Have a safe & happy Halloween & Día de los Muertos! You'll hear from us in November. ~ South Country Library
P.S. Thanks to those of you who've been voting for us in the Best of Long Island contest. You can vote every day here -- scroll down to Education on the left, click on Public Library, and find us near the bottom.
Virtual Family Trivia Night
Friday, October 23, 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Register here (one registration per team) to join us via Zoom for family-fun trivia!
Be sure to have a dry-erase board or paper pad & marker to hold up your answers.
South Country Library cardholders may win prizes.
Our Fall Food Drive Continues
Please help our neighbors in need by donating non-perishable, non-expired food to the bin in the front lobby. Donations can be dropped off any time we are open.
Cell Phones for Soldiers
part of The Great Give Back
Donate gently-used cell phones (with batteries) to the box across from the Patron Services desk. Please factory reset your phones & remove SIM cards. Ends October 31.
Annual Winter Warmth Collection
November 2 - December 14
Please donate new socks, slippers, hats, scarves, gloves, and mittens in any size to the Children's Department. The Bellport Hagerman East Patchogue Alliance will distribute them to local families in need.
PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES
FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES
The Children's Department is open for browsing. There are no toys or games. Two internet/typing computers are available for kids to use.
In-person registration only. Supplies are limited, so register at the Reference Desk or Children's Desk soon!
Plan a family night at home to decorate a gingerbread house for the holidays! Each bakery-fresh house is 4.5" by 5" by 7.25" high, comes pre-assembled from Fanny Cakes bakery, and sits on a 10" round board which can also be decorated. The house comes packaged with royal icing to attach the included candy.
Limit one house kit per family using an Adult South County Library Card. Pick up your kit between December 10th and 12th.
Teens: Scroll down to the Teen Programs to sign up for your own Gingerbread House Kit!
Join Miss Carol-Leigh for a video about making delicious Muddy Buddies!
Scary Stories in the Dark
premieres Friday, October 23 at 7:00 PM
Join Jen for a storytelling video of Scary Stories in the Dark. These spooky stories and silly jokes are recommended for children in grades 2 - 5.
Autumn & Halloween
premiere Tuesday, October 27 at 9:30 AM
Print at home from our Facebook page or Virtual Programs page (links above) or pick up a paper copy at the Library.
Letter of the Week Kit
New letter every Wednesday
October 21: H October 28: I
Kit includes a letter craft, activity sheets, and letter cut-outs. Recommended for age 5 & younger. Stop by the Children's Desk to get a kit or call 631-286-0818 ext. 2 to arrange curbside pick-up.
Take-Home Craft Kits
9:45 AM - 4:30 PM
No registration or appointment needed. Kits will be outside the front door of the library.
Creepy Check-Out Craft
When you check out one of the books from our special October book display, you can get a cute bat craft kit, too!
One book & craft per child, please. While supplies last.
On Halloween, (Saturday, October 31)
stop by the Children's Desk to get a special treat bag with stickers, pretzels, a realistic earthworm, and more!
(while supplies last)
Come see our voting books display and ballot box. Your child can cast a vote for the book characters Pete the Cat or Mo Willems' Pigeon! Who will win?
Read With Me
Sign up your child for a one-on-one virtual session with a children's librarian. The librarian will read one book to your child, and your child can practice their reading skills and read a book to the librarian. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a 15-minute session with us.
Storytime! live via Zoom
Mondays at 4:00 PM
Email email@example.com to request the Zoom link to participate. You can view past Storytimes on YouTube.
Bright By Text: Parents and caregivers, you can sign up for free resources, tips, and activities tailored to your child’s age. Available in English & Spanish. Just text FAMILYPLACE to 274448, then follow the prompts. Learn more on the Bright By Text website.
"Pick Books for My Kid"
A children's librarian can pick out books for your child based on their age and interests.
All programs (except Qigong) are presented online through Zoom.
Peconic Bay Scallops: Yesterday and Today Thursday, October 22, 7:00 PM
Local historian Erin Becker presents a history of the Peconic Bay scallop industry, explaining the role of the scallop in Long Island heritage and cuisine. Last year, the scallop season opened to find that 90% of the scallops had died. How does the history of this industry tell us about where it stands today? Click here to register.
Virtual Books & Bagels
upcoming book discussions
by Chris Cleave
Saturday, October 24, 10:00 AM
To register for the Zoom discussion and for any assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn how to create a Google account and learn how to use Google Drive, Calendar, Maps, Docs & Sheets. Bring your questions. This program is for intermediate & advanced computer users. Register in advance here.
Outdoor Qigong at the Post Morrow Foundation
16 Bay Road, Brookhaven
Friday, October 30, 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Join us for in-person Qigong. This ancient, evidence-based Chinese healing art consists of low-impact exercises which help to lower blood pressure, increase bone density, and improve balance. Instructor Tom Linden is certified by the Center for Taiji Studies.
No class fee. A signed 2020 exercise waiver must be on file. To register, visit the Reference Desk to sign a waiver or call to confirm we have yours (631-286-0818 ext. 1).
Please arrive wearing a mask and maintain social distance. No bathroom access -- plan accordingly. Rain will cancel; no rain-date. Email any questions to email@example.com
Virtual Tai Chi
Thursday, November 5, 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Jim Cummings teaches the 24 movements and fundamental theory of the Beijing Tai Chi form, which improves balance, stability, and overall health. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and soft-soled shoes. Click here to register.
Finding Your 300-Year-Old Great Grandma Using 21st Century Technology
Thursday, November 5, 7:00 PM
Learn about different free and subscription genealogy websites. Discover what they offer and how to get the most out of a variety of online resources including Ancestry, Family Search, My Heritage, and many others. Click here to register.
TRIVIA for ALL!
Congrats to the winners of the previous games:
SawdustSteve for Mystery Books &
Colebaby for American Myths!
Here are your next two challenges:
Open October 19 - 22
In honor of Newspaper Comic Strip Appreciation Day, test your knowledge of these classic strips.
Get ready for the cold weather by crocheting this simple scarf. We will meet each week on Zoom to share our progress, ask questions, and get help.
Click here to register. Everyone who registers will receive the materials needed (including the pattern) for this scarf. Kits can be picked up from November 4 through November 7.
Psst...need homework or testing help? Brainfuse has extended live tutoring hours from 10 AM - 11 PM every day.
The Library now has a Notary Public!
Please call us for our notary's availability.
Social Work Services
Amy Baires is our social work intern from Stony Brook University. She can help with information, referrals, and paperwork for housing, treatment, social services, unemployment, food pantries, and more.
Amy speaks English & habla español.
You can speak with her in person, by phone, or by email. Walk-in or make an appointment by calling the Reference Desk at (631) 286-0818 ext. 1, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. See schedule at right.
Are you looking for the links to resources from previous issues, or want to access the pre-September issues? Click here for our storage page (en español). Note that this page will not be updated, so some resources are or will become obsolete.