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Registration begins Monday, March 26, for Programs for Kids, Families and Teens at the Montclair Public Library

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In Montclair, there is time to be bored. Check out these wonderful things to do in town from at The Montclair Public Library.

Babies in the Library

Babies meet babies! Parents and caregivers sing nursery rhymes together with their little ones. Songs, language activities, and board books will be introduced during each session. Make baby's first library experience a special one! Please note that registration is required for each individual storytime.

Registration required; space limited.

3rd floor

Newborns-23 mos.

Tuesdays, April 10, 17 & 24 at 10:30am & 11:30am

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.

Toddler Time

Two-year-olds and the adults in their lives explore language and numbers through stories and songs. Picture books, flannel board stories, and nursery rhymes are used to introduce the wonder of books. Please note that registration is required for each individual storytime.

Registration required; space limited.

3rd floor

Two-year-olds

Wednesdays, April 11, 18 & 25 at 11am

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.

Mother Goose is Loose! Story Party

In this special edition of Mother Goose, we’ll be celebrating the Library’s 125th birthday in each of our 3 sessions. In addition to stories, each session will feature different, creative, and fun ways to celebrate this special milestone. Please note that registration is required for each individual storytime.

Registration required; space limited.

3rd floor

Ages 3 to 6

Thursdays, April 12, 19 & 26 at 4pm

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.

Family Storytime @ Bellevue Avenue Branch

This program is designed for newborns through five year-olds accompanied by a favorite adult. Share books, stories, finger plays, rhymes, and music with your children. Enjoy a story session that encourages a love of reading and fosters the development of early literacy skills. Children of all abilities welcome. Please note that registration is required for each individual storytime.

Registration required; space limited.

Newborns to 5 year-olds

Mondays, April 2 & 16 at 11am

Kids Place @ Bellevue Avenue Branch Library, 185 Bellevue Ave., Upper Montclair

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.

Game On: Wii & Board Games

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 also 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 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

No registration required

3rd floor

All ages welcome

Monday, April 2, 2pm-5pm

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, April 4 at 3pm

Homeschooling Open House: Talent Show Edition

This special edition of the Homeschooling Open House will feature a talent show presented by homeschool kids and tweens! Check out the Library’s monthly Homeschooling open house and make friends with other families. 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.

No registration required

Auditorium

Thursday, April 5, 11am-1pm

Wee Kids on the Blocks: Block Play for Little Ones

Toddlers, little walkers and their adults are invited to drop in and play with the library’s new block cushions. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

No registration required

3rd floor

Ages 2-5

Friday, April 6, 11am-2pm

125: Community Birthday Party

It’s our birthday! We are turning one-hundred and twenty-five years young and want you to be there for our special day! Everyone is invited to celebrate with us as we enjoy stories, face-painting balloon animals, cupcakes, games, and --- of course --- CAKE! PS: No need to bring a gift (our readers are our birthday present!)

No registration required

Auditorium

All ages welcome

Wednesday, April 11, 4:30pm-7pm

Montclair Reads Cheaper by the Dozen

Montclair Reads Cheaper by the Dozen - another element of Montclair Public Library’s 125th birthday celebration --- is a community read of Frank Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey’s classic book about growing up in Montclair among 12 siblings. Beginning April 14, the Library will distribute free custom copies of the book and a discussion guide to individual groups, book clubs or classes, while supplies last. Call 973-744-0500 ext. 2235 or email reference@montclair.bccls.org to reserve a copy. Throughout April & May, check the Library website -- montclairlibrary.org -- for Montclair Reads details and special events!

Fright-day the 13th: A Not-too Frightful Family Movie

When frightful ghouls are unleashed from a best-selling children’s book series & terrorize a town, it's up to R.L. Stine, Zach & Hannah to put them back in their stories. Please call for title.

No registration required

3rd floor

Rated PG

Friday, April 13, 4pm-5:45pm

Word Craft: Little Poets Workshop with TAB

Celebrate National Poetry Month with an array of adjectives as we assembles all sorts of associative poetic artistries (like alliterations)! Creative talents from MPL’s Teen Advisory Board will work with your little poet by demonstrating fun poem-making devices such as acrostics, haikus, mad-lib poems and sorting-hat poetry.

