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The Middle Country Public Library, in conjunction with the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project, is collecting first-hand accounts of United States Veterans. The Project also includes first-hand recollections of U.S. citizens who professionally supported war efforts (such as war industry workers, USO workers, or medical volunteers). We are making these interviews available to the public so that their stories may be preserved for posterity. If you or someone you know is interested in being interviewed, please contact Jim Ward at 631-585-9393 ext. 273.


Louis Albertini – Veterans History Project from Middle Country Public Library on Vimeo.

Louis Thomas Albertini was born on April 26, 1925 in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. He was drafted in 1943 and served as a combat medic in the United States Army during World War II with the 35th Division, 134th Infantry Regiment attaining the rank of Corporal. Mr. Albertini served in Normandy, Northern France, the Rhineland, the Ardennes, and Central Europe. In recognition of his service, Mr. Albertini received the following medals: Bronze Star, Silver Star, Purple Heart, Good Conduct, Meritorious Service Unit Plaque, Second Bronze Star Oak Leaf, Eastern Service Medal with 5 bronze stars, Germany Occupation Medal, and World War II Victory Medal. Mr. Albertini served in the Army until September 1945.


Anthony Almo – Veterans History Project from Middle Country Public Library on Vimeo.

Anthony Almo was born in Chester, West Virginia on July 26, 1921. He was drafted and served during World War II in the United States Army with the 16th Cavalry from 1942-1945. Mr. Almo was a T4 Sergeant and served as a radio operator in France, Germany, and Belgium. In recognition of his service, Mr. Almo received the following medals: Good Conduct, American Campaign WWII, Victory WWII, and American Defense.


Stephen DeMarco – Veterans History Project from Middle Country Public Library on Vimeo.

Stephen DeMarco was born on August 2, 1923 in Brooklyn, New York. He enlisted in the Army-Air Force in 1943 and served as a crew chief for P-51 Mustangs attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. Attached to the 363rd Fighter Group, 9th Air Force, 381st Fighter Squadron during World War II, Mr. DeMarco was stationed in France, Belgium, and Germany. In recognition of his service, Mr. DeMarco received the following medals: Bronze Star Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. Mr. DeMarco served in the Army-Air Force until September 1945.


Morris Geller – Veterans History Project from Middle Country Public Library on Vimeo.

Morris David Geller was born on January 15, 1922 in Bronx, New York. He was drafted into the 16th Cavalry of the United States Army during World War II in December 1942 and served as a radio operator in an armored car. Attaining, the rank of T5 Corporal, Mr. Geller served in the European Theater in England, France, and Germany. In recognition of his service, Mr. Geller received the following medals: Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, Good Conduct, American Campaign, World War II American Defense, Victory World War II. He served in the Army until July 1946.

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Michael LoFaro – Veterans History Project

Michael John LoFaro was born on February 7, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York. He enlisted and served as a Seaman 1st Class in the United States Navy in April 1944 during World War II. Mr. LoFaro was assigned as a Quartermaster to the USS Bennington and was stationed in the Pacific Theater seeing action at Iwo Jima and Okinawa. In recognition of his service, Mr. LoFaro received the following medals: American Theatre, Victory, Asiatic Pacific Theatre 2 stars, and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon. Mr. LoFaro served in the Navy until July 1946.

news_imageDownload the MCPL Mobile app for your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone or tablet to stay connected to the library wherever you are! You can search the library catalog for books and other materials,  and search and register for library programs. You can also scan a book’s ISBN using your smartphone’s camera to find out if the library owns a copy, and you can even bring up a digital version of your library card that can be scanned at our checkout stations. The

MCPL Mobile app is currently available for iOS and Android devices. To download it, simply search for “MCPL mobile” in the iOS app store or the Android marketplace, or use the links below.

MCPL Mobile for iOS

MCPL Mobile for Android

Bronz Animals

Purchase one-day admission tickets for $23.00 (regular price $33.95) at the Customer Services desk in the Centereach library.

