E-ZPass Phishing Scam

large_ezpassThe New York State Thruway Authority is warning E-ZPass customers about a phishing scam.  People have received bogus emails made to appear official stating that people have unpaid tolls.

“Please be advised this is not an authorized communication from E-ZPass, the New York State Thruway Authority or any other toll agency associated with E-ZPass,” the Thruway Authority said in a statement. “We advise you not to open or respond to such a message should you receive one.”

The bogus email includes a clickable link to download a supposed invoice. Do not click the link or respond to the email.  Anyone having questions about any correspondence can call customer service center at 800-333-8655.

To learn more about phishing scams, visit the Federal Trade Commission website.

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One Day Booksale – Sept. 14, 2014

The Friends of the West Hempstead Public Library will hold a one day book sale from 11 am until 3 pm in the parking lot behind the library in conjunction with the West Hempstead Community Association’s Yard Sale.

All adult books will cost $1.00.
All children’s books will cost 50 cents.
Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014 – 11 a.m. – 3 p. m
If it is raining, the book sale will be cancelled.

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Teen Book Finder App


The Teen Book Finder App offers free, easy access to the titles honored each year by the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association. Anyone can use the app — teens, parents, librarians and library staff, educators, and anyone who loves YA literature.


Starting finding the best books and media for teens (as selected by library staff and educators across the United States) by clicking on the images below to access the download link for your device’s operating system.

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App features include:

  • a homepage featuring three titles from the database, refreshed each day
  • the ability to search for books by author, title, award/list year, genre, by award, and by booklist
  • a Find It! button, powered by the OCLC WorldCat Search API, that will show users where to find the book in a nearby library
  • a Favorites button, to create an individualized booklist
  • the ability to share books from the Teen Book Finder on Twitter and Facebook
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Databases for Kids

School is almost here and we have some great databases to help you with reading, homework, research, learning, and fun! To use these databases, all you need is your library card and they  are FREE!

To access these databases, go to


If you are home, use your library card number to sign in and start using our free educational and fun resources!

Here’s some brief information on the databases we offer for kids.

21st Century Explorer


 21st Century Explorer is a wonderful resource for research and learning. It allows kids to find facts and reliable information for all their projects, homework, and learning.

This database includes: Compton’s by Britannica or Britannica Student Encyclopedia;
Britannica Concise Encyclopedia; Journals and Magazines; The Web’s Best Sites; Videos; Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary and Thesaurus



This database allows you to download books to any PC/MAC laptop, notebook, desktop, and to Android tablets. Downloads are for a 90-day loan period and you may borrow as many books at the same time as you like!


Britannica Online For Kids

This database provides research information for young kids. Kids are able to learn about different animals, countries, and explore the world, through media and articles.

Grolier Online Kids

You can explore different subject area links along the left hand side of the homepage.Grolier is fun and easy to use for all school projects and outside learning.

This database includes: Encyclopedias, altas, dictionaries, and media.

Kids InfoBits

This database has magazine & newspaper articles for grades K-5. information on current events, science, history, etc. You can also explore, pictures, videos, and sound clips.

Sesame Street eBooks

Read all your favorite Sesame Street books online! The Sesame Street eBook Reader displays eBook content in your Internet browser just like it appears in a printed book. There are 4 different kinds of eBooks: read along books, audio books, animated books, and interactive books.

True Flixtrueflix

True Flix provides factual information in a fun and easy way!

Perfect for students who love nonfiction and learning facts. Combines e-books with video clips and adds links to Grolier online encyclopedia articles, profiles of important people, primary sources, stories, poems, charts and tables, and multimedia.

TumbleBook Library

Animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they’ll love.

TumbleBookCloud Junior

An online collection of read-along titles geared towards Grades 3-8. Read-Alongs are great for emergent and reluctant readers, and as an excellent tool for ESL.


Need help with math homework or that science fair project? The Tutors at Tutor.com can help! Free and easy, just log in with your Library Card and ask all your questions. Click the link below to get started.


Coming Soon!

Little Pim (by Mango Languages)

Did you ever want to teach your kids a different language? Well now Little Pim can help. Young kids can use Little Pim’s interactive database to learn several new languages!


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YA Melted Cup Art Program


Monday, September 22 @ 7 p.m.

Registration for our Young Adult Melted Cup Art Program begins on Monday, August 18th!

This project is not only fun to make, the results are uncanny in their ability to resemble blown glass. Heat and gravity work on plastic cups, much like they are used in glasswork. Create a one-of-a-kind piece of art that everyone will admire. This creation works like shrinky-dinks.

There is a limit of 15 participants, so be sure to register early! There is a materials cost of $2.

Call the Young Adult desk at (516) 481-6591 ext. 18 for more information.

