Register for Spring 2014 Children's Department Programs

Programs are free. For more information on these and other programs please contact the Children’s Department at 201-837-4171 ext. 4 or follow us on Twitter at

We will begin registering for Spring storytimes and clubs beginning March 24th. Registration is in person. Please present your library card at registration.



Babytime Storytimes are for our youngest library patrons. These programs require registration. They feature stories, songs and fingerplays. Caregiver participation is a vital and important part of the program.
Lap Time, for infants not yet walking, meets on Thursdays at 11 a.m. 4/10 - 5/15.
Toddler Time meets on Tuesdays, beginning 4/8, and is for walkers up to age 2 1/2. Caregivers may sign up for the 10 a.m. or the 11 a.m. session. 4/8 - 5/13.
Mother Goose Storytime is for children aged 2 1/2 to 3 years. It meets on Thursdays, at 10 a.m., 4/10 - 5/15. It features stories, songs and fingerplays.

Drop-in Storytimes

Preschool Storytime
Preschoolers, age 3 and up, are invited to join us for this year round storytime taking place on Wednesdays at 2 p.m.

Saturday Storytime
This family storytime meets year round on Saturdays at 11 a.m. No registration required.

Picture Book Parade
This storytime is for toddlers ages 1-3. Meets Tuesdays at 2 p.m. 4/8 through 5/13 and will meet for stories, songs and fingerplays. Caregiver participation is a vital part of the program. No registration required.

Dia de Los Ninos/Children's Day

On 4/28 at 7 PM. we will have a storytime and craft program celebrating literacy in honor of Dia de los Ninos. Best for ages 4 and up. No sign up required.

Read to a Dog

Read to a DogRead to a Dog is back! Children can sign up to read a book or books of their choice to a therapy dog "one-on-one" for 15 minutes. The purpose of this program is to encourage reading, improve language skills, and give children a sense of security and confidence in their reading ability.

In-person registration for kids in 1st-5th grade has begun. Teaneck residents are given priority. Non-residents are placed on a waiting list and contacted if space becomes available. If you are unable to make your "appointment" please give 24 hours notice. Children are asked to please arrive on time with their books ready, or early so that they have time to pick out their books. Parents do not accompany their child, but the dog's trainer is present. Please contact the Children's Department at 201-837-4171 x4.


Lego ClubLego Club

Lego Club, for kids age 6 & up, meets once a month for storytime and building. Caregivers may sign up for the Thursday 4 PM sessions meeting 4/24, 5/22, & 6/12 or the Monday 7 PM sessions meeting 4/21, 5/19, & 6/9.

Book Clubs

Kids and teens can meet for reading, discussion, and activities once a month at the library in one of our book clubs. Register in the Children's Department with a library card.

My First Book Club for kindergartners and first graders meets Wednesdays at 4 p.m. on 5/7 & 6/11.

Bubblegum Book Club for 2nd and 3rd graders meets Wednesdays at 4 p.m. on 5/14 & 6/18.

Newbery Book Club for teens in grades 6-8 meets Thursdays at 7 p.m. Dates t.b.a.

Special Programs

Family Craft Programs

Children are invited to make and keep a craft project. For children' aged 4 and up with parental assistance. 4/23 at 11 AM & 7 PM.

Super Sunday: Family Day of Puppetry

puppetryCelebrate the joys of puppetry in its many forms with the Garden State Puppetry Guild during Family Day of Puppetry at Teaneck Public Library, Sunday , May 4 from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM. The Guild, which is affiliated with Puppeteers of America, consists of puppeteers from across New Jersey. professional and amateur, who share an interest in puppetry. Every year they join together on Day of Puppetry to bring their enthusiasm for this unusual art form to families in New Jersey.

Family Day of Puppetry starts at Teaneck Public Library at 1:30, with a craft workshop focused on the construction and maneuvering of a scarf marionette. This activity is free but space is limited and participants must reserve a place in advance through the Children’s Department.

From 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Garden State Puppetry Guild follows the craft workshop with their Puppet Variety Show, as various members offer entertainment using different forms of puppetry. Lois Corwin presents her hand puppet tale, Abiyoyo, featuring the folktale giant made famous in Pete Seeger’s song. Steve Swank and company present the pantomime tale of a farmer, and his frisky straw hat in the table top puppetry piece Manhatpole. Diane Koszarski and Bob Culek take us on a shadow puppet tour of Safari Park, searching for Baby Elephant. Penny Rapicano, of Fun on a String Marionettes, provides a rousing finale with her dazzling array of dancing marionettes, including a space alien, a blue teddy bear and polka dot penguins.

Come for one performance or stay for the afternoon, the Variety Show is free and open to all families in Bergen County.

Early Literacy Station

Early LiteracyThe Friends purchased an Early Literacy Station for the Children's Department. This dynamic all-in-one digital learning station for children ages 2 to 8 features more than 60 educational software titles spanning seven curricular areas. It is easy and fun for children to use.

This gift was made possible in part by donations made in memory of Patrick Crowley, who, along with his wife, Jane Erwin, was a long-time and active supporter of the Friends.