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Fri-Sun: 10am-5pm

 

Welcome to the Children's Page

The Children’s Room at the Plainsboro Public Library offers a vast array of exciting programs and services for kids of all ages. Please come in for a visit-- we’d love to help you find the perfect book.

See for yourself why many people say we’re not like any other library they’ve ever seen!

 


Storytimes

(July 7-August 1)

Moving Stories with Miss Debra on Mondays at 11am
Mythical Creatures with Miss Colleen on Tuesdays at 11am
Baby Olympics with Miss Julie (for 0-30 months) on Wednesdays at 11am
Nature Stories with Miss Emily on Thursdays at 10:30 am at Community Park
Greek
ΑΒΓ’s (ABC’s) with Miss Meaghan on Fridays at 11am

Storytimes

(August 3-31)

Moving Stories with Miss Debra on Mondays at 11am
Saturday Stories at 11am
Sunday Science Storytime on August 3 & 17 at 11 am
Sunday Fun Day on August 10, 24 & 31 at 11 am

The 2014 Summer Programs are made possible by funding from the Plainsboro Free Public Library Foundation.

Hoop it Up! 1,  Monday-Friday, July 7-11 at 9am
Join Sharon Mitchell for this week-long session of basketball drills in the back parking lot. Improve your skills!  Grades 1-3.
Online registration begins on Monday, June 23.

Summer Reading Book Club on Mondays, July 7-28 at 6pm (ST)
Join Miss Colleen and read one of the books from your Summer Reading List, One Dog and His Boy, by Eva Ibbotson. You do not have to bring your own copy, but if you have one feel free to! We will be reading aloud and discussing the book. Grades 4-5.
Online registration begins Monday, June 23.

Improv Too on Wednesdays, July 9-30 at 1:15pm (ST)
Join Emily Vorp for a 4-week session of creative drama. Jump into a different Grecian tale each week! Grades 1-3
Online registration begins Wednesday, June 25.

Improv on Wednesdays, July 9-30 at 4pm (ST)
Join Emily Vorp for an hour of true improvisational comedy. Kids will channel their inner Gods or Goddesses to create their own Grecian myth on the spot. Laughter is guaranteed!  Grade 4 & up.
Online registration begins Wednesday, June 25.

Olympiad Embroidery on Thursdays, July 10-31 at 10:30 am (SC)
Take the challenge for four weeks with Ruth Levy and the Princeton Chapter of the Embroiderer’s Guild of America and create your very own Olympic-themed embroidery bookmark. Grades 4 & up.  Must be able to attend all 4 weeks.
Online registration begins Thursday, June 26. 

Spelling Bee Part 1: K-3rd Grade on Thursday, July 10 at 6pm (CR)
Come to the Plainsboro Library to test your spelling skills! Will you win the trophy?!  No registration necessary. Please arrive on time as space is limited.  

Create a Greek Mask on Friday, July 11 at 1 pm (SC)
Create a mask to take home and a mask to display here in the Children’s Room!  Grades 3 & up.
No registration necessary.  Please arrive on time as space is limited. 

Hoop it Up! 2, Monday-Friday, July 14-18 at 9am
Join Sharon Mitchell for this week-long session of basketball drills in the back parking lot.  Improve your skills!  Grades 4-8.
Online registration begins Monday, June 30.

For the Birds!, Monday-Friday, July 14-18 at 11:30 am (CR)
Join Dr. Frances Reichl, the popular scientist/professor/author, as she returns to captivate and inspire us with her knowledge of birds. Grade 3-Adult.
Sign up at the Children’s Desk beginning Monday, June 30.  

“A History of Inventing in New Jersey: From Thomas Edison to the Ice Cream Cone” on Tuesday, July 15 at 2pm (CR)
Author Linda Barth presents her book about fun, useful, and even silly inventions from New Jersey.  Grade 6 to Adult. Please arrive by 1:45. Doors close promptly at 2 pm. 

Invention Challenge I: Collapsing Columns on Tuesday, July 15 at 4pm (CR)
Build your own Grecian-inspired column and we’ll see which ones can hold the most weight. Prizes! This is a kids only timed build session; parents may enter the room at the time of column testing. All participants must be able to complete the challenge without assistance.

It’s All Greek to Me! Art & Crafts on Thursday July 17 at 1 pm (SC)
Artist Tatiana Sougakova uses letters from different alphabets around the world - including Greek - in this fun arts and crafts session. Children will decorate and take home an oatmeal container. All ages.
No registration necessary.  Please arrive on time as space is limited. 

