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Special thanks to our wonderful Friends of the Library for generously supporting our Youth Services Department and sponsoring so many of our children's programs. THANK YOU! 

Click here to visit our Summer Reading Program website!

Our summer reading program for Denville residents (pre-readers through middle school) opened on Monday, June 23rd. You may register online and print out a calendar / log to record your summer reading time. Families, please read together!

Stop in each week for a chance to win great prizes, including a signed Devils' hockey puck, children's books, museum passes, and more. 

Read to a Dog! Photos

We had so much fun at our July session of Read to a Dog! Thank you, Zoe, Turner, Janie, and Rusty! Please click here or on Turner's photo below to see all the great pictures from this event. Don't forget ... our dogs will be back on Saturday, August 2nd at 11:00 am. Woof!

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Are you subscribed to our Youth Services Newsletter? Do you want to be? Of course you do! Stay in touch with us to be the first to hear about new programs and activities for children of all ages. We typically send out two newsletters per month, so we promise not to clog your inbox!

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Children's Events! 

Many of these events have priority registration for Denville residents. Please read the details on the registration page before signing up. Thank you! 

3D Sketching: Cartoon Images

Ages 7 and up, please join Ms. Mary (our pottery instructor!) for a special 3D Sketching Class on Thursday, July 31st at 7:00 pm. Ms. Mary will introduce our young artists to terms like foreshortening, density, and horizon, and will help us turn our two-dimensional drawings into 3D images that leap off the page! This class will focus on cartoon-style images, and everyone will create some very cool drawings to take home.

No prior experience necessary!

To register, please click here or on the flyer below. See you soon!

Sensory and Movement Storytime for Kids with Special Needs

Our next session of Sensory and Movement Storytime for Kids with Special Needs (for children with physical, developmental, medical, emotional, and/or learning-based special needs) will be held on Saturday, August 2nd at 10:00 am.

If your child needs some time to become acclimated to our setting, please feel free to come at 9:45 am.

This program precedes our Read to a Dog program at 11:00 am, in which certified therapy dogs come to the library. Two of our therapy dogs will be available around 10:40 am specifically for the Sensory and Movement Storytime, so as to accommodate children who may be more comfortable in a smaller group. All children are welcome to stay for the 11:00 am session.

Please register by clicking here or on the flyer below. We can't wait to see you!

Read to a Dog

Our certified therapy dogs are back for another visit! Meet Turner, Rusty, Zoe, Janie, and Marquis (Clover is on vacation!) at Read to a Dog on Saturday, August 2nd from 11:00 am to Noon. This program is open to all ages and abilities, both readers and pre-readers. 

Reading aloud to non-judgmental listeners (like dogs!) boosts confidence and improves reading and recitation skills. Moreover, reading together helps to reinforce letter recognition and vocabulary, and it creates a stronger bond with books. It's also a lot of fun! Don't believe us? Check out these great photos from our July session. 

Ready to sign up? Cool! Please register by clicking here or on the flyer below. Woof!

Yoga Storytime

We have a new instructor for Yoga Storytime! We are so pleased to introduce you to Michele Magnotta, who will be taking over our Yoga Storytime sessions going forward. (We LOVE Ms. Rachael, but her busy schedule no longer allows her to visit us.)

Ms. Michele's first session of Yoga Storytime will be held on Thursday, August 7th at 10:00 amChildren ages 2 and up are welcome to come hear stories, stretch, and practice yoga poses. Please register by clicking here or on the flyer below. Namaste!

Do Something Day

Summer is about fun, right? But maybe it also can be about contributing some of your time and talents to a good cause ... which can be fun, too!

In the spirit of volunteerism and community service, we are hosting a second Do Something Day on Thursday, August 7th from 11:00 am to 12:30 pmYoung people ages 7 and up are welcome to stop by any time during this 90-minute event and make a card for a sick child and/or a toy to entertain a shelter dog at Liberty Humane Society in Jersey City. 

We were so grateful for all the young people who came to help us on our July Do Something Day. Thank you, everyone! Please click here to see photos of all their hard work, and check out the photo below of one of their toys in action!

No registration necessary!

Drop-in Craft: Sea Creatures!

Drop by the library on Saturday, August 9th between 10 and 11 am for an hour of sea creature crafting! If you are at least 3 years old, this craft is just right for you and you'll get to make one, two, or all three of these sea animals: an octopus, lobster, or seahorse! We'll provide all the material, you just need to bring your marine biologist spirit and creativity. Looking forward to crafting with you soon!

No registration necessary!

Evening Storytime: My Little Pony

For all our My Little Pony fans ages 3 and up, we are hosting an Evening Storytime all about My Little Pony! We will read stories with our favorite pony characters, do some fun activities, and make our very own pony masks. So much fun!

Please register by clicking here or on the flyer below. See you soon!

Silly Science: New Experiments!

We're backkk!

Kids ages 8 and up, please join us on Tuesday, August 12th at 3:00 pm for our second Silly Science session of the summer. We will do an hour's worth of all new, super fun experiments. Let's mix some things together and see what happens! (And we will learn, too!)

Plus, we won't go home until at least one bottle of soda gets properly blown up outside. We promise!

Space is limited, so please sign up by clicking here or on the flyer below. 

Wiggles & Giggles: On the Go!

Do you miss Wiggles & Giggles? Are you looking for a more music-filled storytime? Do you enjoy stories and songs about buses, boats, and cars?

Then please join us for this special Wiggles & Giggles storytime on Wednesday, August 13th at 10:30 am. Plan for fun with more singing and stories about being on the go in all sorts of ways.

Please register by clicking here or on the flyer below if you are 2 years old and up and we'll look forward to wiggling and giggling again with you soon!

Circle Time

Looking for something to keep the little ones engaged and entertained? Look no further! Teacher Lara Rouillard will join us on Thursday, August 14th at 10:30 am for Circle Time(Please note that Ms. Lara is starting a bit earlier during the summer months.) Ms. Lara will lead children ages 2 and up in sign language, songs, stories, and movement.

Studies show that sign language helps young children improve their communication skills, increase their cognitive abilities, and develop closer bonds with the people with whom they sign. Plus, it's fun! (Click here to learn more!) Sound good? Then please sign up by clicking here or on the flyer below. See you soon!


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Maryellen Liddy, the Supervising Librarian of Youth Services; Kate Mahoney, the Children's Librarian; and Christine Kabshura, the Children's Programmer, can all be reached at the Library's main number, 973-627-6555.

You can also e-mail Maryellen at Maryellen.Liddy@denvillelibrary.org or Kate at Katherine.Mahoney@denvillelibrary.org. Please contact us with any questions ... we love to hear from you!


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