Programs
and
Events

We want you to know that the Ridgefield Park Public Library is still here for you! In support of flattening the curve of the COVID-19, our in-library programming has been cancelled during this period. However, we are still working to provide you with programs of interest on our virtual platforms as well as programming that will be held in our beautiful backyard. 

 

Programs and activities are constantly being developed by Ms. Debbie and the children's staff.  So please, review our calendar on a regular basis.  

Some programs are being developed as Educational Programming Kits for your enjoyment at home.  These kits include most of the material to run your own program at home.  We will check them out to your Ridgefield Park Library card and have them ready for curbside pickup.  After use, you just return them to our book drop.  These kits are constantly being developed but currently include Family Storytime Kits, STEM Jr Kits, STEM Kits, and DIY Kits.  You can get more information about these kits by clicking here.  

As always, we are here for you.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the library between 10am - 4pm Monday - Friday or email Ms. Debbie at deborah.fagnan@ridgefieldpark.bccls.org.

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Our Lego Club

Meets once a month.  Our future engineers.

These fun LEGO STEM activities give

children hands-on practice with science, technology, engineering, and math.

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Library will be closed on Saturday September 4, Monday, September 6, Monday October 11, Tuesday November 2, Thursday November 11, Thursday November 25, Friday November 26, Friday December 24, Saturday December 25.  We will have an early closing (1pm) on Wednesday November 24 and Friday, December 31

 

All programs require adult supervision until further notice.

 

STEM Lego Club—Fri., 9/10, 10/22,  11/5,  12/3, 4:00 —4:30 p.m., This program is set up as a fun, interactive, program that teaches STEM through play.  That's right play!  Each month, children will be given a challenge to build something using their Legos or Duplo bricks.  We will meet in the children’s small program room to show off our creations. At the end of the program I will give out the next challenge.  This program is open to children of all ages up to 6th grade.  Registration is required for each month attending.

September Challenge:  Build a house                                                                                 October Challenge:  Build a halloween creation                                                                      November Challenge: Build a  cornucopia or turkey                                                                       December Challenge:  Build a snowman

Girls Who Code—Tues., 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/26, 11/9, 11/16, 11/23, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 3:30—4:15 p.m.

Girls Who Code aims to close the gender gap in technology by encouraging young girls to learn more about the field. For kids in grades 3-6, this club will introduce basic coding skills and activities to build a community of young coders.

 

Toddler Storytime—Wed., 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15 10:30—11:00 a.m. and 1:30—2:00 p.m. This storytime is developed specially for children ages 2 - 4 and their parent/caregiver. Enjoy 30 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. Limited space.  In order to decrease the size of the class, programs will run at two different times.  Please only register for one time slot.  Registration is required for every week you will be attending.  

 

Rosie the Reading Dog—Sat., 9/18, 10/9, 11/20,  10:00.—10:30 a.m.  Do you love to read?  Would you like to practice your reading skills by reading to Rosie?  Rosie is an awesome beagle, and certified therapy dog.  Once you read a picture book, easy reader or a few chapters in a novel, maybe Rosie will do some tricks for you. Registration is required, limited space. Recommended for children who are not afraid of dogs, ages 6 and up.  

 

STEM Club Jr.—Fri., 9/24, 10/1, 11/12, 3:30—4:30 p.m. Children will be introduced to sewing in a fun and interactive way. The skills learned in this program are:

  • Develop fine motor skills

  • Aides in practice of focus and concentration

  • Promotes mindfulness

  • Design thinking

  • Real life applications

Registration is required.  Limited space.  Recommended for children kindergarten - 2nd grade.  Program will take place in our small program room.

Citizen Scientist Club—Wed., 10/6,  10/13,  10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 4:30—5:00 p.m. Children in grades 5th and 6th can become citizen scientists for NASA.  Each week children will use their smartphone or one of the library's iPads, in order to make environmental observations that will be uploaded to a research facility.  This information will be used to help study the Earth and the global environment.  Children will be required to upload the free GLOBE Observer Land Cover App on their smartphone and register.  You can find more information about land cover science at observer.globe.gov.  Teens can also register on this link for volunteer service

Weather permitting: This program will be cancelled due to rain or snow since we will be walking to the park to make our observations. Call ahead of time - 201.641.0689.  We will meet in the lobby in the children's department.