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S.A.T. Preparation & College Admission Essay Workshops

 Registration for two of our upcoming Young Adult Programs begins next Monday, August 11, 2014:

S.A.T. Preparation Workshop
College Admission Essay Workshop


This is a six-week math and verbal course designed to help High School Juniors and Seniors prepare for the S.A.T.

The 6 classes will be held from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. on September 18, October 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30. (Please note there is no class Thursday, September 25).

An $80 check payable to Melissa Bielawski is required at registration.

Students are required to bring McGraw Hill’s S.A.T., 2015 edition, by Christopher Black and Mark Anestis. ISBN: 978-007-183-1932. Please be sure to purchase the book before the first class. Students are also required to bring a calculator to the classes.


This workshop will be held from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 10 and Thursday, September 11.

Laura La Vacca, a NYS certified teacher and writing professor, will help you learn how to write college admission essays. The common application will be covered but students are encouraged to bring in other colleges’ essay questions that they wish to go over.

Emphasis on style, appropriate topics, and other tips will be discussed. Participants are asked to bring their essay drafts to the second class.

There is no charge for this important workshop. Please be sure to attend both sessions.


Call the Young Adult desk at (516) 481-6591 ext. 18 for information about how to register for these programs.

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Start Downloading eBooks and eAudiobooks Today!


To use this service you need an up-to-date West Hempstead Public Library card that is free of fines.

Visit our library website at http://www.whplibrary.org and click on the Download eBooks & Audiobooks image located on our Homepage OR click on the above image to navigate to the Overdrive homepage.

Once on the Nassau Digital Doorway website: 

1) Click the sign in link in the top-right corner of the webpage

2) Choose West Hempstead Public Library from the drop-down menu

3) Enter your barcode number located on the back of your library card (do not include spaces)

Download the necessary applications and software (most importantly OverDrive Media Console) for your computer and phone/tablet device(s) by clicking on the Help link located on the top-right corner of the webpage. Next, click on the icon/link Overdrive Help and follow the step-by-step instructions.

Now you are ready to browse or search for eBooks and Audiobooks by Title, Author, Keyword, etc. If a title is checked out you have the option to place a request.


Some eBook titles are always available with unlimited copies and no return date. These eBooks are forever yours until you delete them off of your device.

To access this collection: scroll down and click on the above icon located on the left-hand side of the Nassau Digital Doorway homepage OR click on the above image to navigate to the page.

Browse by Subject or type a Title, Author, or Keyword in the search box.


Click here for a direct link to an image of the above information to print or save to your computer.

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There is a Great Disturbance in the Force surrounding West Hempstead

Free Family Outdoor Movie

STARS WARS Episode IV- A New Hope

Saturday, August 9th 2014***

8:30 pm(ish)


West Hempstead Little League Field on Nassau Blvd.


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Children’s Summer Reading Club

Summer Reading Club ends August 8th!

You can still register until August 8th.

Kids 3 years old to entering 5th grade, read or have 5 books or more read to you and you’ll get an invitation to our Finale Party! There will be a puppet show put on by Petra Puppets. After the show, the kids will get a goody-bag to take home!

There is also a reading club for babies, zero to 36 months. Sign up and get your packet of activities to do with your baby. If you complete all the activities, come back and get a prize for your baby!

Little Sparks are babies zero to 36 months

Short Circuits are preschoolers ages 3 to entering kindergarten

Mega Volts are kids entering grades 1 through 5

Summer Reading Club reporting hours are Mondays through Thursdays 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Fridays 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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July 2014′s Young Adult Book Releases

If you see a book that interests you hold down the CTRL key on your keyboard and click the cover to visit our Online Catalog and see if the book is on the shelves.

If it is unavailable you may do one of the following:

1) Request it yourself from another library using the online catalog

2) Stop into the library and have a librarian put it on hold for you

3) Call the Young Adult desk at (516) 481-6591 ext. 18 and ask a librarian to put it on hold for you

HomeroomDiaries  Sinner  StrangeandEverAfter  Reckoning  OntheFence  Uncaged

LetsGetLost  Conversion  Dissonance  JustLiketheMovies  HalfLife  WhereSilenceGathers

BreatheAnnieBreathe  LikeNoOther  BridgefromMeToYou  ThroughToYou  TheYoungWorld  SilverShadows

ShadowHero  In the graphic novel The Shadow Hero by author Gene Luen Yang and illustrator Sonny Liew the immigrant experience through the genre of superheroes is explored.  They tell the story of Hank Chu, a Chinese American teenager growing up in 1930′s Chinatown.  Hank wants nothing more than to work in his family’s grocery store.  His mother has more ambitious plans.  She wants him to embody the excitement of their new home.  She wants him to become a superhero.

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