A non-refundable payment of $23.00 is due at the time of purchase for each ticket. The library accepts cash, check or money order (made payable to “Middle Country Public Library”), or credit card (Mastercard, Visa or Discover).

Tickets expire on 12/31/2014 Five (5) tickets per MCPL library card holder.

The Total Experience ticket includes one admission to the zoo and to the following special attractions:

  • 4-D Theater, Bug Carousel
  • Butterfly Garden
  • Congo Gorilla Forest
  • JungleWorld
  • Wild Asia Monorail
  • Zoo Shuttle

For more information about the Bronx Zoo visit their website.

 

The Allstate Foundation has awarded a $35,000 grant to support the library’s Allstate Readiness Series, a year-long series providing programs on Teen Safe Driving and Financial Empowerment for women, particularly survivors of domestic violence. For more information on this series, visit www.readinessbeginswithme.org or call Lori Abbatepaolo at 585-9393 ext. 295.

Pictured l-r: Sue Bohrer-Braun and Michele Martin, Allstate agents; Allison McMahon, regional division manager, Allstate Foundation and Sara Fade, librarian.

 

Introducing Zinio, our new digital magazine collection! You will love the convenience of reading your favorites like Rolling Stone, O!, Macworld, Men’s Fitness, Forbes, and Food Network Magazine, and exploring a selection of 50 additional titles available through our eDownload service. Experience the convenience of Zinio – your magazines anytime, anywhere. Simply visit the adult services section of our website and click eDownloads to get started.

 

 

 

 

Are you considering a new career path? Would you like to improve your job skills? Looking for alternatives to college? Thinking about becoming an entrepreneur? With support from Bank of America, the Miller Business Center will be offering Pathways to Career Success, a series of workshops geared towards improving job readiness in our region. Programs will cover job search strategies, resume writing, workplace etiquette, business planning and much more. The next series of workshops will be held this spring. One -on-one guidance from Miller staff is available now. For more information please contact Alex Blend at 631-585-9393 ext. 272 or blendalex@middlecountrypubliclibrary.org.

Pictured l-r: Elizabeth Malafi, coordinator, Miller Business Center, Sophia Serlis- McPhillips, library director; Mario Ruggiero, senior vice president and Lorraine Aycock, market development manager, Bank of America

 

 

 

 

1931 Mail CarrierMiddle Country Public Library is looking for your historical, vintage pictures of yesteryear that show how life used to be in the Centereach and Selden area for a local book project.

If you have any photographs of historical Middle Country you would like to contribute, please contact Theresa Arroyo at (631) 585-9393 ext. 294.

EatPlayGrow™ Curriculum 

EatPlayGrow™ is a new early childhood health curriculum and the first to be federally approved by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Center for Disease Control (CDC). In partnership with the NIH, Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) adapted the We Can!®obesity prevention program (originally for ages 8-13) to create EatPlayGrow™ for use with children ages 6 and younger and their adult caregivers. This curriculum combines the latest science and research from the NIH with CMOM’s holistic arts and literacy-based approach to engage families and adults who work with young children with creative programs and consistent health messages in informal and formal learning environments.

 

Bring EatPlayGrow™ to your community!

The curriculum offers a series of 11 healthy lifestyle lessons with hands-on activities, essential facts and simple strategies that make healthy choices fun and easy to include in daily routines—at home, at school or in the community. Each educational lesson is aligned with the appropriate National Pre-K Health Performance Standards and addresses the multiple ways children learn through storytelling, art-making, music and movement activities to teach the importance of making positive choices in the areas that most affect health: nutrition, physical activity and sleep.

 

Designed for use by families, educators, home-based childcare providers, community organizers, health advocates, librarians and others who work with young children, the EatPlayGrow™ curriculum can be easily adapted into family life and existing programming, or stand alone as its own health unit!

 

CMOM offers Professional Development trainings at the museum and a special series of webinars with the NIH starting in January 2014. Click here for more information.

Download the EatPlayGrow™ curriculum and start learning now!

