Children’s Programs 

Spring 2020 Programs:

  • Coronavirus and the Library:  
  • In response to the COVID-19 pandemic emergency, Valley Cottage Library is CLOSED until further notice. 

  • No Fines will incur on overdue materials during this time. 

  • All in-library programming is canceled until further notice, but 

  • for the virtual May and June Family Book Club for Grades K-5  and other virtual programs, please click

  • 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 

**Virtual Family Book Club**

During May & June:  For children in Grades K-5 and their families. 

Here’s a spin on our library book clubs!  Read the book, Beezus and Ramona, by Beverly Cleary, at home as a family.  Each week Ms. Danielle will email participants an activity and trivia question for the week.  Send back your answers and then, after the library reopens, come to the library to receive a special prize.  An email with a reading schedule will be sent to all participants by May 25.  The book is available on Overdrive and Hoopla.

 

This book club will be completed at home.  After the library reopens, you may stop by the library to pick up your prize.

**Virtual Indoor Scavenger Hunt**

Wednesday, May 20 at 2pm

Ages 5 and up

 

Join Ms. Danielle for a Virtual Indoor Scavenger Hunt!  Parents will receive a meeting code with an invitation to join the hunt through Zoom or Google Meet on Wednesday May 20.  At 2PM join the meeting and Ms. Danielle will give you clues and a time limit to see how many things you can find in your house!

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1000 Books Before Kindergarten

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.

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Turn the Pages

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!

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FAMILY PROGRAMS

Outragehisss…Pets: Mammals

POSTPONED from Friday, March 20.

RESCHEDULED TO SATURDAY, JULY 18 at 11 AM.  New registration will begin June 1 for NSD residents and June 12 for out of district residents. All patrons must re-register - we will not keep the original registration list.

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.   

Census Day: Everyone Counts, Children and Babies Too!

This is a reminder that there is still time to go online to MY2020CENSUS.GOV to complete the 2020 Census. Did you know that distribution of over $675 Billion in federal funds toward schools, roads, and other public services is based on Census data over the next 10 years, and that Census results are used to determine how many seats New York gets in the U.S. House of Representatives? It’s mandatory and essential – everyone counts!

Library Quest: Seek & Find!  

Ages 12 and under

No registration

Book Character Quest celebrating National Library Week:  April 20 - 30

Imagine Your Story: June 6 - 29

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

Open Craft for National Library Week

Wednesday, April 22 all day

Ages 2 and up

No registration

Color your own windchimes to take home and enjoy in the Spring breeze.

Mindful Storytime

Thursday, April 30 at 4:30pm

Ages 4 - 7 years

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

Teddy Bear Stories

Saturday, May 2 at 11:30am 

Monday, June 1 at 6:30pm

Ages 2 and up with adult(s)

Bring your favorite snuggly friend for this Family Storytime. Pajamas optional - fun for the whole family!

Caring Cards & Crafts for Memorial Day

May 1-19

All ages

No registration

Drop in the Children’s Room anytime to make a card for a local senior citizen honoring service men and women on Memorial Day! Decorate and write a note on your card, then we’ll give them to Meals on Wheels to deliver them to seniors and brighten their day.

Interactive Family Storytime

Saturday, May 16 at 10:30am

Ages 3 - 7 with adult(s).

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.

Tommy Gardner and the Uncle Brothers Concert

Friday, May 29 at 10:30am

All ages

Join Tommy Gardner and The Uncle Brothers, making music in this fun, lively interactive show for children of all ages (parents too!), with humor and originality.

Spring Open Playtime

Mondays from 10am-1pm

April 20 - June 8 (no program May 25)

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).

Spring Pint-size Playtime

Fridays from 11:30am – 1:30pm

April 24 – June 12

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!

Spring Babies in Bloom

Fridays at 10:30am

April 24 - May 15

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

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

Spring Toddlers

Thursdays at 10:30am

April 23 - May 14

Ages 13 - 24 months or walkers with adult

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

Spring Ready-Set-Go Storytime

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

Tuesdays from April 21- May 12 OR Wednesdays from April 22 - May 13

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

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

Spring Early Literacy Adventure: Pizza Pizza! 

