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January/February/March 2019

You may register online, via phone, or in-person.  Payment is due within 3 days of registering.  Pay at the Children's Room Desk in person.  We accept cash only (exact change if possible please!).  Fees are non-refundable.

Any questions?  Please call the Children's Room Desk: 516-766-2360, option 2.

Playaway Launchpads
are available for circulation to residents in the Oceanside Library district.  Children in Pre-K through Middle School will love these easy-to-use, durable tablets pre-loaded with high-quality secure learning apps and games.  Playaway Launchpads are grouped by subject area, theme, grade level, and age.  Subjects include Math, Science, English Language Arts, and more.  Please inquire about these exciting educational items in the Children's Department.  Check one out today!

SESAME STREET eBOOKS - In Library -- At Home
Offers 150+ Sesame Street eBooks, Audio eBooks, interactive eBooks, and animated eBooks.

Chess Club (Grades 4 – High School)
Wednesdays // 4:30pm

Open chess program.  No prior knowledge of the game required.  Snacks will be provided.
  Please call the Information Desk: 516-766-2360, option 4 for the most up to date information on club dates.

Snowman Cupcakes (Grades K-6)
Thursday, January 17 // 6pm

Decorate three cupcakes to look like snowmen or snow ladies using marshmallows, fondant, and pretzels.

Books To Belly (Ages 3-5 years)
Thursday, January 24 // 4:30pm
Thursday, February 14 // 4:30pm
Thursday, March 28 // 4:30pm

Kids Crafternoon (Grades K-6)
Saturday, January 26 // 2:30pm

Make a DIY Winter Bird Feeder.

Sparkly Snowflakes (Grads K-6)
Monday, January 28 // 6pm

Use glitter and buttons to make a shiny snowflake.

Chinese New Year Celebration! (Grades K-6)
Wednesday, January 30 // 4:30pm

Year of the Pig Origami Fun!

Book Club With Pizza & Craft (Grades K-2)
Thursday, January 31 // 6pm // Mr. Putter and Tabby Stir the Soup
Thursday, February 28 // 6pm // Amanda Pig and her Best Friend Lollipop
Thursday, March 28 // 6pm // Dinosaurs before Dark

Join Ms. Allison to discuss the book, as you enjoy pizza and a beverage.  End the evening with a craft.  Copies of each book will be available four weeks before each date.

Pre-K Craft (Ages 3-5)
Tuesdays, February 5, March 12 // 1pm

Join Ms. Dotty in creating a seasonal craft.

Winter Picture Frame (Grades K-6)
Tuesday, February 5 // 6pm

Decorate a picture frame using paint and stickers.

Sailor’s Valentine Craft (Grades K-6)
Thursday, February 7 // 6:30pm

Did you know that whalers brought home a special souvenir for their loved ones back home called a Sailor’s Valentine?  Identify different shells that may have been used to create these beautiful works of art and create a Sailor’s Valentine for yourself or a loved one.

Tea For Two Valentine Tea Party (Ages 3-7)
Thursday, February 14 // 6:30pm

Bring someone special to enjoy the proper etiquette of a tea party.  There will be stories, a craft, party food, and tea!

Snowy Owl Pine Cones (Grades K-6)
Thursday, February 21 // 6pm

Use pine cones and cotton to make a snowy owl.

Mardi Gras Masks (Grades K-6)
Friday, February 22 // 2:30pm

Make a marvelous Mardi Gras mask.  Then participate in a scavenger hunt and enjoy a sweet treat!

Melted Snowman Sugar Cookies (Grades K-6)
Tuesday, March 5 // 6pm

Decorate a sugar cookie made to look like a melting snowman.

Book & Craft (Ages 5-8 years)
Wednesday, March 6 // 4pm
Thursday, March 14 // 4pm
Thursday, March 21 // 4pm

Join Girl Scout, Kaitlyn Staffa, as she reads a book and leads our young patrons in creating a matching craft.  A Girl Scout Silver Award project.

Edible Flower Craft (Grades K-6)
Saturday, March 9 // 2:30pm

Make a flower good enough to eat.