 

CMOM’s National Outreach Dissemination Partners

As part of its EatSleepPlay health initiative, CMOM has tested the EatPlayGrow™ curriculum with families and caregivers. By leveraging and connecting CMOM’s relationships with the National Head Start Association, Association of Children’s Museums, and Family Place Libraries–in addition to the NIH’s 1,000 We Can!® community partner sites–and as a Let’s Move! Museum partner, the EatSleepPlay™ initiative will be replicated through existing national networks with tremendous reach at the grassroots level in order to improve health and education services in high-need communities.

 

The following partners will help CMOM disseminate the EatPlayGrow™ curriculum free of charge throughout the country to their constituent organizations:

National Institute of Health

Let’s Move!

   First Book

 Association of Children’s Museums

 National Head Start Association

   Family Place Libraries

Contact slim@cmom.org to learn how to join the EatPlayGrow™ a dissemination network.

The EatPlayGrow™: curriculum has been developed with the generous support of the Laurie M.Tisch Illumination Fund; the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency; W.K. Kellogg Foundation; Goldman Sachs Gives; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; United Way of New York City; Walmart Foundation; Joan Ganz Cooney Fund at the New York Community Trust; and Amherst Foundation.

Congratulations to “The Tributes of Middle Country”, who won the 2012 Suffolk County Battle of the Books!

The 2012 Battle of the Books was held on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at Javits Lecture Center, Stony Brook University. The Suffolk County Battle of the Books program is an inter-library competition between teams of teens (students entering grades 6-9 in the fall) focused on 8 young adult novels. The competition is divided into two back-to-back 4-hour Regional Competitions and an Awards Night. At the Regional Competition, each team gets to participate in 4 separate rounds. Each round covers 2 of the 8 books and each team is given 20 questions per round. Titles to be covered in each round are announced in advance but not specifically mentioned in the questions. At the Awards Night, the top 2 scoring teams from each region competed for the County Championship.

Congratulations to all who participated in this year’s Battle of the Books. Special thanks to our coaches, teens, parents, and all volunteers who helped to make this year’s Battle of the Books a success.

Need help writing your resume?
Thinking of starting a new career?
Want to ace your next interview?

Make an appointment with one of our career counselors. Available for district residents ages 14 and up, career counselors provide confidential appointments for employment, occupational and college counseling. Appointments are available at various times in both buildings.

For further information or to make an appointment, please call the Miller Business Resource Center Desk at 631-585-9393 ext. 133.

Faster and More Convenient Service!

Come in and see our upgraded customer service areas – the result of our Customer Service Modernization Project. Try our touch-screen self-check and automated return stations for speedier checkout and a more effective return process; check out multiple items simultaneously; tap the kiosk screen to print a receipt for your borrowed items; use the 24/7 drive up return station in Centereach. Staff members will always be available to help you navigate the system and expedite your transaction.

This cost-saving, state-of-the-art system has been implemented at libraries across the country, and has received enthusiastic response from patrons who appreciate the fast, efficient service.  Staff members are freed from routine tasks and can assume more interesting and challenging roles – working with library programs and providing notary, fax, computer and online services. Clearly a win-win situation, we are sure you will appreciate the upgraded service.

Question/Answer Fact Sheets are available at the library or on our website at www.mcpl.lib.ny.us. For further information, please contact Sophia Serlis-McPhillips at 631-585-9393 ext. 219 or serlismc@mcpl.lib.ny.us.

 

Hearing Loop now available in Centereach

The library is pleased to announce the availability of a Hearing Loop system in the Community Room in the Centereach building. The hearing loop transmits sound through an installed wire that “loops” around a portion of the room allowing patrons with hearing aids to pick up the signal. The signal is directed to a part of a hearing aid called a T-Coil enabling the loop to eliminate distracting background noise and reverberation. The Loop will be available during any program in which an audiovisual component system is used, including film, musical performances, and speaking  engagements. The system’s installation was made possible by a generous donation from the Foundation for Sight & Sound. For further information, please contact Sal DiVincenzo at 631-585-9393 ext. 216.

