Thursday, December 26, 2013

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 quiet await you!

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

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

New York State Archives Student Research Awards

New York State students, in grades 4-12, may work individually or in groups.  Projects must include an annotated bibliography and use historical records. Projects need not be focused on New York State history but often, the most successful research projects examine an event from a local point of view.

Acceptable projects:
  • Research papers
  • Papers reconstructing the past
  • Exhibits
  • Documentaries
  • Performances
  • PowerPoint/Prezi entries
  • Websites
  • Proposals for the designation of a historical marker, property or district
  • Total of 3 awards given (Grades 4-5, 6-8 & 9-12)
  • Winners will receive a framed certificate and a cash prize
  • Certificates of Merit will also be awarded to entries other than the winners
Entries must be postmarked no later than July 1, 2014.

Click here for contest information, guidelines, entry forms and contest FAQs.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

5th Annual Mitten Tree

In the spirit of the season, the East Islip Public Library 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 bulletin board in the Children's Room.  Need comes in all sizes; items of any size, color and fabric are welcomed.

We will accept donations through the end of December.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Take a break from all the leftovers and holiday shopping and stop by the East Islip Public Library this weekend.  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 quiet await you!

Friday, November 22, 2013

One of the "behind the scenes" jobs that we librarians have is coming up with lists of suggested reading.  These lists can be on a multitude of topics highlighting a plethora of interests and be intended for a range of ages.  

Take a look at the most recent lists we created...

     Anything can Happen in a Day
          young adult novels that occur in 24 hours or less

     Get Real
           contemporary young adult fiction for grades 9-12

      Two Sides to Every Story
           young adult books that feature multiple narrators and different sides to the same story

You can find all of our book lists here

Monday, October 7, 2013

90-Second Newbery Film Festival Video Contest
The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is a video contest in which filmmakers of any age make a movie of an entire Newbery Award winner in 90 seconds or less.

The Newbery Medal, named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery, is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Festival creator James Kennedy has found that any book, no matter how worthy and serious, becomes "pleasingly ludicrous" when condensed to 90 seconds.  And, according to the rules, the whole plot must be dramatized, no book trailers or video book reports.

Now in its third year, the film festival has become greatly successful with annual screenings at the public libraries in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Portland, Tacoma and more.

The rules are pretty simple:
  • Your video should be 90 seconds or less (unless it's absolute genius, you can make it up to 2 minutes)
  • Your video should be about a Newbery Award winning book (click here for the winners)
  • No book trailers and no video book reports
  • Your video should be a dramatization with mostly child actors (if you use them) that tells the book's entire story
  • You will need to upload your video to a video sharing site like YouTube or Vimeo and email James Kennedy

James has a wonderful section of his website that goes into great depth about the festival.  
He's also created a helpful guide that provides you with tips and tricks for making a 90-second video.  You can also find a page dedicated to successful Newbery videos that will hopefully provide some inspiration.

Don't take too long to just think about this project though; the deadline for this contest is December 10, 2013.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

The Beginning of Everything
by Robyn Schneider

Ezra Faulkner has been on the upward social spiral since middle school.  Star athlete and prom king, Ezra believes his senior year will be his best yet , until a devastating car accident changes his entire future.  No longer an athlete, let alone a star athlete, the looks he gets in the hallway have changed from envy to pity and Ezra is not sure how he will make it through a whole year.  As he struggles with his new identity,  Ezra reconnects with an old friend and forges an unexpected bond with eccentric newcomer, Cassidy Thorpe.

The Beginning of Everything is filled with humor, honesty and heart; and it is not your classic boy-meets-girl novel.  Fans of John Green and The Perks of Being a Wallflower will enjoy this story about how difficult it is to play the part that people expect and how new beginnings can stem from  tragic endings.

Reserve your copy today!


Saturday, September 28, 2013

Checkout our Acting Workshop videos on YouTube!

This summer, the Library offered a series of classes teaching aspiring actors the art of improvisation, how to hone their acting skills and ways to perfect their deliverance of monologues.  After a few practices, their performances were videotaped and we now share them with you!


Each year this workshop features a great teacher/director, a fun group of teens and is an excellent way to channel your dramatic energy in the summer while you wait for Drama to start back up at school.

