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THIS PAGE HAS CHANGED! Due to the increased number of our children's programs, we have re-organized this page to list programs by age group - please note the re-titled categories above!

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NEW!! Free tutoring services @ the library, for 2nd through 5th graders!

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Special Programs

snowflake SUPER SCIENCE SUNDAY - Sunday, January 22nd @ 3:00 PM

Ages 8 and up; please register! Come and join your friends and engage in fun winter-themed engineering challenges! Try to make a Snowman Cup Tower! Participate in the Craft Stick Snowflake Challenge! Try to make a working Duct Tape Sled and attempt your best score at Snowman Bowling! Click here for a flyer.

Jenga logo LIFE-SIZE BOARD GAMES - Wednesday, January 25th @ 3:30 PM

For ages 9 and up. Come join us as we play some of your favorite games - just life size versions! Memory, Jenga, Sorry, and more! Click here for a flyer.

NEW! New programs beginning in January 2017:

CHILDREN'S MEDITATION (Ages 7 - 12)

CHINESE LANGUAGE STORYTIME (Ages 2 - 6)

LEGO BUILDERS CLUB sessions on MONDAYS (Ages 7 - 12)

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Babies AGES: Up to 2 years

Baby Time
with Miss Linda
Friday mornings
Click here for times & details
Mother Goose
Registration is not required!


INFORMATION for PARENTS:

Baby Time is designed for our youngest patrons and their caregivers. It is intended to introduce babies to the library in a positive way. This is a lapsit program including both structured time (songs & rhymes) and free play time. We have divided Baby Time into two different sessions, described below.

SESSION #1: NON-WALKERS

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM, Friday mornings

20-25 minutes of songs and rhymes for our youngest patrons followed by 20-25 minutes of play and socialization time. This session is best suited for babies who aren't quite brave enough to roam very far from their caregiver, regardless of ability to walk. No cell phones please!

SESSION #2: WALKERS

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM, Friday mornings

25-30 minutes of songs and rhymes for our younger patrons followed by 25-30 minutes of play and socialization time. This session is best suited for babies who are a little more adventerous and enjoy roaming around. No cell phones please!

If you have both a walker and a non-walker, please use your best judgment and pick the session that you think would be most appropriate. Remember - our goal is to keep all of our friends safe and comfortable!

Click here for a printable Baby Time flyer (PDF).

Toddlers & Pre-K AGES: 2 to 5 years

Toddler Time (Time for 2s & 3s)
with Miss Mija
Wednesday mornings at 10:30 AM
Thursday mornings at 10:30 AM
Cat & fiddle
Registration is not required!

INFORMATION for PARENTS:

Toddler Time is designed for our youngest patrons and their caregivers. It is intended to introduce toddlers to books and libraries in a positive way. This program runs 25 - 35 minutes and includes songs, rhymes, fingerplays, short books, and a craft. Caregivers should remain in the storyroom and are encouraged to join in the activities. No cell phones please!


Chinese Language Storytime (Ages 2 - 6)
with Ms. Kitty and Ms. Suzy
Third Tuesday of each month at 3:30 PM
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Registration is not required!

INFORMATION for PARENTS:

This session will be held primarily in Mandarin, but children who have had no exposure to Chinese are encouraged to attend. Ms. Kitty and Ms. Suzy will give a short explanation of each song and story in English as they are presented.

Click here for a flyer in MANDARIN.

Click here for a flyer in ENGLISH.


See also: Programs for ALL AGES / MIXED AGES

Grade Schoolers & 'Tweens AGES: 6 - 12

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Click on a title below for a flyer / more information:

NEW! CHILDREN'S MEDITATION (Ages 7 - 12) - Thursdays from 7:00 to 7:30 PM, starting January 5th

Each month we will explore various themes through which to practice mindfulness and meditation. Classes will end with several minutes of traditional seated meditation.

LEGO BUILDERS CLUB (Ages 7 - 12) - Thursdays @ 3:30 PM, January 5, 12, 19 & 26

Come and build with Lego! We supply the materials, you supply the creativity!

NEW! LEGO BUILDERS CLUB (Ages 7 - 12) - Mondays @ 3:30 PM, January 9, 23, & 30

Come and build with Lego! We supply the materials, you supply the creativity!

KID'S CORNER BOOK CLUB (Ages 8 - 10) - Mondays @ 6:30 PM, January 9, 23, & 30

Join us on Monday evenings for a book discussion! To get a copy of the next book we'll be reading, ask at the Adult Reference Desk.

