Moody's Investors Service Credit Opinion

Moody's Investors Service, often referred to as Moody's, is the bond credit rating business of Moody's Corporation. Moody's Investors Service provides international financial research on bonds issued by commercial and government entities. Moody's, along with Standard & Poor's and Fitch Group, is considered one of the Big Three credit rating agencies.

The company ranks the creditworthiness of borrowers using a standardized ratings scale which measures expected investor loss in the event of default. Moody's Investors Service rates debt securities in several bond market segments. These include government, municipal and corporate bonds; managed investments such as money market funds and fixed-income funds; financial institutions including banks and non-bank finance companies; and asset classes in structured finance.

 On June 13, 2019 Moody's Investors Service upgraded the Library's rating.   Click here for the credit opinion report.

SmithCon - Juried Exhibition

The Smithtown Library is excited to announce a Call for Art for its first Juried Exhibition, "A Narrative in Frames: The Art of Comics", to be held in conjunction with our second town-wide pop culture convention, SmithCon on Saturday, August 17, 2019. This exhibition will be on view for the month of August in the Community Room of the Smithtown Building of The Smithtown Library, located at 1 North Country Road, Smithtown, NY 11787. We will celebrate our artists with an Artists Reception on Friday,August 16 from 6:30-8:30 pm, where there will be an opportunity to meet our esteemed juror, George O'Connor.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, July 15th at 11:59 pm. Entries submitted after this date cannot be considered. To be considered for inclusion in this show, please fill out the form below and submit (by email) up to 5 artworks for our juror to review.

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Juror
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George O'Connor is an author, illustrator and cartoonist. Above all, George is a Greek mythology buff and a classic superhero comics fan. George is out to remind us how much our league of superheroes (Superman, Batman, the X-Men, etc) owes to mankind's original superheroes: the Greek pantheon. Now he has brought his attention to "Olympians", his ongoing series retelling the classic Greek myths in comics aesthetic. In his New York Times bestselling "Olympians" series, George draws from primary sources to reconstruct and retell classic Greek myths. But these stories aren't sedate, scholarly works; they're action-packed, fast-paced, high-drama adventures with monsters, romance, and not a few huge explosions. His vibrant, kinetic art brings ancient tales to undeniable life in a perfect fusion of super-hero aesthetics and ancient Greek mythology. In addition to his graphic novel career, George has published several children's picture books, including the New York Times best-selling "Kapow!", "Sally and the Some-Thing", "If I Had a Raptor" and "If I Had a Triceratops". George lives in Brooklyn, NY with two terrible cats and one good one.
 
We are interested in original artwork that celebrates comic art. This can be in theme, aesthetic,format, or the content of the art itself:
  • Heroic figures embroiled in a battle of good vs. evil
  • Illustrations detailed in classic ink brushstrokes
  • Sequentially depicted narratives laid out in grid format
These are just some of the many characteristics of comic themed art. We encourage artists to interpret the thememore broadly. Artwork that relies on an innovative usage of text would apply. Artwork featuring a strong storytelling element or graphic in nature, or even in book format would work beautifully with our theme.
**Please note: extreme portrayals of violence, nudity or gore cannot be accepted. This is at the juror's discretion within the Exhibit and Display Policy of The Smithtown Library.
 
Important Dates
July 15: Application deadline
July 24: Last day that artists will be notified via email
August 1: Artwork set-up date (9:30am-12:30pm & 5:30- 8:30pm)
August 16: Artists Reception 6:30-8:30pm
August 31: Exhibition closes
August 31: Artwork break-down, 11:00 am- 4:30 pm

Eligibility
While this exhibition is not limited to local artists, we do ask that all artwork is set-up and removed by the artist (or a designated proxy.) Mailed works will not be accepted. Artists may not substitute another piece for what our juror has selected for inclusion. All work must be suitably framed, wired, and able to be hung. Works on paper must be framed under plexiglass or glass, canvases must be wired for hanging. Works are limited to 40"x 40"

Artist Submission Information

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Please email submissions of your work to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You may submit a maximum of five works for consideration. Please be sure to include your Name and Phone Number in the email. We will reply to confirm we have received your completed application.
To learn more about the games, crafts,costumes, special guests, and raffles taking place at SmithCon, please visit us at www.smithlib.org/smithcon.
 

SmithCon

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Saturday, August 17
Smithtown Building & Fourth World Comics
Our second comic-con style all-day event with a primary focus on pop culture, celebrating fandoms and meeting other enthusiasts.
 For those programs that require registration, registration begins Monday, July 29. Click on the title of the program for registraion or call (631) 360-2480.
 *Schedules are subject to change without notice.*

 

Click here for the SmithCon brochure.

Click here for the SmithCon program track & map.

