Children's Services News

2017 SUMMER READING CLUB

Piscataway Public Library’s Children’s Services would like to thank the Friends of the Piscataway Library for their continued support of Children’s Services especially children’s programming and our Summer Reading Club.  

We would also like to thank the following businesses for their support:

 

THE SANDBOX BLOG

Our blog is specially-designed for kids and parents!   We also encourage Piscataway kids to submit their own creative writing and original artwork. Have a story, poem, or drawing you'd like to share? Submit your work to a Children's Librarian at Kennedy or Westergard Library, or email it to pwong@piscatawaylibrary.org and we'll post it on our blog for you. Visit our blog, The Sandbox, at pplkids.wordpress.com. and check out all the cool entries submitted by kids for kids, and be on the lookout for special contests!    

 

Mahira Gr 4 Eid Winner

 

 

 

 

Check out our storytimes for children by clicking on STORYTIMES above in the left hand corner!

Wacky Wednesday: Sidewalk Chalk Art

08/23/2017 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm

Ages 3 and up (parents of preschoolers must stay with their children during the program)Image result for sidewalk chalk

 

Westergard Childrens Area

Drop-in Craft

08/25/2017 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm

All Ages

Drop in anytime between 2:00pm and 2:45pm and make a special craft.

Kennedy Childrens Room

Back to School Drop-in Craft

09/01/2017 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm

All Ages

Drop in anytime between 2:00pm and 2:45pm and make a special back to school craft.

Westergard Childrens Area

Rhyme Time

09/08/2017 - 10:30am to 11:00am

For ages 6-36 months.

Share rhymes, finger plays, peek-a-boo games, and a story during this fast-paced 20-minute program.

Westergard Mtg Rm

Introduction to Programming in Scratch

08/22/2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Over the course of four sessions, have fun learning how to program video games, create animations, and develop coding logic. No previous programming experience required. 

Open to ages 8 yrs+. 

Session Date & Time:

Tuesday, August 22nd, from 11 AM - 1 PM

Wednesday, August 23rd, from 11 AM - 1 PM

Thursday, August 24th, from 11 AM - 1 PM

Friday, August 25th, from 11 AM - 1 PM

Participants must attend all four sessions. Please register by visiting or calling the KENNEDY Children's Department (732-463-1633). Registration begins on Tuesday, August 1st. 

MiY Lab

ChapterCats Book Club

08/22/2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

For children in grades 3-5

Join us as we discuss our MYSTERY book of the month over snacks, games, and activities.  Choose any MYSTERY book and  be ready to talk about it and have some fun.  Don't worry if you don't totally finish it. Please register at Kennedy Library 732-463-1633 ext. 7. starting on Tuesday, August 1st. 

Kennedy Small Mtg Rm

Introduction to Programming in Scratch

08/23/2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Over the course of four sesions, have fun learning how to program video games, create animations, and develop coding logic. No previous programming experience required. 

Open to ages 8 yrs+. 

Session Date & Time:

Tuesday, August 22nd, from 11 AM - 1 PM

Wednesday, August 23rd, from 11 AM - 1 PM

Thursday, August 24th, from 11 AM - 1 PM

Friday, August 25th, from 11 AM - 1 PM

Participants must attend all four sessions. Please register by visiting or calling the KENNEDY Children's Department (732-463-1633). Registration begins on Tuesday, August 1st. 

MiY Lab

Wacky Wednesday: Sidewalk Chalk Art

08/23/2017 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm

Ages 3 and up (parents of preschoolers must stay with their children during the program)Image result for sidewalk chalk

 

Westergard Childrens Area

Introduction to Programming in Scratch

08/24/2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Over the course of four sesions, have fun learning how to program video games, create animations, and develop coding logic. No previous programming experience required. 

Open to ages 8 yrs+. 

Session Date & Time:

Tuesday, August 22nd, from 11 AM - 1 PM

Wednesday, August 23rd, from 11 AM - 1 PM

Thursday, August 24th, from 11 AM - 1 PM

Friday, August 25th, from 11 AM - 1 PM

Participants must attend all four sessions. Please register by visiting or calling the KENNEDY Children's Department (732-463-1633). Registration begins on Tuesday, August 1st. 

MiY Lab

Gaming for Kids

08/24/2017 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm

Grades K-5

Join us for some Wii competition, board and card games -- or just watch as others compete.

