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Summer Reading Programs for All Ages

early lit slogan       Jane Austen

Summer Reading Programs for all ages begin on Monday, June 19! This year, the theme for children (birth-grade 5) and young adults (grade 6-12) is Build a Better World. Sign up at your local Library Branch for the children's reading programs. Young adults, click here for more information or to sign up online.

The theme for adults is Jane Austen 200, in commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen. Sign up for the adult program at the reference desk or click here to sign up online.

Chic Reads_Grades 9-12

Cannon, A.E.The Loser's Guide to Life and Love: High school student Ed works at a video store, and when a beautiful girl comes in one day, he decides to take on a new, more suave identity, resulting in a series of misunderstandings. Check the online catalog 

Dessen, S. Along for the Ride: Before Auden she starts college, all the trauma of her parents' divorce is revived, even as she is making new friends and having new experiences such as learning to ride a bike and dating. Check the online catalog

Frank, H. The View from the Top: Anabelle and her fellow high school graduates navigate their way through a disastrous summer of love and friendship in the small coastal town of Normal, Maine. Check the online catalog

Horner, E. A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend: As she tries to sort out her feelings of love, seventeen-year-old Cass, a spunky math genius with an introverted streak, finds a way to memorialize her dead best friend. Check the online catalog

Shaw, T. Flavor of the Week: Cyril, an overweight boy who is good friends with Rose but wishes he could be more, helps his best friend Nick woo her with culinary masterpieces which Cyril himself secretly creates. Check the online catalog

Taylor, L. Lips Touch: Three Times: Three girls face very different circumstances while pursuing romance as powerful supernatural forces impact their lives and first loves in this suspenseful tale for young adults. Check the online catalog

Tracy, K. A Field Guide for Heartbreakers: When seventeen year old high school students Veronica and Dessy go to Prague to attend a summer writer's program for college students, they experience romance, conflicts, and, ultimately, the strengthening of their friendship. Check the online catalog

Tuttle, C. Paisley Hanover Kisses and Tells: Paisley Hanover and her fellow unpopular friends are in a school year filled with rumors, rivals, love triangles, and a plot to pull off the biggest scheme of the year. Check the online catalog

Zarr, S. Sweethearts: Jennifer transformed herself from the unpopular fat girl into the beautiful and popular Jenna, but Cameron's, her soulmate, unexpected return dredges up memories that cause both social and emotional turmoil. Check the online catalog

Fantasy_Grades 6-8

Colfer, E. Artemis Fowl: When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll. Check the online catalog
 
Delaney, J. Revenge of the Witch: Young Tom, the seventh son of a seventh son, starts work as an apprentice for the village spook, whose job is to protect ordinary folk from "ghouls, boggarts, and all manner of wicked beasties." His job includes capturing witches, binding boggarts and driving away ghosts. For years, Old Gregory has been the Spook for the county, ridding the local villages of evil. Now his time is coming to an end. But who will take over for him? Twenty-nine apprentices have tried-some floundered, some fled, some failed to stay alive. Only Thomas Ward is left. He's the last hope; the last apprentice. Check the online catalog
 
Flanagan, J. The Ruins of Gorlan: When fifteen-year-old Will is rejected by battleschool, he becomes the reluctant apprentice to the mysterious Ranger Halt, and winds up protecting the kingdom from danger. Check the online catalog
 
Hunter, E. Into the Wild: For generations, four clans of wild cats have shared the forest. When their warrior code is threatened by mysterious deaths, a house cat named Rusty may turn out to be the bravest warrior of all. Check the online catalog
 
Paolini, C. Eragon: Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes that he is merely a poor farm boy—until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power. Now his choices could save—or destroy—the Empire. Check the online catalog
 
Riordian, R. The Lightning Thief: After learning that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea, Percy Jackson is sent to Camp Half-Blood, a summer camp for demigods, and becomes involved in a quest to prevent a catastrophic war between the gods. Check the online catalog
 
Rowling, J. K. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Wizards and Witches.Check the online catalog

Science Fiction_Grades 6-8

Bacigalupi, P. Ship Breaker: In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper shipwith a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl. Check the online catalog

Clements, A. Things Not SeenWhen fifteen-year-old Bobby wakes up and finds himself invisible, he and his parents and his new blind friend Alicia try to find out what caused his condition and how to reverse it. Check the online catalog

Cottrell, F. Cosmic: 12-year old Liam looks like he's thirty. Sometimes it's not bad; for example on the first day of school the principal mistakes Liam for a teacher or when he convinces a car dealer to let him test drive a Porsche. So feeling like he's stuck between two worlds, Liam cons his way into being the adult chaperone on the first space ship to take civilians into space. But when the ship is stuck 230,000 miles from home, being mistaken for an adult is not good. Check the online catalog

