1,000 Books before Kindergarten | Weekly events | Programs for older kids and teens
Special family events | Summer reading | Bedtime math | Action Karate workshops | Summer volunteer training

Registration for summer programs begins Monday, June 19 at 9 am



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!


1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Celebration!
You’ve worked hard to get ready for kindergarten, and now the big day is almost here! All children entering kindergarten who have completed the 1,000 Book Challenge, along with your parents and siblings, are invited to a very special pizza party to celebrate your amazing accomplishment. Certificates, prizes and t-shirts will be awarded to all our readers.
Registration is required and is ongoing. Sponsored by Sean Fischel Connect.
Tuesday, September 5 at 6 pm


Spring programs

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

​​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)

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

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!
Mondays at 9:30 or 10:15 am: July 10, 17, 24, 31 and August 7, 14

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 11 or 11:45 am: July 10, 17, 24, 31 and August 7, 14

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 13, 20, 27 and August 3, 10, 17

Tuesday Movies (all ages)
Join us for midday matinees and munchies. Snacks will be provided; please bring your own drinks in a covered container.
Tuesdays at 1:30 pm
July 11 – The Secret Life of Pets (PG; 87 min) Did you ever wonder what pets do all do when you are not around?
July 18 – Moana (PG; 107 min) Moana and Maui traverse the ocean, encountering fiery creatures and impossible odds.
July 25 – Trolls (PG; 92 min) After Troll Village is invaded, Poppy and Branch set off on a journey to rescue Poppy’s friends.
August1 – WALL-E (G; 98 min) A waste management robot finds a new purpose in cleaning up the earth.

Programs for older kids and teens

Pizza and Summer BINGO! (for students entering grades 4+)
Wednesday, July 12 at 2 pm
*Registration is required.

Pizza and a Movie –LEGO Batman! (for students entering grades 4+)
Wednesday, July 19 at 2 pm
*Registration is required.

Cartooning Workshop: Build Your Own Cartoon Character (for students entering grades 4+)
Cartoonist Paul Merklein will show you how to build, create and share your own cartoons.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Moorestown Library.
Wednesday, August 2 at 2 pm
*Registration is required.


Special family events

Crabgrass Puppet Theatre presents: Three Little Pigs Build a Better House
The three little pigs need new homes but aren’t sure if they can trust their architect, B. B. Wolfe.
He says that straw makes “excellent insulation,” and sticks provide “built-in ventilation.” Is it possible
Mr. Wolf has ulterior motives? The award-winning Crabgrass Puppet Theatre delivers a delightful and hilarious
new take on an old tale, featuring beautiful puppetry, lively music and three adorable pigs. Sponsored by Sean Fischel Connect.
Wednesday, July 19 at 7 pm

Brian Richards’ Build a Better World Magic Show
Building a better world begins with YOU! Moorestown’s own Brian Richards will treat us to magic,
comedy, juggling, storytelling and audience participation as you discover how the library can provide
the tools you need for changing the world.Sponsored by the Friends of the Moorestown Library.
Wednesday, July 26 at 2 pm

A world of science
Ages 5-12, no registration required

Build a Better World with Bees (for children ages 5-12)
Reference Librarian Mrs. Esche will show off her observation hive, share the secrets
of beekeeping and reveal how bees build a better world for us all through pollination.
Friday, July 7 at 1:30 pm

Sciencetellers presents: Building Tall Ships (for children ages 5-12)
Ahoy! People don’t just build on land. They build on water, too! Set sail with us on a thrilling action-packed adventure about a crew of quirky pirates marooned on a desert island. With mutiny and high-tide looming, they must rescue their salty captain and find a way to construct a ship before all hope is lost … at sea! Planks, sails, rigging, rails... what else could building a pirate ship possibly take?! Throughout the story, volunteers from the audience will help us explore the incredible science behind clouds, combustion, air pressure, scientific variables and more! Do not miss this refreshing nautical tale with a twist!
Sponsored by Sean Fischel Connect.
Friday, July 14 at 1:30 pm

Sciencetellers presents: Dragons and Dreams (for children ages 5-12)
In a faraway world, two brave villagers take a daring journey to release the dragon and save the entire kingdom from an Evil Ice Sorceress! Join us as we learn about dry ice and the changing states of matter through interactive and explosive experiments with fog, bubbles, flying rockets and more. Enjoy this spectacular adventure and be swept away to a world where dragons are real and dreams come true — and where only the most daring of people will survive to tell the tale! Sponsored by Sean Fischel Connect.
Friday, July 21 at 1:30 pm

Mad Science presents: Spin, Pop, Boom! (for children ages 5-12)
Discover the scientific process with experiments like the Famous,
Flaming Didgeridoo and the Fantastic Flying Foam Factory. Sponsored by Sean Fischel Connect.
Friday, July 28 at 1:30 pm


Summer Reading

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!

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

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 book. Read 6+ books for the prize book and a cool stainless steel water bottle.

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.


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.


Action karate workshops
Instructors from Action Karate will lead introductory classes aimed at introducing karate basics and developing respect, focus and self-discipline. Action Karate is offering two free weeks of classes for anyone who attends!
Friday, July 14 and Friday, August 25: 10 am for ages 3-5, 10:45 am for ages 6-10
*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 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