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A Variety of Programs on Tap for December at Union's Public Libraries

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UNION, NJ - The Union Public Library, main branch and Vauxhall Branch, has a variety of programs scheduled for December:

UNION PUBLIC LIBRARY - MAIN BRANCH:

Weekly Programs

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Mondays: Lego Club @ 3:30 p.m., all ages, no registration required

Learn, play, and build with us every Monday! Build your own creation or take part in one of our Lego challenges!

Wednesdays: Babies in the Library @ 10:30 a.m., birth-18 months, no registration required

Spend this special time with baby singing songs & rhymes, listening to stories, followed by free play & socialization. (NOTE: No program on Wednesday 12/6)

Thursdays: Pre-K Storytime @ 4:00 p.m., 3-6 years, no registration required

Jump into reading with UPL! We explore phonics, letter recognition, and numbers all while reading fun stories and making new friends!

Fridays: Toddler Storytime @ 10:30 a.m., 18 months – 3 years, no registration required

Enjoy stories, singing, and movement, following a different theme each week!

Additional Programs

Friday 12/1: SciFri @ 3:30 p.m., ages 6+, registration required

Create a spooky light-up sea monster using LED circuits!

Tuesday 12/5: Music & Movement @ 11:00 a.m., toddlers and pre-K, registration required

Get movin’ and groovin’ with your toddler! Interactive play time with a focus on music and movement.

Tuesday 12/5: Teen Movie Night @ 6:00 p.m., ages 13+, registration required

Join us for popcorn and a movie! We’ll be showing Wonder Woman (2017). Rated PG-13.

Wednesday 12/6: Multicultural Storytime @ 1:00 p.m., all ages, registration required

Join us for a special story time celebrating different world cultures and languages!

Saturday 12/9: Family M.E.S.S. (Math, Engineering, and Science Saturday) @ 11:00 a.m., ages 2+, registration required

In this fun early literacy program, families will learn about math, engineering, and science concepts by exploring different projects and activities each month!

Monday 12/11: Snowman Slime @ 4:00 p.m., ages 5+, registration required

Do you wanna build a snowman? Join us for some snowman slime fun!

Tuesday 12/12: DIY Craft Snowflakes @ 4:30 p.m., ages 5+, registration required

Create your own winter wonderland by making some awesome crafty snowflakes!

Wednesday 12/13: Hot Chocolate Playdough @ 4:00 p.m., ages 2+, registration required

Warm up with a different kind of hot chocolate! We’re making hot chocolate scented play-dough. Perfect for the cold weather!

Thursday 12/14: Munchies and a Movie @ 5:00 p.m., all ages, registration required

Join us for a screening of Frozen (2013) and some themed snacks! Rated PG. Parents must be present.

Friday 12/15: Tween DIY: Mason Jar Snow Globes @ 3:00 p.m., ages 9-12, registration required

Come make your own snow globes! They’re a perfect decoration for the winter season AND they make awesome gifts!

Saturday 12/16: Handprint Snowman @ 11:00 a.m., ages 3-5, registration required

Make your own snowman painting using your handprint!

Monday 12/18: ShopRite Kids Cuisine @ 4:00 p.m., ages 6-12, registration required

Learn about healthy eating and try some yummy new foods!

Monday 12/18: Girls’ Night @ 6:00 p.m., ages 9+, registration required

Come hang out with your moms, sisters, aunts, cousins, and girl friends! Join us for a Girls’ Night where we’ll be making DIY beauty products and jewelry. We’ll also have a hot chocolate bar with all the fixings!

Tuesday 12/19: Teen DIY: Beginner’s Scarf @ 4:30 p.m., ages 12+, registration required

It’s getting chilly outside, so there’s no better time to learn how to crochet! We’ll provide the materials and a little bit of instruction!

Thursday 12/21: Bedtime Storytime @ 7:00 p.m., all ages, registration required

Join us for a special winter bedtime story time! Don’t forget to wear your coziest PJs.

Saturday 12/23: Teen Advisory Board Meeting @ 1:00 p.m., ages 13+, registration required

Help us make Union Public Library the place for you! Let us know what programs and events you want to see at the library. Recommend books, movies, and music you want to see on the shelves, and earn community service hours by coming to TAB meetings and participating in programs!

Friday 12/29: Noon Year’s Eve Party @ 11:00 a.m., all ages, registration required

Join us for a kid-friendly New Year’s celebration! We’re celebrating with a New Year’s craft, a special storytime, snacks, and a countdown to noon!

Saturday 12/30: Family Drop-In Craft @ 11:00 a.m., all ages, no registration required

Have a snowball fight inside! Come in and put together a Snowman Snowball Shooter and bring the winter fun indoors.

UNION PUBLIC LIBRARY - VAUXHALL BRANCH:

Wednesdays: Let’s Play Chess Club @ 3:15 p.m.,  1st – 12th grades, registration required

For students in grades 1st – 12th, of all levels. Facilitated by Chess for Everyone. Registration required. Last session of 2017 will take place on 12/20!

Wednesday 12/6: Club Teen: Qello Music Concert @ 6:00 p.m., ages 14+, no registration required

Thursday 12/7: Tween Movie @ 3:00 p.m., ages 9-13, registration required

Join us for a screening of Captain Underpants (2017)! Rated PG.

Tuesday 12/12: Pre-K Story & Craft: Paper Plate Reindeer @ 11:00 a.m., ages 3-5, registration required

Make your own paper plate reindeer and join us for a special winter story time!

Thursday 12/14: Tween ‘Make It @ Your Library’ @ 3:00 p.m., ages 9-13, registration required

Make your own frosted glass ornament with us. All materials will be provided!

Tuesday 12/19: Pre-K STEM Story Time @ 11:00 a.m., ages 3-5, registration required

Join us for a special STEM related story time and craft. We’ll be making blizzards in a bottle!

Wednesday 12/20: Club Teen: Movie, PJs, & Hot Chocolate @ 6:00 p.m., ages 14+, no registration required

Warm up and hang out over some hot chocolate and a showing of Polar Express (2004). Rated G.

Thursday 12/21: Tween Game Time @ 3:00 p.m., ages 9-13, registration required

Come in and play games with friends!

Saturday 12/23:  Drop-In Craft: Make It and Take It @ 11:00 a.m., ages 6-8, no registration required

Join us for a special winter craft!

Tuesday 12/26:  Pre-K Game Time @ 11:00 a.m., ages 3-5, registration required

Come in and play games with your preschooler!

Wednesday 12/27:   Annual Kwanzaa Ceremony & Celebration @ 6:00 p.m., all ages, registration required

A program for the entire family. Celebrate family, community, and culture!

Thursday 12/28:  Winter Break Family Dine-In Movie @ 12:00 p.m., all ages, registration required

Bring your lunch; we will supply the popcorn!

 

 

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