Children’s Programs 2019

See Below for Fall Programs!

  • Registration for our Fall Programs occurring Sept. 15 through Dec. 31 is open for all 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

Fall Mindful Storytime

Select Thursdays at 4:30pm

Ages 4-7 years

Sept. 12 (reg. opens to all on Sept. 4), Oct. 10, Nov. 14, Dec. 12. 

(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.

Library Quest: Seek & Find!

Library Quest: Seek & Find!

Ages 12 and under.

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

Fall Findings:   Sept. 22-Oct. 19

Holiday Hunt: Dec. 15-31

No registration.

Fall Teddy Bear Stories  

Ages 2 and up with adult(s).

Monday, Sept. 23 at 6:30pm;

Saturday, Nov. 2 at 11:30am;

Monday, Dec. 16 at 6:30pm.

(register separately for each program)

Wear your PJs and bring your favorite snuggly friend for this Family Storytime.

Give a Kid a Book

Between October 1 and December 5, the Children’s Room will collect new, unused books for the Library Association of Rockland County’s Youth Services. Books will be given as gifts to children through local charities during the holidays.

Fall Interactive Family Storytime

Select Saturdays at 10:30am

Ages 3-7 with adult(s).

Oct. 5, Nov. 23    (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.

Celebrate Election Day!

Drop by anytime on Tuesday, Nov. 5 to vote for your favorite book character! A chance for children of all ages to be part of the democratic process and get prizes.

UPDATE: Congratulations to Biscuit! Biscuit won our children's election by a hair on Nov. 5! Here are the vote tallies for each candidate:

Biscuit   15

Pete the Cat    14

Pinkalicious    11

Curious George   10

Thanks to all the children who participated in our democratic process!

Fall Food-Free Gingerbread House

Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 5:30pm

[Registration starts Dec. 2 for this program only.]

(Please Note: This program is great for families who need to avoid a food-based craft.)

Please register for only one Gingerbread program.

Ages 2-10 with adult(s). 

Decorate a colorful, food-free gingerbread house to take home!

Fall Make a Gingerbread House

Thursday, Dec. 12 at 5:30pm OR Saturday, Dec. 14 at 12 noon.

[Registration starts Dec. 2 for this program only. Please register for only one Gingerbread program.]

Ages 3-10 with adult(s). 

Decorate a colorful, edible gingerbread work of art to take home!

Fall Movie: Toy Story 4 (G)

Saturday, Dec. 28 at 12pm  (1 hour, 40 min.)

Ages 3 and up

No registration.

See a movie on the big screen with friends!

Fall Open Playtime

Mondays from 10am-1pm

Sept 16-Dec. 16

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).

Fall Pint-size Playtime

Fridays from 11:30am – 1:30pm

Sept. 20 – Dec. 20 (no program Nov. 29)

Age 2 and under.

No registration.

Drop in anytime for playtime geared especially 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!

Fall Baby Stories and More

Fridays at 10:30am

Ages 2 mos.-18 mos. w/adult.

Session I:  Sept. 27-Oct. 18.

Session II: Nov. 8-Dec. 13 (No program Nov. 29).

Register separately for each session.

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

Fall Toddler Tales

Thursdays at 10:30am   

Ages 19-35 mos. w/adult.

Session I:  Sept. 26-Oct. 17.

Session II: Nov. 7-Dec. 12 (No program Nov. 28).

Register separately for each session.

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

Fall Ready-Set-Go Storytime

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

Weekly storytimes for ages 2 – Kindergarten.

Session I:  Tuesdays from Sept. 24-Oct. 15 (no program Oct. 8) OR Wednesdays from Sept. 25-Oct. 16 (no program Oct. 9).

Session II: Tuesdays from Nov. 12-Dec. 10 OR Wednesdays from Nov. 6-Dec. 11 (No program Nov. 27).

Register separately for each session.

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

Fall Musical Munchkins

Mondays, Dec. 2 & 9 at 10:30am  (2 week session)

Ages 2-5 years with adult

Join Miss Joanne for a fun filled introduction to music! She’ll bring her guitar and lots of instruments, props and puppets, all designed to nurture children’s love of music through singing and movement.

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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.

Oct. 21: Stumpkin, by Lucy Ruth Cummins. We’ll read the book together, then decorate a pumpkin to take home.

Nov. 18: Thanksgiving Day, by Anne Rockwell. We’ll read the book together, then make a Thanksgiving craft.

Dec. 9: Got to get to Bear’s, by Brian Lies. We’ll read the book together, then create a craft to welcome winter.

Select Mondays at 5pm

Picture Book Pals: Book Club for entering Grades 1-3

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Oct. 28: The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden, by Karina Y. Glaser. We’ll discuss this story then decorate a pumpkin for Halloween.

Nov. 25: Who Was Lucille Ball? by Pam Pollack and Meg Belviso. We’ll discuss her story and then make our own comedy booklet to take home.

Dec. 16: The 39-Story Treehouse, by Andy Griffiths. We’ll discuss this adventure and then make an edible creation to take home.

Select Mondays at 5pm

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

Bookaneers: Book Club for entering Grades 4-6

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STEAM programs are for Grades K-6.

S.T.E.A.M. Programs

(Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math)

Marble Run Mania 

Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 4:30pm

Grades 3-6

Let’s have fun building and testing a marble run out of random bits and pieces! 

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Children's Registration 

  • Registration for our Fall Programs occurring Sept. 15 through Dec. 31 is open for all 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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