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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! 


Read to a Dog! Photos

We had so much fun at our November session of Read to a Dog. Huge thanks to Zoe, Turner, Clover, Omega, Rusty, and Kaelin for taking the time out of their busy schedules to listen to our young readers. Want to see more photos from November? Please click here or on the picture below. Our dogs visit us the first Saturday of each month, so they will return on Saturday, December 6th at 11:00 am. We hope to see you then! Woof!

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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! 

Fall Storytimes, Session Two

Registration opens for Denville residents on Tuesday, November 4th. Non-Denville residents may sign up beginning Friday, November 7th.

Here is our schedule:

Baby & Me

Baby & Me (Ages 6 to 24 months), Wednesdays, November 19th to December 17th, at 9:30 am (FULL)

Baby & Me (Ages 6 to 24 months), Thursdays, November 20th to December 18th, at 9:30 am (Please email to register.)

Storytime for Ages 2 and 3

Storytime, Ages 2 & 3, Mondays, November 17th to December 15th, at 10:30 am (FULL)

Storytime, Ages 2 & 3, Tuesdays, November 18th to December 16th, at 10:00 am (FULL)

Storytime for Ages 3 and Up

Storytime, Ages 3 & Up, Wednesdays, November 19th to December 17th, at 11:30 am (Please email to register.)

Evening Storytime: Thanksgiving!

Gobble, gobble!

Ages 3 and up, please join us on Monday evening, November 24th, at 6:30 pm for a Thanksgiving Storytime. We will read stories about the upcoming holiday -- and about being thankful! -- sing some songs, act a little silly, and make our own turkey craft to take home. It will be a fun time!

Please register by clicking here or on the flyer below. Happy Thanksgiving!

Family Digital Scavenger Hunt

Calling all junior detectives! 

On Saturday, November 29th at 10:00 am, we are hosting our first-ever Family Digital Scavenger Hunt. Children ages 3 to 8 will work with their families to solve clues, find the items in the hunt, and snap pictures. Any phone or tablet will work fine for this (and we have iPads you can use, too). Everyone takes home prizes!

Please register by clicking here or on the flyer below. We can't wait to see your detective skills in action!

Edible Art: Candy Land

Our presenter Ms. Marianne, who runs an Edible Art company, will be bringing us a special Candy Land program on Monday, December 1st at 6:30 pm.

Children ages 7 and up will make their own Candy Land boards -- including trails and characters! -- out of foam, marshmallows, Sour Patch Kids, and assorted candies. Ms. Marianne will provide all the materials and instruction ... you just bring your creativity!

Space is limited. Please sign up by clicking here or on the flyer below!

Yoga Storytime

Thank you everyone for your warm welcome to our new yoga instructor, Michele Magnotta! We heard wonderful reviews from her first four sessions of Yoga Storytime.

Ms. Michele's next session of Yoga Storytime will be held on Thursday, December 4th 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!

Merry Stirring Mice Storytime and Sing-A-Long

Not many people know about the secret part of Santa's team.  Local author Cynthia Dreeman Meyer shows us what really goes on the night before Christmas in her book, “Merry Stirring Mice,” a delightful turnaround on the claim “not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.”  The book reading will be accompanied by a fun sing-a-long with Miss Cynthia, who is also a preschool music and movement teacher.  

Ages 2 and up -- and, of course, their families! -- are welcome at this program on Thursday evening, December 4th, at 6:30 pm. Please register by clicking here or on the flyer below for a fun family time!

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, December 6th 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!

We hope school is going well for everyone! We can't believe it's almost holiday time!

It is always the perfect time to practice reading with our therapy dogs. Meet Rusty, Zoe, Janie, and Turner (Clover and her sister Omega are on vacation this month) at Read to a Dog on Saturday, December 6th 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 November session.

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

After School Art: Nutcracker Painting

Grades 2-6, please join us for our final Art School Art session of 2014!

On Wednesday afternoon, December 10th, at 4:30 pm we will be designing and creating our own nutcracker paintings. We will learn about the history and traditions of nutcrackers in Germany and the United States, view some amazing examples, and then get to work on our original art. This lesson will help introduce us to the concept of symmetry ... and it will also be super fun!

Want to see our crayon batik art from last month? Please click here

Ready to sign up? Awesome! Pleae register by clicking here or on the flyer below. See you soon!

Additional Children's Links

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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 or Kate at Please contact us with any questions ... we love to hear from you!

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