Spelling Bee Part 2: 4th Grade-Adult on Thursday, July 17 at 6pm (CR)
Adults and kids in 4th grade and up—-it’s your turn to test your skills!
No registration necessary.  Please arrive on time as space is limited. 

Greek Book Columns on Friday, July 18 at 1pm (SC)
Make classical Greek columns out of recycled paper. 1st grade & up.
No registration necessary. Please arrive on time as space is limited.

Bill Daniel’s Memorial Olympic Cardboard Canoe Race on Saturday, July 19 at 9am
Check out the rules for this annual favorite in a separate brochure on 7/1. Thanks to Public Works, the Fire Department and Boy Scout Troop #168 for helping to make this event happen. Trophy and Olympic medals will be awarded. For absolutely everyone.

Create a Classic Greek Column on Monday, July 21 and Friday, July 25 at 2 pm (SC)
Help decorate the library with crazy classic columns. Come in and paint a capitol (the top of the column) and later create the whole column. All ages. Young children must be accompanied by an adult. Please arrive on time as space is limited.

Grounds for Sculpture Trip on Tuesday, July 22 at 9:15 am
Hop on the bus and join us for a trip to this magical 42-acre Sculpture Garden with over 270 sculptures.
Tickets may be purchased at the Reference Desk beginning Tuesday, June 24.
Please see separate flyer for details.  Age 6-Adult.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Invention Challenge: Javelin Throw on Tuesday, July 22 at 4pm (CR)
Make a paper javelin and we’ll see which ones travel the farthest. Prizes! This is a kids only timed build session; parents may enter the room at the time of column testing. All participants must be able to complete the challenge without assistance. No registration necessary.

Metal Embossing on Thursday, July 24 at 10:30 am (SC)
Join artist Tatiana Sougakova and emboss your own design in metal. Could be an ancient coin or your own jewelry—use your imagination! Grades 4 & up.
Online registration begins Thursday, July 10.  

Christmas (Eve) in July on Thursday July 24 at 7pm (CR)
Join us this summer evening for Christmas galore with caroling, crafts, stories, and more! Don’t forget your bright shirts and Santa hats! Elves of all ages are invited.

Paws for Reading with Mully on Friday, July 25 at 2pm (ST)
Sign up for a 10-minute time slot to read with therapy dog, Mully, and her owner Judi Kroll. K & up.
Sign up at the Children’s Desk beginning Friday, July 11.

Shakespeare Theatre of NJ presents: The Libation Bearers on Friday, July 25 at 6:45pm (CR)
The chilling second play in Aeschylus’ classic Oresteia Trilogy. Please see separate brochure for details.  Recommended for Adults and kids in Grades 5 & up.  Doors close at 7pm.

“How To Get the Most Out of Google” on Sunday, July 27, 2pm. (CR)
Plainsboro resident Edward Tenner, an independent writer and author of Why Things Bite Back and Our Own Devices, believes that Google may be as much a problem as a solution. Nevertheless, Google is an amazing tool for research and information-gathering; and Tenner can help make it work for you.
For adults and teens.

Sunday Book Group on July 27 at 1pm
This month we will read Odysseus and the Serpent Maze by Jane Yolen and Robert Harris. Please read the book before we meet and bring your copy along!  Limited copies will be available at the Reference Desk in July. Grades 4 and up.
Online registration begins Sunday, July 13. 

Create a Myth, Monday-Thursday, July 28-31 at 1pm (SC)
Join Eloise Bruce for this four-day workshop to explore, create and write about your own mythic self.  What is your superpower, animal self, passion and contribution to the world?  Grades 4 & up.
Online registration begins Monday, July 14. 

21st Annual Olympic Egg-Dropping Competition on Tuesday, July 29 at 6:45pm
Build your best device and watch as we drop it, with a raw egg inside, from the library’s third floor terrace.  Good luck!  Olympic Medals will be awarded to the winners!
Registration will take place on the 3rd floor from 6:45-7:30.
Kits available on July 15. 

B&C Book Club on Thursday, July 31 at 7pm
Come kick off the new teen book club moderated by Meaghan. This month we’ll discuss The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares. Bring a piece of denim clothing (jeans, shorts, a jacket, etc.) to decorate and we’ll provide supplies. Please read the book prior to our meeting; limited copies are available at the Reference Desk. Grades 6 and up.
Online registration begins Thursday, July 17.

Explore...Everything Greek! on Monday, August 4th at 1pm
Join Miss Colleen and Miss Maryann for an hour and a half of database exploration.  We will be looking up exciting information about our Summer Theme.  Grades 3-5.
Online registration begins Monday, July 21.

