Friday, January 28, 2011

Picture Books for Older Readers

Big kids want big reads!

You’re never too old for the Children’s Department! Picture books aren’t just for toddlers and preschoolers; some picture books are designed with the older reader in mind. These picture books offer age appropriate humor, can compliment school curriculum and engage visual learners with detailed illustrations. Try some of our favorites!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Carry Out a Good Book!

Delicious reads!

 Readers in grades K-5 are invited to participate in “Carry Out a Good Book”, the 2011 Winter Reading Program. Stop by any branch of the Smithtown Library and begin a reading chart, write your name on our giant pizza and pick up a pizza slice bookmark. As you read a book, stop by the library and update your chart. Each time you add a title to your chart you earn a sticker. The goal is to read five books by Saturday, February 26.
     Remember, newspapers, magazines, audiobooks and reading to family members, friends, siblings, pets and house plants all count! Books you may be reading for Accelerated Reader and PARP also count to your goal in the Winter Reading Program. Those who complete the program will win a prize pack and the chance to win a free pizza!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Read to Rover

On Tuesday evening before the snow storm we met for our 4th session of Read to Rover! Allie, Patience and Casey the therapy dogs came out to visit and listen to the kids read their books to them. It was a cozy, quiet evening and a great way for reluctant readers to brush up on their reading skills. Bring in a book you are currently reading or we can provide you with some selections. Call the Children's Department at Nesconset to inquire about more Read to Rover dates.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Van Gogh A-Go-Go

Take a peek at the magical night time scenes inspired by Vincent Van Gogh preschoolers made during Starry Nights Storytime. Using large foam brushes and whimsical glittery tempera paint, little hands were able to make sweeping night skies.
In February, children in kindergarten through second grade are invited to create a LOVEly pop art masterpiece with vibrant in
Registration begins on Tuesday, January 25. Stop by and get creative @ your library!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Art Starts

Artistic Talent!

A masterpiece!

Art Starts is a program held at our Nesconset Branch featuring stories, songs and various art stations that allow children to explore different artistic mediums while they create open ended art and crafts that work on motor skills.

Brighten up your storytime at home with stories about colors and bust out crayons, markers, finger paints and play dough and make something wonderful. Remember, open ended art is about the journey, not the final product!

Try some of our favorite colorful stories: