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Extra! Extra! The Graphic Novels are Here!

Graphic Novels

Why should your kids read graphic novels? Because more reading is a good thing! Graphic novels can be funny, exciting, suspenseful, and most importantly, fun! In the Children’s Services Department at the Islip Public Library, we have our very own graphic novel section with something for everybody. Graphic novels are unique because they contain text and […]

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The Importance of Reading Aloud to Older Children

Reading Aloud to Older Children

Contrary to popular belief, reading aloud to your children should not end after they learn to read. According to Boston-based journalist and author Jim Trelease, reading aloud to older children—even up to age 14—has both academic and emotional benefits. While many parents and caregivers believe older children should be left on their own once they learn […]

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Sensory Story Time – Libraries Are for Everyone

Sensory Story Time

Join our Sensory Story Time – Wednesday, July 11 (4:00-4:45 pm) Registration begins Monday, July 2, 5:30 pm at the Islip Public Library. For Islip Library cardholders. Children ages 36 months – preschool age/with caregiver. Story times are an integral part of library services for children across the globe. They are designed to help promote literacy, […]

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Board Games Galore!

The Children’s Department at the Islip Library currently has an abundance of board games available to play anywhere in the library – Chess and Checkers, Candyland, Operation, Connect 4, Ants in the Pants, Legos, Life, Monopoly and Monopoly Junior, just to name a few. Not only do they offer a bonding opportunity for families and friends, […]

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Talk, Sing, Read, Play and Write – The Five Practices of Literacy

The five practices of literacy are talking, singing, reading, playing, and writing. These practices are fundamental to children’s growth as future readers. Believe it or not, caregivers are the best people to help their children learn these practices just by doing everyday things with them. Here are some tips to get you started at home.Talking:Talk […]

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Winter Activities To Enjoy This Holiday Season With Your Family

Although the Holiday season is well underway, there are more fun things to do this winter: Magic of Lights – Jones Beach State Park: November 17 – December 31 Pile your family into the car and drive through this eye-catching, enthralling, 2 1/2-mile-long light show that returns to Jones Beach. There’s an “Enchanting Tunnel of Lights,” animated […]

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1000 Books Before Kindergarten / 1KB4K

It sounds like a monumental task to read 1000 books to your infant/preschool-aged child, but many caregivers around the country have done just that. Not only does this activity provide the opportunity to bond with your children, it also helps them to develop early literacy skills in preparation for kindergarten. Literacy experts have determined that […]

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Children’s Summer Reading Club | Learn all Summer and be a Great Student this Fall!

The New York Libraries’ website, Summer Reading Club link https://www.summerreadingnys.org/kids/ shares the following information about children who read over the summer: They maintain and build their reading skills They avoid summer learning loss*Their love of reading growsThey are more confident in readingThey read what interests them and become avid readersThey become better spellers and writersTheir […]

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Open-Ended Play, A Necessary Part of Playtime

Large and small cardboard boxes, fabric scraps, bottle caps…although these items may appear to be destined for the trash, wait up! Children can utilize these items and engage their imagination in an experience called open-ended play. Open-ended play includes utilizing simple items such as paint, water, blocks, clay, twigs, leaves, acorns and more. If you can […]

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