Westergard Mtg Rm

Introduction to Programming in Scratch

08/25/2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Over the course of four sesions, have fun learning how to program video games, create animations, and develop coding logic. No previous programming experience required. 

Open to ages 8 yrs+. 

Session Date & Time:

Tuesday, August 22nd, from 11 AM - 1 PM

Wednesday, August 23rd, from 11 AM - 1 PM

Thursday, August 24th, from 11 AM - 1 PM

Friday, August 25th, from 11 AM - 1 PM

Participants must attend all four sessions. Please register by visiting or calling the KENNEDY Children's Department (732-463-1633). Registration begins on Tuesday, August 1st. 

MiY Lab

Drop-in Craft

08/25/2017 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm

All Ages

Drop in anytime between 2:00pm and 2:45pm and make a special craft.

Kennedy Childrens Room

Cupcake Wars

08/28/2017 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm

Race against the clock to become the Cupcake Wars Champion! We provide the cupcakes, you provide the creativity!

Ages 8-12 yrs. 

Please register for this program by calling (732-752-1166 ext. 6) or visiting the Westergard Information Desk starting Tuesday, August 1st. 

Westergard Mtg Rm

Wacky Wednesday: Budding Builders

08/30/2017 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm

Grades K - 5

Have fun building with our dollhouses, SNAP circuits, straws and K'nex.

No registration necessary.

Westergard Mtg Rm

Back to School Drop-in Craft

09/01/2017 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm

All Ages

Drop in anytime between 2:00pm and 2:45pm and make a special back to school craft.

Westergard Childrens Area

Budding Builders

09/06/2017 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm

Grades K - 5

Have fun building with our toys including dollhouses, SNAP circuits, straws and K'nex.

No registration necessary.

Kennedy Main Mtg Room

Lego Club

09/07/2017 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm

Grades K - 5

Join us and make some fun and interesting creations and see them displayed at the library.

Kennedy Main Mtg Room

Easy Peasy Python: Programming Workshop 1

09/10/2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

For kids in 4th-8th grade.

This class will cover the following:

-          What is python?
-          Awesome things you can do in python!
-          Why is computer science important?
-          How is computer science used in different ways?
-          How to install python
-          The features of python and how to work with it
-          Print statements
-          Comments
-          Math operators
-          Printing math operations
-          Combining things in print statements
-          Debugging statements

Session Date & Time:

Sunday, September 10, from 2-4 PM

Sunday, September 24, from 2-4PM

Sunday,October 1st, from 2-4 PM

Participants must attend all three sessions. Please register by visiting or calling the KENNEDY Children's Department (732-463-1633). Registration begins on Friday, September 1st. 

MiY Lab

Tales for Tails

09/11/2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Grades K - 5

Drop in and read to trained therapy dogs from The Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc.Image result for reading to therapy dogs

 

Kennedy Main Mtg Room

YELL! - Young Explorer's Library League

09/12/2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

 

Grades 2 - 5

Kids will work together with teen partners to complete a project.  Refreshments will be served.

Please register at the Westergard Information Desk or call 732-752-1166, ext. 6 beginning Friday, September 1.

 

 

 

 

Westergard Mtg Rm

Anti-Bullying Workshop

09/13/2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Let's get the school year off to a positive start! Join the Mobile Family Success Center for a an anti-bullying workshop presented by Amerigroup.

These workshop is geared toward youth in grades 4th through 8th.  

Kennedy Main Mtg Room

Muggle Quidditch!

09/14/2017 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm

For kids in 4th-7th grade.

Tournament Schedule:
Game 1 - Gryffindor vs.Ravenclaw (4:30-5PM)
Game 2- Hufflepuff vs. Slytherin (5:00-5:40PM)
Game 3 - Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 winner (5:50-6:20PM)
 
Individuals must register for this event by visiting or calling (732.463.1633 ext. 7) the J.F. Kennedy Memorial Library beginning on Friday, Sept. 1st. You will be assigned a team. 
 
  1. What is quidditch?

Quidditch is a competitive sport in the Wizarding World of the Harry Potter universe, featured in the series of novels and movies. It is a very popular semi-contact sport, played by wizards and witches. In the Wizarding World of the Harry Potter universe, Quidditch has a fervent fan following.

