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Children's Events

Look what’s happening for kids at the Library this Summer! 

Registration is required for all programs and takes place in-person on Monday, June 22 at 6:00 p.m. Phone registration begins Tuesday, June 23. For more information or to register, stop by the Children’s Services desk, or call 973-728-2823. This information and more, can be found in the summer edition fo the Kid's Corner News! Pick up a copy at the library today! 

July

Wednesday, July 8—Meet the Author and Illustrator! 10:30—11:30 a.m. Ages 2 and up; under the tent. 

Anna Kang and Christopher Weyant, creators of You Are (Not) Small, the winner of the 2015 Theodor Geisel Award will be here for a book reading and signing! Participants will receive a complimentary copy of the book for Anna and Chris to sign! Limited to 1 copy per family. 

Thursday, July 9—Art Kids Academy: Superhero Experience. 11:00 a.m.—12:15 p.m. Ages 7-12. Limited to 30; in Town Hall. 

Superheroes have many things to consider when creating clothing that supports their superpowers like colors, shapes, and materials. This event will explore the artistic challenges superheroes face and then participants will design their own gear! Items include, superhero cuffs, a 3-D shield out of recycled material, and finally, they will “fly” over buildings as they design a collage with a photo of themselves soaring over a city scape. 

Friday, July 10—Everyday Heroes: Food for Thought:  6:30—8:30 p.m. Ages 10-14. Limited to 15; Town Hall.  

This is the summer of heroes and we don’t just mean on screen superheroes, we mean you. There are many people who need our help! We are inviting you to be an everyday hero this summer by joining Rachael, a local high school student working on getting the word out about local food pantries and how they help those in need. After Rachael talks about this important topic,  for a fun activity she will teach us how to make duct tape totes with a good purpose! Since this is an  “Everyday Heroes” program we are asking you to fill up your tote with non-perishable food items over the next 4 weeks, then return with them on Friday, 8/7 at 7:00 p.m. so Rachael can collect the donations. All participants can keep the tote they made and will be honored for their efforts on this day. 

Monday, July 13—Nature’s Heroes: 3:00—4:00 p.m. Ages 3 and up, families welcome! Limited to 100; under the tent.

Batman, Spiderman, Catwoman, Wolverine.. Why do so many superheroes have animal-related names?  Many of Earth's creatures have what seem to be supernatural powers. Come see some of Nature's true superheroes with the amazing animals from Eyes of the Wild! *In the event of stormy weather, this program will be held in Town Hall. Please refrain from bringing strollers into the room. 

Tuesday, July 14—Dinosaur Build: 2 sessions; 5:00—6:00 p.m. and 6:00—7:00 p.m. Ages 4 and up. Each session is limited to 30; under the tent.

John from Pearl Observatory is back this year with Little Al, an Allosaurus skeleton that you can help assemble! Each child will help rebuild Little Al and touch a real dinosaur egg, teeth and bones! *In the event of stormy weather, this program will be held at the PAL Building. 

Wednesday, July 15—Meet Hometown Olympic Hero, Donna Weinbrecht!: 11:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. Ages 5 and up; in Town Hall.

Meet Donna and watch a slide show to learn about her exciting career as well as her journey to win Olympic Gold! 

Thursday, July 16—Music and Rhyme Time: 5:15—5:45 p.m. Babies—Age 4, families welcome; under the tent.

Summertime is the perfect time for music, movement, and Mother Goose outside under the tent! Please join us for this light-hearted family program. *In the event of stormy weather, this program will be held in the Children’s Room.

Friday, July 17—Battle Bots: 2 sessions; ages 7-10, 6:00—7:00 pm. & ages 11-13, 7:30—8:30 p.m. Each session is limited to 30; in Town Hall.

Have fun constructing a complex Battle-Bot robot from the Robotix modular collection provided by Dan the Science Man! Enjoy working together to build a robot that can clobber its opponent in a sumo-style robot ring. Make your robot as huge and destructive as you'd like as the goal is to flip your opponent over, pull pieces off, or ram it right out of the arena!

Monday, July 20—Superhero Story Time: 2 sessions; 1:30—2:15 p.m. & 6:30—7:15 p.m. Ages 2-6. Each session is limited to 20; in the Children’s Room.  

