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Kids Events

Our programs for kids are diverse and cover a wide range of interests. Register for our programs by calling (732) 745-5108 ext.16. If you have any questions about our events for kids, please send us your messages! Call us at (732) 745-5108 ex.15. Email our Children's Librarian, Karen, at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Or email our Middle-Grade Librarian, Chelsea, at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Read and Play

Wednesdays from 11:00 to 11:45 a.m.

Parents and other caregivers: bring your little ones for storytime and play at the library!

Open to ages 0-4.

More Play Time

Wednesdays from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Join Ms. Luz from The Children's Center of Middlesex County for some additional play time immediately after the library's Read & Play Story Time. (Come to either or both!)

Open to ages 0-4.

Kids' Community Council

Tuesdays (through August 14, with no meeting on July 17) at 4:00 p.m.

Are you in grade 5, 6, 7, or 8? Are you a resident of New Brunswick, and interested in making your community a better place? Are you free on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. to attend meetings? If you answered yes to all of these, come join the Kids' Community Council! We are New Brunswick kids who meet once a week to discuss issues important to us and help take care of the library. Snacks provided.

If you have not already registered, please fill out the registration form at this link, or pick up a copy in the Children's Room. Any questions, ask Ms. Chelsea.


Tuesdays, June 19 through August 14 (with no meeting on July 3) at 6:00 p.m., for native English speakers.
Wednesdays, June 20 through August 15 (with no meeting on July 4) at 6:00 p.m., for native Spanish speakers.

Math And Science Story Times are back! This summer, join the Children's department for free bilingual story-times featuring stories, songs, and activities designed to introduce children ages 2-5 to important math and science concepts! Parental attendance is required.

Native English speakers should plan to attend Tuesday evening sessions, and native Spanish speakers should plan to attend Wednesday evening sessions. All sessions will be held in the New Brunswick Free Public Library’s Carl T. Valenti Community Room.

Registration required. For more information, visit or call the children’s circulation desk at 732-745-5108 ext. 16.

Rocks Rock!

Thursdays, July 5 through 19, at 4:00 p.m.; with a special event on July 26.

For kids in grades K - 6: Study all kinds of rocks, watch a rock tumbler in action, and get your own set of rocks to take home!

On July 26, there will be a special presentation by the Rutgers Geology Museum for kids in grades K-3 at 2:00 p.m. and for those in grades 4-6 at 3:30 p.m.


Tuesday, July 17, at 4:00 p.m.

An Expressive Drum & Percussion Workshop, presented by Drumhead Enterprises, for children ages 4-10.

Kids have fun expressing themselves with this 1 hour interactive program as they are introduced to interesting drums and percussive instruments from around the world. The kids will learn basic hand drum and percussion techniques, 'talk' to one another using drums, and make their own rhythms as they sharpen their listening skills and learn about musical dynamics. Using some exotic instruments, the group will even create the sounds of their own rainforest!

Animals Rock!

Monday, July 23, at 3:00 p.m.

Did you know a wallaby has a special call for its baby, alligators make a boom sound in B Flat, and groundhogs whistle? We’ll discuss these and other surprising sounds animals use while seeing and hearing the animals live at the library! Presented by Eyes of the Wild.

For all ages.

Summer Reading Sign-up Deadline

Saturday, July 28.

This is the last day kids can sign up for our summer reading program and still be able to earn an invitation to the end-of-summer fair!

Ask in the Children's Room for details.

Book Battles

Thursdays, August 2 through 16, at 4:00 p.m.

Listen to biographies about musicians, divide into teams, and battle it out to see who knows the books best! Libraries rock!

For children in grades K-6.

Garden Club

Mondays August 6 and 27, at 10:30 a.m.

Listen to garden-related stories, do an activity, and see how the library garden is growing!

For children in grades K-6.

Home Depot Workshop

Monday, August 13, at 10:30 a.m.

Registration required: please sign up in the Children's Room or call 732-745-5108 ext. 16.

For children in grades K-6.

Summer Reading Fair

Saturday, August 18, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. by invitation only

Did you sign up for the library's summer reading program and read at least 20 days this summer? Be sure to bring in your reading log by August 17 to get your invitation to the library's 20th annual summer reading fair! Play games, jump in the bounce house, and enjoy food provided by Old Man Rafferty's. Only those who earned a fair invitation and their guests may attend the fair.

The children's room will be closed for this event.

PolarTrec Livestream Event

Thursday, August 23, 11:00 a.m.

See how geologists study glaciers in the mountains of Switzerland in a live-streaming event! Featuring Dr. Lauren Neitzke Adamo, PolarTREC Educator and Director of Rutgers Geology Museum, and Dr. Lucas Zoet, Assistant Professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

All ages are welcome, but content is geared toward middle school and up.

Suggested Reading

Ms. Karen and Ms. Chelsea put together some lists based on reading age. Here are some great books for:

Infants Preschoolers Kindergarteners First graders Second graders Third graders Fourth graders Fifth graders Sixth graders

We recommend these sites to help you pick your next book: