The Scotch Plains Public Library offers a wide range of activities and storytimes for families. These programs are to help our community members develop a life-long love of reading and learning. Attending one of our programs is a wonderful way to introduce children to the library and offer additional learning experiences outside of a school setting.Unless otherwise indicated, registration is required at all programs and is limited to Scotch Plains and Fanwood cardholders only. To check out our schedule, visit our online calendar.
We are happy to customize reading programs and activities to meet the individual needs of anyone on the spectrum. Contact us at [email protected] for more information.
Tuesdays & Thursdays | 9:30am
Delight and stimulate your baby’s senses with short books, music, and movement activities. This interactive baby program, which is designed for children from birth to 23 months and their caregivers, encourages early language development in a fun and engaging environment. View our calendar to dates and to register.
Tuesdays | 4:00pm
Future Scientists is designed for 4 and 5 year olds. This program introduces children to the amazing world of science while satisfying their growing curiosity through books and interactive hands-on-learning.
Tuesdays | 10:30am
Travel the path to literacy at our fun and engaging program designed just for two-year-olds. Caregivers will interact with their children through books, music, and movement activities while exploring letters, sounds, counting, and even a craft. View our calendar to dates and to register.
Read, Play, Learn*
Wednesdays | 9:30am
This 45-minute program is an interactive experience for toddlers aged 18 to 35 months and their caregivers. Development and literacy is encouraged through reading, singing, and playing. Join the fun as we enjoy classic picture books, learn songs and rhymes, and explore play and movement activities. View our calendar to dates and to register.
Stay & Play Storytime*
Thursdays | 10:30am
Our interactive storytime program will help your 3 to 5 year old child get ready for kindergarten while having fun. First we’ll share some stories, songs, and activities together. Then, we welcome you to stay, play, and enjoy the library’s toys and exploration stations. View our calendar to dates and to register.
Select Thursdays | 6:30pm
Children of all ages are invited to join us once a month for a fun and exciting nighttime storytime! Grab your favorite stuffed animal and wear your pajamas for a fun evening of stories and songs. No registration is required!
Saturdays | 11am
Join us every Saturday for an exciting program designed to delight the whole family. Each week features a unique theme and activity. Registration is not required for this event.
Create & Play*
*select Wednesdays & Thursdays at 4:00pm
This fall children entering grades K-2 will use their critical thinking and problem solving skills to complete various engineering and coding challenges. Visit our website for exact dates.
Cooking with Health Barn*
*select Saturdays at 2pm
This dynamic program aims to educate children ages 5-8 about how to develop healthy behaviors and incorporate them as habits in their everyday lives by exploring their five senses through cooking, organic gardening, and playing fun games.
*Select Wednesdays & Thursdays at 4pm
Techsplorers is designed for children in grades 3-5 grade who are looking to expand their knowledge of coding, digital art, animations and other Maker related technology. Basic computer skills and registration is required for this program.
Every other Wednesday | 6pm | Click here to register
Scotch Plains and Fanwood cardholders ages 10-16 are invited to participate in our re-ignited chess club. The program will continue on alternate Wednesdays. Online pre-registration is required for the chess club, one week before each session.
*Unless otherwise indicated, registration is required at all programs and is limited to Scotch Plains and Fanwood cardholders only. To check out our schedule, visit our online calendar.