Everyone has something unique about them, something that makes them a superhero! Find out what powers you possess in this story time for super kids! Superhero paper bag craft activity included. 

Tuesday, July 21—Marcia the Musical Moose: 11:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. Ages 2-7, families welcome! Limited to 75; under the tent.

Marcia the Musical Moose brings her enchanting theater show to you this summer! The show, Nocturnal Animals, is a story about Sally the Skunk who becomes the hero of the story when she saves Farah the Fawn from a hungry Coyote! Part sing-along with guitar, and part interactive magical, puppet show! *In the event of stormy weather, this program will be held in Town Hall. Please refrain from bringing strollers into the room. 

Monday, July 27—Amazing Crafts for Super Kids!: 6:30—7:30 p.m. Ages 3 and up. Limited to 30; in the Children’s Room. 

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s time for superhero crafts! Drop-in anytime within the hour to do your craft. There will be something for everyone; boys and girls, young and old! 

Wednesday, July 29—Lighthouse Story Time: 3:00—4:00 p.m. Ages 5 and up. Limited to 20; in the Children’s Room.

In this summer of heroes we must not forget the lighthouse and its keepers! Lighthouses have been in existence since ancient times  and have become one of the greatest icons in history. In this story time we will learn about lighthouses and their keepers and how they fit into the Every Hero Has a Story Summer Reading Club! Lighthouse craft activity included. 

Thursday, July 30—Little Rockers Band: 11:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. Ages 1-8, families welcome!; under the tent.  

After a stellar performance last summer, the Little Rockers Band returns to WMTL to rock the house! Join Chris and Jessie for another  interactive, musical event! *In the event of stormy weather, this program will be held at the PAL Building.

Friday, July 31—Lap Tots: 10:30—11:00 a.m. Babies-up to age 2 1/2. Limited to 20; under the tent.

Get ready for giggles with Miss Lauren! Sing, clap and play at this energetic storytime event designed especially for the little ones! *In the event of stormy weather, this program will be held in Town Hall.

August

Monday, August 3—Every Hero TELLS a Story!: 2:00—3:30 p.m. Ages 10-14. Limited to 30; in Town Hall.  

Have you ever asked for, or purchased a product because it had a familiar character on the box? If you answered yes, you are not alone! From Spider-Man cereal to X-Men shaped pasta—join kids promotions expert and former Marvel Comics Creative Director, Keith Manzella as he takes you on a journey to show how superhero stories can make everyday products more, well—super! With expert guidance behind them, kids will have the opportunity to brainstorm new superhero-powered product ideas, write a TV spot for their product, and have a SUPER time (of course)! So put on those thinking caps, let your creative side show, and become a marketing expert in no time! 

Tuesday, August 4—Everyday Heroes: Community Helpers, Story Time with the Mayor!: 11:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. Ages 2 and up, families welcome; under the tent.

All around the town there are people who work to help others, including our Mayor! Mayor Bieri works hard to make sure our town has everything it needs. One of the places she helps is the animal shelter, a place where animals go when they do not have a home. Since this event is one of our “Everyday Heroes” programs, we are asking for you to be an everyday hero for the West Milford Animal Shelter by bringing a donation for the shelter to the program! A complete list of items can be found on the shelter’s website, westmilfordanimalshelter.org, including a link to their wish list on Amazon for easy donations! Donations are not mandatory, just appreciated! In addition to the Mayor, some of our R.U.F.F. therapy dogs will be there to greet you because they are everyday heroes too! Please come out to welcome our special guests! *In the event of stormy weather, this program will be held on Wednesday, August 5; under the tent.

Thursday, August 6Lap Tots: 10:30—11:00 a.m. Babies-up to age 2 1/2. Limited to 20; under the tent.

Get ready for giggles with Miss Lauren! Sing, clap and play at this energetic storytime event designed especially for the little ones! *In the event of stormy weather, this program will be held in Town Hall.

Friday, August 7—Superhero Training Academy: 11:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m. Ages 4 and up. Limited to 75; in Town Hall.   

You have been training all summer to be a superhero, now here is your chance to use your skills! Harness your superpowers and ward-off evil with Sgt, Major Major, direct from the Hall of Justice! This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join the ranks of the most valiant do-gooders in the universe! Superhero costumes are welcomed at this interactive laugh-riot!