News and Coming Programs

Click on the "Programs" button up above to register for these programs.

In the event of bad weather, please check here or call your branch for cancellation information.

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Garden State Children's Book Awards 

Winners announced!

Check out a copy at your local library.


There's a Fly in My Soup! by Tedd Arnold


The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate


Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney


Nic Bishop Snakes by Nic Bishop





January 24, 2015

Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry

February 28, 2015

Wonder by R. J. Palacio (One Book One Community)

March 28, 2015

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

April 25, 2015

A book from the Poppy series by Avi

May 23, 2015

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

June 27, 2015

A Wrinkle in Time by Madaleine L’Engle

R. E. A. D. Book Club @ the Main Library

Fourth Saturday of each month at 2 PM for kids ages 8 - 11 only.

The R. E. A. D. (Reading Excites Average Days) Book Club started in the summer and it wants to keep going!  Activities, friendship, great books and of course - fun!

Please register beginning two weeks before each date so that we will have enough supplies.



Parent / Child Play Date @ Main Library

Every Friday - unless noted.

Sponsored by the MOMs Playgroup

10:00 AM

A program where parent and child can work and play together, while meeting new friends. For children ages 6 mos. - age 5.

Registration not required.




Each child will be allowed a full 10 minutes of one-on-one reading time. The dogs provide an uncritical ear while the children gain self-esteem, confidence, public speaking skills and a love of reading. The dogs never interrupt or criticize!

Read to a Dog

 Children ages 5-10 are invited to practice their reading skills by reading aloud to a certified therapy dog or Seeing Eye Puppy-in-Training.

Louise Childs Branch: Tuesday,  February 24.  Sign up for 4:00, 4:15, 4:30 or 5:00 pm.

Main Library:  Tuesday, February 10.  Sign up for:  6:00, 6:15, 6:30 or 6:45 p.m.

Franklin Branch:  Thursday, February 19.  Sign up for: 3:30, 3:45, 4:00, or 4:15 pm.

Dennis Branch:  Monday, January 26, February 23.  Sign up for:  6:00, 6:15, 6:30 or 6:45 p.m.  Please arrive on time with a couple of books or early enough to pick out some library books.

Registration is in person or over the phone.







 PM Holiday Story Times with Bedtime Math

Geared for kids ages preschool through grade 3 but entire families are welcome.  Come in PJs or not!

Franklin Branch: Friday, February 13 @ 3:30 PM

Louise Childs Branch: Tuesday, February 17 at 6:30 PM

Main Library:  Monday, January 26, February 23 at 6:30 PM

Dorothy Henry: Tues., Jan. 27 at 6:30 PM

Sussex-Wantage: Wednesday, January 28, February 25 at 6:30 PM

Registration required two weeks before each program












Lap Sit Programs

10:00 AM

For kids ages 6 mos. through age 2 and a caregiver.

Baby's Body

Tues., Jan. 27, Feb. 3, 10 at the Dennis Branch

Thurs., Jan. 29, Feb. 5 (closed on 12th), 19 at the Louise Childs Br.

Fris., Jan. 30, Feb. 6, 13 at the Franklin Branch

Registration begins two weeks before each date.


Farm Animals

Mons. Feb. 9, (closed on 16), 23, March 2, 9, 16 at the Sussex-Wantage Branch

Weds., Feb. 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18 at the Dorothy Henry Branch

Thurs., Feb. 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26 at the Main Library









Preschool Story Times

1:30 PM

Stories, songs, and activities.

For children ages 3 through 6 (not in kindergarten) and a caregiver.

 Friends - Bears Hibernate - Snow

Tues., January 27, Feb. 3, 10 at the Dennis Branch

Thurs., January 29, Feb. 5 (closed on 12th), 19 at the Louise Childs Br.

Fris., January 30, Feb. 6, 13 at the Franklin Branch

Registration begins two weeks before each date.


Soup, Moose, Staying Healthy, Bored?, Tools

Mons. Feb. 9, (closed on 16), 23, March 2, 9, 16 at the Sussex-Wantage Branch

Weds., Feb. 18, 25, March 4, 11, 18 at the Dorothy Henry Branch

Thurs., Feb. 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26 at the Main Library



Folded Book Making



Marshmallow shooters

Machine dissection


Wonder Art Projects

and more.

Young Makers Group for grades K - 6!

Let's make things do stuff!  Work on one project for several weeks or pick a different project each week.

