secret that may finally bring about peace among the races of dragon, human, and fairy.

Join Mrs. Ware, East Islip Middle School Librarian and Mrs. Worst, East Islip Public Library YA Librarian, on Thursday, December 13 from 3:30-5pm, for a lively tween book discussion! For grades 6-8. Refreshments will be served.

There's still time to sign up!

Friday, November 23, 2012

4th Annual Mitten Tree

In the spirit of the season, we will once again be collecting new winter clothing accessories 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.

Need comes in all sizes, so items of any size, color and fabric are welcome!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Food for Fines

Do you owe money to the library? 
Maybe you returned a DVD late or have items still overdue?  Help us feed those in need in our community while at the same time setting your record straight.
During November and December, bring in canned, nonperishable food, or unused toiletry items and we will reduce your fines*; we will honor an even exchange of one donated item for the elimination of one overdue item on your record.
Help us help others.

*Fine forgiveness cannot be extended to material belonging to other libraries, or lost or damaged items. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

More Community Service Credit!

Teen Advisory Board Meeting (TAB)
Today, November 6, 7-8pm
Grades 7-12

Come to the Library tonight for our Teen Advisory Board Meeting.  We will have our usual lively discussion about books, music, movies and everything else in between.  We'll also create a lovely autumn bulletin board and display with your fellow teens with the timely themes: What are you thankful for? and How do you say Thank You?.  New members always welcome, and feel free to bring a friend.  Snacks will be served. 
Participating members will receive one hour of community service. 

Make sure to attend our next meeting, too, on December 4.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Teen volunteers needed today!
Today at 3pm, Family Faith Office at St. Mary's Church needs help:
  • Loading Hurricane Relief Donations into a van to be delivered to a distribution site
  • Setting up for the Operation Christmas Child Shoe box packing party
Teens needing community service have been requested, no matter how much time you have to give.  Just make sure to bring your papers that need to be signed.

Please contact Maryann at 581-3304 x120, for more information.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Some changes for YA
So many of you have been interested in our volunteer opportunities--yay!  Unfortunately, because most opportunities require only a few volunteers, they fill up fast.  So, in an effort to accommodate the increased popularity of volunteer opportunities, we have changed the procedure for registering.  Registration will now be limited to two opportunities (including waitlists) per person, per Librafax.  Also, you will have to either call or visit the Reference Desk to register; there is no longer online registration available.
With your demanding academics we understand that you need to log volunteer hours.  And we love that you love to come here for your community service.  But, we do need to give a fair chance to everyone interested and appreciate your understanding as we make these changes.  For a complete listing of the volunteer opportunities we offer go here.
And, because we want to help you, we've compiled a list of local organizations that take teen volunteers.  Check out the list, it's got some pretty interesting opportunities.  Just make sure to check the age requirements as they vary from group to group.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns

Try something new this October - visit Old Westbury Gardens to see over 5,000 hand-carved Jack O'Lanterns lighting up the night sky.

Walk through the Gardens to see the work of dozens of local artists and sculptors.  This experience is suitable for all ages, so bring your friends and family.

Tickets must be purchased in advance; click here for directions and ticket info.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Banned Books Week 9.30.12 - 10.6.12

Banned Books Week:
  • Celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one's opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them.
  • Draws attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society
  • Stresses the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature

The books above are just a sample of young adult books that have at one time (but for most, many times) been challenged, temporarily removed and/or banned.  It is not uncommon for a challenged book to be labeled as "pornographic," "disgusting," "offensive," "sick," "too intense" and "blasphemous."

Usually, books are challenged by a desire to protect the intended audience from the content of the book.  While this is a commendable motivation, librarians and governing bodies have made clear that only parents have the right to restrict access to their own children.   Censorship by librarians, for any reason, is a direct violation of the First Amendment.  Therefore, it is a library's responsibility to challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment. (ALA Library Bill of Rights).

Yes, banned and challenged books may contain mature material that some might find offensive; it does not, however, warrant removal from a public place.  These books should be read thoughtfully, discussed and used as a tool to see different walks of life--the good and the bad--to broaden the mind of the reader.

And not only do libraries feel this way, authors do too.  Click on an author to find out their response to censorship:
For more information on censorship and the intellectual freedom that is supported by libraries, visit the National Coalition Against Censorship and the American Library Association.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

We have a winner...

Mrs. Worst, YA Librarian, and winner, Sarah B., grade 7.
The Public Libraries of Suffolk County sponsored a drawing this summer where students entering grades 3-8 could win a Sony e-Reader simply by joining the Summer Reading Club at their local public library! We entered the top two children’s (entering grades 3-5) and the top two teen (entering grades 6-8) readers from East Islip Public Library; our top seventh grade reader, Sarah B. won!  Reading an impressive 36 books this summer, she is definitely deserving.  Congratulations Sarah!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

EIPL Tween Reading Club

EIPL Tween Reading Club
For grades 6-8

Join Mrs. Worst, East Islip Library's YA Librarian, and Mrs. Ware, East Islip Middle School Librarian for a new tween reading club.  Come with friends and learn about new authors and genres!  Refreshments will be served.

