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Randolph Township Free Public Library

Library: Programs & Events

Children, Teens & Family

Need to Register?

Register online by going to our online program calendar & signup. You may also register in person or by calling 973.895.3556 during library hours. Children’s programs requiring registration open on the stated registration date to Randolph residents (including grandparents or other family members who will be escorting the child/children to the program), children who are full-time attendees of schools located in Randolph, and children of parents who work in Randolph. If a children’s program is not at maximum capacity twenty-four hours before the scheduled start time, registration will open to anyone not included in the categories outlined above. Adult programs requiring registration are open to all residents and non-residents ages 14 and over.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Date(s): Ongoing
Time: --
Who: Infants through pre-K welcome.

Launch your child’s love of life-long reading! Join the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program and encourage the development of your child’s early literacy skills by reading with your child.

It is easy to participate! Randolph cardholders may sign up for the program at the the library. You will receive a book bag with all the materials you need to begin. You will receive a log to keep track of the number of titles you read. Color in an apple for each book. For every 50 books, your child will receive a sticker. Bigger prizes will be awarded at different milestones. Does your child have that one book they want to read over and over again? You may repeat titles as often as your child likes.

No need to be scared of the numbers! Just think of it this way: If you read one book every night for 365 days, you will have 365 books completed in a year. In 2 years you will have read 730 books. You will have totaled 1,095 books in 3 years!

Registration Necessary: Yes    Registration Starts: In-person, ongoing


Xtreme Readers

Date(s): Wednesdays, Dec. 19, Jan. 16, Feb. 20, Mar. 20, Apr. 17, May 15, Jun. 12
Time: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Who: Grades 9 to 12

Randolph teens in high school (gr. 9-12) are welcome to join us for fun discussions of current teen books/trends. Pizza, goodies and books will be distributed at each meeting. Participants are expected to read the monthly YA selection. Please see Mrs. Rasmussen with questions.

Registration Necessary: Yes    Registration Starts: August 17


Riveting Reads

Date(s): Wednesdays, Jan. 9, Feb. 13, Mar. 13, Apr. 10, May 8
Time: 4:40 to 5:15 p.m.
Who: Grades 5 and 6

Randolph students in grades 5 & 6 welcome. Registration begins 12/21 at 10 a.m. Join us for lively discussions of current books. Snacks will be provided.

Registration Necessary: Yes    Registration Starts: December 21


Chapter Chats

Date(s): Mondays, Jan. 14, Feb. 11, Mar. 11, Apr. 8, May 13
Time: 4:30 to 5:15 p.m.
Who: Grades 3 and 4

Join us on a reading adventure as we discuss a different book each month as well as enjoy related activities. Books and snacks will be provided. Registration for Randolph children begins on 12/21 at 10 a.m. Pick up the book at the circulation desk and read it before the meeting. Please contact Miss Toni for details.

Registration Necessary: Yes    Registration Starts: December 21


Lego Club

Date(s): Thursdays, Jan. 31, Feb. 28, Mar. 28., Apr. 25, May 23
Time: 7:00 to 7:45 p.m.
Who: Ages 4 & up welcome

We supply the Legos, you supply the skill and imagination. Please register for each program separately.

Registration Necessary: Yes    Registration Starts: One week before program date.


Spanish Together

Date(s): Mondays, Mar. 11, 18, 25, Apr. 1
Time: 2:00 to 2:45 p.m.
Who: Ages 3 to 5

We will all learn some Spanish at this fun and family-friendly program. Certified teacher, Joyce Schenkman, will use an interactive approach to teach conversational Spanish and basic vocabulary through a variety of songs and hands-on activities. An adult must attend with child.

Registration Necessary: Yes    Registration Starts: March 4


ShopRite Cooking and Food Class: Green on the Scene

Date(s): Wednesday, March 27
Time: 4:30 to 5:15 p.m.
Who: Grades K to 3

Explore the benefits of green fruits and veggies and together, prepare a recipe to try! Think sugar snap peas, zucchini, and pears, plus many more. Please contact the library regarding allergies so that accommodations may be made.

