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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!

Pumpkinpalooza returns!!

Those spooky teens are at it again! Join us next Friday, October 23 at 4:00pm for a riveting program of scary stories told by the "Story for Kids" club from Clarkstown North High School.  Wear your costume and join us.  Best for good little listeners ages 5 and up. Light refreshments will be served after the program.  We have limited space, so please come a little early.  See you then ---- if you dare!

 

 

 

Summer may be over......

....but there's still fun to be had at the library! Drop in for Chess Club, Romper Room, Storytime, Lego Builders, Sensory Storytime, Art-a-la-Carte, Mystery Pictures or our other non-registered programs.  Need to plan ahead?  Then sign up for a registered program like a book club, an art or crafts program - or grab a ticket to our first after-hours Family Fun Night Square Dance with refreshments and a real, live, in-person caller! There are always new books and DVDs coming in as well.  Just click on the Children's events tab, or come on in to check out our collections.  We look forward to seeing you!

Blam! Kapow!! Bubbles???

Yes, Robin -- I said BUBBLES!  Kiddies will go krazy at the Congers Train Station.  "But, Caped One, what do you mean?"  I mean Romper Room will be held there on Friday July 24th - one session at 10 and yet another at 11.  AND the Mayor says those kookie librarians are doing it again on August 14 - same Bat train station, same Bat time!

Every Hero has a Story!

Summer Reading Club in the Children's Department begins June 26 and ends August 15 for New City Library cardholders.  Children age 2 through those entering 6th grade are welcome to participate.  We have programs planned for all ages, prizes, reading club packets, and plenty of books to choose from! Our Every Hero Reading Party will be held on Tuesday, August 18 and tickets will be needed. Come in or call for more details.  We're looking forward to seeing you!

Rock the garden!!

Time to play in the dirt---or better yet -- help clean up and plant in the Children's Garden! Sign up at the children's desk by phone or in person. Our Garden Rockers Club registration is under way. The Clarkstown Garden Club ladies will be on hand to teach us about weeds and flowers and help us with the garden. Registration is open to families, kids, teens, seniors -- everybody who loves to dig in the dirt and see things grow. Our Spring meeting dates are Thursdays May 7 & 14 at 5:30, Saturday May 30 & Sunday May 31 at 2:00pm. Our Children's GardenTea Party will be June 5 & 6 from 2-4:00pm both days to thank our volunteers. Please join us!

Is Spring on its way yet??

Well - even if the snow's still flying, you can always come in to the Children's Library and find things to do.  We have craft books, cook books, winter picture books, and more.  The DVD shelves are full of great selections for those cabin fever afternoons.  Take a look at the children's event tab at the top of the page for book groups, concerts, chess club, crafts, and more.  We are always happy to see you!  Weather permitting, of course...

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