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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. Unless otherwise noted, only Randolph residents are eligible to attend children’s programs that require registration.

Chapter Chats: A Book Club for Grades 3 & 4

Date(s): Mondays, Sept. 11, Oct. 16, Nov. 13, Dec. 11
Time: 4:30 to 5:15 p.m.
Who: Grades 3 & 4 welcome

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 will begin on Monday, August 14 at 10 a.m and will be ongoing when space is available. Pick up the book at the circulation desk and read it before the meeting. Please contact Mrs. D for details.

Registration Necessary: Yes    Registration Starts: Ongoing


A Novel Bunch: A Book Club for Grades 7 & 8

Date(s): Tuesdays, Sept. 12, Oct. 17, Nov. 14, Dec. 12, Jan. 9, Feb. 6, Mar. 6, Apr. 10, May 8
Time: 4:30 to 5:15 p.m.
Who: Grades 7 to 8

Join this club if you want to read and discuss some great books. Snacks will be provided! Registration for Randolph teens, grades 7 & 8, begins Monday, August 14 at 10 a.m. Pick up the first book at the circulation desk and read it before the meeting.

Registration Necessary: Yes    Registration Starts: Ongoing


Riveting Reads: A Book Club for Grades 5 & 6

Date(s): Wednesdays, Sept. 13, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Dec. 20, Jan. 17, Feb. 21, Mar. 21, Apr. 18, May 16
Time: 4:30 to 5:15 p.m.
Who: Grades 5 & 6 welcome

Join us for lively discussions of current books. Snacks will be provided! Registration for Randolph children in grades 5 & 6 begins Monday, August 14 at 10 a.m. Pick up the first book at the circulation desk and read it before the meeting.

Registration Necessary: Yes    Registration Starts: Ongoing


Xtreme Readers: A Book Club for Young Adults

Date(s): Wednesdays, Sept. 13, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Dec. 20, Jan. 17, Feb. 21, Mar. 21, Apr. 18, May 16
Time: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Who: Grades 9 to 12

Join us for fun discussions of current teen books and enjoy pizza, too. Members receive books at each meeting. Registration for Randolph teens, grades 9-12, begins Monday, August 14 at 10 a.m.

Registration Necessary: Yes    Registration Starts: Ongoing


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


Secrets of College Admissions

Date(s): Monday, September 25
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Who: Grades 9 to 12 plus parents welcome

Presented by Collegewise, a division of The Princeton Review, this seminar takes you behind the scenes of a college admissions office. This program will answer the following questions: Are grades, test scores and activities all equally important? What other factors are considered during the admissions process?

Registration Necessary: Yes    Registration Starts: September 18


Drones

Date(s): Tuesday, September 26
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Randy Hemmel of Sky High Pics demonstrates (weather permitting) the operation of drones, and answers questions regarding their use.

Registration Necessary: Yes    Registration Starts: August 2


I Spy in the Night Sky: An Observation for Children

Date(s): Wednesday, September 27
Time: 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Who: Ages 10 & up

Presented by the Morris Museum Astronomical Society, this is a night time observation of the moon, Saturn, and other objects in the night sky for children ages 10 & up. Dress warmly. Observation will be cancelled if there is inclement weather.

Registration Necessary: Yes    Registration Starts: September 20


Explorer’s Club for Grades K to 2

Date(s): Thursdays, September 28 to November 16
Time: 4:30 to 5:15 p.m.
Who: Grades K to 2

Investigate this brand new program where we will explore different topics! If you like to have fun, investigate new ideas, discover new interests, and engage in interactive, hands-on activities then this program is for you. Sign-up is for the series, but please let Miss Amanda know if you can’t attend a session since registration is limited. Not meeting 10/26 or 11/9.

Registration Necessary: Yes    Registration Starts: September 7


Lego Club

Date(s): Thursdays, Sept. 28, Nov. 30, Dec. 28
Time: 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Who: Ages 4 to 12

We supply the Legos. You supply the skill and imagination to create a masterpiece.

