Let’s celebrate cooler weather, outdoor sports, fall holidays, apple and pumpkin picking, some great library activities……and especially curling up with a good book! We’re sharing in the One Book Bernardsville October activities, too! Watch for “ghostly” activities all month!
Nursery Time on Mondays
We start off Nursery Time with a “welcome” finger play, then play music, read books and dance. Children and caregivers learn rhymes to play at home, and there is always time to socialize, play puzzles or build with blocks after the program.
Mondays, September 19-October 31, from 10:30-11:00 am. For ages 17 mos. – 2 1/2 yrs. Free. No sign-up needed.
Art la Cart on Mondays
We love sharing this open studio approach to art, and now we’ll have the “studio” open on Monday afternoons. Each week we’ll have a different art experience, and you may drop in any time between 4:00-5:30 pm to participate. On October 24 we’ll make some creative ghost crafts. On October 31 we’ll try pipe cleaner art.
Mondays, September 19-October 31, from 4:00-5:30 pm. Family program. Free. No sign-up needed.
Story Time Express on Tuesdays
Children will learn the rhythm and routine of story time through theme-related books, finger-plays, action verses and rhymes, and will make a craft. This abbreviated story time is ideal for children who are not yet accustomed to focusing for longer periods.
Tuesdays, September 27-November 1, from 10:30-11:00 am. For ages 2½-4 years. Free. No sign-up needed.
Reading Rumpus on Tuesdays
Have you heard about our Reading Rumpus program? Each week we read a story together, then share it in different ways. Children actively participate in the story telling process, and they leave with an activity to share with their friends and family.
Tuesdays, September 27-November 1, from 2:00-2:30 pm. For ages 2½-5 years. Free. No sign-up needed.
Tuesday LEGO® Building
What will you build? We have a large collection of blocks to share. Drop in for a few minutes or for the whole time. Build your own creation or collaborate on a Lego challenge with your friends.
Tuesdays, September 27-November 1, from 4:00-5:30 pm. Family. Free. No sign-up needed.
Baby Book Time and Baby Play Time
Our Baby Book Time class, followed by an open play time, meets on Wednesday mornings, from 9:30-10:30 am. This program shares an array of finger-plays, books and music for parents, grandparents, caregivers, and their babies, during the first half hour. The second half hour is open play. Remember to enter the library from the glass door along the driveway, as the main library doesn’t open until 10:00.
Baby Book Time: Wednesdays, September 21-November 2, from 9:30-10:00 am. Baby Play Time follows from 10:00-10:30 am. Birth-17 months. Free. No sign-up needed.
Library Discovery Lab
Experience the library in an “experimental” way! Join us for stories and experiments featuring STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concepts. Children will listen to stories, watch basic demonstrations and do simple experiments that reinforce these concepts. This program is perfect for home-school students, but everyone is welcome.
Wednesdays, September 21-November 2, from 3:00-3:30 pm. For ages 6-9 years. Free. No sign-up needed.
Thursday Story Time
Would you like to hear some stories, play music, learn a finger-play or an action rhyme, help with a flannel board activity and make a craft? If that sounds like fun, join us on Thursday mornings for story time. We’ll be doing all of those things and more!
Thursdays, September 22-November 3, from 10:30-11:15 am. For ages 2½-5 years. Free. No sign-up needed.
Build a Fort Night
Bring in a flashlight, some blankets, sheets or towels from home and we’ll provide chairs and tables…….let’s build some forts! What can you do in your fort? Why, read some stories, of course. Or maybe you could tell some stories, too. This is bound to be an fun evening. Don’t be late, doors will be locked at 6:00 pm!
Friday, October 21, from 5:45-8:00 pm. Please arrive between 5:45-6:00 pm. Free. Family activity. No sign-up needed.
We’ll provide the ingredients for you to whip up some Halloween delicacies! Don’t worry, real food will be involved, although the result might be something you’ve never seen before. Miss Tammy is a kitchen wizard who knows what kids like. Get ready to munch (or slurp) it right up!
Sunday, October 23, from 2:00-3:00 pm. Family program. Free. No sign-up needed.
Bring a flashlight, and join us for some spooky story telling! We’ve found a few fun, ghostey, kind of spooky stories to send some shivers into you and your loved ones. Prepare to be scared!
Wednesday, October 26, from 7:00-7:30 pm. Free. For Grades 2 & up. No sign-up needed.
Friday, October 28, from 10:30-11:00 am. For ages 2½-5 years. Free. No sign-up needed.
Story Time Saturdays
Don’t forget……we have story time every Saturday, even during the other program breaks. Stories, music, finger plays and more await you and your children. We hope to see you there!
Saturdays, from 10:30-11:15 am. Family. Free. No sign-up needed.
Pre-Teen Community Service
Would you like to earn community service credits while having fun at the library? Bring a friend and join us for Pre-Teen Community Service evenings. Come for an hour, help us with projects, chat with your friends and make a difference.
Thursday, November 17, from 6:30-7:30 pm. Gr. 4-6. No sign-up needed.
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