Sats., February 21, March 21 at 10 AM at the Main Library 

Thurs., Jan. 29, Feb. 5 (closed on 12th), 19 @ 3:30 PM at the Louise Childs Branch

Fridays, Jan. 30, Feb. 6, 20 @ 3:30 PM at the Franklin Branch.

Mondays, Feb. 23, Mar. 2, 9, 16 @ 4:00 PM at the Sussex-Wantage Branch.

Wednesdays, Feb. 18, 25, Mar. 4, 11, 18 @ 3:30 PM at the Dorothy Henry Branch

Registration not required.









One Book / One Community 2015 runs from February 1 - 28.

Add your own precepts to our bulletin boards.

Read the books with your family and attend one of our library programs:

Trouper by Meg Kearney will be read at the following programs:

Monday, February 9 at 1:30 PM at the Sussex-Wantage Branch

Tuesday, February 10 at 1:30 PM at the Dennis Branch

Thursday, February 19 at 1:30 PM at the Main Library

Wonder by R. J. Palacio will be featured at the following programs:

Monday February 9, 23, at 4:00 PM at the Sussex-Wantage Branch (art projects)

Wednesday, February 18 at 7:00 PM at the Adult Fans of Teen Books at the Main Library

Saturday, February 21 at 10 AM at the Main Library (art projects)

Saturday, February 28 at 2 PM at the R.E.A.D. Book Club for ages 8 - 11.



Technology and Minecraft Clubs


First Wednesday of each month at the Main Library - February 4 from 4 to 5:30 PM

Second Monday of each month at the Louise Childs Branch - February 9 from 3:30 - 4:30 PM

For kids in grades 4 and up.

Each month we'll introduce you to a new software or app and let you loose to explore or play Minecraft, Wii, Scratch 2.0, etc.

Bring your laptop or tablet.  Our number of laptops is limited.

No registration needed for this meeting.



Valentine Wreaths @ the Sussex-Wantage Branch

Saturday, February 7 at 10:00 AM

Join Wantage wood-crafter Sue Vanden Heuvel and create a unique wooden Valentine wreath perfect for gift-giving!  This program is open to all age 9 and older.  All children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.  A $2 fee will be collected at the bginning of the program for supplies.

Please register beginning January 24 as space is limited to 25.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Sussex-Wantage Branch.



Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Week is February 8 - 14

As part of One Book / One Community, three branches will have buckets of ideas for RAKs.  Pick one up and tie it on the branches when you've performed it.  Also pick up "tags" to hand out to those you have RAKed.




Teddy Bear Sleepover @ the Main Library

For ages 3 - grade Kindergarten

 Drop off and register your teddy bear on Monday, February 9 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM.  If you wish, you may read it a bedtime story and tuck it in before leaving. 

Come back the next day, February 10 at 6:30PM to pick up your bear and some library swag.  We’ll be serving juice and donuts and showing a slide show of the crazy things the bears did overnight.  Don’t have a bear?  Bring another stuffed animal friend.  If you are allergic to juice and donuts, please bring your own snack. 

  Registration begins January 26 and space is limited to 25 children and one bear each.

 Snow date for drop-off is February 10.  Snow date for pick-up is February 11.



LEGO Clubs

For kids in grades kindergarten and up.

We'll be featuring a building challenge for older kids.

Main Library: Third Saturday of each month: February 21 at 10 AM.  Now includes Young Makers (see details below.)

 Franklin Branch: Fourth Friday of each month: Feb. 27 at 3:30 PM.

 Sussex-Wantage Branch: Second Wednesday of each month:  February 11 at 5 PM.

Louise Childs Branch: Third Tuesday of each month: Feb. 17 at 4 PM.

Registration begins two weeks before each date.



American Girl Clubs @ Louise Childs Branch and Main Library

Next meeting is Saturday, February 14 at 10 AM at Louise Childs and 2 PM at the Main Library.  We'll be featuring Kit and making valentines.



Makerspace Night @ the Sussex-Wantage Branch

Friday, February 20 from 4:00 - 7:00 PM. Our theme this month is "ART".   We'll be making and experimenting with non-traditional materials.  Bring your ideas.

For all ages through adult.   Come and go as you like.

No registration required.



Family Board Game Time @ the Main Library with intro to Qwirkle

Saturday, February 28 at 10:30 AM

Qwirkle is an award winning game of matching colors and shapes. The rules are simple to learn, but the strategy keeps it fun.  Other games will be available, as well.

For 2 to 4 players, ages 6 and up. We will play at least two rounds to allow for more participation.

Registration begins February 14.