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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 March 24 through March 28, 2017. 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 in the artificial world, move about in it, and interact with features or items that are depicted inside the headset.

What Exactly is Virtual Reality?

Virtual reality is the term used to describe a three-dimensional, computer generated, interactive environment that you can explore. You become a part of this virtual world and are immersed in its environment - while there, you’re able to manipulate objects or perform a series of actions.

Please note - due to the intensity of the virtual reality experience, you must be at least 13 years old in order to sign up for this program.

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

Achieving Your New Year’s Resolutions

Happy “YOU” Year! Want to achieve some of your New Year’s resolutions? Start at the Islip Library! Yes, we can help you!

We have books and ebooks on money & investing
​We also have plenty of books on health and nutrition
  • Eat smarter and healthier: Attend our Eating for Energy Nutrition Program on Wednesday, January 18 at 7 pm with holistic health counselor Ann Monaco.
  • Get fit and have fun in our all new 6 week Zumba Gold fitness program on Friday mornings at 9:30 am starting on January 27th with licensed Zumba Gold instructor Joy Walker.
Can’t attend our fitness class? Try some of these fitness DVDs at home
  • Manage some of your chronic pain: Try out the MELT Method® exercise program on Saturday mornings from February 11 - March 4 at 10:30 am with Ellen Chiappetta, a certified personal trainer and trained MELT instructor.
  •  Learn a new language: Our free database available through Live-brary.com called Pronunciator is a fun and free way to learn any of 80 languages with self-directed lessons, live teachers, movies, music, and more.
  • Tackle a home improvement project: Our free database, available through Live-brary.com called Home Improvement Reference Center includes magazine articles and reference content as well as videos and images designed to help homeowners tackle home repairs safely. This database provides the latest step-by-step information along with background information and basic tips on topics including electrical, plumbing, woodworking, outdoor projects, maintenance and decorating.
  • Sleep better: Check out some eBooks or Audiobooks on Sleeping available through our Live-brary free downloads service.
  • Online learning: Take an online learning course available for free through Live-brary.com. Course are taught by a variety of professors from Yale, Harvard, Princeton, MIT and many more! There are many courses to choose from.
  • Adopt a pet: A feline friend can’t wait to meet you from the Pioneers for Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) Inc., who will be at the library on Saturday, January 14th from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. No registration required.
  • Is traveling on your bucket list for 2017? Joan Manahan, a travel consultant for 30 years, will discuss hassle-free and no-fee planning for your dream trip in a two-part workshop on Tuesday, March 7 at 7:00 pm & Tuesday, March 14 at 7:00 pm. Attend one or both of the presentations!
  • Donate to a charity: There are many charities out there looking for your money and other household items, but how can you find out which ones are legitimate and gather more information about them? Before deciding which charity to donate to, take a look at this website: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0074-giving-charity
  • Volunteer: There are many organizations in the area looking for volunteers. Save the date: Monday, March 27, 2017 from 4-7 pm we are having our Second Annual Volunteer Fair. Many local organizations will be on hand looking for volunteers. If your organization would like to have a recruitment table at our Volunteer Fair, please click here to fill out an online application.

The Podcast Explosion

The Podcast Explosion

As a librarian I often ask people what they are reading and what they are listening to. Lately, more and more people have been telling me about their favorite podcasts. Podcasts have exploded in the past few years, with good reason, they offer an amazing amount of entertainment, education, and enjoyment. Podcasts are a great supplement to your favorite books and movies. They offer something for everyone. Here are some fantastic podcasts that you might be interested in.

For the horror fan try Lore:

Aaron Mahnke, describes chilling historical tales that will leave you terrified. Mahnke is absolutely captivating, bringing the stories to life with amazing detail and a life-like description. In addition to the gruesome stories, the podcast is filled with hair-raising background music that adds an extra layer of fright to each story. The podcast currently has over 40 episodes and is produced bi-weekly, a great podcast to subscribe to if you love horror tales.

