Winter Programs for Kids – 2023

Registration for winter programs begins January 3 and is required for all programs unless otherwise noted. As of May 2022, masks are required for all patrons over 2 years of age during indoor library programs only.

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2023 Winter Reading Challenge: All the Feels

January 1 – January 31Register & Log
Experience all the feels this winter! Learn about the history of emojis, explore the importance of emotions, and discover fun activities to express yourself fully —all while earning badges on a virtual bingo card! We challenge our community to read and log at least 600 minutes during the challenge. Earn fun emoji-themed badges for logging your reading, completing activities, submitting book reviews, and earning bingo. Bingo winners will receive a new book and be entered into a drawing for a Barnes & Noble Gift Card


Special Events

A Year of Holidays 2023
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: Lunar New Year (below), St. Patrick’s Day (below), Passover, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Independence Day, Grandparents’ Day and Diwali.

Lunar New Year Celebration
Sunday, February 5
Craft & Storytime at 1pm, Performance at 2pm
– No registration
Celebrate Lunar New Year and learn about Chinese culture at our Lunar New Year Celebration for all ages. We’ll start with a craft & storytime at 1pm before a shadow puppet show by Chinese Theater Works at 2pm. Shadow puppetry is a traditional Chinese performing art.


West African Dance & Drumming
Sunday, February 12 at 2pm – No Registration
Dance to the rhythms of West Africa with live music and drum featuring the Center for Modern Dance Education.


St. Patrick’s Day Party & Irish Dancing
Monday, March 13 at 6pmRSVP
Join us for a St. Patrick’s Day story, snack, and learn some basic Irish dance steps with the McLoughlin School of Irish Dance. Don’t forget to wear green! This event is part of the Year of Holidays program series.


2023 NJ Makers Day
Sunday, March 26 from 1-4pm – No Registration
Join us at this fun, all ages event celebrating NJ Makers Day,  a statewide celebration of STEM and maker culture. Drop in for demonstrations and hands-on STEM activities including 3D printing, coding, circuits, structure-building, art and more! Meet students and representatives from participating community organizations.


Storytimes

Saturday Storytime Parker Room
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.


Baby & Toddler Time – Parker Room
Tuesdays, January 17 – March 14 at 10:30amWaiting List
Thursdays, January 19 – March 16 10:30amRegister
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 register for only one session – library card required. Due to space restrictions, one caregiver per family please. Please call if you will not be able to attend (201-837-4171) or arrive by 10:40am. After this time, families on the waiting list and then drop-ins will be welcomed in if space allows. When storytime occurs outdoors, drop-ins are welcome.


Wild Things Storytime – Parker Room
Wednesdays, January 18 – March 15 at 4pmWaiting List
Ages 3-6
Connect with nature at our weekly storytime for ages 3-6. Each week we will be reading about and studying a different topic following the Exploring Nature With Children curriculum. This storytime will meet in the Parker Room for the winter session, but may go for a short walk outside on some weeks weather-permitting.


Hora de Cuentos* (Spanish Storytime) – Facebook
Mondays, January 23 – February 27 at 6:30pm
Los esperamos los lunes en Facebook en vivo a las 6:30 pm. Enero 23 a febrero 27.
*Storytime is completely in Spanish.


STEM, Crafts, Clubs & More

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!


Drop-In Craft TimeChildren’s Room
Fridays, 2/3 & 3/3 from 10am-3pm – No Registration
Best for ages 3+
Join us for a fun, simple craft in the Children’s Room. May require caregiver assistance.


Read to a Dog with VenusParker Room
Mondays in February & March, By appointment Register (New Dates!)
Children can sign up to read a book or books of their choice to retired therapy dog Venus “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. We welcome children of all abilities.


Lego ClubParker Room
Mondays 2/13, & 3/13 at 6:30pm – Register
OR Tuesdays 2/14 & 3/14 at 4:15pm –
Register
Ages 6+
Do you love to create with Legos? Each meeting, children age 6+ meet to create and share their builds based on a theme. Participants may sign up for the Monday club or the Tuesday club.


Creative Writing Club – Parker Room
Thursdays, 2/16 & 3/16 at 4pmRegister
Grades 2-4
If you love writing or would like to explore creative writing, join our new club! Each month we will focus on a new genre or theme. Members will have the opportunity to have their work displayed and borrowed at the library.


Junior Book Club – Parker Room
Thursdays 2/23 & 3/23 at 4pmRegister
Grades K-2
Join us as we read, discuss a book, and do a fun activity together.


Creative Tech Time – Auditorium
Mondays 2/27 & 3/27 at 5pm – Register
Ages 6+
Try your hand at coding, 3D Design, LEGO Mindstorms/WeDo, Snap Circuits and more. Registration required.