January 7, 2015


Love to read? Earn community service credit by reviewing award-winning Young Adult books selected by the American Library Association. Your review will appear in the Young Adult section and on our blog. Applications and booklists are available at the Adult Reference Desk.

  Monday, January 12th, 3:30-4:30pm
Use your crafty skills to beautify the Young Adult Department. We will decorate our boring old bookends with paint and collages to spruce up the YA section. Sign-up in advance online or at the Adult Reference Desk. Grade 5+

Wednesday, January 14th 6pm
In a seemingly perfect community, without war, pain, suffering, differences or choice, a young boy is chosen to learn from an elderly man about the true pain and pleasure of the "real" world. This film is based on Lois Lowry's award winning novel of the same name. You decide which is better! Rated PG-13

Wednesday, January 21st 7-8pm
Join us in baking for a good cause.  We will learn to make homemade chocolate chip cookies from scratch, and Mrs. Kathy will bake half of them and bring them to the Mary Brennan INN soup kitchen in Hempstead.  We will bring the other half home to enjoy with family and friends. Grade 5+

Chess Club
Children (3rd-6th Grade) 7-7:55pm
YA & Adults (7
th-Adult) 8-8:55pm
Our chess club will meet on Tuesdays, January 6th & 20th and February 3rd & 17th. New players welcome! All skill levels! We are also hosting a Chess Tournament on Sunday, March 1st. Stay tuned for more details!

Taco night
Tuesday, January 27th 7-8pm
Mrs. Kathy will teach us how to season chicken and prepare a
delicious and nutritious taco. There will be a choice of soft and hard tacos, and lots of toppings! Please let us know in advance if you have any food allergies.


December 5, 2014

December Programs

Illusion Necklace with Ofra

Wednesday, December 17th 7pm
Just in time for holiday gift giving, or a little gift for yourself. Come and enjoy the fun of learning how to make this simple and elegant necklace. The beads on the necklace look as if they are floating. Crimp beads are used as "stoppers" so the floating beads stay in place. This program is open to adults and young adults. $10 materials fee collected at registration.

Teen Movie: The Maze Runner

Tuesday, December 30th 6pm
Based on the bestselling novel by James Dashner, this adventure thriller follows a young boy named Thomas who finds himself trapped within a giant, deadly maze with a group of other kids. While he has no memories of his life prior to being in the maze, he is plagued by nightmares about a shadowy organization known only as W.C.K.D., and hopes that these fragments of dreams will help him discover the secrets of his past and a way to escape. You decide which is better-the book or the movie. Rated PG-13

Chess Club
Children (3rd-6th Grade) 7-7:55pm
YA & Adults (7th-Adult) 8-8:55pm
Our chess club will meet on Tuesdays, December 9th and 23rd and January 6th & 20th. New players welcome! All skill levels!

Patient Playbooks
Monday, December 8th 3:30-4:30pm
There are more than 6 million children hospitalized each year. Being in the hospital can be really scary, especially for kids, and can actually lead to depression. Games and other activities can be a great distraction for kids in hospitals. In collaboration with DoSomething.org we will create activity books to brighten their stay!

Money Jars for Charity
Monday, December 15th 7-8pm
We will create a loose change jar using tissue paper, paint, markers, buttons,
embellishments, ribbons, and stickers. We will wrap them in cellophane, tie with a ribbon and donate them to children at Ronald McDonald House. A
community service certificate will be given to all participants!

Dog Toys for Charity
Monday, December 22nd 3:30pm-4:30pm
Dogs that don't get toys to chew on can be less playful, which makes them less likely to be adopted. Everyone loves a playful pooch! We will make DIY doggie toys for shelters and encourage potential adopters to give those pups a new home. Please bring an old t-shirt with you!

October 28, 2014


How To Beat The High Cost of College 

Barry Fox, BA, MA of College Finance
Monday, November 17th 7pm
With college costs skyrocketing, find out how to get your share of $134+
billion available for student financial aid. Learn insider tips to maximize your financial aid from Long Island’s leading financial aid experts with over 35 years of experience. Follow our step-by-step strategies to fill out your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), plan a needs analysis, and negotiate with the college. Learn how to conduct the best FREE Internet scholarship searches. We describe the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE® application, New York State’s unique financial aid program-TAP, and federal grant and loan programs. This is an excellent time for parents of seniors as well as juniors to begin planning. We welcome questions at the conclusion of the program. No registration required.

Teen Movie: If I Stay

Wednesday, November 26th 6-8pm
This is the year of sad teen movies! Join us for a viewing of the adaptation of Gayle Forman’s emotional book If I Stay. You can decide which is better-the movie or the book. And don’t forget to bring your tissues for this tearjerker!
Rated PG-13

Chess Club

Children (3rd-6th Grade) 7-7:55pm
YA & Adults (7th-Adult) 8-8:55pm
Our chess club will meet on Tuesdays, November 25th and December 9th and 23rd. New players welcome! All skill levels!

Craft Buddies

Mondays, November 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th  3:15-4:15pm
Volunteer to help young children create fun fall craft projects!  Community service will be awarded.

Smiles for Soldiers

Wednesday, November 5th 3:30-4:30pm
Nearly 20% of service members in Iraq and Afghanistan experience acute stress, depression, and/or anxiety. Getting thank-you notes has a positive impact on soldiers' moods. In collaboration with DoSomething.org we will make and send thank you cards to deployed soldiers to let them know we appreciate their service. All materials provided and community service awarded.

Pillows for Charity

Wednesday, November 12th 7-8pm
Make a fuzzy, fleece pillow from scratch! No sewing involved! Pillows will be donated to Ronald McDonald house in New Hyde Park. Community service certificate will be given to all participants! 

Dog Treats for Charity

Tuesday, December 2nd 7-8pm
Unfortunately we can't bring home every dog that lives in the shelter, but we can brighten their day with tasty treats!  Join Mrs. Kathy to make homemade dog treats from scratch using cookie cutters to make pet-friendly shapes. We will donate them to a local animal shelter. Community service certificate will be given to all participants! 


October 7, 2014

October Programs

Children (3rd-6th Grade) 7-7:55pm
YA & Adults (7th-Adult) 8-8:55pm
Our chess club will meet on Tuesdays, October 14th  and 28th and November 25th. New players welcome!

Tuesday, October 7th 7pm
We will have fun dipping and decorating Oreos with chocolate and assorted fall treats! All participants will bring these delicious treats home in a bakery box.

Tuesday, October 21st 7pm
Join us to celebrate the newest book release by our favorite YA author, Jen Calonita! We will sing our hearts out karaoke style to honor the musical storyline of Side Effects.  We will also have raffles, snacks and of course a chat with Jen  Calonita! Please sign up in advance.

Friday, October 24th, 7-8:30pm
The Beach Bag Book Club continues into fall with a spooky treat! Join us at the N. MERRICK PUBLIC LIBRARY to meet author Micol Ostow and talk about her new terrifying book, Amity. We'll be meeting after dark, after hours. Bring your flashlight and be prepared for all sorts of haunting fun! We will have prizes, snacks, raffles, and a book sale.

Monday, October 27th, 7-8pm
Create your own cookie treats with frosting, candy and cookies and bring them home in a decorated cookie box.

Mondays, October 27th and November 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th  3:15-4:15pm
Volunteer to help young children create fun fall craft projects! Community service will be awarded.