Saturday, May 13, 2017

Celebrating Mother's Day at the Montauk Library!

Tomorrow is Mother's Day and here at the library we had not one but TWO special programs to celebrate moms and grandmothers and all that they do! We appreciate all the moms and grandmothers out there and wanted to honor and celebrate them in our own way!

On Saturday, May 6th, we held a Mother's Day tea program with a twist - we had iced tea and lemonade for moms, grandmothers and their children and everyone got to decorate different cookies and desserts to enjoy with their beverages.  First we made mini strawberry shortcakes using Cool Whip, fresh strawberries and dessert shells.  Children and their mothers and grandmothers filled the dessert shells with cool whip and cut up fresh strawberries to top off the dessert.  Next, we made decorated sugar cookies with a flower design.  To start, we frosted a sugar cookie lightly with either pink or chocolate frosting.  We then started making the flower design using marshmallows cut in half on a diagonal.  Children then dipped the sticky side of the marshmallow in pink sprinkles and arranged them in a circle on top of the cookie, creating the "petals" of the flower.  Finally, everyone placed a gum drop in the middle of the flower, creating the flower's center which connected all the petals.  Finally, children were able to make a cookie design of their own creation using the ingredients we had.  Everyone did an awesome job and had a lot of fun decorating (and eating) their cookies! Check out the pictures below!

The second event we held for children in celebration of moms was our Krafty Kids: Mother's Day Crafts.  Children made cards and gifts for their mothers and grandmothers that they could give to them on Mother's Day.  First, children designed and painted terra cotta flowerpots which we later planted flowers in.  Then, kids painted rocks for their mom's gardens or as keepsakes.  Finally, children made their own greeting cards for their moms and grandmas using colored paper, jewels, feathers and glitter glue.  Everyone made some really beautiful cards and gifts to give to their moms and grandmas on Mother's Day!  See what they made below!

To see a list of our upcoming programs, click here! Happy Mother's Day to all of the Montauk moms and grandmas and to all of the moms and grandmas out there! We love and appreciate you! Thank you for always taking your children to the library and for all that you do!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Quogue Wildlife Refuge Animals Visit Montauk Library!

Today, we finally had our long awaited Meet the Animals program presented by the Quogue Wildlife Refuge! We originally had this program scheduled for January 7th, but it had to be rescheduled due to a snow storm.  After a long wait, we were so excited to finally meet the animals today!

Mr. Tony from the Quogue Wildlife Refuge brought a lot of different animal friends with him, including a snake, a box turtle, a hissing cockroach, a chinchilla, a bearded dragon and finally a great horned owl! Before introducing the animals, Mr Tony talked about the Quogue Wildlife refuge and some of the animals they have there that didn't come to our library.  He also talked about the work they do at the refuge and the fun programs they run.  He then took each of the animal visitors nout of their cages one at a time and talked about them; their eating habits, natural habitats, special traits they have and more! Children and parents were allowed to pet most of the animals and also learned a lot about the Quogue Refuge itself, animal conservation and how to properly treat and pet animals.  This was such an informative, interesting and fun program! Children were so excited to pet the animals and asked a lot of questions - and answered some as well!  Check out the pictures below! What was your favorite animal? Mine was Hooter the owl - so cute!

For more information about the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, their events and animals, visit their website here.  We hope to have the Quogue Wildlife Refuge animals back for future events at the library! To see some of our upcoming programs, click here! Thanks to the refuge for bringing their animals for a visit today!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Exciting New Things For March!

March at the Montauk Library is bringing some new and exciting things for both the children's department and the library itself! This month, we are adding two new recurring programs for young children ages birth through 5 years old!

Starting on Friday, March 3rd and continuing on Fridays, March 10th, 17th and 31st, the library is having a Stay & Play program for young children with their caregivers.  The program will run from 10:15 am to 11:15 am and will be a playtime for young children! We will be filling our program room in the lower level of the library with different educational toys that will help children learn through play and exploration.  Playtime will end with circle time and singing a few songs before saying goodbye.  This program is a great way for young children to interact with each other and their caregivers in an informal setting, all while having fun!  It is also something fun to do during the end of winter when it is still too cold out to play outside.  We hope to see you Friday mornings for this wonderful program!