The Acting Workshop will be back next summer so be sure to sign up when June 2014 comes around!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Banned Books Week  9.22.13 - 9.28.13

"The American Library Association promotes the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one's opinions even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular, and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those viewpoints to all who wish to read them." (ALA)

To this day, people across the country attempt to ban access to various books.  Sex, profanity and racism remain the primary categories of objections occurring most in schools and school libraries;  frequently, challenges are motivated by the desire to protect children.  Even if their actions are well intended, censoring materials denies the freedom of others to choose what they read, see or hear.  Certainly, individuals may restrict what they or their children read, but they must not be able to prevent other from reading what they like.

Below are a few selections from a list of books challenged, restricted, removed or banned in 2012 and 2013:

 Feed / M.T. Anderson

Challenged at the William Monroe High School in Greene County, Virginia, because the book is "trash" and "covered with the f-word."

This book has won numerous awards and is also a National Book Award Finalist and a Junior Library Guild selection.

Ender's Game / Orson Scott Card

A teacher in Schofield Middle School in Aiken, South Carolina will not face criminal charges (?!) for reading to his students from this science-fiction book.  Apparently, the reading was characterized by one student and one parent as pornographic.

This novel has won several science-fiction awards and is listed on numerous children's literature review websites as appropriate for readers twelve and older.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower / Stephen Chbosky

Challenged as an assigned reading at the Grandview Heights, Ohio High School because the book dealt with drugs, alcohol, sex, homosexuality and abuse.

As a nod to the book's popularity,  Perks was adapted into a film.  This book consistently lands on top teen book lists.

Carter Finally Gets It / Brent Crawford

Challenged, but retained in the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma middle school libraries despite a parent's complaint that it is "vulgar, vulgar, vulgar."

The Young Adult Library Services Association recognized this book as one of 2010's Amazing Audiobooks.

Looking for Alaska / John Green

Banned as required reading for Sumner County, Tennessee. schools because of "inappropriate language."

The book won the 2006 Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature.

Fallen Angels / Walter Dean Myers

Challenged on the Danbury Middle School reading list in Toledo, Ohio due to inappropriate language.

In 1988, this book won the Coretta Scott King Award which recognizes outstanding African-American authors and illustrators and is awarded for books about the African-American experience that are written for a youth audience.

The Body of Christopher Creed / Carol Plum-Ucci

Challenged, but retained in the Appleton, Wisconson School District despite the book's reference to suicide and sex.

In 2001, this book was awarded the Michael L. Printz Honor Award for excellence in young adult literature.

Stuck in Neutral / Terry Trueman

Challenged at the Creekwood Middle School in Humble, Texas because the book was an "inappropriate reading assignment."

In 2001, this book was awarded the Michael L. Printz Honor Award for excellence in young adult literature.

It is important to respect those that express different views from you, it's covered in the First Amendment, in fact.  What's also covered, however, is that none of us has the right to control or limit another person's ability to read or access information.

For more information on Banned Books Week, visit

Friday, September 20, 2013

John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest

Write an original and creative essay of 1,000 words or less that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage.
  • Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1956.
  • Use at least five varied and reliable sources.
United States high school students in grades nine through twelve attending public, private, parochial or home schools are eligible to participate and could win:
  • 1st Place: $5,000 cash award and $5,000 to grow in a 529 College Savings Plan
  • 2nd Place: $1,000 cash award
  • 5 Finalists: $500 cash award
All students must register online but may submit essays online or via mail no later than January 6, 2014.

For complete guidelines and tips for writing your essay, visit the Profile in Courage Essay Contest website.

Don't forget, the East Islip Public Library has a wealth of online resources available to you 24/7 with just your library card!

Sunday, September 15, 2013


 Interview someone who inspires you ~ Use found objects to create a sculpture ~ Start an idea journal ~ Compose a comedy skit ~ Find an object in nature and tell its story ~ Create a short story about superheroes ~ Make a one-minute animation ~ Experiment with Cubify 3D software ~ Start a Tumblr account to share your work ~  Pick a lyric from a favorite song and draw it ~ Scribble on newsprint ~ Learn about Scholastic Awards alumni Zac Posen and Lena Dunham ~ Talk to a librarian or gallery owner ~ Make a short documentary about something that is important to you

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers identifies teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience through The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

Teens grades 7 through 12 can apply in 28 categories of art and writing for the chance to have their work exhibited or published and for the chance to earn scholarships.

