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Children Services - Children's Programs
Program Registration

Registration Calendar

Register for programs by clicking above, using the CHILD's name to register. In-person or phone sign-up also available by calling 845-268-7700 during library hours.





Registration for our Summer Programs, June 15 through Sept. 15, is ongoing.

Libraries Rock! Join our Summer Reading Club on June 16!


Registration is required unless otherwise noted for all programs.

View and print our monthly program calendar at the bottom of this page!


Please note, registration requires an active email account. The program will send a confirmation and reminder to your email. Please check your SPAM folder or contact the library if you do not see a confirmation or reminder email.

More Registration Information

SPOTLIGHT ON CHILDREN'S COLLECTIONS:

Did you know we have many children's books on CD?

Borrow an audiobook that the whole family can enjoy for your summer road trip!

From Dr. Seuss to Harry Potter, we've got great stories for every age and taste!
ONGOING PROGRAMS

1000 Books Before Kindergarten: This program promotes reading to newborns, infants, toddlers, and children up to Kindergarten. The goal is to have read 1000 books before your child starts Kindergarten. Stop by the Children’s Room any time to sign up, get more information, and your first reading record.
Stop Motion Videos

Last Summer we had a fantastic Stop-Motion Video Workshop with filmmaker Jennifer Treuting for ages 7-10! Check out the videos below on our YouTube channel.



Man Vs. Shark

Animal Field Trip

Almost Stickbot Extinction
‘Turn the Pages’ interactive book display

A great big “Thank You” and “Congratulations” to our patron Isabella Feeney for creating ‘Turn the Pages’ interactive book display as her Gold Award Girl Scout project! Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers are invited to recommend great books using this permanent display in the Children’s Room. Younger children are invited to look at the display and take home a recommended book or two. If they bring back the included sheet telling librarians why they liked the book, they will get a prize for participating, and Middle and High School kids will earn community service hours. Stop by to learn more!


SUMMER 2018 PROGRAMS

SUMMER READING CLUB: Libraries Rock!

June 16-August 18.

Join the Valley Cottage Library’s Summer Reading Club! Daily reading habits help children retain information they have learned. Registration & daily reading recording starts JUNE 16. Pick up Reading Logs at the library or print from online.


The Club is open to all children from infants to children entering 5th grade.

Read books at home & keep track of your reading on your reading log. Younger non-readers can record books read to them, or Early Literacy Activities that they do together with an adult. Children will earn one book buck for each day they read or do an Early Literacy Activity.

Everyone will bring their reading/activity logs to the library to win prizes.

For more details, to register, and to print logs, visit VCL Children's Summer Reading Club or visit the Children’s Room in person.

OR

For registration only, click this link Children's SUMMER READING CLUB: Libraries Rock! Registration and book logging ends August 18.

SUMMER 2018 PROGRAM REGISTRATION

Registration for our Summer Programs, June 15 through Sept. 15, is ongoing. Registration is required unless otherwise noted.



View and print our monthly program calendar at the bottom of this page!
Summer Family Programs

Summer Connect Four

June 16-August 18

Ages 2 and up

Pick up a Summer Connect Four form at the Children’s Desk and complete four activities in a row to win a prize! Ask at the Children’s Desk for more details.
Movies Rock the Library!

Ages 3 and up.

Watch a musical movie on the big screen with friends!
No registration.







For the younger set:
Tigger & Pooh and a Musical Too (NR) 60 min., Monday, June 18 at 5pm.
Josie and the Pussycats Marathon (Original TV episodes) (NR) Saturday, June 30 at 10:30am.
Rock & Bop with the Doodlebops (NR) 86 min. Tuesday, July 17 at 10:30am.
Jack's Big Music Show: Let’s Rock (NR) 95 min. Tuesday, Aug. 7 at 12:30pm.

For the older set:
Scooby-Doo! & KISS: Rock & Roll Mystery (NR) 78 min. Thursday, June 21 at 6:30pm.
High School Musical (NR) 97 min. Thursday, July 5 at 6:30pm.
Let It Shine (NR) 104 min. Wednesday, July 18 at 11am.
The Beatles: Yellow Submarine (NR) 90 min. Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 4:30pm.
Rock Dog (PG) 80 min. Tuesday, Aug. 21 at 4:30pm.
School House Rock! “Grammar” & “Money” (NR) 60 min. Friday, Aug. 24 at 11am.
Family Fairy Food Fun

Saturday, July 7 at 10:30am

Ages 3-10 with adult(s)

Where do fairies live? Join Carolyn Travers to whip up an edible colorful mini fairy house centerpiece and decorate it as a family to take home!

