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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Stop thinking about that unwritten novel and start writing it: join us for NaNoWriMo!

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NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month!
NaNoWriMo provides structure, community, and encouragement to help find your voice, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds—on and off the page.
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So, writers! 
Join us for a writing session to kick off your new project! 
Bring a laptop or your favorite writing tools! Please note this is not a workshop
Registration begins October 7 for Merrick residents. 
Non residents October 21. 
Any questions please email

Our friends at have created "25 Writing Prompts for Fall, Because It's The Perfect Season To Get Your Creative Juices Flowing!" Click here to get started and check back soon to sign up for our NaNoWriMo program!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Love to cook? Join our NEW Cookbook Discussion Group!

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Here's how it works in three easy steps:

1. Sign up at the Reference Desk
2. Select your recipe from the book provided
3. Prepare and bring it to the meeting. It’s that simple!

Registration begins September 13 for Merrick residents. 
Non residents September 27.

This month’s theme is: Small Bites & Appetizers.

Your recipes are from this book available at the Reference Desk:

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Binge watch with us!

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You guys, we now offer Binge Boxes! 
Borrow the whole box and watch the entire season of popular TV shows.

Mad Men: Seasons 1-7, order here. 
True Blood: Season 1-7, order here.
Homeland: Seasons 1-5, order here. 

Perfect for the weekend, the rain, the snow -- get yours to go! 

Join us Wednesday, October 4th at 2:30pm as we discuss "Before We Visit the Goddess"!

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Three generations of Indian mothers and daughters discover their greatest source of strength in one another—from a baker's daughter who dreams of an impossible education, to the daughter who confronts her culture and independence in America, to the granddaughter who learns indelible lessons about freedom and heartbreak.
Chitra will Skype in with us, so don't miss it!

Monday, September 11, 2017

September is also National Preparedness month...

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Did you know that September is also National Preparedness Month?
Being well informed is the first step to preparedness.
Checkout the link below for a toolkit and resources to help you and your family put a plan in place.

September is Library Card Sign-Up month!

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How do you do it? See below!
You may get a card if you live in the Merrick Union Free School District (MUFSD).
Apply in person at the library. Bring two forms of identification, unless you have a current driver's license. Acceptable identification is defined as follows:
  1. A valid driver's license or other identification with a photo.
  2. A utility bill, credit card bill, current car registration, insurance card, property tax bill, mortgage statement, bank statement, typed lease, landlord's notarized letter, or school identification.
All of the above must have your current Merrick address. A P.O BOX IS NOT ACCEPTABLE.
Non-residents who own property in the Merrick School District also may have a library card if they show current identification and a tax bill for the property they own. This library card will be valid for one year.
Patrons whose cards are issued for one year will be asked to verify their qualifying information annually. All other cardholders are required to verify their residency every three years by presenting one form of identification.
Lost cards will be replaced at a $1 fee. Cards that are no longer usable due to wear and tear will be replaced at no charge.

Children's Library Cards

All children from birth-sixth grade are eligible for a Merrick Library card. Children’s cards are issued at the Children’s Room desk.  If a child is getting a card for the first time, and is in seventh grade she/ he is entitled to an adult card. 

A parent must be present and must show proof of residency in the Merrick School district. This can be their own library card if it is in good standing or a driver’s license. Otherwise, (2) proofs with their address are required. Parent must sign the application, accepting responsibility for all materials borrowed on their child’s card.  The child’s name appears in red on the card. Upon entering seventh grade, the name is rewritten in black ink and status is changed in the computer. Children who attend a school in Merrick but live in another community must obtain a card from their home library.  Nassau library cards can be used in any Nassau library.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Hurricane Harvey Relief Collection here at Merrick Library--

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These NEW and UNUSED items are desperately needed:
baby food, 
baby formula,
sealed packages of new underwear (children & adults),
sealed packages of new socks (children & adults),
sealed packages of new diapers (children & adults),
new blankets, 
cleaning supplies,
first aid kits,
utility knives,
dry dog and cat food...
No food, money or used items at this time.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion Kicks-Off NOW!

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We kick off the Fall 2017 slate with a discussion of          "The Arrangement" by Ashley Warlick!
Ashley will Skype in for the discussion, so you won't want to miss this event.  If you haven't read the book, join us anyway just to see what it's like.
I guarantee a fun time with a wonderful crowd!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Seek and ye shall find. These ladies did!

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Looking for inspiration to get back on track?
Our friends at have compiled this great list of titles and they'd all make for an excellent book discussion. Here they are:
 Impossible  Swing  Paris

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Dietland by Sarai Walker to get the AMC treatment...

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Yes! "Dietland" by Sarai Walker is getting the script treatment for a 10-episode series. 
Read more about it here from the folks at Deadline.

Plum does her best not to be noticed, because when you’re fat, to be noticed is to be judged. With her job answering fan mail for a teen magazine, she is biding her time until her weight-loss surgery. But when a mysterious woman begins following her, Plum falls down a rabbit hole into the world of Calliope House — an underground community of women who reject society’s rules — and is forced to confront the real costs of becoming “beautiful.” The consequences are explosive.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

"Sweetbitter" by Stephanie Danler gets the STARZ treatment...

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"‘Sweetbitter’ Drama Based On Book From Plan B In Series Consideration At Starz!"

The series will be a pilot script developed by Danler and Zicherman and written by Danler herself. 
Read more about that here.  


A year in the life of a small-town girl in the wild and electrifying world of NYC and the education of a lifetime at one of the most exclusive restaurants in Manhattan. 

Perfect for readers of Kitchen Confidential and Blood, Bones and Butter. 

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Ready, Set, Eclipse!

The Great American Eclipse is just 2 days away. And while we don't have eclipse glasses to give out, we have plenty of other great stuff beyond our doors!

Most importantly, we are showing NASA's live TV broadcast of the solar eclipse on Monday, so please come join us. 
A safer way to view the Great American Eclipse!
All are welcome to attend.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Great American Read launches in 2018.

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What's it all about? 
Our friends at ShelfAwareness have this great summary: 

"PBS will launch the Great American Read, an eight-part television series and nationwide campaign that "explores the joy of books and the power of reading, told through the prism of America's 100 best-loved books, chosen by the public." The initiative is designed to "spark a national conversation about reading and the books that have inspired, moved and shaped us."

In addition to the PBS series, the Great American Read will feature community reading programs and special events, and a range of digital and social media initiatives. The series will include testimonials from notable figures in the entertainment, sports, news and literary worlds, and culminate in the first-ever national vote to choose "America's Best-Loved Book."

The Great American Read launches in spring 2018 with a multi-platform digital and social campaign leading up to the reveal of the 100 books selected by the American public and an advisory panel of literary professionals. Beginning with a two-hour kick-off event in May, the documentary special will feature appearances by celebrities and everyday Americans passionately advocating for and explaining their personal connections to their favorite books.

Voting and social media engagement will continue throughout summer, with six episodes of the series exploring the nominated books through various themes. 

"The time is right for this nationwide reading initiative that will encourage conversations and complementary activities in communities across the country. We can't wait to see what America chooses," said Beth Hoppe, PBS chief programming executive & general manager, general audience programming. 
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