Monday, January 23, 2012

No Name-Calling Week  January 23-27, 2012

Inspired by the YA novel, The Misfits by James Howe, No Name-Calling Week (NNCW) is an annual opportunity for students to discuss their experiences and feelings towards name-calling and bullying schools.

In this day and age name-calling and bullying happens in all areas of life, at home and in school.  What may seem like simple joking to one person may be very hurtful to another.  Take a few minutes to learn more about the differences between name-calling and bullying:

Name-calling is calling others mean names and labels.  You have the right to be called the name you want, and to not be called hurtful or mean names. 

Bullying is aggressive behavior that is intentional and that involves an imbalance of power or strength.  Bullying can take many forms such as: 
  • Hitting or shoving (physical bullying) 
  • Teasing or taunting (verbal bullying) 
  • Intimidation through gestures or social exclusion (nonverbal bullying or emotional bullying) 
  • Sending insulting or threatening messages by phone or internet (cyber bullying)

Take Action:

No Name-Calling Week Creative Expression
Creative Expression is an opportunity for students to submit original pieces, in all mediums, that convey their experiences and feelings about name-calling and their ideas for putting a stop to bullying in their schools and communities.  Click here for entry forms and details.  Entry deadline is Friday, March 2, 2012.

It Get's Better                      Stop Bullying Now!

Books about bullying:

The Misfits / James Howe
Four students who do not fit in at their small-town middle school decide to create a third party for the student council elections to represent all students who have ever been called names.

Burn / Suzanne Phillips
Bullied constantly during his freshman year in high school, Cameron's anger and isolation grows, leading to deadly consequences.

Living with Peer Pressure and Bullying examines the nature of these two common behaviors, the effects they have, and how teens can combat them. Chapters also cover the coercive power of peer pressure, the risks and rewards of telling the truth, cyberbullying, and helping others cope with bullying.

For a complete list of bullying books, click here.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Doodle 4 Google Contest
Design a doodle using the Google logo 

The contest:
  • This contest is open to students in grades K-12
  • The Google logo should be clearly visible and recognizable within the doodle
  • The doodle may be done in pencil, crayon, felt tip, paint or by computer drawing or design software
  • Ideas must be entirely original and reflect the theme "If I could travel in time, I'd visit..."

The prizes:
  • The winning doodle will be featured on the U.S. Google homepage for one day on May 18th, 2012
  • The National Winner will get a $30,000 college scholarship to be used at the school of their choice, a trip to New York City for an event on May 17, 2012, a Chromebook, a Wacom digital design tablet, and a t-shirt printed with his or her doodle on it. Google will also award the winner's school a $50,000 grant towards the establishment of a computer lab or technology programming
  • Four National Finalists will win a $5,000 educational grant to be used at the school of their choice, a trip to New York City for an event on May 17, 2012, a Wacom digital design tablet and a t-shirt printed with their doodle on it
  • 50 State Winners will win a trip to New York City for an event on May 17, 2012, a t-shirt printed with their doodle on it
  • The National Winner, four National Finalists and fifty State Winners will all have their doodle featured in a special exhibit at the New York Public Library
Entry Deadline: March 23, 2012

For more information and a copy of the entry form, click here.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Saturday, April 28
St. Joseph's College, 
Patchogue, NY

Authors Unlimited is a free event, brought to you by the public libraries of Suffolk County and St. Joseph's College, meant to celebrate reading by connecting teens and authors.     Don't miss out on these authors attending this year's Authors Unlimited:

Michael Beil 
Sarah Beth Durst
Madeleine George
Christopher Grant
Lisa Greenwald
Adele Griffin
Paul Griffin
Jenny Han
Marthe Jocelyn
Janet Lee
Robert Lipsyte
Daniel Nayeri
George O'Connor
Lauren Oliver
Dave Roman
Mark Shulman

And if that's not enough, you could volunteer to be part of your favorite author's entourage.

Teens grades 6-12 have the opportunity to apply to become an Authors Unlimited volunteer.  As a volunteer, you will be paired with an author and will stay with that author throughout the day.

To be selected as an Authors Unlimited volunteer:
You must be available from 9am-4pm on Saturday, April 28, 2012
You must have your own transportation to and from St. Joseph's college
You must fill out a Volunteer Application form (signed by a parent or guardian)
You must have one Character Reference filled out by a coach, employer, librarian or teacher

Forms must be returned to Mrs. Worst at the East Islip Library or mailed to:
Sheila Doherty--Young Adult Librarian
Nesconset Library
148 Smithtown Blvd
Nesconset, NY 11767

All forms must be handed in no later than: Friday, March 16, 2012

Click here for Authors Unlimited information, click here for the Volunteer Application, click here for the Character Reference form.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

 Tuesday, January 31, 7-8pm, Grades 5-12

Join us for this fun and friendly competition held in honor of National Chocolate Cake Day (January 27).  Teams will work together, competing with chocolate cupcakes. far will your team go?

Sign up for this program online, in person or by telephone with your library card.