Lead-Up Events

Thanks to community partners, SmithCon will be a week-long celebration for all ages. Please join us at one of our lead-up events:

Nesconset Building
Monday, August 12 • 7:00-8:00pm
(For Families with Children)
The Smithtown Running Co. will teach parents and children a safe and healthy way to start running, with an aim at promoting a lifetime of love for the sport.  After the clinic, everyone is welcome to join us for a fun run on the running path behind the library. Don't forget to come dressed as your favorite superhero.  Who is going to be the fastest superhero on the track? To participate in a group run, a signed waiver is required. Registration required.
 
The Meta (St. James, NY)
Tuesday, August 13 • 6:30-8:30pm
(Entering Grades 6-12)
Think you have what it takes to win a gaming tournament? Head on over to The Meta for an Overwatch tournament. Tournaments will be played in teams of three (indicate whether you would like us to pick your team members). Your registration gets you in early to practice. Winner will receive an extra 10 entries for our NYCC grand prize. Fee: $5.00 per person. Registration required.
 
The Jeffrey K. Fisher Drawing Studio (Smithtown, NY)
Wednesday, August 14 • 5:30-7:30pm
(Adults 18 & Over)
Head over to The Jeffrey K. Fisher Drawing Studio for a special figure drawing session featuring models in costume. Please bring your own supplies. Fee: $10.00 per person. Registration required.
  
Commack Building
Thursday, August 15 • 5:30-6:30pm
(Adults 18 & Over)
Calling all pop-culture aficionados! Assemble your team and sign up for an epic battle of fandom knowledge. Members from the winning team will receive an extra 10 entries for our NYCC grand prize. Registration required.

Artist Reception
Smithtown Building
Friday, August 16 • 6:30-8:30pm
(All Ages)
Join us for an opening reception of our juried art show, “A Narrative in Frames: The Art of Comics" where illustrator George O’Connor will announce best in show. A small snack will be provided. No registration required. 


SmithCon Programs

All Ages Programming
Teen Room • 10:00am-4:00pm
(All Ages)
Imagine yourself in worlds beyond. Take a picture (or two or three) in front of our green screen. Posting on social media? Be sure to use #SmithCon. No registration required. 
 
George O’Connor Signing
4th World Comics • 1:30-2:30pm
(All Ages)
Head on over to 4th World Comics for a special signing with guest George O’Connor. No registration required
    
Children’s Programming
Meeting Room B • 10:00-10:15am
(12 Years & Under)
Ready to show off your favorite cosplay? Join us for a contest judged by our professional cosplayers. No registration required
 
Friends of The Smithtown Library LearnLab • 10:00am-11:30am
(5-12 Years)
Travel back in time as we play with the Library’s loanable retro gaming systems in the Friends of The Smithtown Library Learn Lab. No registration required.  
  
Children’s Craft Room • 10:00am-4:00pm
(For Families with Children)
Come join us for all day crafts in the Children’s Craft Room. Crafts rotate each hour. No registration required
  
Meeting Room A • 10:30, 11:00 OR 11:30am
(For Families with Children)
We've got character! Join us for a meet and greet with some of your favorite pop-culture icons. Wear your favorite costume and get ready for photo ops crafts and fun.  Registration required. Please register for only one session.
  
Village Green • 11:00am-12:00pm (see registration desk in the event of rain)
(For Families with Children)
Calling all padawans - learn how to use a lightsaber in this fun program brought to you by our local Saber Guild: Endor Temple. Registration required.
  
Upper Level Conference Room • 2:30-3:30pm
(8-12 Years)
Create a one-of-a kind masterpiece using perler beads and your imagination. Registration required.
   
Meeting Room B • 2:00-3:00pm
(5  Years & Up)
Superheroes need their rest too. Drift off to sleep as your favorite superhero. Registration required.
  
Meeting Room A • 3:00-4:00pm
(For Families with Children)
Do you have what it takes to be a superhero? Come dressed as your favorite hero or villain and test your skills at our superhero training academy. There will be craft stations, games and most of all, fun! Registration required..
  
Teen Programming
Meeting Room B • 10:20-10:35am
(Entering Grades 6-12)
Ready to show off your favorite cosplay? Join us for a contest judged by our professional cosplayers. No registration required
 
Lower Level Conference Room • 10:30-11:30am
(Entering Grades 6-12)
We're transforming one of the rooms in the Library into a mystery puzzle! In this interactive game, you'll have just one hour to solve puzzles, find hidden keys and piece together clues to escape the room. Registration required.
 
Friends of The Smithtown Library LearnLab • 11:30am-1:30pm
(Entering Grades 6-12)
Travel back in time as we play with the Library’s loanable retro gaming systems in the Friends of The Smithtown Library LearnLab. No registration required.
 
