Special thanks to our wonderful Friends of the Library for generously supporting our Youth Services Department and sponsoring so many of our children's programs. THANK YOU!
Visit our Summer Reading Page!
Get all the info on Summer Reading -- including registrations, details about the program, and summer reading lists -- by clicking here or on the image below. Happy reading!
Read to a Dog! Photos
We had so much fun at our June session of Read to a Dog. Huge thanks to Turner, Omega, Zoe, Rusty, and Janie (and their humans!) for taking the time out of their busy schedules to listen to our young readers. Want to see more photos from June? Please click here or on Turner's picture below. Our dogs will return on Saturday, July 11th at 11:00 am. We hope to see you then! Woof!
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Seeing Eye Puppies!
Thank you to our friends from the Seeing Eye / 4-H Puppy Raising Program for visiting the Denville Library. We learned so much about how guide dogs are raised and trained, and we especially loved petting all the puppies! Please click on the collage below to see more photos from this fun event.
You can also check out the training circle video, in which the puppies follow basic commands while in motion. Great job, guys!
Girl Scout Troop 941
We were treated to an amazing presentation by the young ladies in Girl Scout Troop 941. As part of their Silver Award project, troop members researched the problem of homeless animals and presented that information to younger Scouts. We learned about harder-to-adopt animals; the benefits of microchipping; the Petfinder website; and how to make toys for shelter animals. Troop 941 also collected donations for local animal shelters. Thank you so much!
To see more photos from the presentation, please click here or on the picture below. Great job, ladies!
Sarah Houtsma's Art
Sarah Houtsma, a Morris Knolls senior, is our wonderful student page who reshelves our books and helps prepare crafts for our children's programs. She is also a fantastic artist! Please click here or on the image below to view the amazing art in Sarah's Senior Portfolio. Well done!
Summer Reading Events!
Many of these events have priority registration for Denville residents. Please read the details on the registration page before signing up. Thank you!
Police Storytime with Officer Underwood
This program is full. We will see you on Monday!
STOP! READ! HAVE FUN!
Officer Bill Underwood from the Denville Police Department will visit us on Monday, July 6th at 10:30 am for a very special Police Storytime. For ages 2 and up, Officer Underwood will read us some fun stories, and then we will make a craft together.
Please register by clicking here or on the flyer below. See you soon!
Silly Science: Sweet Science
Silly Science is full. Thank you!
Kids ages 8 and up, please join us on Tuesday, July 7th at 3:30 pm for Silly Science. We will do an hour's worth of sweet science, including marshmallow engineering and ice cream making. Let's mix some things together and see what happens! (And we will learn, too!)
Space is limited, so please sign up by clicking here or on the flyer below.
** If there are allergy concerns, please note that we will be handling marshmallows but not eating them. We will also be using cream to make our ice cream, in case anyone has dairy concerns. **
Eyes of the Wild
Thank you! Eyes of the Wild is now full.
The animals are coming!
Looking to meet some furry friends? Love animals and learning about them? Then why not join us for a return visit from Eyes of the Wild on Wednesday, July 9th at 2 pm. We welcome all ages to this event inside the library. Please register by clicking here or on the flyer below, as we are limited in the amount of space we have in the meeting room.
Looking forward to seeing you and our animal pals then!
Touch the Music: Mozart Storytime
Touch the Music is now full. Thank you!
Ms. Claudia from Touch the Music returns on Thursday, July 9th at 11:00 am. Children ages 2 and up will learn about Mozart and hear stories, after which we will all get a chance to play real musical instruments. So much fun!
Space is limited. Please register by clicking here or on the flyer below. Thank you!
Military Hero Storytime
Want to meet a local hero? Looking for more stories about bravery? Then look no further because we have the storytime for you!
Join us on Friday, July 10th at 10:30 am for a Military Hero Storytime. Denville's own Lenny LeFebvre, a veteran of the U.S. Army, will visit the library to read stories and do a hero craft with us. If you are at least 2 years old, we would love to have you with us for this very special storytime. Please register by clicking here or on the flyer below. See you soon!
Sensory and Movement Storytime for Kids with Special Needs
Our next session of Sensory and Movement Storytime for Kids with Special Needs (for children with physical, developmental, medical, emotional, and/or learning-based special needs) will be held on Saturday, July 11th at 10:00 am.
If your child needs some time to become acclimated to our setting, please feel free to come at 9:45 am.
This program precedes our Read to a Dog program at 11:00 am, in which certified therapy dogs come to the library. Some of our therapy dogs will be available around 10:40 am specifically for the Sensory and Movement Storytime, so as to accommodate children who may be more comfortable in a smaller group. All children are welcome to stay for the 11:00 am session.
Please register by clicking here or on the flyer below. We can't wait to see you!
Read to a Dog!
Practice your reading this summer!
Meet Clover, Omega, Janie, Zoe, Turner, and Rusty at Read to a Dog on Saturday, July 11th from 11:00 am to Noon. This program is open to all ages and abilities, both readers and pre-readers. Feel free to read together as a family!
Reading aloud to non-judgmental listeners (like dogs!) boosts confidence and improves reading and recitation skills. Moreover, reading together helps to reinforce letter recognition and vocabulary, and it creates a stronger bond with books. It's also a lot of fun! Don't believe us? Check out these great photos from our June session.
Ready to sign up? Cool! Please register by clicking here or on the flyer below. Woof!