Motorola Solution Foundation Awards $20,000 to support the Jumpstart Science Initiative: Math Buddies, an innovative program that pairs teens with children in Kindergarten through 2nd grade. The goal of the program is to incorporate the ideals of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiative into the learning process. Prior to serving as a Math Buddy, teens participate in training sessions to learn math and mentoring skills and strategies, and to integrate technology into the learning experience.

During the sessions, teens mentor their buddies in math concepts, play web-based math games, use iPads with interactive math applications and read aloud to their partners. Each session of the Math Buddies program focuses on a specific topic, such as money, addition and subtraction, data and graphs, patterns, time and measurement.

MCPL Mobile

news_imageDownload the MCPL Mobile app for your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone or tablet to stay connected to the library wherever you are! You can search the library catalog for books and other materials,  and search and register for library programs. You can also scan a book’s ISBN using your smartphone’s camera to find out if the library owns a copy, and you can even bring up a digital version of your library card that can be scanned at our checkout stations. The

MCPL Mobile app is currently available for iOS and Android devices. To download it, simply search for “MCPL mobile” in the iOS app store or the Android marketplace, or use the links below.

MCPL Mobile for iOS

MCPL Mobile for Android

Bronx Zoo “Total Experience” Discount Tickets

Bronz Animals

Purchase one-day admission tickets for $23.00 (regular price $33.95) at the Customer Services desk in the Centereach library.

A non-refundable payment of $23.00 is due at the time of purchase for each ticket. The library accepts cash, check or money order (made payable to “Middle Country Public Library”), or credit card (Mastercard, Visa or Discover).

Tickets expire on 12/31/2014 Five (5) tickets per MCPL library card holder.

The Total Experience ticket includes one admission to the zoo and to the following special attractions:

  • 4-D Theater, Bug Carousel
  • Butterfly Garden
  • Congo Gorilla Forest
  • JungleWorld
  • Wild Asia Monorail
  • Zoo Shuttle

For more information about the Bronx Zoo visit their website.

 

Allstate Supports Readiness Series for The Eighth Consecutive Year

The Allstate Foundation has awarded a $35,000 grant to support the library’s Allstate Readiness Series, a year-long series providing programs on Teen Safe Driving and Financial Empowerment for women, particularly survivors of domestic violence. For more information on this series, visit www.readinessbeginswithme.org or call Lori Abbatepaolo at 585-9393 ext. 295.

Pictured l-r: Sue Bohrer-Braun and Michele Martin, Allstate agents; Allison McMahon, regional division manager, Allstate Foundation and Sara Fade, librarian.

 

Explore Zinio

Introducing Zinio, our new digital magazine collection! You will love the convenience of reading your favorites like Rolling Stone, O!, Macworld, Men’s Fitness, Forbes, and Food Network Magazine, and exploring a selection of 50 additional titles available through our eDownload service. Experience the convenience of Zinio – your magazines anytime, anywhere. Simply visit the adult services section of our website and click eDownloads to get started.

 

 

 

 

Pathways to Career Success

Are you considering a new career path? Would you like to improve your job skills? Looking for alternatives to college? Thinking about becoming an entrepreneur? With support from Bank of America, the Miller Business Center will be offering Pathways to Career Success, a series of workshops geared towards improving job readiness in our region. Programs will cover job search strategies, resume writing, workplace etiquette, business planning and much more. The next series of workshops will be held this spring. One -on-one guidance from Miller staff is available now. For more information please contact Alex Blend at 631-585-9393 ext. 272 or blendalex@middlecountrypubliclibrary.org.

Pictured l-r: Elizabeth Malafi, coordinator, Miller Business Center, Sophia Serlis- McPhillips, library director; Mario Ruggiero, senior vice president and Lorraine Aycock, market development manager, Bank of America

 

 

 

 

Does this picture look familiar to you?

1931 Mail CarrierMiddle Country Public Library is looking for your historical, vintage pictures of yesteryear that show how life used to be in the Centereach and Selden area for a local book project.

