Summer Programs for Kids 2024

Registration begins Monday, June 3
Registration links are provided below where required.
Registered programs may be limited to Teaneck residents.
Outdoor programs are held weather-permitting. Please call to confirm in case of forecasted rain or excessive heat – 201-837-4171 x4.

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Summer Reading Challenge
June 19 – July 26
Sign Up Here!

Unlock virtual badges and earn rewards by logging your reading and activities on Beanstack. Reach Level 6 (570 minutes) to earn a Superstar Reader yard sign* to display proudly and celebrate your reading achievement. 20 minutes of reading a day is all it takes – challenge yourself!

Super Reader Yard Signs are generously funded by the Friends of the Teaneck Public Library.
*One per household. While supplies last.


Special Events

Summer Reading Kick-Off Party
Tuesday, June 18 at 5:30pm (Rain Date: 6/20)

Drop in to receive a Badge Book, get an ice cream, make a craft and play games! Fun for the whole family. Registration is not required for attendance. However, registration for the Summer Reading Challenge is required in order to receive a free ice cream and Badge Book. Enroll in advance at teanecklibrary.beanstack.org for a quicker check in. Create an account or log in to your existing Beanstack account and enroll in the Summer 2024 challenge.


Music with Miss Jolie – Children’s Reading Garden
Monday, June 17 at 10:30am
Friday, June 21 at 10:30am
Join Miss Jolie for music, movement, bubbles and fun! In case of poor weather, this program will be moved inside to the library auditorium. No registration required.


Balloon Magic with Jungle Jim – Auditorium
Monday, June 24 at 6:30pm
Come see Jungle Jim’s Air-Raising Journey! Join Jungle Jim on a journey to the center of your library, questing for treasure. Witness never-seen-before balloon art. Hear the stories of Jungle Jim, inspiring kids to explore books. Experience uplifting balloons in large scale, powerful life lessons, puppetry, amazing audience participation challenges. Readers help Jungle Jim discover the true treasures of life are in books.


StoryWalk Storytime – Sagamore Park Playground
Tuesday, June 25 at 3pm (Rain Date: 6/27)Register
Ages 4+
Join us for The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin and an activity at the Sagamore Park Playground. You may wish to bring something to sit on. Weather-permitting. Please register for weather notifications.


Little Free Library Ribbon-Cutting Children’s Reading Garden
Wednesday, June 26 at 11am (Rain Date: 6/27)RSVP
Best for ages 3+
Celebrate the unveiling of the new Little Free Library painted by Teaneck artist Elsa Venticinque! Join us for stories and take home a book.


Bluey Bash – Auditorium
Thursday, July 18 at 4pm
We’ll have Bluey-inspired games, Bluey headbands you can make & wear, and more. It’s the perfect playdate for little ones! No registration required.


Boogie Woogie Babies – Children’s Reading Garden
Friday, July 26 at 10:30amRegister
Ages 0-4
Join us for a fun program with music and dance! This program will be moved inside to the Children’s Room in case of poor weather.


Swiftie Party: The Library Era – Auditorium
Sunday, July 28 at 2pm
All Ages
Come with friends and family to sing along and dance to The Eras Tour, make and exchange bracelets, and show off your best Swiftie fits.


National Night Out – Votee Park
Tuesday, August 6 at 5-8pm
Find the Teaneck Library table at Votee Park!


Music Time with Mr. Corbitt – Children’s Reading Garden
Wednesday, August 7 at 10:30am
Ages 0-4
Sing along at this fun storytime-concert hybrid! In case of poor weather, this program will be moved indoors to the auditorium.


Full Moon Campfire at Teaneck Creek Conservancy – TCC’S Puffin Way Entrance
Monday, August 19 at 7-8pm (Rain Date: 8/26)RSVP Available Soon
Come circle around the campfire for some full moon fun, stories and treats at this family friendly program.  Registrants will be notified via email if the program is postponed due to rain. Please note: some trail sections are challenging for strollers – plan accordingly. Please wear weather-appropriate clothing and shoes for walking on potentially muddy trails.  


Weekly Storytimes

Farmer’s Market Storytime Garrison Ave. and Beverly Rd. (Offsite)
Thursdays, June 6-September 5 at 2pm, Craft from 1-3pmRSVP for Weather Alerts
(Exception: July 4)
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. Weather-permitting – RSVP for weather notifications or call for confirmation.


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.


Playtime – Parker Room
Mondays, June 24 – August 12 from 10:30am-2pm
Fridays, June 28 – August 16 from 10:30am-12pm (Exception: July 26)
Ages 0-3
Have some fun and make new friends at this free-play program. Caregiver supervision is required. Space may be limited on a first-come, first-served basis.


