Tuesday, December 26, 2017

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 library awaits you!

Library Holiday Hours:
Tuesday, December 26, 9am-9pm
Wednesday, December 27, 9am-9pm
Thursday, December 28, 9am-9pm
Friday, December 29, 9am-6pm
Saturday, December 30, 9am-5pm
Sunday, December 31, Closed
Monday, January 1, Closed
Tuesday, 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 eipl.org.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Teen Summer Reading Video Challenge

Create a video to promote Summer Reading at the East Islip Public Library including your interpretation of the 2018 theme "Libraries Rock."

Who can enter:
  • Any New York State teen aged 13-18.
  • Create the video alone or with others.

How to enter:
  • Fill out the entry form.  Make sure to read all instructions and rules.
  • Create a 30-90 second video encouraging teens to use their library this summer with the theme of "Libraries Rock."
  • Title and upload your video to YouTube.
  • Mail or deliver your final video to the East Islip Public Library, attention: YA Department, by February 18, 2018.

What you could win:
  • $100 for you and $50 for the library.

For all rules and eligibility, visit the Summer Reading at New York State Libraries Teen Video Challenge page.

Click here for a list of resources to help you make your video.

Click here to view past winning videos.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

To access, just click on Study Help (under Links on the right side of this blog) then Test Prep.  You will be asked to log in with your library card and then choose SkillSurfer then College Entrance Exam Prep.

Get studying today!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

To access, just click on Study Help (under Links on the right side of this blog) then Test Prep.  You will be asked to log in with your library card and then choose SkillSurfer then College Entrance Exam Prep.

Get studying today!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Teens' Top Ten

2017 Teens' Top Ten Announced!

Teens around the country picked these ten books as their favorites: 

Check one out today!

Kurt Dinan
Think of all the pranks you have ever wanted to pull.  The pranks in this story will top your wildest dreams. Don't Get Caught is the story of a competition between two teams of pranksters. The new kids on the block vs. the anonymous Chaos Club. In this war, cunningness and lots of luck will be the way to victory. Let the pranks begin!

Neal Shusterman
Humanity has overcome hunger, disease, war and even death. Now only Scythes can take life. What will happen to Citra and Rowan when they are chosen to be Scythe apprentices? Follow them as they struggle with their task and morality.

Nicola Yoon
Natasha and Daniel are polar opposites - Tasha believes in reason, science and things that can be proven. Daniel is a poet at heart and believes in Fate, the "meant to be," and true love. When circumstances beyond their control force them together, they have exactly one day - one day to stop Tasha's family from being deported, one day for Daniel to realize that doing what's expected of you doesn't mean you should do it. And above all else, one day to fall in love.  

Cassandra Clare
It's been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman who just wants to prove that her parents weren't killed by Sebastian in the Dark War. Now she has the chance to do just that, and get Mark back from the wild hunt.

Marieke Nijkamp
Four students, all connected in one way or another, speak from their perspective over a terrifying 54 minutes when, after a school-wide assembly, the auditorium doors won't open and someone begins shooting.

Marissa Meyer
The infamous line "Off with his head!" made her a terror in Wonderland. But before that she was just a girl with a dream, who fell in love. In this curious prequel inspired by Lewis Carroll's famous Alice in Wonderland, Meyer's tale of eccentricity, phenomenon and ultimately, ruination will keep you on the edge of your seat as you realize how Cath led her life to become the Queen of Hearts.

Kasie West
Music has the power to bring people together. When Lily writes a lyric of her favorite indie band on her desk, someone else responds. Lily and her mysterious friend seem to get closer and closer through their anonymous notes. What happens when she finds the true author of the notes?

Jenna Evans Welch
After the death of her mother, Lina goes to visit Italy at her mother's wish, as she'd lived in Italy for part of her life and loved it immensely. While in Italy, Lina discovers some well-kept secrets about her mother's life there and Lina's mysteriously absent father.

