Children's Services News

"ON YOUR MARK, GET SET...READ!"

 

2016 Summer Reading Club begins on Monday, June 20th!

Visit KENNEDY or WESTERGARD and register for a fun-filled summer.  The Children's Club is open to all children from birth through those entering Grade 6.   Piscataway residents only.

 

THANKS!

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 also like to thank the following businesses for their support of our "Every Hero Has A Story" 2015 Summer Reading Club: 

Applebee’s Restaurant - Branchburg Sports Complex - Cedar Grove Catering - China Magic  - China Moon - Chipotle Grill - Dominick’s Pizza -  Dunkin Donuts -  Fontainbleau Diner -  Fratelli’s Pizzeria - Friendly's Restaurant

Gianni's Pizzarama - Healthy Garden Restaurant and Gourmet Pizza - Home Depot - Hometown Buffet  - IHOP Restaurant - Jimmy John's  - Joe's Crab Shack - Mithaas Restaurant - Olive Garden Restaurant -  Papa John’s - Petrucci’s Ice Cream

Philly Pretzel Factory (Piscataway location) - Piscataway Elks Lodge #2414 - Quick Chek - Red Lobster Restaurant - Red Robin Restaurant - Ricochet Health and Racquet Center - Romano’s Pizza - Raritan Valley Community College Planetarium

Smashburger - Somerset Patriots - Stelton Lanes - Target - T.G.I. Friday’s Restaurant - Tresses Hair Studio

 

 

​TEEN TO TWEEN ESL TUTORING (for Piscataway residents only)

Teen volunteers will provide one-on-one tutoring to tweens entering grades 3 -6 who need help strengthening their English skills this summer.  Sessions will run for 1 hour on 6 different days during the summer.  Dates and times will be provided once an application is filled out.  Tweens can fill out an application at the Kennedy Information Desk.  Questions?  Contact Mo at mdonohue@piscatawaylibrary.org.
 

 

 

THE SANDBOX BLOG

Our blog is specially-designed for kids and parents!   We also encourage Piscataway kids to submit their own creative writing and original artwork. Have a story, poem, or drawing you'd like to share? Submit your work to a Children's Librarian at Kennedy or Westergard Library, or email it to pwong@piscatawaylibrary.org and we'll post it on our blog for you. Visit our blog, The Sandbox, at pplkids.wordpress.com. and check out all the cool entries submitted by kids for kids, and be on the lookout for special contests like the one that's happening now!  Compose a "concrete poem" and submit it by April 30 and we'll post it on the blog.  Concrete poems are poems written in a shape.  They don't have to rhyme unless you want them to.  Just draw a shape and fill it in with words.  You can also share any poem, your favorite poem or make up your own.

 

Mahira Gr 4 Eid Winner

 

 

 

 

Check out our storytimes for children by clicking on STORYTIMES above in the left hand corner!

Donuts with Dad

06/04/2016 -
11:00am to 11:45am

Ages 3 and up with Dad, Grandpa or a caregiver

Join us for a very special time with Dad!  What could beImage result for two donuts better than books about Dad and some delicious donuts!

Kennedy Main Mtg Room

"On Your Mark, Get Set...READ!" Drop-in Craft

06/20/2016 -
1:30pm to 8:00pm

All Ages

Drop in anytime between 1:30pm and 8:00pm for a simple craft at KENNEDY or WESTERGARD to kick-off our "On Your Mark, Get Set...READ!" Summer Reading Club!Image result for on your mark get set read

Westergard Childrens Area

"On Your Mark, Get Set...READ!" Drop-in Craft

06/20/2016 -
1:30pm to 8:00pm

All Ages

Drop in anytime between 1:30pm and 8:00pm for a simple craft at KENNEDY or WESTERGARD to kick-off our "On Your Mark, Get Set...READ!" Summer Reading Club!

Kennedy Childrens Room

Drop-in Craft

06/24/2016 -
2:00pm to 2:45pm

All Ages

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

Westergard Childrens Area

Drop-in Craft

07/01/2016 -
2:00pm to 2:45pm

All Ages

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

Kennedy Childrens Room

Animal Mania - Survival of the Fittest

07/07/2016 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

presented by Eyes Wild

Ages 3 and up and their families

Meet some really cool animals and find out some fun facts about them including their speed and strength.Image result for eyes wild wallaby tales

Kennedy Main Mtg Room

Drop-in Craft

07/08/2016 -
2:00pm to 2:45pm

All Ages

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

Westergard Childrens Area

Coloring Fun for the Whole Family!

