1,000 Books before Kindergarten | Weekly Storytimes | Drop-in fun | Crafternoons
Special events | Winter Break Drop-In Fun | Winter Reading

 

Registration begins Tuesday, December 6, 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

Register once for a year’s worth of story times!
(You can always drop out or change sessions, as 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
WINTER: January 9, 23, 30 and February 6, 13, 27
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
WINTER: January 9, 23, 30 and February 6, 13, 27
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
WINTER: January 11, 18, 25 and February 1, 8, 15, 22
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
WINTER: January 5, 12, 19, 26 and February 2, 9, 16, 23
*The library will open at 1 pm on January 13.
SPRING: March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and April 6, 13

Fridays, 9:30 am
WINTER: January 6, 13, 20, 27 and February 3, 10, 17, 24
*The library will open at 1 pm on January 13.
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
WINTER: January 9, 23, 30 and February 6, 13, 27
SPRING: March 6, 13, 20, 27 and April 3, 10

Drop-In Fun for Everyone!

Science Saturday! The Franklin Institute presents: How to Build a Storm! (ages 4+)
Lightning, twisters and hail—oh my! This dynamic show reveals the science of weather to the extreme. Where does our weather come from, and what factors make it a sunny day or a blustery one? We’ll make a cloud, explore thunder and lightning, and even create snow. We promise a stormy ending to this show as we demonstrate the power
of a tornado! Sponsored by Sean Fischel Connect.
Saturday, December 10 at 10 am
No registration required!

A Special Visit with Santa
For children with special needs and their families
Santa Claus knows that some children need a little extra time to get comfortable with him, share their wish list and get that perfect picture. So he’s stepping away from bright lights and noisy crowds to visit with
children who have special needs, along with their brothers and sisters. Meet him in the story time room, and bring your camera for pictures.
Thursday, December 15, drop in between 4:30 and 6 pm
No registration required!

Storybook Symphony presented by Symphony in C
For children ages 4+ and their families
Join us for a unique presentation blending symphony and story! The brass ensemble will demonstrate their instruments’ possibilities, perform a variety of festive holiday music and accompany a story book reading. Sponsored by the Friends of the Moorestown Library.
Saturday, December 17 at 11 am
No registration required!

The Night Before Christmas Party!
Ages 3+
The big day is almost here! Come in your pajamas for a celebration of this magical time, featuring stories with Santa Claus. Afterwards we will enjoy cookies and cocoa in the Children’s Room.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Moorestown Library.
Thursday, December 22 at 7 pm
No registration required!

Science Saturday! The Franklin Institute presents: Hot and Cold
We’ll turn into molecules to explore the three states of matter and challenge our ideas about what is hot and what is cold. See balloons shrink, bubbles freeze, and a rubber ball shatter by using liquid nitrogen.
Sponsored by Sean Fischel Connect.
Saturday, January 21 at 10 am

Drop-In Chinese New Year Craft! (all ages)
Usher in The Year of the Rooster by making a colorful crown.
Sponsored by The Friends of the Moorestown Library.
Friday, January 27, 11 am – 5 pm
Saturday, January 28, 9 am – 5 pm

Drop-In Valentine’s Day Card Craft (all ages)
Drop in any time to make a Valentine’s Day card for someone special!
Sponsored by The Friends of the Moorestown Library.
Friday, February 10, 11 am – 5 pm
Saturday, February 11, 9 am - 5 pm

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 accompany a story book reading.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Moorestown Library.
Saturday, February 11 at 11 am

Strega Nona and the Magic Pasta Pot presented by Family Stages
When Strega Nona leaves him alone with her magic pasta pot, Big Anthony doesn’t know how to stop the magic. Soon the village is filling with pasta.
Will Strega Nona return in time to save the day, or will Big Anthony have to gobble up the pasta and save the town?
Sponsored by Sean Fischel Connect.
Saturday, February 25 at 10 am


Crafternoons (for grades 4+)

Crafternoon: Holiday Ornaments
Grades 4+
Get into the holiday spirit! We will make totally unique ornaments by filling clear plastic containers with pompoms, glitter, jewels and more as we watch Mickey’s Christmas Carol and enjoy festive snacks.
Thursday, December 1 at 4 pm

Crafternoon: Calendar Craft (Grades 4+)
*Registration is required.
Make a 2017 calendar from recycled CD cases, using scrapbooking materials and techniques.
Thursday, January 5 at 4 pm

Crafternoon: Birdhouse Wind Chimes (Grades 4+)
*Registration is required.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’ll craft cute and clever wind chimes out of wooden birdhouses and decorate them with hearts, candy, ribbon and jewels.
Thursday, February 2 at 4 pm

Special events

Gingerbread Puppets
Grades K-1
Join us as we enjoy Gingerbread Man stories and make one-of-kind gingerbread character puppets. Then you can
retell the stories over and over again!
Wednesday, December 7 at 4:15 pm

Make a Personalized Stocking
Grade 2-3
Join us for some holiday fun as we enjoy seasonal stories and make a personalized stocking! We will ask for the name
you’d like on your stocking when you register.
Wednesday, December 14 at 4:15 pm

Crazy 8s Math Club (Grades 1-3)
*Registration is required.
Join 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 to 5 pm: January 4, 11, 18, 25 and February 1, 8, 15, 22

 

Winter Break Drop-In Fun!

All ages, no registration required.

Winter Break Special: Drop-In Calendar Craft
2017 is right around the corner! Drop in to the Children’s Room any time
to make a custom calendar. Bring pictures from home or use our craft supplies.
Tuesday, December 27 – Saturday, December 31

Mad Science presents: Winter Science Spectacular
Celebrate the season with exciting and merry experiments! Learn how to squeeze an egg through a chimney, see a snowman get “de-frosted” and discover how Jack Frost fills a huge airbag with one breath. In the grand finale, the Mad Scientist will introduce a mysterious North Pole rock that can make bubbling potions, popping corks, shivering quarters and clouds of fog.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Moorestown Library.
Tuesday, December 27 at 10 am

Crabgrass Puppet Theatre presents: African Adventure Tales
Crabgrass Puppet Theatre returns with two classic tales from Africa, just in time for Kwanzaa. In Anansi and the Talking Melon, See how Anansi the trickster spider eats his way into Elephant's melon, grows so fat that he gets stuck, and then fools Elephant and the other animals into thinking the melon can talk. Will the animals be able to teach Anansi a lesson in the end? In Koi and the Kola Nuts, the youngest son of a chief receives just one small kola nut tree as his inheritance. On his journey to find a new home, he meets a snake, a crocodile, and a colony of ants, all in desperate need of the one thing Koi has: kola nuts. Koi helps the animals and leaves himself with nothing. His kindness to the creatures he meets is rewarded when they help him find his new home! Sponsored by Sean Fischel Connect.
Wednesday, December 28 at 10 am

Mystic Drumz presents: The Legend of Marshmallow Island
Mystic Drumz will use various percussion instruments from around the world to take
us on a musical adventure to a magical island that rises from the middle of a mystical
pond. Larry the Frog and friends go off in search of Marshmallow Island and the
legendary dance party that takes place there. Featured instruments include Nigerian
Talking Drum, Brazilian Quica, Vibraslap, Flextone, Chinese Gongs and more.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Moorestown Library.
Thursday, December 29 at 10 am

Winter Reading
For children and teens of all ages
Wednesday, February 1 - Tuesday, February 28

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, 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 Wednesday, March 1.
All prizes MUST be claimed by Saturday, April 1.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Moorestown Library.