We have recently added MUZZY, the award winning multimedia foriegn language program for children, to our database offerings. This is an entertaining and effective way to introduce young children to Spanish, Mandarin, French, and many others. It is also a source of help for children learning English as a second language. You can access MUZZY from home, on this homepage, by clicking on the first item under the RESEARCH TAB....DATABASES. Select the STUDENT tab on the right, and you will find MUZZY listed amongst the other databases so valuable to young learners.
Pandora is a free online radio station that you customize to your own taste. It also offers a great selection of music for kids. Start out at www.pandora.com to create a free account with a valid email address and password. Browse a list of popular stations or search using a music genre or artist's name. Once you have made your selection, Pandora will begin playing songs within your chosen genre or artist and others like it. Don't like what they have selected? Just fast forward to the next song. Do you love what they have selected? You can name and save your station for future listening. Most lyrics and artist's biograpies are included. Some suggested playlists to try are:
No library card or registration needed !
Come on down to the historic Congers Train Station for some fun stories and songs! This program will be presented on Wednesdays at 10:00am in two 6-week sessions. The first session runs from January 9 - February 13. The second session runs April 3 - May 8. Everyone is welcome to attend just one week, or every week that's convenient for your family. There is plenty of parking and restrooms are available. Bring a mat to sit on and a grownup! There are chairs for big people. All Aboard! Storytime is geared for children ages 3+ and lasts 30 - 40 minutes. See you at the Station!
Thursday, January 3rd and February 7th at 6:30pm
Help During a Difficult Time
Since the day that tragedy struck the town of Newtown, Connecticut, people have been struggling to comprehend this unimagineable act of violence. As a result, many of us (including children and students) are experiencing sadness, grief, and anxiety. Below is a resource link, prepared by the youth service librarians of Rockland County, to help us cope during this difficult time. We hope that it can be of help and comfort.
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.
GoGoNews: Big News for Little People!
Gogo News "has provided children with general knowledge, as well as a consciousness and awareness of the world." This website takes news directly from the headlines and presents it for a young audience. Subjects range from the political debate on climate change, martian bluberries, an erupting volcano, healthy candy and a Korean speaking elephant. Also included is a world map, glossary, back to school guide, teaching tools, and jokes. Whether you have a school assignment or are just curious about the world around you, GoGo News is a fun resource for kids!!
The recent snowflakes are a reminder that the winter 2012 holiday season really is underway. The Winter Solstice is on December 21, Christmas just weeks away, and the first candle of Hanukkah will be lit on Saturday December 8th, after the Sabbath has ended.
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!