Invention Challenge III: Mystery Edition on Tuesday, August 5 at 4pm (CR)
In this top secret edition of Invention Challenge, participants will only discover what to build (and the materials available!) when the clock starts. This is a kids-only timed build session; parents may enter the room when devices are tested. All participants must be able to complete the challenge without assistance.
Please arrive on time as space is limited.

Recycled Sculpture on Wednesday, August 6 at 1pm (SC)
Join artist Art Lee and create a work of art out of recycled objects. 1st grade and up.
Please arrive on time as space is limited.

Princeton Plasma Physics Lab Visit on Tuesday, August 12 at 1pm or 3pm
Discover the wonders of plasma physics and nuclear fusion at this world-renowned facility right here in Plainsboro! Please be prompt and arrive on the Forrestal Campus at 12:45 and 2:45 p.m. respectively. Sign-up sheets, directions and important instructions for all visitors available at the Children’s Desk beginning Monday, July 21.
For adults and kids in Grades 3 & up.

Summer Odyssey: New Jersey State House, Museum and Planetarium on Wednesday, August 13 at 10am
Join us on a bus trip to Trenton for a guided tour of the New Jersey State House — learn about democracy in New Jersey.  Then enjoy your picnic lunch next door at the New Jersey State Museum (outside, weather permitting.)   Take a quick tour of the Museum’s many exhibits before soaring into the galaxy to encounter “Black Holes” in the Planetarium! Please see separate flyer for further details.
Tickets are $5.00 and may be purchased at the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor beginning Wednesday, July 23.
For adults and kids in 1st grade & up.  Kids 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. 

Princeton University Art Museum Visit: Myths & Stories in Art on Friday, August 15 at 11am
Meet Miss Julie at the museum and take this free tour for kids in K-3rd grade. Throughout history artists have been inspired by myths and stories. Listen to tales as you look at paintings and sculpture from various cultures.
Online registration begins Friday, August 1.

Summer Reading Book Club Too! on Monday, August 18 at 6pm (ST)
Join Miss Colleen and read several selections from the K-3 Summer Reading List. Kids may read aloud if they like, but, are not required to do so.
Online registration begins Monday, August 4.
Grades K-3. 

Discover Ancient Greece: Mythical Mayhem Past and Present (SC)

Session 1:  Tuesday & Thursday, August 19 & 21 at 4 pm
Session 2:  Tuesday & Thursday, August 26 & 28  at 4pm

Exploring ancient history with Miss Liv through myths, legends and fun activities. Grades 3-4.
Online registration begins Tuesday, August 5.
Please only register for one session as they are the same. 

Starlab: Greek Myths in the Stars on Wednesday, August 20 at
4:00 or 4:30 pm for Grades K-2 with an adult and
5:00 pm for Grades 3 & up (CR)
Get ready to crawl into the library’s very own inflatable planetarium with Miss Meaghan and Miss Julie to explore the Greek Gods, Goddesses and mythical creatures that we can find in the stars!
Sign up at the Children’s Desk beginning Monday, August 11. 

Back-to-School Storytime on Friday, August 22 or August 29 at 10:30 am (ST) Nervous about starting school next month? Don’t be! Join Miss Meaghan for an hour of stories and fun to ease those first-day jitters! For children entering K-1.
Online registration begins Friday, August 8.
Please register for one date only.

Greek Math is Yummy: Figures & Phi—The Numbers Inside Nature on
Friday, August 22 or
August 29 at 1:00 pm (SC)
Miss Liv is back with stories, games, puzzles and yummy treats! Grades K-2.
No registration necessary.
Please arrive on time as space is limited.  Please choose one session as they are the same.                          

Sunday Book Group on August 24 at 1pm (ST)
This month we will read Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff.  Please read the book before we meet and bring your copy along!  Limited copies will be available at the Reference Desk in August. Grades 4 and up.
Online registration begins Sunday, August 3. 

Summer Reading Book Club on Mondays, July 7-August 11 at 6pm (ST) Join Miss Colleen and read one of the books from your Summer Reading List, One Dog and His Boy, by Eva Ibbotson. You do not have to bring your own copy, but if you have one feel free to! We will be reading aloud and discussing the book. Grades 4-5.
This class is now closed.

B&C Book Club
August date and book selection will be announced
after our first meeting on July 31.
Grades 6 & up.

(ST)
Storytime Room
 
(SC)
Science Center
 
(CR)
Community Room on 1st floor
 
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Please visit our calendar to register.

Please register based on the grade that your child will be entering in September.

The 2014 Summer Programs are made possible by funding from the Plainsboro Free Public Library Foundation.

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