Children’s Programs 

See Below for Winter 2020 Programs!

  • Registration for all programs occurring January 1 through March 31 will open on January 2 for Nyack School District patrons. Beginning January 13, registration for all programs will start for out of district patrons.

  • Registration is required for all programs (unless noted otherwise) and group size is limited.

  • Using the CHILD's name, register by clicking below, in the Children’s Room, or call 845-268-7700 during library hours.

  • Please notify us of cancellations in order to allow more children to attend our programs. Wait-listed patrons will be contacted only if there is room in the program.

  • Programs are free and are designed for the intended age group.

  • Please note, registration requires an active email account. The program will send a confirmation and reminder to your email. Please check your SPAM folder or contact the library if you do not see a confirmation or reminder email.

  • View and print our monthly calendar by clicking 

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1000 Books Before Kindergarten: This year-round program promotes reading to newborns, infants, toddlers, and children up to Kindergarten. The goal is to have read 1000 books before your child starts Kindergarten. 

Stop by the Children’s Room  to sign up, get more information, and your first reading record.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

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A great big “Thank You” and “Congratulations” to our patron Isabella Feeney for creating the ‘Turn the Pages’ interactive book display as her Gold Award Girl Scout project! Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers are invited to recommend great books using this permanent display in the Children’s Room, earning community service hours in the process. Younger children are invited to look at the display and take home a recommended book or two. If they bring back the included sheet telling librarians why they liked the book, they will get a prize for participating. Stop by to learn more!

Turn the Pages

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FAMILY PROGRAMS

Winter Interactive Family Storytime

Select Saturdays at 10:30am

Ages 3-7 with adult(s).

Jan. 4* and March 14. 

(*In & out of Nyack School District may register starting Jan. 2.)

 (Register separately for each program.)

Not your traditional storytime! We’ll explore books and stories through a variety of avenues, including listening to music, playing with story toys, and moving around.  A welcoming storytime for all children.

Winter Crafts

Ages 3 and up with adult(s).

Drop in all day – no registration.

Monday, Jan. 20 – Decorate a Martin Luther King Jr. Day Peace Quilt Square.

Feb. 7-14 – Create a Valentine for the one you love.

Winter Movies  

Ages 3 and up

No registration.

Watch a movie with friends while school is closed!

Tangled, Monday, Jan. 20 at 11am.   (PG)(92 minutes)

After a wanted outlaw hides in a tower and discovers a princess named Rapunzel with magic hair locked inside, he helps her escape the tower and she discovers the outside world.

Moana, Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 11am.   (PG)(113 minutes)

Moana, the strong-willed daughter of a Polynesian chief, sets out from her island home across the ocean in search of Maui, a demigod, to save her people from a curse.

Learn to Dance!

Ages 4-7 years

Thursdays at 4:30pm

January 23 - February 13    (4 week session)

Children of all abilities are invited to learn basics of modern dance with teen mentors Rachel and Richelle. No prior experience needed!

Winter Mindful Storytime

Ages 4-7 years

Monday, January 27 at 5pm and Thursday, March 26 at 4:30pm

(Register separately for each program)

Join Ms. Danielle for stories that incorporate fun movement and breathing techniques along with calming music and a craft. Children should wear comfortable clothes.

Celebrate ‘Take Your Child to the Library Day’! 

Saturday, February 1

11am: All Ages. Daria’s World Music Party. Travel around the world in song with Daria, as she shares her global travels through fun and culturally diverse music. Children can play along while trying out world instruments in this lively interactive concert.

Registration required for concert.

All day: Library Treasure Hunt: Find all the clues in the Children’s Room and win a prize! For all ages with adult(s). No registration.

Winter Teddy Bear Stories

Saturday, Feb. 8 at 11:30am and Monday, Mar. 23 at 6:30pm. 

(Register separately for each program.)

Ages 2 and up with adult(s).

Bring your favorite snuggly friend for this Family Storytime. Fun for the whole family!

Winter Library Quest: Seek & Find!

Ages 12 and under.

Cold Weather Chase:  February 15-29

No registration.

Win a prize for finding our pictures hidden around the Children’s Room! 

Jackie the Magician   

Monday, Feb. 17 at 11am  (school closed for Mid-Winter Break)

Ages 3-10

Come and learn some entertaining new skills! Children will enjoy Jackie’s magic and puppet show, then do a fun workshop to learn the basics of balloon twisting, magic, and ventriloquism (with assistance from their adults if needed!)  Everyone will go home with a balloon animal, magic tricks, and a ventriloquism puppet to practice fun skills with!

Outragehisss…Pets: Mammals

Friday, March 20 at 3:30pm (school closed for Superintendent’s Day)

Ages 3-10.

Join Outragehisss…Pets for an exciting program about what makes an animal a mammal, even if they lay eggs or carry their young in a pouch. Meet and pet live animals while learning about each animal’s unique characteristics.   

Winter Open Playtime

Mondays from 10am-1pm

January 13 – March 30

Ages 5 and under.

No registration.

It’s playtime in the Storytime Room, no matter what the weather brings! A great chance to meet other local families while you enjoy books, games, toys and puzzles with your little one(s).

Winter Pint-size Playtime

Fridays from 11:30am – 1:30pm

January 10 – March 27

Ages 2 and under.

