No Summer Slide Here!

mathstudentEducators everywhere caution against the dreaded “summer slide.” The “summer slide” is the loss of learning that occurs when student’s brains are idle during the summer months when school is not in session. However, the children’s room staff at the West Hempstead Public Library is here to help keep the “summer slide” at bay.

Through our Summer Reading Club, children are encouraged to read throughout the summer. Children receive prizes throughout the program and get to play special games just for children who are a part of the club. There is a special invitation-only musical extravaganza for those children who complete the program.

For grades 1 to 6, Miss Emily is hosting Crazy 8s in the month of July. Crazy 8s is a math club created by Bedtime Math to encourage children to use math in new and exciting ways. There are no drills or work sheets, just math in real world situations. This program is back by popular demand.

Three science-based programs will be offered as well. The Center for Science Teaching and Learning has been invited to share with us their reptiles and other cool animals. An expert from Clark Gardens will be here for a hands-on project of “Making a Terrarium.” This program is back by popular demand. “Professor Soda Pop” of Mad Science will be exploring the world of science super-heroes such as Isaac Newton, Nikola Tesla and more.

The children’s room will also be having artist Joanne Manning for a “Superhero T-Shirt” program. She will teach you how to use sand paper, crayons and heat to make your new favorite T-shirt.

The children’s room staff is always happy to help you find any materials you may need to foster learning. We have suggested book guides for you to pursue at your own pace or we can make recommendations based on your preferences. Under “Homework Help” on the children’s page of our website we have many child-oriented databases to help foster learning in an interactive environment. This page also lists recommended websites that include games and information focused on learning.

Please note that registration is required for all of the programs listed above. West Hempstead card holders can register online through our website.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Help Your Child to Get Ready to Read!

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Every Child Ready to Read is a parent education initiative. The goal of the librarians in the West Hempstead Public Library’s children’s room is to show parents and caregivers how to foster pre-reading skills at home.

The five activities you can do with your child to help prepare them for reading are

  1. talking
  2. singing
  3. reading
  4. writing
  5. playing

In each of the story times that you bring your pre-reading child to, you will find songs, rhymes, books & play. Make this a special time with your child by cuddling and talking to the child about the books being read.

At our “Next to Nature” program children are encourage to explore letters through writing in the sand table, with sidewalk chalk or through painting with water. Use descriptive language to talk to your child about what the two of you are playing with.

Our “Play Hooray” programs combine play with singing and reading for a fun time to be had by both little ones and adults.

Join our baby summer reading club for more suggestions on getting “Every Child Ready to Read” or speak to a children’s librarian.

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Summer Sidewalk Sale: Sunday, July 19

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The Friends of the West Hempstead Public Library
invite you to our next

Sidewalk Book and AV Sale
Sunday, July 19, 2015
From 10 AM – 1 PM
In Front of the Library

Please tell your friends!

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Nexus 7 Tablets for Teens!

Attention Teens!

The Young Adult Department has TWO Nexus 7 Tablets available to check-out and bring home by West Hempstead patrons in grades 6-12.

The tablets can be checked out for 28 days and they have 20 pre-loaded Young Adult titles. A parent/guardian must be present to sign the loan agreement the first time you check out the tablet.

**Click on the below image to view the 20 available titles.**

nexus7titlesCall the Young Adult desk at (516) 481-6591 ext. 18 with any further questions and to find out if a tablet is available.

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Tween Program: Marbled Planters

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Planters

This outside Tween program will take place on Thursday, July 16 from 2-4 pm. Various colors of nail polish and a bucket of water are all you need to create these marbled planters. Quickly dip the planter into the bucket and run it through the nail polish until you are happy with the marbled effect.

The leftover nail polish will also be used to decorate your own washer necklaces and keychains. They can be painted one color, multiple colors, stripes, polka-dots, and even in glitter!

