HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- December is a frenzy month, of sweets and food and crowds and decorations and a whirligig of energy and exhaustion, yet the Library is here as a place of refuge and comfort, of escape and warmth, and most of all – a celebration of family quality time together and creating lasting relationships and memories. Registration is required for all programs unless otherwise noted.
For Movie Lovers
Binge Watch Is Back! Patrons who take out any combination of 10 Hasbrouck Heights-owned DVDs will receive a full-size box of candy and microwave popcorn. Any patron, regardless of residence, can participate.
Winter Story Time Registration – Start your winter mornings with stories! Registration starts Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 22 and will run for six weeks. Registration is required. Please call or stop by the Children’s Desk.
- Tiny Tots is for ages birth to 2 ½ and their caregiver. Tuesdays 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. or Thursdays 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.
- Preschool is for children ages 3 ½ to 5. Tuesdays, 1:15 to 2 p.m.
- Book Buddies is for children ages: 2 ½ to 3 ½. Wednesdays, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.
Santa Story Times – Join us for a jolly visit from Santa! We will read stories, give Santa Christmas lists and take pictures. We will be having two visits this year, so make sure you register for only ONE: Monday, December 3 at 11 a.m. or at 7 p.m. This is an all ages event. Registration is required.
Lego Club – Join the Hasbrouck Heights Lego Club! Show off your architectural talents and come create with us. Legos will be provided. Tuesday, December 4 & 18 starting at 3:30 p.m. for ages 5-12.
Winter Craft & Story Time – Join us, along with the Junior Woman’s Club of Hasbrouck Heights, in getting jolly Tuesday, December 11 at 3:30 p.m. for children in grades K-3. We will be reading some great books and making a craft to take home.
Holiday Bingo – Join us for a game of Holiday Bingo and win prizes! We will be meeting on Thursday, December 13 starting at 3:30 p.m. for ages 5-12.
Book Clubs for Kids – Join one of our two book clubs for kids. Books for both groups, along with more information are available at the Children’s Desk.
- Best Books is for students in grades 2-3, and meets on the first Friday of each month.
- Critics’ Choice is for students in grades 4-6, and meets on the third Friday of each month.
Winter Break Movies – School’s out fun. Join us for some afternoon movies. Shows start at 1 p.m. on Dec. 26 & 27 for everyone. Refreshments will be served.
Recycled DIY Club – Get crafty with us! Learn how to create crafts using every day recycled material. The Recycled DIY club will be held on the first Wednesday of each month. The next meeting will be held on December 5 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. No registration necessary.
Teen Readers’ Club – We meet on the second Monday of each month to discuss a book, eat snacks and play games. Copies of each month’s book will be available for checkout at the front desk. On Monday, December 10 from 7 to 8 p.m., we will discuss Trapped by Michael Northrop.
Ugly Gingerbread Sweater Decorating Contest – Come and make the ugliest, yummiest of gingerbread men with us. Top three will get gift cards! Wearing ugly holiday sweaters is encouraged. This event will take place on Wednesday, December 12 at 3:30 p.m.
Teen Advisory Board – Make your voice heard! We meet on the third Thursday of each month. Teens can participate in community service projects, learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities, have a say in teen programming at the library, and make suggestions for books to add to the library’s YA collection. Our next meeting is Thursday, December 13 from 4 to 5 p.m.
Cross Generational Holiday Craft Event for Teens & Adults – Join us for a fun-filled afternoon creating your own holiday ornaments to be used to brighten your decorations. Use your own imagination and some sample ideas; we will create handmade ornaments with Christmas balls and metallic sharpies. The results are amazing! The event will be held on Wednesday afternoon, December 19 from 3 to 4:30 pm. Prizes will be awarded. Judges will be selected from the participants. Registration required.
For more information or to register, contact Kate Senedzuk at (201) 288-0485 or stop by the Children’s Desk.
Music Concerts for the Whole Family & More
Piano Concert featuring distinguished pianist Veronica O’Brien will take place on Saturday, December 1 from 2 to 3:15 pm. It will feature music selections by Franz Joseph Haydn, Franz Liszt and Alexander Scriabin. Veronica completed her Master’s degree in Piano Performance/ Pedagogy Emphasis and Graduate Professional Diploma in Piano Performance. Veronica has taught extensively in both NJ and CT, as well as through music studios.
Special Library Dedication & Recognition – The Hasbrouck Heights Public Library cordially invites the public to a special dedication of our Centennial plaque and recognition of all its donors on Saturday, December 15 at 1 pm. Light refreshments will be served.
Christmas Carols performed by the renowned Chanteurs of the New Jersey Choral Society.
The concert will be held on Saturday, December 15 at 2 pm. It will include traditional carols and popular holiday songs. The Chanteurs is one of the most prestigious choral groups in the state, well known for presenting outstanding and unique programs. They have performed at the White House and Carnegie Hall and have given performances around the world including Germany, Sydney, Vienna, Beijing and Shanghai, London and more.
All events will be held in the Senior Center located on the first floor of Borough Hall, entrance is located at the corner of Central Ave and Boulevard. Admission is free of charge.
Crafts-to-Share Club — Participants knit and make homemade items that they donate to local community organizations like Hackensack University Medical Center and Tomorrows Children’s Fund. The library is happy to accept donations of yarn on behalf of the club. They meet on the first Tuesday evening of each month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and on the third Wednesday afternoon of every month from 1:30-3:30 p.m. The next meeting dates are December 4 and 19. Registration is not required.
NYC Holiday Sites and Lights – As part of our Monday Afternoons at the Library series of lectures, join us on December 17 at 3 pm for a photo slide lecture as seen throughout the streets of NYC. Our presenter is Mario Medici, a retired information technology executive and amateur photographer. Beginning at 59th street, sites will include, among others, the UNICEF Snowflake, Radio City Music Hall, the Channel Gardens at Rockefeller Center, and a host of gayly decorated storefronts and hotels, including Saks, Trump Tower, St.Patrick’s, the Peninsula, and St. Regis hotels. The lecture will include many historical facts of the key sights, and their artists, making the experience much more enjoyable and entertaining. This lecture is the next best thing to being in New York City.
Writers & Authors Group – Writers discuss their work and publishing strategies on the third Tuesday of every month. December 18 at 7 p.m. Registration is not required.
The Free Public Library of Hasbrouck Heights is located at 320 Boulevard in Hasbrouck Heights, on the second floor of the municipal building. The programs and services are offered to everyone, regardless of residence. In addition to books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays, newspapers and audiobooks, the Library offers a variety of lectures, events, and services for children, teens, adults, and seniors. For more information, call 201-288-0488 for the main desk, 201-288-0485 for the children’s department, 201-288-6653 for teen programs or reference services, or visit http://hasbrouckheights.bccls.org.