Leopoldo Gout
Dive into a new type of teen-genius novel as Gout pulls you into a roller-coaster of a plot. Hilarious and smart, Cai, Tunde and Rex show readers what the next generation of innovation looks like.

Meredith Russo
When Amanda moves to Lambertville, Kentucy after a string of bullying incidents led her to attempt suicide all she wants is to lead a normal life, make friends, and generally be happy for once. All of this seems possible until she meets Grant, who causes her to let down the walls around her heart. But the problem is that Amanda's past is haunting her. And in her past, she wasn't Amanda, she was Andrew.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

The mission of The Great Give Back is to provide a day of volunteer opportunities for the patrons of Suffolk County to participate in meaningful, service-oriented experiences.

12:00pm - 1:00pm: Assemble items to be given out with Thanksgiving baskets by St. Mary's Outreach program.

2:15pm - 3:30pm: Work with the EIPL Knitting & Crocheting Club to create decorative pom-poms that will be attached to winter hats of all sizes and donated to residents in need.

These volunteer opportunities are open to those in grades 7 through adults; you may participate in these events in addition to the limited three regular opportunities.  Register at the Reference Desk.  Call 631-581-9200 x5 today!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week
September 24 - September 30, 2017

Banned Books Week, celebrated annually, promotes and highlights the value of free and open access to information and the freedom to read  Everyone in the entire book community - librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers and readers - is brought together in the shared support o f the freedom to seek and express ideas.

To continue to raise awareness about the harms of censorship and the freedom to read, the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom publishes an annual list of the Top Ten Most Challenged Books; and young adult books are not immune.

Here are some young adult books that have been challenged over the years (click on book jacket to check collection availability):

This One Summer
Mariko Tamaki
Rose and her parents have been going to Awago Beach since she was a little girl. It's her summer getaway, her refuge. Her friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different. Rose's mom and dad won't stop fighting, and Rose and Windy have gotten tangled up in a tragedy-in-the-making in the small town of Awago Beach.
Reasons for Challenge: inclusion of LGBT characters, drug use and profanity, considered sexually explicit with mature themes.

Raina Telgemeier
Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school's production of Moon Over Mississippi, she's a terrible singer. Instead she's the set designer for the stage crew. But how can she do a good job when she doesn't know much about carpentry? Not to mention the onstage and offstage drama causes major craziness!
Reasons for Challenge: inclusion of LGBT characters, deemed sexually explicit and considered to have an offensive political viewpoint.

Two Boys Kissing
David Levithan
Based on true events, this is the story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32 hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record.
Reasons for Challenge: use of cover image of two boys kissing, considered to include sexually explicit LGBT content.

Looking for Alaska
John Green
Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.
Reasons for Challenge: inclusion of sexually explicit scene that may lead a student to "sexual experimentation."

Eleanor & Park
Rainbow Rowell
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits - smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.
Reasons for Challenge: use of offensive language.

Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Sherman Alexie
Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
Reasons for Challenge: anti-family, cultural insensitivity, sex education, drugs/alcohol/smoking, gambling, offensive language and "depictions of bullying."

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Stephen Chbosky
In a thought-provoking coming-of-age novel, Charlie struggles to cope with a complex world of high school as he deals with the confusions of sex and love, the temptations of drugs, and the pain of losing a close friend and a favorite aunt.
Reasons for Challenge: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group.

 Thirteen Reasons Why
Jay Asher
When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.
Reasons for Challenge: drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group.

The Hunger Games
Suzanne Collins
In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.
Reasons for Challenge: anti-ethnic, anti-family, insensitive, offensive language, occult/satanic, violent.

 What My Mother Doesn't Know
Sonya Sones
 Sophie describes her relationships with a series of boys as she searches for Mr. Right.
Reasons for Challenge: nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Teens' Top Ten

A teen choice list created by members of teen books groups around the country.  Readers ages 12 - 18 may vote online until October 14, 2017.  The winners will be announced the week after.