Morris Museum: Musical Instruments Around the World
On Monday, July 13th at 10:00 am, please join us at the library for a fun musical event from the Morris Museum.
If you are going into grades K thru 5, you don't want to miss this chance to participate in a multi-sensory exploration of musical instruments from around the world. Learn about instruments and the cultures that invented them while seeing, hearing, and touching real instruments!
Sound like a good time to you? Then wait no longer and please register by clicking here or on the flyer below. See you then!
Pottery for Kids
Both pottery sessions with Ms. Mary are full. Thank you!
Have you ever "thrown" clay on a pottery wheel? Do you want to try? We bet you do!
Local pottery instructor Mary Anzano returns to the Denville Library on Monday, July 13th for Pottery for Kids (ages 7 and up). Ms. Anzano brings a pottery wheel, clay, and years of experience to our library to help you make some neat pottery projects. We'll be using no-fire clay, so you can take home what you make! We'll also have modeling clay available for hand-created projects.
Please wear clothes that you don't mind getting a bit messy. We can't wait to see your creations!
There are two time slots available:
Please click here to register for the 6:30 pm session.
Please click here to register for the 7:30 pm session.
Fairy Camp Session Two
Session Two is now full. Thank you!
Ms. Heidi from Pequannock's Scribble Garden Cafe will return to the Denville Library this summer for three sessions of her very popular Fairy Camp. For children ages 3 and up, there will be fairy dress-up, face painting, and different crafts each week. Ms. Heidi will bring fairy wings and tutus for participants (boys are welcome, too).
Each week of Fairy Camp will have a separate registration. You are registering for Session Two on Tuesday, July 14th at 10:00 am.
** Please note that during this program, caregivers must wait outside the meeting room. Please be sure that your child is mature enough to participate without you present. Thank you! **
Please click here or on the flyer below to register. Thank you!
Tween Craft: Tote Bags
Calling all crafters!
Ages 10-14, please join us for another Tween Craft on Tuesday, July 14th at 4:00 pm. We will be decorating our own mini tote bags! Make one for yourself or to give as a gift. All materials will be provided.
Please register by clicking here or on the flyer below. See you soon!
Magic Show: Heroes, Magic & Books!
We are full. Thank you!
We are pleased to welcome Magician and Family Entertainer Steve Woyce for a family friendly evening of laughter and magic! Join us on Tuesday, July 14th at 7:00 pm for a superhero-filled magic show for all ages. So much fun!
Please register by clicking here or on the flyer below. We will see you then!
Robodyssey: Robot Heroes
Robodyssey is back!
Instructor David Peins returns on Wednesday, July 15th from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm for Robot Heroes. In this program, children in grades 4 through 8 will learn more ways to program robots using Microsoft Visual Basic programming language. These projects involve math, engineering, and the strategic placement of sensors for robot navigation.
If you were here for either of the last two programs, you remember how much fun our Robodyssey program is ... especially the robot competition. We can't wait!
Space is limited, so please register by clicking here on the flyer below.
Young Engineers: Machines!
Thank you! This program is completely full!
Sammi Caby is a recent Morris Knolls graduate who is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. Sammi will be hosting two Young Engineers programs for us this summer. So exciting!
In our second Young Engineers program, we will explore compound machines. Kids ages 8 to 12, please join us on Thursday, July 16th at 7:00 pm to learn about machines, mechanical advantage, and more. We will make our own compound machines using ordinary materials and applying basic principles of physics and engineering. Fun + education? Sounds good to us!
Space is limited. Please register by clicking here or on the flyer below.
Wiggles & Giggles: Pirates!
This storytime is now full. Thank you for your interest!
You're in luck! We have another Wiggles & Giggles storytime for you, this time full of stories, songs, and dance all based on our favorite sea faring adventurers....pirates!
If you are 2 years old and up, we think you'll get a real kick out of our tales and songs about the high seas and spectacular treasure hunts. So join us on Friday, July 17th at 10:30 am.
Please register by clicking here or on the flyer below. We will see you soon!
Minecraft Engineering: Desert Island Survival
Our friends from Computer Explorers will visit us on Saturday, July 18th for two sessions of Minecraft Engineering: Desert Island Survival.
In this class, kids will work together on a private server to build and expand upon a 3D immersive world exclusively designed for Computer Explorers. Students will work in Survival Mode, which requires them to take into account resources, hunger, tools and more. This class will use our engineering and problem-solving skills. It will be lots of fun, too!
We have two sessions divided by age group. Please click on the appropriate link below:
Grades 1-2, 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Grades 3-5, 11:40 am to 1:10 pm (FULL)
Tumblebooks Free Book of the Day
Tumblebooks is offering a free e-book each day. How fun! Be sure to check back daily to read a new children's story with your little ones.
Summer Reading Calendar
Please note that this calendar is a work in progress, so some events may change as we go forward.
You can scroll to June, July, and August on the small version included below, or you may click here to go directly to the larger Google Calendar.
Sign ups typically occur online about 10-14 days prior to each event. Thank you!
Additional Children's Links
More Great Links
Maryellen Liddy, the Supervising Librarian of Youth Services; Kate Mahoney, the Children's Librarian; and Christine Kabshura, the Children's Programmer, can all be reached at the Library's main number, 973-627-6555.
You can also e-mail Maryellen at Maryellen.Liddy@denvillelibrary.org or Kate at Katherine.Mahoney@denvillelibrary.org. Please contact us with any questions ... we love to hear from you!