Summer Programs for Kids – 2022

Most 2022 summer programs will be held outdoors weather-permitting. Please RSVP as participants will receive weather and program updates via email. During indoor library programs, masks are required for all patrons over 2 years of age. Otherwise, masks are optional.

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2022 Summer Reading Challenge

June 13 – August 12

Teaneck Library’s Annual Summer Reading Challenge for kids and teens begins on June 13! Log your reading at teanecklibrary.beanstack.org or via the Beanstack Tracker app June 13 through August 12 to earn fun rewards.

Kids who register for the Challenge will receive a charm bracelet band.* At each level they achieve, they’ll choose a charm to add to the bracelet. Log your minutes (reading or being read to) on Beanstack to earn prizes, new books or even a gift card.

New this year! The first 50 readers to reach Level 5 (450 minutes) will receive a Superstar Reader yard sign** to display proudly and celebrate their reading achievement. Read beyond Level 5 to earn raffle tickets for a chance to win a gift card.
*Badge Books are no longer available as of 6/30/22.
**One per family while supplies last. Teaneck residents only.

The Summer Reading program is made possible by generous funding from the Friends of Teaneck Public Library.


Storytimes

Saturday Storytime Children’s Reading Garden
Saturdays at 11am, Ongoing – No Registration
Join us for this family-friendly storytime. We read some favorite stories and rhymes, sing songs, do fingerplays and movement activities, and have a great time.


Farmer’s Market Storytime Garrison Ave. and Beverly Rd.
Thursdays at 2pm beginning June 2, Craft from 1-3pm
Youth Services Department staff will be at the Farmer’s Market from 1-3pm to answer questions about our resources and programs for children and teens. Drop by to do a simple craft, get a library card, or just to say hello! At 2pm we will have storytime. All ages are welcome. The Farmer’s Market is located in the municipal parking lot at Garrison Ave. and Beverly Rd.


Baby & Toddler Time – Children’s Reading Garden
Tuesdays, June 28 – August 16 at 10:30amJoin Waitlist
Thursdays, June 30 – August 18 at 10:30amRSVP
Babies and Toddlers up to age 3
We read stories and rhymes, sing songs, do fingerplays and movement activities, and have a great time. Caregiver participation is a vital part of the program. Please RSVP for only one of the two sessions – when this storytime is held indoors due to poor weather, we must limit attendance. When held outdoors (weather-permitting), drop-ins are welcome.


Pop-Up Storytime
Tuesdays July 5 – August 9 at 2pmRSVP
Join us for stories and bubbles outside in the park. Storytime on 7/5 will take place at Sagamore Park by our StoryWalk. Storytimes from 7/12-8/9 will meet by the splash pad at Votee Park. All ages welcome. Weather-permitting – please RSVP for weather notifications.


Morning Storytime in the ParkVotee Park
Wednesdays July 6 – August 10 at 11amRSVP
We’re excited to add a morning storytime in the park this summer. We will meet by the Splash Pad in Votee Park. All ages welcome. Weather-permitting – please RSVP for weather notifications.


Creek Storytime Adventure – Teaneck Creek Conservancy – Fycke Ln.
Mondays July 11 – August 29 at 4pmRSVP
Join us for stories and fun nature activities with the Teaneck Creek Conservancy. Please use the Fycke Lane entrance. Best for ages 4 and up. Weather-permitting – please RSVP for weather notifications.


STEM, Crafts & More

Read to a DogChildren’s Reading Garden
By AppointmentRegister
Children can sign up to read a book or books of their choice to certified therapy dog Venus or canine good citizen Sukey “one-on-one” for 20 minutes. The purpose of this program is to encourage reading, improve language skills, and give children a sense of security and confidence in their reading ability. Registration is required – one child per time slot. Children must be able to read independently to participate; however, we welcome children of all abilities.


Drop-In Craft Time
Fridays, July 1 – August 26 from 10am-3pm
Join us for a simple craft in the Children’s Room. Best for ages 3 and up. May require caregiver assistance.


Lego Club Children’s Reading Garden
Monday, July 18 at 7pm – No Registration
Age 6+
Do you love to create with Legos? Children age 6+ meet to create and share their builds based on a theme. No registration required. Bring your own Legos or use ours. Meets in the Children’s Reading Garden. Will move indoors in case of inclement weather.


Creative Tech Time
By Appointment, Tuesdays July 5 – August 9 from 3:30-5:30pmRegister
Ages 5+
Try your hand at coding, 3D Design, LEGO Mindstorms/WeDo and more. Get tech help, or explore and learn new skills with one-on-one support. Registration required.