Register for Family Fairy Food Fun
ValCon Episode IV

Saturday, July 14 from 10am-4pm

Join us for ValCon, the fourth annual comic and anime Library Convention! It is free and open to all. Join us for panels, workshops, cosplay, contests, special guests, an artist alley, a vendor alley, and more! In the Children’s Room, make a lightsaber or make candy sushi.

No registration.
Africa Rocks! With Chiku Awali

Monday, July 16 at 6pm

All Ages

Join Chiku Awali for a joyous interactive celebration of African music, dance and drumming!

Register for Africa Rocks! With Chiku Awali
Superheroes Rock! with Manda’s Enchanted Events

Saturday, Aug. 4 at 10:30am

Ages 3 and up.

Calling all Superheroes! Come dressed as your favorite superhero and train with the pros to see if you’ve got what it takes! All recruits that complete training will meet your favorite superhero for a photo together, and receive an official certificate to bring home.

Register for Superheroes Rock!
Let’s Be Crafty

August 13-18 from 10am-2pm

Ages 3 and up with adult(s)

Drop in to create cool musical crafts all week. Choose a different project each day.

No registration.
Backstage at the Library Tour

August 20-24 at 11am OR 3pm

Ages 3 and up with adult(s)



Come see what goes on behind the scenes at the library, then do a treasure hunt for fantasy creatures in the Children’s Room.

No registration.
Summer Programs for Age 5 and younger

Open Playtime

Mondays, June 25 - Aug. 20 from 10am-1pm

Ages 5 and under.

It’s play time in the Storytime Room, no matter what the weather brings! A great chance to meet other local families while you enjoy books, games, toys and puzzles with your little one(s).

No registration.
Pint-Size Playtime

Fridays, June 29 – Aug. 24 from 11:30am – 1:30pm

Ages 2 and under.

Drop in for playtime geared especially for tiny tots. The storytime room will have early development toys, puzzles, books, and activities for babies and toddlers to discover and learn. Meet other caregivers in the community while your little one explores!

No registration.
Rock-a-Bye Babies

Fridays at 10:30am

Ages 2 months-18 months with adult

Weekly movement, rhymes & music. Please make alternate arrangements for other children.

Session I: June 29 – July 13.
Session II: July 27-Aug. 10.

Register separately for each session.

Register for Rock-a-Bye Babies Session I
Register for Rock-a-Bye Babies Session II


Toddler Tunes

Mondays OR Thursdays at 10:30am (choose one)

Ages 19-35 months with adult

Weekly storytime with books and beyond! Please make alternate arrangements for other children.

Session I: Mon. from June 25-July 9 OR Thur. from June 28-July 12.
Session II: Mon. from July 23-Aug. 6 OR Thur. from July 26-Aug. 9.

Register separately for each session.

Register for Toddler Tunes Session I Mondays

Register for Toddler Tunes Session I Thursdays

Register for Toddler Tunes Session II Mondays

Register for Toddler Tunes Session II Thursdays





Pre-K Rockers

Tuesdays at 10:30am OR Wednesdays at 4:30pm (choose one)

Weekly storytimes for ages 3 – entering Kindergarten. Great books, games, movement and songs. Parents and siblings welcome!

Session I: Tuesdays from June 26-July 10 OR Wednesdays from June 27-July 11 (no program July 4).
Session II: Tuesdays from July 24-Aug. 7 OR Wednesdays from July 25-Aug. 8.

Register separately for each session.

Register for Pre-K Rockers Session I Tuesdays

Register for Pre-K Rockers Session I Wednesdays

Register for Pre-K Rockers Session II Tuesdays

Register for Pre-K Rockers Session II Wednesdays




Kindergarten Prep

Thursdays at 1pm

Ages 4-5 years entering Kindergarten this September.

Foster a love of books and learning in our exciting early literacy weekly storytime designed to help you prepare children for Kindergarten. Please make alternate arrangements for other children.

June 28-August 9 (no program July 19)

Register for Kindergarten Prep

Early Literacy Adventure: Fairy Tales Rock!

Wednesday, July 18 at 4:30pm

Ages 3-5 years with adult

Our Fairy Tale Rock Band is ready to jam, but they’ve lost their instruments! Help us follow the clues about colors, shapes, 1,2,3’s and ABC’s to help the fairy tale friends find their instruments in time for our dance party!

Register for Early Literacy Adventure: Fairy Tales Rock!

