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!
Read to a Dog! Photos
We had so much fun at our September session of Read to a Dog. Huge thanks to Clover, Janie, and Zoe (pictured below) and Miss Rusty for taking the time out of their busy schedules to listen to our young readers. Want to see more photos from September? Please click here or on the girls' picture below. Our dogs visit us the first Saturday of each month, so they will return on Saturday, October 4th at 11:00 am. We hope to see you then! Woof!
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Many of these events have priority registration for Denville residents. Please read the details on the registration page before signing up. Thank you!
Fall Storytimes are starting up! Woo hoo! We will read stories, sing songs, do fun learning activities, and make a craft!
This registration will cover the entire eight-week session (we understand that you will likely miss a few classes; that's perfectly okay!). We look forward to seeing you!
Baby & Me
Please email email@example.com to register for Baby & Me, Ages 6 to 24 months, Wednesdays (September 10th to October 29th) at 9:30 am with Ms. Maryellen.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register for Baby & Me, Ages 6 to 24 months, Thursdays (September 11th to October 30th) at 9:30 am with Ms. Chris.
2s and 3s
Storytime, Ages 2 & 3, Mondays (September 8th to October 27th) at 10:30 am with Ms. Kate is full. Thank you!
Storytime for Ages 2 & 3, Tuesdays (September 9th to October 28th) at 10:00 am with Ms. Maryellen is full. Thank you!
3s and Up
Please email email@example.com to register for Storytime, Ages 3 & Up, Wednesdays (September 10th to October 29th) at 11:30 am with Ms. Kate.
Spanish Together: Spanish Language Lessons for Preschoolers!
Joyce Schenkman, a certified preschool and elementary school teacher with years of classroom experience, is bringing her Spanish Together program to the Denville Library. Yay! Ms. Joyce will lead a four-week Spanish Together program for preschoolers (children ages 3 to 6), in which she will teach conversational Spanish and basic vocabulary to kids with no prior experience in speaking Spanish. This fun and interactive approach uses songs, stories, and hands-on activities. This is a great way to share and reinforce the language experience for little ones!
Sessions are ongoing on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 am through October 1st, and we still have a few spots open. Want to join us? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. See you soon!
Fall Family Craft Night
Please join us for a Fall Family Craft Night on Monday, September 22nd at 6:30 pm. For children ages 6 and up, we will have four awesome craft stations at which we will make and decorate an autumn mobile, coin purses / wallets, and happy harvest wreaths. Our food station will feature Halloween bark, because it's never too early to start preparing for our favorite spooky holiday!
Children are welcome to spend as much -- or as little! -- time at each station, and everyone will go home with an armload of cool (and tasty) creations!
Sound like a good time? We think so, too! Please register by clicking here or on the flyer below. See you soon!
Ages 3 and up, please join us for Fitness Storytime with certified personal trainer Melissa Schulte on Thursday, September 25th at 10:30 am.
Did you know that physical activity for preschoolers improves coordination and builds stamina? It does! It's also an effective way to begin learning sportsmanship, goal setting, and team work. We will listen to great stories and then use a wide variety of props -- cones, weighted scarves, hand prints, fitness dice, etc. -- in structured play.
These sessions fill up quickly! Don't miss your chance ... sign up by clicking here or on the flyer below!
Fall Apples Storytime
Looking for a special storytime? Excited for crisp weather and fall fruit? Are you at least two years old? Then why not join us on Friday, September 26th at 10:30 am for a program you can fall into: an apple storytime! We’ll read stories and sing songs about the fall weather and delicious apples we can eat this time of year! A special apple craft will be provided too.
Please register by clicking here or on the flyer below and we’ll look forward to seeing you then!
Drop-In Craft: Scarecrows
When you think of fall, do you think about pumpkins? Leaves? Apples? How about scarecrows? We do, too! We are hosting a Drop-In Craft on Saturday, September 27th from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, and we will be making our own scarecrows! This craft is for ages 3 and up and is extra fun as a family activity! Stop by any time during the hour.
No registration necessary!
Tween Tech Workshop Session One: Programming!
Do you enjoy learning new skills and ways to be creative on the computer? Are you looking to become more technologically savvy? Are you in grades 4-7?
If so, please join us for our first session of Tween Tech Workshops running for four weeks this fall and starting on Tuesday, September 30th from 4:30 pm until 5:30 pm.
In our first session we will dive into some basic programming and learn how to use some user-friendly websites to start creating our own programming projects.
Please register for this first session (we will do separate registrations for every session) by clicking here or on the flyer below. Hope to see you soon!
After School Art
Calling all budding artists!
We love art, we love painting, and we love creating. We think you do, too! So we are launching four weeks of After School Art for grades 2 through 6. We will meet on four consecutive Wednesdays from October 1st through October 22nd at 4:30 pm. Each week, we will learn about a different type of art and explore some of its associated culture. Then we will get busy being creative!
Each week of After School Art will have a separate registration. You do not need to attend each week. Here is our schedule:
Week One (October 1st): Mixed Media Collages
Week Two (October 8th): Color
Week Three (October 15th): Pointillism
Week Four (October 22nd): Day of the Dead Masks.
Please click here or on the flyer below to register for Week One: Mixed Media Collages.
We can't wait to see what you create! See you soon!
Thank you everyone for your warm welcome to our new yoga instructor, Michele Magnotta! We heard wonderful reviews from her August and September sessions of Yoga Storytime.
Ms. Michele's third session of Yoga Storytime will be held on Thursday, October 2nd at 10:00 am. Children ages 2 and up are welcome to come hear stories, stretch, and practice yoga poses. Please register by clicking here or on the flyer below. Namaste!
Empty meeting room + toys + music + instruments + fun surprises = Preschool Playtime!
Ages 18 months to 5 years are welcome to join us for Preschool Playtime on Friday, October 3rd from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. This will be the first of four October Friday sessions where kids can play, socialize, burn off some energy, and make new friends.
So that we have plenty of room for everyone to spread out, please register by clicking here or on the flyer below.
See you soon!
Sensory and Movement Storytime
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, October 4th 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. Two 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!
As we settle into another school year, October is the perfect time to practice reading with our therapy dogs. Meet Clover, Rusty, Zoe, and Turner (Janie is on vacation this month!) at Read to a Dog on Saturday, October 4th from 11:00 am to Noon. This program is open to all ages and abilities, both readers and pre-readers.
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 September session.
Ready to sign up? Cool! Please register by clicking here or on the flyer below. Woof!
Additional Children's Links
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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!