Henry Waldinger Memorial Library
60 Verona Place     Valley Stream, NY 11582
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2003
6TH ANNUAL CHILDREN'S LEGO EXHIBIT -The library held its 6th Annual Children's Lego Exhibit in January 2003. Children of all ages exhibited their Lego creations for all to see. This year's creations included the Pagan-Fletcher House, Harry Potter, space vehicles, etc. All the children received a Certificate of Achievement for their participation. Check out the Lego Photo Gallery for this year's exhibit.
WINNERS OF THE 6TH ANNUAL TEEN POETRY CONTEST ANNOUNCED - Five students were honored on Friday, April 5, 2003, for their winning poems in the library's 6th Annual Teen Poetry Contest. Each poet received an award certificate acknowledging their achievement and an autographed copy of a Mel Glenn poetry novel. First place winner also received a journal for future poetry writing. View the Poetry Night Photo Gallery to see the students receiving their awards from Assistant Director Mamie Eng.
First Place Winner
Sasha-Elise Ortiz

Second Place Winner
Mary Elizabeth Gallo

Third Place Winner 
Jessica Kim 
Brittany Prusinski

Honorable Mention
James Fleming


WINNING POEM FROM THE 6TH ANNUAL TEEN POETRY CONTEST

Imagine That, Picture This, Read 
As you turn the pages, you will find
Tales of love, sorrow, and courage inside.
With each chapter you become more and more
Involved in the character's exciting world.
There are stories about goblins, princesses, and knights.
There are stories about people who fought for civil rights.
You can read about celebrities from your favorite TV show,
Or about great leaders who lived long ago.
You can find information all about yourself,
About your interests, your career, or even your health.
Fables that have a valuable moral to teach.
Books that put impossible stories within your reach.
Mysterious readings that describe impending doom.
Books that take you to far away places without leaving your room.
Each word on every page let's you see into the soul
Of each character of every story, whether young or old.
This world can only be seen on one condition,
Open your heart and use your imagination.

Sasha-Elise Ortiz
First Place Winner

5th ANNUAL YA SIDEWALK CHALK ART CONTEST - The library had to cancel its 5th Annual YA Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest and Children's Sidewalk Chalk Art Show this year, due to inclement weather on April 5th and 12th. We will try again next year! However, the library did present a special program, "Bubbles! Bubbles! Bubbles!" on Saturday, April 5th, in the Children's Room instead of outside. Jennifer from the Long Island Children's Museum showed the children how to make bubbles from string and for other household objects and helped the children make bubble prints. See the Bubbles Photo Gallery for pictures from this fun program.
EZRA JACK KEATS SPRING FESTIVAL - The Henry Waldinger Memorial Library celebrated Ezra Jack Keats Week from March 17 through March 21, with a variety of presentations, craft programs, and a storytime session. This year's festival, "Catch Your Dreams ... and Set Them Free," focused on Keats' book Dreams. Besides making dreamcatchers, the children also made kites "to set their dreams free." These activities were all funded by an Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Mini-Grant awarded to the library for 2003. Picture of New LogoDVD COLLECTION NOW AVAILABLE - Starting on May 1, 2003, Henry Waldinger Memorial Library cardholders can now borrow DVDs from the library for a 2 day loan period. Because the collection is still growing, one DVD per family may be borrowed at one time, in addition to two feature videos and two non-fiction videos. Titles include films such as The Wizard of Oz, Gone With the Wind, and new titles such as Changing Lanes, The Ring, and Moulin Rouge.
CELEBRATING THE YEAR WITH MUSIC ... CONTINUES - The library will present a series of musical programs entitled "Celebrating the Year with Music ... Continues," during 2003. The programs for children and families are partially funded by a grant from the New York State Council of the Arts Decentralization Program, administered by the Long Island Arts Council at Freeport. The first program, held on March 6, 2003, featured Broadway singer Jimmy Moore singing Irish songs and ballads. This was followed by a musical program to celebrate Earth Day, featuring Patricia Shih, on April 10, 2003. The final program in this year's series will celebrate the winter holidays with Joe Guida, The Singing School Bus Driver. 

