@ Ridgefield Park Children's Department
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Baby & Me—Tues., 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 11:00—11:30 a.m. This Storytime is developed specially for infants to 2 years old and their parent/caregivers. This is an interactive program between you and your baby. Enjoy 30 minutes of books, songs, rhymes, fingerplay, toys, and socialization with other young babies. Afterwards, enjoy fun time with play in our Early Literacy Room. Registration is required.
Toddler Storytime—Wed., 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 10:30—11:15 a.m. This storytime is developed specially for children ages 2 - 4 and their parent/caregiver. Enjoy 45 minutes of books, songs, rhymes, socialization, and a craft with other young children and their parent/caregiver. Each session of toddler storytime consists of a variety of activities that incorporate reading, talking, writing, singing, and playing. Registration is required.
Pajama Storytime—Thurs., 1/9, 1/16, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, ⅗, 3/19, 3/26, 7:00—7:30 p.m. A wonderful way to end the evening! A relaxing storytime geared towards school aged children in grades 3rd - 6th. Feel free to wear your pajamas and enjoy a story, craft and a snack. Registration is required.
Chef Storytime—Thurs., 1/23, 2/20, 3/12, 7:00—7:30 p.m. Enjoy listening to a story and creating a cool food based on the book read. This storytime is geared to children ages 5 and up. Parents/caregivers must attend with our young patrons under 8 years old. Registration is required. Limited space. Please bring a smock. Food may contain nuts and/or dairy. January: Quesadilla. February: Cupcakes. March: Taco’s
Homework Help for Kids!—Mon., 1/6, 1/13, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/24, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, Wed., 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 3:30—4:00 p.m. Teens help elementary school kids with homework and/or reading. Registration is required, village teens and children only. Village children can register online. Space is limited.
Game Time!—Fri., 1/3, 1/17, 1/31, 2/7, 2/28, 3/6, 3/13, 3/27, 3:30—4:30 p.m. Join us for an afternoon of fun playing board games like chess, trouble, Monopoly or even Uno. Play an old favorite or learn a new game. Board games can expose children to important skills needed to learn in the 21st century, including critical thinking, collaboration & creativity. Many board games also expose children to mathematics. Bring your friends and meet some new ones. Each week we will vote on a board game to play. This program is sponsored by the Friends of Ridgefield Park Public Library. Snacks are provided. For school kids of all ages.
STEM Bookclub—Fri., 1/10, 2/21, 4:00—5:00 p.m. This program is for village children in 2nd & 3rd grade with a focus on discussing non-fiction books and a corresponding craft. Registration and valid library card required for each session. October Topic: Robotics. January Topic: Map Skills. February Topic: Rockets
Awesome Bookclub—Tues., 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 6:30 —7:15 p.m., For kids in grades 3 - 6. Together we will read a novel while enjoying a slice of pizza.
January book: The City of Ember. This is a 15 week program. If time permits, the last week will be the movie, The City of Ember which is rated PG.
Coloring Art—Wed., 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 6:30 -–7:30 p.m, Back by popular demand....Tweens, teens and adults can join in for this creative and relaxing program. Pick your favorite coloring book from a wealth of choices and color away. When you are done, we will frame your artwork and display it in the library! Afterwards, you may take your artwork home. This program is designed for adults as well middle school children in grades 5th and up. Refreshments will be served.
How to Catch a Dinosaur—Sat., 01/18, 1:00–2:00 p.m. Come help us find the dinosaur's hiding in the library. After reading the book, How to Catch a Dinosaur by Adam Wallace, children will make binoculars and then hunt down our dinosaurs hiding in our library. Children must be attended by a parent/caregiver as this is a team project. A great storytime for children ages 2 - 6. Registration is required.
Celebrate Lunar New Year—Fri., 01/24, 3:30–4:30 p.m. Happy New Year! Lunar New Year is an Asian tradition welcoming in a new year and honoring ancestors. Join Rev. Yiero So, in a celebration of games and food at the Ridgefield Park Public Library. Registration is required.
Valentine Make and Take—Thurs., 2/13, 3:30–4:30 p.m. Join us for an hour of fun making a special Valentine's treat to give to a friend or family member. Registration is required.
Teddy Bear Jamboree—Sat., 2/15, 2:00–3:00 p.m. Join us for an hour of bearful fun! Your favorite bear or stuffed toy is welcome at the library. The bears will dance, play freeze tag, and enjoy other bear games. Next it’s tea and snack time, and then, we will make a bear cave for resting. This is a drop in program, no registration is needed. For children of all ages, however children under the age of 7 must be attended by an adult
Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Brunch—Sat. 3/7, 12 noon-1:00 p.m. Celebrate “Read Across America” by listening to a reading of a Dr. Seuss classic followed by a brunch of green eggs and ham. This program is for village residents and their families, registration is required.
Makers Day! Button Bonanza—Sat., 3/21, 11:00—2:00 p.m. Join us in celebration of NJ Maker’s Day and create an awesome button. This program is for village residents of all ages.
Programs are subject to change, please check calendar for the most updated list of programs.
During the month of April, we will begin our new science club for 5th and 6th graders in collaboration with NASA and StarNet called the Citizen Scientist Club. STAR Net is a production of the Space Science Institute's National Center for Interactive Learning.
Children will be come citizen scientists using the libraries iPad's or their own personal smartphones. Citizen scientists will make environmental observations that complement NASA satellite observations and help scientists study Earth and the global environment.
In addition, we have developed various science themed programs throughout the month for children ages 2 - 12 such as our STEM storytime, Toddler Storytime, Game Day, and Chef Storytime.
See our online calendar for dates and times.
Updated by dfagnan 1/10/20