Money Tips for Teens

moneysmartweekThe following books are available to borrow from our library; the first two can even be read on your phone or tablet through our eBooks service Overdrive. All you need is your library card to check out these 12 books, plus more!




Play some fun financial games (did you ever think you would hear fun and finances in the same sentence?) from!

Try Farm Blitz…  grow vegetables to make money and build interest, then use that income to get rid of the pesky rabbits that are trying to eat your crops.

Maybe you have always wanted to own a vampire nightclub… well, now you can in Bite Club. Earn cash from customers, pay off your debt, update your club, and manage your club.. for life.

Many more resources are available through the library.. visit the Teen Department or call us at (516) 481-6591 ext. 18 for more information.

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Special Election for Skelos Replacement on April 19, 2016!


  • 9th District State Senate seat: Special election for what was Dean Skelos Senate Seat

A Special Election to determine which candidate will fill Dean Skelos senate seat coincides with the NY presidential primaries taking place on the same day.  This is a GENERAL election and has nothing to do with party affiliation, so it does not matter whether or not you are a declared Democrat or a declared Republican.  Every Registered Voter who was represented by Dean Skelos in State Senate District #9, can cast a ballot for his replacement. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to cast your ballot if you are eligible.

Use the New York State Voter Registration Search tool ( to find out if you are eligible to vote in either the General Election or in the Presidential Primary.  The Voter Registration Lookup will tell you the location of your polling place and all of the information connected to your voter status, including your party affiliation if you’ve declared one, and the county, state and federal district details that will help you sort out who your elected officials are.

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D.E.A.R. – Drop Everything and Read!

The concept of “Drop Everything and Read” is referenced in the second chapter of Beverly Cleary’s book Ramona Quimby, Age 8. The aim of this nationwide initiative is to encourage families to take at least 30 minutes to put aside all distractions and enjoy books together. The official event date, April 12th, is the birthday of Beverly Cleary.

Cleary included a passage about the D.E.A.R. program in Ramona Quimby, Age 8 because she was inspired by letters she received from children who participated in “Drop Everything and Read” activities. Their interest and enthusiasm encouraged her to provide the same experience to Ramona, who enjoys D.E.A.R. time with the rest of her class.

Last month was
National Reading Awareness Month!

Reading aloud can easily become part of your daily routine, before bedtime or naptime or after mealtime. Make it fun! Don’t forget funny voices, sound effects, acting out parts of the story, and asking lots of questions. Even a very young child can look at pictures, practice turning the ReadAloudpages, and hear you talk about the story. A child is never too young to learn that books are fun, engaging, and something that your family values.

Click on the image to the right to see what a difference reading aloud 15 minutes a day makes to a child’s language development, literacy skill building, brain development, and much more.

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Money Smarts for Kids.

Money Smart WeekMoney Smart week is April 23rd to April 30th…but it’s not just for adults. Start young and teach your little one about finances.

Books about coins and money can be found in the Children’s Room in the non-fiction section. Teach your kids about the United States Mint, the history of coins, saving & more. (Ask a librarian for help). Learn how to start your own business or how to become a banker with books from our career collection.  Don’t forget to pick up some silly stories about money making gone wrong, such as Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Making Money by Tommy Greenwald for older children or Berenstain Bears Dollars And Sense for your little ones.

This year we have programs for kids that will start them on the path of saving! On Tuesday, April 26 for ages 4 to Kindergarten, join Miss Kristin for “Piggy Bank Craft & Story.”  On Wednesday, April 27 for grades 1 to 5, artist Joanne Manning will help you create a piggy bank using the Intaglio Print Technique.  Registration for both programs begins on April 15.

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Will you be Absent from Election 2016?


Do you want to vote but know you won’t be present to cast your ballot in the presidential primary on April 19, 2016 or other upcoming elections this year?    First, make sure that you are registered:  New York is a closed primary state and it is too late to participate in the 2016 primaries if you haven’t already enrolled in a party.

However, if you are enrolled as a registered voter and can’t make it to your polling place between 6 am and 9 pm, you can request and cast an absentee ballot, but make sure you abide by these important deadlines for the Presidential Primary on April 19:

April 12 – Last day to postmark an application or letter of             application by mail for an absentee ballot.
April 18 – Last day to apply IN-PERSON for absentee ballot.
April 18 – Last day to postmark ballot. Must be received by the local board of elections no later than April 26th.
April 19 – Last day to deliver ballot IN-PERSON to the local board of elections (by someone other than the voter).

It’s not too late for more elections in 2016.  Check here for additional Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Deadlines  for these important dates.

GENERAL ELECTION – on November 8, 2016

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Teen Tech Week

Teen Tech Week
Teen Tech Week is when libraries make the time to showcase all of the great digital resources and services that are available to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers.

Click on the following book covers to check their availability in our library. 


CodingforBeginnersScratch TeachCode





Available in eBook format through Overdrive!
Learn how to set up an Arduino programming environment, download the sketches and libraries you need, and work with Arduino’s language for non-programmers.