Submissions are graded on three criteria
Technical Skill
Emergence of a personal vision or voice

Starting September 16, log on to the Scholastic Awards registration website to create an account and submit your work.   Deadlines range between December 15, 2013 and January 15, 2014. 

Click here for more contest information.
Visit the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers Blog to see past winners and their submissions.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Try the Library's new reference e-book database: Literati

Featuring over 3,000,000 full text entries from encyclopedias and dictionaries

Each with audio components 

Over 2,000 images that you can copy and paste into your work

Plus, thousands of topic pages to help you with your project

All content is provided with full citation information in a variety of styles (APA, Chicago, Harvard and MLA).

Create a My Literati account to bookmark books and topic pages.  You can access this account at anytime from anywhere.

Get started, with your library card, today!


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

TAB Meeting Tonight!

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)
Tuesday, September 10, 7-8pm
Grades 7-12

Welcome back!  Come and share your stories about great summer moments and the best/worst books you read.  Join us for a lively discussion and bring a friend.  Snacks will be served and participating members will receive one hour of community service.

Monday, August 26, 2013

We have a winner!
Congratulations to our Young Adult Summer Reading Club grand prize winner, Destiny Kohlhepp!  Miss Kohlhepp was a constant fixture in the Library over the summer and read and reported on an impressive 38 titles!  We were so excited to present her with the club's grand prize, an Amazon Kindle Fire HD.  Not only will she be able to access tons of Amazon content, Miss Kohlhepp will also be able to borrow books from the library for free.  

Congratulations Destiny!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

SAT Prep Class

Mondays & Wednesdays
 September 9, 11, 16, 18, 23 & 25


Fee: $80 (check)

This six-session series, meant to familiarize students with the SAT will be taught by two certified teachers with many years of experience.  

Students are required to buy the textbook: McGraw-Hill SAT, 2013 or 2014 edition.

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

Out of district cardholders may sign up for this program starting Thursday, August 8, 2013.

Friday, July 26, 2013

There's still room in these great programs:

Monday, July 29, 3-4pm, Entering grades 6-12
Get the answers to your fortune with this easy to make version of the classic Magic 8 ball.

Thursday, August 1, 7-8pm, Entering grades 6-12
We dare you to attend this program!  Learn gross facts about the body and participate in some gross activities using your five senses.  Are you up to the challenge?  Warning!: this program is not for the weak of stomach!

Wednesday, August 7, 7-8:30pm, Entering grades 6-12
Join us for a beginner watercolor class where you will learn how to capture a turtle beneath the sea.  You will complete the project to take home.  This program involves materials that could get on clothing so please dress appropriately.



Thursday, August 8, 7-8pm, Entering grades 5-12
Just as much is going on beneath your feet as is going on above ground.  Learn about and meet some of the animals that live under the leaf litter, in holes and burrows, and beneath rocks and logs.


Friday, July 5, 2013

YA Photography Contest

5th Annual Young Adult Photography Contest

For teens going into grades 7-12

The Young Adult Department is proud to present our 5th Annual Photography Contest that is open to amateur photographers in the East Islip community, going into grades 7-12.  

Entries must be 8"x 10", of an appropriate nature and can be color or black and white.  Please do not submit mounted or framed photographs.

All entries will be displayed in the Teen Bistro from Friday, August 2, 2013 through Friday, August 16, 2013.  During this time your peers will vote upon a winner.  The first place winners' entry will be framed and hung permanently in the Teen Bistro.  The winner will be announced on Tuesday, August 20, 2013.

Please submit the entry form with your photograph(s) no later than 9pm on Thursday, August 1, 2013.  The signature of a parent or legal guardian is required for all participants. 

This is a great way to earn recognition for your work and also to become a permanent part of the Teen Bistro.  Don't miss this wonderful opportunity!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Summer Programs

Registration for our wonderful summer programs is underway.  All programs are open to teens going into grades 6-12.  You will need your library card to register for all programs whether in-person, online or by telephone.

Monday, July 8, 7-8:30pm, Fee: $7 CASH
Learn how to pedicure, decorate and care for your feet.  Everyone will get their own kit that includes: foot basin, emery board, pumice block, orangewood stick, nail polish and nail decorations.  There is a $7 kit fee to be paid in cash the night of the program. 

