Monday, December 26, 2016

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:
Monday, December 26, 9am-9pm
Tuesday, December 27, 9am-9pm
Wednesday, December 28, 9am-9pm
Thursday, December 29, 9am-9pm
Friday, December 30, 9am-6pm
Saturday, December 31, Closed
Sunday, January 1, Closed
Monday, January 2, 9am-9pm

Don't forget; we're open even when we're closed.  Access your library account, databases, ebooks and magazines all on

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

8th Annual Mitten Tree
In the spirit of the season we are once again 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, so items of any size, color and fabric are welcomed.
Donations will be accepted through the end of December. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Holiday Floral Workshop

Saturday, December 17

Grades 7-12
Fee: $2.50 CASH

Create a festive fresh flower arrangement to enjoy for the holiday season.  $2.50 is due in cash the you sign up for the program as the Adult Reference Desk.

Stop by the library today to register!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Don't miss

Adam Gidwitz!

Thursday, December 8 

New York Times best-selling author Adam Gidwitz will visit the library to speak on writing and answer audience questions.  Books will be available for purchase and signing.

It's not too late to sign up


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Local Teen Visits New York Comic Con

East Islip teen, Johnathan Y. was fortunate to obtain a press pass for NYCC 2016.  Below is his review of the day and the backstage access his pass allowed.

NYCC 2016: NYCC won't leave you disappointed
by Johnathan Y.

Comic Con 2016 is here, and it's time to sit back, relax, and enjoy everything going on at the Javits Center.  Maybe a little bit less on the relax part, since there's so much to do here and it almost seems like it's impossible to go and do everything you're going to want to do.  Like me for instance!  Day on of Comic Con, I expected to walk around, visit some panels, and just take it slow.  Before any of that, I knew I had an appointment over at Shop Studios to have some fun with Square Enix.  I expected to be there for maybe an hour, tops?  Instead, three hours later, I'm only just leaving what was some of the most fun I've had at NYCC in my short time of going here.  So what did I spend three hours doing?  Well, I sampled a bit of the new VR coming for The Rise of the Tomb Raider, I hung around and interviewed a couple of representatives from Hitman, got my first taste ever of both Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and Final Fantasy XV, and finished off with Kingdom Hearts 2.8.

Let's start off with what I did first: The Rise of the Tomb Raider.  For anyone who owns a PS4, we all know the struggle of this game.  Microsoft was given an exclusive deal and so us SONY faithful have had to wait a full year to finally get our hands on it.  Now, I only got to play some of the DLC - Blood Ties - but within the half hour I played, I had a blast.  This is both a recommendation for both Tomb Raider and Playstation VR.  Starting up on the game, I will admit that the first mode I played wound up leaving me feeling dizzy.  Sitting down and controlling the character walking is...tough.  Luckily, there's another mode within the game where you're able to teleport Lara place to place, and once I got the hang of it I was flying all over the board. 

Blood Ties focuses on Croft Manor, which is about to be stripped away from Lara due to issues with the actual claim of the property.  Lara refuses to let that happen though, so she has to go on a hunt throughout the Manor and find the paperwork for the home.  Within the 30 minutes I played, I can say this much: the exploration, the puzzles, everything you enjoyed about the first game is back in Rise.  I didn't get to finish the mode due to time constraints, but there's a reason that this was one of my most anticipated games of 2016.

My next stop was Hitman, which you can read more about in a future article including the interviews with the lead writer,  Michael Vogt and Global Brand representative Sven Liebold.  So instead, let's just jump to Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.  I've never played Human Revolution, so I didn't know what to expect walking right into Mankind Divided.  What I can say though is that the future content coming for this game has me excited for whatever I do decide to go and play through the game.  A whole bunch of levels are being added to the Breach mode, a new DLC is coming out featuring an old character from the first game, and an estimated arrival for the second story related expansion.  I did get to play a bit of Mankind Divided, and for those familiar with the game you know just how fun it is.  For my first time, I almost didn't want to put it down.  It plays easy and it was an enjoyable and challenging experience.