Available in eBook format through Overdrive!
GIMP is a free alternative to Adobe Photoshop with tons of professional-grade features.

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March Madness in the Children’s Room

The doldrums days of winter are behind us as we prepare for spring-time fun in the Children’s Room.  Celebrate the month of March with play, literacy and STEAM.   Registration for all programs are underway, so don’t miss out on the action.

playPlay is crucial for your child’s
social, emotional, physical, and cognitive growth.

For ages 1 to 3, resource specialists in topics such as speech, nutrition, motor development and more will be here Wednesday mornings to discuss concerns and keep you right on track while your little one plays with you and others.  Register for all 5 weeks of Parenting & Playtime beginning March 2nd with your choice of times, 9:15 to 10:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

The Play Hooray ladies are bringing Molly Mouse for the littlest ones, ages 3 to 24 months.  Combine nursery rhymes with singing, dancing, & play! This program takes place for three consecutive Friday mornings beginning March 4th at 10:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m.  Click here for registration.

literacyMarch 2nd is Read Across America Day.  Join the movement and read with your infants, toddlers, kids and teens.  For suggested book lists check here or ask a librarian.

Take up the reading challenge and pledge to read “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.”  This early reading program is for any child birth to not yet in Kindergarten.  Participants receive a reading log, tote bag and prizes at reading milestones.  Sign-up in the children’s room.  (West Hempstead Library Cardholders only).

The book club for grades 3 to 5 meet today at 7 p.m. If you love to read, sign-up in the children’s room for next month’s discussion.  The club meets the first Tuesday of the month from September to June.

Pajama Storytime for all ages begins at 7 p.m. tomorrow night.  No registration is needed so come on down for stories, songs & a craft.  This program takes place the first Wednesday of every month all year round.

STEAMScience, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math

The third weekend of every month is Lego Club for grades K-5. Stop by from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday & Sunday March 19th & 20th to build with friends. No registration is needed.

Bedtime Math’s Crazy 8’s wild math club is back! Build stuff and make a mess with Miss Emily. First up is some new fun with glow-in-the dark geometry.  Sessions for grades K-2 and 3-5 run for four weeks beginning Monday, March 7th.  Registration is required.

Clark Botanic Gardens brings us a special pollination program on Sunday, March 13th from 3 to 4 p.m. for grades K-5.  Learn about bees and butterflies, too! Each child goes home with a craft.  Click here for registration.

Button art is back with “Button Canvas Art” for tweens (grades 5-8).  Pick a design or make your own using buttons & sharpie markers.  This program takes place Monday March 14th from 4 to 6 p.m. Register online or in the Young Adult room. ($2.00 cash registration fee will be returned upon completion of each Tween program).  Children in 4th grade may come to the Young Adult desk to be put on a waiting list in the event that there is room.


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Need Tax Help?

taxesWe no longer offer tax preparation services in our library, but here are some other places where you may go to get help.

1. AARP –  For middle and low income taxpayers, with special attention to Senior Citizens

2. Department of Senior Enrichment-Town of Hempstead – For Senior Citizens residing in the Town of Hempstead (this list also includes Nassau County Senior Centers participating in the tax program)

3. Hofstra University V.I.T.A. – Free tax filing for qualifying taxpayers who made $54000 or less in 2015.  For general information, please call (516) 463-6401 or email  For appointments, click on the links below and call the Library.

Library Saturday Sunday Wednesday
Start End Start End Start End
Uniondale Public Library 11:00 AM 3:00 PM 1:30 PM 3:30 PM 6:00
8:00 PM
Baldwin Public Library 11:00 AM 3:00 PM 1:30 PM 3:30 PM
Henry Waldinger Memorial Library 11:00 AM 3:00 PM 12:00 PM 3:00 PM

4. Bethpage Federal Credit Union V.I.T.A. Program – Free tax filing for qualifying taxpayers who made generally $55000 or less in 2015. For more information, please call 516-349-4288.

Saturdays 3PM – 6PM
*From February 2nd – April 9th

  • Elmont, 1633 Dutch Broadway
  • Farmingdale, 1033 Route 109
  • Freeport, 210 West Merrick Road
  • Hempstead, 170 Fulton Avenue
  • Massapequa, 6257 Sunrise Highway
  • Roosevelt, 405 Nassau Road
  • Westbury, 750 Old Country Road
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Teen Movie: Ant-Man

antman_textFriday, February 19 from 1-3pm

antmanArmed with a super-suit with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, cat burglar Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

This film is rated PG-13 and is for teens (grades 6-12) only. Thank you!
Popcorn will be served.

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Emergency Snow Closing!

The library will remain closed today due to the weather and condition of the roads.

Jump Bunch for children has been cancelled today & is scheduled to continue next week. A make up class will be determined for today’s missed class.

Please visit us online at for 24/7 service including Consumer Reports, music and downloadable e-books/audiobooks.

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