71 Monell Avenue
Islip, NY 11751

T: 631-581-5933

F: 631.277.8429

71 Monell Avenue
Islip, NY 11751
T: 631-581-5933
F: 631-581-8429

71 Monell Avenue
Islip, NY 11751

T: 631-581-5933 

F: 631-581-8429


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Step into the World of Virtual Reality at the Islip Public Library

Thanks to the Suffolk Cooperative Lending Library program, the Islip Public Library will have access to the HTC Vive Virtual Reality system from February 9 - February 12. Schedule a 30-minute appointment and transport yourself into another world -- the world of Virtual Reality!

Swim underwater, travel to a foreign country, jump off a skyscraper -- these are just some of the virtual reality experiences that will be available. While wearing the virtual reality headset, you will be able to "look around" the artificial world, move about in it, and interact with features or items that are depicted inside the headset.

So what exactly is Virtual Reality? Virtual reality is the term used to describe a three-dimensional, computer-generated environment that can be explored and interacted with. You become a part of this virtual world and are immersed within this environment. While you’re there you can manipulate objects or perform a series of actions.

Please note - due to the intensity of virtual reality you must be 13 years or older in order to try it out.

Please stop by or call us at 631-581-5933 to find out more or to schedule an appointment.

Museum Passes and Discount Tickets at the Library

Did you know that the Islip Public Library offers free museum passes and discount tickets for local and New York City area museums to Islip Library cardholders!

Below is our current list of Museum Passes available:

  • Fire Island Lighthouse
  • Intrepid
  • Long Island Children's Museum (Garden City)
  • Sagtikos Manor
  • Old Bethpage Village Restoration
  • Vanderbilt Museum & Planetarium
  • Guggenheim Museum

We also offer discount tickets to:

  • Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead: $17.50
  • Long Island Game Farm: $12.50
  • Museum of Natural History: $10.00

Reservations for Museum Passes may be made online by following the Museum Pass link on the Islip Library webpage, www.isliplibrary.org - and select “Museum Passes.” Passes may also be reserved in-person. Museum passes can be reserved up to 30 days in advance.

Our museum pass software will show you a list of museums, and you select a date to pick up the museum pass.

It is recommended that you reserve a pass for the day you wish to pick it up at the library. Passes may be checked out for a total of three (3) days. All reservations should be made with the intention of visiting the museum between the day of pick-up and day of return. If the Library is closed on the scheduled date of return, passes will be due on the first day of re-opening.

Please remember! If your plans changed and you are not going to be able to use the museum pass, cancel your reservation so someone else can use it. It’s easy to cancel; call us at 631-581-5933, email us at reference@isliplibrary.org or cancel your reservation by clicking the Museum Pass link on the Islip Library webpage https://isliplibrary.org/museum-passes/ and select “My Passes”

Jump on the DIY Bandwagon at the Islip Public Library

Have you noticed how popular crafting and the do-it-yourself (DIY) movement seems to be lately? You’re right! Many people seem to have a desire to be more self-reliant and are getting more creative. In addition to crafting and projects, there is also a greater interest in sustainable living – like growing and canning your own food, raising livestock for milk and eggs, and using wind and solar power. This trend is especially noticeable among millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000). To a greater degree than the baby boomer generation (born between 1946 and 1964) the millennials are embracing all things DIY!

Perhaps it’s a reaction against technology or a response to difficult economic circumstances - exorbitant college loans coupled with fewer employment opportunities - whatever the reason, DIY is a definite millennial trend.

Here's a list of popular DIY topics you might find of interest:

  • Woodworking - furniture, cabinetry, decks, musical instruments, boats, garden structures….
  • Sewing / knitting / crocheting
  • Upcycling and repurposing great finds from thrift shops, flea markets, and yard sales
  • Building and living in tiny houses / using solar and wind power
  • Making your own gentle soaps, bath and cleaning products
  • Brewing your own beer
  • Making jewelry
  • Photography / scrapbooking
  • Drawing, painting, coloring, creating homemade greeting cards
  • Journaling, blogging, creating collages and homemade books
  • Making pottery
  • Cooking and baking – especially “slow foods” and healthy options
  • Growing vegetables / canning and preserving fruits and vegetables
  • Raising backyard chickens and building chicken coops
  • Yogurt and cheese making
  • Drying herbs / wreath making
  • Brickwork
  • Candle making
  • Macramé
  • Painting and refinishing furniture / creating mosaic tabletops
  • Bicycling instead of driving

At the Islip Public Library we have books on all of these subjects! Stop in and peruse our non-fiction collections – in the adult, teen, and children’s sections. You’re sure to find something to pique your interest even if you’re not a millennial! Looking for more ideas? Check out Pinterest or Etsy online.

Jump on the DIY bandwagon!

An interesting note - the millennial generation is also more apt to utilize public libraries than those in any other age group, according to a recent Pew Research poll from 2016:

  • “87% of millennials say the library helps them find information that is trustworthy and reliable, compared with 74% of baby boomers who say the same. More than 85% of millennials credit libraries with helping them learn new things, compared with 72% of boomers. And just under two-thirds (63%) of millennials say the library helps them get information that assists with decisions they have to make, compared with 55% of boomers.” (www.pewresearch.org)
  • Also - the millennial generation tends to favor print books over ebooks.
  • “A Publishing Technology survey of 1000 millennials in the U.S. found that 79% of those between the ages of 18 and 34 read a print book in the last year, while 46% had read an e-book on a tablet, and only 31% had read an e-book on a dedicated e-reader.” (www.shelf-awareness.com)

These millennials are on to something – stop in to the library today and check out some books!