Monday, July 15, Wednesday, July 17, Monday, July 22, Wednesday, July 24 and Thursday, July 25, 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 16, 3-4pm
Learn  how to make a braided bracelet, sure to complement any wardrobe!

Thursday, July 18, 7-8:15pm
Learn  how to make pretzels and stuff them with chocolate, nacho cheese or cinnamon sugar.  The flavor of the pretzels are hidden inside!

Tuesday, July 23, 3:30-4:30pm
We'll provide you with the supplies to decorate a light strand to hang in your room.  Please bring 3 "AA" size batteries.

Thursday, July 25, 7-7:45pm
Even through the bugs and worms, you'll want to dig beneath the surface of this dirt cake!

Monday, July 29, 3-4pm
Get the answers to your future with this easy to make version of the classic Magic 8 Ball.

Monday, July 29, 7-8pm
Design your own sun catcher using mosaic glass pieces.  Set the finished sun catcher in a sunny window sill and enjoy the colorful show.

Tuesday, July 30, 8:45-10:45pm
DThe Library will be closed to the public, but open to you!  Join us after hours where we will test your agility and enjoy some food!
You must register in person for this program.

Thursday, August 1, 7-8pm
We dare you to attend this disgusting program!  Learn gross facts about the body and participate in some gross activities using your five senses.  Are you up to the challenge?  Warning!: this program is not for the weak of stomach!

Tuesday, August 6, 7:30-8:30pm
Ever watch NBC's Minute to Win It and think, "I can do better than that"?  Come down to the Library and challenge your friends, have a great time and prove once and for all that you can do better than the person on TV!

Wednesday, August 7, 7-8:30pm
Join us for a beginner watercolor class where you will learn how to capture a turtle beneath the sea.  You will complete a project to take home.  This program involves materials that could get on clothing so please dress appropriately.


Thursday, August 8, 7-8pm
Just as much is going on beneath your feet as is going on above ground.  Learn about and meet some of the animals that live under the leaf litter, in holes and burrows, and beneath rocks and logs.

To sign up today for these great programs, click on any of the program names or call the Reference Desk, 581-9200 x5.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Beneath the Surface

East Islip Public Library
2013 YA Summer Reading Club

Registration for our YA Summer Reading Club, for teens going into grade 7-12, begins today.

After reading one book (or two graphic novels) of your choice this summer, write down a thoughtful comment about the book on a Reporting Card; required summer reading for school counts!  Then, just give the card to any librarian at the Adult Reference Desk.  For every Reporting Card you hand in, you will receive a raffle ticket that you can put towards your prize of choice:
Manga Drawing Kit: Manga drawing books, sketch pad and drawing pens

Baking Bowl: cookie cutters, spatulas, mixing bowl and cookie decorating book

Beneath the Surface Book Bundle: Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King, Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork and Other Normals by Ned Vizzini 

Daniel X Series Book Bundle: Dangerous Days of Daniel X, Watch the Skies, Demons & Druids, Game Over and Armageddon by James Patterson

In Trouble Book Bundle: How to Steal a Car by Pete Hautman, Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott and  Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones

 Mystery Book Bundle: A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly, signed copy of Who Done It by Jon Scieszka and What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell

Wake Trilogy Book Bundle: Wake, Fade and Gone by Lisa McMann

Movie Basket: candy, popcorn and movie theater gift card

Hobbit Book and Movie Basket: Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, Hobbit DVD, popcorn and candy in a popcorn container

Life of Pi Book and Movie Basket: Life of Pi by Yann Martel, Life of Pi DVD, popcorn and candy in a popcorn container

The Perks of Being a Wallflower Book and Movie Basket: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower DVD, popcorn and candy in a popcorn container

Game Night: Apples to Apples, Pass the Pigs and Zombie Dice

Grand Prize: Amazon Kindle Fire HD

And don't worry about entering for our grand prize, an Amazon Kindle Fire HD.  For every five (5) books you read, a raffle ticket with your name will automatically be entered in the drawing.

How easy is that?  The more books you read, the more tickets you get.  Plus, you get one free raffle ticket just for signing up! 

Stop by the Reference Desk and sign up today!