If you have any photographs of historical Middle Country you would like to contribute, please contact Theresa Arroyo at (631) 585-9393 ext. 294.

Partnership between Middle Country Public Library and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan

EatPlayGrow™ Curriculum 

EatPlayGrow™ is a new early childhood health curriculum and the first to be federally approved by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Center for Disease Control (CDC). In partnership with the NIH, Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) adapted the We Can!®obesity prevention program (originally for ages 8-13) to create EatPlayGrow™ for use with children ages 6 and younger and their adult caregivers. This curriculum combines the latest science and research from the NIH with CMOM’s holistic arts and literacy-based approach to engage families and adults who work with young children with creative programs and consistent health messages in informal and formal learning environments.

 

Bring EatPlayGrow™ to your community!

The curriculum offers a series of 11 healthy lifestyle lessons with hands-on activities, essential facts and simple strategies that make healthy choices fun and easy to include in daily routines—at home, at school or in the community. Each educational lesson is aligned with the appropriate National Pre-K Health Performance Standards and addresses the multiple ways children learn through storytelling, art-making, music and movement activities to teach the importance of making positive choices in the areas that most affect health: nutrition, physical activity and sleep.

 

Designed for use by families, educators, home-based childcare providers, community organizers, health advocates, librarians and others who work with young children, the EatPlayGrow™ curriculum can be easily adapted into family life and existing programming, or stand alone as its own health unit!

 

CMOM offers Professional Development trainings at the museum and a special series of webinars with the NIH starting in January 2014. Click here for more information.

Download the EatPlayGrow™ curriculum and start learning now!

 

CMOM’s National Outreach Dissemination Partners

As part of its EatSleepPlay health initiative, CMOM has tested the EatPlayGrow™ curriculum with families and caregivers. By leveraging and connecting CMOM’s relationships with the National Head Start Association, Association of Children’s Museums, and Family Place Libraries–in addition to the NIH’s 1,000 We Can!® community partner sites–and as a Let’s Move! Museum partner, the EatSleepPlay™ initiative will be replicated through existing national networks with tremendous reach at the grassroots level in order to improve health and education services in high-need communities.

 

The following partners will help CMOM disseminate the EatPlayGrow™ curriculum free of charge throughout the country to their constituent organizations:

National Institute of Health

Let’s Move!

   First Book

 Association of Children’s Museums

 National Head Start Association

   Family Place Libraries

Contact slim@cmom.org to learn how to join the EatPlayGrow™ a dissemination network.

The EatPlayGrow™: curriculum has been developed with the generous support of the Laurie M.Tisch Illumination Fund; the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency; W.K. Kellogg Foundation; Goldman Sachs Gives; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; United Way of New York City; Walmart Foundation; Joan Ganz Cooney Fund at the New York Community Trust; and Amherst Foundation.

Middle Country Team Wins 2012 Battle of the Books

Congratulations to “The Tributes of Middle Country”, who won the 2012 Suffolk County Battle of the Books!

The 2012 Battle of the Books was held on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at Javits Lecture Center, Stony Brook University. The Suffolk County Battle of the Books program is an inter-library competition between teams of teens (students entering grades 6-9 in the fall) focused on 8 young adult novels. The competition is divided into two back-to-back 4-hour Regional Competitions and an Awards Night. At the Regional Competition, each team gets to participate in 4 separate rounds. Each round covers 2 of the 8 books and each team is given 20 questions per round. Titles to be covered in each round are announced in advance but not specifically mentioned in the questions. At the Awards Night, the top 2 scoring teams from each region competed for the County Championship.

Congratulations to all who participated in this year’s Battle of the Books. Special thanks to our coaches, teens, parents, and all volunteers who helped to make this year’s Battle of the Books a success.

Career Counseling

Need help writing your resume?
Thinking of starting a new career?
Want to ace your next interview?

