Monday, August 1, 2016

July 18th Library Visits - THE CONTINUED EDITION

HOLY SMOKES, IT'S AUGUST. Deep breaths everyone. We're almost through summer!

In our last post, we talked about our visit to Brentwood on July 18th. Afterwards we had a chunk of time between events, so we took the opportunity to hit the road! On that particular summer Monday, we visited eight different libraries - we felt like library superheroes! Oh wait, that was last year's theme. Library champions?

First up was Central Islip Public Library, where the walls were bedecked with sportstastic pinnies decorated by summer readers! I love when child-created artwork is used as decoration, don't you?

Next we hit up Islip Public Library, where they have an impressive Summer Reading Station for reporting. Look at that! Totally handmade, and totally awesome.

Our last Islip stop was East Islip Public Library, where we were given a private tour of their new Discovery Backyard - what a gorgeous space! It's in its final phases of construction so the finishing touches are still being added, but there's a stage, a nature art creating center, a water table, garden planters, and a tree that grew into a perfect reading nook shape! We wanted to stay all day.
"Happy Birthday, Vinny!"

Clearly this tree was MADE for Derek

Next up was Connetquot Public Library, where we checked out the new program room. Loving that kid-friendly seating and the natural light! On the doors is a race track where colorful runners represent the number of participants in the Summer Reading Club from each school. Readers from schools who finish the race get to go to a Petra Puppets Show. Good luck, racers!

Sayville Library was next on our route, where decorative DIY goodness was on fine display. The children's area has a great over-the-door display area, where for the summer, familiar storybook champions took their place on the podium. Check out this to-cute-to-handle Eric Carle mini-golf in the stacks! Kids can also shoot hoops in the homemade basketball hoop they mounted on a poll. Great passive programming!


Our second-to-last stop was Bayport-Blue Point Public Library, where they wow you as soon as you walk in -- check out this football-themed entryway! Who wouldn't be excited to go to the library? It also features some familiar rock climbing characters.

Arnold Lobel didn't tell you, but Toad is an A+ belayer


Finally we found ourselves at Middle Country Public Library, where we were to be audience members at the mock Battle of the Books, featuring Longwood, Hauppauge and Middle Country teams. Before the event, we took at trip to Museum Corner to check out Patty's brain!

Thank you to all the librarians for stopping and chatting with us about what's going on at the libraries this summer. We look forward to visiting more libraries as we make our way around to your necks of the woods!

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