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Winter Bird Count Under Way!

 

 

  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. 

Math Websites

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 Parenting Workshops

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.

The Turtle Show!

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 fixed!

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.

Backyard Nature

Geared for 4th - 6th graders, this ongoing program will explore local wildlife and habitats.  Four sessions will take place in Fall, four in Winter, and four in Spring.  Each session will focus on groups such as birds, plants, etc., with hands-on fun activities and crafts.  We will use the Storytime Room and the Children's Garden.  Special additional events are planned, so please watch our Children's Events page for further information and updates.  Registration is under way for the first session - Backyard Nature: Birds - which will be held on Tuesday 9/20/11.  Other Fall sessions are: Bugs - Tuesday 9/27; Mammals - Tuesday 10/4, and Plants - Tuesday 10/11.

Parent/Child Book Clubs

Registration for our 2011-12 book discussion clubs begins September 6th. Space is limited.  Spend some quality time together! Our book clubs meet once a month on Monday evenings.

MOTHER/DAUGHTER BOOK CLUB...for girls in 5th and 6th grade (and their moms)

Monday October 3 at 7:30 pm .... No Talking by Andrew Clements 

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New This Year!  FAMILY BOOK CLUB ...For kids in 4th or 5th grade (and a parent or two)

Monday October 17 at 7:30 pm...The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies

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All Aboard! Storytime - at the Congers Train Station

Please come on down and join us for this new event!

                                                     

Join Mrs. B. for preschool storytime at the Congers Train Station.  Each child needs a carpet square or cushion for sitting on the floor.  Adults need to stay close at hand in case they are needed.  Restrooms are available, and there's plenty of parking.  About 25 children ages 3-5 will fit comfortably.  The storytime will last 30 minutes or so. 


Children's Services Staff

Head of Children's Services: Janet Makoujy ext. 133 (jmakoujy@rcls.org)

Children's Librarian: Marie McDermott, ext. 141 (mmcdermo@rcls.org)

Children's Librarian: Arlene Sandner, ext. 122 (asandner@rcls.org)

Children's Librarian: Kathy Bachor, ext 138 (kbachor@rcls.org)

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