Children's Services News

THANK YOU!

 

Piscataway Public Library’s Children’s Services would like to thank the Friends of the Piscataway Library for their continued support of Children’s Services especially children’s programming and our Summer Reading Club. 

We would like to thank Investors Bank for sponsoring our Field Station: Dinosaur program. 

We would also like to thank the following businesses for their support of our “FIZZ, BOOM, READ” 2014 Summer Reading Club: 

Applebee’s Restaurant - Branchburg Sports Complex -  Cedar Grove Catering - China Magic - Chipotle Grill - Dominick’s Pizza - Dunkin Donuts - Fontainbleau Diner - Fratelli’s Pizzeria - Hometown Buffet - IHOP Restaurant  - Let’s YO! - LongHorn Steakhouse - Olive Garden Restaurant - Papa John’s - Petrucci’s Ice Cream - Philly Pretzel Factory - Quick Chek - Red Lobster Restaurant - Ricochet Health and Racquet Center - Romano’s Pizza - Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium - Stelton Lanes - Target - T.G.I. Friday’s Restaurant - Tresses Hair Studio

 

VOLUNTEERING AT THE LIBRARY

(ages 11-18 years)

Volunteer applications for school year volunteering can be picked up beginning August 20, 2014 in the Children's Department at Kennedy Library.  Time slots are available on a first come - first served basis.  No more school year volunteer applications will be accepted after January 31, 2015 due to the amount of kids already waiting for a timeslot.  Look for information about summer volunteering on our website in late April.

 

CHECK OUT THE NEWEST CONTEST ON OUR BLOG!  

Open to kids in Grades Pre-K through Grade 5

If you could meet any President in U.S. history, who would it be and why?  Draw a picture and/or write a short story about meeting this President.

Submit your entry by February 13 at Kennedy or Westergard and get a free prize!

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO NAFIA AHMED, WINNER OF DECEMBER'S BLOG CONTEST.  

You can read all the contest entries on our blog, The Sandbox, at pplkids.wordpress.com  starting Friday, January 6.

Our blog is specially-designed for kids and parents!   We also encourage Piscataway kids to submit their own creative writing. Be on the lookout for special contests as well.   Visit the blog to learn more!

Nafia Ahmed, Age 8

 

 

 

 

Seuss Drop -in Craft

03/07/2015 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

All Ages

Drop in the Children's Room anytime between 11:00am and 1:00pm and make a special Seuss craft.

You could not, would not, want to miss this!

 
Kennedy Childrens Room

DROP-IN CRAFT

03/10/2015 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm

(All Ages)

Drop in anytime between 4:00pm and 4:45pm and make a special craft - one that will be given to cancer patients and one for yourself..

No registration necessary.

Kennedy Childrens Room

NJ Makers Day : Make, Create, Innovate!

03/21/2015 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

 

Join us for this very special all ages event for the inaugural NJ Makers Day!! Along with more than 130 locations across all of NJ, we will be having a variety of events all day including technology, electronics and robotics exhibitors, hands on interactive "making" programs/projects and table demonstrations, live demos of 3d printing, a 3d design challenge, balancing toy challenge, and much more!!

This event is for all ages and no registration is required to attend (though some highlighted activities below do require on-site registration the day of the event). This event will be taking place at the Kennedy Library.

Hands on Making Programs

DiY Light Bulb
11:30am - 12:15pm
Registration required - Limit 15
Description: Discover your inner Thomas Edison by making this DiY light experiment with batteries, wires and pencil lead. This program is for ages 8+. Registration for this workshop will be on site only, first-come, first served

Balancing Toy Challenge
2:30pm - 3:15pm
Registration required - Limit 15
Description: Find your balance as we attached and create crazy concoctions testing the pwoer or equilibrium! This program is for ages 8+. Registration for this workshop will be on site only, first-come, first served

Light Up Your Day - Make and Take a Motion Sensing Light
3:00-4:15pm
Registration required - Limit 8
Presenter: Sid Vadaparty
Description: With some basic soldering and electronic components, create an LED light that will turn on with the wave of your hand! This program is for participants ages 12+. You will build with various open-source parts, and take home the working prototype. Registration for this workshop will be on site only, first-come, first served

LED Wands and Ornaments
10am-4pm (while supplies last)
Description: Light up your day with LEDs using shapeable pipe cleaners to create magical wands, and free standing ornaments. This is a drop in project table, no registration is required and will be available while supplies last. This is an all-ages project area, although those under the age of 8 should be accompanied and assisted by an adult.

