@ Ridgefield Park Children's Department

Source of quote:  American Library Association. (2015).  Libraries Transform: An initiative of the American Library Association.  Retrieved from http://www.ilovelibraries.org/librariestransform/children-understand-words-long-they-can-say-them

We also have special events every month for you and your family!

Baby & Me—Thurs., 10/3, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 12/5, 12/12, 12/19 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., 10/2, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18, 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.


Preschool Storytime—Sat., 10/12, 11/23, 12/14, 10:30—11:15 a.m. This storytime is developed especially for preschool children ages 4 & 5 and their parent/caregiver. Enjoy 1 hour of books, songs, rhymes, socialization, and a craft with other young children and their parent/caregiver. Each session of preschool storytime consists of a variety of activities that incorporate reading, talking, writing, singing, and playing. Each month we will introduce new ideas while building knowledge from prior storytimes this year. No worries, if this is your first time here, welcome. We are glad to meet you.  Program runs September—June.  Registration is required and is open throughout the year.



Pajama Storytime—Tues., 10/22, 10/29, 11/12, 11/26, 12/10, 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. This is a drop-in program.  No registration is required.


Chef Storytime—Tues., 10/15, 11/19, 12/17, 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. October:  Banana Lassi.  November:  Pancakes.  December:  French Toast


Homework Help for Kids!—Mon., 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/18, 11/25, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, Wed., 10/2, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18, 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., 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 12/6, 12/20, 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., 10/25, 11/22, 12/13 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. November Topic:  Brooklyn Bridge.  December Topic: Unicorn Slime


Awesome Bookclub—Thurs., 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21,  6:30 —7:15 p.m., For kids in grades 3 - 6.  Together we will read a novel while enjoying a slice of pizza.

October - November book:  Matilda by Roald Dahl.  This is an 8 week program.  If time permits, the last week will be the movie, Matilda which is rated PG.

Crocheting—Wed., 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18, 6:30 —7:30 p.m., Children in grades 4 - to adults can learn how to crochet or teach others something.  Make  something for yourself or give it to someone special.  Beginners, immediate or advanced crocheters are welcome.  This is a drop-in program, no registration is required.

Special Programs


Pumpkin Palooza—Tues., 10/1, 7:00—8:00 p.m. Open to village children up to 6th grade, Enjoy decorating your own pumpkin followed by fun games for the whole family.  BYOP (bring your own pumpkin).  Registration is required. 


Family Storytime—Sat., 10/5, 11/16, 1:00—2:00 p.m.  Join us for Family Storytime! This program includes an interactive story, activity and craft that will help foster a love of learning through STEM, Children of all ages are welcome, but note that the storytime will focus on Pre-K readiness .Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Topic:  October topic:  How to Catch a Dinosaur.  November:  Family Thanksgiving


Wreath Making for Kids—11/9, at 1:00 p.m. Come and create with us! Bring your own decorations and we will supply the wreath.  Registration is required, limited space.  Children must be accompanied by a parent/caregiver. Wreaths will be displayed for the Festival of the Wreaths on December 6.  Children can pick up the wreaths after December 6 to display in their own homes.


Holiday Dessert Social—12/03, at 7:00 p.m. Village residents are invited to join us for our 13th annual celebration of the holiday season.  Each family is asked to bring a favorite holiday treat for sharing.  Don't miss this chance to hear a special reading of "Twas the Night before Christmas,'' visit with our special friend from the North Pole and learn to play the dreidel game. 


Holiday Craft—12/7, at 12:00 p.m. Come and create with us! Gingerbread houses are the sure fire way to welcome in the season. Registration is required, limited space. Recommended for children ages 2 to 6. Snack will be provided:  Gingerbread cookies!


Kid’s Movie Matinee—12/23, 12/27, 12/30, at 1:00 p.m. Child friendly movies will be shown and popcorn provided but you are welcome to bring your own favorites.

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