  1. What does the game entail? Can people play even if they don’t know the rules?

Quidditch is a semi-contact sport with a unique mix of elements from rugby, dodgeball, and tag. Matches are played between two teams of seven players riding broomsticks, using four balls: a Quaffle, two Bludgers, and a Golden Snitch. Bludgers are very lightweight foam balls used to tag people out of play for a brief period of time, quaffles are used for scoring, and capturing the snitch can win a team the entire game. Six ring-shaped goals are situated atop poles of different heights, three on each side of the field. We will go over the rules before the start of the game.

  1. Where are we playing?

At the Columbus Park softball fields ( 254 11st Street)

Offsite Location

Chess for Kids

09/18/2017 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm

Grades 1 and up  Image result for chess

Come to learn, come to teach and come to play!  All skill levels are welcome.  Piscataway residents only.

Westergard Mtg Rm

Easy Peasy Python: Programming Workshop 2

09/24/2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

For kids in 4th-8th grade.

This class will cover the following:

-           What are variables?
-          The “int” variable
-          The “double” variable
-          The “string” variable
-          The “Boolean” variable
-          Assigning values to variables
-          Printing values of variables
-          Saving math equations and sentences into variables
-          Programming projects and games with variables
-          How to get an input from the user
-          How to save an input from the user to a variable
-          Debugging statements

Session Date & Time:

Sunday, September 10, from 2-4 PM

Sunday, September 24, from 2-4 PM

Sunday,October 1st, from 2-4 PM

Participants must attend all three sessions. Please register by visiting or calling the KENNEDY Children's Department (732-463-1633). Registration begins on Friday, September 1st. 

MiY Lab

Art for Kids

09/27/2017 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm

(Grades K-5)

Fall is here! Use your imagination and chalk pastels to create a colorful autumn scene.

Please register at the Westergard Information Desk or call 732-752-1166, ext. 6 beginning Friday, September 1st.Image result for art palette

 

 

 

 

 

Westergard Mtg Rm

Gaming for Kids

09/28/2017 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm

Grades K-5

Join us for some Wii competition, board and card games -- or just watch as others compete.

Westergard Mtg Rm

Easy Peasy Python: Programming Workshop 3

10/01/2017 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

For kids in 4th-8th grade.

MiY Lab

Chess for Kids

10/02/2017 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm

Grades 1 and up  Image result for chess

Come to learn, come to teach and come to play!  All skill levels are welcome.  Piscataway residents only.

Westergard Mtg Rm

Chess for Kids

10/09/2017 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm

Grades 1 and up  Image result for chess

Come to learn, come to teach and come to play!  All skill levels are welcome.  Piscataway residents only.

Westergard Mtg Rm

Halloween Stories with Master Storyteller Charlies Kiernan

10/14/2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Please join us for Charles Kiernan's very special telling of tales that address the unexpected, the unusual, and the unheard of! 

For grades 4th-7th.

Performer Bio: Storyteller Charles Kiernan, now retired from gainful employment, performs at theaters, listening clubs, schools, libraries, and arts festivals. He is also president of the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild, Pennsylvania State Representative for the National Youth Storytelling Showcase, Pennsylvania State Liaison for the National Storytelling Network and recipient of the 2008 Individual Artist Award from the Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission

 

Westergard Mtg Rm

Chess for Kids

10/16/2017 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm

Grades 1 and up  Image result for chess

Come to learn, come to teach and come to play!  All skill levels are welcome.  Piscataway residents only.

Westergard Mtg Rm

These programs are especially suited for special needs students. You are more than welcome to attend any other age-appropriate programs that we offer.

Gardening for Kids with Special Needs

08/26/2017 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

For ages 10 yrs and up with a parent or caregiver

This series of programs focuses on the basics of gardening.

Please register at the Kennedy Children's Desk or by calling 732-463-1633, ext. 7 beginning Tuesday, August 1st. 

Kennedy Main Mtg Room

Special Needs Active Play (SNAP)

08/30/2017 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Ages 3 and up with a parent or caregiver 

Children with special needs and their families are invited to play and socialize in an informal fun-filled environment.  

Kennedy Main Mtg Room

Gaming for Kids with Special Needs

09/13/2017 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm

Grades 2 and up

Come join us and play some Wii games to build movement and communication.

Westergard Mtg Rm

Special Needs Active Play (SNAP)

09/23/2017 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Ages 3 and up with a parent or caregiver 

Children with special needs and their families are invited to play and socialize in an informal fun-filled environment.  

Kennedy Main Mtg Room

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