This is going to pain me to say and probably pain you to read, but I have never played a Final Fantasy game.  The franchise had always interested me but I never got around to trying out the games.  So I made it  a point to give Final Fantasy XV a try while I had the chance.  I was given the chance to play the first four chapters of the game which, for the sake of time, I was able to complete.  I dug in for about an hour and here's what I can say: the combat system is very intense.  there was a lot thrown at me in the tutorial but once I began to pick up on it, the game just started to feel so smooth.  Another thing, the graphics are insane, just truly beautiful.  It's one of the best looking games I've seen so far.  The chances of me picking this up and giving it a try are probably as high as they've ever been.

And finally, I wrapped up with Kingdom Hearts 2.8.  One of the first story-based games I wrapped myself into was Kingdom Hearts.  The lore was intriguing, the characters were fun, and it wasn't overly complicated.  Did I finish the game though?  Yea.  In fact, all I know is the controls felt the same and it was fun hitting the Heartless with a magical key again.  Otherwise, there's not a whole lot I can say.  I will be picking this up soon, so for anyone who's been a fan of the lore and the games, this will be something you'll want to acquire.

All in all, my experience with Square Enix at Shop Studios has been a highlight for me and the perfect way to start off New York Comic Con.  If you get the chance, test out these games for yourself.  You certainly won't be disappointed.

Truly comic con was an amazing experience for myself a 12 year old boy with his family we all cosplayed and enjoyed the fun in that some of the cosplay was quite amazing the spirit of the day was fun and adventure.  But what I'd like to make sure to mention one can still find comics in all different genres Disney had a great booth that was dedicate just to books new editions plus old favorites the line was wrapped around the corner I waited with anticipation for the new Gravity Falls journal #3 would I go back waiting on the long lines getting through the large crows, you bet!   

Thanks, Johnathan; looks like you had a great time!
Want to Dine with Adam Gidwitz?

Students, grades 5-12, are invited to participate in a writing contest.  Using any of Adam's books, students must write an alternate ending between 500 and 750 words.  Essays will be divided into two groups (grades 5-8 and grades 9-12), judged upon originality and creativity and must be submitted to Mrs. Ware at the East Islip Middle School or Mrs. Worst at the East Islip Public Library no later than Monday, November 28.  

Two winners, one from each group, will be announced on Monday, December 5 and will get to dine with Adam Gidwitz, at Shandon Court, on December 8 at 4pm.  Winners will be responsible for their own transportation; meal will be provided.  

Essays should include student's name, phone number and grade.

Friday, October 21, 2016


 The Islip Youth Bureau is currently seeking high school sophomores and juniors who wish to serve as members of the Youth Board.  The Youth Board, which also includes adults, coordinates youth services and development programs and meets five times a year.

A youth board member advocates for youth; influences how youth services are provided; works closely with other civic-minded youth and adults; gains valuable experience as it relates to community collaborations, youth program planning and positive youth development in addition to building a resume for college and careers.

Those high school sophomores and juniors that are interested in the position should contact the Islip Youth Bureau at (631) 224-5320 or email

Monday, October 10, 2016

Books that capture the spirit of Stranger things


Pitticus Lore
Nine of us came here.  We look like you.  We live among you.  But we are not you.  We can do things you dream of doing.  We have powers you dream of having.  We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen.  We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books -- but are real.  Our plan was to grow, and train, and become strong, and become one, and fight them.  But they found us and starting hunting us first.  Now all of us are running.

Patrick Ness
What if you aren't the Chosen One? The one who's supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?  What if you're like Mikey?  Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school.  Again.  Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week's end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.  Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions. 

Lindsay Ribar
Like most of his family, Aspen Quick steals private things from people, things that make them who they are, in order to make his life easier.  He might steal someone's sobriety so he can drive home after a party -- or he might steal his crush's desire for his best friend.  He's never really worried how he could be affecting people.  But that changes when he spends the summer in his grandmother's hometown and discovers just how deep the Quick family magic can go and what they are willing to do to keep it secret. 

