About Children’s Programs


SUMMER READING 2018: LIBRARIES ROCK!

Our theme for this summer’s children’s programs is “Libraries Rock!”
Join us this summer as we “Rock Out” at the library! There will be many music themed programs and activities planned this summer!
Please see the event calendar for more details.

ARE YOU CURIOUS?

For ages 3-6 years with caregiver.

Children listen to a story and share a special science experiment! A great way to learn about subjects as varied as volcanoes, the science of baking, and floating while having fun!

ART FOR KIDS

For ages 2-6 and caregiver.

If you love art, then you will love this program which consists of art activities and projects designed for children. A great way to incorporate art into learning! An accompanying story is always read first. Previous examples include handprint rainbows, finger-painting, and painting with sand.

BABY-TIME RHYMES

For ages 6-23 months with caregiver

Infants hear nursery rhymes, songs, and a story in a social environment. A great way for babies to make some friends and learn!

BOOK BUDDIES

For ages 3-6 years with caregiver.
Children listen to approximately two stories and then create a fun craft based on those stories. A great way to have fun with peers while learning reading comprehension skills!

LOTS OF TOTS

For ages 6-35 months and caregiver.
Infants and toddlers enjoy singing songs, playing instruments, and moving to the beat! Studies show that music can assist in growing language development, speech, and reading skills in young children.

MAKING MUSIC

For ages 3-6 and caregiver.
Children will sing songs and play instruments to music. They’ll have so much fun, they won’t even realize their brains are being positively impacted in regards to reading skills and language development!

PARACHUTE PLAY

For ages 3-6 years with caregiver.

Children listen to a story and then work together with a parachute. This is a fun way for your child to learn cooperation and sensory-motor skills, as well as work on listening and following directions!

PUZZLE FREE PLAY

For ages 2-6 and caregiver.
Children and their caregivers will enjoy sharing and working on puzzles and other educational toys together. A great way to learn your ABC’s and 123’s!

TASTY TREATS

For ages 3-10 years.
Children hear a story and then have the opportunity to try new flavors as they make yummy treats! Previous examples include pretzel “unicorn horns,” apple “donuts,” candy “sushi,” and no-bake chocolate covered cherry parfaits.

TODDLER TIME

For age 2 years with caregiver.
Toddlers will listen to a story, songs, and rhymes, as well as have time to play with age-appropriate puzzles. A great way to have fun in a social environment.

WEEKEND CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

We understand that families may be busy during the week. That is why we have weekend programs at the library too!
Join us one Sunday every other month for a special and fun program! Previous program examples have included an interactive show by the South Pacific Island Dancers, indoor trick-or-treating, a visit with the Easter Bunny, and a visit with Mrs. Claus!
Please see the event calendar for more details.

VARIOUS CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

Keep an eye on the children’s event calendar for special program surprises! These might include visits from zoo and aquarium animals, costume parties, pottery painting sessions, story times with Washington Township Police Officers, and even Touch-a-Truck Nights!


About Children’s Programming

  • Advanced registration is required for all children’s programs.
  • Registration opens the week prior to the week of the event.
  • Only Margaret E. Heggan Free Public Library cardholders may register for children’s programs.

The Margaret E. Heggan Free Public Library Policy on Unattended Children in the Library

The library welcomes children to use its facilities and services. However, the responsibility for the care, safety and behavior of children using the library rests with the parent, guardian or
caregiver.

An unattended child is defined as:
1. A child unable to care for himself/herself when left in the Library without a parent, guardian or caregiver within sight or sound range and/or
2. A child without a safe way home from the library at closing time. It is not the intention of the Library to seek out unattended children, but to have a reasoned response prepared when a problem does present itself.

The library assumes no responsibility for juvenile/minor children left inside or outside on library property at any time without a parent, caregiver or guardian. Parents who leave juvenile/minor children unattended do so at their own risk. Library staff cannot verify the ages of children who come into the library. If a child is disruptive and/or is not using the library for any of its intended purposes, the parent/guardian should be found. If they are not on the premises, they should be called to pick up the child. If the parent/guardian cannot be reached, the police may be called. A child should never be asked to leave the building on their own.

Staff members or library volunteers are not to transport children anywhere under any circumstances. As in all public places, interacting with strangers is a real concern. Library staff cannot prevent children from interacting with or leaving the library with persons who are not the appropriate chaperone.

The following guidelines have been established to ensure that children are safe and cared for while in the Library and have been made with the understanding that individual children mature at different rates:
1. Children under the age of 5: A parent, guardian or responsible caregiver must remain with or be immediately accessible to the child at all times.
2. Children ages 5-9: A parent, guardian or responsible caregiver must remain in the library for the duration of the child’s visit.
3. Children ages 10-12: Are welcome to use the Library unattended but should not be left alone for extended periods of time.
4. Children ages 13 and over: May use the Library responsibly.

When juvenile/minor children are left at closing time, a staff member will call a parent or caregiver to arrange pickup.
If no one can be reached, two staff members will wait with the child for ten minutes and then call the police.
If a parent or caregiver is reached but does not arrive at the designated time, the police should be called.
Staff will be compensated for their time.

Children who are left alone occasionally at the library are not considered “neglected” or “abandoned” by NJ Law. These terms apply only to long-term situations that put the child’s mental and/or physical health in danger.