All children and teen programs are free. Registration begins on August 26 and is required for all programs unless otherwise noted. All are welcome, online registration is available for valid Montclair Public Library card holders. All others should call the Youth Services Department to be added to the waiting list.

Unless otherwise noted, all programs are held at the Montclair Public Library, 50 South Fullerton St., Montclair. Visit www.montclairlibrary.org to register.

 

Montclair Public Library Goes Back to School!

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Montclair Public Library’s staff is ready for school! We’ll be on hand at Montclair back to school nights with information about the dynamic resources available to support education. You can also sign up for a library card with a valid I.D. and proof of Montclair address. We look forward to seeing you there and helping your family make the most out of your friendly neighborhood library!

 

Storytimes

Little Listeners at Bellevue Avenue Branch (Birth to 2-year-olds)
Thursdays, September 12, 19, 26, from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Kids Place at Bellevue Avenue Branch Library, 185 Bellevue Ave., Montclair

Creating lifelong readers can begin at any age! Listen to short stories and participate in rhymes and fingerplays with age-appropriate books about colors, animals, shapes and more! Please note that registration is required for each individual storytime. 

 

Homeschooling Open House (All ages welcome)
Thursday, September 5, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Auditorium
No registration required.
Join the monthly gathering of families that homeschool and make new friends. Youth services librarian Enola Romano displays our collection of parenting books about homeschooling. Bring your favorite board game to share! For more information email Enola Romano at enola.romano@montclair.bccls.org.

 

Cuentitos: Spanish and English Storytime (Ages 3-8)
Monday, September 16, 4 p.m. 
3rd floor
No registration required.  
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with a session of children’s books in Spanish and English along with acoustic guitar music in Spanish. Spanish speakers and non-Spanish speakers welcome! Disfrute de un sesión de cuentos en español y bilingües textos en Inglés y Español.

 

Library Family Movie: Eleanor’s Secret (Recommended ages 6-11)
Friday, September 20, 4 p.m.
3rd floor
No registration required.
September is Library Card Sign-Up Month. Get your library card and enjoy an animated film that celebrates literary treasures. Young Nat does not know how to read. He discovers a magical library where famous characters like Little Red Riding Hood and Captain Hook come to life. Nat learns that his storybook friends are about to vanish if they are not read and the only way to save them is for him to read an ancient spell. Not Rated. Children ages 11 and under must have an adult with them. 

 

Flamenco Para Los Niños (All ages welcome)
Sunday, September 22, 2 p.m.
Auditorium
Admission Nation of Montclair presents Spain’s riveting music and dance form known as Flamenco. With its colorful costumes and passionate sounds, this singular cultural program is expressly designed for children and their families. 

 

Thank You, Omu! Story and Craft (Ages 6 and up) 
Monday, September 23, 4 p.m.
3rd floor
Mmmm! What could possibly smell so yummy? Join Ms. Matilda as she reads Oge Mora’s “Thank You, Omu!,” a lovely story about Omu’s delicious stew and the importance of sharing and community in Nigerian culture. We will also enjoy some homemade stew and activities that will delight the whole family. Please advise of food allergies. 

Oge Mora is a Caldecott Honor Artist (2019) and winner of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award (2019). This program is part of the 50-50 Initiative in which libraries in all 50 states provide programs in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Book Award.

 

Kick and Play: Super Soccer Stars (12 months - 24 months) 
Saturday, September 28, 11 a.m.
Auditorium
Enjoy a parent-child movement program. Super Soccer Stars instructors and their puppet friends take toddlers through physical activity. They'll develop pre-soccer skills while learning to balance, run and kick. Children must wear lace-up or Velcro sneakers and shatter-proof eyewear if they wear prescription glasses. 

 

Game On: Wii and Board Games (Ages 4-17)
Monday, September 30, 2-5 p.m. 
3rd floor
No registration required.  
Are ‘wii board’ yet?  Come enjoy many games that are a lot of fun and offer a little bit of friendly competition. We will provide various Wii games (including but not limited to) Wii Sports Resort, Just Dance, and Super Smash Brothers Brawl. In addition, we will offer various board games such as Don’t Wake Daddy, Creationary, LIFE, Clue, Connect 4, Operation, Twister, Mancala, Chess, and Backgammon to those who prefer to play traditional board games. GAME ON! Children ages 11 and under must have an adult with them to participate. 

 

Teen Programs
Screening: Julia Alvarez Open Book/Open Mind

Tuesday, September 3, 6 p.m.
Auditorium
No registration required.
Join us for a screening of our Open Book/Open Mind interview with Julia Alvarez, author of “In the Time of the Butterflies.” Alvarez’s book was a summer reading assignment for Montclair High School and this event is a great opportunity to learn more about the author, book, and the context in which she writes.

 

Teen Volunteer Info Night Program (Ages 11 and up) 
Wednesday, September 11, 6-7:30 p.m.
3rd floor
No registration required. 
Are you in middle or high school and interested in volunteering at the library for the 2019-2020 school year? Drop in to our volunteer fair to get all the information you need! Whether you’re looking for an overview of our Teen Advisory Board, a review of the Dewey Decimal System, or an introduction to the various duties and projects you’ll encounter as a volunteer, this is the spot to get informed

 

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          Montclair, NJ 07042                                      Montclair, NJ 07043

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