If you're a history buff check out Revisionist History:

Malcolm Gladwell, author of The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers, has created a podcast that revisits past events with a unique and fresh outlook. Gladwell has an amazing talent for making history exciting. The ten-episode podcast is filled with interviews, fascinating audio clips, and engaging storytelling. Ken Burns wrote, it was the “best podcast I’ve ever heard.”

For the do-it-yourself stock investor, Motley Fool Money is worth a listen:

The podcast is a weekly recap of the stock market and the economy. The show, produced every Friday, has an abundance of information and insight as well as a group of entertaining hosts. There is always an interview with an author or industry expert that provides valuable knowledge. It is a great source for those who want to know more about the stock market.

Want to write like a pro? Check out Grammar Girl Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing:

In short, ten to fifteen minute episodes, grammar girl quickly clears up common grammar misconceptions. It is a great way to vastly improve your writing abilities while only dedicating fifteen minutes per week.

Wonder why? Explore the 'riddles of everyday life' with Freakonomics Radio:

Stephen Dubner, co-author of the best-selling Freakonomics books, delves into interesting topics with an extremely unique spin. Topics range widely but the podcast is always entertaining and forces you to think differently. If you love the Freakonomics books then you will love this podcast.

There are so many more great podcasts to discover! There is a podcast for everything, from your favorite sports team to your favorite hobby. You can download and subscribe to your favorite podcasts via your smartphone, iPod, tablet, or computer. If you want a more specific podcast recommendation come into the Islip Public Library and ask for me, Matt Wuthenow. If you've already discovered a great podcast, add a comment below and tell us about it!

Land of the Lost URL! Part 4

Great websites for kids that you probably never heard about.

Remarkable Museum Websites from around the nation (for Adults and Kids)

Here is a list of a few museum website that deserve some attention. Most of the museums here are world-class and are well known. Their sites exhibit a few common traits; they are information rich, they illuminate the main focus of the museum, and they are thrilling to look at!

Colonial Williamsburg Kids Zone, Williamsburg, Virginia

http://www.history.org/kids/visitUs/

A fun site with games, historical information and a travel guide to Colonial Williamsburg.

The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY

http://www.cmog.org/

The Corning Museum upstate in NY is a celebrated museum. There are workshops about glassmaking and the museum features a collection of historical and art glass; one of the best in the world. The website has information about artists, glassmaking and the history of glass.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art #Metkids, NY, NY

http://www.metmuseum.org/art/online-features/metkids/

A well thought out site that focuses on the collections of the M.E.T. in NYC. The site makes it enjoyable for kids to learn about antiquities and history through a virtual tour of the museum, a time machine (Don’t press that button!) and videos.

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst, MA

http://www.carlemuseum.org/

This museum in Massachusetts has the largest collection of picture books and picture book illustrations in the United States from around the world. The Website celebrates the exhibitions available at the museum and the workshops for kids. The exhibition previews showcase a lot of beautiful artwork!

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN

https://www.childrensmuseum.org/

This is an impressive museum and their website for kids is magnificent too! There are various videos, games and activities for kids. (Hint: there are dinosaurs!)

The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/education/kids.html

The National Gallery in Washington houses many of our Nation’s art treasures. There are works by Van Gogh, Rembrandt, John Singer Sargent, Edward Hicks and Others. The children’s area of the website features Learning games about art and being creative. Make sure your flash is updated; the apps can be a little finicky.

The National Air and Space Museum, Washington D.C.

https://airandspace.si.edu/

This fantastic museum is part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. Dedicated to the history of Aeronautics in the United States; kids will find much to be amazed by in the halls of this museum. World War 2 fighters, a command module from the Apollo missions, a moon rock you can touch, and a life-size prototype of the Hubble space telescope are just some of the wonders of this museum. On the website, there are articles about current events and exhibitions. There is so much to discover on this website for a child (or adult) who loves airplanes or spacecraft!

The Field Museum, Chicago, IL

https://www.fieldmuseum.org/at-the-field/exhibitions/sue-t-rex

This museum has the largest Tyrannosaurus rex fossil ever found! The website has a vast science blog, learning resources and lots of information. If you are in Chicago, this is a “must stop” for the kids!

