HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ  -- Join in the fun this fall with a bushel full of events and activities at the Hasbrouck Heights Free Public Library. 

September is Library Card Sign-up Month.  Having a library card opens up a world of opportunities, and provides access to nearly everything online and in print.  Stop by today for a library card.

Registration is required for all programs unless otherwise noted. To register, call (201) 288-0488 or visit online at hasbrouckheightslibrary.org.

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For Children

Fall Story Time Registration - Start your Fall mornings with stories. Classes begin Tuesday, October 1 and run for six weeks. Registration is required, starting Monday, September 9. Please call (201) 288-0485 or stop by the Children’s Desk.

• Tiny Tots- Ages: Birth - 2 1/2 and caregiver; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:30-11:15 a.m.

• Preschool - Ages: 3 1/2 to 6; Tuesdays, 1:15-2 p.m.

• Book Buddies - Ages: 2 1/2 to 3; Wednesdays, 10:30-11:15 a.m. 

Craft & Story Time - Join us for a Fall Craft and Story Time on Monday, September 23 at 3:30 pm for children in grades K through 3.  Read some great books and make a craft to take home.

Book Bingo – Come play and win prizes. The meeting will be on Thursday, September 19 at 3:30 p.m. for children ages 5 through 12.

Lego Club – Be a piece of  the Hasbrouck Heights Lego Club!  Show off your architectural talents and come create with us on Tuesday, September 10 and 24 at 3:30 p.m. for children ages 5-12. Legos will be provided.

Book Clubs for Kids – Join one of our two book clubs for kids. Meetings start in October. Books for both groups and additional information will be available at the Children’s Desk starting September 3.

• Best Books - students in grades 2 to 3; the first Friday of each month.

• Critics’ Choice - students in grades 4 through 6, the third Friday of each month. 

For Teens

Teen Paint and Movie Night – Come get messy and make a string painting and watch a movie on Monday, September 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Registration is required.

Teen Readers’ Club – The group meets 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 starting September 3. On Monday, October 14, 7-8 p.m. we will discuss Campfire by Shawn Sarles.

For Adults

A Haunted History of Halloween – Join us on Monday, September 16 from 3-4 pm as guest speaker, Kevin Woyce, traces the strange history of Halloween, from Old World harvest festivals to our modern family holiday.  He will discuss the origins of the Jack-o’lantern, Orson Welles' 1938 "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast, the first monster movies, haunted lighthouses and hotels, and much more.   The hour-long slideshow is illustrated with original photographs and antique Halloween cards, advertisements, artwork, and movie posters.  

ESL Conversation Groups – Conversation groups are offered for anyone interested in improving their English language skills, beginning in September. These groups are designed to give adult English-as-a-second-language (ESL) learners more practice in speaking English in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. If you are interested in devoting an hour or two each week to improving your skills please contact the Library at (201) 288- 6653 for more details and schedules. 

Crafts-to-Share Club – This popular club meets the first Tuesday evening of the month.  6:30 -8:30 p.m. and the third Wednesday afternoon of the month, 1:30 – 3:30 pm. The next evening meeting will be September 3 and the next afternoon meeting will be September 16. New participants are always welcome. 

Members of the Crafts-to-Share Club have been donating handmade items to the patients of Hackensack University Medical Center and Tomorrow’s Children’s Fund. The Library would be pleased to accept donations of yarn on behalf of the Crafts-to-Share Club. No registration is required.

Calling All Writers to the Library- Anyone who writes, or would like to, is welcome to join. The group meets on the third Tuesday of the month. The next meeting will be September 17, 7-9 p.m. in the Library’s conference room. The goals of the group include assistance in every phase of writing, planning and scheduling community readings, providing encouragement and sharing experiences to help fellow writers along the way.  Plan to bring a selection from your works or ideas to share with the group. No registration is required. For further information please contact Elaine Genzano at (201) 288-6653 or reference@hasbrouckheights.bccls.org.  

Adult Book Group – Calling all book lovers! Enjoy a lively discussion and refreshments as we discuss a select novel the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. Next meetup will be on Tuesday, September 24.  We will discuss “One Thousand White Women: the Journals of May Dodd” by Jim Fergus. This is the story of May Dodd and an assembly of pioneer women who, under the auspices of the federal government, travel to the western prairies in 1875 to intermarry among the Cheyenne Indians.  Copies of the book are available at the front desk.  Contact the library for further details.  


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