The Education Resource Center (ERC) at Middle Country Public Library offers support and enrichment for Middle Country residents, educators, and homeschooling families with children age 5 and older by providing access to the Educational Resource collection featuring science equipment and kits, math manipulatives, curricula and educational games, online resources including subscription databases and ERC specific programming. The ERC collection and programming is funded with support from the Long Island Community Foundation. Education Resource Center cards are available to out-of-district homeschooling families. For more information, please contact Deborah Hempe at (631) 585-9393 ext. 223 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The library is now open to the public and items from all collections are circulating. If you would like to come to the library to browse and check out items we have in the ERC collection in person you may.
We are still offering curbside pick-up but those items must be requested ahead of time. ERC cardholders may not place holds using our online system, however, if there is an item(s) you would like to pick up via curbside you may call the Youth Services Desk at 631-585-9393 ext. 559. We will pull the item, if available, and schedule the curbside pickup.
ERC items and other “kit” items must be returned to MCPL, they cannot be returned at another library.
Black History Month: The Girl With a Mind for Math: The Story of Raye Montague – Wednesday, February 15, 2023; 5:30PM – 6:30PM at Centereach. For children in 3rd – 5th grade. Let’s read a story together about the impressive life of Raye Montague, who as a child in the 1940s was determined to become an engineer. Registration required.
Business Builders Club: Becoming a Young Entrepreneur – Monday, February 20, 2023, Tuesday, February 21, 2023, Wednesday, February 22, 2023 and Thursday, February 23, 2023; 2:00pm – 4:00pm at Centereach. For children in 3rd – 5th grade. Every child has a dream! Some dream about owning their own company. It’s never too early to start tapping into your creative entrepreneur Ideas. Join us for our Business Builders Club program where young entrepreneurs get to learn how to tap into their inner talents, think outside the box and build a business through an engaging, interactive program. Registration required.
Easy Engineering – Thursday, February 16, 2023; 5:30pm – 6:30pm at Centereach. For children in K – 2nd grade. Listen to some stories and explore different engineering and building methods in this Museum Corner program. Registration required.
Super Simple Machines – Tuesday, March 8, 2023; 5:30pm – 6:30pm at Centereach. For children in K – 2nd grade. Listen to some stories and explore different engineering methods. Registration required.
Tweens Chat & Craft – Monday, 3/13; 5:00pm – 6:00pm; Thursdays, 1/19, 2/2, 2/23 5:00pm – 6:00pm at Centereach. For children in 4th – 6th grade. Relax, socialize and craft at the library with our MCPL social worker! Registration required.
Black History Month: Hidden Figures – Wednesday February 8, 2023; 5:30pm – 6:30pm at Centereach. For teens in 6th – 9th grade. Read Hidden Figures – Young Readers’ edition prior to meeting. Registration required.
Straw Bridge Challenge – Tuesday February 28, 2023; 5:30pm – 6:30pm at Centereach. For teens in 6th – 12th grade. Use your engineering skills to build a weight bearing bridge out of plastic straws and tape. Registration required.
Strawbees Structures – Tuesday January 17, 2023; 5:30pm – 6:30pm at Centereach. For teens in 6th – 12th grade. Become an inventor using Strawbees! Using straws and plastic connectors you will be able to engineer mechanical objects with moving parts. Registration required.
Tell Us About It Book Club – Tuesdays, 12/13, 1/17, 2/14 & 3/14; 4:00pm – 5:00pm on Zoom. For teens 6th – 8th grade. Join a group of teens who love to read! Talk about what books you love or what you didn’t like so much. Get some recommendations from other readers. Registration required.
Teens Chat & Craft – Thursdays, 1/19, 2/2, 2/23 & 3/13; 6:30pm – 7:30pm at Centereach. For teens in 7th – 12th grade. Relax, socialize and craft at the library with our MCPL social worker! Sponsored by NY Community Bank Foundation. Registration required.
Zine Club – Tuesday, December 27, 2022; 5:45pm – 6:45pm, Tuesdays, 1/24, 2/28 & 3/28 5:30pm – 6:30pm at Centereach. For teens in 6th – 12th grade. Mini-magazine or just Zine! Draw, write and collage about your favorite topic or interest and become the author of your very own zine. Join the club at any session, supplies will be provided. Registration required.