Archive for Miscellaneous

Pokémon in Syosset Library


Pokémon have invaded Syosset Public Library. We are a poke stop!


A weedle was spotted at the children’s desk

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A wild pidgey was spotted in Teenspace





A Rattata came out of the 3d printer!



Post-It Decorations in Teenspace

If you’ve visited teenspace lately, you may have noticed that it’s decorated with colorful post-its…


The view from outside….

What is this all about you might ask…



It’s the 2016 theme for Summer Reading: Get in the Game! Read


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It looks like some buildings are waging a post-it war in the city…








The Force Awakens in TeenSpace


Are you getting pretty psyched for the latest Star Wars installment, The Force Awakens?  I know we are in TeenSpace!  Check out some of our latest displays to celebrate the movie release this week.  The Teen Services department had fun making the Star Wars snowflakes with the Cricut Machine in Creation Station.  Thanks to Anthony Herrera for his amazing snowflake designs!  You can find the ones we used and more here:

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And as always, May the Force be with you.

Merry Sithmas to all, and to all, a good night!!

Sharon Long

Head of Teen Services

How Pinteresting!

We now have a Pinterest page for Syosset Library’s TeenSpace!  So far, I’ve been busy filling up the boards with info that I hope teens, parents, patrons of the library, and book lovers will find pinteresting…I mean interesting.

Some boards include: Awesome YA Books, Books I am Psyched to Read, C’Mon Get Appy (about apps), Hunger Games Related, Past YA Programs, YA Book Covers I Love and Zombies! Plus many more to come.

I am open to suggestions for more boards to create and hope you follow me at:

Take care!

Sharon Long

Teen Services Librarian

Anti-Bullying Awareness Month

October is a busy month at the library.  We have a slew of college prep programs, volunteer programs and at the end of the month, we have our Teen Zombie Night (more on that in a bit). 

October is also Anti-Bullying Awareness Month.

I have put together a list of books that might serve as a reminder: no amount of bullying is okay.   It is unexceptable to treat anyone in a cruel manner to make yourself feel superior.  You can never know what is going on at home or behind the scenes and how far-reaching the affects of your bullying can be.  If I see bullying behavior in the library, the bully will be asked to leave. The library, and TeenSpace in particular, will remain a safe-haven from bullying and cyber-bullying.

The latest data available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that 38,364 suicide deaths were reported in the U.S. in 2010. This latest rise places suicide again as the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. Nationally, the suicide rate increased 3.9 percent over 2009 to equal approximately 12.4 suicides per 100,000 people. The rate of suicide has been increasing since 2000. This is the highest rate of suicide in 15 years. (From the American Foundation for Suicide’s website:

If you or any of your friends have had thoughts of suicide, the most important thing to do is to talk immediately with an adult you trust. If you don’t know an adult who would be helpful, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline:  1-800-273-TALK hotline and someone is there to help.  Together, we can help end this epidemic, but it begins with respect and kindness for others. 

Anti-Bullying Booklist (also available in print in TeenSpace)


Several high school students relate their feelings about school, themselves, and events as they unfold on the fateful one-year anniversary of the killing of a fellow student.


Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson.

A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda’s freshman year in high school.

TWISTED by Laurie Halse Anderson.

After finally getting noticed by someone other than school bullies and his ever-angry father, seventeen-year-old Tyler enjoys his tough new reputation and the attentions of a popular girl, but when life starts to go bad again, he must choose between transforming himself or giving in to his destructive thoughts.

BURGER WUSS by M.T. Anderson.

Hoping to lose his loser image, Anthony plans revenge on a bully which results in a war between two competing fast food restaurants, Burger Queen and O’Dermott’s.


When high school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in the mail containing thirteen cassette tapes recorded by his classmate Hannah, who committed suicide, he spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah’s voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

YOU by Charles Benoit.

Fifteen-year-old Kyle discovers the shattering ramifications of the decisions he makes, and does not make, about school, the girl he likes, and his future.

KISSING THE RAIN by Kevin Brooks.

Fifteen-year-old Moo Nelson, shy, overweight, and bullied by his classmates, finds his life spinning out of control after he witnesses a car chase and a fight that results in a murder.

HATE LIST by Jennifer Brown.

Sixteen-year-old Valerie, whose boyfriend Nick committed a school shooting at the end of their junior year, struggles to cope with integrating herself back into high school life, unsure herself whether she was a hero or a villain.

THE CHOCOLATE WAR by Robert Cormier.

A high-school freshman who refuses to participate in the annual fund-raising chocolate sale is forced to defend his convictions.

WHALE TALK by Chris Crutcher.