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Patrons in grades 4&9 may attend if space permits. Call the Young Adult desk at
(516) 481-6591 ext. 18 to put your name down on the list or register online through our website. Please Note: You will need the barcode on the back of your library card to register online.

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Every Hero Has a Story

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The children’s room is ready for the Summer Reading Club 2015 – “Every Hero Has a Story.”  School visits have been conducted so that children will receive information sheets that explain the club requirements, fun being the most important!

Anytime after Sunday, June 7th children can sign up in the children’s room.  If your child does not attend a school located in West Hempstead please stop in anytime to get information about the club.  We welcome all children from birth through grade 5 while supplies last.

Games, prizes, great books and programs for all ages will be offered this summer so don’t miss out-please check the children’s department for the calendar of events.

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Free Membership to the Art League of Long Island

ALLI_logoThe Art League of Long Island is partnering with the public libraries of Nassau County to provide a Free Introductory One-Year Family Membership for Library Card Holders who are new to the Art League.

This free family membership is valued at $75, and will run for a year from whenever the library card holder signs up with the Art League.  No one is obligated to continue their membership once the first year is up.

The benefits of a family membership include:

  • Discounts on  200+ visual art classes
  • Discounts on art supplies at Blicks and Riebe’s
  • Opportunity to exhibit artwork at annual members’ exhibition
  • Invitations to exhibitions, receptions, lectures, events
  • Discount specials at local businesses

The Art League of Long Island is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to broad-based visual arts education, providing a forum and showcase for artists of all ages and ability levels.  For more information, visit or call the Art League directly:

The Art League of Long Island
107 East Deer Park Road
Dix Hills, NY 11746
Phone: (631) 462-5400
Fax: (631) 462-501

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Tween Program: Father’s Day String Art

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There is still room to register for our Father’s Day String Wall Art program on Monday, June 1 from 4-5pm!

Tween patrons in grades 5-8 will outline an initial on a 6″ x 6″ cork board using pins and then fill in the letter with colorful string. Any colors can be used — create an ombre effect fading from green to white, overlap multiple strings to make a mishmash of colors, or use your favorite shade of red.

Patrons in grades 4&9 may attend if space permits.
Voilà! A free, homemade gift for any special person in your life. : )

Call the Young Adult desk at (516) 481-6591 ext. 18 to put your name down on the list or register online through our website. Please Note: You will need the barcode on the back of your library card to register online.

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Tween Program: Mother’s Day Candles

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There is still room to register for our Mother’s Day Candle program! Tween patrons in grades 5-8 will create a design on tissue paper with Sharpies. With the help of wax paper and a heat gun the design will be transferred onto a large candle. (Patrons in grades 4&9 may attend if space permits.)

Voilà! A free, homemade gift for any special person in your life. : )

Call the Young Adult desk at (516) 481-6591 ext. 18 to put your name down on the list or register online through our website. Please Note: You will need the barcode on the back of your library card to register online.

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Candles

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Unlimited Possibilities @ Your Library

2015-nlw-librarymade-twitter-75National Library Week will be observed April 12-18, 2015 with the theme, “Unlimited possibilities @ your library®.”

Did you research or write your book or term paper, learn how to make a hand-knitted scarf or culinary creation? (This winter our adults and teens made Irish Soda bread and the teens also made Chinese dumplings!)  Did the library help you find a new job or get your small business off the ground? Or perhaps the library’s homework help service made a difference in your child’s last report card.

Help us demonstrate the “Unlimited possibilities available @ your library” by sharing what the library has helped you to create. Share a photo or link to your creation on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #librarymade  for the chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Maker Shed or Amazon.  Official rules are available on the #LibraryMade promotional page on I Love Libraries website.

Celebrations during National Library Week include:
National Library Workers Day,  Tuesday April 14, 2015
National Bookmobile Day,  Wednesday  April 15, 2015)
Celebrate Teen Literature Day, Thursday April 16, 2015

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