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Blue ArrowTeen Programs at the Library

2010 Empowering Women and Girls for Success - The library held a series of workshops in 2010 that were geared to give women and girls an edge in the competitive job market and in these tough financial times. The workshops were funded by the Long Island Fund for Women & Girls.

2008 Book Talk with YA Author Niki Burnham - To help celebrate Teen Read Week, YA Author Niki Burnham was the guest speaker at the Henry Waldinger Memorial Library's Teen/Parent Book Talk Program on Friday, October 17, 2008. Burnham is the author of popular YA books such as The Goddess Games, Sticky Fingers, and Royally Jacked.
2008 Book Talk with YA Author Jen Calonita - YA Author Jen Calonita visited with teens on Thursday, August 28, 2008, to talk about her latest book, Secrets of My Hollywood Life: Family Affairs. Teens had an opportunity to talk to her about her YA books and what she is working on next.
2008 YA Father's Day Crafts Night : Teens prepared gifts for their dads, uncles, and grandfathers at the library's YA Father's Day Crafts Night on Friday, June 13, 2008. They painted stained glass picture frames, decorated memo pads, and made Father's Day cards for their lucky dads!
2008 YA Video Games Nights : The Henry Waldinger Memorial Library held its first Young Adult Video Games Night on Friday, February 1, 2008. Over 25 teens took turns playing Guitar Hero and Wii Bowling, while others played board games, hung out with friends, and made new friends. Lindsay Plotkin had the highest score for Guitar Hero, and Michael Yang was the high scorer for Wii Bowling. A second Young Adult Video Games Night was held on Friday, April 18, 2008. Over 20 teens took turns playing Guitar Hero, Dance Dance Revolution, and other video games. Trophies were awarded to high scorers and everyone had a great time!
2007 YA Magic Workshop: The Henry Waldinger Memorial Library held a magic workshop on Friday, November 2, 2007. Vincent, the magician, showed the teens how to perform special card tricks, rope tricks, and other illusions. This program was funded by a special New York State Legislative Grant awarded to the library through New York Senator Dean Skelos.
2007 Young Adult Winter Reading Club: The Henry Waldinger Memorial Library is holding its first Young Adult Winter Reading Club this year from October 15 - December 8, 2007. Contact YA Librarian Ms. Kenney or Director Ms. Eng for further information and rules.
2007 YA Halloween Craft Night: The Henry Waldinger Memorial Library held a craft night for young adults on Friday, October 26, 2007. Teens built haunted house decorations and made ghost magnets, while having fun and meeting with friends. Seasonal craft nights are held every month for teens.

2007 Summer Reading Clubs: In 2007, the Henry Waldinger Memorial Library is sponsoring four Summer Reading Club programs:

  • New Recruits Children's Summer Reading Club
  • Rookie Readers Children's Summer Reading Club
  • Book Detectives Children's Summer Reading Club
  • Get a Clue ... Solve a Crime Young Adult Summer Reading Club
Teen Summit Two : Teens from the Henry Waldinger Memorial Library participated in Teen Summit Two on Monday, August 13, 2007, at the Lynbrook Public Library. The Nassau Library System held this all-day workshop for teens throughout Nassau County.
Teen Poetry Contest: The library holds a Teen Poetry Contest for students in Grades 6-12 to celebrate National Poetry Month. Winners of the 2006 Annual Teen Poetry Contest were honored on April 21, 2006. Winners of the 2007 Annual Teen Poetry Contest were honored on April 20, 2007. Winners of the 2008 Annual Teen Poetry Contest were honored on April 25, 2008.
Teen Read Week: Each year, the Henry Waldinger Memorial Library joins thousands of other libraries, schools and bookstores across the country to encourage teens to celebrate reading. Teen Read Week TM is the national adolescent literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) of the American Library Association.

Teen Talent Show: The Henry Waldinger Memorial Library held its 1st Annual Teen Talent Show on Wednesday, August 23, 2006. Four teens entertained over 35 children and parents with their talents:

Justin Mastromarino Ventriloquism and Guitar
Lindsay Plotkin Singing
Cassandra K. Saget Singing
Athena White Singing

The library plans to hold a teen talent show again next summer.

Young Adult Mother/Daughter Book Discussion Group : The Henry Waldinger Memorial Library sponsors a Young Adult Mother/Daughter Book Discussion Group that meets on a regular basis to give mothers and daughters an opportunity to read common books, to meet with other mothers and daughters, and to discuss these books. Some of the titles that have been discussed over the past years include: Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott; The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, by Ann Brashares; Split Image, by Mel Glenn; and The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler. Contact Ms. Eng for further information or to join the group.

Blue ArrowLetterboxing

Valley Stream is joining with other libraries in Nassau County to run letterboxing program. Letterboxing is a mix of treasure hunting, navigation, and exploring.

