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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!

 


 

Crafternoons

Miniature Bird House Wind Chime (grades 4+)
Just in time for Mother’s Day, create your own a beautiful miniature bird house with wind chimes.
Thursday, May 7 at 4 pm
*Registration is required.

Duct Tape Checkerboard (grades 4+)
It’s beach time! BYO fun by making a portable checkerboard out of duct tape.
Thursday, June 4 at 4 pm
*Registration is required.

Preschool Drop-In Fun

Tiny Treasured Tales with Julie Pasqual (ages 3-6)
Acclaimed storyteller Julie Pasqual makes characters come to life in tales for the youngest listeners.
Thursday, May 7 at 1:30 pm
No registration required.

Sing-Along with Jessica (ages birth-6, no registration)
Join Jessica Carroll and her guitar for a fun sing-along filled with tunes you know and some new-to-you songs, too!
Thursday, May 21 at 1:30 pm
No registration required.


Drop-in Fun for Everyone

Drop-in Craft: Create Your Own Mother’s Day Pin (all ages, no registration)
Just in time for Mother’s Day, drop in to make a beautiful flower pin for Mom!
Friday, May 8, drop in all day (9 am – 5 pm)
Saturday, May 9, drop in all day (9 am – 5 pm)

Drop-in Craft: Create Your Own Father’s Day Crown (all ages, no registration)
Treat Dad like royalty by making him a one-of-a-kind crown for Father’s Day!
Friday, June 19, drop in all day (9 am – 5 pm)
Saturday, June 20, drop in all day (9 am – 5 pm)


Girls Love to Read

Cam Jansen and the Birthday Mystery (for girls in grades 1-3)
Join high schooler Amanda Cooper for a mysterious birthday celebration featuring the super sleuth with a photographic memory. Please consider bringing your gently used children’s books to donate to the Neighborhood Center in Camden.
Thursday, May 14 at 4:15 pm
*Registration is required.

Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Television Dog (for girls in grades 1-3)
Amanda Cooper returns to help us solve the mystery of Poochie, a famous canine television star.
Please consider bringing your gently used children’s books to donate to the Neighborhood Center in Camden.
Thursday, June 11 at 4:15 pm
*Registration is required.

 

The Art of Animation

Open to students in elementary through high school. No registration required!


 

Presents...

Music Exploration – Percussion (ages 8+)
Join percussion instructor Joe Getz for a hands-on, interactive demonstration of how to play the drums.
Tips for parents to minimize the noise associated with playing the drums will also be demonstrated.
Saturday, May 9 at 2 pm
*Registration is required.

Music Exploration – Meet the Flute Family (ages 5-8)
Join award winning flutist and instructor Beverly Pugh for a fun and informative class about the flute family! Play some games, learn to play a song and best of all, receive your very own recorder to take home with you. There is a suggested donation of $5 to the Perkins Center to cover the cost of the recorder.
Tuesday, May 12 at 4:15 pm
Tuesday, May 26 at 4:15 pm
*Registration is required.

Music Exploration – Violin (grades K-2 and 2-4)
Violin instructor Debbie Amsterdam will give students a hands-on demonstration of what it’s like to learn to play the violin.
Grades K-2: Wednesday, May 13 at 4:15 pm
Grades 2-4: Wednesday, May 13 at 4:45 pm
*Registration is required.

Preschool Music Exploration (ages 3-5)
Calling all budding musicians! Join us for a preview of our summer music class for children aged 3-5 years old. Experience and learn fundamental musical concepts through music, literature and art.
Thursday, May 14 at 9:30 am OR 1:30 pm
Saturday, June 13 at 10 am OR 11:30 am
*Registration is required.

Music Exploration: Guitar (grades 2-4)
Guitar instructor Joey Mariano will give students a sneak peek at what it is like to learn to play the guitar.
Thursday, May 21 at 4:15 pm
*Registration is required.

Music Exploration - Dance Party! (toddler-kindergarten)
Join jazz guitarist and instructor Joey Mariano for this fun dance party featuring guitar and electronic music.
Thursday, May 28 at 1:30 pm
No registration required.

Music Exploration – Piano and Voice (ages 6-10)
Does your child show interest in the piano or have visions of being a future competitor on The Voice? Then please join us for this fun and interactive demonstration by voice and piano instructor Jaclyn McKeever to explore the inner musician that’s just waiting to get out!
Saturday, May 30 at 2 pm
*Registration is required.

 

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 Tuesday, May 26.

This training is recommended for ALL VOLUNTEERS, and REQUIRED FOR NEW VOLUNTEERS.
*Registration is required.
Wednesday, May 20 at 7 pm
Thursday, May 21 at 7 pm
Saturday, May 23 at 3 pm

 

Summer Programs

Sign up beginning Monday, June 15 at 9 am!

Children's Summer Reading

Preschool Summer Reading Game (June 15 – September 26)
Preschool age children are invited to participate in the Preschool Summer Reading Game. Pick up your activity sheet beginning June 15, complete at least 10 of the activities and return it between August 17 and September 26 for a prize!

New Readers Summer Reading Program (June 15 – September 26)
Children entering kindergarten and first grade may participate in the New Readers Summer Reading Game. Pick up your reading log beginning June 15 and list the books you read throughout the summer. Read one book each day and return your reading log between August 17 and September 26 for a special prize!

Children’s Summer Reading Program (Sign up beginning June 15. Report June 19 – August 15)
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 19. Participants may report on up to 3 books per day through Saturday, August 15. 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 Saturday, August 15.
You must read at least 10 books to earn a Barnes and Noble gift card.
Prizes will no longer be available after September 26.

Summer Reading is for EVERYONE!
The library is committed to providing a positive Summer Reading experience for every child. If your child has special needs, please speak with Miss Jen (234-0333 x 5) about how we can make the program inclusive for your child.