Registration Necessary: Yes    Registration Starts: March 20


Weis Cooking & Food Class: Spring Snacks

Date(s): Friday, April 5
Time: 10:00 to 10:30 a.m.
Who: Ages 3 to 5

This class will feature fresh fruits and vegetables to make fun seasonal snacks, such as English muffin flowers. Presented by registered dietician, Kimberly Asman.

Registration Necessary: Yes    Registration Starts: March 29


Sew-It @ the Library!

Date(s): Monday, April 15
Time: 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Who: Grades 5 to 9

Learn how to sew with this fun workshop where you will be able to learn how to make your own drawstring backpack!

Registration Necessary: Yes    Registration Starts: April 8


Dinosaurs!

Date(s): Monday, April 15
Time: 4:30 to 5:20 p.m.
Who: Ages 4 & up welcome

In this investigation of the giants that inhabited the earth millions of years ago, examine fossils and models of these great beasts. Learn to identify characteristics of various dinosaurs to discover if they were carnivores or herbivores, their position in the food chain, and what contributed to their extinction. Program presented by the Morris Museum.

Registration Necessary: Yes    Registration Starts: April 8


Jelly Bean Bingo & Bowling

Date(s): Thursday, April 18
Time: 4:30 to 5:15 p.m.
Who: Ages 4 to 12

Come play bingo using jelly beans and special bingo cards with book characters instead of numbers. We’ll also enjoy some bowling!

Registration Necessary: Yes    Registration Starts: April 11


My Friend Chief

Date(s): Tuesday, April 23
Time: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Who: Grades K to 6

Meet a real miniature therapy horse at the library! This reading and informational program features the book, My Friend, Chief: The Story of a Therapeutic Riding Horse, and a real therapy horse. Presented by Hope’s Promise Farm.

Registration Necessary: Yes    Registration Starts: April 16


Spring Silly Saturday Storytimes

Date(s): Saturdays, April 27 and May 11
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Who: All ages welcome

Drop-in family storytime. A parent/caregiver attends with child.

Registration Necessary: No


Weis Cooking & Food Class: No-Bake Bites

Date(s): Tuesday, April 30
Time: 4:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Who: Grades K to 3

This class will feature no bake snack bites including energy bites and chocolate peanut butter truffles. Presented by registered dietician, Kimberly Asman.

Registration Necessary: Yes    Registration Starts: April 23


Weis Cooking & Food Class: Taste the Rainbow

Date(s): Friday, May 3
Time: 10:00 to 10:30 a.m.
Who: Ages 3 to 5

This class will feature fruits and vegetables of every color, and will give kids a chance to try some new healthy foods. Presented by registered dietician, Kimberly Asman.

Registration Necessary: Yes    Registration Starts: April 26


Kids’ MusicRound

Date(s): Thursdays, May 16, May 23, May 30, June 6, June 13
Time: 10:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. & 11:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Who: Birth to age 5

Join us for this upbeat, interactive music program. Adult attends with child.

Registration Necessary: Yes    Registration Starts: One week before program date.


Rockness Music

Date(s): Friday, May 17
Time: 10:00 to 10:45 a.m.
Who: All ages welcome

Join us for a rockin’ good morning for kids and grown-ups of all ages.

Registration Necessary: Yes    Registration Starts: May 10


Weis Cooking & Food Class: Snack Sushi

Date(s): Tuesday, May 28
Time: 4:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Who: Grades K to 3

This class will feature dessert and vegetable “sushi” wraps made using nut butter, whole grain wraps, hummus, and lots of fruits and vegetables. Presented by registered dietician, Kimberly Asman.

Registration Necessary: Yes    Registration Starts: May 21


The Wonderful World of Butterflies

Date(s): Thursday, June 6
Time: 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Who: Ages 4 & up

Join us for a visit from Rick Mikula, an award winning author and butterfly expert, and some of his beautiful live butterflies. This fast-paced, high energy program will also feature amazing mounted specimens.

Registration Necessary: Yes    Registration Starts: May 30


The Houdini Escape Show

Date(s): Thursday, June 20
Time: 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Who: Ages 4 & up

Have you ever seen the great Harry Houdini perform an escape live? No, of course not! The amazing thing is that Tom Yurasits will perform some of Houdini’s famous escapes in this show in addition to sharing some Houdini history and throwing in a dash of comedy.

Registration Necessary: Yes    Registration Starts: June 13