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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Carol Titus


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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Family Matinee Cafe

Sunday, March 10 – Bring your lunch to the Family Matinee Cafe!

Celebrate the Irish with this Disney Family Movie that tells the tale of an Irish caretaker who manages to get three wishes from Brian, the King of the Leprechauns!
This movie received 4 1/2 stars from those who purchased it through Why not bring the family and see if you agree? Register online and bring your ticket to the library community room, or sign up that day.

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Daria’s World Music Concert Returns to the Library!

Daria photo2Daria will return with music and instruments from around the world for a special family concert on Sunday, February 24, at 2:00 p.m. Bring the kids and prepare to have fun making lots of LOUD music with Daria!

Get a sneak preview by visiting Daria’s website, where you can also learn to make some musical instruments:

All ages and abilities are welcome!

Parents must remain with the children at all times.

Please register online or at the Children’s Desk. Be sure to register everyone in your party, print your ticket, and bring it with you to the performance.

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Win, Lose, or Draw: The Mayor’s Chess Tournament

On Sunday, February 3, 2013, Mayor Brian Levine challenged ten students to a simultaneous game of chess.  Chess coach Ismael Cartagena-Vidro told the students, “Your job is to make the mayor sweat.”  Five games were won by the mayor, and five games were declared a draw at the predetermined ending time.

Mayor Levine waits for Elizabeth’s move as her parents and the chess coaches watch.

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Come and watch the Chess Tournament!

Parents and students are welcome to stop by and watch six chess students match wits with Mayor Brian Levine in a simultaneous chess tournament!

When: Sunday, February 3 @ 1:30 pm
Where: Children’s Program Room, Franklin Township Main Library
Mayor Levine will play all six students at the same time.
Parents and guests may come to watch but may not help or coach. The players have already been chosen and have attended a special practice session.

There will be a photo session afterward so that children can have their pictures taken with the mayor.

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Our Library’s Snowflakes

Children and families made 4 1/2 dozen snowflakes to honor the students of Sandy Hook Elementary School, and we hung them in the window of the Children’s Program Room to display during some winter-themed programs. After that, someone brought an additional 2 dozen made by kindergarten students in another town. We sent them all on their way to Connecticut.

All were so carefully crafted by the children.  One of them had the entire alphabet written around different points of the paper snowflake.  Some others had pieces of paper with pretty patterns cut to perfectly fit the lines that radiate from the snowflake’s center.  Many were luminous with bright colors.

Thanks to all who participated in this special project!

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