A Year of Holidays 2022
Join us for A Year of Holidays: a series of programs highlighting some of our diverse community’s favorite holidays. Children are invited to celebrate and have some fun while learning about different cultures, holidays and traditions. Our holidays this year will include Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Easter, Eid-al-Fitr, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Rosh Hashanah, Halloween, Day of the Dead, Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and Three Kings Day.

Rosh Hashanah Storytime & Craft
Date to be Announced


1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
Ongoing – Sign Up Here
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a national program with a very simple goal: to create lifetime readers starting at a very early age. Reading with your child benefits development and allows you to create a family bond. Start reading and tracking your books with your little one (birth-Kindergarten) – it’s never too early! You can log your books digitally or using our simple printable tracker. Your child will receive badges and stickers along the way and a git and certificate when they reach the goal. Reading the same book again and again (as children often want to do) counts!


Special Events & Performances

Made possible by generous funding from the Friends of Teaneck Public Library.

Family Movie Night: Encanto
Wednesday July 13 at 6:30pm
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Encanto tells the tale of the Madrigals, an extraordinary family living in a magical house in the Colombian mountains. But when Mirabel, the only ordinary family member, discovers the magic surrounding their home is in danger, she may be her family’s last hope.


Oceans of Possibilites with Camden Aquarium
Saturday, July 17 at 2pm
Meet and learn about aquatic animals with the Camden Aquarium at this engaging and educational program.


Didgeridoo Down Under
Wednesday, July 27 at 7pm
The Didgeridoo Down Under Show is an energetic fusion of Australian music, culture, comedy, character building, storytelling and audience participation. The didgeridoo has been played by Aboriginal Australians for at least 1,500 years, and is known for its otherworldly sound. But DDU is more than music. It’s interactive, educational, motivational and super fun for all ages. You’ll learn about Australian sea creatures, the Great Barrier Reef and more, all while moving & grooving to the pulsing rhythms of the didgeridoo!


National Night Out – Votee Park
Tuesday, August 2 from 5-8pm
Find the Teaneck Library table! We’ll have crafts and giveaways as well as information on library services and programs. This free event was part of a nationwide annual community-building campaign promoting police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.


Family Movie Afternoon: Luca
Wednesday, August 3 at 1pm
Set in a seaside town on the Italian Riviera, Disney and Pixar’s Luca is a coming-of-age story about a young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer. Luca shares these adventures with his friend, Alberto, but all the fun is threatened by a deeply-held secret: they are sea monsters from another world below the water’s surface.


All Ages Summer Trivia
Sunday, August 7 at 2pmRegister
Test your knowledge during this all ages trivia event for a chance to win one of three grand prizes! Attendees can register as a team of 5 or fewer players or individually. We’ll play 3 rounds of trivia on the following topics: oceans, books & pop culture, and general NJ facts.


Puppet Show with Pink Flamingo Puppets – Library Lawn
Tuesday, August 9 at 6:30 PM (Rain Date: August 10)
Pirate Bob is looking to bury his treasure on the Library Lawn in a live, family-friendly puppet show from Diane Koszarski and Pink Flamingo Puppets. Can you solve the silly mystery of the missing treasure?


Summer Reading Finale Party

Tuesday 8/16 @ 6:30 PM (Rain Date 8/18)
in the Children’s Reading Garden

All are welcome as we celebrate the end of our Summer Reading Challenge (for kids, teens and adults) with DJ Pat Poon aka Dad Punk. Bring the whole family and get ready to dance, participate in some fun activities and enjoy an icy treat. You deserve it!

The Summer Reading program is made possible by generous funding from the Friends of Teaneck Public Library. Photographs taken during this event may be used for publicity.


Back to School

Back to School Storytime & Craft
Wednesday, August 31 at 3pm
Join us for some favorite Back to School books and fun craft. Best for ages 4 and up.


Back to School Night for PreK-4th Grade – Zoom
Tuesday, September 13 at 7pm
Teaneck parents are invited to Teaneck Public Library’s Back to School Night. Youth Librarians will share information about the library’s many helpful (and free) resources for children, teens and families including online tutoring and study tools, curriculum support, eBooks and audiobooks and programming. Following this brief overview, there will be an open Q&A session. Don’t have a library card? Don’t worry – we’ll cover that too!


Back to School Night for Homeschooling FamiliesZoom
Thursday, September 15 at 7pm
Teaneck’s homeschooling parents are invited to Teaneck Public Library’s Back to School Night. Youth Librarians will share information about the library’s many helpful (and free) resources for homeschooling families including group visits, study tools, curriculum support, eBooks and audiobooks and programming. Following this brief overview, there will be an open Q&A session.


Save the Date for Fall Fest!
Sunday, October 2 (Rain Date: October 23)