1,000 Books before Kindergarten | Weekly Storytimes | Drop-in fun | Crafternoons
Special events | Spring recess craft bonanza | Summer programs

 

Registration begins Tuesday, April 4 at 9 am for May and June programs

 

1,000 Books before Kindergarten

All over the country, families are embarking on an exciting challenge to get young children on track for a future of reading success. The goal is to read 1,000 books together before children enter kindergarten. The Moorestown Library encourages all parents of young children, no matter how small, to take the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge. Pick up your reading log at the library or connect to Moorestown Library on GoodReads to keep your reading log online. Earn prizes for reaching milestones along the way. Each fall, we will hold a very special event for new kindergarteners who have met the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge!

 


Weekly Storytimes

Please note that story times for children ages 3 through Kindergarten require registration. Registration opened in September, and some sessions are full. Registration is open to Moorestown residents and Moorestown Library cardholders. We are happy to register your child at any time if space permits.

Baby Time (for children under 2, with a caregiver. Siblings are welcome.)
No registration required.
Mondays at 9:30 am or 10:15 am
SPRING: March 6, 13, 20, 27 and April 3, 10

Time for Twos (for children who are 2 years old, with a caregiver. Siblings are welcome.)
No registration required.
Mondays at 11 am or 11:45 am
SPRING: March 6, 13, 20, 27 and April 3, 10

3-4 Year-Old Story Time (for children who will be 3 by October 1, 2016)
*Register for one:
Wednesdays 9:30 am OR 1:30 pm
SPRING: March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and April 5, 12

4-5 Year Old Story Time (for children who will be 4 by October 1, 2016)
*Register for one:
Thursdays, 1:30 pm
SPRING: March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and April 6, 13

Fridays, 9:30 am
SPRING: March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and April 7

Kindergarten Story Time (for children currently enrolled in Kindergarten)
*Register for one:
Mondays, 1:30 pm OR 4:15 pm
SPRING: March 6, 13, 20, 27 and April 3, 10

Drop-In Fun for Everyone!

​​Science Saturday! The Franklin Institute presents: Motion and Machines
Roll, slide, and spin! Investigate the basic physics of motion in this interactive show. We'll use rubber balls, bricks, and wooden blocks to introduce and understand Newton's Laws of Motion. Then, witness these laws in action in a lever, pulley, and student-driven hover car. Sponsored by Sean Fischel Connect.
Saturday, April 1 at 10 am

Storybook Symphony presented by Symphony in C
For children ages 4+ and their families.
Join us for a unique presentation blending symphony and story! A percussion ensemble will demonstrate their instruments’ possibilities, perform a variety of music and set a picture book to music. Sponsored by The Friends of the Moorestown Library.
Saturday, April 8 at 11 am

Create a Treasure Box for Mother’s Day (all ages, no registration)
Just in time for Mother’s Day, drop in to make a beautiful treasure box for Mom!
One per child, please. While supplies last. Sponsored by Sean Fischel Connect.
Friday, May 12, drop in all day (9 am – 5 pm)
Saturday, May 13, drop in all day (9 am – 5 pm)

Create a Baseball Hat for Father’s Day (all ages, no registration)
Show Dad how special he is by creating a one-of-a-kind baseball hat he’ll wear with pride! One per child, please.
While supplies last. Sponsored by Sean Fischel Connect.
Friday, June 16, drop in all day (9 am – 5 pm)
Saturday, June 17, drop in all day (9 am – 5 pm)

Sing-Along with Miss Madeline (ages birth to 5)
Join beloved music teacher Madeline Knott for a music-filled morning perfect for preschoolers! Sponsored by the Friends
of the Moorestown Library. No registration required.
Saturday, May 6 at 10:45 am


Crafternoons (for grades 4+, registration is required)

Make a Mosaic Flower Pot (grades 4+)
Just in time for Earth Day, we’re recycling old CDs into colorful, shiny mosaic tiles to decorate terra cotta flower pots.
Thursday, April 6 at 4 pm

Recycled Wind Chimes (grades 4+)
We will be making colorful wind chimes from recycled plastic lids,
bottle caps, and colorful beads to brighten up your outdoors!
Thursday, May 4 at 4 pm

Duct Tape Checkerboards (grades 4+)
Get ready to hit the beach with a cool portable checkerboard
you made yourself! We will create durable, colorful checkerboards
from stylish duct tape. Please select your color scheme when you register. Choose from: Purple/Black, Rainbow/Black, or Tie-Dye/Black.
Thursday, June 1 at 4 pm


Special events

Crazy 8s Math Club (Grades 1-3)
*Registration is required.
Join us for Round 3 of Bedtime Math’s over-the-top math club designed to get kids fired up about math!
Sign up for the 8-week session:
Wednesdays, 4:15-5 pm: March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and April 5, 12, 26

Cool Contest: Nancy Drew Trivia Challenge
Super Sleuth Nancy Drew made her literary debut on April 28, 1930.
To celebrate, we’re holding a mystery-themed trivia challenge. Pick up a question sheet in the Children’s Room and return it by Saturday, April 29. One lucky winner will receive a set of six Nancy Drew hardback books with vintage covers.