 And the nominees are:

 Click here to view an annotated list of the nominees

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

 The Summer Reading Club has ended but that doesn't mean you have to stop reading!  With three weeks left of summer vacation there is still plenty of time to get in at least one more book.  Take a look at what has been recently added to the collection:

The Upside of Unrequited / Becky Albertelli
Avoiding relationships to protect her sensitive heart, plus-sized Molly supports her once-cynical twin, Cassie, when the latter has her out bout of lovesickness, a situation that is complicated by sibling dynamics and an unexpected romantic triangle. 


A wealthy dual citizen of Mexico and the United States rebels against his family's strict plans for his future in the aftermath of his older brother's tragic death, an event that compels him to secure a job with his favorite celebrity chef, a relationship that becomes complicated when he falls for his boss's daughter.

A high-action whodunit set in the age of social media finds Alexandria Prep senior Anna struggling with loneliness after being dumped by her boyfriend, a situation that is complicated by a mysterious culprit's efforts to hack messages and leak embarrassing photos of the school's popular kids.

In an alternate version of present-day Manhattan, magic is dying, and Esta, a Mageus with a talent for manipulating time, travels back to 1901 to stop the destruction of a book that can possibly restore magic, but in Old New York, Esta must navigate gangs, secret societies, and her feelings for another magician in order to save the future of magic.

The Unlikelies / Carrie Firestone
Sadie Sullivan's pre-senior year summer changes for the better when she and four other teens band together to right local wrongs, but the Unlikelies and their heady new friendships soon face obstacles that could tear them apart.

Dylan, a teen in remission from cancer, embarks on a mysterious ocean adventure in the hope of making a connection with Arden, his online best friend, who is secretly discovering the gender identity her father refuses to acknowledge.

Refugee / Alan Gratz
Although separated by continents and decades, Josef, a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany; Isabel, a Cuban girl trying to escape the riots and unrest plaguing her country in 1994; and Mahmoud, a Syrian boy in 2015 whose homeland is torn apart by violence and destruction, embark on harrowing journeys in search of refuge, discovering shocking connections that tie their stories together.

Tom Grendel lives a quiet life - writing in his notebooks, mowing lawns for his elderly neighbors and pining for Willow, a girl next door who rejects the "manic-pixie-dream" label. But when Willow's brother, Rex (the bro-iest bro to ever don a jockstrap), starts throwing wild parties, the idyllic senior citizens' community where they live is transformed into a war zone. Tom is rightfully pissed - hid dad is an Iraq vet, and the noise from the parties triggers his PTSD - so he comes up with a plan to end the parties for good.

After eight years of separation childhood best friends are reunited. One is studying to be a professional ballerina, the other has a rare disease that is rapidly taking its toll. 

A simple mountain hike in Northern California turns deadly for a group of high school students, one of whom has killed before.

When her perfectly planned summer of quality time with her parents, her serious boyfriend, and her Bible camp unravels and long-hidden family secrets emerge, Lucy must figure out what she is made of and what grace really means.

When Dimple Shah and Rishi Patel meet at a Stanford University summer program, Dimple is avoiding her parents' obsession with "marriage prospects" but Rishi hopes to woo her into accepting an arranged marriage with him.

When the creator of the high school gossip app mysteriously dies in front of four high-profile students all four become suspects. It's up to them to solve the case.

A studious girl and quiet, straight-A boy start a controversial podcast together that challenges their courage and forces them to confront issues in the form of backlash and censorship.

Thirteen-year-old Felix Yz chronicles the final month before an experimental procedure meant to separate him from the fourth-dimensional creature, Zyx, with whom he was accidentally fused as a child.

Adam is a recently diagnosed schizophrenic and journals to his therapist about his family, friends and first loves as he undergoes a new drug trial for the mental illness that allows him to keep his secret for only so long.

When fourteen-year-old Sam Walsh returns home after three years in the custody of a kidnapper, his older sister Beth and childhood friend Josh must deal with survivors' guilt, their memories of what really happened the day Sam disappeared, and with the fact that Sam is not the boy they remember, but a troubled teen struggling to re-adapt to normal life.