Children's Programs

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Summer Reading Coming Soon!

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We are taking taking registrations for this “summer camp” of reading for children of all ages!  A trail map will guide you through your reading process logging your reading where you have plenty of prize pit stops and raffle tickets to re-energize you and keep you going to the end! 

 

Join us for this summer of fun and lots s’more books!

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We are developing some great summertime craft ideas for our crafternoon sessions in July. Keep an eye out for Dates and Times!

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April Showers brings....

Programs!

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"MARCH"

INTO PROGRAMS

2021
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March 4, 11,18 & 25, Thursdays

Brain Fair @ 4:00 pm

This is a 4 week program where students will learn about the brain through engaging and interesting activities and challenges. Microscope viewings, circuit building, optical illusions are just of the few highlights featured in each session! If you love learning about science and want to explore the brain, join us!  Sessions will be held Thursdays March 4, 11, 18, 25 at 4:00 pm via Zoom! Come to one or all! This program is suited best for grades 2-8

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March 9th, Tuesday

STEAM-to-GO: Robotics

@ 3:45 pm

Join us for a live trained instructor from STEAM-to go will be guiding participants through the process of building a robot creation using scientific concepts and principles. By the session’s end, students will have a robot that they will customize and make their own.  Where some materials may be needed from home, the Montvale Library will provide individually prepared and packaged materials necessary to complete a STEM activity and have them ready for pick up prior to the session.  Registration is required and is best suited for grades 3-5.

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March  11, 18 & 25, Thursdays

Little Learners

STEAM Series @ 1:30 pm

Are you looking for a fun, virtual activity for your early learner? We are offering a week virtual experience for our Little Learners March 11, 18 and 25. This will be a virtual session of sharing, exploring, and discovering STEM based activities and extensions.  This fun program will take place on Thursday afternoons at 1:30 via Zoom. Registration is required and best suited for ages 2-5.

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March 10, 17 & 24, Wednesdays

Zoom to the Moon @ 10:30 am

Join us for a toddler virtual story time at 10:30 am February 10, 17 and 24.  This is a fun, interactive session that will explore activities that enhance early literacy skills through songs, fingerplays and books!. This class is best suited for  children under 2  years old. Registration is required.

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March 22nd

Art Class with Artist Peri @ 4:00 pm

Putting the “A” in STEAM, Artist Peri will be sprinkling a little science into her art class this month. Color mixing, patterns, and perspective are just a few topics that will enhance this program. All you need is some paper, pencil and a lot of imagination! March 22 @ 4:00 pm. Grades 2 and up

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March 18th

Middle Grade Reader Book Club @ 3:45 pm

Who loves to read and talk about great books? Join us to talk about March’s Book of the Month Never After by Melissa de la Cruz, get the buzz on new books, and share your favorite titles with friends (virtually of course).  The next meeting is Wednesday March 18 at 3:45. Registration is required and best for grades 4-8.

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February Features

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Tues. February 9 

Grades 3 and up

STEAM-to-go:Engineering

STEAM-to-Go is back and we will be “engineering” some amazing contraptions. Participants will engage in science-based experiments and activities with guidance from a live trained instructor. Where some materials may be needed from home, the Montvale Library will provide individually prepared and packaged materials necessary to complete a STEM activity and have them ready for pick up prior to the session.  Registration is required and is best suited for grades 3-5.

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Wed. February 10th

Meets the second Wed. of the Month

Grades 4-8

Write on! Ms. Mary's Writing Club @ 3:45 pm

Calling all budding writers! Ms. Mary is hosting a live virtual writer’s club. We will guide young writers in their personal writing, provide feedback and teach techniques of many popular authors. This virtual club that meets monthly at 3:45 pm and is for Middle School Students.

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Wed. February  10, 17, and 24

Ages 0-2

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Toddler Storytime @ 10:30 am

Join us for a toddler virtual story time Wednesday at 10:30 am.  This is a fun, interactive session that will explore activities that enhance early literacy skills through songs, fingerplays and books!. This class is best suited for  children under 2  years old. Registration is required.

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Mon. February 8 

Grades 2 and up

Valentine's Art Class @ 4:00 pm

Artis Peri is back with a Valentine's Day themed art class.  All you need is some paper, a pencil, crayons or markers!