Laura Ruby
Everyone knows how Bone Gap is full of gaps -- gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever.  So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren't surprised.  After all, it wasn't the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O'Sullivan on their own.  Just a few years ago, their mother hightailed it to Oregon for a brand-new guy, a brand-new life.  That's just how things go, the people said.  Who are you going to blame?  Finn knows that's not what happened to Roza.  He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember.

Noelle Stevenson
Best friends, Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley spend a fun summer at Lumberjane scout camp where they encounter yetis, three-eyed wolves, and giant falcons while solving a mystery that holds the fate of the world in the balance. 

 available as eBooks on Overdrive

Todd Strasser
Madison, a senior at a suburban New York high school, tries to uncover who is responsible for the disappearance of her friends, popular students mentioned in the posts of an anonymous blogger, while she, herself, is being stalked online and in person. 

Rich Wallace
Frank, a teen-aged ghost who has not been able to move on to a higher realm in the afterlife, tries to connect with his younger brother Herbie, a high school senior who was eight years old when Frank died. 


Max Brailler
After a monster apocalypse hits town, average thirteen-year-old Jack Sullivan builds a team of friends to help slay the eerily intelligent monster known as Blarg.

Henry Clark
Discovering a rare zucchini-colored crayon between the cushions of a mysterious sofa found at their bus stop, River, Freak and Fiona unwittingly embark on a quest to save the world from an alien invasion unleashed by a criminal mastermind.

Neil Gaiman
When Coraline steps through the locked door in her family's new flat, she finds a world which caters to her every whim.  When she wants to leave, however, things rapidly change and she must fight a battle of good and evil to safe herself.


Neil Gaiman
Richard Mayhew's life is forever changed after he rescues a young girl named Door and finds himself living in a city of monsters, saints, murderers, and angels, and he must help Door on her mission to save this strange underworld kingdom from destruction.

Stephen King
They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror.  Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness.  But the promise they made twenty-eight years ago calls them to reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city's children.

Monday, September 26, 2016

2017 Profile in Courage Essay Contest

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation invites U.S. high school students to honor the 100th anniversary of JFK's birth by participating in the 2017 Profile in Courage Essay Contest.

In Profiles in Courage, John F. Kennedy recounted the stories of eight U.S. senators who demonstrated political courage by risking their careers to do what was right for the nation.  The Profile in Courage Essay Contest challenges U.S. high school students to write a new profile in courage describing and analyzing an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year of JFK's birth.

Winners receive:
First-place prize winner gets $20,000 and an expense-paid trip to Boston to receive recognition at the Centennial event.
Second-place winner gets $1,000
Five finalists will get $500 each
Eighteen Centennial awards of $100 each 

For contest information, registration and to submit your essay, visit

Deadline for submission: January 4, 2017

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Let us help you go back to school with ease

The East Islip Public Library has a whole host of databases available to you online, 24/7: 
  • Credo Reference is a great place to start your research project with a wide variety of subjects covered.
  • Global Road Warrior provides regularly updated information on 175 countries, like: climate, demographics, holidays & festivals, religion and more.
  • Access instruction on over 80 languages with Pronunciator; prepare for your next language test with vocabulary and grammar drills and quizzes.
  • Receive free tutoring services with Brainfuse Homework Help. Available Monday-Sunday from 2pm-11pm, tutors are trained in math, science, reading/writing, social studies and general skills, K-12.  You can even receive assistance with PSAT, SAT, ACT and AP prep.
All databases can be found on and all you need is your library card to connect! 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Summer Reading Club Winner

Congratulations to our grand prize winner, Katie B.  Katie read and reported on a ton of books this summer and definitely deserves the grand prize, a Kindle Fire 8 HD tablet.

