What’s your Thanksgiving Weather Forecast?

CloudyIs it, by chance, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs? Or turkey? Or pumpkin pie?

Get ready for the annual Thanksgiving food fest by bringing a lunch or just a snack to our Family Film Café on Sunday, November 23, at 1:30 p.m. to watch “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” and see what happens when an invention that turns water into food goes terribly wrong.

Will your favorite food be shown in the film? Will any of the foods in the film be on your Thanksgiving table?

Hint for parents and grandparents: Take the kids and enjoy this film together while the main chef in your family starts preparations for your Thanksgiving feast.

This film is rated PG and lasts 90 minutes.
Children must remain with an adult at all times during the program.

Registration makes it easier for us to prepare a spot for your family in advance!

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Meet the Author!

MESingletaryMabel Elizabeth Singletary will visit the main library on Sunday, November 16, at 2:30 p.m. to visit with children and their families and read from her books. She will pose for pictures with the children and sign their copies of her books (which are available to purchase with cash or check at the program). Check the library catalog to see the books that we own!

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Halloween at the Library!

Robert Rogers puppetsHalloween is fun at the library! Join us for some special events and activities with your children. All programs are at the Main Library on DeMott Lane and are free.
Sunday, October 26, at 2:00 p.m. – Robert Rogers Puppet Company presents “Hobnobbin’ Goblins,” a marionette puppet show that is only slightly scary. Watch Robert make these puppets come to life in what has become a Halloween tradition at the library!
Tuesday, October 28, at 7:00 p.m.Halloween Make & Take
Make something special that can be used as a decoration in your home or on a scrapbook page!
Wednesday, October 29, at 7:00 p.m.Halloween Surprise! Story Fun for Children and Families
Join us for some traditional spooky books – see if our selections will scare your parents!
Friday, October 31, at 11:00 a.m. & 3:30 p.m. – Halloween Trick-or-Treat
Come in costume, enjoy some Halloween songs and stories, and then trick-or-treat around the library!

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Book Beat!

music kidsAre you ready for some musical fun with your preschooler?

Join us on the “third Saturdays” for Book Beat, a program for children ages 3 1/2 – 5 years with a parent or family member, and get ready for some rollicking musical fun! Chant to the beat, dance to the rhythm, and enjoy an interactive book. Have fun with music and with rhythm instruments!

Registration is required and may be in person, online, or by telephone.

Next program: Saturday, October 18, at 2:30 p.m.

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Our Final Event for Kids for Summer 2014!

Daria photo2Join us to close a wonderful summer of reading with Daria’s World Music Concert!
Thursday, August 21 @ 7:00 p.m.

For Daria, Its all about empowering kids… letting them explore the world of music in a way that unlocks the amazing talent and inner beauty they naturally possess. For that reason, she’s adapted many of her multi-cultural activities for this website as a resource for parents, teachers, homeschoolers and kids of all abilities (each activity has all abilities notes). Whether it’s building a pow-wow style drum that can be played by a large number of people or recycling objects by transforming them into instruments, this website shares many great ways of bringing folks together through music.

You can visit Daria’s website (and learn how to make musical instruments of your own) at www.dariamusic.com.

You can register for Daria’s live concert at the library by telephone, in person, or online at the library website.

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Fizz Boom Read! 2014 NJ Summer Reading Program

It’s here! Summer reading registration begins June 15 and continues through July. Visit the library’s home page and click on the summer reading tab to register for either Fizz Boom Read for Kids or Fizz Boom Read Toddler and then follow the onscreen directions to sign up.

Fizz Boom Read for Kids: Ages 4 – 11 years

Kids ages 4 through 11 years will be keeping track of how much time they spend reading. Try to read every day! Try reading 10 minutes in the morning, 10 minutes in the afternoon, and 10 minutes at bedtime, and see how quickly you can add up your time to reach a prize level. Read what you like! Read for fun!

Fizz Boom Read Toddler: Ages 0 – 3 years Little ones may be read to by family members, and this summer features some early literacy activities that help develop a love of reading and learning. Try to read or do one activity each day. See the photo below for some suggested early literacy activities that will help develop your child’s vocabulary and teach pre-reading concepts. Read a favorite book together some time during the day! You may enter books read or activities shared online to reach each prize level.



Try some of the activities in the photo below (click on it to make it large enough to read), and most of all, have fun! Early lit activities photo

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Summer Reading is coming!

Sign up beginning June 15th!

Stay tuned for more details!


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We won an award!

Award Photo 2.1The New Jersey State Library gives its “Best Practices in Early Literacy” Award to four libraries each year, and Franklin Township Library is one of the four chosen for 2014 for its Scribble Time program.

Scribble Time introduces toddlers, ages 12 – 36 months, to the type of art media that helps develop the fine motor skills used in writing. This introduction is more about the experience than the final product. The child uses a single crayon and a large piece of paper in one session, while other sessions introduce the use of a glue stick and bits of paper, or cotton swaps and paint, or play dough.

We talk about what we do as toddlers explore what they can do with each type of media, thus developing vocabulary and language skills as they explore.

We sing songs, making up words to familiar tunes to describe what we are doing, and best of all, we have fun!

Scribble Time is offered at both the main and the branch libraries.

We look forward to seeing you at Scribble Time soon!

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Bedtime Math!

BedtimeMathLogoSemi3One of the partners of the national summer reading program that takes place at Franklin Township Library (as well as other libraries around the state and across the nation) is a New Jersey organization called Bedtime Math. Its mission is to make math a part of everyday life, just like reading.

The easiest way to try it is to download their mobile app for smart phone or tablet, which you can find here:


(You may also see each day’s problem on the website at bedtimemath.org.)

Once you install the app, you can visit daily for the “Math Problem of the Day,” available at three levels of difficulty from preschool to older students, and find a “surprise” math activity as well. The problems are fun and intriguing and are accompanied by colorful photos or graphics. If you miss a day, no problem! All of the earlier problems are available when you click on the “Explore” button.

It’s fun, it’s free, it takes only minutes per day, and it works on both Apple and Android formats.  Let us know how you like it!


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Planning Programs for Children and Families

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Did you know that it takes approximately five hours of planning for each program that we present? We were surprised, too! That time includes finding just the right stories and materials, preparing what is needed for crafts, working on publicity, contacting performers that we hire, sending contracts and arranging payment for performers, rehearsing the stories we will use in programs we present, setting up, cleaning up, and much more.

Programming is just one part of what children’s librarians do for you: We also read reviews, select materials (books and media) to purchase, check in those purchases when they arrive, hunt for missing books, determine when a book is beyond repair and must be replaced, create lists and displays of recommended books, and – the most important thing – we answer your questions, help you find books and information that you need, and recommend some good books to read.

Did you enjoy the Winter Reading Program? We hope so – because planning that program, from choosing a theme to how it will work to setting up the online components, purchasing prizes, and creating the support materials are all part of what we do.

We are already planning the 2014 Summer Reading Program, Fizz Boom Read, which will feature a science theme and begins on June 15.

We love your feedback on children’s programs, and we try to honor requests when we can, so please do let us know what you are thinking.

If you think that you might enjoy a career as a librarian, visit www.becomealibrarian.org to learn more about it.

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