Kathy Bachor's blog
Many thanks to all who donated to the project. Sandy Hook has been overwhelmed with snowflakes from everywhere! We have mailed out what was already donated and won't be collecting any more.
To quote a recent Newtown Patch article:
"Connecticut PTSA is deeply saddened by the tragedy that has struck our Newtown community. We have met with the PTA and community leaders in Newtown and Sandy Hook Elementary to offer our assistance at this very difficult time. They have asked us to spearhead the following efforts on their behalf......Snowflakes for Sandy Hook. Please help the students of Sandy Hook have a winter wonderland at their new school! Get creative!" This is just one project on the list.
Maybe yours! Tired of viewing those same old cartoon DVDs again and again? Sitting in front of the game system fighting the aliens getting old? We have a huge selection in the children's DVD section covering topics from home safety to how the rides at Disney World work. Among our collection of more than 350 titles are several series. We all love Bill Nye the Science Guy's way of introducing complex topics to young viewers using humor and sight gags. Families of the World series shows the traditional cultures of many countries, each with its own DVD. We have recently added Families of Guatemala, Families of Russia, and Families of Israel. The titles in this series that we don't own in our collection can be borrowed through inter-library loan and picked up right here for your convenience. Another excellent series is Global Wonders, which shows a culturally-diverse group of young friends how their traditions have impacted the arts, sciences, etc. For more adventure, take a look at
If you haven't attended this program in Congers yet, next Wednesday November 21 is your last chance this year. Join us for an out-of-library experience in the historic Congers Train Station. We read stories and sing songs in front of the fireplace - and sometimes see the train go by. Bring along a mat to sit on and a grownup. There's plenty of parking and restrooms are available. We begin at 10:00 am and run for 30 - 40 minutes. No registration or library card is needed. Hope to see you there!
Beginning January 2013, we must limit admission to children's programs in the Meeting Room to one adult per child. We have had to turn away more and more disappointed children over the past few months since the room has been at full capacity. All adults must show their New City or West Nyack Library cards at the door. We thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation so that more children can enjoy their programs!
Within the next few weeks, the Internet-access computers in the Children's Library will be updated with a new log-in procedure. All young internet users will need a library card to use them. Users will be able to load money on their account for printing and the time limit will be automatic. This Envisionware product is already successfully in use on the adult computers. Please note that the Children's Library serves those patrons up to age 12 and people 13 and older will have to use the nternet computers for teens/adults.
Can't you hear that whistle blowin' - rise up so early in the morn - well, not so early, really. 10 a.m. isn't early for children ages 3+ who'd like to come on in and hear some stories. All Aboard! Storytime is back at the Congers Train Station in October, but we've moved to Wednesdays now. There will be sessions on October 3, 10, (no session on October 17) October 24 and a special spooky edition on October 31~ Also, we'll be meeting November 14 & 21 (no session November 7). Don't forget to bring a grown-up and a mat to sit on. There's plenty of parking and chairs are on-site for the grown-ups. No registration necessary - come to one session or all. See you soon! And be sure to wear a costume if you'd like to on Halloween!
Our non-fiction stacks are filling up with many new titles written for kids from K - 6th grades. Have you ever heard of a fennec fox or a bonobo? Tried to bake a cakepop? Wondered if you could do origami or fly a paper airplane? Wanted to know more about an exotic country you've never been to? Come on in to our children's department and any of our librarians will be happy to help you find a non-fiction title to satisfy your curiosity about many topics. Oh, and don't forget the biography collection - many famous people have books written about them these days. How did Usain Bolt come to win Gold in the Summer Olympics? Who started the tradition of the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade balloons? Where does Lady Gaga find those crazy outfits? Did Amelia Earhart really get lost? Which pro wrestling champion has the most interesting life?
It's time to do some Fall planting and weeding! We also need to prepare for our Afternoon Tea in the Garden party to recognize all our volunteers and thank the community for their support. It is planned for September 8 (raindate Sept 9). We will meet on Thursday, August 30 at 7pm and Friday September 7 at 4pm to accomplish these goals. Garden Rockers! Club is open to children entering grades 2 - 5 from Clarkstown Central School District. Call the children's department to register.
Sound familiar? Why not keep those tots busy with a read-a-long title during those long car drives? We have a big selection of new titles and old favorites here in the Children's Department. Also - the older kids may enjoy listening to the latest Theodore Boone title by John Grisham, or they could listen to popular titles from Lemony Snicket, Roald Dahl, or J.K. Rowling. Come on in and browse through our big selection of books on CD, Playaways, and Read-a-long kits before you hit the road. All of these formats in children's circulate for one month.
For a more thorough list - click here: http://guides.rcls.org/content.php?pid=326967
The Storytime Train is making a special stop in Congers on Tuesday, July 10 at 10:00am. This is especially for young children ages 3 + who like to hear stories during the Summer! Don't forget to bring your grownup and a sitting mat!