Make an appointment with one of our career counselors. Available for district residents ages 14 and up, career counselors provide confidential appointments for employment, occupational and college counseling. Appointments are available at various times in both buildings.

For further information or to make an appointment, please call the Miller Business Resource Center Desk at 631-585-9393 ext. 133.

Customer Service Modernization Project

Faster and More Convenient Service!

Come in and see our upgraded customer service areas – the result of our Customer Service Modernization Project. Try our touch-screen self-check and automated return stations for speedier checkout and a more effective return process; check out multiple items simultaneously; tap the kiosk screen to print a receipt for your borrowed items; use the 24/7 drive up return station in Centereach. Staff members will always be available to help you navigate the system and expedite your transaction.

This cost-saving, state-of-the-art system has been implemented at libraries across the country, and has received enthusiastic response from patrons who appreciate the fast, efficient service.  Staff members are freed from routine tasks and can assume more interesting and challenging roles – working with library programs and providing notary, fax, computer and online services. Clearly a win-win situation, we are sure you will appreciate the upgraded service.

Question/Answer Fact Sheets are available at the library or on our website at www.mcpl.lib.ny.us. For further information, please contact Sophia Serlis-McPhillips at 631-585-9393 ext. 219 or serlismc@mcpl.lib.ny.us.

 

Help for the Hearing Impaired

Hearing Loop now available in Centereach

The library is pleased to announce the availability of a Hearing Loop system in the Community Room in the Centereach building. The hearing loop transmits sound through an installed wire that “loops” around a portion of the room allowing patrons with hearing aids to pick up the signal. The signal is directed to a part of a hearing aid called a T-Coil enabling the loop to eliminate distracting background noise and reverberation. The Loop will be available during any program in which an audiovisual component system is used, including film, musical performances, and speaking  engagements. The system’s installation was made possible by a generous donation from the Foundation for Sight & Sound. For further information, please contact Sal DiVincenzo at 631-585-9393 ext. 216.

Motorola Solution Foundation Awards $20,000 to support Math Buddies

Motorola Solution Foundation Awards $20,000 to support the Jumpstart Science Initiative: Math Buddies, an innovative program that pairs teens with children in Kindergarten through 2nd grade. The goal of the program is to incorporate the ideals of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiative into the learning process. Prior to serving as a Math Buddy, teens participate in training sessions to learn math and mentoring skills and strategies, and to integrate technology into the learning experience.

During the sessions, teens mentor their buddies in math concepts, play web-based math games, use iPads with interactive math applications and read aloud to their partners. Each session of the Math Buddies program focuses on a specific topic, such as money, addition and subtraction, data and graphs, patterns, time and measurement.

news_imageDownload the MCPL Mobile app for your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone or tablet to stay connected to the library wherever you are! You can search the library catalog for books and other materials,  and search and register for library programs. You can also scan a book’s ISBN using your smartphone’s camera to find out if the library owns a copy, and you can even bring up a digital version of your library card that can be scanned at our checkout stations. The

MCPL Mobile app is currently available for iOS and Android devices. To download it, simply search for “MCPL mobile” in the iOS app store or the Android marketplace, or use the links below.

MCPL Mobile for iOS

MCPL Mobile for Android

Bronz Animals

Purchase one-day admission tickets for $23.00 (regular price $33.95) at the Customer Services desk in the Centereach library.

A non-refundable payment of $23.00 is due at the time of purchase for each ticket. The library accepts cash, check or money order (made payable to “Middle Country Public Library”), or credit card (Mastercard, Visa or Discover).

Tickets expire on 12/31/2014 Five (5) tickets per MCPL library card holder.

The Total Experience ticket includes one admission to the zoo and to the following special attractions:

  • 4-D Theater, Bug Carousel
  • Butterfly Garden
  • Congo Gorilla Forest
  • JungleWorld
  • Wild Asia Monorail
  • Zoo Shuttle

For more information about the Bronx Zoo visit their website.