Creekside Adventures Storytime – TCC’s Fycke Lane Entrance
Mondays, June 24 – July 29 at 4pmRegister
Ages 4+
Join us for nature stories, adventures and activities with the Teaneck Creek Conservancy. Please use TCC’s 74 Fycke Lane entrance.
Registrants will be notified via email if the program is postponed due to rain. Caregiver supervision is required. Please note: some trail sections are challenging for strollers – plan accordingly. Please wear weather-appropriate clothing and shoes for walking on potentially muddy trails or in water. Be advised that there is no restroom access.


Baby & Toddler Time – Children’s Reading Garden
Tuesdays, June 25 – July 23 at 10:30am
Thursdays, June 27 – July 25 at 10:30am (Exception: July 4)
Ages 0-3
This storytime is for out littlest library-goers. We read stories and rhymes, sing songs, do fingerplays and movement activities, and have a great time. Meet outside in the Children’s Reading Garden when weather permits. Caregiver participation is a vital part of the program. When storytime is moved indoors due to poor weather, space may be limited on a first-come, first-served basis.


Storytime in the Park – Votee Park Splash Pad
Tuesdays, June 25 – July 30 at 2pm
Wednesdays, June 26 – July 31 at 11am
Join us for stories at the park!


Book BuddiesChildren’s Room
June 26 – July 26
Mondays – Thursdays from 10am to 8pm, Fridays from 10am to 3pm

Children are invited to read with a Book Buddy. These teen volunteers read to children and help them practice their own reading. Drop in during indicated hours or call ahead to confirm a Book Buddy is available.


Hora De Cuentos (Spanish Storytime) – Facebook Live
Mondays, July 1 – July 22 at 6:30pm
Los esperamos los lunes en Facebook en vivo a las 6:30pm. Del 1 al 22 de julio.
Note: Storytime is completely in Spanish.


Toy Sleepover – Parker Room
Tuesday, July 2 at 6pmRegister
Ages 3+
Bring your stuffed toy for a PJ storytime. Toys will stay overnight for a library sleepover and can be picked up the following day with a surprise.


STEM & More

Read to a Dog Children’s Reading Garden / Parker Room
With Venus, One-on One by AppointmentRegister
With Oscar, Group ReadingRegister
Independent Readers
Children can sign up to read a book or books of their choice to a therapy dog. The purpose of this program is to encourage reading, improve language skills, and give children a sense of security and confidence in themselves and their reading ability. Registration is required for each date. We welcome children of all abilities.


Tinker CampChildren’s Reading Garden
Wednesdays at 4pm. Registration is required for each program.
Ages 5-9
Jun. 26 – Making Butter – Waiting List
Jul. 3 – Soap Powered BoatWaiting List
Jul. 10 –
FossilsWaiting List
Jul. 17 –
Gravity Painting Waiting List
Jul. 24 –
Terrariums Waiting List
Jul. 31
– Slime – Waiting List
Join us for fun STEAM projects. Program will be moved indoors in case of poor weather.


Chess for KidsChildren’s Room
Fridays, June 28 – August 2 from 2-4pm
Ages 7+
Teen volunteers will guide you through a game of chess.


Books & BricksChildren’s Room
Weekdays in JulyRegister
Ages 6+
Work on a Lego build with a teen volunteer. Builds will be displayed. Visit booksbricks.youcanbook.me for availability.


Science Heroes: Adventure of the Lost Treasure – Auditorium
Tuesday, July 9 at 6pm
Ages 5+
Join us on a treasure-hunting adventure deep within the jungle! The audience helps the performer act out the tale, as we use the events in the story to explore several exciting science concepts. Volunteers help conduct each experiment and the whole audience gets involved in changing variables, making predictions, and comparing results! We’ll even bring some experiments out into the crowd for all to see. Experience the fusion of science and stories!


Minecraft Greek Mythology Adventure – Auditorium
Tuesday, July 16 at 4:30pmRegister In-Person or by Phone Only
Ages 7+
Explore and problem solve in this immersive Minecraft adventure. Registration is in-person or by phone only beginning June 3 (201-837-4171 x4).


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 as well as a gift and certificate when they reach the goal. Reading the same book again and again (as children often want to do) counts!


Summer Reading Finale Party
Tuesday, July 30 at 6pm

Celebrate your Summer Reading success at our Finale Party with children’s entertainer Kurt Gallagher. This entertaining and interactive show is perfect for kids of all ages, promising laughter, dancing and a fun-filled musical experience.