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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June - August Programming
Programs subject to change. Many of these programs will be held in our backyard.  They are subject to the weather.  Please call ahead on bad weather days.  Due to COVID, children must be attended with adult.  No exceptions.

 

Tails and Tales Summer Reading Program—Registration begins 6/28, and continues through July 31.  Children will get a Summer Reading kit and a guided level booklist to aide in their summer reading.  Our main goal is to help you maintain and improve your child’s reading level, and have fun! We have two programs:  Early Learners Summer Reading Program for children ages 0 – 5, and our Children’s Summer Reading program for children entering 1st grade through 6th grade.  As children read throughout the summer, they will earn points towards prizes and raffle tickets, for a chance to win one of the grand prizes to be raffled off in August.  Reading is a skill your child will need to succeed.  Let us help them have fun practicing. 

 

Garden Club—All Summer starting 6/29, Children, teens and adults are welcome to join our garden club.  You will register weekly to plant and tend to our vegetable garden.  At the end of the growing season, we will take our harvest and make a large pot of vegetable soup to be enjoyed by the club.  You will register online for the days you want to tend to the garden.  It is limited to two per day.  You can select the time you come. 

 

DIY Storytime Kit.—Tues., 6/29, want to get crafty!  In this kit you will get a picture book and one craft to take home and enjoy.  Once you register you will be contacted to pick up the kit.  Theme:  Beach Craft:  Summer Beach Glitter Globe Craft.  Recommended audience:  Kindergarten and up.

 

Preschool Storytime—Tues., 6/29, 11:00—12:00 p.m. Is it a DIY program?  Is it a STEM program?  Is it a preschool program?  You’re right, it’s all that and more.  Let's get crafty! Join Miss Ariel for our preschool storytime to learn about eagles, read a story about geese, and make your own Handprint Bald Eagle just in time for the Fourth of July.  Registration is required.  Program will take place in the backyard of our library.

 

Bingo Was His Name “O” — Thurs., 7/1, 7/8, 7/15, 7/22, 7/29, 11:00 — 11:30 a.m. This fun program is geared to children of all ages.  Registration is required.  We will meet in the backyard of the library.  Bring a beach towel to sit on our beautiful lawn.
 

Rosie the Reading Dog—Fri., 7/2, 7/16, 7/30 11:00—11:45 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.  Stop by the children's department and check out a book to read to Rosie and then meet Ms. Debbie and Rosie in the backyard of the library. Rosie loves books about dogs, especially beagles!

Rosie the Reading Dog—Fri., 7/2, 7/16, 7/30 3:00.—3:45 p.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.  Stop by the children's department and check out a book to read to Rosie and then meet Ms. Debbie and Rosie in the backyard of the library. Rosie loves books about dogs, especially beagles!

 

DIY Storytime Jr. Kit.—Tues., 7/6, let’s get crafty!  In this kit you will get a picture book and one craft to take home and enjoy.  Once you register you will be contacted to pick up the kit.  Theme:  Airplane. Craft:  Popsicle Stick Airplane.  Recommended audience:  preschool and under.

 

Reading Buddies—Wed., 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11, 2:00 — 2:30 p.m. Reading Buddies is a free program that brings children and teen volunteers together to share the joy of reading. This 6 week 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 backyard.  Bring a beach towel to sit on our lovely grass.  Come early to select and check out a book to read. Adult must supervise children when selecting a book in the children’s department.

 

Cooking with Erika—Fri., 7/7, 11:00 a.m.—12:00 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 includes Pizza Taquitos and Brocomole.

Parents/caregivers will receive the Zoom link 24 hours before the event.  You will be contacted to pick up your free Kids Kit provided by ShopRite 1 week before the event. 
 

Lego Club:  A Stem Program—Fri., 7/9, 3:00—3:30 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 on the back lawn of the library 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.  July Challenge:  Make a flower or those advance players, how about a garden.  Bring creation to our July 9th meeting.
 

Summer Packet Help—Mon., 7/12,  7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 11:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m. Summer Packet Homework Help is a free program that brings children and teen volunteers together to share the joy of math. This 6 week program provides service hours to teens, while helping children in kindergarten through 6th grade complete their summer packet homework.  They will not correct work as it is important for teachers to know where your child needs help entering in their new school year.  

You will be notified when you have been paired with a teen.  Registration is required for each week you will be attending.  Teens must register online or contact the children’s department for assistance.