Hot Diggity Dog Music

Wednesdays, July 25, Aug. 1 & Aug. 8 at 10:30am (3 week session)

Ages 5 and under with adult

Join Debbie Gulino for Hot Diggity Dog Music! Children will sing, dance, jump and shout with Debbie and her guitar, instruments, and puppets.

Register for Hot Diggity Dog Music
Summer Programs for Elementary School Children

Picture Book Pals: Book Club for entering Grades 1-3

Select Mondays at 5pm

Join us to read these great books, then we’ll make and play our own instruments together! Books will be available at the Children’s Room Desk one week prior to the program.

July 23: Ada’s Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay, by Susan Hood.

August 6: Drum Dream Girl, by Margarita Engle.

Register for Picture Book Pals: Book Club for entering Grades 1-3 on July 23

Register for Picture Book Pals: Book Club for entering Grades 1-3 on August 6



Bookaneers: Book Club for entering Grades 4-6

Select Mondays at 5pm.

Books will be available at the Children’s Room Desk one month prior to the program.

July 9: Garvey’s Choice, by Nikki Grimes. We’ll discuss this novel written in verse and then make a craft to take home.

August 13: Who is Bruce Springsteen? by Stephanie Sabol. Join us to discuss his fascinating life and then sing ‘Rock Star Karaoke’ together, air guitar included!

Register for Bookaneers: Book Club for entering Grades 4-6 on July 9

Register for Bookaneers: Book Club for entering Grades 4-6 on August 13



Summer S.T.E.A.M. Programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math)

Brain Games: Wonder of Waves

Thursday, June 28 at 11am

Entering Grades 1-6

Can you see sound? Can it move objects? Or if a tree falls in the forest…? We’ll discover the answers to these questions and more as we explore sound waves with hands-on activities and a fun take-home craft.

Register for Brain Games: Wonder of Waves
Summer Fruit Parfaits

Monday, July 2 at 5pm

Entering Grades 1-6

Come to the library and make a colorful, healthy snack just in time for the Fourth of July.

Register for Summer Fruit Parfaits
Dancing through the Decades

Tuesdays at 4pm

Entering Grades 1-5

Each week we’ll learn a new dance that was popular during a different decade and then end with a fun game of Freeze Dance.

July 10, 24, & 31 (register separately for each program)



Register for Dancing through the Decades on July 10

Register for Dancing through the Decades on July 24

Register for Dancing through the Decades on July 31
Family Math Game Night!

Thursday, July 12 at 6pm

Entering Grades K-5

Let’s keep our math skills up over the summer with fun games. We’ll explore numbers, patterns, and shapes together through fun activities, puzzles, games, and books. Working with their family, children will use problem-solving skills, logical thinking and strategies to gain a deeper understanding of how math works, all while having fun together! You’ll go home with a packet of ideas and games to play at home all summer.

Register for Family Math Game Night!

Let’s Be Dramatic: Book! Book! Book!

Thursday, July 19 at 4:30pm

Entering Grades 3-6

Come try your hand at acting in the amusing play adaptation of this picture book about going to the library by Deborah Bruss. We’ll choose parts, create basic costumes, and read the play together in a fun performance for our adults.

Register for Let's Be Dramatic: Book! Book! Book!
Rock Out with a Ukulele!

Wednesdays, July 25, Aug. 1 & Aug. 8 at 11:30am

Entering Grades K-2

Join Debbie Gulino from Hot Diggity Dog Music for 3 weeks of beginner ukulele lessons. The library will rock with the sweet sounds of ukulele music!

Register for Rock Out with a Ukulele!

Art Shrines

Thursday, August 2 at 4pm

Entering Grades 3-5

Build a crafty portable art shrine to illustrate your favorite quote!

Register for Art Shrines

3D Printing Rocks!

Tuesday, August 7 at 12:30 OR 2pm (choose one)

Entering Grades 3-6

This is a basic introduction to 3D printing and a tutorial in the free design software, Tinkercad. Children will use the software to create a bracelet, necklace or dog-tag using the 3D printer!

Register for 3D Printing at 12:30pm

Register for 3D Printing at 2pm
Team Brick Building Challenge

Thursday, August 16 at 4:30pm

Entering Grades 1-6

Have some laughs during this friendly competition to build something tall, something round, something bridge-like, and more!

Register for Team Brick Building Challenge





















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  • June 2018 Children's Calendar
  • July 2018 Children's Calendar
  • August 2018 Children's Calendar
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