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Click here for FEBRUARY CALENDAR!

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

Click here for Useful Websites: PARENTING & FAMILY

Special Programs

Read Across America READ ACROSS AMERICA - SATURDAY, MARCH 4th at 10:00 AM

All ages welcome. Please join us on for our annual Read Across America event, celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss! We'll have stories, songs, some very special guests, and of course, birthday cake. Sponsored by Friends of the South Plainfield Public Library. Click here for a flyer.

hands putting puzzle pieces together SPECIAL NEEDS INFORMATION PROGRAM - THURSDAY, MARCH 9th at 6:30 PM

For parents/caregivers of individuals with special needs. Please join us for a special presentation by the Bedrock Clinic and Research Center of South Plainfield. There will be two workshops presented for parents of children with special needs. The first, How to Obtain Funding for Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) will discuss the NJ Autism Bill and other funding options available in the state. The second, Taking Care of Me will discuss what self-care is and its importance, as well as explaining how to include self-care into a busy schedule. Click here for a flyer.

bird SUPER SCIENCE SUNDAY: BIRD BRAIN EDITION - SUNDAY, MARCH 12th at 3:00 PM

Ages 9 and up; registration IS required. Come join us to connect with nature, become a junior scientist, and learn all about birds! Click here for a flyer.

candy catapult NEW JERSEY MAKERS DAY - FRIDAY, MARCH 24th at 3:30 PM

Ages 7 and up; registration IS required. Come join us for New Jersey Makers Day and make some cool candy catapults! All supplies will be provided by the library. Click here for a flyer.


NEW! New programs beginning in February 2017:

Special Needs Sensory Storytime (All Ages)

Tween Graphic Novel Book Club (For Ages 10 and up)

NEW! New programs beginning in March 2017:

Anime Club (Ages 10 and up)

...Plus all our regularly scheduled programs!

See also: Programs for ALL AGES / MIXED AGES

CLICK HERE FOR FEBRUARY CALENDAR

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 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:

CHILDREN'S MEDITATION (Ages 7 - 12) - Most Thursdays from 7:00 to 7:30 PM

Each month we will explore various themes through which to practice mindfulness and meditation. Classes will end with several minutes of traditional seated meditation. Please check with the Children's Room staff for schedule.

LEGO BUILDERS CLUB (Ages 7 - 12) - Thursdays @ 3:30 PM, February 2, 9, 16 & 23

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

LEGO BUILDERS CLUB (Ages 7 - 12) - Mondays @ 3:30 PM, February 6 & 27

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, February 6 & 27

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.

ANIME CLUB (Ages 10 and up) - Wednesday, March 7th at 3:30 PM

Come and join us to watch My Neighbor Totoro at the first meeting of our new Anime club!

SUPER SCIENCE SUNDAY: BIRD BRAIN EDITION (Ages 9 and up; registration required) - Sunday, March 12th @ 3:00 PM

Come join us to connect with nature, become a junior scientist, and learn all about birds!

TWEEN GRAPHIC NOVEL BOOK CLUB (For ages 10 and up) - Wednesday, March 29th at 3:30 PM

Join us for a graphic novel book discussion! We'll be talking about El Deafo by Cece Bell, 'a perfect book that highlights our similarities while also showcasing our differences,' according to TeenReads. You can pick up a copy at the Adult reference desk.

See also: Programs for ALL AGES / MIXED AGES

All Ages or Mixed Ages

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FAMILY STORYTIMES - Saturdays @ 11:00 AM, February 4, 11, 18 & 25
(Registration is not required! Please check calendar for dates)

All Ages. 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!

handprint SPECIAL NEEDS SENSORY STORYTIME - Sunday, February 26th at 3:30 PM NEW!

All Ages. This program is designed to be an inclusive event for pre-school to young adult aged individuals with special needs. Sensory Storytime will be presented in a way to make participants more comfortable than they might be at a standard storytime. Click here for a flyer.

SPECIAL NEEDS INFORMATION PROGRAM - Thursday, March 9th at 6:30 PM

For Parents and/or Caregivers.

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

PUZZLE & GAME PLAYTIME (Ages 3 and up) - Tuesdays @ 11:30 AM, February 7, 14, 21 & 28

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

NEW! SPECIAL NEEDS SENSORY STORYTIME (Pre-school to young adult) - Sunday, February 26th @ 3:30 PM

READ ACROSS AMERICA CELEBRATION (All ages welcome) - Saturday, March 4th at 10:00 AM

See also SPECIAL PROGRAMS.

Explore the Web INFORMATION for PARENTS

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Search Kids Click

Type your question in the box below,
then click on 'GO' or press ENTER on your keyboard:

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Homework Help INFORMATION for PARENTS

World Almanac for Kids

 

SEARCH World Almanac for Kids
(If you get a login page, enter your name, library card barcode number and PIN)


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Click on the picture above to SEARCH Ebsco Explora for Grades K-5
(If you get a login page, enter your name, library card barcode number and PIN)


Primary Search
Click on the picture above to SEARCH Ebsco Primary Search for Elementary School students
(If you get a login page, enter your name, library card barcode number and PIN)


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:


(If you get a login page, enter your name, library card barcode number and PIN to get your search results)

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! Some of the websites listed in this section include hands-on experiments and activities which require adult supervision.

See also Science homework links, above.


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 or advertising. 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:

Click here for more computer safety & privacy links

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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