December Puppet Show!

Klezmer Kabaret Puppet Show! Tuesday, December 3 @ 7:00 p.m. (Main Library)

All are welcome!  Registration begins Nov. 19.



What is Klezmer music? It’s joyful, funny, exhuberant, and sometimes even a little sad. It was born a few hundred years ago in small villages in Eastern Europe and now enjoys a great renaissance all around the world.

This production is a tribute to that world, and a full-fledged concert in and of itself.

Not only will you see a fiddler on a roof, you’ll see a clarinet, accordion and trumpet player, too. Plus, a line of jubilant dancers balancing wine bottles on their heads, funny village clowns and amazing acrobats – a unique puppet theater experience, bringing to life the soulful world of Klezmer entertainment. It’s timeless, it’s traditional, it’s terrific!

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Stories without Words


Would you like to help your child develop good reading comprehension skills and increase vocabulary?
Read a wordless picture book together!
Your child will develop important reading skills, such as:
• critical thinking
• predicting what happens next
• storytelling/narrative skills
• detecting story sequence

Juvenile-Illustration-Kitten-and-puppy-3 Extend the story by asking open-ended questions about what is happening in the pictures. Ask the child, “What do you think will happen next?”
Ask “What if ..” questions.
Play “I Spy with my Little Eye” and look for items on the page.

Search for “stories without words” in the library catalog to find wordless picture books,

but here are a few to help you get started:

indexZoom by Istvan Banyai – See what is really happening when you zoom in for a closer look.

sidewalkcircusSidewalk Circus by Paul Fleischman – As a young girl watches, the activities across from her bus stop become a circus.

rosieswalkRosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins – A hen takes a walk through the farmyard without realizing that a fox is following her.

Tsecretboxhe Secret Box by Barbara Lehman – A schoolboy hides a box under the floorboards for children of the future to find and follow to a secret place.

picnicPicnic by Emily McCully – A young mouse gets lost on his way to a family picnic.

ballfordaisyA Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka – A dog’s favorite ball is destroyed by a bigger dog.

flotsamFlotsam by David Wiesner – A science-minded boy discovers an underwater camera washed up on the beach.

Watch for a booklist with additional titles, coming soon!



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Looking for the Summer Reading Link?

Do you need to access your child’s summer reading in order to print a certificate for school or for your scrapbook?

Scroll down to the post “Join the Summer Reading Program” (June 12, 2013).  Click on the link for the program for your child and log in as usual.  You won’t be able to log additional reading, but you can see the books you recorded and print a certificate that includes all of them or just your favorites.

Warning: Everything is deleted by the website vendor on September 30, so do it soon!
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Don’t forget to log your summer reading online!

Did you join the summer reading program? Have you been reading all summer? Don’t forget to log in at the library website and record your reading. Whenever you reach a prize level, select your prize and it will be saved for you.Squirrel skunk reading

Last day to record reading: Friday, August 23
Last day to pick up prizes: Monday, September 16

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Join the Summer Reading Program!

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Avoid the “summer slide!” Kids who read and are read to during the summer will keep their skills sharp and be ready to learn in September. Kids who don’t read? They may slide back two reading levels!

The key to summer reading is to keep it fun so that kids enjoy reading. Let them read what they like, because studies also show that it’s the reading that keeps the skills sharp, regardless of whether a child is reading at level or below it.

Sign up for the Dig into Reading NJ Statewide Summer Reading Program 2013!

Why take part in the library summer reading program? Because we will work with you to keep reading fun! Children read on their own or with family members, and then record the time spent reading (and any books finished) at the library’s website.

For every 100 minutes of reading time (for ages 4 – 11 years) or every 10 picture books read (for ages 0 – 3 years), the children receive an incentive prize, like a trinket from the Library Treasure Chest. Children love this! Many parents have told us in previous summers what a difference it made for their child and how this program encouraged the child to read more.

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Sign up for the children’s summer reading program on or after June 15. You can do it online from your home computer with Internet access or come in person to the library and use one of our computers or have a staff member help you. There is a packet with a reading log and some fun activities available in the library for all who sign up.

To sign up Ages 4 - 11 years for the Dig into Reading program, click here:

To sign up Ages 0 – 3 years for the Dig into Reading Early Literacy program, click here:

There are reading programs for teens and for adults, too.  Check it out!

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Sing & Sign with Junior Jam!

Join ASCAP Award winning songwriter Jeff Eisenberg for this fun, interactive program that teaches basic sign language to children ages 1 to 5 years with their parents. You’ll be signing and singing in the first class!
Registration is required for this four-week program and is available immediately.

To register, call the Children’s Desk at the library or stop by in person, and staff members will help.

Classes will be held the first four Saturdays in June at 11:00 a.m.JuniorJamGroup2small

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The Reading Connection

The Reading Connection is an activity program for kids ages 4 – 8 years with a parent or parents. Each month, a different letter of the alphabet is featured. We read stories that focus on that letter, develop reading comprehension skills by talking about the story, and then have fun together at six learning stations that feature a craft or activity to go with that letter. In these photos, we played with the letter “F” and made frog puppets, fingerprint fish, and played “Go Fish.”photo (2)

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Summer Reading is coming!

Embedded Possum and mice readingRegistration begins June 15th for

“Dig into Reading,” the 2013 NJ Statewide Summer Reading Program!
All ages are welcome – younger children may be read to by other family members.

How it works:
On or after June 15, register online or at the library.

Children and families read on their own time, wherever they are, whenever they like.

Read whatever you want, even comic books and magazines!  Keep track of how much time you spend reading,  and then log your reading time and books or other materials online.

When you reach a prize level, choose from the selection that appears on your screen, and then come to the library at your convenience to pick it up.

Everything you need will be revealed on June 15th!

There will be a full calendar of special events for children and families throughout the summer.

Questions? Call the Children’s Reference Desk at the Main Library: 732-873-8700 ext. 112

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A Storytelling Festival at Franklin Township Library!


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Maria LoBiondo


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On Sunday, April 7, children and adults gathered to hear the tales of six different storytellers.

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Scrapbooking Family Crop!

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Here are some photos from our scrapbooking event on March 26, 2013. After some very basic instructions, the children made these lovely scrapbook pages with the help of their parents.

Watch the calendar online or in the library to see when the next Scrapbooking Family Crop will be!
The Family Crop is for children ages 5 and up.

Look also for details about the monthly Scrapbooking Club for Kids ages 7 through teens, usually held on the 4th Tuesday of the month: A new technique is taught in each class.

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