The second new program for young children that we are adding in March is our Bilingual Storytime! I am very excited to be able to offer a bilingual storytime at the Montauk Library! Dual language teacher and specialist Mary Jane Greenfield will be conducting the storytime.  Ms. Greenfield states, "The best time to teach your child a second languages age is the same time he or she is learning his or her first language.  Research has shown that bilinguals tend to be more creative thinkers than those who speak one language and one study suggests that their brain functions may stay sharper as they age.  Two- and 3 year olds are not only increasing their vocabularies, they're starting to recognize the speech patterns they've been hearing from birth.  The earlier you introduce a second language, the easier it will be for your child to pick up its unique sounds."  Join us and introduce your child to a new language through stories, songs, fingerplays and more!  Bilingual storytime will be held two Tuesdays a month and current dates include March 14th and 28th and April 11th and 25th! In preparation for bilingual storytime, I have ordered some new picture books for our Spanish language collection.  Our new books are now on display in the children's department and I encourage you to give bilingual storytime a try!

Finally, a new change happening for the whole library is that our hours have been extended! We are now open an hour earlier during the week and close later on Thursdays and Fridays.  We will be opening an hour early on Sundays as well.  With the extended hours we hope to offer more programming and more opportunities for all ages to visit the library and discover what we have to offer! We hope to see you soon!

Montauk Library's New Hours:
Monday - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday - 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday - 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday - 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday - 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Gobble Gobble! Thanksgiving Programs!

Thanksgiving is here already - wow that went fast! It seems like I was just starting to plan fun programs for Thanksgiving and now they are all over! November did go at warp speed, but I'm so thankful for all the children and parents who came to our Thanksgiving-themed programs and who continue to use the library! We had great turnouts for all of the holiday happenings and everyone had a lot of fun! I hope our November programs put our patrons in a thankful mood and prepared them for their Thanksgiving dinner!

Family Craft Apple Pie!

The first Thanksgiving program in November that we had was our second annual Family Craft Apple Pie event with The Baking Coach.  This program, which was generously sponsored by the Friends of the Montauk Library, had families coming together at the library to make a yummy apple pie from scratch! The Baking Coach walked all of the families through the steps of constructing an apple pie; mixing and rolling out the dough, creating the pie filling and assembling the pie.  Everyone took their pies home in a bakery box to bake or freeze and save for Thanksgiving.  Children also decorated their own chef hats and added their own creative touches to the bakery boxes.  Everyone was raving about this program, which is starting to become a Thanksgiving tradition!  I heard the pies came out delicious! Check out the photos below!

Thankful for Music with Lori Hubbard!

On November 15th, we had our monthly music program with local musician Lori Hubbard.  This month's theme was "thankful for music" and Miss Lori added in some fun fall and Thanksgiving themed songs to get the little ones of Montauk in the Thanksgiving spirit! This program was a lot of fun and children sang songs with Miss Lori and also played the drums, used scarves and even played with the parachute!  Next month, Miss Lori will be back for holiday music to celebrate the winter holidays!  Check out the musical fun below!

Thanksgiving Desserts!

On Saturday, November 19th, we had another delicious program where children made three different kinds of Thanksgiving themed desserts using candy, cookies, frosting and more. Children made cookie creations to look like pilgrim hats, ice cream cone creations to look like teepees and then made turkey treat bags using m&ms and craft materials.  One little girl Brynn couldn't contain her excitement and said, "I'm so excited to be here!"  That seemed to be the feeling of the day as we had two sessions of this program and both were filled to capacity.  Everyone made their delicious treats and took them home in a treat box (if they didn't eat them before the program was over)!  I'm so thankful that everyone liked this program - see the children in action below!

