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Children Services - Children's Programs
SUMMER 2014 Programs

Weekly Storytimes, Family Activities, Arts & Crafts, and More!

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FALL 2014 Children's Programs

Weekly storytime registrations will begin September 15 for Fall 2014!
See below for program details.
Please keep in mind...

  • Register in the Children's Room or call 845-268-7700 during library hours.

  • All programs are free, and priority is given to residents of the Nyack School District. Group size is limited. Residents outside of the Nyack School District will be placed on a waiting list and contacted only if there is room in the program.

  • Please notify us of cancellations in order to allow more children to attend our programs.

  • Programs are designed for the intended age group.

  • Please make alternate arrangements for other children for infant and toddler programs.

  • Required registration begins at least one week before each program.

  • FIZZ BOOM READ! SUMMER READING CLUB is Ending!

    Join the Valley Cottage Library’s Summer Reading Club!

    June 20-August 23. The last day to log books/activities is August 23! Please turn in your final logs as soon as possible and collect your final prize(s)!

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

    Daily reading habits help children retain information they have learned. This year, readers will keep track of the number of days that they do some reading. They will also write down the titles they read. Younger non-readers can record Early Literacy Activities that they do together with an adult.

    Everyone will turn in their reading/activity logs at the library to receive prizes.

    For more details, to register, and to print logs, go to http://guides.rcls.org/vclsrc2014, or visit the Children’s Room.
    Family Summer Programs 2014

    Book Worm Search
    August 18-23
    Ages 3 and up with adult(s).
    Hunt for Book Worms in the Children’s Room using special clues. Get a prize if you find them all and solve the riddle!
    No registration.
    Summer 2014 Programs for Elementary School Children

    Super Science Fun
    Select dates at 4:30pm.
    Entering Grades 3-5.
    Discover some awesome chemical reactions, outrageous polymers, and other wacky science experimentation. Take home your own slice of super science!
    Tuesday, July 1. Reg. starts 6/24.
    Tuesday, July 22. Reg. starts 7/15.
    Wednesday, Aug. 13. Reg. starts 8/6.
    Wednesday, Aug. 27. Reg. starts 8/13. (rescheduled from 8/20)


    FALL 2014 FAMILY PROGRAMS

    September is Library Card Month!
    If your child signs up for a library card in September, visit the Children’s Room Desk for a special prize.

    Give a Kid a Book:
    Throughout October, the Children’s Room will collect new, unused books for the Library Association of Rockland County’s Youth Services. Books will be given as gifts to children through local charities during the holidays.

    Mommy & Me Flamenco Class
    Monday, Sept. 22 at 1:30pm
    Ages 4-5 years with adult.
    Flamenco dancing is for everyone! Children and adults will learn to dance and be dazzled by the color, spectacle and fun of this beautiful art form from Spain, taught by Anna de la Paz. Open to dads, grandparents, and caregivers too – not just moms.
    Reg. starts 9/15.

    Fireside Stories
    Select Thursdays at 6pm
    Ages 2 and up with adult(s).
    Come in pajamas to enjoy some great bedtime stories. Fun for the whole family!
    Thursday, Oct. 2. Reg. starts 9/24.
    Thursday, Dec. 4. Reg. starts 11/26.

    School Closing Crafts
    Select dates from 2-6pm
    Ages 3 and up with adult(s).
    Drop in during the following school closing days to create a cool craft – a different craft for each day.
    Monday, Oct. 13 – Columbus Day
    Tuesday, Nov. 11- Veteran’s Day
    Tuesday, Dec. 30-Winter Break
    Drop in – no registration.

    Halloween Carnival
    Saturday, Oct. 25 from 12-2pm
    For all ages with adult.
    Come in costume for some fun not-too-scary Halloween activities and win some great prizes!
    Reg. starts Oct. 11.

    Parents: Help Your Child Get Ready to Read!
    Monday, Oct. 27 at 4:15pm.
    For parents of children ages 3-Kindergarten and their children too! We’ll have fun activities for the children as we discuss everyday things you can do with your child to boost their early literacy skills.
    Reg. starts 10/20.

    Not So Spooky Halloween Concert
    Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 4:15pm
    For ages 18 months – 8 years.
    Join Erin Lee Kelly and the “Up Past Bedtime” Band for a seriously silly – and only slightly spooky – family concert! Wear your costume and dance to songs about dancing werewolves, falling leaves, hooting owls, and monsters in the bubble bath!
    Reg. starts 10/21.

    Celebrate Election Day!
    Drop by anytime on Tuesday, November 4 to vote for your favorite book character! A chance for children of all ages to be part of the democratic process and get prizes!

    Create a Gingerbread House!
    Saturday, Dec. 13 at 12 noon.
    Ages 3 and up with adult.
    Come and decorate a colorful, edible gingerbread work of art to take home!
    Reg. starts 12/6.
    FALL 2014 PROGRAMS FOR AGES 5 and UNDER

    Open Playtime
    Sept. 8-Dec. 15
    Mondays 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).
    Drop in – no registration.

    Yoga for Kids
    Select Fridays at 10:30am.
    Ages 18 mos.- 5 years.
    Join Valerie Vendrame in a lively introductory yoga class for children. Children should wear comfortable clothes and bring a yoga mat or beach towel if you have one.
    Friday, Sept. 19. Reg. starts 9/12.
    Friday, Oct. 10. Reg. starts 10/3.
    Friday, Nov. 21. Reg. starts 11/14.
    Friday, Dec. 12. Reg. starts 12/5.