Registration Necessary: Yes    Registration Starts: One week before meeting date


How to Write Great College Essays

Date(s): Monday, October 2
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Who: Grades 9 to 12 plus parents welcome

Collegewise, a division of The Princeton Review, will teach students how to find and write their best stories for college essays. What do admissions officers want (and don’t want) to read and what are the five most overused essay topics? Collegewise will also teach writing techniques that will help any student write more engaging and effective college essays.

Registration Necessary: Yes    Registration Starts: September 25


Mad Science Presents “The Evil Witch of Eggslyvania”: A Spooktacular Adventure

Date(s): Thursday, October 12
Time: 7:00 to 7:45 p.m.
Who: Ages 4 & up welcome

Will Count Eggbert escape the witch’s curse? Silly spiders, a floating eyeball, and dry ice potions are a few of the things you will encounter when Mad Science merges the fascinating world of science with chilly Halloween effects to create a spooktacular show.

Registration Necessary: Yes    Registration Starts: October 5


Candy Corn Bingo & Bowling

Date(s): Monday, October 23
Time: 4:30 to 5:15 p.m.
Who: Ages 4 to 12

Come and play bingo using candy corn and special bingo cards with book characters instead of numbers. We’ll also enjoy some Candy Corn Bowling!

Registration Necessary: Yes    Registration Starts: October 16


Great Scott, It’s a Magical Halloween!

Date(s): Thursday, October 26
Time: 4:45 to 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 to 7:45 p.m.
Who: All ages welcome

Join us for this exciting Halloween magic show featuring Scott Drukker. His magic show is fast-paced with lots of laughs and audience participation. Costumes may be worn.

Registration Necessary: Yes    Registration Starts: October 19


Fantastic Fliers: A Mad Science Workshop

Date(s): Thursday, November 9
Time: 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Who: Students in grades K to 5 welcome

This workshop is a wonderful mix of conceptual and hands-on learning. Participants will be introduced to the basics of aerodynamics. Children will learn about the forces that affect flying machines, and will build a football glider, a Delta Dart and even a loop-flying stunt plane.

Registration Necessary: Yes    Registration Starts: November 2


Jester Jim, the Juggling Genius

Date(s): Monday, November 13
Time: 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Who: Ages 4 & up welcome

With a trunk full of props and a looping machine, Jester Jim takes the stage and starts his show. Young and old will be glued to his every sound as he performs his amazing beatbox introduction. Kids and adults alike will be talking about Jester Jim’s wild antics for weeks!

Registration Necessary: Yes    Registration Starts: November 6


Home for the Holidays: A Gingerbread House Workshop

Date(s): Thursday, December 7
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Who: Ages 4 & up plus parents are welcome

Randolph families will work as a team to build and decorate an edible gingerbread house. Your project manager, Marianne Ciffer from Edible Arts, will guide you through this process. With a little work, you can have your house and eat it, too! NO ONLINE REGISTRATION—PLEASE CALL THE LIBRARY TO REGISTER. Allergy information: All houses and some of the candies are processed in a nut facility.

Registration Necessary: Yes    Registration Starts: November 30


“Jingle Bell the Cat” Puppet Show

Date(s): Monday, December 11
Time: 7:00 to 7:45 p.m.
Who: Ages 4 & up welcome

Tuckers’ Tales Puppet Theatre comes to town with a holiday version of Aesop’s Fable “Belling the Cat.” The clever mice have to outsmart the cat or they will have no holiday party. Along the way they learn a lesson about holiday spirit that reminds us all: Sharing helps everybody!

Registration Necessary: Yes    Registration Starts: December 4


Hanukkah Storytime and Craft

Date(s): Wednesday, December 13
Time: 10:00 to 10:45 a.m.
Who: Ages 3 & up welcome

Celebrate the holiday with stories, songs, a flannelboard tale, and other interactive activities followed by a craft.

Registration Necessary: Yes    Registration Starts: December 6


Christmas Storytime and Craft

Date(s): Wednesday, December 20
Time: 10:00 to 10:45 a.m.
Who: Ages 3 & up welcome

Celebrate the holiday with stories, songs, a flannelboard tale, and other interactive activities followed by a craft.

Registration Necessary: Yes    Registration Starts: December 13