Live-brary for Children 
Use your library card to download to your PC or portable device 24/7, anytime, anywhere!
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Children's Online Resources: A specialized list of child-friendly research resources! Click here to get started.  
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 Homework Help

On demand, anytime, anywhere learning!
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*PLEASE NOTE: WHEN STARTING A SESSION OF HOMEWORK HELP BE SURE TO IDENTIFY YOURSELF AS A NEW YORK STATE STUDENT WHO IS LEARNING ACCORDING TO COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS.

Museum Passes
 
The following organizations participate in our program:
 
Cradle of Aviation Museum*                                  
 
For more information call 631-360-2480 ext. 140.   
*Donated by the Friends of The Smithtown Library
 

Children's Local Events

The  updated Affordable Things to do on Long Island has links to many places that families can visit for $6 and under.  This year  the Children's Librarians Association of Suffolk County (CLASC)  has added links to several websites that list fun, family friendly events all over Long Island.
 
Take a look!  Click here.

Children's Preschool Directory

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The Town of Smithtown sponsors a Preschool fair annually in January at the Smithtown Library Main building located at 1 North Country Road, Smithtown.
 
Please see below for participants.
 

Children's Early Literacy

Early Literacy

 

What is Early Literacy? 

Early Literacy is what children know about communication before they can actually read or write.  It encompasses all of a child’s experiences with all types of communication and language that begin in the first five years of life, and it starts at home WITH YOU.  You make the difference in your child’s early literacy development and school readiness.  There are five key activities you can do with your child to foster early literacy.  By singing, talking, reading, writing, and playing with your child, you create an interactive and rich environment.  Not only do these activities stimulate your child’s growing brain, but they’re fun and perfect to bond over!

Reading aloud to your child every day is the most important thing you can do to prepare your child for learning to read, as it increases his brain’s capacity for language and literacy skills.  These skills are phonological awareness, print awareness, letter knowledge, vocabulary, and background knowledge.  More information can be found on these tip sheets: literacy practices and literacy skills.  

Practicing these activities and developing these skills are a primary focus of ours at The Smithtown Library! 

 

 Early Literacy at The Smithtown Library

The library is ideal for fostering positive emotional and social development for babies and toddlers.  We provide an optimal learning environment for children in our programming, as we can provide positive reinforcement, learning through play, and positive interaction between adult and child.  These programs include a variety of the five key activities: singing, talking, reading, writing, and playing. 

Our Facebook Page and Twitter Feed often feature photographs and highlights from our programs, so be sure to subscribe to both.  If you couldn’t make it to our storytime or want to revisit your favorite nursery rhyme to sing along at home, look no further than our YouTube channel.  Here we demonstrate some of our favorite songs and fingerplays. 

Every summer we offer a version of our Summer Reading Program for babies and toddlers from birth through 35 months called First Step to Reading.  Stop by the Children’s Department of your local Library Branch beginning on Monday, July 1 to register and pick up a packet.  Share 25 books with your little one during the seven week program and receive a certificate and a special prize.  These selections can be recommendations from our collection, Tumblebooks, Sesame Street eBooks, or books from your own personal library! We also offer the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, ask any children's librarian for more details.

 

For more ideas about implementing early literacy in your home, visit these great sites

  • Zero to Three: Early Literacy and Langue Tips and Tools:  Pick up tips and tools on literacy from the National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families.  This site provides guidance for caretakers in how to implement early literacy skills in everyday interactions, especially geared for children 0-3 years old.
  • Get Ready to Read: This site, sponsored by the National Center for Learning Disabilities, offers early literacy activities for children. Included are also many resources for adults working with children such as checklists and links to information.
  • Saroj Ghoting is an Early Childhood Literacy Consultant and national trainer on early literacy.  Her site maintains articles on current research, activity sheets, recommended books, resources, and handouts. 
  • Reading Is Fundamental: Leading to Reading: This interactive website offersnursery rhymes, games, finger plays and stories for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.  For parents, it suggests books, activities, articles and advice. 
  • Reading Rockets: Parents, teachers, librarians and other professionals will find many resources designed to aid struggling readers. 
  • Great Websites for Kids: Learning to Read: The Association for Library Service to Children lists their favorite early literacy websites.

 

 

TumbleBooks

TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in an interactive format. They are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book. 
 
Click here to connect with TumbleBooks. 
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Sesame Street eBooks
 
Enjoy classic as well as brand-new Sesame Street stories with eBooks that are based on Sesame Street's early childhood curriculum. They are ready to read right here, right now. 
 
 
                                                 
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   Check out these websites!

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Great websites for kids

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ABCmouse.com for Libraries provides access to a learning resource including language, literacy, math, social studies, arts, and music.  Click here to begin.  Please note: this is only available for use inside the Library.

Featured Children's Book

9780803737495 p0 v1 s260x420Benjamin Franklin is a true Renaissance Man!  Many biographies have been written, but, Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin, deserves a look.  Upon opening the book, the reader is drawn in by the end papers filled with witty Franklin quotes!  Chronicling his life and accomplishments from birth to adult, author/illustrator Robert Byrd, creates a truly fascinating image of Franklin that makes for an enjoyable read.  Due to the picture book format, but nonfiction content, this book can be adored by a wide audience.  So take a tip from Franklin himself, and check this book out because "an investment in knowledge always pays the best interest." 

Logo - 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

All families and caregivers are encouraged to read at least 1000 books with their young children before they enter Kindergarten. Reading to preschool-age children builds vocabulary, language skills, and helps prepare them for Kindergarten. Families can build the skills needed for future success. Ask your children's librarian for more information.

 
Bookmark Contest Winner
November 2014
 
Elizabeth G., Kindergarten
St. James Elementary
 nov 2014
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