Farmer, N. The Ear, the Eye and the ArmIn 2194 in Zimbabwe, General Matsika's three children are kidnapped and put to work in a plastic mine while three mutant detectives use their specialpowersto search for them. Check the online catalog

Haddix, M. Sabotaged: Time-travelers Jonah and Katherine are summoned to help another missing child from history, this time Virginia Dare from the Roanoke Colony, but their journey is sabotaged and goes dangerously awry, leaving them in the wrong time period. Includes author's note about the history of Roanoke Colony and Virginia Dare. Check the online catalog

Kostick, C. Epic: On New Earth, a world based on a video role-playing game, fourteen-year-old Erik pursuades his friends to aid him in some unusual gambits in order to save Erik's father from exile and safeguardthe futuresof each of their families. Check the online catalog

Lowery, L. Gathering Blue: Lame and suddenly orphaned, Kira is mysteriously removed from her squalid village to live in the palatial Council Edifice, where she is expected to use her gifts as a weaver to do the bidding of the all-powerful Guardians. Check the online catalog

Patterson, J. Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment:After the mutant Erasers abduct the youngest member of their group, the "bird kids," who are the result of genetic experimentation, take off in pursuit and find themselves struggling to understand their own origins and purpose. Check the online catalog

Stead, R. When You Reach Me: As her mother prepares to be a contestant on the 1980s television game show, "The $20,000 Pyramid," a twelve-year-old New York City girl tries to make sense of a series of mysterious notes received from an anonymous source that seems to defy the laws of time and space. Check the online catalog

 

Mystery_Grades 9-12

Beaudoin, S. You Killed Wesley Payne:When hard-boiled, seventeen-year-old private investigator Dalton Rev transfers to Salt River High to solve the case of a dead student, he has his hands full trying to outwit the police, negotiate the school's social hierarchy, and get paid. Check the online catalog

Blundell, J. What I Saw and How I Lied: In 1947, with her jovial stepfather Joe back from the war and family life returning to normal, teenage Evie, smitten by the handsome young ex-GI who seems to have a secret hold on Joe, finds herself caught in a complicated web of lies whose devastating outcome change her life and that of her family forever.Check the online catalog
 
Coben, H. Shelter:  Mickey Bolitar's year can't get much worse. After witnessing his father's death and sending his mom to rehab, he's forced to live with his estranged uncle Myron and switch high schools. A new high school comes with new friends and new enemies, and lucky for Mickey, it also comes with a great new girlfriend, Ashley. For a while, it seems like Mickey's train wreck of a life is finally improving -- until Ashley vanishes without a trace. Unwilling to let another person walk out of his life, Mickey follows Ashley's trail into a seedy underworld that reveals that this seemingly sweet, shy girl isn't who she claimed to be. And neither was Mickey's father. Check the online catalog

Green, J. Paper Towns: One month before graduating from his Central Florida high school, Quentin "Q" Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q's neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears. Check the online catalog

Harrington, K. Clarity: Sixteen-year-old Clare Fern, a member of a family of psychics, helps the mayor and a skeptical detective solve a murder in a Cape Cod town during the height of tourist season--with her brother a prime suspect. Check the online catalog

Madison, B. Lulu Dark Can See Through Walls: When someone steals her purse and her identity, high-school junior and reluctant girl sleuth Lulu Dark investigates. Check the online catalog
 
Parker, R.  Chasing the Bear: Spenser reflects back to when he was fourteen years old and how he helped his best friend Jeannie when she was abducted by her abusive father. Check the online catalog
 
Sorrells, W. Fake ID: After a lifetime of moving and assuming new identities, sixteen-year-old Chass begins to piece together the disturbing past that haunts her and her mother and which involves a mysterious tape, a deceased popular singer, and the secrets of several people in a small Alabama town. Check the online catalog

Smithtown Main Building Teen Programs

Star Wars 40th Anniversary I-Spy 
June 1-30 (All ages)
Visit the lower level of the Smithtown Building to view the Star Wars 40th Anniversary I-Spy Mural created by our teen volunteers. While viewing the artwork, try to spy all of the iconic Star Wars related items listed on our I-Spy raffle forms. There are raffle forms for Children up to grade 5, Young Adults up to grade 12 and Adults. Submit your completed I-Spy raffle form for a chance to win a gift certificate. One winner will be selected at random from each age group in July.
 