No registration.

In this playtime for tiny tots, the Storytime Room will have early development toys, puzzles, books, and activities for babies and toddlers to discover and learn. Meet other caregivers in the community while your little one explores!

Winter Snuggly Babies

Fridays at 10:30am

January 24 - March 27  (no program 2/21).

Ages 2 months - 12 months or pre-walkers with adult.

Weekly movement, rhymes & music. Please make alternate arrangements for other children.

Winter Toddler Time

Thursdays at 10:30am

January 23 - March 26   (no program 2/20).

Ages 13 - 24 months or walkers with adult.

Weekly storytime with books and beyond! Please make alternate arrangements for other children.

Winter Ready-Set-Go Storytime

Tuesdays at 10:30am OR Wednesdays at 4:30pm (choose one).

Tuesdays from January 21 - March 24 (no program 2/18) OR Wednesdays from January 22 - March 25 (no program 2/19).

Weekly storytimes for ages 2 – Kindergarten. Children must be 2 years old by January 15.

Great books, games, songs and a craft!  Parents & siblings welcome!

Winter Yoga for Kids

Thursdays*, January 9 & 16     (2 week session)

(*In & out of Nyack School District may register starting Jan. 2.)

10:15am: ages 3-6 years on their own

11:15am: ages 15 months-35 months with adult

This playful class led by Sue Haberman will get children moving and engage their imagination through simple yoga poses combined with music, props and games.  Increased body awareness, attention span, energy release and relaxation are just some of the benefits of this fun class!

Winter Spanish Together

Mondays, February 24 - March 9 at 10:30am   (3 week session)

Ages 3-5 years with adult

Join ‘Señora Joyce’ for fun and family-friendly programs, utilizing an interactive approach to teach conversational Spanish and basic vocabulary through a variety of songs and “hands on” activities. 

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Register for Elementary School Programs below.

PROGRAMS FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHILDREN

Happy Kids with Books

Book Clubs usually meet once a month.

Book Clubs 

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Join us to read these great books together, then make a cool craft!

Books will be available at the Children’s Room Desk one week prior to the program.

Jan. 13: The Tree Lady, by H. Joseph Hopkins. (In & out of Nyack School District may register starting Jan. 2.)

 

Feb. 3: Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day is Cool, by James Dean.

 

Mar. 2: Dragons Love Tacos, by Adam Rubin.

Select Mondays at 5pm

Picture Book Pals: Book Club for Grades K-2

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Jan. 6*: How to Eat Fried Worms, by Thomas Rockwell. We’ll discuss this entertaining story, then make an edible “worm” craft.   (*In & out of Nyack School District may register starting Jan. 2.)

Feb. 24: Who was Louis Armstrong? by Yona Zeldis McDonough. We’ll discuss his inspiring life and then create a musical craft.

Mar. 23: Mystery at the Washington Monument, by Ron Roy. We’ll discuss this adventure mystery, then make a model of the Washington Monument out of clay.                       

Select Mondays at 5pm

Books will be available at the Children’s Room Desk one month prior to the program.

Bookaneers: Book Club for Grades 3-5

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STEAM programs are for Grades K-6.

S.T.E.A.M. Programs

(Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math)

Amazing Nature!          

Tuesday, January 21 at 5pm

Grades 3-6

Explore fascinating patterns in nature and become inspired to create a whimsical illustration using patterns of your own.

Sweet Valentines 

Tuesday, February 11

4:30pm: Grades K-2

5pm: Grades 3-5

Come decorate some delicious cupcakes and hear a special story for Valentine’s Day!

[Note: Please notify staff of any allergies when registering.]

LEGO Masters™

Friday, February 21 at 1pm  (school closed for Mid Winter Break)

Grades K-5

Come and look at some inspiring creations by LEGO™ master builders, then build your own and share it with the group. LEGOs™ will be displayed temporarily in the library.

Who Likes Leap Year?

Thursday, February 27 at 4:30pm

Grades K-2

Leap on over to the library to hear stories about frogs, kangaroos, and bunnies, then make a craft.

Brain Games: Explore a Hidden World

Wednesday, March 4 at 5pm

Grades 2-5

Are you good at finding hidden pictures? Can you see through optical illusions? Look with your mind, not with your eyes to solve some puzzles, see your way through challenges, and create an unseen craft. 

Dinosaurs!

Monday, March 16 at 5pm

Gr. 3-6

How much do you know about dinosaurs? We’ll test your knowledge, join their world in virtual reality, and make a fossil to take home.

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Children's Registration 

  • Registration for all programs occurring January 1 through March 31 will open on January 2 for Nyack School District patrons. Beginning January 13, registration for all programs will start for out of district patrons.

  • Registration is required for all programs (unless noted otherwise) and group size is limited.

  • Using the CHILD's name, register by clicking below, in the Children’s Room, or call 845-268-7700 during library hours.

  • Please notify us of cancellations in order to allow more children to attend our programs. Wait-listed patrons will be contacted only if there is room in the program.

  • Programs are free and are designed for the intended age group.

  • Please note, registration requires an active email account.The program will send a confirmation and reminder to your email.Please check your SPAM folder or contact the library if you do not see a confirmation or reminder email.

  • View and print our monthly calendar by clicking 

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Fax: 845-268-7760

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