Meeting Room B • 12:00-1:00pm
(Entering Grades 6-12)
Meet George O’Connor as he tells us about his life and his Olympians graphic novel series. No registration required.
 
Meeting Room A • 1:00-2:00pm
(For Teens & Adults)
Sit down for a special panel with three professional cosplayers as they give us an introduction to cosplaying, their work and some of their tips and tricks. No registration required
 
Lower Level Conference Room • 1:30, 2:00, 2:30 OR 3:00pm
(Entering Grades 6-12)
Have you ever wished that your screwdriver was sonic? Have you ever wanted to own a lightsaber, a wizard's wand or staff? Learn how to turn an ordinary pen into an awesome replica of these geeky gadgets. Registration required. Please register for only one session.
    
Meeting Room B • 3:00-4:00pm
(Entering Grades 6-12)
Make your pet a superhero by decorating their own bandana or cape. We will be using fabric paint, please be dressed to make a mess. While supplies last. No registration required.
 
Adult Programming
Upper Level Conference Room • 10:00am-2:00pm
(Adults 18 & Over)
Drop-in during our informal gaming session to challenge old and new friends and maybe find some new games on the way. No registration required.
  
Meeting Room B • 10:40-10:55am
(Adults 18 & Over)
Ready to show off your favorite cosplay? Join us for a contest judged by our professional cosplayers. No registration required.
 
Lower Level Conference Room • 12:00-1:00pm
(Adults 18 & Over)
We're transforming one of the rooms in the Library into a mystery puzzle! In this interactive game, you'll have just one hour to solve puzzles, find hidden keys and piece together clues to escape the room. Registration required.
 
Meeting Room A • 1:00-2:00pm
(For Teens & Adults)
Sit down for a special panel with three professional cosplayers as they give us an introduction to cosplaying, their work and some of their tips and tricks. No registration required.
    
Friends of The Smithtown Library LearnLab • 1:30-4:00pm
(Adults 18 & Over)
Travel back in time as we play with the Library’s loanable retro gaming systems in the Friends of The Smithtown Library LearnLab. No registration required.
 
 
Thank you to our lunch partners. 
Bring your SmithCon badge to any of our lunch partners on August 17 for a discount on your purchase. 
American Roadside Burgers - Free fries with coupon
Crazy Crepe Cafe - 10% off
Mannios - 10% off
Mykonos - 10% off
Bagel Gallery - 10% off

Warcross

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Title of the book: Warcross
Author: Marie Lu
Genre: Science Fiction
Number of Pages: 353
Rating (On a Scale of 1-5): 5
Reviewed by: Antonia

Major Characters:
  • Emika Chen: Emika Chen is a bounty hunter trying to scrap out a living while on her own. She’s mired in her father’s debt, trying to pay her rent with the little money she has. Emika goes after people the police don’t have time to look for, hoping to score the bounty reward. These people are illegally betting on the game Warcross. Neurolink (virtual reality) glasses contain a game called Warcross. People use Warcross to achieve financial success or escape from reality. Emika is rarely in a good mood due to the consuming task of chasing bountys.
  • Hideo Tanaka: Hideo Tanaka, the Warcross creator, is extremely rich. Hideo made Warcross with the Neurolink glasses when he was just 13 years old. He describes them as: “A thin, wireless pair of glasses with metal arms and retractable earphones”. In the book, others describe them as feeling exactly like regular glasses. The book tells the story of him at his current age of 21 and labels him the most famous man in the world.
When the official opening ceremony of the Warcross games are going on, Emika sees a chance to make quick cash. During the first game, one of the players snatches a rare powerup worth enough to get Emika out of debt and she smells the opportunity. There’s a moment when Emika realizes the player with the powerup is in a vulnerable state and attempts at hacking into her inventory. To her surprise, she slips into the coding and into the live game. The game shuts down due to technical difficulties and Emika gets scared and takes her Neurolink glasses off. She then becomes an overnight sensation and all anyone can talk about is Emika Chen. Emika tries to hide because she believes she’s going to be arrested, but instead gets a call from Hideo Tanaka, the billionaire who made the game. He pays of all her debt immediately and gives her an irresistible offer. He offers a 10-million-dollar prize to catch a spy lurking in the coding of his game. However, as Emika digs deeper, she finds a plan with a devious plot, which will have major consequences around the world.

The New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu’s writing isn’t old fashioned in any way and I appreciate her writing style because I think she is in touch with a younger generation like my own. Her writing style adapts very well to our current environment and which is why I can relate so much to her message. Ms. Lu does a fine job of describing the main characters so that the reader gets a full sense of who they are and what they stand for. She embraces new updated technology as well as character themes and unexpected plot twists.

I believe other teens will thoroughly enjoy this book just as I did. There are unexpected twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Buckle up!