07/09/2016 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm

Drop in anytime between 2:00pm and 3:00pm for family colImage result for crayonsoring in the Children's Area.  From simple coloring sheets to more complicated pages, there will be something for everyone.  Relax, color and have fun!

Kennedy Childrens Room

Power and Energy

07/14/2016 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

presented by Sciencetellers

Ages 3 and up and their familiesImage result for sciencetellers power and energy

Join us for hands-on experiments and make things fly, spin, move and soar as we try to figure out what makes us move and what powers the world!

Kennedy Main Mtg Room

Drop-in Craft

07/15/2016 -
2:00pm to 2:45pm

All Ages

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

Kennedy Childrens Room

Magician John Carlson

07/21/2016 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Kennedy Main Mtg Room

Drop-in Craft

07/22/2016 -
2:00pm to 2:45pm

All Ages

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

Westergard Childrens Area

Puzzle Fun for the Whole Family!

07/23/2016 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm

Drop in anytime between 2:00pm and 3:00pm and work on a puzzle in the Children's Area. From simple puzzles to more complicated ones, there'll be something for everyone.  Relax, put together a puzzle and have fun!

Kennedy Childrens Room

Crazy Concoctions

05/31/2016 -
4:00pm to 4:45pm

Grades K - 5

Join us for some more zany science fun!

Please register at the Kennedy Children's Information Desk or call 732-463-1633,  ext. 7 during regular library hours beginning 10:00am on Monday, May 2.

 

 

 

Kennedy Main Mtg Room

Gaming for Kids

06/02/2016 -
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

Children's Summer Reading Club Volunteer Orientation

06/02/2016 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

The Children's Dept. is looking for young Piscataway residents, aged 11-18 years, to help with the Children's Summer Reading Club.  If you have 2 hours a week to give over the summer, please come to one of these MANDATORY hour-long orientations.  You must attend one training session to volunteer this summer.

 

Kennedy Main Mtg Room

Children's Summer Reading Club Volunteer Orientation

06/08/2016 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

The Children's Dept. is looking for young Piscataway residents, aged 11-18 years, to help with the Children's Summer Reading Club.  If you have 2 hours a week to give over the summer, please come to one of these MANDATORY hour-long orientations.  You must attend one training session to volunteer this summer.

 

Westergard Mtg Rm

Art for Kids

06/09/2016 -
4:00pm to 4:45pm

(Grades K-5)

Let your imagination run wild and create a fantasy drawing with colored pencils and watercolors to create a "dream animal"!Image result for colored pencils and watercolor

Please register at Westergard's Information Desk or call 732-752-1166, ext. 6 beginning Wednesday, June 1.

 

Westergard Mtg Rm

Children's Summer Reading Club Volunteer Orientation

06/14/2016 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

The Children's Dept. is looking for young Piscataway residents, aged 11-18 years, to help with the Children's Summer Reading Club.  If you have 2 hours a week to give over the summer, please come to one of these MANDATORY hour-long orientations.  You must attend one training session to volunteer this summer.

 

Kennedy Main Mtg Room

Budding Builders

06/15/2016 -
4:00pm to 4:45pm

Grades K - 5

Have fun building with our newest toys including dollhouses, SNAP circuits, straws and K'nex.

No registration necessary.

Kennedy Main Mtg Room

"On Your Mark, Get Set...READ!" Drop-in Craft

06/20/2016 -
1:30pm to 8:00pm

All Ages

Drop in anytime between 1:30pm and 8:00pm for a simple craft at KENNEDY or WESTERGARD to kick-off our "On Your Mark, Get Set...READ!" Summer Reading Club!Image result for on your mark get set read

Westergard Childrens Area

"On Your Mark, Get Set...READ!" Drop-in Craft

06/20/2016 -
1:30pm to 8:00pm

All Ages

Drop in anytime between 1:30pm and 8:00pm for a simple craft at KENNEDY or WESTERGARD to kick-off our "On Your Mark, Get Set...READ!" Summer Reading Club!

Kennedy Childrens Room

Drop-in Craft

06/24/2016 -
2:00pm to 2:45pm

All Ages

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

Westergard Childrens Area

Tales for Tails

06/27/2016 -
6:00pm to 7:00pm

rades K - 5

Drop in and read to trained therapy dogs from The Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Inc.