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Wed. February 10th

Meets the second Wed. of the Month

Grades 4-8

Write on! Ms. Mary's Writing Club @ 3:45 pm

Calling all budding writers! Ms. Mary is hosting a live virtual writer’s club. We will guide young writers in their personal writing, provide feedback and teach techniques of many popular authors. This virtual club that meets monthly at 3:45 pm and is for Middle School Students.

African American History Month at Montva

Wed. February  10, 17, and 24

Ages 0-2

African American History Month

The Children’s Room will feature a diverse collection of picture, chapter and Young Adult books in displays throughout the library, cultivated book lists and recommendations in tribute to African American historic story and achievements.

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Also....

For the month of February the Children’s Room will be presenting an indoor Story Station. This is an interactive picture book exhibit designed to actively engage children featuring Ezra Jack Keats' book The Snowy Day.

January 18

Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day

In remembrance of Dr. King, please enjoy a do-at-home craft. Just click the button below to download.

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Craft Directions:
Download and print the poem. Then trace your child's hands using markers or crayon on each side of the poem. Let your child color in the hands. You can also use colored construction paper and practice scissor skills by cutting the hands or place painted handprints to make this a memorable keepsake.

Scroll down for more great programs.

Happy New Year 2021

New Year,

New Programs

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Tues. January 5, 12, 19

Grades 4-8

Soon-to-be Superstar Speakers @ 6:45 pm

Sarah McIlroy, creator and host of our popular summertime acting program is back! This month, for three sessions, Sarah will be using fun activities, games and improvs to boost skills and confidence in oral presentations, or live performances. Come to one session or all three to have some fun and see what it's all about! This program is best suited for grades 4-8 and requires registration.

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Wed. Jan. 6th

Meets the first Wed. of the Month

Grades 4-8

Write on! Ms. Mary's Writing Club @ 3:45 pm

Calling all budding writers! Ms. Mary is hosting a live virtual writer’s club. We will guide young writers in their personal writing, provide feedback and teach techniques of many popular authors. This virtual club that meets monthly at 3:45 pm and is for Middle School Students.

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Thurs. January 7, 14, 21, 28

Ages 0-2

Baby Boosters @ 10:30 am

Join us for a 4 week, virtual, lap sit program geared to our youngest patrons and their grownups. This is a fun, interactive session that will explore activities that enhance early literacy skills- precursors to reading. Together we will sing songs, learn fingerplays, read books and more. This class is best suited for children 0-2 years old. Registration is required.

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Thurs. January 7, 14, 21, 28

Ages 2-5

Ms. Daniela's Little Learners @ 1:30 pm

Are you looking for a fun, virtual activity for your early learner? Join us for a 4 week, virtual, experience for your Little Learners. This will be a session of sharing, exploring, and discovering through books, activities, singing songs and having fun! 

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Thurs. Jan. 12th

Grades 3-5

STEAM-to-go: Chemistry @ 3:45 pm

STEAM-to-Go is back and we will be “mixing it up” with Chemistry experiments! Participants will engage in science-based experiments and activities with guidance from a live trained instructor. Where some materials may be needed from home, the Montvale Library will provide individually prepared and packaged materials necessary to complete a STEM activity and have them ready for pick up prior to the session. 

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Wed. January 13th

Meets the 2nd Wed of the Mth

Grades 4-8

Tween Lit Book Club

@ 3:45 pm

What better time to cozy up with a good book than January! Join Ms. Mary and get the buzz on new books, discover and read new authors and share your favorite titles with friends (virtually of course). 

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Thurs. Jan 21st

Ages 2 and up

Bedtime Stories with Ms. Mary @ 7:00 pm

Get into your jammies and snuggle up for some bedtime stories read by Ms. Mary.

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Mon. Jan. 26th

8 years and younger

Magical Melodies with Mr. Chris @ 3:45 pm

Mr. Chris will be performing a live, virtual performance for us! This is a great program to end a hard day of schoolwork and experience some high-energy, zany and enthusiastic entertainment. Come join us!  

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Fri Jan. 22th

Project BFA Challenge @ 4:15 pm

Project BookForAll (BFA) is a student-run organization that helps to provide books and learning opportunities to local communities and 

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'Tis the Season: December Programs

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GRAB AND GO CRAFTS

This fun, simple craft will be a great

activity to help celebrate the holidays. Choose one of two themes: Hanukkah or snowflake/Christmas and we will provide a kit with all the makings.