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2002
Picture of Christmas Tree
CELEBRATING THE HOLIDAYS AT THE LIBRARY- The Valley Stream Garden Club is decorating the library for the 2002 Holiday Season with baskets of greens and table arrangements. This year's theme for the decorations on the Christmas Tree in the Adult Room is "Love, Peace & Hope." 
PARENTS AS INTERNET PARTNERS - The Henry Waldinger Memorial Library has developed a new webpage, "Parents As Internet Partners," to aid parents work with the children to utilize the Internet and World Wide Web more efficiently and effectively. The development of this webpage was funded by a 2001/2002 Parent & Child Library Services Grant from the New York State Library to the library.  Stop by the Children's Room and ask for a copy of the instructional booklet that explains the webpage while the supply lasts. Parents As Internet Partnets Logo/Link
WINNERS OF THE 5TH ANNUAL TEEN POETRY CONTEST ANNOUNCED - Four students were honored on Friday, April 26, 2002, for their winning poems in the library's 5th Annual Teen Poetry Contest. Each poet received an award certificate acknowledging their achievement. First place winners also received rhyming dictionaries to help with future poetry writing. View the Poetry Night Photo Gallery to see the students receiving their awards from Assistant Director Mamie Eng.
First Place Winners: Jesse Hausner, Stella Kyung
Honorable Mention Winners : Mary Elizabeth Gallo, Scott Winokur
4th ANNUAL YA SIDEWALK CHALK ART CONTEST - The library held its 4th Annual YA Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest and Children's Sidewalk Chalk Art Show on Saturday, April 20, 2002. As always, this was a very popular program, with teens, children, and parents. The winners of the YA Chalk Art Contest were :  Ashley Costello - For Originality; Lauren Koenig- For Quality of Artwork ; and Shawn Amin - For Use of Color.  Prizes & ribbons were awarded to all the teen artists by Mayor Edward Cahill, Trustee Guido Cirenza, Trustee Joann Antun, Trustee Joseph Zabatta; Village Justice Robert Bogle; NYS Assemblyman Robert Barra; and Town of Hempstead Clerk Kathleen P. Murray; Town of Hempstead Receiver of Taxes Donald X. Clavin, Jr.; and Town of Hempstead Council Member James Darcy. Boxes of chalk and participation ribbons were given to all the children partipating in the art show. View the Sidewalk Chalk Photo Gallery to see some of the artwork created by the children. REPTILES ON THE MOVE - Following the chalk festivities, all the teens, children, and parents were treated to a special program by Reptiles On The Move. Marie Thompson fascinated the audience with her lizards, turtles, and snakes. View the Reptiles On The Move Photo Gallery.
CELEBRATING THE YEAR WITH MUSIC - The library will present a series of musical programs entitled "Celebrating the Year with Music ... Once Again," during 2002. The programs for children and families are partially funded by a grant from the New York State Council of the Arts Decentralization Program, administered by the Long Island Arts Council at Freeport. The first program, held on March 14, 2002, featured Patricia Shih in "Celebrating Women's History Month." View the Photo Gallery for this program. The second program in this series, "Celebrating a New School Year," was held on August 29, 2002, featured Joe Guida, The Singing School Bus Driver. View the Photo Gallary for photos from this program. The final program in this series will be "Songs of the Season," with Robin Greenstein and Cecelia Kirtland, on Thursday, December 5, 2002. 5TH ANNUAL CHILDREN'S LEGO EXHIBIT -The library held its 5th Annual Children's Lego Exhibit from January-February 2002. Children of all ages exhibited their Lego creations for all to see. They varied from an American flag to spaceships to beach houses. All the children received a Certificate of Achievement for their participation. Check out the Lego Photo Gallery for this year's exhibit.

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2001
Hot Balloon Graphic2001 SUMMER READING CLUBS - The library's CHILDREN'S AND YOUNG ADULT SUMMER READING CLUBS were a great success! This year's theme was "2001 : A Reading Odyssey." Children and teens read books, enjoyed storyhours, created great craft projects, and were treated to some great programs. Magicians Mark and Kym entertained the children in the End of the Summer Reading Club Celebration on Thursday, August 16, 2001.  Check out the Photo Gallery from Mark and Kym's Performance. PUBLIC ACCESS INTERNET SERVICE is now available in the Adult Room to adult library cardholders. Registration is required prior to first internet use ; written parental consent is needed for adult library cardholders under the age of 18. Ask at the Adult Reference Desk for the library's Public Access Internet Policy and to reserve computer time.
WINNERS OF THE 4TH ANNUAL TEEN POETRY CONTEST ANNOUNCED - Six students were honored on Friday, May 11, 2001 for their winning poems in the library's 4th Annual Teen Poetry Contest. Over 65 poems were submitted in this year's contest. Each poet received an award certificate and ribbon, plus a citation from New York Assemblyman Robert Barra. First place winners also received books of poetry.
First Place Winners : Nicole Dohrmann, Christine Malecki.
Second Place Winners : Alyssa Cicchetti, Sofia Iqbal.
Third Place Winners : Crystan Brodsky, Tosin Ojugbele.
EZRA JACK KEATS CELEBRATION OF NATIONAL PET WEEK - The Henry Waldinger Memorial Library celebrated National Pet Week from May 7, 2001 through May 12, 2001, with a variety of presentations, craft programs, and a storytime session. Reptiles On the Move visited the library during the celebration. These activities were all funded by an Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Mini-Grant awarded to the library for 2001.
3RD ANNUAL YA CHALK ART CONTEST HELD - The library held its YA Chalk Art Contest and Children's Chalk Art Show in front of the library and the Village Hall on Saturday, March 31, 2001.  The winners of the YA Chalk Art Contest were :  Ashley Costello - For Use of Color ; Sara Palazzolo - For Quality of Artwork ; and Ben Palazzolo - For Originality.  Prizes & ribbons were awarded to all the teen artists by Mayor Edward Cahill, Trustee Guido Cirenza, Trustee Joann Antun; NYS Assemblyman Robert Barra; and Town of Hempstead Receiver of Taxes Donald Clavin. Boxes of chalk and participation ribbons were given to all the children partipating in the art show. All the children were treated to a magic show by Throckmorton the Wizard (aka Terry Parrett). NEW ADULT LIBRARIAN TRAINEE HAS JOINED THE STAFF - Lena Sau joined the staff of the library as the new Adult Librarian Trainee in January 2001. She is currently enrolled in the Masters of Library Science program at Queens College.

