National Library Week!
National Library Week is here! And the children's department is ready for you to show your library love all week, Monday, April 10th to Saturday, April 15th, with challenges and contests available on Ms. Kate's desk! Come in every day to join the fun!
National Poetry Month!
National Poetry Month is here! And kids and teens are invited to celebrate by completing poetry challenges every week and writing and submitting original poems to win a prize by the end of the month!
Lined paper and a list of weekly challenges (such as simply checking out a book of poetry and as fun as composing your very own book spine poem) are available at the book display outside the children's room.
So don't miss out on this once-a-year opportunity to wax poetic and discover the beauty and fun of rhyme and verse!
After School Crafts: Spring Things!
Thank you, young crafters if you joined us for After School Crafts: Spring Things! on Wednesday, March 22 at 4 pm. Even if it didn't feel like spring, making this bunny flower pot definitely made us smile.
National Women's History Month
Come check out our display of biographies about the inspiring women who have shaped our country and the world for the better. But don't worry if you can't come in right away; we'll keep this display up all month so you can continue to celebrate women's history all March long.
And as always, Happy Reading!
Coming soon....NJ Makers Day at Riverdale Public Library!
Did you know Riverdale Public Library was a registered Maker site for the 2017 New Jersey Makers Day?!
Children, teens, and families were invited to join the fun on Saturday, March 25th at 10:30 am-3:30 pm.
No registration was necessary but everyone brought their curiosity and maker skills!
World Read Aloud Day!
A big thank you to those who celebrated World Read Aloud Day on Thursday, February 16th at 4:00 pm and shared their favorite books with other book-lovers by reading aloud their favorite parts. Until next year...Happy Reading!
Introducing...Our Reading Tree!
Calling all young readers! Have you read a great book recently? Recommend it to your friends with Our Reading Tree this fall!
Fill in and color a leaf (leaves can be found in a basket on Ms. Kate's desk) and leave it for her to hang on Our Reading Tree!
Then keep reading all fall to see just how bright and beautiful reading and our tree can be!
Stand Up For Your Right to Read!
We celebrated Banned Books Week September 25th to October 1st! We hope you got to drop by the library and check out some of the books in our children's and teen collections (pictured below) that have at one point or another been considered too controversial to stay on the shelves of a library, bookstore, or classroom.
Find more information about how to fight censorship and keep books like these available by checking out resources on the American Library Association's website here.
Learn how to stand up for your right to read every week all year long!
Happy Birthday, Roald Dahl!
Did you know September 13th would have been Roald Dahl's 100th birthday? In honor of this beloved children's author, we've put all our Roald Dahl books on display for you to check out and read! Don't know what Roald Dahl wrote? Swing by the library to find out! See you soon!
Summer Reading 2016!
We have finalized our plans for this year's Summer Reading program and can't wait to share all the fun we have in store for you this June, July, and August. We are also excited to announce that we will be kicking off the summer with face painting, crafts, a magic show, and more on Monday, June 27th at 2:00 pm! We ask that you come to the library to register for the reading program in person then.
Registration for this kick-off party and all our other summer programs (unless otherwise stated) began on Wednesday, June 1st. Please call the library or use our event calendar to register. This year's club and its individual programs will be open to both Riverdale residents and our friends from surrounding communities.
We look forward to seeing you this summer. Happy Reading!
But wait, there's more!
This summer will see a Battle of the Books at Riverdale Public Library! Check out the tournament bracket on the wall in the children's room (pictured below) and vote every week or so starting Monday, June 27th until Saturday, August 6th for your favorite book from each match-up to advance to the next round. You can vote for a picture book, chapter book, or one of each until the final week of Summer Reading. The books that get the most votes move ahead and who knows, your favorite could be the big winner!
Cast your votes when you log your reading and be sure to check the status of the bracket.
Haven't read any of the books featured in our tournament? Ms. Kate can help you find them since all the covers on the wall are from books we have in the library and you can check them out! Want to know more? Just ask Ms. Kate for more details. See you soon!
Seeing Eye Donations
The puppies from the Seeing Eye are visiting us in July! And we are now accepting donations of dog food, biscuits, old towels, and many other items for these puppies and other dogs down in Morristown.
Help us out by dropping off any of these items in the box on the first floor near the digital flyer display. Please check the list in the box for specific accepted brands. The dogs will be so grateful!
Then be sure to sign up to meet the puppies during their visit to the library on Thursday, July 28th at 7 pm. Thank you!
Step Into a Story!
We're ready! Are you?
Visit us at Riverdale Public Library and other libraries around Morris County to step into your favorite stories throughout April!
Each participating M.A.I.N. library will be decorating their children’s space to represent a favorite children’s book. You can enter to win a fun prize by filling in raffle tickets at each library you visit. For more information, or to find out which other libraries are participating, please click here.
Riverdale is now decorated to celebrate all your favorite books by Mo Willems that feature the Pigeon and especially Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! No registration is necessary to participate. Just make sure you meet the following requirements and have fun!
1. Are under 18 years old
2. Live in a town served by a M.A.I.N. library
3. Have or have a parent who has an active, unexpired M.A.I.N. library card
4. Have a library account in good standing (that is, with no fines of more than $5.00)
Crafting Wall of Fame!
Have you been to storytime? Attended any of our craft nights? Are you an after school crafter?
Then you just might recognize some of the fabulous crafts we made at those programs now hanging on our meeting room bulletin board. We have included owl and turkey crafts from the fall, shamrocks and Pete the Cat puppets from more recently among many, many more.
So come check out our Crafting Wall of Fame! You just might see something you've made too!
Maker Mondays: Paper Circuitry!
Check out our paper circuitry projects, created at our first Maker Monday!
With just a few LEDs, coin batteries, strips of copper tape, decorating supplies, and our new-found tinkering and circuitry skills, we fashioned a light-up dragon, fireflies in a jar, candles on birthday cake, and a glowing sun.
Be sure to sign up here for our next meeting of the makers on Monday, April 11th at 4 pm if you are in grades 4 and up. We'll be making our own no-sew Earth Day pillows. (No sewing skilled required.) Until then, Happy Tinkering!
Introducing....Owliver the Library Owl!
Every couple of weeks Ms. Kate will be showcasing a photo of her very own stuffed owl outside the children’s room in the hopes that you might be able to write about all of Owliver’s photographed adventures.
If you visit the library and write a story, no matter how long or short, submit it to Ms. Kate with your name, a title, and the date you submit it, you might be able to win prizes and to have your story displayed in the children’s room.
Just check the desk before you walk into the children’s room and let your ideas flow onto the page! You’ll definitely make Owliver’s day!
Note about programs: From time to time the Library offers refreshments as part of a program event. Patrons are responsible for making decisions about what they eat or drink and should avoid anything that might cause a negative reaction. Parents are responsible for monitoring what their children consume.