About Children’s Programs


BABY-TIME RHYMES

For ages 6-23 months with caregiver (No siblings)

Babies are exposed to nursery rhymes, songs, and books in a social event.

BLOCK PARTY

For ages 1-3 years with caregiver.

Children are exposed to music, story and block playtime in a social setting.

BOOK BUDDIES

For ages 3-5 years.

Children experience stories and an activity in an social environment.

DRESS TO MESS

For ages 3-6 year with caregiver.

Children experience art in various forms.

LEGO LEAGUE

For ages 5-6 or 7-11 years.

Students invent their own Lego creations.  Each student can share what they have created in a supportive group setting.

LIKE 2 LEARN

For ages 3-6 years with caregiver.

Children are exposed to letters and numbers in a fun, social environment through games and learning centers.

MAKE AND TAKE CRAFTS

A program designed various age groups with or without a caregiver.

PARACHUTE PLAY

For ages 3-6 years with caregiver.

Children listen to a story and work together with a parachute.

PUZZLE PLAY

For ages 2-5 years with caregiver.

Children share and work on puzzles together.

RU CURIOUS

For ages 3-6 years with caregiver.

Children hear stories and share a science experiment.

STORY CRAFTERS

For ages 7-9 years.

Students enjoy an activity in a social environment.

TASTY TREATS

For ages 6-9 years.

Students make a snack together and share.

TODDLER ART

For ages 2-3 years with caregiver.

Children experience art in various forms.

TODDLER TIME

For age 2 years with caregiver (No siblings).

Toddlers experience stories, songs and rhymes in a social environment.

TUMMY YUMMIES

For ages 3-6 years with caregiver.

Children experience foods.


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.