September is Library Card sign up month - if you don’t have one get yours today!

Here Are Some Ways to Rediscover Your Library at Islip Public Library

Do you know that there are many other services the Library offers in addition to being a place to find books? If you think there’s no reason to go to the Library because you get your books/ebooks and answers from Amazon and Google you’re in for a surprise! Do you know how to find validated facts from respected authoritative sources? Do you want to borrow books for free instead of paying for them? There are so many services that the Library offers that are fun, enjoyable, and free of charge. Rediscover your Library! We are more than books - we are the hub of our community.

Here are some ways to Rediscover your Library

  • Learn something new by perusing our vast nonfiction book collection
  • Read a magazine, in paper, or through our online Flipster subscription
  • Read the newspaper
  • Get help with current technology
    (like downloading ebooks or audio books) or help with your smartphone with our Book a Librarian service)
  • Participate in a book club
  • Take in a concert or interesting presentation
  • Watch a free movie on our big screen and state of the art sound system
  • Research your family genealogy
  • Learn a new language with our free subscription database, Pronunciator
  • Check out travel books and dvds to plan your next vacation
  • See original works of art in our Gallery Hallway and in our Display Cases
  • Share your artwork or collection with us for others to view
  • Enjoy a comfy seat and some good reading in the cool a/c!
  • Enjoy a beverage in our café seating area
  • Update your resume by using one of our online resources and our computers
  • Print out your boarding pass, tickets, documents on our public computers
  • Print to the print station in the library from your phone or laptop even when you’re not in the Library
  • Get suggestions for your next book to read
  • Meet new people
  • Get discounted LIRR tickets through our bi-monthly group trip to NYC
  • Teens – check out group volunteer activities to earn community service credit
  • Take a computer class
  • Read for relaxation and escape
  • Attend a cooking or exercise class
  • Attend our Spanish/English conversation group
  • Borrow a museum pass or purchase a discounted ticket to a museum
  • Use the Brainfuse database to get help with homework from real live tutors
  • Play chess
  • Take a bus trip
  • Do a jigsaw puzzle
  • Watch the fish in our huge saltwater aquarium
  • Check out an audio book cd or music cd for your next road trip
  • Try out our new iPad
  • Check out a laptop to use in the Library
  • See how a 3D Printer works
  • Try out the Virtual Reality Equipment

There’s always something happening at the Islip Public Library. Be sure to check out our print newsletter. If you live in the Islip School District you should be receiving it in the mail every other month. You can always also access our newsletter and a description of our services online at www.isliplibrary.org. You can even get an advance copy of the newsletter by sharing your email address with us. Follow and like us on Facebook too!

Bird Watching on Long Island – Family Fun Activities

Long Island is “for the Birds!” Families and Bird Watching

One of the easiest and enjoyable activities to share with your children is bird watching. Taking time to observe our feathered friends while at the park, on the beach, or even in your backyard gives families the opportunity to increase their appreciation for nature and its cycles. Even if you can’t tell a cardinal from a blue jay, there are numerous guides for determining types of birds, both online and here at the Library. Most birding organizations offer tips and advice as to how to engage children and teens in discovering the beauty and habits of our feathered friends. For instance, recent scientific research has determined that birds are closely related to dinosaurs, so perhaps you can draw in reluctant participants with this fact to promote observation and discussion. Out on a trail, you can make your walk into a competition to see who can spot and name the most birds. And at one local Long Island preserve Elizabeth A. Morton Wildlife Refuge, chickadees will land on your hand to eat seeds—now that’s getting close to nature!

Just remember not to feed birds at the park with bread…it’s not good for them. Also, remember that ducks, geese, and swans are wild creatures, and can become aggressive, especially if their young are nearby. Seagulls show no fear of humans if there’s food involved and large numbers of them will swoop in and surround you if you deliberately feed them. Please be cautious.

With that in mind, here are a list of links, blogs and Facebook pages about activities that revolve around families and birds:

For Instance:

June Outdoor Program at Brookside
When: Thursday, June 15, 2017
Time: 6:00 pm Rain or Shine
Place: Great South Bay Audubon Society's Headquarters - Brookside County Park - 59 Brook Street, Sayville, NY
Program Description: Our program this year will be presented by members of Quogue Wildlife Refuge. They will discuss the adaptations of various birds of prey that allow these animals to be such incredible hunters. Find out why they live at the Wildlife Center and learn about their role in the wild. You might see a screech owl, a barn owl and maybe even a great horned owl. You won't want to miss it! This program is free, open to the public and will be held rain or shine. There will be a raffle and refreshments. Bring a blanket and/or chair. Parking is also available in the High School Parking lot across the street. Hope to see you there!

Also, for a great craft that will “Build A Better World”- our Summer Reading Club theme - for our feathered friends, the Islip Public Library Children’s Department will be offering a program that gives kids ages 8 - 12 the opportunity to decorate birdhouses with (bird) edible materials! Program will take place on Friday, July 28th, 3:00- 4:00 PM. Please register beginning July 5th.

And come visit us to checkout our display of non-fiction and stories dedicated to all kinds of birds.

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