Build Your Own World Cupcake
Monday, June 19 • 6:00-7:00pm
The Baking Coach is back for an entertaining cupcake decorating lesson. This time teens will be building a world cupcake. Register
 
Giant Jenga Block Building Volunteers
Wednesday, June 21 • 3:30-5:00pm
Earn community service by helping us build extremely large Jenga blocks for our upcoming Giant Jenga and Pizza program.  Register
 
Giant Jenga and Pizza
Wednesday, June 28 • 6:00-7:30pm
Start the Summer Reading Club season off by challenging your friends to an over-the-top game of Giant Jenga while enjoying pizza and music. Thanks to our teen volunteers for assembling the Giant Jenga blocks.Register
 
Book Sale Room Volunteers
Monday, July 10 • 4:00-5:00pm
Monday, July 24 • 4:00-5:00pm
The Friends of The Smithtown Library are looking for teen volunteers to keep its Book Sale Room in order. Register.

Robot Keychain Factory
Tuesday, July 11 • 5:00-6:00pm
Build a better world by rummaging through our selection of springs, bolts and machine parts to assemble your own robot. These robots go well on key chains and make awesome decorations. Register

Distressed Denim Camp
Wednesday, July 12 • 6:00-7:00pm
Bring in a pair of jeans or a denim jacket and learn basic techniques to add distressed details to make your denim one-of-a-kind! Learn to expertly rip, shred, sand and distress your denim. Register

3D Print Design with Tinkercad
Wednesday, July 19 • 6:00-7:00pm
Build a 3D object using Tinkercad. Tinkercad is a simple, online 3D design and printing app that can be used to make 3D toys, prototypes, Minecraft models, jewelry and more. Join us for this introductory tutorial in the Smithtown Main Building’s LearnLab. Register.  

Aromatherapy 101
Thursday, July 20 • 6:00-7:00pm
Build a better inner peace with scented lotions and hand scrubs. Aromatherapy 101 introduces you to the basics of what essential oils are and how to use them. Each teen will leave with their own products and recipes. Permission waiver must be signed at registration by parent or guardian. Register.  

Book Buddies Teen Volunteers
Thursdays, July 20 & 27 • 10:00-11:00am
Earn community service by reading to a younger book buddy who is in grades K-2. It is a rewarding experience that you won't want to miss. Register.  

Art Buddies Volunteers
Monday, July 24 • 4:30-5:30pm
Enjoy earning community service by spending an afternoon paired with a younger child for some art projects. Each teen will receive one hour of community service. Register

Hour of Code – Lightbot
Tuesday, July 25 • 5:00-6:00pm
Build your knowledge of computer coding with Lightbot. Lightbot is a problem solving puzzle that teaches programming logic. No experience necessary, space is limited. Register

Rock-Paper-Scissors Tournament Volunteers
Monday, July 31 • 5:00-6:00pm (Training) and
Wednesday, August 2 • 6:00-8:00pm
Teen volunteers are needed to assist with and referee The Smithtown Library’s 2nd annual Rock-Paper-Scissors Tournament. Community service will be awarded, volunteers must attend both the training session and tournament. Space is limited. Register.  

The 2nd Annual Smithtown Library Rock-Paper-Scissors Tournament
Wednesday, Aug 2 • 6:30-8:00pm
Experience the pure excitement, adrenaline and tension of a sporting championship without all the years of training, workouts and talent. The Smithtown Library's second annual Rock-Paper-Scissors Tournament promises to be a fun and wild experience honoring one of the world’s oldest strategy games: Rock-Paper-Scissors! What's more, the tournament champion will walk away with an excessively wonderful trophy to treasure for years to come. This tournament will be refereed by teen volunteers. Register.  

Craft Buddies Volunteers
Monday, August 14 • 4:30-5:30pm
Enjoy earning community service by spending an afternoon paired with a younger child for some craft projects. Register.  

Staff Pick

Dead Wake
Dead Wake by Erik Larson
Setting sail on May 1, 1915, The Lusitania was a monument to the hubris and ingenuity of the age. Erik Larson ushers us aboard the ship as it begins its tragic and final crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. Along the way, Larson paints a portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era and captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured in the mists of history.

Library Hours

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10:00am - 9:00pm
Friday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
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Smithtown & Commack only)

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Recycle Station

The Smithtown Library collects the following items for recycling cell phones & eyeglasses.
The Library no longer accepts batteries for recycling. The Town of Smithtown now allows residents to dispose of many household batteries in their garbage. For more information click here.

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Smithtown, NY 11787
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