1,000 Books before Kindergarten | Weekly Storytimes 2016 | Drop-in fun | Afterschool Adventures | Crafternoons | Winter break drop-in fun | Winter Reading | Special Events | Just for Parents

 

Registration for March and April programs begins Tuesday, February 9 at 9 am, in person or by phone

 

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 2016

Please note that story times for children ages 3 through Kindergarten require registration. If you registered for story time in the Fall, there is no need to re-register. 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
WINTER: January 4, 11, 25 and February 1, 8, 22
SPRING: March 7, 14, 21 and April 4, 11, 18, 25

Time for Twos (for children who are 2 years old, with a caregiver. Siblings are welcome.)
No registration required.

Mondays at 10:45 am
WINTER: January 4, 11, 25 and February 1, 8, 22
SPRING: March 7, 14, 21 and April 4, 11, 18, 25

3-4 Year-Old Story Time (for children who will be 3 by October 1, 2015)
*Register for one:

Wednesdays 9:30 am OR 1:30 pm
WINTER: January 6, 13, 20, 27 and February 3, 10, 17
SPRING: March 9, 16, 23 and April 6, 13, 20, 27

4-5 Year Old Story Time (for children who will be 4 by October 1, 2015)
*Register for one:

Tuesdays, 1:45 pm
WINTER: January 5, 12, 19, 26 and February 2, 9, 16
SPRING: March 8, 15, 22 and April 5, 12, 19, 26

Thursdays, 1:45 pm
WINTER: January 7, 14, 21, 28 and February 4, 11, 18
SPRING: March 10, 17, 24 and April 7, 14, 21, 28

Fridays, 9:30 am
WINTER: January 8, 15, 22, 29 and February 5, 12, 19
SPRING: March 4, 11, 18 and April 8, 15, 22, 29

Kindergarten Story Time (for children currently enrolled in Kindergarten)
*Register for one:

Mondays, 1:30 pm OR 4:15 pm
WINTER: January 4, 11, 25 and February 1, 8, 22
SPRING: March 7, 14, 21 and April 4, 11, 18, 25

Drop-In Fun for Everyone!

Storybook Symphony: Presented by Symphony in C
For children ages 4+ and their families
No registration required!
Join us for a unique presentation blending symphony and story! The woodwind players will demonstrate
their instruments’ possibilities, perform a variety of music and accompany a story book reading.
Saturday, February 20 at 11 am

Celebrate Chinese New Year! (all ages)
No registration required!
Usher in The Year of the Monkey by making a colorful dragon crown.
Friday, February 5, 11 am – 5 pm
Saturday, February 6, 9 am – 5 pm

Drop-In Valentine’s Day Card Craft (all ages)
No registration required!
Drop in any time to make a Valentine’s Day card for someone special!
Friday, February 12, 11 am – 5 pm
Saturday, February 13, 9 am - 5 pm

Snakes-n-Scales and Turtle Tales presents: Great Reptiles
Come see some the largest reptiles outside of the zoo: a 7-foot American Alligator, a 14-foot Burmese python and more! Sponsored by Sean Fischel Connect.
Saturday, March 5 at 10 am

Science Saturday! The Franklin Institute presents: Astronomy
What does light have to do with the study of space? Everything! Examine the behavior of light to find out
how we learn about objects that are too far away to visit. Then, see what light can show us about
the sun, moon, planets, and stars. It will be out-of-this-world science as we explore astronomy!
Developed with support from NASA. Sponsored by Sean Fischel Connect.
Saturday, April 9 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 23 at 11 am

Youth Orchestra Concert presented by Symphony in C
Enjoy a very special evening with Symphony in C’s Youth Orchestra, featuring talented musicians ages 10-20. The Youth Orchestra will perform a lovely concert and answer all your questions. The perfect outing for budding musicians of all ages,
and a chance to learn how you can get involved. Sponsored by Sean Fischel Connect.
Wednesday, April 27 at 7 pm

March of the Stuffed Animals (for children ages 3-5)

Wear your pajamas and bring a stuffed animal for a Bedtime Math adventure just for preschoolers!
Saturday, March 19, Register for one session: 9:30 am OR 10:30 am
*Registration is required.

 

Mock Trial ( Grades 7+)
Join local attorney Jennifer Malinowski to learn the ins and outs of the legal system. Participants will
work with a team each week to build a case and present it to a group of attorneys at the final meeting.
Please plan to attend every meeting. Register for the session: Thursdays 7-8:30 pm: April 7, 14, 21, 28 and May 5, 12
*Registration is required.

 

Afterschool Adventures – Sign Up to Join the Fun!