Reading to the Dog: Stories with Laurie
Registration is Required
Sign up to practice reading your favorite stories to Miss Jen and her lovable little dachshund Laurie. Register for one 15-minute session. All ages.
Wednesdays, 4 to 5 pm: May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Spring Recess Craft Bonanza, April 17 – April 21
All ages, all day – While supplies last!
Drop in each day during Spring Break for colorful spring crafts inspired by the art and stories of Eric Carle.

Monday, April 17 – Color a unique Very Hungry Caterpillar crown.
Tuesday, April 18 – Replicate Eric Carle’s colorful collage technique to make a beautiful Mr. Seahorse poster.
Wednesday, April 19 – String green macaroni and colorful cut-outs together to make a necklace inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Thursday, April 20 – Use tissue paper collage to create a Very Quiet Cricket stick puppet.
Friday, April 21 – Paint me a star! Use paint and paper shapes to assemble one-of-kind stars like the ones you see in Draw Me a Star and Papa, Please get the Moon for Me.


Summer Programs

Summer Reading Kick-Off: Friends Around the World Concert featuring Yosi
Bring the whole family for a multicultural, interactive, educational concert with songs, humor, dances and instruments from around the world! We’ll get “hands on” with instruments from India, Australia, Peru and Egypt, learn to count and say “Hello” in many languages, and gain a new appreciation for other cultures. It’s the perfect way to kick off our Summer Reading Program: “Build a Better World.” Afterwards, join us for dessert on the library’s patio. Sponsored by the Friends of the Moorestown Library. All ages, no registration required.
Tuesday, June 27 at 7 pm

Preschool Summer Reading Game (June 19 – September 30)
Preschool age children are invited to participate in the Preschool Summer Reading Game. Pick up your activity sheet beginning June 19, complete at least 10 of the activities and return it by September 30 for a prize!

New Readers Summer Reading Program (June 19 – September 30)
Children entering kindergarten and first grade may participate in the New Readers Summer Reading Game. Pick up your reading log beginning June 19 and list the books you read throughout the summer. Read one book each day at home and return your completed reading log by September 30 for a special prize!

Children’s Summer Reading Program (Sign up beginning June 19. Report June 23 – August 18)
Children entering grades 2-6 may join the Children’s Summer Reading Program. Read books throughout the summer and come to the library to tell us about them beginning June 23. Participants may report on up to 3 books per day through Friday, August 18. Children who report on 5-9 books will win a prize from the grab box. Children who report on 10 books or more will win a Barnes & Noble gift card. The more you read, the bigger the gift card!

THE LAST DAY TO REPORT IS FRIDAY AUGUST 18. YOU MUST READ AT LEAST 10 BOOKS TO GET A BARNES & NOBLE GIFT CARD. PRIZES WILL NO LONGER BE AVAILABLE AFTER SEPTEMBER 30!
Summer Reading is for EVERYONE! The library is committed to providing a positive experience for every child. If your child has special needs, please contact Miss Jen (234-0333 x 5) about how we can tailor the program to suit your child’s needs. Sponsored by the Friends of the Moorestown Library

Bedtime Math’s Summer Of Numbers (June 19 – September 30)
For children entering grades 1-3. Sponsored by Sean Fischel Connect.
You love Summer Reading, so why not try Summer Math? Here’s how it works:
1. Sign up beginning June 19 and receive your Summer of Numbers chart and stickers.
2. Complete a math question each night from a Bedtime Math book, the Today’s Fun Math section at bedtimemath.org, or sign up for Bedtime Math’s mailing list to have the questions emailed to you. You can also use any math workbook you like.
3. Put a star sticker on your chart each night when you complete a math question.
4. Return the chart by September 30 for a Happy Hippo gift card and glow-in-the-dark Frisbee.


Summer Volunteer Training
Calling all teens in grades 7+! We need responsible, reliable teens who like working with children to be listeners in the Summer Reading Program. If you’re interested, sign up for a training session to learn more about it. Students who attend training will have first choice of dates and times, so bring your calendar. Volunteer sign-up for those not attending orientation begins Friday, May 26. This training is recommended for ALL VOLUNTEERS, and REQUIRED FOR NEW VOLUNTEERS. *Registration is required.
Saturday, May 20 at 9:30 am
Wednesday, May 24 at 7 pm
Thursday, May 25 at 7 pm

Teen Summer Reading
For teens entering grades 7 and up. (June 19 - August 18)
For each book you read from June 1 on, get a chance to win awesome prizes like gift cards
to Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Starbucks and more. It’s as easy as 1-2-3:
1. Read books and fill out a short book review form.
2. Give your review to a children’s librarian, and we’ll give you a raffle ticket.
3. Fill out your raffle ticket, drop it in the can, and cross your fingers!

If you don’t win a grand prize, don’t despair! Just about everyone will win something. At the end of the summer, if you’ve read 3-5 books, you can choose a prize from the prize box. Read 6-9 books for the prize box PLUS a drawstring bag. Read 9+ books and you get the prize box, the bag and your choice of a book to keep!

Teen Trivia Challenge (June 19 - August 18)
Throughout the summer, check the Teen Area for cool trivia contests with a chance to win bonus raffle tickets.