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

To round out our Thanksgiving programs, I had an after school program on Monday, November 21st where I showed the movie A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.  After enjoying some laughs from this short Peanuts film, everyone in attendance made a "thankful wreath" out of paper plates, cut-out leaves, glue, markers and glitter.  The idea was for all the children to write what they are thankful for on the different colored paper leaves.  Then, they glued their leaves onto a paper plate to create their "wreath."  From there, the children added decorative ribbon so they could hang the wreath up later, and also added some glitter for decoration.  Everyone came up with wonderful things to be thankful for and it was a great craft to remind children and adults what the holiday season is really about.  Everyone did a great job with this craft and someone even put that they were thankful for Miss Jackie on their wreath - so sweet! Check out the craft below!

I had so much fun working with the children and parents in Montauk this November! December is around the corner, so check out the fun events we have in store for the holidays here! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Happy Veterans Day!

Veterans Day is Friday, November 11th and I wanted to do something special with the children's department to give back to all of the people who have fought for our country and sacrificed so much for us!

Veterans Day holds a special place in my heart as my grandfather was in World War II and fought in seven major battles during the course of the war.  Growing up, he always shared his war stories with our family members and he was proud to have served this country and to be a veteran.  He always wore his World War II Veteran hat proudly and had the medals he earned on display in his home, along with the American flag. 

Since my grandfather passed away a little over a year ago, I wanted to do something different this veterans day and give back to other service members.  I also wanted to teach the children I work with the importance of our veterans and the importance of giving back.  I decided to create a children's program where kids would made crafts and thank you cards for veterans that I would then deliver to the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook, NY.

Children came to the library and designed and crafted their own cards to thank veterans for their service and to wish them a "Happy Veterans Day."  They also made paper garland with stars and painted American flags using cotton balls and red, white and blue paint.  Finally, we all made a poster with each child's hand print on it giving veterans "a hand" for serving our country.  Everyone did a really beautiful job on their crafts and I was really impressed by their creativity and their sense of gratitude.  I delivered the crafts and cards to the Long Island State Veterans Home on Monday, November 7th and the recreation staff will be using the crafts to decorate the common areas and distribute the cards for the day residents on veterans day.  Thank you to everyone who participated in this program and a big thank you to all of our veterans! To see the children's department's upcoming holiday events, click here!

Happy Veterans Day!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

A Look Back at Halloween 2016 at the Library!

I can't believe it's November already - the month of October flew by!  I wanted to take a look back at October and all of the awesome programs we had for Halloween! We decorated cupcakes, t-shirts and pumpkins for this spooky and fun holiday!

Halloween Cupcake Decorating...

On Saturday, October 15th we had two sessions of our Halloween cupcake decorating program.  Children decorated three cupcakes with different designs and took them home in a Halloween treat box.  The Halloween cupcakes included a black cat, a pumpkin patch and a design-your-own monster.  Everyone got creative with their designs, especially when it came to the monster cupcakes and did a great job!

Halloween Blacklight T-shirt Painting...

On Saturday, October 22nd we had the Science Wizard visit the library to paint glow-in-the-dark t-shirts with the children of Montauk.  The Science Wizard showed how the colors in the paint glowed when the lights were turned off and black lights were turned on.  Children used stencils and glow-in-the-dark paint to decorate t-shirts for Halloween.  The best part about this program was that children created their t-shirts with the lights out...spooky! Check it out below!

Pumpkin Decorating...

To wrap up October, the children's department held their 2nd annual pumpkin decorating program! Children of all ages attended and received their own pumpkin to decorate with paint, stickers and silly faces,all while eating Halloween-themed snacks! Children got to keep their pumpkin and put it on display for Halloween.  We had two sessions of this program and children got really creative with their designs! Everyone did an awesome job!


October may be over, but there are a lot of fun Thanksgiving programs coming up for November! Check them out here and stay tuned for more fun from the Montauk Library children's room!