Just in Time for Veteran’s Day

The Northport-East Northport Public Library has added another Backpack Storytime to their collection, this one designed especially for military families. According to the library’s website:

Each Backpack Storytime contains 3-4 books on a particular theme, a music CD, manipulatives such as puppets and puzzles, and suggested enrichment activities.  Designed for children ages 3 and up, Backpack Storytimes circulate for seven days.  Families can borrow one at a time. (Read more about the Backpack Storytimes here.)

As Veteran’s Day approached, librarians Liz and Janet rushed to get the backpacks ready to circulate. They used free material they found on the Zero to Three website and MilitaryOneSource.com, and books they found in Coming Together Around Military Families®, a kit designed by Zero to Three. Two-sided handouts include information that is hard to find elsewhere, such as specialized advice to parents who frequently relocate with babies and toddlers and families who have to renegotiate daily routines after a deployed parent returns home. 

“I was surprised at how much was out there,” Doris Gebel said.

Several of the items came to the library as a donation from the Veterans Outreach Center in Rochester, NY in appreciation of the recognition the library gives to Veterans. The Library has created a U.S. Military Coupon Booklet in recognition of the nation’s military
families:

Whether you are currently serving or have served in the U.S. Military (including the
Reserves and National Guard) you and your family members can obtain this coupon booklet. The booklet provides discount coupons for the Library Cafe, photocopies,
programs, bus trips, overdue fines, and other Library services. Just come to the Circulation Desk at either library building.

The coupon book and other military familiy-friendly inititaives were spear-headed by Michelle Vagner and the Community Services Library Staff. 

The Northport-East Northport Public Library received a Coming Together Around Military Families® kit from Dorinda Silver Williams at Zero to Three, and has kindly shared it with SCLS. If you work at a Suffolk library and would like to borrow the kit to review its contents (posters, handouts, and board books specially designed for military families) please contact the SCLS Youth Services office. If you have questions about the Backpack Storytimes, please contact the Youth and Parent Services department of the Northport-East Northport Library.

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Northport Wins YSS Award

The Northport-East Northport Public Library has been awarded the 2011 Pied Piper Award from the Youth Services Section (YSS) of the New York Library Association. This honor recognizes excellence in library programming and promotional materials targeted to the young people in New York State. In partnership with the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center, children’s librarians Liz and Janet developed an exhibit guide, bibliography and supporting materials for the Down on the Farm Museum Cove exhibit and program series. The library’s Community Services Department took these materials and turned them into documents that are both visually stunning and age appropriate.
Congratulations to the staff of the Northport-East Northport Library on this successful collaboration!

Meet the Steads

Judy Zuckerman, Chair of the Caldecott Committee that selected A Sick Day For Amos McGee as the winner of the prestigious award, hosted the creators of the book at the Brooklyn Public Library. Erin E. Stead, who illustrated the book, is the youngest person ever to win the Caldecott Medal, and also the first person to win the award for her very first book. Her husband, Philip Christian Stead, wrote the story, which also won the Charlotte Zolotow Honor Award for outstanding writing in a picture book. Neal Porter, who established Neal Porter books and edited Amos McGee, was also present to comment on the creation of the book and sing the praises of working with these remarkable young artists.

The audience got a “photo tour” of the couple’s life together in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They live in a barn –  not in the country – but in the middle of downtown Ann Arbor. The upstairs apartment is where they live with their dog, Wednesday McGee (yes, that’s where Amos’s last name comes from) and the lower level is their studio. Erin showed photos demonstrating how she made the woodcuts for Amos McGee while she talked about her creative process. If you took the CLASC field trip to Books of Wonder some years ago, you may remember Erin, as she is one of the many creators of children’s books to get her start at this remarkable book store that specializes in literature for kids and teens.

Phil, who works across the room from Erin, showed us his process in making his next book, Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat.  Phil, who is also a musician, created this wonderful book trailer that features his own musical composition. When will this book be published? Join the countdown in boat postage stamps at Phil’s blog. He’s collected these since he was eleven years old. His previous book, Creamed Tuna Fish and Peas on Toast, is already available in Suffolk libraries.

Many familiar faces were in the audience, including Kelly and Danielle from Hampton Bays, Christine from Smithtown, and Liz and Amy from Northport-East Northport.