Solar Eclipse Resources!

how to safely view the solar eclipse. Diagram of a solar eclipse.

It’s a big month for astronomy enthusiasts! There is a solar eclipse on April 8, 2024, lasting from around 2:00 – 4:30 PM and reaching its max around 3:25 PM. The library is distributing a limited number of solar eclipse glasses. (Edit: We unfortunately ran out as of April 2.) If you don’t get a […]

Civic Learning Week Resources

Civic Learning Week: Resources for kids, teens, and their adults

What is Civic Learning Week? Civic Learning Week (March 11-15) is a national movement to encourage people to learn more about the way our government works. Their mission statement: “Civic Learning Week (CLW) is hosted annually by iCivics and seeks to highlight the importance of civic education in sustaining and strengthening constitutional democracy in the […]

Make Your Own Morse Code Jewelry

Make your own Morse Code Jewelry. Picture of hand with beaded bracelet.

Recently, we made our own Morse code jewelry at the library! If you feel you missed out – don’t! In this blog post, we’ll give you some of the resources we made use of. At the event, kids grades kindergarten through fifth grade learned about the history of Morse code and the telegraph. (If you […]

Last-Minute Winter Break Craft: Snowflakes!

Need a last-minute holiday break craft? Make some snowflakes! Image of blue snowflakes hanging from string.

Do you have a lot of children coming to visit for the holidays and don’t have anything to amuse them? We’ve got you covered. Print out a few copies of the attached snowflake template at the bottom of this page, grab some scissors, and create beautiful symmetrical snowflakes! Visitors to the library made use of […]

Writing Prompts from The Write Stuff!

Writing prompts from The Write Stuff Grades 3-5. Image of pens.

This past month, young patrons gathered once a week to write fantastic tales at our event The Write Stuff. At each session, I provided a number of creative writing prompts based on a theme. The responses these young writers provided absolutely blew me away. Their stories were funny, heartfelt, silly, scary, innovative, thoughtful, and inspiring. […]

Join Us for an Evening of Ramapough-Munsee Lenape Traditional Storytelling!

RAMAPOUGH-MUNSEE LENAPE Traditional Storytelling. Keepers of the Pass. Meet Tribal Representative Amy to hear her stories of the past and present. PRESENTED BY TRIBAL MEMBER AMY IN RECOGNITION OF NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH. Photograph of Amy.

November is Native American Heritage Month! This year, we are especially excited and extremely honored to host Amy, a Tribal Representative from the Ramapough-Munsee Lenape Nation. Amy will be sharing stories of the past and present with the audience. This event is geared towards children from kindergarten through second grade, but all are welcome to […]

Bewitching Graphic Novels for Upper Elementary Kids

Bewitching graphic novels for upper elementary kids. A witch's hat sits on the B in Bewitching. Stars float around the words

All through autumn, I find myself craving Halloweeny books! This year, I set out searching for a few witchy books that would scratch that itch, and boy do they! Some are sweet, some are scary, and some are right in the middle. If you have older elementary kids who want a dash of fall magic […]

Non-fiction Notables of the Youth Services Collection

non-fiction notables of the youth services collection. Line art of a lightbulb, art palette, globe, text box, bike, and book surrounding the text.

What we call non-fiction in most public libraries is actually just everything that isn’t a novel, graphic novel, picture book, or similar fiction material. Non-fiction is a wide category that comprises folk tales, history, how-to guides, animal facts, religious texts, mythology, psychology, and much, much more! The non-fiction section in youth services tends to be […]

Play & Learn!

We had fun at Play and Learn! Image of sorting blocks.

Toddlers and their caregivers had a wonderful time using their gross and fine motor skills while engaging in imaginative play. Amanda and Lisa created five stations: “Apple Picking”, “Apple Cider Bowling”, “S’mores”, “Cereal Box Blocks”, and “Shaky Eggs”. At the “Apple Picking” station, children “picked” felt apples from the poster board tree. Caregivers helped them […]