No registration required

Ages 5 & up

Kids’ Place @ BAB

Tuesday, April 17, 4pm-5:30pm

Books & Bites: Beginner Reading Club

Cultivate a love of literature with the Books & Bites Reading Club! We will read and discuss a new book, followed by a themed craft and a tasty snack. Don’t miss out on the fun! For students in Grades 1-3, books are available to check out on your library card after March 26. Please advise of any food allergies.

Registration required

3rd floor

Grades 1-3 ‘Mercy Watson to the Rescue’ by Kate DiCamillo

Wednesday, April 18, 4:30pm-5:30pm

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.

Mariana Iranzi: Spanish-English Family Concert

With original and classic songs, Mariana Iranzi brings a bilingual show for the whole family to enjoy. Enjoy toe-tapping music that will make everyone sing, move and play. Shakers, scarves, puppets and a giant parachute are all part of the fun to be had in this musical adventure. Mariana Iranzi is a composer, educator, and performer who educated from Berklee College of Music. Originally from Argentina, Mariana authored 3 Children’s albums and teaches at City & Country School in NY.

Registration required

Auditorium

All ages welcome

Saturday, April 21 at 2pm

Earth Day, Every Day: Craft

It’s never too early to teach our little ones that it is up to us to love and take care of our one and only Earth. Drop by and we’ll explore seeds in a creative way together.

No registration required

3rd floor

Ages 3 & up

Sunday, April 22 at 2pm

Family Movie: Cheaper by the Dozen (2003)

While raising twelve kids, a Montclair couple decides to pursue more ambitious careers -- just to find out that large families and demanding careers are a zany mix. Starring Steve Martin & Bonnie Hunt.

No registration required

Auditorium

Rated PG

Tuesday, April 24, 4pm-6pm

Books & Bites: Advanced Reading Club

Cultivate a love of literature with the Books & Bites Reading Club! We will read and discuss a new book, followed by a themed-craft and a tasty snack. Don’t miss out on the fun! For students in Grades 3-5, books are available to check out on your library card after March 26. Please advise of any food allergies.

Registration required

3rd floor

Grades 3-5 ‘Quinny & Hopper’ by Adriana Brad Schanen

Wednesday, April 25, 4:30pm-5:30pm

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.

Read to Mila: A Therapy Dog Visit

Mila the dog is an avid reader and wants you to read your favorite book to her! Mila is a 3-year-old cocker spaniel and lives with her human family and dog-sister, Phoebe, in Montclair. She loves chasing squirrels, tummy rubs, roasted chicken and playing fetch-the-ball. But her favorite things are cuddles and kids.

Registration required

3rd floor

Ages 5 & up

Saturday, April 28, 11am-12pm

Limited registration; each reader will have 5 minutes with Mila.

Young Adult Programs

TAB Meeting (Teen Advisory Board)

Join us for our Teen Advisory Board meeting! The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) of the Montclair Public Library meets the first Wednesday of each month, October-May. TAB members receive community service hours for participating. This month we'll be discussing programming for April and May, and discussing our upcoming TAB elections and Summer Reading. We’ll finish off with a DIY craft! Please advise of food allergies.

TAB Members Grades 6-12

3rd Floor

Monday, April 9 at 6:30pm

Murder, Mystery and Magic (followed by movie screening)

New Jersey Monthly magazine calls Mark Zacharia a "total bogglement."

As seen at Mohegan Sun Casino

Come enjoy an afternoon of 'Murder, Mystery and Magic!' a whodunit with a magical twist. In the role of inspector, magician Mark Zacharia will use magic to reveal clues as to who in our audience dunnit! Come prepared to be amazed and amused. Following the murder mystery, we’ll be screen the movie “Clue” and have a bite to eat!

Suggested Grades 6 & Up

3rd Floor

Thursday, April 5 at 3pm

Passport to Flavor: The Mediterranean

This month, our culinary travels take us to the delicious shores of the Mediterranean! We’ll be making hummus, creating our own pita sandwiches, and sampling baklava. Please advise of food allergies.

Grades 6 and up

1st Floor Cafe

Thursday, April 26 at 4:30pm

Program Registration begins March 26.

Youth Services Department, 3rd floor; by Phone: 973-744-0500 ext. 2236

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.

The Montclair Public Library

50 South Fullerton Avenue

Montclair, NJ 07042

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