The American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY

http://www.amnh.org/

I may be biased, living in New York, but I am sure that the Museum of Natural History is one of the best natural history museums in the world, if not the best. The website is packed with info, resources for teachers and parents, activities for kids, exhibition information, research data that is being conducted at the museum, and much more. It’s just a really great science website.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey, CA

http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals-and-experiences

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is wonderful, and the website is wonderful as well. My son stares at the Jellyfish webcam for hours; it is truly fascinating. Check out the webcams, the research and the kids’ related pages.

The National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland

http://www.aqua.org/explore/animals

The National Aquarium has a good website that has profiles for all the animals in the aquarium with high quality pictures and information. It’s another fantastic website. Visit this aquarium if you are ever near Washington D.C.!

Thanks for reading and I hope I helped you discover some useful, exciting and refreshing websites! As usual, if you would like to suggest a useful site you enjoy, please comment below!



Fantasy Football

Get Ready For Your Fantasy Football Draft

Summer is here and for fantasy football players, it’s time to do your homework. Fantasy football is a challenging game based around constant evaluation and all or nothing decisions. Week to week your lineup changes due to injuries and bye weeks. When it comes to injuries plan for the worst, evaluate players carefully and draft the best team possible. Try to make good late round sleeper picks for bench depth, these picks can save your season.

Offensive Lines

A vital and sometimes ignored key to drafting running backs and quarterbacks is the offensive line. In most fantasy football leagues you’re not drafting offensive lines or offense lineman however; this line can make or break a running backs/quarterbacks season. The offensive line is responsible for opening up holes for running backs to run through and protecting the quarterback long enough so he can read the field and make a play. Although this isn’t the only key to success for your RB & QB but, when debating between a few players to draft, considering the skill of the o-line can certainly help make a decision.

For ranking the offensive line I am using a grouping system instead of specific order as unforeseen personnel and injuries can change before the start of the season.

Elite: Arizona, Carolina, Dallas, New York Jets & Pittsburgh.

Above Average: Cincinnati, Houston, Los Angeles, Minnesota & New England.

Average: Baltimore, Denver, Green Bay, Kansas City, New York Giants, Seattle, Tampa Bay & Washington.

Below Average: Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Miami, New Orleans, Oakland & Philadelphia.

Poor: Cleveland, Detroit, San Diego, San Francisco & Tennessee.

Operation Relocation

Here are a few big names that relocated to a new team this offseason. Let’s see how well they fit into their new teams.

DeMarco Murray – Tennessee Titans - RB

After leaving the Cowboys for the Eagles last season, Murray had a terrible season to follow up his league leading 2014 performance. This is a perfect example of a talented player shifting teams and laying a goose egg for a season. However, Murray is onto his third team and he seems to have a bright future. The Titans o-line is poor but has a chance to improve and with some offensive weapons, the Titans might just have enough tools to get some defenders to pay attention to other targets while Murray carries the ball. Murray should be able to bounce back from last year and to his advantage, head coach Mike Mularkey runs the ball a lot.

Matt Forte – New York Jets – RB

Forte has had over 800 rushing yards and 300 receiving yards for eight seasons straight. That’s amazing! He’s one of very few to achieve such success; however, at age 30 and with a new team for the first time in his career, he can be hard to judge. The Jets o-line will be an upgrade for Forte and the Jets have weapons with Marshall and Decker. The Jets will have Forte split some carries with Bilal Powell and Khiry Robinson which should keep him fresh throughout the year. While splitting the workload, I believe Forte will continue to be a productive player. However, I see him more as a RB2 at age 30 with potential to reach a top 10 spot as Chris Ivory did last season for the Jets.

Chris Ivory – Jacksonville Jaguars – RB

Last season Ivory was a top 10 running back playing for the Jets; a team that totaled the 10th highest rushing attempts last season. Now with the Jaguars, Ivory will be splitting time with last year rookie T. J. Yeldon and joins a team with the 3rd lowest rushing attempts in 2015. The Jaguars investment in Ivory would seem to mean he’ll be the starter but, Yeldon is expected to get a decent amount of playing time as well. Given the Jags are a pass heavy team, I’m not so sure Ivory will make a return to the top 10 and I’m looking at Ivory as a low RB2/RB3 option, leaning more towards RB3.