Katie B. with her new Kindle Fire

Thanks to all participated and made this another successful summer in the YA Department! 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Congratulations to our 8th Annual Young Adult Photography Contest winner!

Victoria G. submitted this beauty that claimed first prize status:

The Sun Sets on the Ocean by Victoria G.
Stop by the library to see this photo on the wall in the Teen Bistro!

Click here to see all submitted photos.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016




Monday, June 27, 2016

Summer Reading Club Reporting Begins!

It's time to start filling out and handing in your reporting cards for the Young Adult Summer Reading Club.  For every card you hand in-with a thoughtful reaction of a couple sentences-we will hand you a raffle ticket.  Raffle boxes are lined up at the back of the reference desk with pictures of all of our summer prizes.  The number of reporting cards you hand in, and raffle tickets you receive, is unlimited; the more you read, the more chances you get to win a prize!  

And don't forget about our grand prize, a Kindle Fire 8 HD.  For every 5 books (10 graphic novels) you read and report on, you will have one automatic entry into the grand raffle prize drawing.

Don't worry if you haven't signed up for our summer reading club yet.  Come in, any time we're open, to sign up.  You don't want to miss out!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

New York Safe Boating Class

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

Ages: 10+

Fee: $40 CASH for all ages

New York State law requires that anyone born on or after May 1, 1996 must obtain a boating license.  Additionally, all persons operating personal watercraft (Jet Skis) must have a boating certificate and be at least 14-years-old.  So take this class just in time before the heart of summer; the license earned in this class is good for both boats and Jet Skis and will last for a lifetime.  

You must attend all three classes to obtain a certificate.

Register, with your library card and exact change, at the Reference Desk.  


Monday, June 13, 2016

YA Summer Reading Club:

If you love to read then you don't want to miss our summer reading club just for teens (going into grades 7-12). 

After reading one book (or two graphic novels) of your choice this summer complete the Reporting Card and give the card to any librarian at the Adult Reference Desk.  Required summer reading for school counts!  Please provide a thoughtful reaction to the books you read - just a couple of sentences.  One word comments will not be accepted.

For every Reporting Card you hand in, you will receive a raffle ticket that you can put towards your prize of choice. 

Simply, the more books you read, the more tickets you get!

  • Music Set: 3D printed cell phone/mp3 player holder and iTunes gift card
  • Star Wars Set: The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster, Star Wars: the Force Awakens Visual Dictionary by Pablo Hidalgo and a Star Wars Episode 7 Pop! Kylo Ren figure
  • Drawing Bundle: Enchanted Forest coloring book and a set of Crayola colored pencils
  • The Summer I Turned Pretty Trilogy Book Bundle: It's Not Summer Without You, The Summer I Turned Pretty and We'll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han
  • Unwind Dystology Book Bundle: Unwind, UnWholly, UnSouled and UnDivided by Neal Shusterman
  • Stan Lee Bundle: Amazing Fantastic Incredible, Stan Lee's How to Draw Superheroes, Stan Lee's How to Write Comics by Stan Lee
  • Sports Book Bundle: Night Hoops by Carl Deuker, Over the Wall by John H. Ritter and Period 8 by Christ Crutcher
  • Movie Basket: candy, popcorn and movie theater gift card
  • The D.U.F.F. Book and Movie Basket: The D.U.F.F. by Kody Keplinger, The D.U.F.F. DVD, popcorn and candy in a popcorn container
  • Me & Earl & the Dying Girl Book and Movie Basket: Me & Earl & The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews, Me & Earl & the Dying Girl DVD, popcorn and candy in a popcorn container
  • Paper Towns Book and Movie Basket: Paper Towns by John Green, Paper Towns DVD, popcorn and candy in a popcorn container
  • Game Night: Exploding Kittens, Ideal Rage card game, Sushi Go!
  • Grand Prize: Kindle Fire HD 8

Tuesday, May 24, 2016


Registration has begun (for East Islip Library cardholders) for both July summer programs and volunteer opportunities.