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2000
NETLIBRARY ACCOUNTS AVAILABLE AT THE LIBRARY - Henry Waldinger Memorial Library patrons can sign-up for an patron account to access netLibrary, a collection of online books available through the Internet.  You must present your Valley Stream library card and complete a brief application form at the Reference Desk.  The librarian will create an account for you so that you will have access to the Nassau Library System eBook Collection, in addition to the public domain eBooks, in netLibrary. PLEASE NOTE : This service was discontinued in 2002. NEW CHILDREN'S LIBRARIAN HAS JOINED THE STAFF - Linda Eagan joined the staff of the library as the new Children's Librarian on Monday, October 16, 2000.  She previously worked as Children's Librarian at the Hillside Public Library.
LIBRARY FLOAT WINS 75th ANNIVERSARY PARADE FLOAT CONTEST - The Henry Waldinger Memorial Library's 75th Anniversary Birthday Cake Float, designed by Library Clerk Rosemarie Kielawa, won 1st Place in the Parade Float Contest.  The four-tiered cake was topped off by a "Wizard of Oz" decoration, plus a "Cat In the Hat" decoration, books, etc.  The library staff also marched in the parade--many of the staff were dressed as storybook characters, including The Cat in the Hat, Cowardly Lion and Scarecrow from "The Wizard of Oz," Peter Pan, Mary Poppins, Robin Hood, etc.
"THE PRIDE OF VALLEY STREAM ART : CELEBRATING THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE INC. VILLAGE OF VALLEY STREAM" - With partial funding from a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts' Decentralization Program, administered by the Long Island Arts Council in Freeport, the Henry Waldinger Memorial Library held a special art exhibition during October 2000. Participating Artists were : Ira N. Brophy, James Cicconetti, Yolanda Conza, Holly Ann Eberhardt, Rob Hendel, Jason Jacks, Howard Kriedter, Joan Bridget Manney, Angela Schultz, Mike Stanko, Nick Striga, and Muriel Wasserman. LIBRARY CELEBRATES THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF VALLEY STREAM - The library will be compiling a registry of people, businesses, organizations, and institutions in Valley Stream to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of Valley Stream.  All members of the community are encouraged to submit an entry which will become a permanent record of the Village of Valley Stream in its 75th year.  Contact Assistant Director Mamie Eng for further information.  Registry pages will be accepted throughout the year up to December 30, 2000.  The registry will be housed at the library for future generations of Valley Streamers to read enjoy.  An additional copy will be available at the Valley Stream Museum.

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1999
1999/2000 ADULT LITERACY GRANT AWARDED TO LIBRARY - The Henry Waldinger Memorial Library was awarded its third consecutive Adult Literacy Grant from the New York State Library for 1999/2000. Funds will be used to purchase new literacy and ESL videocassette programs and a video monitor to provide individualized literacy instruction to patrons. Contact Project Director Mamie Eng for further information about this grant.  Computerized literacy & ESL instruction was funded by the library's 1998/99 Adult Literacy Grant, and a comprehensive literacy and ESL book collection was developed with the library's first grant in 1997/98. 1999/2000 PARENT & CHILD LIBRARY SERVICES GRANT AWARDED TO LIBRARY - The Henry Waldinger Memorial Library has just received word that its 1999/2000 Parent & Child Library Services Grant has just been funded.  This grant will allow the library to present parenting programs for adolescents and parents at local secondary schools. In addition, the Parenting Collection in the Children's Room has been expanded to include more materials for adolescents and their parents.  For further information, contact Project Director Mamie Eng at the library.
ONLINE PUBLIC ACCESS CATALOGS - The next time you visit the library, you will see a number of computer terminals in the Adult Room and in the Children's Room. These are online public access catalogs, also known as opacs, for you to check what is available at the Valley Stream library and throughout the Nassau Library System. These opacs are up-to-date and will show you the current status of a book, i.e. In, Out, Hold, etc.  Check the Calendar of Events for the next instructional class being offered on the use of the opacs.  The old card catalogs in the Adult Room and the Children's Room were removed from the library on December 18, 1998.
 
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