 

Kennedy Main Mtg Room

Summer of MAKE

06/28/2016 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm

All Summer of MAKE programs run from 2pm-4pm. Please see dates and locations below for Summer of MAKE programs taking place on Tuesdays for registrants in grades 4-6 and 7-12. Registration for Summer of MAKE programs begins on June 6th at 10am at Kennedy Library. Registration is taken by phone or in-person.

Note: All Tuesday programs take place at the Westergard Library

6/28 - Adjustable Bookshelf - Gr 4 to 6 

7/5 - Beeswax Sushi Candles - Gr 7 to 12

7/12 - DoodleBot - Gr 4 to 6

7/19 - Magnetic Pendulum / Wikiseat - Gr 7 to 12

7/26 - Pizza Box Circuits - Gr 4 to 6

8/2 - DiY Stamp Project - Gr 7 to 12

Westergard Mtg Rm

Lego Club

06/30/2016 -
2:00pm to 2:45pm

Grades K - 5

Join us and make some fun and interesting creations and see them displayed at the library.Image result for legos

Kennedy Main Mtg Room

Drop-in Craft

07/01/2016 -
2:00pm to 2:45pm

All Ages

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

Kennedy Childrens Room

Summer of MAKE

07/01/2016 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm

All Summer of MAKE programs run from 2pm-4pm. Please see dates and locations below for Summer of MAKE programs taking place on Fridays for registrants in grades K-3. Registration for Summer of MAKE programs begins on June 6th at 10am at Kennedy Library. Registration is taken by phone or in-person.

7/1 - Brushbots / Westergard Library

7/8 - Rubber Band Helicoptor / Kennedy Library

7/15 - Shadow Puppet Theatre / Westergard Library

7/22 - Radio Controlled CUBE / Kennedy Library

7/29 - Electric Paddle Boat / Westergard Library

8/5 - MiniBot / Kennedy Library

Registration for Summer of MAKE programs begins on June 6th at 10am at Kennedy Library. Registration is taken by phone or in-person.

Westergard Mtg Rm

Summer of MAKE

07/05/2016 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm

All Summer of MAKE programs run from 2pm-4pm. Please see dates and locations below for Summer of MAKE programs taking place on Tuesdays for registrants in grades 4-6 and 7-12. Registration for Summer of MAKE programs begins on June 6th at 10am at Kennedy Library. Registration is taken by phone or in-person.

Note: All Tuesday programs take place at the Westergard Library

6/28 - Adjustable Bookshelf - Gr 4 to 6 

7/5 - Beeswax Sushi Candles - Gr 7 to 12

7/12 - DoodleBot - Gr 4 to 6

7/19 - Magnetic Pendulum / Wikiseat - Gr 7 to 12

7/26 - Pizza Box Circuits - Gr 4 to 6

8/2 - DiY Stamp Project - Gr 7 to 12

Westergard Mtg Rm

Budding Builders

07/06/2016 -
2:00pm to 2:45pm

Grades K - 5

Have fun building with our newest toys including dollhouses, SNAP circuits, straws and K'nex.

No registration necessary.

Kennedy Main Mtg Room

Summer of MAKE

07/07/2016 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm

All Summer of MAKE programs run from 2pm-4pm. Please see dates and locations below for Summer of MAKE programs taking place on Tuesdays for registrants in grades 4-6 and 7-12. Registration for Summer of MAKE programs begins on June 6th at 10am at Kennedy Library. Registration is taken by phone or in-person.

Note: All Thursday programs take place at the Kennedy Library

6/30 - Vibrobot - Gr 7 to 12 

7/7 - Electric Bubble Maker - Gr 4 to 6

7/14 - Cardboard Roll Totes - Gr 7 to 12

7/21 - Tiny Dancer and Electromagnetic Train - Gr 4 to 6

7/28 - Simon Says Electronic Handheld Game - Gr 7 to 12

8/4 - Robolink 5 in 1 - Gr 4 to 6

Kennedy Main Mtg Room

Animal Mania - Survival of the Fittest

07/07/2016 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

presented by Eyes Wild

Ages 3 and up and their families

Meet some really cool animals and find out some fun facts about them including their speed and strength.Image result for eyes wild wallaby tales

Kennedy Main Mtg Room

Drop-in Craft

07/08/2016 -
2:00pm to 2:45pm

All Ages

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

Westergard Childrens Area

Summer of MAKE

07/08/2016 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm

All Summer of MAKE programs run from 2pm-4pm. Please see dates and locations below for Summer of MAKE programs taking place on Fridays for registrants in grades K-3. Registration for Summer of MAKE programs begins on June 6th at 10am at Kennedy Library. Registration is taken by phone or in-person.

