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.