Hands on Demonstrations

MiY Makerspace Demonstrations -  10am-4pm
Description: Join us as we demonstrate the wide variety of tools and resources we have available in the Piscataway Library MiY Makerspace including our 3D printer, Arduino and Makey Makey microcontroller kits, Lego Mindstorms Robots and more! This area is appropriate for those ages 8+

Budding Builders Station - 10am-4pm
Description: For our younger makes, stop by the Budding Builders station to try our littleBits, Snap Circuits, and Roominate electronics learning platforms, as well as take the Finch robots for a drive! This area is appropriate for ages 4+

Kennedy Library Coding Cafe - 10am-4pm
Description: Ever wanted to learn to code, or maybe dabble in 3D modeling. Stop by the Coding Cafe where we will have tables and laptops setup for you to try a new programming language, or make a 3D model (and maybe even enter on in the Buildtak 3D Design Challenge!). We also encourage all you modelers and coders out there to bring your own laptops and share you knowledge and expertise with your neighbors and friends. This area is appropriate for ages 8+

Presentation

“The Power of the Maker Movement”
1pm to 1:45pm
Kumar Valaparty, Executive Director, Trading Systems UBS AG
Description :This presentation will cover the landscape of the maker movement, its importance in spurring innovation, workforce development, and ties to the open source software and hardware movements.

Exhibitors 

Name

Time Available

Description

Kunj Shah

10am-2pm

Kunj will be demonstrating a self-driving car he has been working on, as well as other projects he has built. Kunj is one of our MiY Makerspace Volunteers

Kevin Marx

10am-4pm

Kevin will exhibit an electroluminescent wire turn signal sewn onto the back of a vest to be used while bicycle riding.

Kumar & Sid Vadaparty

10am-4pm

Kumar and his son, Sid, will be displaying various DiY electronics projects they have designed and built together: Temperature sense & display, various robots, etc.

Piscataway High School Robotics Team #224

10am-4pm

The robotics team will be demonstrating their newest robot creation, as well as exhibiting samples of 3D printed objects and CAD engineering drawings

http://team224.com/

https://www.facebook.com/team224

GNext Education System

10am-4pm

GNext will be demonstrating our Robotics programs as well as 3D printing possibilities for kids

http://gnextedu.com/

Kaleidoscope Enrichment

10am-4pm

Sandy Roberts of Kaleidoscope Enrichment will be demonstrating the use of strawberries for DNA extraction, slides to view onion/cheek cells and other slides. She will also exhibit various insect and preserved specimens, as well as a cell phone microscope stand and some Foldscopes for folks to explore.

http://enrichscience.com

For more info about the NJ Makers Day project, please visit http://njmakersday.org

Kennedy Main Mtg Room

DROP-IN CRAFT

03/25/2015 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm

(All Ages)

Drop in anytime between 4:00pm and 4:45pm for a special craft.

No registration necessary.

Westergard Childrens Area

Drop-in Craft

04/10/2015 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm

(All Ages)

Drop in anytime between 2:00pm and 2:45pm and make a special vacation week craft.

Kennedy Childrens Room

DROP-IN CRAFT

04/15/2015 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm

(All Ages)

Drop in anytime between 4:00pm and 4:45pm for a special craft.

No registration necessary.

Westergard Childrens Area

Mother's Day Tea

05/02/2015 - 11:00am to 11:45am

(for ages 3 and up with Mom, Grandma or a caregiver)

Please join us for stories, songs and a craft as we celebrate our special Moms!  We will also have (iced) tea and cookies with mom.  Please bring a photo of you and Mom for a special craft.

Kennedy Main Mtg Room

Gaming for Kids

03/05/2015 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm

Grades K-5

Join us for some Wii competition, board and card games -- or just watch as others compete.

Westergard Mtg Rm

Seuss Drop -in Craft

03/07/2015 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

All Ages

Drop in the Children's Room anytime between 11:00am and 1:00pm and make a special Seuss craft.

You could not, would not, want to miss this!

 
Kennedy Childrens Room

Chess for Kids

03/09/2015 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm

Grades 1 and up

Come to learn, come to teach and come to play!  All skill levels are welcome.

Piscataway residents only.

Westergard Mtg Rm

DROP-IN CRAFT

03/10/2015 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm

(All Ages)

Drop in anytime between 4:00pm and 4:45pm and make a special craft - one that will be given to cancer patients and one for yourself..

No registration necessary.

Kennedy Childrens Room

Lego Club

03/12/2015 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm

Grades K - 5

Join us and make some fun and interesting creations and see them displayed at the library.

Kennedy Main Mtg Room

Chess for Kids

03/16/2015 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm

Grades 1 and up

Come to learn, come to teach and come to play!  All skill levels are welcome.

Piscataway residents only.

Westergard Mtg Rm

GAMING FOR KIDS

03/18/2015 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm

(Grades K-5)

Join us for some Wii competition, ping-pong, board and card games --- or just watch as others compete.

No registration necessary.

Kennedy Main Mtg Room

NJ Makers Day : Make, Create, Innovate!

03/21/2015 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

 

Join us for this very special all ages event for the inaugural NJ Makers Day!! Along with more than 130 locations across all of NJ, we will be having a variety of events all day including technology, electronics and robotics exhibitors, hands on interactive "making" programs/projects and table demonstrations, live demos of 3d printing, a 3d design challenge, balancing toy challenge, and much more!!

This event is for all ages and no registration is required to attend (though some highlighted activities below do require on-site registration the day of the event). This event will be taking place at the Kennedy Library.

Hands on Making Programs

DiY Light Bulb
11:30am - 12:15pm
Registration required - Limit 15
Description: Discover your inner Thomas Edison by making this DiY light experiment with batteries, wires and pencil lead. This program is for ages 8+. Registration for this workshop will be on site only, first-come, first served

Balancing Toy Challenge
2:30pm - 3:15pm
Registration required - Limit 15
Description: Find your balance as we attached and create crazy concoctions testing the pwoer or equilibrium! This program is for ages 8+. Registration for this workshop will be on site only, first-come, first served

Light Up Your Day - Make and Take a Motion Sensing Light
3:00-4:15pm
Registration required - Limit 8
Presenter: Sid Vadaparty
Description: With some basic soldering and electronic components, create an LED light that will turn on with the wave of your hand! This program is for participants ages 12+. You will build with various open-source parts, and take home the working prototype. Registration for this workshop will be on site only, first-come, first served

LED Wands and Ornaments
10am-4pm (while supplies last)
Description: Light up your day with LEDs using shapeable pipe cleaners to create magical wands, and free standing ornaments. This is a drop in project table, no registration is required and will be available while supplies last. This is an all-ages project area, although those under the age of 8 should be accompanied and assisted by an adult.

Hands on Demonstrations

MiY Makerspace Demonstrations -  10am-4pm
Description: Join us as we demonstrate the wide variety of tools and resources we have available in the Piscataway Library MiY Makerspace including our 3D printer, Arduino and Makey Makey microcontroller kits, Lego Mindstorms Robots and more! This area is appropriate for those ages 8+

Budding Builders Station - 10am-4pm
Description: For our younger makes, stop by the Budding Builders station to try our littleBits, Snap Circuits, and Roominate electronics learning platforms, as well as take the Finch robots for a drive! This area is appropriate for ages 4+

Kennedy Library Coding Cafe - 10am-4pm
Description: Ever wanted to learn to code, or maybe dabble in 3D modeling. Stop by the Coding Cafe where we will have tables and laptops setup for you to try a new programming language, or make a 3D model (and maybe even enter on in the Buildtak 3D Design Challenge!). We also encourage all you modelers and coders out there to bring your own laptops and share you knowledge and expertise with your neighbors and friends. This area is appropriate for ages 8+

Presentation

“The Power of the Maker Movement”
1pm to 1:45pm
Kumar Valaparty, Executive Director, Trading Systems UBS AG
Description :This presentation will cover the landscape of the maker movement, its importance in spurring innovation, workforce development, and ties to the open source software and hardware movements.

Exhibitors 

Name

Time Available

Description

Kunj Shah

10am-2pm

Kunj will be demonstrating a self-driving car he has been working on, as well as other projects he has built. Kunj is one of our MiY Makerspace Volunteers

Kevin Marx

10am-4pm

Kevin will exhibit an electroluminescent wire turn signal sewn onto the back of a vest to be used while bicycle riding.

Kumar & Sid Vadaparty

10am-4pm

Kumar and his son, Sid, will be displaying various DiY electronics projects they have designed and built together: Temperature sense & display, various robots, etc.

Piscataway High School Robotics Team #224

10am-4pm

The robotics team will be demonstrating their newest robot creation, as well as exhibiting samples of 3D printed objects and CAD engineering drawings

http://team224.com/

https://www.facebook.com/team224

GNext Education System

10am-4pm

GNext will be demonstrating our Robotics programs as well as 3D printing possibilities for kids

http://gnextedu.com/

Kaleidoscope Enrichment

10am-4pm

Sandy Roberts of Kaleidoscope Enrichment will be demonstrating the use of strawberries for DNA extraction, slides to view onion/cheek cells and other slides. She will also exhibit various insect and preserved specimens, as well as a cell phone microscope stand and some Foldscopes for folks to explore.

http://enrichscience.com

For more info about the NJ Makers Day project, please visit http://njmakersday.org

Kennedy Main Mtg Room

Chess for Kids

03/23/2015 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm

Grades 1 and up

Come to learn, come to teach and come to play!  All skill levels are welcome.

Piscataway residents only.

Westergard Mtg Rm

DROP-IN CRAFT

03/25/2015 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm

(All Ages)

Drop in anytime between 4:00pm and 4:45pm for a special craft.

No registration necessary.

Westergard Childrens Area

Chess for Kids

03/30/2015 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm

Grades 1 and up

Come to learn, come to teach and come to play!  All skill levels are welcome.

Piscataway residents only.

Westergard Mtg Rm

Chess for Kids

04/06/2015 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm

Grades 1 and up

Come to learn, come to teach and come to play!  All skill levels are welcome.

Piscataway residents only.

Westergard Mtg Rm

MOVIES FOR KIDS

04/07/2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

(for school-aged children)

Enjoy popcorn and the movie, Big Hero 6.

No registration necessary.

Westergard Mtg Rm

Gaming for Kids

04/09/2015 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm

Grades K-5

Join us for some Wii competition, board and card games -- or just watch as others compete.

Westergard Mtg Rm

Drop-in Craft

04/10/2015 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm

(All Ages)

Drop in anytime between 2:00pm and 2:45pm and make a special vacation week craft.

Kennedy Childrens Room

Chess for Kids

04/13/2015 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm

Grades 1 and up

Come to learn, come to teach and come to play!  All skill levels are welcome.

Piscataway residents only.

Westergard Mtg Rm

Sew'n Stuff

04/13/2015 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Grades 4- 6

Make a cool sewing kit.

This program is for Piscataway residents only.  Please register at the Children's Information Desk at Kennedy Library or by calling 732-463-1633, ext. 7 during regular library hours beginning 10:00am on Wednesday, April 1.  Please do not leave registration information on our voicemail.

 

MiY Lab

Propeller-Powered Cars

04/14/2015 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm

Grades 1 - 6

Join us as we use motors and recycled materials to create these little racers!

This program is for Piscataway residents only.  Please register at the Kennedy Children's Information Desk or call 732-463-1633, ext. 7 during regular library hours beginning 10:00am beginning Wednesday, April 1.  Please do not leave registration information on our voicemail.

MiY Lab

DROP-IN CRAFT

04/15/2015 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm

(All Ages)

Drop in anytime between 4:00pm and 4:45pm for a special craft.

No registration necessary.

Westergard Childrens Area

Chess for Kids

04/20/2015 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm

Grades 1 and up

Come to learn, come to teach and come to play!  All skill levels are welcome.

Piscataway residents only.

Westergard Mtg Rm

Go Green for Earth Day with Dr. Seuss

04/26/2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

presented by the Piscataway Public Library Teen Advisory Board for Grades K - 5

Join us for a day filled with stories, games, trivia, face painting and crafts!  

This program is for Piscataway residents only.  Please register at the Kennedy Children's Information Desk or by calling 732-463-1633, ext. 7 during regular library hours beginning 10:00am on Wednesday, April 1.  Please do not leave registration information on our voicemail.

Kennedy Main Mtg Room

Chess for Kids

04/27/2015 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm

Grades 1 and up

Come to learn, come to teach and come to play!  All skill levels are welcome.

Piscataway residents only.

Westergard Mtg Rm

Lego Club

04/30/2015 - 4:00pm to 4:45pmKennedy Main Mtg Room

These programs are especially suited for special needs students. You are more than welcome to attend any other age-appropriate programs that we offer.

Special Needs Active Play (SNAP)

03/14/2015 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

(Ages 3-8 with a parent or caregiver.  Siblings welcome!)

Children with special needs and their families are invited to play and socialize in an informal fun-filled environment.  Some games and manipulatives will be provided, but feel free to bring your children's favorite toy.

Kennedy Main Mtg Room

Special Needs Gaming

03/19/2015 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm

Grades 2 and up

Come join us and play some Wii games to build movement and communication.

Westergard Mtg Rm

Special Needs Gaming

04/23/2015 - 4:00pm to 4:45pm

Grades 2 and up

Come join us and play some Wii games to build movement and communication.

Westergard Mtg Rm

Special Needs Active Play (SNAP)

04/25/2015 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

(Ages 3-8 with a parent or caregiver.  Siblings welcome!)

Children with special needs and their families are invited to play and socialize in an informal fun-filled environment.  Some games and manipulatives will be provided, but feel free to bring your children's favorite toy.

Kennedy Main Mtg Room

Special Needs Active Play (SNAP)

05/02/2015 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

(Ages 3 and up with a parent or caregiver.  Siblings welcome!)

Children with special needs and their families are invited to play and socialize in an informal fun-filled environment.  Some games and manipulatives will be provided, but feel free to bring your children's favorite toy.

Kennedy Main Mtg Room

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