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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, Jan. 8, Feb. 5, Mar. 5, Apr. 9, May 7
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 begins on Monday, December 11 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): Tuesday, Dec. 12 then Thursdays, Jan. 11, Feb. 8, Mar. 8, Apr. 12, May 10
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. 10, Feb. 7, Mar. 7, Apr. 11, May 9
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


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


Gingerbread Rocks!

Date(s): Tuesday, December 5
Time: Two sessions—see below

Run, run as fast as you can to our gingerbread program! We’ll enjoy a dramatic retelling of “The Gingerbread Man” and then we’ll all create a gingerbread man craft. Plus we’ll have a gingerbread treat and some juice. ADULTS MAY ATTEND BUT SHOULD NOT REGISTER.

Sessions:
10:00 to 10:45 a.m.—Ages 3 to 6
4:30 to 5:15 p.m.—Grades K & up

Registration Necessary: Yes    Registration Starts: November 28


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


The Dinosaur Play

Date(s): Saturday, January 13
Time: 3:00 to 3:45 p.m.
Who: Ages 4 and up welcome

Join the fun as the Trilogy Repertory Company presents this family favorite. As the action begins, the first mammal on earth tries to find a mother for the last dinosaur egg. Many members of the audience will participate in this action-packed play.

Registration Necessary: Yes    Registration Starts: January 6


Baby Beebee Bird Dramatic Workshop

Date(s): Monday, February 12
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Who: Ages 3 to 5

Guided by the highly-acclaimed Youth Stages Workshop, this hilarious story by Diane Massie comes to life with the audience actively participating in the story through music and movement. ADULTS MAY ATTEND BUT SHOULD NOT REGISTER.

Registration Necessary: Yes    Registration Starts: February 5


Little Red Riding Hood

Date(s): Monday, February 12
Time: 3:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Who: Ages 3 to 9

In this classic story reimagined by Youth Stages, the audience plays the title role. Join us as we try to outwit the tricky wolf! ALL ATTENDEES MUST REGISTER.

Registration Necessary: Yes    Registration Starts: February 5


Wolf Visions

Date(s): Thursday, February 15
Time: 7:00 to 7:45 p.m.
Who: Ages 4 & up welcome

No big bad wolf here! Wolf Visions introduces his wolf following a PowerPoint presentation and discussion that will dispel the myth about big bad wolves. Topics include: pack life, wolf communication, and the future of the wolf in Yellowstone National Park. ALL ATTENDEES MUST REGISTER.

Registration Necessary: Yes    Registration Starts: February 8


Life-Size Family Fun Night

Date(s): Thursday, March 15
Time: 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Who: All ages welcome

Supersize your family fun! Join us for a selection of life-size games such as dominoes and Candy Land.

Registration Necessary: Yes    Registration Starts: March 8


Penguin Pointers

Date(s): Monday, March 26
Time: 7:00 to 7:45 p.m.
Who: Ages 4 and up

Watch a real live penguin waddle around the library! Learn all about penguins from a guest from the Jenkinson’s Aquarium in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. ALL ATTENDEES (ADULTS & CHILDREN) MUST REGISTER!

Registration Necessary: Yes    Registration Starts: March 19