Each participating library in Nassau County has hidden a box somewhere on the grounds of their library. You'll need a stamp (and ink pad) and a pad or journal to record the letterboxes you find. On the web, go to


to find the clues for each library. Figure out the clue and find the letterbox. Once you've found a letterbox you stamp their pad with your stamp and then your pad with their stamp. It's as easy as that.


Go to the Children's Room.

There are 6 non-fiction stacks and each has shelf signs indicating the Dewey numbers of those stacks. Starting closest to the windows, flip up each shelf sign to reveal a number.

After you have done this with all 6 non-fiction stacks, you should have seven numbers written down in a row. Locate this call number in the adult room and find the book that does not belong in that section. (Hint: Once in the adult room, pay attention to the numbers!)

Children's Room Hours:*

*M, T, F - 10:00am to 6:00pm*
*W - 10:00am to 5:30pm*
*Th - 10:00am to 9:00pm*
*S - 10:00am to 4:00pm*

*Closed on Sundays*


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Blue ArrowHomework Help

The Henry Waldinger Memorial Library subscribes to several online resources that can help with general research or homework assignments. In some cases, you will be asked to enter your library card barcode number which is located on the reverse side of your library card. In other cases, you will be asked to enter a password, which may be obtained at the Adult Reference Desk upon presentation of your library card. Check Research & Homework Help for additional databases and websites.

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Ask for Kids : Ask Jeeves for Kids is a fast, easy and kid-friendly way for kids to find answers to their questions online, with links to a variety of study tools such as a dictionary, an atlas, and an almanac.

B.J. Pinchbeck's Homework Helper : Impressive homework -help site.

The BookHive : Your Guide to Children's Literature & Books : Web site designed for children ages birth through twelve, their parents, teachers or anyone interested in reading about children's books. Providing reader's advisory service, this site contains hundreds of recommended book reviews in a variety of reading levels and interest areas. Users can search for books by author, title, reading level, interest area, number of pages, and even favorite illustrator. Created by the Public Library of Charlotte-Mecklenburg County (Charlotte, NC).

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online for Kids includes the Compton's Encyclopedia for middle school students, an Elementary Encyclopedia for elementary students, and the Merriam-Webster's Student Dictionary, plus a Student Center with tips on writing research papers, book reviews, and science reports.
NOTE: You will be asked to enter your library barcode to access the database.
>>>Click on Jump to Britannica Kids to go to Encyclopaedia Britannica Online for Kids.

FactMonster.com : FactMonster.com and its Homework Center offers students unbeatable reference materials, fun facts and features, and individualized homework help. Website is launched by Information Please.
Helping Your Child Series : Series of online booklets from the Dept. of Education on topics such as reading, writing, math, history, science, test-taking, responsible behavior, libraries, homework, and more. Many of the booklets are available in Spanish.

Infotrac Junior Edition - K-12 : This periodical database is designed for students in junior high and middle school, with magazines, newspapers and reference books (most are full-text). It includes information on current events, the arts, science, popular culture, health, people, government, history, sports and more. It is offered to patrons through NOVEL, the New York State Statewide Database Project.
NOTE: You will be asked to enter the barcode number on your Henry Waldinger Memorial Library library card for access to the database.

KidsPage : KidsPage is provided by the Nassau Library System, Youth Services Department. It includes links to recommended sites for "Homework Help" for Children and for Young Adults.

NoveList K-8 allows you to discover the fiction titles that are popular with young readers.
NOTE: You will be asked to enter the barcode number on your Henry Waldinger Memorial Library library card for access to the database.

Pink Monkey : Study site for junior high, high school and college students. Includes full text of 2,000 literary classics, subject reviews, and study tips.

Primary Search provides full text for more than 60 popular magazines for elementary school research. All full text information dates as far back as 1990.
NOTE: You will be asked to enter the barcode number on your Henry Waldinger Memorial Library library card for access to the database.
Blue ArrowTeen News

The Valley Stream Teens Online Advisory Committee was formed in July 2007 by three teens to create original webpages for other teens. After basic instruction on using Google Page Creater, the teens created their own webpages on anime, movies, and skateboarding.

In May 2008, several other teens joined the group. New webpages have been added to TeenPage on chess and music. Other webpages are being developed and will be published shortly.

To join the Valley Stream Teens Online Advisory Committee, contact YA Librarian Ms. Kenney or Director Ms. Eng at hwmlcontact@hotmail.com.

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Blue ArrowTeen Reads & Booklists
Young Adult Book Reviews: Check out the library's new website of  Young Adult Book Reviews. Recommended books for teens in various categories with book summaries. Add your comments about the books yourself.

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©2005 Henry Waldinger Memorial Library - Revised 10/22/2014