Thursday, October 11, 2018

It's Mental Health Awareness Week and today is World Mental Health Day. In this video, young adult author John Green discusses global human health, mental illness, and how metrics like Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALYs) can help us understand how severely mental illness affects human health around the world. Visit for more info.

Fiction titles in the library's children's collection dealing with mental health issues include:

Where the Watermelons Grow
By Cindy Baldwin
Twelve-year-old Della Kelly of Maryville, North Carolina, tries to come to terms with her mother's mental illness while her father struggles to save the farm from a record-breaking drought.

by Wesley King
A thirteen-year-old boy's life revolves around hiding his obsessive compulsive disorder until a girl at school, who is unkindly nicknamed Psycho Sara, notices him for the first time and he gets a mysterious note that changes everything

Vincent can't sleep : Van Gogh paints the night sky
By Barb Rosenstock
Describes how Van Gogh's insomnia, possibly a symptom of mental or phyical illness, allowed him to view the night sky while everyone else was asleep and influenced how he saw the world around him.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

The Merrick Library has recently updated its board book collection. Come in and check out our new titles!  It's never too early to start reading to your baby.  Reading Rockets, a national multimedia literacy initiative, recommends, among other tips, choosing baby-friendly books. Bright colors or high contrast illustrations are easier for young babies to see; board books are also easier for babies to handle (not to mention more durable!).  

For the full article on early literacy tips for you and your baby:

And don't forget to join us for the library's baby storytime: 
Shake Rattle and Roll! (0-17 months)
Fridays, October 5th & 12th from 10:30 to 11:00 

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Stop the Summer Slide!

Stop the summer slide while having lots of fun! Check out these easy-to-do at home games from Parenting Magazine:
Summer Brain Boost Games
to keep your child active and learning over the summer.

And don't forget that its not too late to sign up for our Summer Reading Program! Stop in the Children's Room for information.  In a 2009 government web cast, then Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, described summer reading loss as devastating.  This is what researchers often refer to as the "summer slide." It is estimated that school summer breaks will cause the average student to loose up to one month of instruction. 

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Magnificent May

Spring has finally sprung and the Children's Room has so many exciting activities planned for May!

Long Island Chess Nuts

Children in grades 1-6 will learn strategy, improved their skills, challenge their minds and enjoy the camaraderie of others having fun playing chess. Register now for the 3 week session of May 2, May 9 and May 16 at 7:00 P.M.

May the Fourth be With You

Friday, May 4 is Star Wars day! Come celebrate with us by making a cool craft with teen volunteers at 4:00. Register now!

Toy Time

The Toy Room will be open on Tuesday mornings: May 1, May 15, May 22, and May 29 from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. No registration is necessary. 

Dog Book Buddies

Read to our special guest, Oscar, a trained reading assistance dog on Saturday, May 12th. Call for an appointment. 

Baby Sign Language with Christina 

Children ages 3 months to 3 years and a caregiver are invited to learn baby sign language on Friday, May 18th at 10:30 A.M. 

Pajama Science Storytime: Down on the Farm

Children ages 2-5 years and a caregiver will enjoy both fiction and non-fiction books about farms and farming and then experience a variety of science stations that include planting of seeds, crafts to make farm animals, games and puzzles on Wednesday, May 23rd at 7:00 P.M. Registration begins on May 9th for Merrick Residents, and May 16th for non-registrants. 

Marshmallow Pops

Children in grades 1-3 will decorate Marshmallow Pops using white and milk chocolate and lots of goodies on Thursday, May 31st at 4:00 P.M. Registration begins May 17th for Merrick residents, and May 24th for non-residents.

Fruit Kabobs

Children in grades 4-6 will decorate Fruit Kabobs using white and milk chocolate on Thursday May 31st at 6:00 P.M. Registration begins on May 17th for Merrick registrants, and May 24th for non-residents. 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Amazing April Adventures

We have so many fun activities happening here in the Children's Room in April!

Potty Time with Sing and Sign

Saturday, April 14 at 10:30
Ages 2 to 5
It's Potty Time! Join us for a sing, sign, and play session with Ms. Christina!

Time for Kids: Duck in a Pond

Wednesday, April 25th at 10:30 A.M.
Ages 18-48 months with a caregiver

Enjoy songs, activities, and a Duck in a Pond Craft! 
Register now!

Songs with Dara: April Showers

Thursday, April 26 at 10:30 A.M.
Ages 0 to 5 years
Children are invited to listen to songs by the ever-popular Dara. 
Register now!

Totally Untidy Tykes 

Friday, April 27
Ages 6 months to 36 months

Bring your little one to explore their environment using their 5 senses!
No registration necessary. 

Friday, February 2, 2018

Fun February Programs!

We've planned some fabulous programs for this month!

It's Potty Time! A Sing, Sign and Play special event with Christina!
Need help setting up a Potty Time routine? Try singing and signing your way through it! Help your toddler communicate crystal clear at a time when seconds count!
Saturdays, February 3rd and 24th
Ages 2-5 years
Registration is not required.

Tuesday, February 13th
Ages 2-7 years with a caregiver
Children are invited to show how much they love their teddy bears and stuffed animals! Listen to bedtime books, sing songs, and make a craft for your stuffed animal.

Children will then say goodnight to their stuffed animals and leave them in the library to have a fun night with the librarians. Stuffed animals (along with a picture of their fun night) can be picked up starting February 14th at 12:00pm until February 16th at 5:00pm.

Registration begins January 30th for residents and February 6th for nonresidents.

 A movement and music concert for ages 2-7 years with a caregiver on Tuesday, February 20th from 10:30-11:30am
Held in the Multipurpose Room. 

Grades K-6
Wednesday, February 21st
4:00-5:00 pm
 Teen volunteers will assist children with creating a delicious treat.

 Registration begins February 7th for Merrick residents and February 14th for non-residents. 


On Thursday, February 22nd at 2:00pm, families are invited to come watch
The Emoji Movie and enjoy refreshments provided by the  Friends of the Library.

Registration is not required. Held in Multipurpose room.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Fall Storytimes

Storytimes are beginning for the Fall! Registration is not required for these storytimes, but please check the dates for these programs as they do not run every week.

Fridays - 10:30-11:00am
Ages 0-17 months
October 6th & 13th
November 3rd & 10th

Wednesdays - 10:30-11:15am
Ages 18-35 months
October 4th, 11th, & 25th
November 1st, 8th, & 22nd

Thursdays - 1:30-2:00pm
Ages 3-5 years
October 5th, 12th, & 26th
November 2nd, 9th, & 16th

Mondays - 10:30-11:00am
Ages 0-5 years
October 9th, 16th, & 30th
November 6th, 13th, 20th, & 27th