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New Brunswick Free Public Library

Kids' Events

Spaces at all events are given on a first-come first-served basis. Register for programs at the Children's Circulation Desk or by calling 732-745-5108 x16. For more information about any of these events, contact the library at 732-745-5108 x15 or email Ms. Karen, Children's Librarian, at For details about Tween programs, you may also contact Ms. Chelsea at

Download a PDF of the Kids' Events Flier:
July (o julio) > August (o agosto).

Summer Hours
Children's Room Summer hours began June 27 and end on September 2. Summer Hours are as follows:
~ Monday through Thursday = 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ~
~ Friday and Saturday = 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ~
{Closed on Sundays starting May 22.}
(Only the Children's Room closes at 6 p.m. Monday - Thursday during the Summer: the rest of the library remains open until 9 p.m. on those days.)

On your Mark, Get Set, Read!The library's annual Summer Reading Program began June 18: Come in to the Children's Room to find out more and register for this year's program!

Summer Reading Reporting
Children registered for our Summer Reading Program can earn prizes by reporting to us about what they have been reading.
Reporting times are from June 27 through August 5.
Monday through Thursday: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Open to kids ages 2-12, or through grade 6.

Ready Set Read

~ Weekly Recurring Events:

Tween Tuesdays: Readers Club
Come read every Tuesday with your friends! For June, July, & August enjoy One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia!
Every Tuesday (unless noted) at 4 p.m.
Open to kids in grades 4-8.

Read and Play
Parents and other caregivers: bring your little ones for storytime and play at the library!
Every Wednesday (unless noted) at 11 - 11:45 a.m.
Open to ages 0-4.

Garden Club
Listen to garden-related stories, learn about worms and insects, and get some hands-on gardening experience — both indoors and outdoors!
Every Thursday (unless noted) at 4 p.m.
Open to kids in grades K-6.

~ Short-term Recurring:

This summer will be the library's 5th year of offering the Math & Science Story Time (MASST) in partnership with NIEER at Rutgers. These bilingual storytimes feature stories, songs, and activities designed to introduce children ages 3-5 to important math and science concepts! Download a flier here (o aquí para Español).
Thursdays June 23 - August 11 at 6 p.m.
Advance registration is required: please stop by the Children's circulation desk or call 732-745-5108 ext. 16. Please note this program is only open to children aged 3 to 5 years old.

Battle of the Books
Form teams and each team will read the same 4 books, all related to knights, castles, and dragons. Then the teams will battle it out on August 12 to see which team knows the books best!
Fridays July 1 - August 12 at 2 p.m.
Open to kids in grades 3-6. Sign up for this program at the Children's Circulation Desk.

Pajama Storytime
Preschoolers, come in your PJs and bring your favorite stuffed animal for an evening storytime! Bring your parents, too!
Tuesdays July 5 - July 26 at 7 p.m.
For ages 0-4.

Chess Club
For younger children who have never played chess before, here is your chance to learn! Get to know how each piece moves and how to set up the board. Enjoy different activities to learn how to play and practice playing against other beginners.
Tuesdays August 2 - August 30 at 6 p.m.
Open to kids in grades K-3.

July Events:

Self-Defense for Families
Master Martinez from PowerKick USA of Somerset, NJ, will provide an introduction to self-defense techniques for the whole family.
Monday July 18 at 6 p.m.
Open to all ages.

Instructors from Robert Wood Johnson Fitness & Wellness Center will lead the whole family in beneficial exercises.
Tuesday July 19 at 3:30 p.m.
and Thursday July 21 at 2 p.m.

Open to all ages, especially geared to children ages 3-13.

Wallaby Tales
Live animal show! Learn and get to see wild animals in person!
Monday July 25 at 3 p.m.
Open to all ages.

Sparkling Smiles
Denise Franzese from Tender Smiles 4 Kids will come to talk about brushing, flossing, and nutrition. Children will also receive a goodie bag!
Thursday July 28 at 10:30 a.m.
Open to all ages.

Nutritiously Me
The Rak Foundation for Nutritional Awareness presents a free family nutrition workshop. Please visit this link for more information: Registration is now full (as of July 11.)
Friday July 29 at 10:30 a.m.
Open to all ages.

August Events:

4-H Dance Day
Come enjoy an afternoon of dance with New Brunswick 4-H!
Wednesday August 3 at 3 p.m.
Open to kids in grades K-8.

Kids' Movie
Come see what's showing on the library's big screen!
Monday August 8 at 2 p.m.
Open to kids and families.

Summer Reading Raffle Drawing
The more you read, the more raffle tickets you earn! With those raffle tickets, win a big prize, such as tickets to a Rutgers football game or tickets to a show at the Crossroads Theatre!
Friday August 12 at 4 p.m.
For all participants in the Children's Summer Reading Program.

Medieval Fair
Be sure to read this summer, keep track on your reading log, and come to the library frequently to report about what you have read. That is how you earn your ticket to the Medieval Fair, where there will be games, food, and fun!
Saturday August 13 at 2 p.m.
For eligible Summer Reading participants only.
{Please note that the Children's Room will be closed on this date.}

Family Zumba
The whole family is invited to join Lauren Pompey, Teaching Artist (Ballet & Modern) at Body and Music School of Performing Arts, NJ, for some Zumba fun!
Monday August 15 at 6 p.m.
Open to all ages.

Family Garden Harvest Day
Gather a variety of peppers, tomatoes, and herbs grown in the library garden, in coordination with New Brunswick 4-H and Esperanza Neighborhood Project!
Saturday August 27 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.
Open to all ages.

See our Google Calendar for all library events.

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