Leprechaun Hat Cookies (Grades K-2)
Wednesday, March 13 // 6pm

Create 3 cookies to resemble a Leprechaun Hat using fondant and butter cream icing, cookies, and marshmallows.

Chocolate Covered Shamrocks (Grades 3-6)
Wednesday, March 13 // 7:30pm

Make a shamrock use rice crispy treats, green chocolate, fondant, and sprinkles.  Everyone takes home two.

Orange You Healthy? (Grades K-6)
Thursday, March 21 // 6pm

March is National Nutrition Month.  Create a healthy fruit treat to take home.

Pokémon Drawing (Grades 3-6)
Wednesday, March 27 // 6pm

Artist Kelly Gordon will teach you how to draw Pokémon characters.

Homemade Falafels (Grades 3-5)
Friday, March 29 // 6pm

Ms. Kathy will bea teaching us how to make homemade falafels.  (A B.O.B. Program)

Artopia (Grades K-6)
Saturday, March 30 // 2:30pm

An open-ended art experience where imagination flows.

Time For Tots (Ages 18 months – 5 years)
Wednesday, January 23 // 10am OR 11am (IN SESSION)
Wednesdays, February 6, 13, 27 // 10am OR 11am // Fee: $12
Wednesdays, March 6, 13, 20 // 10am OR 11am // Fee: $12

Pre-school readiness skills are learned through play in this fun-filled educational series.  Caregiver must attend this program.

Bundle Up Storytime (Ages 2-5)
Monday, January 28 // 4:30pm

Let’s warm up with some winter stories, music, and a craft.

Tots Night Out (Ages 18 months – 5 years)
Tuesday, January 29 // 6:30pm // Fee: $4
Tuesday, February 26 // 6:30pm // Fee: $4
Tuesday, March 26 // 6:30pm // Fee: $4

Pre-school readiness skills are learned through play in this fun-filled educational series.  Caregiver must attend this program.

Baby Belly Time (Ages 1-5 months)
Mondays, February 4, March 11 // 10am

Spend quality time with your newborn and learn to incorporate songs, rhymes, and reading books into your everyday routine with Ms. Jen.  Tummy time and especially cuddling will be featured.  Please bring a small blanket to lay your child on.  Caregiver must attend this program.

Books And Babies (Ages 4-12 months)
Monday, February 11 // 10am

March 18 // 10am
Join us in this early literacy program which showcases nursery rhymes and music.

Leap Into Learning (Ages 18-30 months)
Monday, February 11 // 11am
Monday, March 18 // 11am

Enjoy songs, finger plays, a story, craft, and movement.

Elephant & Piggie Party (Grades Pre-K – 2)
Monday, February 11 // 4:30pm

Join Gerald and Piggie as we celebrate their author, Mo Willems’ Birthday.  Make a craft then enjoy ice cream!

Mother Goose (Ages 18 months – 3 years)
Tuesday, February 12 // 1:30pm
Tuesday, March 5 // 1:30pm

Enjoy stories, movement, and a craft!

Pajama Storytime (Ages 3-7 years)
Monday, February 25 // 7pm
Monday, March 25 // 7pm

Bring your favorite furry friend for stories and a craft.

Dinosaur Roar Storytime (Ages 2-5)
Thursday, March 7 // 6pm

Let’s learn about dinosaurs and make a “dino-mite” craft!

Spring Into A Storytime (Ages 3-5)
Wednesday, March 20 // 4:30pm

It’s the first day of spring!  Let’s read and then plant a seed!

Sensory Friendly Films
We are pleased to offer these movies under “Sensory Friendly” conditions, as a special opportunity for families to enjoy a film in a safe and accepting environment.  We’ll keep the lights slightly up and the sound turned slightly down.  Our policies regarding quiet and remaining in one’s seat will not be enforced unless the safety of the audience is in question.  Come relax and enjoy family time without worrying if someone will complain or be disturbed by noise or movement.  A caregiver must remain in the room at all times.