 

Kids Corner Book Club—Wed., 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27,11/3, 11/10, 6:00 - 6:30 pm.  Together we will read various chapter books both fiction and nonfiction books.  Books will be reserved for our book club members.  This program is a hybrid program.  Children had the option to attend the program on Zoom or come into the library.  This program is designed for children grades 2nd -4th grade.  Zoom link will be sent to everyone a few days before the program begins.  Please let us know if you are attending in person or via zoom at that time.  Please come into the library to pick up your copy of our first book after September 27th.

October - November book:  Dangerous pumpkins by Emily Jenkins.

Summary:

Halloween brings out the worst in fourth-grader Henry Wolowitz and his invisible, squash-eating friend Inkling, as Henry tries to go trick-or-treating while keeping Inkling from eating all the jack-o-lanterns.

My First Book Club—Thurs., 10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 11/18, 12/2, 12/9, 3:30—4:00 p.m. Children in grades kindergarten through first grade will enjoy reading together age appropriate easy readers.  Each week a copy of the book will be reserved for you. This is a hybrid program.  Children can attend the program in the library or via zoom.  Those who will be attending through zoom must pick up their book prior to the program.

 

Family Spanish Storytime—Sat., 10/16, 11/6, 12/11,  11:00—11:30 a.m. Es una hora de cuentos para los niños en la biblioteca de Ridgefield Park Public Library!  Bring your whole family out to enjoy a story & craft that supports early literacy development and help foster a love of books and reading.  Sharing the wonders of books with your family helps increase children's learning and reading skills.  For children of all ages and their parents or caregivers.  This program includes a story in Spanish and English.  This program is great for children who are learning English as well as Spanish.  Registration is required. 

 

10/16/2021:  Book shared, Lola por Junot Diaz and Islandborn by Junot Diaz.

11/06/2021:  TBA                                                                                                                                                                               12/11/2021:  TBA


 

Special Programs


 

Stuffed Animal SleepOver—Fri., 11/5—11/6.  Have you ever wondered what happens in the library when it is closed? We will share our secret world with your stuffed animal friend during our "Stuffed Animal Sleepover" event. Drop off your stuffed animal at the children's department by 4pm on Fri., 11/5.  At 4:30 pm join us on Zoom for a live storytime. Pick up your animal  and a photo of their library adventure the next day no later than 12 noon.  You will receive the zoom link for storytime  24 hours before the event.

   

Holiday Craft—Sat., 12/18, at 11:00 a.m. Come and create with us! Ornaments are the sure fire way to welcome in the season. Registration is required, limited space. Recommended for children of all ages. Parents/caregivers must attend.  Snacks will be provided:  Gingerbread cookies!

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January – March 2022

 

The library will be closed on January 1, 2022, January 17, 2022, and February 21, 2022

 

Preschool Storytime—Mon., 1/10, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 10:00—10:30 a.m. and 12:00—12:30 p.m. This storytime is developed especially for preschool children ages 4 & 5 and their parent/caregiver. Enjoy 30 minutes of books, songs, rhymes, socialization, and a craft for you to take home.  Program is limited in size.  Registration is required for each week you want to attend.

 

Book Masters Middle School Book Club—Mon., 1/10, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4:00—4:30 p.m.  Do you like Fantasy novels? Are you in 4th - 5th or 6th grade? Well this is the place for you. Together we will read a fantasy novel.  This is a hybrid program in which children can attend in person at the library or on zoom.  For those who will be participating on zoom, will need to pick up the copy of the book prior to our first meeting on 1/10/22.  Zoom link will be provided on 1/8/2021. Please email me if you are going to participate from home. You do not need to read the book ahead of time. Over the next three months we will read the book together. You must sign up for each week. Limited space.

 

Reading Buddies—Tues., 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4:00 — 4:30 p.m. Reading Buddies is a free program that brings children and teen volunteers together to share the joy of reading. This 3 month program provides service hours to teens, while helping children in kindergarten through third grade increase their vocabulary, practice social skills, and build reading confidence.  You will be notified when you have been paired with a teen.  This program is designed for children entering kindergarten - 3rd grade.  Registration is required for each week you will be attending.  Teens must register online or call the library for assistance.  (Ask for the children’s department).  Program will be run in our children’s department.  Come early to select and check out a book to read. Adults must supervise children when selecting a book in the children’s department.