    Bouncing Babies
    Fridays at 10:30am
    Ages 2-18 mos. w/adult.
    Weekly movement, rhymes & music. Please make alternate arrangements for other children.
    Session I: Oct 3-Oct. 24. Reg. begins 9/15.
    Session II: Nov. 7-Dec. 12 (no program 11/28). Reg. begins 10/27.

    Toddler Treasures
    Thursdays at 10:30am
    Ages 19-35 mos. w/adult.
    Weekly storytime with books and beyond! Please make alternate arrangements for other children.
    Session I: Oct. 2-Oct. 23. Reg. begins 9/15.
    Session II: Nov. 6-Dec. 11 (no program 11/27). Reg. begins 10/27.

    Pre-K Fall Fun!
    Mondays at 4:15pm OR Wednesdays at 10:30am (choose one).
    Weekly storytimes for ages 3 – entering Kindergarten.
    Great books, games, movement and songs. Parents welcome!
    Session I: Mondays from Sept. 22-Oct. 20 (no program 10/13) OR Wednesdays from Sept. 24-Oct. 22. Reg. begins 9/15 for both.
    Session II: Mondays from Nov. 3-Dec. 8 OR Wednesdays from Nov. 5-Dec. 10 (no program 11/26). Reg. begins 10/27 for both.

    Peppa Pig Playdate!
    Friday, Nov. 14 at 11am or 1:30pm (choose one).
    Ages 2-5 w/adult.
    Come on an exciting adventure with Peppa and her friends! Help Peppa solve a mystery through following clues and solving puzzles. Please make alternate arrangements for other children.
    Reg. starts 11/7.
    FALL 2014 PROGRAMS for ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHILDREN

    Autumn Adventures
    Thursdays at 4:15pm
    Grades 1-2. Join us for weekly stories, games, crafts and activities!
    Session I: Oct. 2 -Oct. 16. Reg. begins 9/15.
    Session II: Nov. 13-Dec. 4 (no program 11/27). Reg. begins 10/27.

    LEGOs™ at the Library
    Select Tuesdays at 4:15pm
    Grades 2-6.
    Focusing on a different theme each month, we’ll have fun building with friends to show off our imaginations, and then share our creation’s story with the group. LEGOs™ will be displayed temporarily in the library.
    Tuesday, Sept. 23. Reg. starts 9/16.
    Tuesday, Oct. 14. Reg. starts 10/7.
    Tuesday, Nov. 18. Reg. starts 11/11.
    Tuesday, Dec. 2. Reg. starts 11/25.

    Little LEGOs™ Fun
    Select Tuesdays at 4:15pm
    Grades K-1.
    Come and build some cool LEGOs™ creations with us! LEGOs™ will be displayed temporarily in the library.
    Tuesday, Oct. 7. Reg. starts 9/30.
    Tuesday, Nov. 25. Reg. starts 11/18.

    Amazing Minecraft
    Select dates at 4:15pm OR 5pm (choose one).
    Grades 1-5.
    Each child will use a laptop to create and build on Minecraft to learn and share with each other. Space is limited.
    Tuesday, Oct. 21. Reg. starts 10/14.
    Thursday, Dec. 11. Reg. starts 12/4.

    Apple Cider Pressing
    Thursday, Oct. 23 at 4:15pm.
    Grades K-6.
    Children will help make and then taste some cool, fresh apple cider using a hand-operated cider press during this deliciously fun and educational program about apples with the ‘Traveling Naturalist’, Sara Mayes.
    Reg. starts 10/16.

    Book Club: Fractured Fairytales*
    Thursday, Nov. 20 at 6pm
    Grades 3-6.
    Delve into these slightly twisted fairytales! Read one of the books below and join us for a fun program with games, snacks, and a craft.
    'Into the Wild' by Sarah Durst
    'Fairest' by Gail Carson Levine
    'Cinder' (The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer
    'Rump' by Liesl Shurtliff
    Reg. starts 10/20.
    *Books will be available at the Children’s Room Desk one month prior to the program.

    Crafty Cookies
    Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 4:30pm
    Grades 1-5.
    Be a Smart Cookie and come for stories, ‘Baker Bingo’ and cookie decorating for the season with ‘Crafty Carolyn’ Travers.
    Reg. starts 12/2.
    FALL 2014 'TWEEN PROGRAM

    Classical Piano Fun with Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Lisvt, Ravel, and more
    Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 7pm
    Grades 4 and up.
    Join us as Juilliard student Robin Giesbrecht brings the great classical composers to life, playing well known favorites, in a program especially for young people. He will perform each composer’s music and then teach us about their life and music.
    Reg. starts 11/12.
    Please keep in mind...

  • Register in the Children's Room or call 845-268-7700 during library hours.

  • All programs are free, and priority is given to residents of the Nyack School District. Group size is limited. Residents outside of the Nyack School District will be placed on a waiting list and contacted only if there is room in the program.

  • Please notify us of cancellations in order to allow more children to attend our programs.

  • Programs are designed for the intended age group.

  • Please make alternate arrangements for other children for infant and toddler programs.

  • Required registration begins at least one week before each program.

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