The Reading Connection Helps to Bring Literacy Skills into your Home

IMG_2494How do kids learn to read?
There are two basic methods: one uses phonics, which highlights the sounds made by each letter and combination of letters, and the other uses word recognition, or sight words. Ultimately, as readers we use both methods, but some children learn better one way over another.

What matters most is reading aloud and talking about what you read together! That helps children to develop vocabulary and critical thinking skills. It also helps develop reading comprehension.

Come to our award-winning program, The Reading Connection, and experience some ways to bring literacy into your everyday lives!

One letter or letter blend is featured at each program. Families work together at five or more stations doing a hands-on activity that highlights or reinforces the featured letter and may involve math or science as well as art. Studies show that children learn well when engaging in one-on-one dialogue such as this!

The Reading Connection will be held on Tuesday, November 3, at 7:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, December 16, at 7:00 p.m. Please register online or at the Children’s Desk.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Robert Rogers Puppet Company presents Hobnobbin’ Goblins!

Pumpkin puppetIt’s a Halloween tradition!

Sunday, October 25 @ 2:00 p.m.

Experience the magic of the marionettes as they perform in a slightly spooky (but not too scary) Halloween show just right for families of all ages.

Register online, by telephone, or at the Children’s Desk.

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What is a “Family Film Cafe?”

mad tea partyHave your own “Mad Tea Party” at our Family Film Cafe!

How does the Family Film Cafe work?
We set up tables, and you bring a supper or a snack for your family to enjoy as you watch a special film on our large screen. It’s a great way to teach your young children what it’s like when you “Go to the Movies” – but without the cost, because our movie is FREE!

The next event is coming soon:
Tuesday, October 6, at 7:00 p.m.
Disney’s Alice in Wonderland
Rated G; 75 minutes

Please register online or at the Children’s Desk (732-873-8700 option 4) to reserve a table.

All ages are welcome for this movie classic!

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Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes: A March of Dimes Storytime
Ages 2 – 5 with a Parent
Thursday, October 1 @ 11:00 am in the Main Library Community Room

The librarians will present a lively storytime about all kinds of babies, animal and human, for parents and children. Then, the children create a collage craft with the librarians while the parents can learn more about the mission of the March of Dimes, the work that they do, and how they can get involved in helping to prevent birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.

An opportunity to meet and greet other families will follow.
Registration begins September 17: All abilities are welcome.

Please let us know how we can meet any special needs.

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Well Done, Summer Readers!

escape above cityDid you like the superhero theme for our 2015 Summer Reading Program?
We had a lot of fun with it!

Over 450 children participated in recording reading and attending library programs, and they all earned some prizes!

If you attended a program that you really liked, would you take a few minutes to let us know? You can email us through the library webpage (be sure to put Children’s in the subject heading so it’s routed to us), or drop a note in the mail, or call the Children’s Desk, or just let us know on your next library visit.

We’d also like to know which programs and performers you would like to see again in Summer 2016, and are interested in any performer recommendations you may have.

Are you ready to go back to school? Believe it or not, we are already planning the Summer 2016 Summer Reading Program, and the slogan is:
On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!

It will feature a sports, health, games, and wellness theme.
Thank you all for your presence at our programs and for all that you do to support the Franklin Township Library!

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Summer Reading is coming!

Registration for the 2015 Summer Reading Program, “Every Hero Has a Story,” begins June 15th!

You can register online or in person at the library. Read on your own or be read to by others! Read what you like! All reading counts, even reading for school! Once you have registered, stop at the Main Library on DeMott Lane in Somerset or the Branch Library on Rt. 27 in Franklin Park to pick up a special summer reading packet.

Kids Ages 4 – 10 years: To register, click on the summer reading tab on the library’s homepage, or click on the link here:

Little Ones Ages 0 – 3 years may join the program above with their siblings, or stop in at the library to join a special summer library program that gives hand stamps and stamps in a special booklet for attending library programs.

Remember, registration begins June 15th, and you will need a library card barcode and PIN (personal identification number) to register. Everyone who lives in Franklin Township, regardless of age, is entitled to a free library card. (Note: Child and legal guardian must be present when applying for the child’s library card. Proof of residency is required).

If you have any questions, give us a call!

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Come to our award-winning program!

Lana at the science station for The Reading Connection Letter IThe Reading Connection has won an award! The NJ State Library awards four grants, the Best Practices in Early Literacy Award, to four libraries in the state for outstanding programs that foster literacy skills in young children, and our Reading Connection program is one of the winners for 2015. The library was notified in February, and the actual award will be given at the State Librarian’s Breakfast at the New Jersey Library Association Spring Conference in April.

The Reading Connection features a different letter of the alphabet each month with language, art, science, and math stations that each have an activity for that letter. The librarians share tips with parents on how they can do similar letter activities at home.

Come and see for yourself! The next Reading Connection program will be held on Tuesday, March 24, at 7:00 p.m., and also on Tuesday, April 28, at 7:00 p.m. Please register at the Children’s Desk or online for one or both sessions, and plan to have a fun evening exploring letter sounds, rhyming words, reading comprehension, and more with your children ages 4 to 8 years.

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Tuckers’ Tales Puppet Co. presents “Sock Monkey Mysteries”

Sock Monkey with heartThe sock monkeys have lost their teddy bears! Where can they be?
Children are invited to bring their favorite bear or stuffed toy to see this puppet show especially written for preschool children. Tuckers’ Tales will present three short sock monkey stories, including the one about the missing teddy bears.

Registration is requested: If you register and print your tickets, you may bring them directly to the library’s Community Room for the show without stopping at the Children’s Desk first.

Parent or adult caregiver must accompany child at all times while in the library.

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Disney’s Frozen – A Sing-along Movie Event

FrozenDVDSunday February 1, 2015
2:00 PM to 3:45 PM
Community Rm A+B

A special Family Reading Club Event for Ages 4 – 11 years!

Wear your favorite costume from the movie and bring a picnic lunch or just a snack to share as you enjoy this adaptation of ‘The Snow Queen’ by Hans Christian Andersen on our large screen.

Note: This is a special sing-along version of the movie. Families are invited to sing the songs during the movie whenever the lyrics appear on the screen.

About the film: Anna, with the help of a mountain man and a snowman, seeks her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. Disney Studios: 102 minutes (PG)

Please register so that we can prepare a table for your family. Parent or adult caregiver must accompany children at all times during the film.

If you print your tickets in advance, you may go directly to the Library Community Room with no need to check in at the Children’s Desk first.

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Get Ready for the Night at the Movies Family Reading Club!

It’s all about the books for our winter reading program – books that were made into movies, that is! Check the ones on this list to see what intrigues you … and DO plan some family reading time, reading one of them aloud together (regardless of the ages of your children). Doing this gives kids a chance to discuss the book with you because you’ve all read the same thing, and this improves their literacy skills (including reading comprehension).

So … stop by the library, check out some of these books (or any others that you like – you don’t have to limit your reading to books that became movies), and pick up the Night at the Movies Family Reading Club log to keep track of how many days you read. All reading counts, whether it’s as a family, on your own, aloud, or silent reading.

Oh, and the library has the movies, too – so check out both the book and the movie, and talk about what changed and which one your child thinks is better.

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