Monday, June 1 at 11am

Ages 3 - 6 years with adult. Children must be 3 years old by June 1.

We’ve got a lot of pizzas to make! Use your ABCs and 123s in this deliciously exciting quest to bake some fantastic pretend pizza pies. Afterwards, make a (non-food) pizza craft to take home.

Spring Zumbini® with Flo

Thursdays, June 4 & 11 at 10:30am  (2 week session)

Ages 5 and under with adult

Zumbini® is an innovative spin on the traditional movement and music program. Created by Zumba® and BabyFirst, the Zumbini® program combines music, dance and educational tools for 45 minutes of can’t-stop, won’t-stop bonding, learning, and fun!

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PROGRAMS FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHILDREN

Register for Elementary School Programs below.

Happy Kids with Books

Book Clubs 

Book Clubs usually meet once a month.

**Virtual Family Book Club!**  During May & June:  For children in Grades K-5 and their families. 

Here’s a spin on our library book clubs!  Read the book, Beezus and Ramona, by Beverly Cleary, at home as a family.  Each week Ms. Danielle will email participants an activity and trivia question for the week.  Send back your answers and then, after the library reopens, come to the library to receive a special prize.  An email with a reading schedule will be sent to all participants by May 25.  The book is available on Overdrive and Hoopla.

 

This book club will be completed at home.  After the library reopens, you may stop by the library to pick up your prize.

Picture Book Pals: Book Club for Grades K-2

Select Mondays at 5pm

Join us to read this great book together, then do some fun activities based on the story.

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

May 4: Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel, by Adam Rubin.

Bookaneers: Book Club for Grades 3-5

Select Mondays at 5pm

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

               

April 20: Who was Rachel Carson? by Sarah Fabiny. We’ll discuss the fascinating story of this pioneering environmentalist and then plant something pretty to take home.

May 11: Henry and Beezus by Beverly Cleary. We’ll discuss this fun story then make suncatchers.

S.T.E.A.M. Programs

(Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math)

STEAM programs are for Grades K-6.

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Earth Day LEGOS™ 

RESCHEDULED FROM Thursday, April 16 TO TUESDAY, APRIL 21 at 5 PM.

Grades K-5

What does Earth Day mean to you? We’ll build a LEGO™ creation celebrating Earth Day, then share your ideas with the group. Creations will be displayed temporarily in the library.

Make Your Own Soap!

Wednesday, April 29 at 5:30pm

Grades 3-5

Bring on the bubbles with this safe, easy, melt and pour method of soapmaking. Create a variety of shapes, colors, and scents with glycerin and shea butter soaps. Make them for yourself, or as a gift! A full list of soap ingredients will be provided.

Cinco de Mayo Taco Tuesday Party

Tuesday, May 5 at 4:30pm

Grades 3-5

It’s a fiesta in the Children’s Room! We’ll listen to a Cinco de Mayo story then we’ll make meatless tacos to enjoy together with chips and salsa.

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

Springtime Glyphs

Tuesday, May 26 at 5pm

Grades K-3

What is a glyph and what can they teach us about each other? Let’s have fun finding out in this crafty math-based program.

Meteorites

Monday, June 8 at 5pm

Grades 2-6

Do you know the difference between an asteroid and a meteorite? We’ll take a scientific look at some flying space objects and the craters they form, while enjoying some hands-on fun.

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Children's Registration 

  • Coronavirus and the Library:  

  • In response to the COVID-19 pandemic emergency, Valley Cottage Library is CLOSED until further notice. 

  • No Fines will incur on overdue materials during this time. 

  • All in-library programming is canceled until further notice, but see above for virtual programming.

  • Spring is coming:  Registration for programs occurring April 20 through June 15 will start on March 16 for Nyack School District patrons. Beginning March 27, registration for 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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