 

STEM Club—Tues., 7/13, 10:00—11:00 a.m. Join Ms. Debbie for a prehistoric journey to learn about the therizinosaurus dinosaur.  One of the strangest dinosaurs you will ever see!  At the conclusion, you will become an illustrator and create your own therizinosaurus dinosaur using paint and colored pencils.  This program is designed for children in grades 3rd - 6th grade. We will meet in the backyard.   (Subject to weather, rain date:  8/3/21) Registration is required.

 

Preschool Storytime—Tues., 7/13, 11:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m. Is it a DIY program?  Is it a STEM program?  Is it a preschool program?  You’re right, it’s all that and more. Let's get crafty! Join Miss Ariel for our preschool storytime to read a story about bears and how they hibernate in the winter. We will make Paper Plate Sleeping Bears! Registration is required.

 

DIY Storytime Kit.—Tues., 7/20, let’s get crafty!  In this kit you will get a picture book and one craft to take home and enjoy.  Once you register you will be contacted to pick up the kit.  Theme:  Space.  Recommended audience:  Preschool and younger.

 

STEM Club—Tues., 7/20, 11:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. Join Miss Ariel in dissecting owl pellets to learn about the diets of owls and how they digest their meals. You will dissect the pellets and identify the bones found inside.  This is recommended for children entering 4th - 6th grade.  Registration is required.

 

Preschool Storytime—Fri., 7/23, 11:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. Is it a DIY program?  Is it a STEM program?  Is it a preschool program? You’re right, it’s all that and more. Let's get crafty! Join Miss Ariel for our preschool storytime to read stories about rainbows and colors. We will make our own rainbow sensory bottles together! Registration is required.

 

Preschool Storytime—Tues., 7/27, 11:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. Is it a DIY program?  Is it a STEM program?  Is it a preschool program?  You’re right, it’s all that and more. Let's get crafty! Let's get crafty! Join Miss Ariel for our preschool storytime to read about tadpoles and their journeys to becoming frogs. We will make our own green, speckled frogs! Registration is required.

 

Animal Wrappers: sponsored by the Bergen County Zoo—Tues., 7/28, 11:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. Fur, feathers, scales, or slime? Join us on Zoom to learn how animal "wrappers" tell us whether they're mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, or fish!  Registration is required.  You will receive the zoom link 48 hours before the program begins.  Open for children of all ages. Registration is required.  You will receive the zoom link 48 hours before the program begins.  Open for children of all ages.

 

Citizen Science Club—Mon., 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23, 8/30, 10:00.—10:30 a.m. Do you have an interest in science?  Would you like to be part of the movement to make a difference in the world?  Become a citizen scientist!  In this club, we will observe and record information for scientists around the world. We will do this to help address local and global problems.  

This program is for children up to 6th grade.  Teens can volunteer to help for service hours.  Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Program 1:  Wild Watch 

We will explore nature in the backyard of the library and the park and snap a picture of nature.  We will record the name of the wildlife and upload to Xplore!  Science Discovery Center.  They are located in Wrecsam, Wales.  Scientists will be able to use this information to help them learn more about our local environment.  Children will need a smartphone or iPad.  Call Ms. Debbie if you do not have access to this technology but want to join the club. (deborah.fagnan@ridgefieldpark.bccls.org or 201.641.0689.  Teen volunteers must register online. Subject to good weather.

Preschool Storytime—Tues., 8/3, 10:00 —11:00 a.m. Is it a DIY program?  Is it a STEM program?  Is it a preschool program? You’re right, it’s all that and more. Let's get crafty! Join Miss Ariel for our preschool storytime to learn about Geese, and read a funny story about a grumpy bear, adorable goslings, and their journey to the south. We will make our own bear and gosling craft.

STEM Club Jr.—Mon., 7/20, 2:00 —3:00 p.m.  Let's learn sewing in an interactive and fun way.  Children will learn the overcast stitch while making a mouse head.  But like most programs, Ms. Debbie will start with one of Kevin Henkes famous Mouse picture books.  Registration is required.  Limited space.  Recommended for children in grades kindergarten - 2nd grade.


Many of these programs will be held in our backyard.  They are subject to the weather.  Please call ahead on bad weather days.  Due to COVID, children must be attended with adult.  No exceptions.

Updated 5/14/21 by deb fagnan