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No - not these Fab Four...

...your fab four or five-year-old preschooler! We are starting a weekly program just for them! Concentrating on concepts and learning strategies geared for this age group, we will explore social interaction, science, math, music and pre-reading skills -- and have fun doing it! Adult participation is not needed, but grown-ups must remain in the library while the children are in the sessions. Sign up and come weekly. The first session is on Thursday, September 8th at 1:30pm. Registration is under way.

On your mark, get set, READ!

To get started, run right over to New City Library starting June 27 and pick up your summer reading packet. We'll be charging towards the finish line in our triathalon of enjoying books. The different levels of readers will be represented by a swimmer, bicycle, and running shoe. The race will reach the finish line on August 13. Along the way there will be special programs, movies, (Click on the childrens events tab above for a full list.) , book bucks to spend on prizes, and some finishers will earn a chance on exciting prizes -- including Kindle Fires!! So come on over June 27 and get your summer reading started!

Tea Party in the Children's Garden

Please join us in the Children's Garden for tea and light refreshments. We'll be serving from 2 - 4pm both Saturday and Sunday June 4 & 5. We look forward to seeing you! Wearing fancy hats is encouraged!

Rain, rain go away! Let's watch DVDs today!

Here are some recent additions to our non-fiction DVDs:

Rights & responsibilties of US Citizenship

Animal behaviour & communication

Famous inventors and inventions

I love big trains

A Lego brickumentary

Exploring our past: Native Peoples of the Northwest

Road to revolution: Historic Philiadelphia

All about cowboys for kids

Florence Nightingale

Marco Polo

Or try an old classic:

Addams Family TV Show

Batman TV Show (1960s)

Brave Little Toaster

Star Wars & Karaoke?

Well, I don't think these guys have lyrics on youtube, but we have another Family Fun Night planned for Friday April 29 ---Karaoke!!! Just sign up on the children's events page, give us a call, or pick up a ticket at the children's desk. We're looking for songlist suggestions as well. But why the Cantina band? Well - on Monday April 25, we're showing Star Wars: A New Hope, on April 26, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, and on April 27, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi -- all at 2:00pm each day. Kids can sign up for Star Wars Day crafts offered on May 4th, and all month long we'll be having a Star Wars character hunt in the children's room - with prizes!! Come on in and join the fun! May the Fourth be with you!

Friday February 19 is:

Come on in with your families and friends and enjoy our second after-hours Family Fun Night! We begin at 5:30pm and will finish around 7:00pm. There will be prizes for all ages and light refreshments will be provided. Be sure to arrive on time, since the library closes to the public at 6:00pm. Our regular library services won't be available after that time.  Don't worry about getting an admission ticket - we have lots of room left! Hope to see you there!

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten?!?!?!?!

Yes! New City Library joins many other libraries throughout the country to promote family reading through this initiative. But...1,000 Books!! Impressive, you say? Too hard, you think? Well - in this program, if you read just three books a day to your young ones, you will have read over 1,000 in just one year! Do that for two years, or three years...you get the picture. Each child listening to the story can count that book. What child doesn't love to hear the same book over and over before bed? Well - each time that book is read, it counts! Not so formidable a task, now, is it? Just stop by the children's reference desk to pick up your first reading log and we'll tell you all about it. But..does this really impact a child's development? Studies have shown that children as young as infancy benefit from hearing stories and language, as reasearch shows that during the first year infants' brains are developing the neural connections they will use for language and high cognitive functions through the rest of their lives.

All Aboard! Storytime at Congers Train Station TODAY!

Come on over at 10:00am this morning for some fun stories and songs. Best for little listeners ages 3 and up. No registration or library card needed!  See you there -- Burnside Avenue in Congers -- next to the train tracks, of course!  Plenty of parking and restrooms are available.

Romp in the New Year!

That's right!  Romper Room on Saturday is happening today! Come in for a ticket for the 10:30am or 11:30am session.  Open to families in the New City/West Nyack Libraries district.  One adult per child is allowed, but each adult may bring all the children in their care.  Hope to see you later!

Can't something be easier???

Well, we're trying! You may have noticed that most children's programs requiring registration start the sign-up on the 1st or 15th, rather than scattered throughout the month. Easier to remember! Beneath the program description on our children's events page is a 'register' button. Just click on that and fill out the requested information. You will need your library card number. Once you are registered on-line, you will get a reminder email a day or two prior to the program! Of course, you can also phone or drop by the children's desk any time and we'll walk you through it. Can't plan too far in advance? Then take note of our many drop-in programs and stop by for one. Please be mindful of any age requirements and be sure to have your library card handy.  See you soon!

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