Join us at the East Islip Public Library, Thursdays from 3:30-5pm:
October 11
December 13
February 14
May 2

For our first discussion on October 11, we'll discuss The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger:  Sixth-grader Tommy and his friends describe their interactions with a paper finger puppet of Yoda, worn by their weird classmate Dwight, as they try to figure out whether or not the puppet can really predict the future.

Registering for this program is easy, using program code EIY785, either:
~Go to EIPL's online calendar
~Stop by the Reference Desk at EIPL
~Call EIPL, 581-9200 x5
~Go to Mrs. Ware at the EIMS Library

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

SRC Wrap-Up

When you joined the Summer Reading Club we asked you to read...anything: literature, fluff, non-fiction, graphic novels, etc.  After hearing about what you all thought about your selections, we compiled a list to share with you.  Take a look, you might find something good!

Born too Short by Dan Elish
Thirteen-year-old Matt is so envious of his best friend Keith that he wishes things would go badly for him, and when Keith's fortune changes while at the same time Matt finds his first true girlfriend, Matt is overcome with guilt.

"I loved this book, even if it was a short book ; )"

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen
When the difficult star of the reality television show "Expedition Survival" disappears while filming an episode in the Florida Everglades using animals from the wildlife refuge run by Wahoo Crane's family, Wahoo and classmate Tuna Gordon set out to find him while avoiding Tuna's gun-happy father.

"Awesome plot and an unexpected ending; a great, funny read."

Fact of Life #31 by Denise Vega
Sixteen-year-old Kat, whose mother is a home-birth midwife, feels betrayed when a popular, beautiful classmate gets pregnant and forms a bond with Kat's mother that Kat herself never had.

"Never a dull moment, I'd recommend for Lauren Myracle fans!"

Tohru Honda is an orphaned teenager who comes to live with the Sohma family in exchange for housekeeping duties, but she soon comes to know the family secret; they possess the ability to transform into their zodiac animal.

"I love how intense the storyline gets."

Eldest of three sisters in a land where it is considered to be a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl.

"This novel is full of lovable characters, is inventive and well written."

High school sophomore Nora has always been very cautious in her relationships, but when Patch, who has a dark side she can sense, enrolls at her school, she is mysteriously and strongly drawn to him, despite warnings from her best friend, the school counselor and her own instincts.

"I would recommend this series because it was amazing and well written!"

While high school junior Jessa is on a Drama Academy trip to Italy with ex-boyfriend Sean and his new girlfriend, she opens her heart to change by following all of the outrageous instructions in her best friend's care package.

"Every teenage girl should read this brilliant, funny novel."

Budding costume designer Lola lives an extraordinary life in San Francisco with her two dads and beloved dog, dating a punk rocker, but when the Bell twins return to the house next door Lola recalls both the friendship-ending fight with Calliope, a figure skater, and the childhood Crush she had on Cricket.

"A well written romantic comedy full of wit and charm."

Fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride knows what it's like to soar above the world.  She and all the members of her "flock"are just like ordinary kids, except they have wings and can fly.  It may seem like a dream come true to some, but for the flock it's more like a living nightmare when the mysterious lab known as the "school" kidnaps their youngest member.  It's up to Max to organize a rescue, but will help come in time?

"The artwork is amazing and really brings the story to life."

When Maxie's best friend from elementary school returns years later after a horrible act of violence against him, Maxie feels guilty about how she treated him and conflicted over whether or not she wants to befriend him again.

"I couldn't put this book down I loved it so much!"

Rory, of Benouville, Louisiana, is spending a year at a London boarding school when she witnesses a murder by a Jack the Ripper copycat and becomes involved with the very unusual investigation.

"This novel is a chilling thriller about ghost hunting, boarding school and Jack the Ripper that you won't be able to put down!"

Spin the Bottle by Elizabeh Cody Kimmel
When aspiring actress Phoebe and her best friend, the brainy Harper, enter middle school, their friendship is briefly tested by Phoebe's admiration of some of the drama club students and the intensity of her first crush, but ultimately they find that their relationship can withstand the stresses of their expanding lives.

 "OMG, this is exactly like middle school!"          

Storky: how I lost my nickname and won the girl by D.L. Garfinkle
Fourteen-year-old high school student Michael "Storky" Pomerantz's journal describes his freshman year, from dealing with his mother's dating his dentist to attempting to win the heart of the girl he loves.  

 "A fabulous book!  I hope a sequel comes out."          


Bullied because of an incident in his past, eighth-grader Logan is unhappy at his new school and has difficulty relating to others until he meets a quirky girl and a counselor who believe in him.  