Intellectually and athletically gifted, TJ, a multiracial, adopted teenager, shuns organized sports and the gung-ho athletes at his high school until he agrees to form a swimming team and recruits some of the school’s less popular students.

JUST LISTEN by Sarah Dessen.

Isolated from friends who believe the worst because she has not been truthful with them, sixteen-year-old Annabel finds an ally in classmate Owen, whose honesty and passion for music help her to face and share what really happened at the end-of-the-year party that changed her life.


Fifteen-year-old Paul enters an exclusive private school and falls under the spell of a charismatic boy who may be using him.

LOOKS by Madeleine George.

Two high school girls, one an anorexic poet and the other an obese loner, form an unlikely friendship.


When Rob, the charismatic leader of the senior class, turns the school nerd into Prince Charming, his actions lead to unexpected violence.


Overburdened by his parents’ bickering and a bully’s attacks, fifteen-year-old Lucky Linderman begins dreaming of being with his grandfather, who went missing during the Vietnam War, but during a visit to Arizona, his aunt and uncle and their beautiful neighbor, Ginny, help him find a new perspective.

THE GIRLS by Amy Goldman Koss.

Each of the girls in a middle-school clique reveals the strong, manipulative hold one of the group exerts on the others, and the hurt and self-doubt that it causes them.

POISON IVY by Amy Goldman Koss.

In a government class three popular girls undergo a mock trial for their ruthless bullying of a classmate.

DROWNING ANNA by Sue Mayfield.

A compelling novel that takes a frank look at the dynamics of teen popularity and bullying follows brainy and shy Anna Goldmith, a new student at the small Yorkshire school, whose friendship with the popular Hayley Parkin turns to cruel games and teasing.

SHOOTER by Walter Dean Myers.

Written in the form of interviews, reports, and journal entries, the story of three troubled teenagers ends in a tragic school shooting.


High school student Daelyn Rice, who has been bullied throughout her school career and has more than once attempted suicide, again makes plans to kill herself, in spite of the persistent attempts of an unusual boy to draw her out.

BULLYVILLE by Francine Prose.

After the death of his estranged father in the World Trade Center on 9/11, thirteen-year-old Bart, still struggling with his feelings of guilt, sorrow and loss, wins a scholarship to the local preparatory school and there encounters a vicious bully whose cruelty compounds the aftermath of the tragedy.

FREAK SHOW by James St. James

Having faced teasing that turned into a brutal attack, and the loss of his only real friend when he could no longer keep his crush under wraps, seventeen-year-old Billy Bloom, a drag queen, decides the only to become fabulous again is to run for Homecoming Queen at his elite, private school near Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

THE LIST by Siobhan Vivian.

Every year at Mount Washington High School somebody posts a list of the prettiest and ugliest girls from each grade–this is the story of eight girls, freshman to senior, and how they are affected by the list.

BRUISER by Neal Shusterman.

Inexplicable events start to occur when sixteen-year-old twins Tennyson and Brontë befriend a troubled and misunderstood outcast, aptly nicknamed Bruiser, and his little brother, Cody.

SOME GIRLS ARE by Courtney Summers.

Regina, a high school senior in the popular–and feared–crowd, suddenly falls out of favor and becomes the object of the same sort of vicious bullying that she used to inflict on others, until she finds solace with one of her former victims.

THE MOCKINGBIRDS by Daisy Whitney.

When Alex, a junior at an elite preparatory school, realizes that she may have been the victim of date rape, she confides in her roommates and sister who convince her to seek help from a secret society, the Mockingbirds.

JUMPED by Rita Williams-Garcia.

The lives of Leticia, Dominique, and Trina are irrevocably intertwined through the course of one day in an urban high school after Leticia overhears Dominique’s plans to beat up Trina and must decide whether or not to get involved.

CAMP by Elaine Wolf

In 1963 at a Maine summer camp, fourteen-year-old Amy Becker is forced to face the camp bully, Rory, family secrets revealed by her cousin Robin, and worry about having to leave her mentally challenged brother with their cold, harsh mother.

(Sources of Annotations: NoveList Database and Publishers)

Sharon Long

Teen Services Librarian

Fall @ your library

Hi everyone,

Welcome back! Hope you had a great summer, ’cause it’s over now (sad.) We’ve been busy too.  We have a fabulous line-up of back-to-school College Prep Programs that are continuing throughout the fall.

All these programs are open for registration, but hurry-up: some will fill up fast.

COLLEGE ESSAYS with Barbara Becker.  Learn how to make your essay unique and reflect your personality by using a 3-step process. Sunday, September 23.  2–3:30 PM. 

SELECTING AND GETTING INTO COLLEGE with Michael Binder.  Seniors: there is still time to benefit from this workshop! Step inside the admissions office. Timely information about choosing the best college for you. For parents and all teens. Monday, September 24.  7-8:30 PM.