 

The Allstate Foundation has awarded a $35,000 grant to support the library’s Allstate Readiness Series, a year-long series providing programs on Teen Safe Driving and Financial Empowerment for women, particularly survivors of domestic violence. For more information on this series, visit www.readinessbeginswithme.org or call Lori Abbatepaolo at 585-9393 ext. 295.

Pictured l-r: Sue Bohrer-Braun and Michele Martin, Allstate agents; Allison McMahon, regional division manager, Allstate Foundation and Sara Fade, librarian.

 

Introducing Zinio, our new digital magazine collection! You will love the convenience of reading your favorites like Rolling Stone, O!, Macworld, Men’s Fitness, Forbes, and Food Network Magazine, and exploring a selection of 50 additional titles available through our eDownload service. Experience the convenience of Zinio – your magazines anytime, anywhere. Simply visit the adult services section of our website and click eDownloads to get started.

 

 

 

 

Are you considering a new career path? Would you like to improve your job skills? Looking for alternatives to college? Thinking about becoming an entrepreneur? With support from Bank of America, the Miller Business Center will be offering Pathways to Career Success, a series of workshops geared towards improving job readiness in our region. Programs will cover job search strategies, resume writing, workplace etiquette, business planning and much more. The next series of workshops will be held this spring. One -on-one guidance from Miller staff is available now. For more information please contact Alex Blend at 631-585-9393 ext. 272 or blendalex@middlecountrypubliclibrary.org.

Pictured l-r: Elizabeth Malafi, coordinator, Miller Business Center, Sophia Serlis- McPhillips, library director; Mario Ruggiero, senior vice president and Lorraine Aycock, market development manager, Bank of America

 

 

 

 

1931 Mail CarrierMiddle Country Public Library is looking for your historical, vintage pictures of yesteryear that show how life used to be in the Centereach and Selden area for a local book project.

If you have any photographs of historical Middle Country you would like to contribute, please contact Theresa Arroyo at (631) 585-9393 ext. 294.

EatPlayGrow™ Curriculum 

EatPlayGrow™ is a new early childhood health curriculum and the first to be federally approved by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Center for Disease Control (CDC). In partnership with the NIH, Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) adapted the We Can!®obesity prevention program (originally for ages 8-13) to create EatPlayGrow™ for use with children ages 6 and younger and their adult caregivers. This curriculum combines the latest science and research from the NIH with CMOM’s holistic arts and literacy-based approach to engage families and adults who work with young children with creative programs and consistent health messages in informal and formal learning environments.

 

Bring EatPlayGrow™ to your community!

The curriculum offers a series of 11 healthy lifestyle lessons with hands-on activities, essential facts and simple strategies that make healthy choices fun and easy to include in daily routines—at home, at school or in the community. Each educational lesson is aligned with the appropriate National Pre-K Health Performance Standards and addresses the multiple ways children learn through storytelling, art-making, music and movement activities to teach the importance of making positive choices in the areas that most affect health: nutrition, physical activity and sleep.

 

Designed for use by families, educators, home-based childcare providers, community organizers, health advocates, librarians and others who work with young children, the EatPlayGrow™ curriculum can be easily adapted into family life and existing programming, or stand alone as its own health unit!

 

CMOM offers Professional Development trainings at the museum and a special series of webinars with the NIH starting in January 2014. Click here for more information.

Download the EatPlayGrow™ curriculum and start learning now!

 

CMOM’s National Outreach Dissemination Partners

As part of its EatSleepPlay health initiative, CMOM has tested the EatPlayGrow™ curriculum with families and caregivers. By leveraging and connecting CMOM’s relationships with the National Head Start Association, Association of Children’s Museums, and Family Place Libraries–in addition to the NIH’s 1,000 We Can!® community partner sites–and as a Let’s Move! Museum partner, the EatSleepPlay™ initiative will be replicated through existing national networks with tremendous reach at the grassroots level in order to improve health and education services in high-need communities.

 

The following partners will help CMOM disseminate the EatPlayGrow™ curriculum free of charge throughout the country to their constituent organizations:

National Institute of Health

Let’s Move!