 "A very sad, but great story about bullying."

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

State-certified Driver and Traffic Safety Education course

Suffolk County Community College is offering high school students the New York State certified Driver and Traffic Safety Education course for the Fall 2012 semester.

Why you should take the class:
  • You may be eligible for a rate reduction in your automobile insurance
  • You will be able to receive your Senior License at age 17 rather than at 18
  • Your high school may possibly grant you credit for completing the course
Course details:
  • Consists of 25.5 classroom hours and 25.5 in-car instruction hours
  • Classes offered on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
  • Cost of instruction is $538.50 per student
  • You must have a learner's permit and be at least 16 years old before the first day of the class
Application deadline is Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Courses are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so register early.

Copies of the necessary application are available at the Adult Reference Desk.

For any questions, please contact Suffolk County Community College Office for Continuing Education at 451-4399 or 451-4114.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Cast Your Vote!

The 4th Annual Young Adult Photography Contest here at the Library is underway. 

 Photos are hanging in the Teen Bistro and we need YOU to pick your favorite. 

Voting will be open through 5pm on Friday, August 17th.

Help pick the next winner to be permanently displayed in the Teen Bistro!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012



Join the summer reading club

READ & READ some more...

TOP Readers will be entered in a drawing for


At the end of the summer reading club, the top two participants who read the most in each category (grades 3-5 and grades 6-8) will be entered in a raffle for all Suffolk County Libraries for the chance to with a Sony eReader.

Click here for raffle rules and information.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Summer YA Programs

Sign up is ongoing for all summer programs.  All programs are open to East Islip Public Library cardholders going into 6th-12th grades.  Please include your grade in the note to instructor field to ensure your place in the program.

Tuesday, July 10, 7-8pm
Using a letter stencil, you will create a mosaic design using glass tiles, beads and buttons over canvas.  The result is stunning!

Thursday, July 12, 7-8:30pm
Learn how to create your own clay charms for a one-of-a-kind charm bracelet.

Monday, July 16, 7-8pm
You will get to measure, mix and make your waffle from scratch and create your very own ice cream sundae toppings.

Tuesdays, July 17, 24, 31 & August 7, 5-6:30pm
Calling all actors!  Attend these dramatic workshops and learn the art of improvisation, hone your acting skills, perfect your deliverance of monologues and even work on a bit of writing.  Student actors will critique their videotaped performances on the last session, promoting their directing talents as well!

Tuesday, July 17, 7-8pm
Make this small sachet pillow filled with herbs such as lavender, local pine needles or sage that may be placed under your pillow or on your headboard.

Thursday, July 19, 7-8pm
You pick the design; we'll provide the supplies and have a contest at the end to see who has built the superior catapult.

Monday, July 23, 7-8:30pm
Ghosts appear to people in places like their homes, campgrounds, parks and on vacation.  Some ghostly figures appear as white mists and others look like black shadows.  What are they?  Where do they come from?  Join The Paranormal Adventurers in search for the meaning of these visitors in the night.  Be prepared to tell your own ghost stories!


Wednesday, July 25, 7-8:30pm, Fee: $5 cash
Learn how to manicure, decorate and care for your nails like a professional.  There is a $5.00 nail kit fee to be paid in cash, the night of the program.

Tuesday, July 31, 7-8:30pm
First you will create an amorphic substance then you will use an amplifier, tone generator and speaker to vibrate the stuff at difference frequencies to create the moving "Creatures."

Wednesday, August 1, 7-8pm, Fee: $5 cash
Attend this interesting program and learn about the history of this ancient art form and how to apply designs to your hands, arms or feet to create a temporary tattoo.  Please note, you must hand in a signed permission slip when registering at the Adult Reference Desk and $5 cash must be paid the night of the program. 

Monday, August 6, 7-8:30pm
Learn how to capture a summer night sky with watercolor.  You will complete a project to take home.  This program involves materials that could get on clothing so please dress appropriately.

Tuesday, August 7, 3-4:30pm
Attend this program and make a variety of do-it-yourself jewelry and accessories.  Please bring one colorful t-shirt to reconstruct into something else.

Thursday, August 9, 7-8pm
Science or magic?  What makes puff pastry puff?  Why does crepe suzette burst into flames?  Explore the chemistry behind the culinary arts and prepare a magical meal.  Bring your science and culinary questions!

Monday, August 13, 7-8pm
Learn the science behind natural skin care and how ingredients found in the kitchen can substitute for costly cosmetics and make your own.

Tuesday, August 14, 7-8:30pm
Hear the legends of the characters in the sky, learn what planets and constellations to look our for and when to spot a shooting star.

Thursday, August 16, 7-8:30pm, Fee: $5 cash
Go back to school in style with your very own erasers made from clay!  There is a $5 cash fee due the night of the program.

**Programs marked with an asterisk are sponsored by the Bohlsen Foundation**