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Click here for AUGUST CALENDAR!

SUMMER READING CLUB: LAST DAY TO CHECK IN - SATURDAY, AUGUST 19th

ALL REGULAR CHILDREN'S PROGRAMMING IS CANCELLED AUGUST 21 - SEPTEMBER 30!

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

Click here for Useful Websites: PARENTING & FAMILY

Special Programs

Summer Reading Program

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board games FAMILY GAME DAY - FRIDAY, AUGUST 18th at 3:00 PM

All ages welcome! Come and play one of our board games or bring a favorite from home to share! We encourage adults to participate as well so feel free to bring along grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. to play as well!

bingo PAJAMA BINGO - WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23rd at 6:30 PM

All ages welcome! Jump in your jammies and join us for an evening of family fun as we play a few games of Bingo! (Yes, there will be prizes!)

kindness rock KINDNESS ROCKS - FRIDAY, AUGUST 25th from 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM

All ages. The Kindness Rocks Project is a nationwide movement meant to inspire others and promote kindness... with rocks! Rocks are decorated with inspirational sayings and left hidden around the community for others to find. Join us to help spread some goodwill by creating some of these tiny treasures to be left around town!

INTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMMING IN SCRATCH - AUGUST 29 - 30 from 2:45 - 4:45 PM

Ages 8 - 13; registration required.


...Plus all our regularly scheduled programs!

CLICK HERE FOR AUGUST CALENDAR

Babies AGES: Up to 2 years

Baby Time
with Miss Linda
Friday mornings
Click here for times & details
PLEASE CHECK THIS MONTH'S CALENDAR for dates and cancellations!
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 6 years

Toddler Time (Time for 2s & 3s)
with Miss Mija
Wednesday mornings at 10:30 AM
Thursday mornings at 10:30 AM
PLEASE CHECK THIS MONTH'S CALENDAR for dates and cancellations!
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!


Storytime & Craft (Ages 3 to 6 years)
Tuesday mornings at 10:30 AM
Wednesday Evenings at 6:30 PM
Thursday Afternoons at 1:15 PM
PLEASE CHECK THIS MONTH'S CALENDAR for dates and cancellations!
Story bunny
Registration is not required!

INFORMATION for PARENTS:

This is an independent storytime where children sit and listen to stories all by themselves. Storytime is designed to introduce children to books and libraries in a positive, enjoyable way. The program time averages 45 minutes to 1 hour and includes a variety of stories, fingergames, action rhymes, and a related craft. Along with aiding the development of listening and motor skills, storytime is also a time when children can learn socialization skills with children their own age.

To help provide an optimal learning atmosphere for your child during storytime, please observe the following guidelines:


Chinese Language Storytime (Ages 2 - 6)
with Ms. Kitty and Ms. Suzy
TUESDAY, AUGUST 15th at 4:30 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:

DROP-IN HOMESCHOOLING SUPPORT GROUP - MOST MONDAYS & THURSDAYS at 3:30 PM

For parents. Please check the Children's Room Calendar for schedule. Are you curious about homeschooling? An experienced homeschooler who would like to meet others? Ms Stella (a seasoned homeschooling mom herself) invites you to stop by on Monday or Thursday afternoons between 3:30 - 5:00 PM for an informal Drop-In Homeschooling Support Group during Lego Builders Club. Chat about homeschooling while the kids are busy with Legos!

LEGO BUILDERS CLUB - THURSDAYS at 3:30 PM. Please click here for dates.!

Ages 7 - 12. Come and build with Lego! We supply the materials, you supply the creativity!

CHILDREN'S MEDITATION - MOST THURSDAYS from 7:00 to 7:30 PM

Ages 7 - 12. Please check with the Children's Room staff for schedule. Each month we will explore various themes through which to practice mindfulness and meditation. Classes will end with several minutes of traditional seated meditation.

KID'S CORNER BOOK CLUB - MONDAYS at 6:30 PM. Please click here for dates!

Ages 8 - 10.

G.R.E.A.T BOOK CLUB - SATURDAYS at 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM. Please click here for dates!

SORRY! No more spaces are available in this program!

SUMMER SCIENCE LEAGUE - MONDAYS at 3:00 PM Please click here for dates.!

Grades 6 - 12; registration required.

INTRODUCTION TO PROGRAMMING IN SCRATCH - AUGUST 29 - 30 from 2:45 - 4:45 PM

Ages 8 - 13; registration required.

See also: Programs for ALL AGES / MIXED AGES and SPECIAL PROGRAMS

All Ages or Mixed Ages

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FAMILY STORYTIMES - SATURDAYS at 11:00 AM - Please click here 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!

CHINESE LANGUAGE STORYTIME

Ages 2 - 6.

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PUZZLE & GAME PLAYTIME - TUESDAYS at 11:30 AM. Please click here for dates!

Ages 3 and up. Come and play! Free playtime with our board games & puzzles

KINDNESS ROCKS - FRIDAY, AUGUST 25th from 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM

All ages.

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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