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: http://www.libraryinsight.net/rplogon.asp?jx=ft&rp=1134

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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December Programs for Little Ones

There is still a full week of programming for toddlers and preschool children at both the main and the branch libraries!

Scribble Time: Space is available in our award-winning Scribble Time program for ages 12 – 36 months. We added a new activity for December: The children explore painting with sponges. We’re using the popular sponge paint brushes on a stick. A morning session will be held on Monday, December 15, at 11:00 a.m. and an evening session on Tuesday, December 16, at 7:00 p.m. Register from the events calendar on the library website or call the Children’s Desk.

Toddler Tales will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 17. No registration is necessary for this program that helps kids ease their way from nursery rhyme programs to longer story programs.

Families can gather for ‘Twas the Night Before iPad – a little twist on stories for the December holidays that features books and digital stories.

Preschool Children can make a craft related to a story at PreK Surprise on Thursday, December 18, at 11:00 a.m.

The week ends with three nursery rhyme programs, on Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. and Friday morning at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

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A Traditional Puppet Show! Coming December 9!

Punch_&_JudyPunch and Judy Puppet Show!

Tuesday, December 9 @ 7:00 p.m.
Hear Ye, Hear Ye! Gather ’round and observe the antics of one of the best known performers of all time! Why, for more than 350 years, standing room only crowds have enjoyed these merriments! Who, you ask? Of course, we’re talking about the one and only, Mr. Punch! The best known heroes of the puppet stage are alive and well and living behind our proscenium. Performed with traditional merry madness, Punch & Judy includes live music and plenty of mayhem as Tuckers’ Tales Puppet Theater presents the escapades of the original hit man.
Length of presentation – 25 Minutes. Suitable for ages 5 years to adult.

If you register and print your ticket ahead of time, you may bring it directly to the Library Community Room without checking in at the Children’s Desk first.

Children younger than 11 years must be with an adult at all times during the program.

If you’d like a sampling of some Punch & Judy puppet shows done by other groups, try one of the links below:

Prof. Jon Thursby’s show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TyLsO6LpLSI

Jolly Good Productions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDxdF5wCL1s

Custard Pie Puppet Company: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdsX6E_ArFg



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