Lamar Miller – Houston Texans – RB

Adrian Foster is no longer a Texan and Houston turned to Lamar Miller to fill the massive void Foster left behind. Miller is only 24 years old and had success over his four seasons in Miami, especially his last two. Houston’s defense is among the best and should keep points of the board giving the ball to the offense. Houston has wide receiver threat DeAndre Hopkins, rookie WR Will Fuller to stretch the field and new arrival QB Brock Osweiler to round out the offense. Miller should get plenty of carries and it’s smart to invest in a young capable running back. I see Miller as a low RB1 with potential to rise.

Brock Osweiler – Houston Texans - QB

Starting 7 games for Denver in Peyton Manning’s absence, Osweiler won 5 games with a QB rating of 86.2, 61.8% pass completion, 10 touchdowns, 6 interceptions and just shy of 2,000 passing yards last season. Not bad numbers but, those seven games were fairly easy matchups and with such a limited sample size it’s hard to figure out Osweiler. It’s also hard to draft him as your starting QB when there are so many established QBs available. If he’s available later on, he’s worth a bench spot as your backup QB; this will give you a few weeks to see how he handles his first full time gig.

Robert Griffin III - Cleveland Browns – QB

RG3’s long injury history is a major concern however, the potential for a dual threat QB working with Hue Jackson is very appealing. Griffin has Gary Barnidge at TE who broke out in his first full season as a starter and there is a very low chance he’ll have an opportunity to throw to Josh Gordon. RG3’s name is nothing more than eye candy at this point. Although he has potential to be very successful as a starter, his injury risk is just as high.

Marvin Jones – Detroit Lions – WR

First off, let me just say there is no replacing Calvin Johnson in Detroit. Stafford has always been a slinger but, I find him to be very inconsistent week to week. Jones was paid as a number 1 option but, I see him more as a number 2. The lions seem to be lining up with two number 2 options (Jones and Golden Tate) and are missing that elite number 1 wide receiver. Stafford has relied on Calvin his entire career and with him retired, it’s up to Jones, Tate, Kerley (WR), Ebron (TE) and Abdullah (RB) to create some chemistry with Stafford and make this work. Until proven otherwise, look at Jones as a WR3 or bench depth.

Travis Benjamin – San Diego Chargers – WR

Benjamin’s move from Cleveland to San Diego this offseason got him the upgrade at quarterback he was looking for. However, Benjamin slides in-between Keenan Allen and Stevie Johnson. Allen and TE Antonio Gates figure to continue as the top targets for QB Phillip Rivers and Johnson is a solid third receiver to have. Benjamin won’t be relied on as he was in Cleveland but, he has potential to put up some numbers. We’ll have to wait and see how the Chargers utilize Benjamin in this offense.

Coby Fleener – New Orleans Saints – TE

Fleener has always been a guy with potential and at times was able to flash how good he can be. Ultimately, he was hot and cold in the Colts offense and split time with Dwayne Allen never reaching his true potential. Now a member of the Saints, a team low on offensive weapons, Fleener should be able to put some fantasy points to be a solid starter as QB Brees likes to sling it and connect with his TE. Just don’t expect Jimmy Graham numbers, I’d say around 800 yards and 5 TDs is within reach here.

Benjamin Watson – Baltimore Ravens – TE

Watson leaves the Saints and joins the Ravens at age 35. Last year he had a career year and it would be a bad idea to expect that again. His age is a risk and Flacco is no Brees but, Offensive Coordinator Marc Trestman looks to the tight end more so than most. Watson would be a good backup to stash on your bench to see how things turn out.

Jared Cook – Green Bay Packers – TE

Give Aaron Rodgers any tight end and he’ll find a way to get him the ball and give him some fantasy value. Jared Cook is a guy who never reached his potential with the Titans and Rams but, his situation in Green Bay could change things. Time will tell and for now Cook is a backup consideration.