Teen Summer Reading

For teens entering grades 7 and up. (June 15 - August 15)
For each book you read from June 1 on, get a chance to win gift cards for iTunes, Barnes & Noble, 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 box, 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 15-August 15)
Throughout the summer, check the Teen Area for cool trivia contests with a chance to win bonus raffle tickets.

Super special family events

Summer Reading Kick-Off: The History and Mystery of Magic
For children ages 3+ and their families
Super scientific magician Mr. Fish introduces the greatest heroes in the history of magic and demonstrate their amazing illusions. Volunteers will float in the air and objects will disappear and reappear! After the show, join us for dessert outside on the library’s patio.
Friday, June 19 at 7 pm
No registration required.

Goowin’s Balloowins presents: Heroes BIG and small
For children ages 3+ and their families
Madcap balloon artist Allynn Gooen invites audience members into his stories as they become the actors, while he creates sets, props and costumes from twisting balloons. This unforgettable show will captivate children and spark their imaginations. Generously sponsored by Sean Fischel Connect.
Thursday, July 23 at 7 pm
No registration required.

Attention Parents: Be a Hero – No Cape Needed!
Want to show your kids how to be an everyday hero? Give blood!
Make your appointment at redcrossblood.org.
Tuesday, June 30, 1:30 to 6:15 pm in the Library Meeting Room


Be a SCIENCE super hero!
No registration required

Sciencetelling presents: Super Hero Science Story (for children ages 5-12)
Come along with us on an epic, laughter-filled journey that proves 'super' heroes really DO exist!
Throughout the tale, volunteers from the audience help conduct exciting experiments that make the
characters' super powers and heroic deeds come to life! See how science can make the ordinary… extraordinary!
Friday, July 10 at 1:30

Mad Science presents: Wacky Science (for children ages 5-12)
We will explore several different aspects of science in one wacky afternoon! Learn about polymers with a slime-making demonstration and be amazed as the Mad Scientist melts the Wicked Witch of the West right before your eyes. Enjoy a hair-raising experience with static electricity and witness an exciting Dry Ice demonstration.
Friday, July 17 at 1:30 pm

Mad Science presents: Spin, Pop, Boom! (for children ages 5-12)
Simple but exciting science experiments and demonstrations will guide us through the discovery process of science. Be amazed by spectacular experiments like the "Famous, Flaming Didgeridoo" and the "Fantastic Flying Foam Factory."
Friday, July 24 at 1:30 pm

Weekly Events: No Registration Required!

Baby Time (for children under 2, with a caregiver. Siblings are welcome.)
Drop in each week for 30 minutes of stories, rhymes, and songs for babies! Babies and caregivers are invited to stay after the stories for playtime.
Mondays at 9:30 am: July 6, 13, 20, 27 and August 3, 10

Time for Twos (for children who are 2 years old, with a caregiver. Siblings are welcome.)
Drop in each week for 30 minutes of stories, rhymes, and songs for 2-year-olds!
Mondays at 10:45 am: July 6, 13, 20, 27 and August 3, 10

Drop-In Story Times (for children ages 3-6)
Drop in to enjoy stories, songs and crafts! Choose one session per week:
Thursdays at 10 am OR 1:30 pm: July 9, 16, 23, 30 and August 6, 13

Tuesday Movies (all ages)
Join us throughout July for midday matinees and munchies. Snacks will be provided; please bring your own drinks in a covered container.
Tuesdays, 1:30 pm

July 7 – Everyone’s Hero (Rated G; 87 minutes, animated)
When Babe Ruth's prized bat is stolen during the World Series, young fan Yankee Irving goes on a wild cross-country journey to retrieve it.
July 14 – Bolt (Rated PG; 96 minutes, animated)
When Super-Dog Bolt is separated from his beloved owner Penney, he springs into action to save her from the forces of evil.
July 21 – Planes: Fire and Rescue (Rated PG; 84 minutes, animated)
When famous air racer Dusty learns that he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting.
July 28 – Super buddies (Rated G; 97 minutes, live action)
An ordinary day turns extraordinary when the dog buddies discover mysterious rings that grant them each a unique super power.

Autism is my Super Power! A place for extraordinary families

Each week, we will share brief group activities followed by an informal time to talk and play. For families with children ages 3-8, siblings welcome. This program is open to all families with children who have developmental disabilities of any kind; you do not need to be a member of the Moorestown Library.
This program is funded by donations to the Library in memory of our friend and colleague Margaret Martin.

Fridays at 10 am: July 10, 17, 24, 31
*Registration is required.


Programs for older kids and teens

Pizza and a Movie: Megamind (for students entering grades 4+)
The fate of Metro City is threatened when a new villain arrives and chaos runs rampant. Can Megamind save the day?
Wednesday, July 8 at 1:30 pm
*Registration is required.

Learn to Draw Superheroes (for students entering grades 4+)
Cartoonist Paul Merklein will teach you step-by-step how to draw favorite superheroes from comic books, movies and TV.
Wednesday, July 15 at 1:30 pm
*Registration is required.

Super Hero Wallet Crafternoon (for students grades 4+)
POW! ZAP! WHAM! Use comic pages to design and create a super cool, one-of-a-kind wallet.
Wednesday, July 22 at 1:30 pm
*Registration is required.

Robot Workshop: Robot Pencil Can and Iron Giant (for students entering grades 4+)
Mr. Potato Head goes robotic! What can you create from a tin can, magnets, nuts, bolts, and other bits of metal?
Your own robotic pencil holder! We’ll watch Iron Giant as we work for some robotic inspiration.
Wednesday, July 29 at 1:30 pm
*Registration is required.