Sensory Friendly Film & Craft: Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Road Chip
Thursday, February 21 // 7pm

Through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami…and dump them.  They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother.  Starring Jason Lee, Justin Long, and Matthew Gray Gubler.
2015, PG, 92 minutes

Sensory Friendly Film & Craft: The Greatest Showman
Thursday, March 21 // 7pm

Celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that becomes a worldwide sensation.  Starring Hugh Jackman, Michelle Williams, and Zac Efron.
2017, PG, 86 minutes


Little Bits And Dash & Dot Tech Fun (Grades 3-6)
Thursday, January 24 // 6pm

Hands on fun with Little Bits and Dash & Dot!

Little STEAMers: Code And Go Mouse (Ages 3-5)
Thursday, January 31 // 4:30pm

Your little STEAMer will get an introduction to coding with Code and Go Mouse.

Little STEAMers: Build It (Ages 3-5)
Monday, February 4 // 4:30pm

Using a variety of materials, build your imagination!

Full STEAM Ahead: Black History Month (Grades 3-6)
Friday, February 8 // 4:30pm

Learn about some great inventors, and make an edible craft.

Full STEAM Ahead: Dead Sea Experiment (Grades 3-6)
Wednesday, February 20 // 2:30pm

Learn about Israel’s Dead Sea properties.  (A B.O.B. Program)

Bloxels (Grades 3-6)
Monday, March 4, 11, 18 // 6pm

Working in teams of 2, each pair will create their own video game using the Bloxels game board and blocks.

Arctic Habits (Grades K-6)
Tuesday, March 12 // 6:30pm

Learn about the world of whales and how they survive in freezing waters.  Touch real whale bones, try a blubber experiment, see an Inuit snow knife carved from walrus tusk, and make your own wintry whale diorama.

Little STEAMers: Wind (Ages 3-5)
Wednesday, March 13 // 4:30pm

Learn about wind and make a kite to fly.

Full STEAM Ahead: St. Patrick’s Day (Grades 3-6)
Thursday, March 14 // 6pm

Pot of Gold and Rainbow Science!

Girls Who Code (Grades 3-5)
Fridays, January 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15 // 5pm

Learn the basics of coding in this hands-on series of workshops, led by Oceanside Girl Scout Elena Pocress.


Children love this total immersion program that teaches colors, numbers, and short phrases in Spanish.

Tuesdays, January 22, 29, February 5, 12, 26 // 4:30pm // Fee: $25

Baby PlayHooray (Ages 6-18 months)
Tuesdays, January 22, 29 // 10am (IN SESSION)
Tuesdays, February 12, 26 // 10am // Fee: $8
Tuesdays, March 12, 19, 26 // 10am // Fee: $12

Join us for a delightful program of music, movement, and rhymes.

PlayHooray (Ages 18 months – 4 years)
Thursday, January 24 // 10am OR 11am (IN SESSION)
Fridays, January 18, 25 // 10am (IN SESSION)
Thursdays, February 7, 14, 28 // 10am OR 11am // Fee: $12
Fridays, February 1, 8, 15 // 10am // Fee: $12
Thursdays, March 7, 14, 21 // 10am OR 11am // Fee: $12
Fridays, March 8, 15, 22 // 10am // Fee: $12

Molly Mouse stars in this creative, fun-filled program for toddlers and beyond.

Family PlayHooray (Ages 6 months – 5 years)
Fridays, January 18, 25 // 11am (IN SESSION)
Fridays, February 1, 8, 15 // 11am // Fee: $12
Thursdays, March 7, 14, 21 // 10am OR 11am // Fee: $12
Wednesday, March 20 // 6:30pm // Fee: $4

Molly Mouse stars in this creative, fun-filled program for toddlers and beyond.


Take Your Child To The Library Day!
Saturday, February 2
Author Visit: A Dream Come Drew by Carline Dumerlin-Folkes (Ages 3-5) // 11am

Join author Carline Dumerlin-Folkes as she shares her book A Dream Come Drew, followed by a craft.
Board Game Fun (Grades K-6) // 2pm
Bring a friend and join us for some board game fun!
I Love The Library! Button Making (Grades 1-6) // 3:30-4:30pm
Decorate your own I Love The Library button.  Walk-in program, while supplies last.

Off-Site Visit: Hope’s Land Of Candy (Grades K-6)

Saturday, February 16 // 10am

Meet us at Hope’s Land Of Candy, located at 3951 Long Beach Rd., Island Park, NY 11558.  We will be making chocolate candy bars topped with yummy toppings and enjoying delicious sodas!


