The Library is Open for Plaza Pick-Up Only. We are happy to pull materials for you to pick up during library hours. 

Plaza Pick-Up: Tues-Fri 10:30-5:30, Mon & Sat 10:00-3:00 (Learn how it works)

Place a hold in the catalog, call us at (631) 725-0049, or email us at holds@johnjermain.org to place a hold for pick-up. Our online resources, e-books, remote programs, and reference services are still available. 

Take & Makes

Take & Make Kits

Introducing… activity kits! The library is happy to now provide activity kits that you can reserve and pick-up in addition to your books – Take ’em, and make ’em! We have a variety of kits for different ages and interests- and some even come with a live program you can attend to help you socialize and work on your project!

Jump to kits by age group: Adults, Teens, Children

How do they work?

If you see a kit you would like, call the library at (631)725-0049 or email us at holds@johnjermain.org to request it for Plaza Pick-Up. Once we have the kit ready to pick up (along with any books you may have on hold), we will give you a call and hold your items for up to one week. When you are ready to pick them up, simply call us right before you arrive at the library, or from our outdoor plaza, and we will place your items outside on the table for you in a bag. If you have bad cell phone reception, you can also just knock on the door and then step back, and a staff member will be right out to help you.

Plaza Pick-Up Hours
Tuesday-Friday, 10:30 – 5:30 pm
Saturdays & Mondays, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Adult Kits

5 origami animals in patterned paper. A green jumping frog, tan lion, blue penguin, orange fox, and blue pigeon.

Animal Origami
Get a stack of colorful, patterned origami paper with a step-by-step instructions on how to create five origami animals: a fox, penguin, lion, pigeon, and jumping frog.

 

Teen Kits

solid color geometric shapes separated by white lines on canvas.

Abstract Canvas Art
Create a work of art using removable tape, paint, canvas, and negative space. 

Lots of brightly colored craft supplies like scissors, yarn, beads, and jewels, strewn across an orange background..

Bad Art Kit
A freestyle craft for teens. Get a bag of random art supplies, and use supplies from your home, and make the “worst” piece of art you can imagine! This could be a sculpture, painting, mobile, etc. When you are finished, take a photo and send it to teens@johnjermain.org and we will post the photo on our Teen Instagram page @JJMLteens.

A woman begins to color a mandala coloring page with colored pencils.

Coloring Sheet Kits
Teens will get a packet of 10 coloring sheets with varying levels of intricacy, all you need is colored pencils! Choose from regular coloring sheets or seasonal themed packets.

yellow smiley face emoji with hearts for eyes.

Emoji Clay Magnet Kit
Create your favorite emoji using polymer clay, then make it a magnet! Clay will need to be baked in an oven to set. 

Time Capsule Kit
Celebrate the New Year with a Time Capsule! Decorate yours and get a special questionnaire. Fill your time capsule with special keepsakes and pictures for you to open in the future. We provide the box and decorative supplies, you provide the memories!

 

Children’s Kits

A pile of colorful beads on a white wood background

Beaded Necklace Kit
Kids will get one beaded chain necklace and a handful of beads to create a necklace they can wear for the summer!

Five origami dinosaurs in brightly patterned paper.

Dinosaur Origami Kit
Create paper sculptures of five amazing dinosaurs! Kids will get a stack of colorful origami paper with a step-by-step list of projects they can use to help them create a paper masterpiece.

yellow smiley face emoji with hearts for eyes.

Emoji Clay Magnet Kit
Create your favorite emoji using polymer clay, then make it a magnet! Clay will need to be baked in an oven to set. 

An in-process string bracelet made of blue and white stripes.

Friendship Bracelets
Do you love making bracelets? This kit is for you! Each kit comes with two skeins (blue and white or black and white) and a binder clip to help you keep your work in place. An instruction booklet on how to make a candy stripe design is included in this kit. You can also go to http://www.friendship-bracelets.net/ to check out other cool designs you can make!

a child traces letters on a practice sheet with a pencil.

Letter Tracing Activity
Recommended for ages 2-5 years. Does your child need practice with making their upper and lower case letters? Take this letter tracing activity home with you to practice! Each sheet of paper includes a letter of the alphabet, a word that begins with it, and the tracing of both the upper and lower case form of that letter. Please note, the alphabet is broken into segments: A-C, D-F, G-I, J-L, M-O, P-S, T-V, W-Z. You may take them out all at once or one and/or few at a time.

Kids origami figures such as horses, dogs, a different birds.

Origami Kit
Kids will get a stack of colorful origami paper with a step-by-step list of projects they can use to help them create a paper masterpiece.

a picture of a child scraping sratch paper to reveal an image of a dinosaurs and other figures.

Scratch Art Kit
Kids will get a fun design scratch sheet and one wooden stylus. Reveal the bright colors and patterns beneath the matte coating with just a simple scratch!

Seasonal Kits
Each month, we will have a special take & make for kids to enjoy. Please call 631-725-0049 x0 to find out what this month’s special kit(s) are!

A black duffle bag of the kit surrounded by equipment.

Sandsnap Activity Kit

  • Kids will get the chance to participate in a citizen science research project that is currently taking place at James Madison University, in the Geology and Environmental Science Department. Help them by taking photos of local beach sand sediments and sending it to their database using a phone or computer! Further information can be found in the instruction booklet inside the kit on how to upload your photos.
  • Have fun partaking in some of the sand activities that are provided for you using the equipment inside the kit. You will find the instructions of the activities in the instruction booklet.
  • We have a total of two kits that will be made available to check out for a three day loan period. You must call 631-725-0049 x0 to reserve this kit ahead of time or while you stop in for a grab and go appointment. Please note that the kits are large black bags and cannot be returned in our outdoor drop box. You must call ahead and drop off the kit during our plaza pick up hours: Tuesday-Friday 10:30-5:30 PM and Saturday and Monday 10:00-3:00 PM.