July Summer Programs:

3D Printing for Teens   EIY740
Thursday, July 14, 6:30-8:30pm
Entering grades 6-12
Make a design and 3D print it!  In the first part of this program teens will learn about Computer Aided Design (CAD) applications and the future of 3D printing.  They will then apply this new knowledge to create their own 3D printable file using TinkerCad.  The library will print the projects and teens will be able to pick them up the following week.

Library Lock-In   EIY773
Friday, July 15, 5:45-7:45pm
Entering grades 6-12
The library will be closed to the public, but open to you!  Join us after hours where we will enjoy games and food!  This program is not suitable for those with food allergies. Please note: you must hand in a signed permission slip when you sign up for this program at the Reference Desk.

Acting Workshop   EIY718
Monday, July 18; Wednesday, July 20; Monday, July 25; Wednesday, July 27 & Thursday, July 28, 5-6:30pm
Entering grades 6-12
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!  This program is sponsored by the Bohlsen Foundation

Light Sculptures   EIY730
Tuesday, July 19, 7-8pm
Entering grades 6-12
Join the Science Wizard to learn about waves as you play with strobe lights and even "string it" to create light sculptures.  Learn how to make waves stand still and more!

No Sew Emoji Pillows   EIY739
Tuesday, July 26, 7-8pm
Entering grades 6-12
Express yourself by creating two emoji style pillows.  Easy and fun to do, you don't want to miss out!

July volunteer opportunities:  The library needs responsible volunteers for the summer.  Registration for July volunteer opportunities is June 1-June 24.  Spots are on a first-come, first-served basis.  Register at the Reference Desk in person or by telephone; there is no online registration:

Babysitting Volunteers, entering grades 7-12, you may register for 4 babysitting shifts each month:
     Tuesday, June 28, 10:15-11:30am
     Thursday, July 7, 10:15-11am
     Tuesday, July 12, 9:45-11am  or 10:45am-12pm
     Monday, July 18, 10:15-11:15am
     Thursday, July 21, 9:45-11am or 10:45am-12pm
     Friday, July 22, 10:15-11:30am
     Tuesday, July 26, 9:45am-11am or 10:45am-12pm
     Thursday, July 28, 9:45am-11am or 10:45am-12pm

Comic Con Volunteers, Saturday, July 30, 2016, entering grades 7-12, you may register for as many as you'd like:
     Check-In Table: 9:15am-12:15pm or 12:15pm-3:15pm
     Movie Short: 9:45-11am
     Drop-In Craft:  9:45am-1pm or 1-4:15pm 
     Face Painting: 10:45am-1:15pm
     Refreshments: 11:45am-2:15pm

Craft Volunteers, entering grades 7-12 (unless otherwise noted), you may register for 3 craft programs each month:
     Tuesday, July 5, 1:45-2:30pm
     Monday, July 11, 7-8pmm (entering grades 8-12)
     Wednesday, July 13, 10:15-11am
     Monday, July 18, 6:45-7:45pm
     Tuesday, July 19, 10:15-11:15am
     Wednesday, July 20, 9:45-11am
     Wednesday, July 20, 5:15-6:30pm
     Monday, July 25, 6:15-7:15pm (entering grades 9-12)
     Wednesday, July 27, 11:15am-12:45pm
     Friday, July 29, 11:15am-12:30pm

Summer Reading Club Listeners Volunteers, 14-years-old and older, 3-hour shifts per week, starts week of June 27.

You may be simultaneously registered for any of the above as long as you stay within the limitations for each type of volunteer opportunity (i.e. up to 3 craft programs, up to 4 babysitting shifts, summer reading club listener and/or comic con volunteer for each summer month).

Monday, May 9, 2016

Library Planting Volunteers
Friday, May 20, 4-5pm
Grades 7-12

Earn community service credit while helping make the library grounds ready for spring.  

This program could get messy, please wear appropriate clothing.  Please bring a hand trowel.