Programs for Kids

Welcome to the Children’s Department at Allendale’s Lee Memorial Library! We offer over 20,000 items in our circulating collection including books, DVDs, music CDs, video games, and audiobooks as well as multilingual resources and digital databases. Our programs service all children no matter their interest or reading level. We are proud to serve Allendale’s residents, as well as library users from the rest of Bergen County.

School Year Programs

Below are our drop in Story Time class offerings:

  • Baby Time – This is a song and story time, just for babies 18 months and younger. We’ll have fun songs and rhymes, a story, and a special sensory play activity. Baby Time meets Mondays at 10:30AM for approximately 30 minutes.
  • Toddler Time – Recommended for ages 18 months to 3 years, this story time includes songs, stories, and a craft based around a weekly theme, as well as a period of free play. All children must attend with a parent or caregiver. Classes meet on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:30AM, and run for 45 minutes. The same stories are read on both days.
  • Picture Book Time – Picture Book Time is recommended for preschoolers and kindergartners. It features more books and fewer songs in comparison to our Toddler Time program, and will also include a craft. It meets Fridays at 3:30PM.

 

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We also offer programs in STEM, art, and nutrition:

  • Chef’s Club – Mondays at 3:30, this after school program is designed for children in grades 1-6. What’s better than an after school snack? Every Monday, come to the library to make a no-back snack with Ms. Shannon. Snacks and ingredients will be announced at the beginning of each month so that parents can check for allergens.
  • Crafternoons – On select Thursdays at 3:30PM, Crafternoons are open to children of all ages, though younger children should attend with an adult. At each session, Ms. Alessandra will lead the group through a fun craft that participants can then take home with them. These crafts can get messy, so be prepared. No registration required, see our calendar for further details.
  • Super Science – This science program will explore a different topic on the first Thursday of every month from 3:30-4:30PM.  Children in grades 1-5 will perform fun experiments and activities, and learn along the way. Registration is mandatory and limited to 15 children. Allendale residents receive first priority for registration.
  • Education Explorers – Learn through experimentation with Education Explorers and their monthly science experiment program. The program is for grades 1-5 only, and registration is required. It meets on the second Tuesday of each month from 4:00-5:00PM.

Please visit our calendar for an updated list of children’s programs in the upcoming season.

Questions or comments? Contact the Youth Services Librarian at kids@allendale.bccls.org.