1,000 Books before Kindergarten | Perkins presents... | Drop-in fun | Afterschool Adventures | Crafternoons | Special Events | Summer volunteer training | Summer reading

Registration for May and June programs begins Tuesday, April 5 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!


Perkins Center for the Arts presents...

Music Exploration: Guitar (grades 2-3 and 4+)
Guitar instructor Joey Mariano will give students a sneak peek at what it is like to learn to play the guitar.
Friday, May 6 at 4 pm (grades 2-3)
Friday, May 20 at 4 pm (grades 4+)
*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.
Wednesday, May 4 at 1:30 pm
Wednesday, May 18 at 1:30 pm
No registration required.

Music Exploration – Meet the Flute Family (ages 5-8)
Join Perkins Center’s flutists/instructors 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 10 at 4:15 pm with Beverly Pugh OR
Thursday, May 26 at 4:15 pm with Christine Hansen
*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: Thursday, May 12 at 4:15 pm
Grades 2-4: Thursday, May 12 at 4:45 pm
*Registration is required.

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 14 at 11:30 am
*Registration is required.

Music Exploration – Voice (ages 6-10)
Does your child 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 14 at 1 pm
*Registration is required.

Drop-In Fun for Everyone!

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

Create a Flower Pot for Mother’s Day (all ages, no registration)
Just in time for Mother’s Day, drop in to make a beautiful flower pot for Mom! While supplies last.
Friday, May 6, drop in all day (9 am – 5 pm)
Saturday, May 7, drop in all day (9 am – 5 pm)

Science Saturday! The Franklin Institute presents: Life in Space
The show begins with a bang as a rocket launches you into space! Once there, enter
“astronaut training” to explore the challenges of living and working in space. One lucky
astronaut will be "pressurized" for the grand finale. Developed in conjunction with NASA.
Sponsored by Sean Fischel Connect.
Saturday, May 14 at 10 am

Strega Nona 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, May 21 at 10 am

Create a Treasure Box for Father’s Day (all ages, no registration)
Show Dad how special he is by creating a special box for all his tiny treasures! While supplies last.
Friday, June 17, drop in all day (9 am – 5 pm)
Saturday, June 18, drop in all day (9 am – 5 pm)


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!

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, 4:30-5:15: May 4, 11, 18, 25 and June 1, 8, 15

Girls Love to Read: Amelia Bedelia (for girls in grades 1-3)
Join high school student Amanda Cooper for a silly afternoon of antics starring Amelia Bedelia.
Friday, June 17 at 4:15 pm

Crafternoons and Anime-nia(for grades 4+)

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

Anime-nia: Legend of Korra
Enjoy snacks and make origami swans as we watch The Legend of Korra.
Thursday, May 5 at 4 pm

Crafternoon: Duct Tape Wallets
Get crafty by making a colorful wallet out of duct tape. Please choose your duct tape patterns when you sign up.
Thursday, May 19 at 4 pm

Anime-nia: Legend of Korra
We’ll have snacks, make cool comic book magnets and enjoy the continuing saga of The Legend of Korra.
Thursday, June 2 at 4 pm

Crafternoon: Tie Dye T-Shirts
Get ready to make a splash in a one-of-a-kind tie dye you make yourself!
Thursday, June 16 at 4 pm

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!

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.

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 27. This training is recommended for ALL VOLUNTEERS, and REQUIRED FOR NEW VOLUNTEERS. *Registration is required.
Saturday, May 21 at 9:30 am
Monday, May 23 at 7 pm
Thursday, May 26 at 7 pm

Summer Reading

Summer Reading Kick-Off: Brian Richards presents “On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!”
Moorestown’s own Brian Richards aka “Coach Brian” will get us into the sporting spirit this summer
with his all-new “On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!” show. Using magic, comedy, storytelling, juggling, puppetry,
and tons of audience participation, Coach Brian will have kids racing to read all summer long.
After the show, join us for dessert on the library’s patio. Sponsored by the Friends of the Moorestown Library.
Thursday, June 23 at 7 pm

Preschool Summer Reading Game (June 13 – September 30)
Preschool age children are invited to participate in the Preschool Summer Reading Game. Pick up your activity sheet beginning June 13, complete at least 10 of the activities and return it between August 15 and September 30 for a prize!

New Readers Summer Reading Program (June 13 – September 30)
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 at home and return your reading log between August 15 and September 30 for a special prize!

Children’s Summer Reading Program (Sign up beginning June 13. Report June 22 – August 13)
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 22. Participants may report on up to 3 books per day through Saturday, August 13. 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!



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
awesome prizes like gift cards to Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Starbucks, the Mall 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 15-August 15)
Throughout the summer, check the Teen Area for cool trivia contests with a chance to win bonus raffle tickets.

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 contact Miss Jen (234-0333 x 5) about how we can tailor the program for your child.