Baby Lap Time: For ages 6-23 months with caregiver
Our Baby Lap Time program incorporates traditional nursery rhymes, finger plays and very short picture books. This is an intimate program for parents/guardians to bond and interact with lap babies to have a fun time together exploring songs and basic kinesthetic movements.
Toddler Story Time: For ages 24-36 months with caregiver
This program focuses more on themed based stories, flannel board storytelling and nursery rhymes. We introduce classic stories by Eric Carle, Laura Numeroff, Margaret Wise Brown and many traditional nursery rhymes to create a pre-literacy and fun program.
Preschool Story Time
Our most popular story time meets once a week and runs for two semesters a year. Pre-registration is required, and begins in September for Fall Story Time (September – December) and January for Winter Story Time (January – May). Please bring proof of your child’s age when registering. Here’s the schedule for the Fall, 2017 session.
Books & Snacks Club
For Grades K – 2. This is a drop-off program with no homework.
We will read a book together, and this will be followed by a craft activity. Due to high demand, this program meets year-round, once a month. On each meeting date, there are two sessions to choose from with the same book and same craft.
Reading out loud by participants is encouraged but not required. Online pre-registration is required. Sign up for Book Clubs HERE. If a session is full, we encourage you to get on the waiting list; spots will typically open at the last minute!
Reading Buddies Book Club
For Grades 2 and 3. This program is drop-off.
Reading Buddies book clubs meets during the school year, one night a month, and are aimed at avid readers. We choose chapter books that are challenging for this age group, are not too commonly read by children today (i.e., no Harry Potter or Diary of a Wimpy Kid), and represent a variety of genres (i.e., fantasy, adventure, historical fiction).
Selections have included Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, C. S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe, and Mary Pope Osborne’s Tales from the Odyssey: The One-Eyed Giant. We alternate between months where there is an assigned book, and months where there is a “Show and Tell” format where participants can share what they’ve been reading with the group.
Sign up for Book Clubs HERE.
Book Chat & Advisory Group
For Grades 4 and 5. This program is drop-off.
This program meets periodically at night. It is aimed at avid readers. Rather than being assigned a book to read, participants bring in 1 – 3 books they have enjoyed recently to discuss with the group. Time is also set aside for participants to make suggestions about which books or programs they’d like to see the library have.
Refreshments are served. Sign up for Book Chat HERE.
Library Play Program
For Grades 4 and 5.
This is an original program that was the idea of children who use our library! During the winter and spring, participants write, direct, and perform an original play based on a popular children’s book. All aspects of the play, including sets, costumes, and music, are conceived by the participants.
In 2016, Suzanne Collins’ Gregor the Overlander inspired an original script, Into the Underland, that was performed twice for the public. This year, Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief has inspired a play called The Sea Son’s Quest that will be performed in May.
The 2017 program is full, but there is a waiting list. Visit the Children’s Room for more information, or call (914) 721-8105.
Battle of the Books is a fast-paced trivia competition for Grades 4 – 10 based on acclaimed books for young people. The 2017 Westchester Library System Battle of the Books will take place in October, and the team will start practicing in May. Visit the Children’s Room for more information, or call (914) 721-8105.