Toddler Storytime—Wed., 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 10:30—11:00 a.m. and 1:30—2:00 p.m. This storytime is developed specially for children ages 2 - 3 and their parent/caregiver. Enjoy 30 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. Limited space.  In order to decrease the size of the class, programs will run at two different times.  Please only register for one time slot.  Registration is required for every week you will be attending.  

 

Girls Who Code—Wed., 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 3:30—4:15 p.m. Girls Who Code aims to close the gender gap in technology by encouraging young girls to learn more about the field. For kids in grades 3-6, this club will introduce basic coding skills and activities to build a community of young coders.

 

My First Book Club—Thurs., 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31,  3:30 -–4:00 p.m. Children in grades kindergarten through first grade will enjoy reading together age appropriate easy readers.  Each week a copy of the book will be reserved for you. This is a hybrid program.  Children can attend the program in the library or via zoom.  Those who will be attending through zoom must pick up their book prior to the program.

Kid’s Corner Book Club—Wed., 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 6:00 - 6:30 pm.  Together we will read various chapter books both fiction and nonfiction books.  Books will be reserved for our book club members.  This program is a hybrid program.  Children had the option to attend the program on Zoom or come into the library.  This program is designed for children grades 2nd -4th grade.  Zoom link will be sent to everyone a few days before the program begins.  Please let us know if you are attending in person or via zoom at that time.  Please come into the library to pick up your copy of our first book after September 27th.

Novel: Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

STEM Lego Club—Fri., 1/14, 2/4, 3/4, 4:00 —4:30 p.m., This program is set up as a fun, interactive, program that teaches STEM through play.  That's right play!  Each month, children will be given a challenge to build something using their Legos or Duplo bricks.  We will meet in the children’s small program room to show off our creations. At the end of the program I will give out the next challenge.  This program is open to children of all ages up to 6th grade.  Registration is required for each month attending.

January Challenge:  Build a lego town                                                                                     

February Challenge:  Build a boat                                                                                        

March Challenge: Build a  robot 

                                                                     

Family Spanish Storytime—Sat., 1/15, 2/26, 3/19, 11:00—11:30 a.m. Es una hora de cuentos para los niños en la biblioteca de Ridgefield Park Public Library!  Bring your whole family out to enjoy a story & craft that supports early literacy development and help foster a love of books and reading.  Sharing the wonders of books with your family helps increase children's learning and reading skills.  For children of all ages and their parents or caregivers.  This program includes a story in Spanish and English.  This program is great for children who are learning English as well as Spanish.  Registration is required. 

 

January: TBA

February:  TBA                                                                                                                                                                              March:  TBA

 

Spanish Book Club for Kids:  TBA
 

Preschool STEAM Storytime—Fri., 1/21, 2/18, 3/25, 3:30 —4:15 p.m., Introduce your little ones to the basics of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) with this storytime! Perfect for preschool-age children (age 4-5), this storytime will include picture books, fun facts, and STEAM activities. Program is limited in size. Registration is required for each child. 

 

Special Programs

 

Cooking with Erika—Thurs., 1/13, 7:00–7:45 p.m. Join ShopRite of Hackensack dietitian Erika for a family virtual cooking class!

Celebrate Lunar New Year—Sat., 01/29, 11:00–11:30 a.m. Happy New Year! Lunar New Year is an Asian tradition welcoming in a new year and honoring ancestors. Join us in a special storytime.  Afterwards, children will take home a craft to make in celebration of this special day.  Registration is required. Limited space available.

 

Valentine Take it, Make it—Fri., 2/11, 3:30–4:00 p.m.  Join us for a Valentine's storytime and take home a Valentine's craft to make at home.

Cooking with Erika—Thurs., 2/17, 7:00–7:45 p.m. Join ShopRite of Hackensack dietitian Erika for a kids virtual cooking class!

Your junior chef will have all the ingredients needed to participate in this flavor fiesta!  The menu TBA

Parents/caregivers will receive the Zoom link 24 hours before the event.  You will be contacted to pickup your free Kids Kit provided by ShopRite 1 week before the event.  If not picked up, by February 16th your registration spot will be cancelled. For children ages 6 - 12.  Limited space.  This program is sponsored by The Friends of Ridgefield Park Public Library.

 

Makers Day!  Button Bonanza—Sat., 3/26, 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.

Updated 11/12/2021 deb fagnan