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21 in ' 21 Reading Challenge

Cozy up this season and get reading! We are launching our first mid- year reading challenge. We encourage all young readers to test their reading skills, choose new books and genres and strive for a goal of 21 books by June 2021.

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Writing for Tweens

Calling all budding writers! Starting December 9th Ms. Mary will be hosting a live virtual writer’s club where writers get to share their personal writing, get feedback and learn techniques of many popular authors! This is a virtual club that meets monthly at 4:00 pm and is for Middle School Students. Come write with us!

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Family Art Class

Canvas and Cocoa: A Holiday Family Art Class

Monday December 14th @ 7:00 pm

Artist Peri is back and will be hosting art class for the whole family! We will provide the cocoa and art materials prior to the class. Canvases are limited to 1 per family where everyone can have a chance to add to one beautiful work of art.

Registration is required for this class and all ages are welcome to participate.

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Mary's Bedtime Stories

with Stardust the holiday elf

Wed. December 16th @ 7 pm

 

Get into your jammies and settle in while Ms. Mary's and Stardust virtually share wonderful holiday stories. Registration is required and best for ages 5 and younger.

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Live (Virtual) Performers

Magical Story Time program: A Magical Melodies and Bendy Bookworm Mash-Up!

This two for one program features Mr. Chris of Magical Melodies and the Bendy Bookworm coming together for a mash-up of music, story time, and yoga! It is a magical combination of developmental skills gained through yoga storytelling of the Bendy Bookworm AND all the fun crazy song and dance joy that Mr. Chris’s Magical Melodies brings. This is a virtual program via Zoom and will be on Tuesday December 15th at 3:45. It works with a wide age range of audiences particularly those 18 months up to third grade.

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StoryTime

December 22nd at 10:30 am don't let the cold bother you! Join our Frozen storytime where we will sing songs, read stories and maybe even see a special guest!  Children are invited to come in princess costumes, or hats and gloves to keep them warm because we will be keeping things cool during this event! This is best suited for children under the age of 5.

November Highlights and Happenings

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Who is ready to experiment?

On Tuesday November 17th, at 3:45 we will be hosting a virtual STEAM-to-Go program via Zoom.

 

Participants will engage in science-based experiments and activities with guidance from a live trained instructor.

 

Where some materials may be needed from home, the Montvale Library will provide individually prepared and packaged materials necessary to complete a STEM activity and have them ready for pick up prior to the session. 

 

Registration is required and is best suited for grades 3-5.

 

Space is limited.

On Wednesday December 2nd at 4:00 pm, we will be hosting an opportunity to hand craft your own clay piece via Zoom with Peter Lagomarsino of Creative Ways.

 

Here is how it works. After your registration is confirmed:

 

  • Pick up Clay Kits

Complete kits filled with all the necessary material will be provided and picked up at the library prior Nov. 22-25 .

  • Attend Zoom Class

On Dec. 2nd, the day of the class, Mr. Peter will provide step by step instructions throughout the virtual meeting.

 

  • Drop off Projects for Glazing

Dec. 3-5, participants bring their finished pieces to us at the library where they will be fired and glazed off site.

 

  • Pick up finished product

Dec 21-23 you will pick up plates at the library and have a completed, functional piece of your own creation! 

 

Registration is required and you must be in 3rd grade or above.

 

Space is limited.

Artist Peri will be back leading a Thanksgiving- themed art class on Monday November 23 @ 4:00.

 

This is a virtual art lesson via Zoom where Artist Peri provides step by step instructions in creating a personal work of art. All you need is a pencil and paper and a little imagination to participate.

 

Registration will be required and best for children ages 5 and older.

Calling all movers and shakers!  We are making homemade butter and invite you to join us via Zoom! 

 

All you need is a small jar (a baby food jar is a great size), some heavy cream and a lot of energy! Together we will shake the afternoon away. 

 

By the end of the session we will have delicious, fresh butter; just in time for Thanksgiving. 



Note: The Children’s Room has some extra jars to share. Please let us know if you need one.

Tuesday, November 24th at 10:30 am, join Ms. Liz’s Friendsgiving celebration!

 

Bring your special stuffed animal friends to connect, share, sing songs, read stories and of course…. Zoom to the Moon!

Bedtime Stories with Ms. Mary

Ms. Mary will be reading some great stories on November 19th @ 7:00 pm. Grab your jammies and blankies and get ready to settle in for the evening.