Believe it or not, winter is here. But with 50 degree temperatures currently reading on the thermometer, it's hard to imagine that cold and snowy days are just around the corner. Until they arrive, you can get a frosty glimpse of the past on the internet. At www.snowflakebentley.com you can learn about the fascinating man, Wilson A. Bentley. Also known as "Snowflake" Bentley, he was a self educated farmer, who developed a technique of attaching a camera to a microscope. In 1885, he became the first person to photograph a single snowflake. Learn more about "Snowflake" and view his actual images on this truly unique website.
SURPRISE SCHOOL'S OUT MOVIE on Wednesday December 28 at 3:00 pm.
Can you guess what it is? (Hint: it's based on a famous children's book!)
Free tickets are now available at the Children's Reference Desk!
December 29th @12- 2:00pm
Children in grades 2nd- 6th are welcomed to join Mike Bader, founding member of LUGNY (Lego Users Group of New York). Come build a take home project and collaborate on a masterpiece that will be displayed in the library. Space is limited. Registration begins Monday Dec. 19th.
The library provides research tools that are literally at your finger tips. These research databases can be accessed at the library or from the comfort of your own home. Just start from the library's home page and choose the Research tab. Then select Databases. A new page will open and from there, select the Students tab. Once you determine which database that you would like to view, you may be asked to enter your library card number. These databases are current and reliable resources that include full-text reference and magazine articles. In addition, many provide color photographs, audio, video, and citation. Attached is a brief description of each database to help get you started:
Tuesday December 20 is the last storytime at the Congers Train Station this year. Be sure to hop on board at 10 am and bring along your floor mat and a grown up! Appropriate for 3 - 5 year olds.
Our year-round Backyard Nature program continues by participating in Project FeederWatch with The Cornell (University) Lab of Ornithology. They collect information from birdwatchers throughout the USA and Canada to keep track of bird populations and increase scientific knowledge of changes in bird migration patterns. Now our Winter children's garden is a haven for local birds! Please take a moment to watch for birds in the garden when you next visit us! Maybe you'll be lucky and see the Hairy Woodpecker who has been visiting our feeders recently. We have many books to help you learn about and identify our local birds - come on over and check them out!
In January, there will be four Backyard Nature workshops - open to children from Clarkstown in grades 3 - 6.
Traditional study and homework has evolved with the development of the internet. It can be an invaluable resource that turns a dreaded task into alot of fun. Many websites offer activities that help children learn skills and reinforce concepts through flashcards, practice tests, interactive games, worksheets, and much more. Below are a few suggestions for math websites:
EPIC (Every Person Influences Children) Parenting Workshops coming up on November 28 (Topic: Conflict Resolution) and December 12 at 7:00 pm. Through small, supportive discussion groups, parents discuss concerns and exchange ideas and parenting techniques. EPIC workshops are offered to parents of children from birth through adolescence with accompanying manuals, which are available in both English and Spanish. These workshops help parents/guardians strengthen their skills for raising children in today's complex society. Register in person or by phone. Contact: Arlene Sandner 634-4997 ext 122.
Tuesday - October 18 - 4:00 pm
Cap off our Backyard Nature fall programs and learn about a variety of turtles. Expert Steven Woyce will be bringing along some of his favorite friends with shells! Tickets available October 11 at the Children's reference desk. Best suited for grades 1 and up.
All Aboard! Storytime is back on track! Don't forget to bring a mat or cushion to sit on the floor! See you for our first session - Tuesday, September 27 at 10:00 am at the Congers Train Station Park - appropriate for 3-5 year olds.