Lego Clubs (Grades K-6)
Tuesday, January 22, February 19, March 19 // 6pm OR 7pm

Toy Time (Ages 18 months – 4 years)

Mondays, January 28, February 25, March 25 // 10am

Have fun with your toddler at this relaxed program of free play and circle time with Ms. Jen.

Special Needs Keva (Grades K-6)
Wednesdays, February 6, March 6 // 5pm
Keva Challenge (Grades K-6)
Wednesdays, February 6, March 6 // 6pm

Put your Keva building skills to the test.  Compete as teams as you are given different Keva challenges by our teen volunteers.

Imagination Playground (Ages 2-5)
Tuesday, February 19 // 3pm

Let your imagination run wild with these giant blue building blocks.

Imagination Playground (Ages 6-12)
Tuesday, February 19 // 4:15pm

Let your imagination run wild with these giant blue building blocks.


Football Jersey Cookies (Grades 4-8)
Thursday, January 31 // 4pm //
Registration Required
Just in time for the Super Bowl.  Decorate four to take home!

Milk Science (Grades 4-8)
Monday, February 4 // 7pm //
Registration Required
Children will make milk plastic and milk glue that they can take home.  Learn how milk becomes a homogenous mixture.  Hot plates will be used to make this chemical reaction in this STEM program.

Chocolate Pancakes (Grades 4-8)
Monday, February 11 // 7pm //
Registration Required
Prepare the batter from scratch and cook this delicious breakfast treat.  Top with whipped cream, marshmallows, and chocolate syrup or go with traditional maple syrup!

Pot-Of-Gold Cupcake (Grades 4-8)
Monday, March 4 // 7pm //
Registration Required
Teens will create a Pot-Of-Gold Cupcake, plus one other cupcake to decorate and eat.


Yoga For Kids (ages 5-12 years)
Fridays, January 18, 25 // 4:30pm (IN SESSION)
Fridays, March 1, 8, 15 // 4:30pm // Fee: $12

Join our yoga master, MaryClare, for a fun-filled class that teaches relaxation and breathing methods as well as many yoga poses.  Please wear loose-fitting clothes and bring a yoga mat or towel.  Caregiver must remain in the building.

Baby And Me Yoga (Adult w/Infant To Early Crawler)
Wednesdays, January 23, 30, February 6 // 12:30pm // Fee: $15
Wednesdays, March 13, 20, 27 // 12:30pm // Fee: $15

This beginner Yoga class is for caregivers with their babies.  Babies participate throughout the class (through developmental movements and interactive yoga postures).  Please bring a blanket and toys for your baby and a yoga mat for yourself.


The Internet is available in the Children's Room to holders of children's library cards in good standing.  Written parental consent is required.  Permission forms may be obtained at the Children's Reference Desk and will be kept on record there.  The library assumes no responsibility for Internet content, quality, accuracy, or currency.  It is important for parents to be aware that the Internet may contain material of a controversial nature.  Therefore, it is the parent's responsibility to monitor their children's selections.

Online Homework Help

Click here for access to Online Homework Help and Tutoring in most subjects, Test Prep, Career Help, Resume Writing, and more all in a one-on-one chat session.
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Parenting Resource Network
The Oceanside Library is pleased to be a partner with the Parenting Resource Network, an information and referral service for parents of children up to five years of age.  The Network is staffed by early childhood professionals who can provide parents with information or referral to community resources that address their questions or concerns.  Call the Network at (516) 240-6018 or visit their website Parenting Resource Network for parenting tips at your fingertips.

Sesame Street eBooks - In Library -- At Home
Offers 150+ Sesame Street eBooks, Audio eBooks, interactive eBooks, and animated eBooks.

TumbleBooks Library
TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you.  You can access TumbleBooks from the library or from home.

All you need is the Flash plug-in for your browser and a computer set up for sound and speakers. If you find that you are unable to view the TumbleBooks at home, you may need to download the FREE plug-in for Flash animations at www.macromedia.com/downloads.
Click on the graphic and enjoy!



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