7/1 - Brushbots / Westergard Library

7/8 - Rubber Band Helicoptor / Kennedy Library

7/15 - Shadow Puppet Theatre / Westergard Library

7/22 - Radio Controlled CUBE / Kennedy Library

7/29 - Electric Paddle Boat / Westergard Library

8/5 - MiniBot / Kennedy Library

Registration for Summer of MAKE programs begins on June 6th at 10am at Kennedy Library. Registration is taken by phone or in-person.

Westergard Mtg Rm

Coloring Fun for the Whole Family!

07/09/2016 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm

Drop in anytime between 2:00pm and 3:00pm for family colImage result for crayonsoring in the Children's Area.  From simple coloring sheets to more complicated pages, there will be something for everyone.  Relax, color and have fun!

Kennedy Childrens Room

MOVIES FOR KIDS

07/11/2016 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm

For school-aged children

Enjoy popcorn and a movie. 

No registration necessary.

Westergard Mtg Rm

Summer of MAKE

07/12/2016 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm

All Summer of MAKE programs run from 2pm-4pm. Please see dates and locations below for Summer of MAKE programs taking place on Tuesdays for registrants in grades 4-6 and 7-12. Registration for Summer of MAKE programs begins on June 6th at 10am at Kennedy Library. Registration is taken by phone or in-person.

Note: All Tuesday programs take place at the Westergard Library

6/28 - Adjustable Bookshelf - Gr 4 to 6 

7/5 - Beeswax Sushi Candles - Gr 7 to 12

7/12 - DoodleBot - Gr 4 to 6

7/19 - Magnetic Pendulum / Wikiseat - Gr 7 to 12

7/26 - Pizza Box Circuits - Gr 4 to 6

8/2 - DiY Stamp Project - Gr 7 to 12

Westergard Mtg Rm

Summer of MAKE

07/14/2016 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm

All Summer of MAKE programs run from 2pm-4pm. Please see dates and locations below for Summer of MAKE programs taking place on Tuesdays for registrants in grades 4-6 and 7-12. Registration for Summer of MAKE programs begins on June 6th at 10am at Kennedy Library. Registration is taken by phone or in-person.

Note: All Thursday programs take place at the Kennedy Library

6/30 - Vibrobot - Gr 7 to 12 

7/7 - Electric Bubble Maker - Gr 4 to 6

7/14 - Cardboard Roll Totes - Gr 7 to 12

7/21 - Tiny Dancer and Electromagnetic Train - Gr 4 to 6

7/28 - Simon Says Electronic Handheld Game - Gr 7 to 12

8/4 - Robolink 5 in 1 - Gr 4 to 6

Kennedy Main Mtg Room

Power and Energy

07/14/2016 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

presented by Sciencetellers

Ages 3 and up and their familiesImage result for sciencetellers power and energy

Join us for hands-on experiments and make things fly, spin, move and soar as we try to figure out what makes us move and what powers the world!

Kennedy Main Mtg Room

Drop-in Craft

07/15/2016 -
2:00pm to 2:45pm

All Ages

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

Kennedy Childrens Room

Summer of MAKE

07/15/2016 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm

All Summer of MAKE programs run from 2pm-4pm. Please see dates and locations below for Summer of MAKE programs taking place on Fridays for registrants in grades K-3. Registration for Summer of MAKE programs begins on June 6th at 10am at Kennedy Library. Registration is taken by phone or in-person.

7/1 - Brushbots / Westergard Library

7/8 - Rubber Band Helicoptor / Kennedy Library

7/15 - Shadow Puppet Theatre / Westergard Library

7/22 - Radio Controlled CUBE / Kennedy Library

7/29 - Electric Paddle Boat / Westergard Library

8/5 - MiniBot / Kennedy Library

Registration for Summer of MAKE programs begins on June 6th at 10am at Kennedy Library. Registration is taken by phone or in-person.

Westergard Mtg Rm

Chess for Kids

07/18/2016 -
2:00pm to 2:45pm

for children entering Grades 1 - 6 in the fall

Join other players for games and some basic instruction.Image result for chess

Westergard Mtg Rm

Summer of MAKE

07/19/2016 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm

All Summer of MAKE programs run from 2pm-4pm. Please see dates and locations below for Summer of MAKE programs taking place on Tuesdays for registrants in grades 4-6 and 7-12. Registration for Summer of MAKE programs begins on June 6th at 10am at Kennedy Library. Registration is taken by phone or in-person.