   First Book

 Association of Children’s Museums

 National Head Start Association

   Family Place Libraries

Contact slim@cmom.org to learn how to join the EatPlayGrow™ a dissemination network.

The EatPlayGrow™: curriculum has been developed with the generous support of the Laurie M.Tisch Illumination Fund; the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency; W.K. Kellogg Foundation; Goldman Sachs Gives; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; United Way of New York City; Walmart Foundation; Joan Ganz Cooney Fund at the New York Community Trust; and Amherst Foundation.

Congratulations to “The Tributes of Middle Country”, who won the 2012 Suffolk County Battle of the Books!

The 2012 Battle of the Books was held on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at Javits Lecture Center, Stony Brook University. The Suffolk County Battle of the Books program is an inter-library competition between teams of teens (students entering grades 6-9 in the fall) focused on 8 young adult novels. The competition is divided into two back-to-back 4-hour Regional Competitions and an Awards Night. At the Regional Competition, each team gets to participate in 4 separate rounds. Each round covers 2 of the 8 books and each team is given 20 questions per round. Titles to be covered in each round are announced in advance but not specifically mentioned in the questions. At the Awards Night, the top 2 scoring teams from each region competed for the County Championship.

Congratulations to all who participated in this year’s Battle of the Books. Special thanks to our coaches, teens, parents, and all volunteers who helped to make this year’s Battle of the Books a success.

Need help writing your resume?
Thinking of starting a new career?
Want to ace your next interview?

Make an appointment with one of our career counselors. Available for district residents ages 14 and up, career counselors provide confidential appointments for employment, occupational and college counseling. Appointments are available at various times in both buildings.

For further information or to make an appointment, please call the Miller Business Resource Center Desk at 631-585-9393 ext. 133.

Faster and More Convenient Service!

Come in and see our upgraded customer service areas – the result of our Customer Service Modernization Project. Try our touch-screen self-check and automated return stations for speedier checkout and a more effective return process; check out multiple items simultaneously; tap the kiosk screen to print a receipt for your borrowed items; use the 24/7 drive up return station in Centereach. Staff members will always be available to help you navigate the system and expedite your transaction.

This cost-saving, state-of-the-art system has been implemented at libraries across the country, and has received enthusiastic response from patrons who appreciate the fast, efficient service.  Staff members are freed from routine tasks and can assume more interesting and challenging roles – working with library programs and providing notary, fax, computer and online services. Clearly a win-win situation, we are sure you will appreciate the upgraded service.

Question/Answer Fact Sheets are available at the library or on our website at www.mcpl.lib.ny.us. For further information, please contact Sophia Serlis-McPhillips at 631-585-9393 ext. 219 or serlismc@mcpl.lib.ny.us.

 

Hearing Loop now available in Centereach

The library is pleased to announce the availability of a Hearing Loop system in the Community Room in the Centereach building. The hearing loop transmits sound through an installed wire that “loops” around a portion of the room allowing patrons with hearing aids to pick up the signal. The signal is directed to a part of a hearing aid called a T-Coil enabling the loop to eliminate distracting background noise and reverberation. The Loop will be available during any program in which an audiovisual component system is used, including film, musical performances, and speaking  engagements. The system’s installation was made possible by a generous donation from the Foundation for Sight & Sound. For further information, please contact Sal DiVincenzo at 631-585-9393 ext. 216.

Motorola Solution Foundation Awards $20,000 to support the Jumpstart Science Initiative: Math Buddies, an innovative program that pairs teens with children in Kindergarten through 2nd grade. The goal of the program is to incorporate the ideals of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiative into the learning process. Prior to serving as a Math Buddy, teens participate in training sessions to learn math and mentoring skills and strategies, and to integrate technology into the learning experience.

During the sessions, teens mentor their buddies in math concepts, play web-based math games, use iPads with interactive math applications and read aloud to their partners. Each session of the Math Buddies program focuses on a specific topic, such as money, addition and subtraction, data and graphs, patterns, time and measurement.