Children's Services News

2017 SUMMER READING CLUB

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Our "Build a Better World" 2017 Summer Reading Club  is in full swing. You can still register to earn cool prizes! The last down for sign-ups is Friday, August 4th.

The Summer Reading Club is open to both readers AND listeners. All ages are welcome. Participants must be Piscataway residents.

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 of our "Build a Better World"  2017 Summer Reading Club: 

Applebee’s Restaurant - Branchburg Sports Complex - Cedar Grove Catering - China Magic  -  Chipotle Grill - Dominick’s Pizza -  Dunkin Donuts -  Fontainbleau Diner -  Fratelli’s Pizzeria - Gianni's Pizzarama -  Hometown Buffet  -  Joe's Crab Shack - LongHorn Restaurant - Papa John’s - Petrucci’s Ice Cream - Piscataway Elks Lodge #2414 - Pump It Up - Quick Chek - Rebounderz of Edison - Red Lobster Restaurant - Red Robin Restaurant - Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium -  Sky Zone Trampoline Park - Smashburger - Somerset Patriots - Stelton Lanes - Target - T.G.I. Friday’s Restaurant 

Tinker CAMP (for those entering grades K-5)

Tinker CAMP is our revamped STEM and maker program workshop series for those entering grades K-5, operated in conjunction with the Piscataway Library Children's Services Department. Children will have the opportunity to make and take various age-appropriate projects for K-2, and grades 3-5.

Here is the 2017 Tinker Camp workshop schedule :

Workshop

Grade in September

Workshop Date

Workshop Time

Workshop Location

Windmill - Learn about force and motion by making your own working miniature windmill
 gr. K-2
Mon, July 10
2-3:30pm
Kennedy
Balloon Racers - Create and build 2 types of balloon powered vehicles powered by air
 gr. 3-5
Tue, July 11
2-3:30pm
Kennedy
Jumping Jack - Create one of the oldest toys known to humanity with moving parts controlled a series of strings
gr. K-2
Mon, July 17
2-3:30pm
Westergard
Pizza Box Circuits - Learn the basics of circuit design and building using a pizza box to make your creation come to life!
gr. 3-5
Tue, July 18
2-3:30pm
Westergard
Slime & Bath Bombs - Get gooey making your own personal slime you can take with you, and then some bat
gr. K-2
Mon, July 24
2-4pm
Kennedy
Paddle Boats - Put your engineering skills to the test using regular household supplies to create a small opera
 gr. 3-5
Tue, July 25
2-3:30pm
Kennedy
Balancing Robot & Gravity Beads - Explore the power of gravity with two projects, making a paper robot that can balance, and experimenting with moving beads powered by gravity!
gr. K-2
Mon, July 31
2-3:30pm
Westergard
Pneumatic Machine - Design and build a working miniature crane which is powered by air pressure!
gr. 3-5
Tue, Aug 1
2-4pm
Westergard
Terrarium - Take home your own small habitat as we provide the plants and resources to create your own living biome!
gr. K-2
Mon, Aug 7
2-3:30pm
Kennedy
Terrarium and Bath Bombs - Take home your own small habitat as we provide the plants and resources to create your own living biome as well as explore chemical reactions by making bath bombs!
gr. 3-5
Tue, Aug 8
2-3:30pm
Kennedy

Registration will be taken by visiting or calling the Children's Department at 732-463-1633 x7 starting Monday, June 26th

These workshops are ONLY open to Piscataway residents

Note : For Tinker CAMP, your child(ren) may only register for up to 2 programs in order to allow as many children as possible to be able to take advantage of these workshops. Tinker CAMP is generously funded by a PSEG Sparks grant

 

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!    

 

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

Lunch with the Librarian

07/25/2017 - 12:00pm to 12:45pm

Ages 4 and up

Bring your own lunch and enjoy stories, songs and games with the librarian.Image result for lunch

Westergard Mtg Rm

Wacky Wednesday: Dance Fun and Games for Kids

07/26/2017 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm

(Grades K-5)

 If you like music, movement, dancing, and playing games, join us for some musical games and dance fun!

Please register at the Westergard Information Desk or call 732-752-1166, ext. 6 beginning Monday, July 3rd, at 10 AM. 

Westergard Mtg Rm

Interactive Concert: Presley & Melody present Build a Better World

07/27/2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Ages 3 and up and their families

Due to limited space, strollers will not be allowed in this program.  Due to fire code, this program will be closed once the maximum occupancy for the meeting room is reached.

Children become stars on stage in this unique and creative concert experience.  The musical and educational format promotes the love of reading through live music, projected graphics and lyrics, and the use of creative props.  

Kennedy Main Mtg Room

Drop-in Craft

07/28/2017 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm

All Ages

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

Kennedy Childrens Room

Drop-in Craft

08/04/2017 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm

All Ages

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

Westergard Childrens Area

Lunch with the Librarian

08/08/2017 - 12:00pm to 12:45pm

Ages 4 and up

Bring your own lunch and enjoy stories, songs and games with the librarian.Image result for lunch

Kennedy Main Mtg Room

Drop-in Craft

08/11/2017 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm

All Ages

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

Kennedy Childrens Room

Drop-in Craft

08/18/2017 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm

All Ages

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

Westergard Childrens Area

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

Wacky Wednesday: Dance Fun and Games for Kids

07/26/2017 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm

(Grades K-5)

 If you like music, movement, dancing, and playing games, join us for some musical games and dance fun!

Please register at the Westergard Information Desk or call 732-752-1166, ext. 6 beginning Monday, July 3rd, at 10 AM. 

Westergard Mtg Rm

Gaming for Kids

07/27/2017 - 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

Interactive Concert: Presley & Melody present Build a Better World

07/27/2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Ages 3 and up and their families

Due to limited space, strollers will not be allowed in this program.  Due to fire code, this program will be closed once the maximum occupancy for the meeting room is reached.

Children become stars on stage in this unique and creative concert experience.  The musical and educational format promotes the love of reading through live music, projected graphics and lyrics, and the use of creative props.  

Kennedy Main Mtg Room

Drop-in Craft

07/28/2017 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm

All Ages

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

Kennedy Childrens Room

Wacky Wednesday: Crazy Concoctions

08/02/2017 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm

Grades K - 5

Join us for some more zany science fun!

Please register at the Kennedy Children's Information Desk or call 732-463-1633,  ext. 7 during regular library hours beginning 10:00am on Tuesday, August 1.

 

Kennedy Main Mtg Room

Drop-in Craft

08/04/2017 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm

All Ages

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

Westergard Childrens Area

Wacky Wednesday: Chess for Kids

08/09/2017 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm

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

Lego Club

08/10/2017 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm

Grades K - 5

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

Kennedy Main Mtg Room

Drop-in Craft

08/11/2017 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm

All Ages

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

Kennedy Childrens Room

Drop-in Craft

08/18/2017 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm

All Ages

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

Westergard Childrens Area

Introduction to Programming in Scratch

08/22/2017 - 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

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

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

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

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

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

07/22/2017 - 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 Monday, July 3rd. 

Kennedy Small Mtg Rm

Gardening for Kids with Special Needs

08/12/2017 - 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. This session will be led by a Rutgers Master Gardener who will discuss garden insects both beneficial and harmful. 

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

Kennedy Small Mtg Rm

Gaming for Kids with Special Needs

08/16/2017 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm

Grades 2 and up

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

Westergard Mtg Rm

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 Small Mtg Rm

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

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