Note: All Tuesday programs take place at the Westergard Library

6/28 - Adjustable Bookshelf - Gr 4 to 6 

7/5 - Beeswax Sushi Candles - Gr 7 to 12

7/12 - DoodleBot - Gr 4 to 6

7/19 - Magnetic Pendulum / Wikiseat - Gr 7 to 12

7/26 - Pizza Box Circuits - Gr 4 to 6

8/2 - DiY Stamp Project - Gr 7 to 12

Westergard Mtg Rm

Lego Club

07/20/2016 -
2:00pm to 2:45pm

Grades K - 5

Join us and make some fun and interesting creations and see them displayed at the library.Image result for legos

Kennedy Main Mtg Room

Summer of MAKE

07/21/2016 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm

All Summer of MAKE programs run from 2pm-4pm. Please see dates and locations below for Summer of MAKE programs taking place on Tuesdays for registrants in grades 4-6 and 7-12. Registration for Summer of MAKE programs begins on June 6th at 10am at Kennedy Library. Registration is taken by phone or in-person.

Note: All Thursday programs take place at the Kennedy Library

6/30 - Vibrobot - Gr 7 to 12 

7/7 - Electric Bubble Maker - Gr 4 to 6

7/14 - Cardboard Roll Totes - Gr 7 to 12

7/21 - Tiny Dancer and Electromagnetic Train - Gr 4 to 6

7/28 - Simon Says Electronic Handheld Game - Gr 7 to 12

8/4 - Robolink 5 in 1 - Gr 4 to 6

Kennedy Main Mtg Room

Gaming for Kids

07/21/2016 -
2:00pm to 2:45pm

Grades K-5

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

Westergard Mtg Rm

Magician John Carlson

07/21/2016 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm
Kennedy Main Mtg Room

Drop-in Craft

07/22/2016 -
2:00pm to 2:45pm

All Ages

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

Westergard Childrens Area

Summer of MAKE

07/22/2016 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm

All Summer of MAKE programs run from 2pm-4pm. Please see dates and locations below for Summer of MAKE programs taking place on Fridays for registrants in grades K-3. Registration for Summer of MAKE programs begins on June 6th at 10am at Kennedy Library. Registration is taken by phone or in-person.

7/1 - Brushbots / Westergard Library

7/8 - Rubber Band Helicoptor / Kennedy Library

7/15 - Shadow Puppet Theatre / Westergard Library

7/22 - Radio Controlled CUBE / Kennedy Library

7/29 - Electric Paddle Boat / Westergard Library

8/5 - MiniBot / Kennedy Library

Registration for Summer of MAKE programs begins on June 6th at 10am at Kennedy Library. Registration is taken by phone or in-person.

Westergard Mtg Rm

Puzzle Fun for the Whole Family!

07/23/2016 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm

Drop in anytime between 2:00pm and 3:00pm and work on a puzzle in the Children's Area. From simple puzzles to more complicated ones, there'll be something for everyone.  Relax, put together a puzzle and have fun!

Kennedy Childrens Room

Summer of MAKE

07/26/2016 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm

All Summer of MAKE programs run from 2pm-4pm. Please see dates and locations below for Summer of MAKE programs taking place on Tuesdays for registrants in grades 4-6 and 7-12. Registration for Summer of MAKE programs begins on June 6th at 10am at Kennedy Library. Registration is taken by phone or in-person.

Note: All Tuesday programs take place at the Westergard Library

6/28 - Adjustable Bookshelf - Gr 4 to 6 

7/5 - Beeswax Sushi Candles - Gr 7 to 12

7/12 - DoodleBot - Gr 4 to 6

7/19 - Magnetic Pendulum / Wikiseat - Gr 7 to 12

7/26 - Pizza Box Circuits - Gr 4 to 6

8/2 - DiY Stamp Project - Gr 7 to 12

Westergard Mtg Rm

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)

06/04/2016 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm

Ages 3 and up with a parent or caregiver  

Children with special needs and their families are invited to play and socialize in an informal fun-filled environment. 

Kennedy Main Mtg Room

Special Needs Gaming

06/16/2016 -
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

07/07/2016 -
2:00pm to 2:45pm

Grades 2 and up

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

Westergard Mtg Rm

Children's Services Newsletter

Stay informed on our latest news!

Subscribe to Children's Services Newsletter feed