Sleeper Picks

Here are some players you may be able to get a few rounds later than normal that can have a big year. In some cases these picks could be starters from the get go, others may be bench depth with potential.

QB Matt Ryan – Atlanta [Starter]
QB David Carr – Oakland [Bench]
QB Marcus Mariota – Tennessee [Bench]
RB Eddie Lacy – Green Bay [Starter]
RB Carlos Hyde – San Francisco [Bench]
RB Jonathan Stewart – Carolina [Starter]
RB Frank Gore – Indianapolis [Bench]
WR Allen Hurns – Jacksonville [Starter/Bench]
WR Michael Crabtree – Oakland [Bench]
WR Dorial Green-Beckham – Tennessee [Bench]
WR Marvin Jones – Detroit [Starter/Bench]
WR Travis Benjamin – San Diego [Bench]
TE Coby Fleener – New Orleans [Starter]
TE Antoni Gates – San Diego [Starter/Bench]
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins – Tampa Bay [Bench]
TE Benjamin Watson – Baltimore [Bench]
TE Jared Cook – Green Bay [Bench]
TE Jordan Cameron – Miami [Bench]
TE Will Tye – NY Giants [Bench]

Kickers

As far as Kickers go, grab one, if he fails, drop and replace. Here’s my top 10:

Stephen Gostkowski – New England Patriots
Steven Hauschka – Seattle Seahawks
Graham Gano – Carolina Panther
Brandon McManus – Denver Broncos
Mason Crosby – Green Bay Packers
Justin Tucker – Baltimore Ravens
Dan Bailey – Dallas Cowboys
Chandler Catanzaro – Arizona Cardinals
Adam Vinatieri – Indianapolis Colts
Josh Brown – New York Giants

Defense

It is crucial to have a good defense. Your defense usually starts off with 10 points and that number can increase or decrease. A good defense can get you 10 – 20 points on average. A bad defense can get you less than five points on average and the last thing you want from your defense is negative points. If you end up with an ok but not great defense, I suggest drafting two and playing the match-ups or the hot quad from week to week.

Elite: Arizona & Seattle.

Above Average: Denver, Houston, Kansas City, & New York Jets

Average: Buffalo, Carolina, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, Minnesota, New England, & Pittsburgh.

Best of the Rest: Baltimore, Chicago, Green Bay, Jacksonville, Oakland, Philadelphia, & Washington.

Who are your sleepers for this season? Leave a comment and let’s get a conversation started!

Summer Activities on Long Island and Manhattan

Free and Affordable Family Activities:

Long Island and Manhattan

This summer, and year round, take advantage of free and affordable family activities that Long Island and Manhattan have to offer. The Islip Public Library’s free museum passes/vouchers are a great way to get started. You and your family can enjoy visits to the following venues:

  • American Museum of Natural History, Manhattan
  • Cradle of Aviation, Garden City
  • Fire Island Lighthouse at parking field #5 on Robert Moses Causeway, Bay Shore
  • Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Manhattan
  • Long Island Children’s Museum, Garden City
  • Old Bethpage Village Restoration, Old Bethpage
  • Museum of Modern Art, Manhattan
  • Sagtikos Manor, Bay Shore
  • Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium, Centerport
  • Walt Whitman Birthplace Association, Huntington Station

Reserve a museum pass by clicking on the following link, https://isliplibrary.org/museum-passes/ Have your Islip Public Library adult card handy. Read and accept the terms. Each pass is reserved and checked out for 3 days.

The following Children’s Librarians Association of Suffolk Country, Inc. (CLASC), Inc.-sponsored link includes 12 pages of affordable things ($8.00 and under) to do on Long Island. Additional links are included for even more activities. The Islip Public Library offers free passes to some of the listed locations!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2jHfOsX8vqCUjZ3cFdXbnZqY00/view?pref=2&pli=1

The Islip Public Library’s Children’s Department also has a display of regularly updated information that includes local and Island-wide activities. Check us out on your next visit!

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