COLLEGE FINANCING with Barry Fox. Learn the ins and outs of paying for your children’s college education. Monday, October 15. 7–8:30 PM.

LEARNING DIFFERENCES AND THE COLLEGE BOUND STUDENT with Melissa Lamb Assael.  Learn how to research colleges for students with learning differences and their families. Monday, October 22. 7-8:00 PM.

BILINGUAL COLLEGE PREP with Cindy Lin and Stuart Baronofsky.  Learn how to navigate the high school years and prepare for college.

  • ENGLISH / MANDARIN SEMINAR – Monday, November 12.  7-8:30 PM.
  • ENGLISH / KOREAN SEMINAR – Monday, November 19.  7-8:30 PM.

But wait! There’s fun stuff too!  We are having contests and zombie parties and volunteer events, oh my.

Please stop into TeenSpace to participate in our latest, greatest window contest:

Don’t eat books, that’s not what this is about.  No, rather some talented folks created an edible representation of popular books and we need YOU to guess what the book titles are.  Check it:

Come in to see the photos and enter to win a prize for the most correct answers!

Thanks to the Teen Advisory Board for helping with the decorations.  It was a real treat to see everyone –

and I didn’t even have to trick them into helping me out.

Okay, more posts to follow – enjoy the last day of summer while you can! 

Sharon Long

Teen Services Librarian

(Re-reading the title of this post now, I  hope you don’t actually fall @ your library, because that would mean I’d have to fill out an accident report and we don’t want that.)

T’is the Season to get Crafty

Ho ho ho and all that jazz.

On Monday night, we hosted a holiday decoupage gift craft night for the teens.  We decoupaged wooden bangle bracelets:

wooden picture frames:

and glass necklaces:

These make excellent holiday gifts and are fun and relatively simple to make.

There are several books on the subject of crafting gifts that you can read to get some ideas as well.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Martha Stewart’s Handmade Holiday Crafts

Listen, there is only one Martha Stewart, so most of the time, I don’t even try.  However, it would be a major fail on my part to leave her off of any craft list, since her stuff is pretty epic.

Christmas Gifts from the Kitchen

Why yes, I would love some homemade candy!  Who wouldn’t? (Don’t answer that.)Lot’s of delicious recipes, including Candied Grapefruit Peel, Lemon-Spice Olives, Chocolate-Marshmallow Fudge, and more–as well as plenty of ideas for creative gift packaging.

World of Geekcraft

Geeks be proud and craft proudly!  Super fun stuff like Super Mario cross-stitch and other fun wacky crafts to please the nerds in your life!

The Star Wars Craft Book

It takes a special type of nerd to love this book, but the Star Wars epic fantasy series is still just as popular today as when it was first shown in the movie theaters. Now with awesome crafts to prove it.

Remember: just because it is better to give than receive doesn’t mean you can’t have fun in the process.  Happy holidays!

Sharon Long

Teen Servics Librarian

It’s here: Hunger Games full movie trailer!

And it’s looks pretty awesome!

Hunger Games movie trailer

Back in August at the MTV Video Music Awards, Katniss Everdeen was all by herself in the short movie trailer that debuted that evening, a reluctant warrior ducking fireballs with bow and arrow in hand. As of today (November 14), Katniss is no longer alone. The world of “The Hunger Games” has exploded with the debut on “Good Morning America” of the first full trailer from the upcoming adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling YA series.

May the odds be ever in your favor!

Sharon Long

Teen Services Librarian

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen

Well it’s official: It’s a brunette Jennifer Lawrence looking like Katniss Everdeen.
This week’s Entertainment Weekly (which is available tomorrow) features new pictures and an interview with Jennifer Lawrence about the Hunger Games movie! I can’t wait!
From the Entertainment Weekly website:
When Lawrence was offered the role, she describes her response as a mixture of elation — and desperate anxiety. “I knew that as soon as I said yes, my life would change,” she says. “And I walked around an entire day thinking ‘It’s not too late, I could still go back and do indies, I haven’t said yes yet, it’s not too late.'” And yet, who can turn their back on Katniss? “I love this story,” she says, “and if I had said no, I would regret it every day.” After officially signing on, Suzanne Collins herself called to offer a starstruck Lawrence her most hearty congratulations. “I feel like when you said yes,” the author told her, “the world got lifted off my shoulders.”
Who’s planning to go see the movie when it finally comes out? I know I am.
Sharon Long
Teen Services Librarian

Book scramble

Can you unscramble these popular book titles?
First person to email me the correct answers at
wins a free paperback book of their choice? Good luck and happy Labor Day Weekend!
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Sharon Long
Teen Services Librarian