Reading to the Dog (for children in Kindergarten and up)
*Registration is required.
Young readers are invited to practice your read-aloud skills by reading to Henry for 15 minutes.
Sign up for one 15 minute timeslot:
Fridays, 4 -5 pm: January 8, 15, 22, 29 and February 5, 12, 19

Crazy 8s Math Club (for children in grades K-2)
*Registration is required.
Join us for Round 2 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, 4:30-5:30: March 2, 9, 16, 23 and April 6, 13, 20, 27

Girls Love to Read: Nancy Clancy Soccer Mania (for girls in grades 1-3)
Join high school student Amanda Cooper as Nancy brings her unique flair to the soccer field!
Friday, March 18 at 4:15 pm


Crafternoons and Anime-nia(for grades 4+)

Crafternoon: Pinecone Candle Jar
*Registration is required.
Bring the beauty of nature indoors with this crafty pinecone candle jar – makes a perfect Valentine’s Day gift!
Thursday, February 11, 4 pm

Anime-nia! Legend of Korra
*Registration is required.
Join us for the continuing saga as we make origami bookmarks.
Thursday, February 25, 4 pm

Anime-nia! Legend of Korra (grades 4+)
Join us as we watch the continuing saga and play manga bingo.
Thursday, March 3 at 4 pm

Spring Themed Cake Decorating Contest (grades 4+)
Catch Spring Fever by decorating a cake with a spring theme. We’ll take pictures and invite people to vote for their favorite.
Thursday, March 17 at 4 pm

Anime-nia! Legend of Korra (grades 4+)
The legend continues as we try our hand at kirigami, the ancient art of paper cutting.
Thursday, April 7 at 4 pm

Bracelet Bonanza (grades 4+)
Make one-of-a-kind creations out of duct tape, beads and more. Makes a great Mother’s Day gift!
Thursday, April 21 at 4 pm

 

Winter Reading
For children and teens of all ages

Monday, February 1 - Monday, February 29
Do you like Summer Reading at the Moorestown Library? Then you’ll LOVE this! Read books at home throughout the month of February, tell a children’s librarian about them (maximum 3 books per day), and fill out a raffle ticket for each book you read. Put your completed tickets in the drawings by February 29 to win cool prizes like gift cards to Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Build-a-Bear, and Happy Hippo. The more you read, the better your chances are to win! (Children who are not yet reading on their own can tell us about books that are read to them.)

Didn’t win the raffle?
All children who report on at least 3 books can choose a grab box prize.
Winners will be notified on Tuesday, March 1.
All prizes MUST be claimed by Friday, April 1.

Special Events

It’s Beverly Cleary’s 100th Birthday!
Beloved children’s author Beverly Cleary is turning 100 on April 12. Let’s drop everything and celebrate! The fun will start when Spring Break begins (Monday, March 28) and continue through Saturday, April 16. Visit the children’s room for contests, crafts, movies and more!

Cool Contest: Design our New Children’s Library Card!
The library is rolling out a brand new library card just for kids, and we need your help to design it!
Here’s what to do:
1. Create an original drawing that you think would look great on a library card.
2. Bring your artwork to the Children’s Room by Saturday, April 9.
3. We will choose a winning design, and the artist will receive a gift card for Barnes & Noble.
Look for our new children’s library card to debut this summer!

Spring Recess Craft & Movie Bonanza, March 28 – April 1
All ages, all day – While supplies last!
Drop in each day during Spring Break for crafts and movies inspired by Beverly Cleary’s books! All movies are rated G and will play on a continuous loop in the story time room.

Monday, March 28 – That Ramona is a lovable little pest! Make your own little lovable pest - a bee! to take home and enjoy. Ramona and Beezus will be our featured movie.
Tuesday, March 29 – Everybody loves Ralph, the daredevil mouse! Make your own colorful mouse visor and wear it while you watch The Mouse and the Motorcycle.
Wednesday, March 30 – Dogs can make the best friends, especially dogs like Ribsy and Strider. Make a puppy dog puppet and watch Runaway Ralph.
Thursday, March 31 – Socks the cat finds a new home in Socks. Make a cat windsock to take home with you and watch Ralph S. Mouse.
Friday, April 1 – Boingy-haired Susan copies Ramona’s paper bag owl in Ramona the Brave! Make your own original paper bag owl and enjoy an encore presentation of Ramona and Beezus.

National Library Week Celebration: Happy Birthday Beverly Cleary!
Join us for a celebration of libraries that also honors favorite librarian and author, Beverly Cleary. Bring the whole family for balloon animals, indoor bounce houses, face painting and cupcakes to honor Mrs. Cleary’s 100th birthday.
Sponsored by The Friends of the Moorestown Library.
Saturday, April 16, 10 am – 12 pm
All ages, no registration required.

Just for Parents

Consequences: A Special Presentation for Parents
Have you tried grounding your child and taking away privileges, but nothing seems to work? Knowing what consequences will work takes skill. Learn how to give consequences that get through to your child.
Wednesday, March 9, 7-8:30 pm
*Registration is requested.

Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey presents: The 15 Minute Child Break
Parents are still the strongest influence in their children’s lives, and you can use your influence as a parent, grandparent or caregiver to communicate effectively with your children of age about substance abuse. The 15 Minute Child Break covers topics such as: strengthening parenting skills, utilizing teachable moments and keeping your kids drug-free.
Tuesday, March 15, 7-8:30 pm
*Registration is requested.