Libraries Rock! Summer Children’s Programs

Babies & Toddlers Story Time  – Mondays @ 10:15 AM 

Newborns through 36 months. Stimulate your baby’s developing intellect with rhymes, songs, stories, music, and lap games.

June themes:                   

18 – Beaches
25 – Let’s Learn
July themes:

2 - Let’s Listen
16 - Let’s Make Some Noise
30 - Let’s Move
August themes:*

6 - Let’s Sing

Preschool Story Time – Thursdays @ 10:15 AM

3 – 6 year olds. Keep your busy preschooler entertained with picture books, felt board stories, interactive play, songs, and crafts.

June themes:

28-Let’s Learn
July themes:

5-Let’s Listen
12-Let’s Make Some Noise
26-Let’s Move
August themes:
see below*

*There will be no August Story Times with Michelle. Check under Special Programs to see what we have going on during this Thursday time slot for Preschool.


Special Programs for Baby, Toddler & Preschool Families:


AB2: Books Come to Life with Music & Dance with Rachel O’Donald – Thursdays, June 21, July 19, August 9. 10:15 AM.

Judi Byron and her Little/Big Harp – Monday, July 9. 10:15 AM

Crankie Picture Shows created and performed by Meredith Holch – Monday, July, 23 at 10:15 AM.
This show incorporates the theme of Libraries Rock. The story is about a time machine made out of books. Instead of going into the future the protagonist goes into prehistoric times and finds a world of giant rocks. Ultimately, it is the book-machine that helps him narrowly escape an avalanche and return to the present. As Holch tells the story, she turns the crank and the pictures move. After the show,viewers are invited to see how the mechanics of the crankie works and to turn the crank. Live musical interludes and singalongs are always part of the show, including violin, harmonica, and sometimes trumpet.

Hamel Family Puppet Show and Craft*  – Thursday, August 2 at 10:15 AM. Ages 3 and up.


Summer Programs:


Nature Walk with Mark Ferguson*

Tuesday, June 26. 1 to 2 PM. For grades 1 and up. Rain date Thursday, June 28.


“A Sound Investigation” with Mr. K.*

Friday, July 6 at 10 AM. Ages 5 & up.

We will be looking at what causes sound, why music boxes work and how we recognize familiar sounds. A hands-on, audience-participation demonstration that will leave everyone with a greater knowledge of the phenomenon we call sound.


Maker programs*  

Tuesdays, 1:30-2:30 PM. Ages 6 to 11.

  • July 10 – Shake Painted Rock Snails
  • July 17 – Rocking it with Panpipes with Mr. K. Make your own 3-tone panpipe from invasive Japanese Knotweed and learn how to tie the knots that will hold the tubes together. Participants will have a decorated instrument to take home that will produce notes and look like the native Inca instruments.
  • July 24 – Balloon Powered Cars
  • July 31 – Rock Sand Gardens


DCF Book Club*

Wednesdays. 5:30-6:30PM. For Grades 4-7.

Join us for pizza, a book discussion and a craft.

  • July 11 – Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan  (Books available for checkout by  6/20)
  • August 8 – The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser (Books available for checkout by  7/11)


“Screech and Hoot – The Science of Bird Communication”  with VINS *

Friday, July 27. 10 AM. All Ages.

Why do owls hoot? What are those hawks talking about? How do scientists find out what birds are saying? Meet some of these talkative hawks, falcons, and owls up close!  Practice identifying raptors by their calls, learn what these vocalizations might mean, and how they are made. You’ve never heard bird song like this!


“Rock The World ” with Dennis G. Waring *

Friday, August 10 at 10 AM. All Ages.

Take a musical tour of six different world music cultures. Using authentic musical instruments gathered by ethnomusicologist Dr. Dennis Waring during his two world voyages, participants will join in with rhythm and song to experience the excitement of Latin America, Africa, India, China, Native peoples and folkloric USA. Educational and entertaining, audiences are encouraged to rock to the global sounds of music old and new.


*Please call (244-7036) to register and ask for details about programs listed above.