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From Lunch to Learning, Montclair Public Library has your kids covered


Free Healthy Lunch for Kids @ The Library

Look for this summer’s Free HEALTHY Lunch Program at the Montclair Public Library. Drop into the Library café area Mondays through Fridays and pick up a brown-bag lunch. Free to kids 17 and under. In partnership with Toni's Kitchen and Partners for Health Foundation. Supplies are limited. Please note that we cannot accommodate special diets or food allergen restrictions.

June 25 to August 31*, 12pm-2pm

*The library is closed on Independence Day, July 4.

Fade to Books: Free Haircuts for Young Readers

Marc Williams (of Young’s World of Beauty, 307 Orange Rd # A, Montclair), and Mahir Abdul-Hakim (of Mahir’s Unisex Barbershop, 320 Orange Rd, Montclair), are offering to cut young readers’ hair for free if they read a book out-loud during their haircut. Just go to either barbershop during listed hours and tell your barber you’re ready to read.

Participating kids will also get to enter MPL’s monthly drawing for Movie Tickets, Comics, Books & other prizes! We are very grateful to East Side Mags and watchung booksellers for donating raffle prizes.

For event updates go to montclairlibrary.org/news-events/fadebooks/

Or follow #MPLFade2Books on social media.

For more info: youthservices@montclair.bccls.org or call: 973744-0500 ext. 2236.

Ages 12 & under

Young’s World of Beauty, 307 Orange Rd #A, Montclair

Sundays, 10am-12pm (Call ahead for dates: 973-783-1390)

Mahir’s Unisex Barbershop, 320 Orange Rd, Montclair

Saturdays, June-August, 7am-1pm & 2pm-5pm (Please call ahead: 973-744-2026)

Beginning Chess for Kids with Jaron Bernard

Enjoy an introduction to chess for kids with Jaron Bernard. Chess requires concentration and planning, and can improve academic skills. Kids will be taught moves, strategies, notation, etiquette and sportsmanship. Ample time will be allowed for free play at the end of each class. Jaron Bernard is president of the Montclair High School Chess Club and a veteran of over 100 tournaments. Rated in the top 5% of tournament players in the US, he has had many successes including winning one of two Best Game prizes at the 2017 New Jersey Open. Jaron has taught in groups and one-on-one settings with Chess for Life, Mathnasium, and assisted Sean Finn at Montclair Learning Center. He currently studies with International Grandmaster and NJ State Champion Mackenzie Molner.

Registration required for each session

3rd floor

Ages 8-11

Fridays, June 1, 8 & 15, 4:30pm-5:45pm

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.

Cuentitos: Spanish & English Storytime

Enjoy a storytime session of Children’s books in Spanish & English and 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.

Registration required

3rd floor

Ages 4 & up

Wednesday, June 6 at 4pm

Multicultural Storytime: Presented by Montclair High School Interns

Join us for a multicultural storytime event, brought to you by our Montclair High School interns! We’ll be sharing stories from around the globe and participating in a hands-on activity!

No registration required

3rd floor

Ages 4+

Wednesday, June 13 at 4pm

Summer at the Library Kickoff: Stretch the Silly Man - Magical Kids’ Comedian

Laugh your insides out to New Jersey’s premiere magical comedian and his bag of silly tricks! Highly energetic, interactive, and down-right hilarious, Stretch the Silly Man has earned his name with legendary performances throughout countless venues, including the White House! Kick off the Library’s summer-fun events with a one-of-a-kind talent! After the show go to the 3rd floor Children’s Department and enroll in Summer at the Library where you’ll receive free books all summer long!

No registration required


Ages 3 and up

Friday, June 22 at 11am & 2pm

The Life of Mozart: A Traveling Lantern Theatre Company Show

Experience The Life of Mozart as presented by Traveling Lantern Theatre Company! A frolicsome, gleeful and historically accurate play about one of the greatest geniuses who ever lived. From start to finish this show is accompanied by Mozart's breathtaking music. This play is especially designed to introduce young children to the vibrancy of history, the joy of music, and the true story of this very special composer's life. Traveling Lantern has been educating and entertaining children nationwide since 1985. Their mission is to bring great stories to children, to draw them into an active theater experience, to excite their minds and to tickle their imaginations. Please note that filming during the show from any device will not be allowed; by registering for and attending you agree to not film any portion of this event.

Registration required


Ages 4 & up

Tuesday, June 26 at 2pm

Family Movie: The Sandlot

Young Scotty is new in town and wants to make friends, when the town’s best baseball player Benny takes him under his wing. But Scotty gets the Sandlot boys into trouble when he hits a priceless autographed baseball into ‘the Beast's’ backyard. When Benny has a dream with Babe Ruth telling him to go over the fence to get the ball, he decides to face his fears - and a very mean dog. Rated PG.

No registration required

3rd floor

Friday, June 29 at 3pm

Young Adult Programs

Summer at the Library Teen Volunteer Orientations

Summer at the Library is just around the corner! Montclair Public Library invites Montclair High School students (and residents of Montclair attending other schools) ages 14 and older to participate in the library’s summer volunteer program. Teens must attend one (1) of the three (3) orientation dates.* Interested teens will have the opportunity to sign up for volunteer positions, as well as learn about the library’s summer programming. Orientations will be held on the 3rd floor; register online. Volunteer positions are limited so register early!

Ages 14 & Up (Montclair Students & Residents of Montclair Attending Other Schools)

Wednesday, June 6 at 6:30pm

Monday, June 11 at 6:30pm

Saturday, June 16 at 2pm

*(Signed applications must be turned in by orientation date.)

Teen Documentary Screening: War Dance

War Dance is produced by Shine Global and chronicles the stories of Dominic, Rose, and Nancy, three Ugandan refugee children whose lives are torn apart by war. Residents of the Patongo refugee camp, the children prepare to take part in a nationwide music and dance competition. There will be a short discussion after the film. Rated PG-13.

No registration required


Recommended grades 6 and up

Monday, June 4 at 4pm

Car Class with Becca

From carclasswithbecca.com:

Car Class with Becca is for men, women, and young adults. The class goes over a typical inspection sheet that you would receive when you bring your vehicle in for service. As we go over the inspection sheet, you learn how to properly maintain your car and what services to avoid. You will learn how to extend the life of your car and how to save money on maintenance and extra repairs. You will learn how your car works, from the four strokes of an engine, to basic brake mechanics, to suspension set ups. As a result, you leave feeling empowered, full of knowledge that will help you be a better consumer. The class will also teach you how to change your tire and safely jump-start your car.

Registration required

Teens & Adults

Saturday, June 30 at 12pm

Registration is required for all Youth Services Programs unless otherwise noted.

All are welcome, Montclair card holders receive priority registration.

All Youth Services Programs Are Free.

Please have your library card ready to register for programs.


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