TWEEN TIME 3-D SNOWFLAKE CRAFT (Ages 9 and up) - Tuesday, January 10th @ 3:30 PM

Join us as we use some ordinary printer paper and some basic math concepts to create amazing art - all supplies will be provided!

MINECRAFT ART (Ages 10 and up) - Wednesday, January 18th @ 3:30 PM

Come and make some awesome Minecraft art with us! We'll provide all the supplies you need.

SUPER SCIENCE SUNDAY (Ages 8 and up) - Sunday, January 22nd @ 3:00 PM

Please register! Come and join your friends and engage in fun winter-themed engineering challenges! Try to make a Snowman Cup Tower! Participate in the Craft Stick Snowflake Challenge! Try to make a working Duct Tape Sled and attempt your best score at Snowman Bowling!

LIFE-SIZE BOARD GAMES (Ages 9 and up) - Wednesday, January 25th @ 3:30 PM

Come join us as we play some of your favorite games - just life size versions! Memory, Jenga, Sorry, and more!

BEGINNERS BOOK CLUB (Ages 6 - 8) - Thursday, January 26th @ 6:30 PM

Newly-minted readers are invited to join us as we read and then discuss an Easy Reader title at our monthly meeting.

See also: Programs for ALL AGES / MIXED AGES

All Ages or Mixed Ages

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FAMILY STORYTIMES (All Ages) - Saturdays @ 11:00 AM, January 7, 14, 21 & 28
(Registration is not required! Please check calendar for dates)

This is a storytime that everyone in the family can come and enjoy! We sing songs, read books, and finish up with a craft suitable for all ages. The storytime itself lasts about 25-30 minutes, followed by the craft session. Caregivers should remain in the storyroom and are encouraged to join in the activities. No cell phones please!

Click on a title below for a flyer / more information:

PUZZLE & GAME PLAYTIME (Ages 3 and up) - Tuesdays @ 11:30 AM, January 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31

Come and play! Free playtime with our board games & puzzles

NEW! CHINESE LANGUAGE STORYTIME (Ages 2 - 6) - Tuesday, January 17th (third Tuesday of the month) @ 3:30 PM

MINECRAFT ART (Ages 10 and up) - Wednesday, January 18th @ 3:30 PM

Come and make some awesome Minecraft art with us! We'll provide all the supplies you need.

SUPER SCIENCE SUNDAY (Ages 8 and up) - Sunday, January 22nd @ 3:00 PM

Please register! Come and join your friends and engage in fun winter-themed engineering challenges! Try to make a Snowman Cup Tower! Participate in the Craft Stick Snowflake Challenge! Try to make a working Duct Tape Sled and attempt your best score at Snowman Bowling!

See also SPECIAL PROGRAMS.

Explore the Web INFORMATION for PARENTS

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Homework Help INFORMATION for PARENTS
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SEARCH Ebsco Explora for Grades K-5
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SEARCH World Almanac for Kids
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Fun Stuff INFORMATION for PARENTS

BOOKS & STORIES

Find new books based on books you like!       Next Reads newsletters - recommended reading for kids!

Find Your Next Book to Read:


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BOOKS, STORIES, & READING - GENERAL SITES:

Find more at:

LEARNING TO READ:

FAVORITE BOOKS & AUTHORS:

Find many more at:


MAGAZINES & COMICS


ARTS & CRAFTS


MUSIC


OUTDOOR FUN & SPORTS


SCIENCE & DISCOVERY

PARENTS PLEASE NOTE! The websites listed in this section include hands-on experiments and activities which require adult supervision.

TOYS & GAMES


MOVIES & TV


HOME, SCHOOL & FRIENDS


MORE FUN STUFF!

INFORMATION for PARENTS:

The Internet contains many different kinds of material and its links can take you to many places. Some of these places may not be suitable for children. In creating this page, the South Plainfield Public Library staff has attempted to choose the best websites available, but we cannot be responsible for accuracy of information at these sites. We have also attempted to choose only 'child-safe' websites, but because websites change frequently, and may contain links to many other sites, we cannot guarantee child-safe content. Some of these sites include commercial advertisements, which also change frequently and may not be suitable for children. Our inclusion of websites on this page is not an endorsement of any products or services these sites may be selling. Please supervise your child's exploration of the Web and make sure that the journey is a healthy one. For advice about how to keep your child safe online, we recommend:

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If your children will be using the South Plainfield Public Library's computers to access the internet, please be sure to read our Computer Use & Internet Access Policy.

Click here for Useful Websites: PARENTING & FAMILY.

The National Parent Helpline® at 1-855-4A PARENT (1-855-427-2736) offers emotional support to parents who may be feeling overwhelmed or need someone to listen to them.

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