Programs

The Scotch Plains Public Library would like every child in our community to 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.

Early Literacy Programs*

Children who are strong readers have a much greater chance of success at school, and research shows that children get ready to read years before they attend school.

To help children and families develop critical early literacy skills, SPPL has adopted Every Child Ready to Read®, an early childhood literacy program developed by the American Library Association.    All of our story programs incorporate elements of the Every Child Ready to Read® program.

Little Listeners – 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.

Read, Play, Learn – 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.

Terrific Twos – 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.

Stay & Play Storytime – 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.

Super Saturdays – 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.

STEAM Programs*

Future Scientists – Designed for current Kindergarten students and those entering Kindergarten in Sept. 2017, this program introduces children to the amazing world of science while satisfying their growing curiosity through books and interactive hands-on learning.

Scratch Jr.  – Scratch Jr. is back! We will be offering two 6-week sessions. The first session will take place Thursdays at 4:00pm from February 22nd-March 29th and our second session will be Mondays at 4:00pm from April 16th-May 21st. This program is designed for children in grades Kindergarten through 2nd grade and will feature an introduction to coding using Scratch Jr. Registration is for all six session.

Paper Magic – This six-week series will feature projects including pop-cards, origami, and other fun paper crafts. It will run Thursdays at 4:00pm from April 26th-May 31st. This program is designed for children in grades K-2. Registration will run on a weekly basis.

LEGO Club – Open to the entire family, LEGO club offers the chance for children to work independently or in teams to design and build unique creations. The library will supply the blocks, you supply the imagination!

Techsplorers– Designed for children in grades 2-4th grade. Our Techsplorers program is ideal for children looking to expand their knowledge of coding, digital art, animal and more. Basic computer skills and registration is required. Check our calendar for exact dates.

Grade School Programs*

Middle School – After School – Starting this fall, students in grades 5-8 are invited to our new after school program on on Mondays and Wednesdays at 3:30pm. Sometimes we’ll have food, sometimes we’ll have games, but we’ll always have fun! No registration is required.

Scratch Jr.  -Scratch Jr. is back! We will be offering two 6-week sessions. The first session will take place Mondays at 4:00pm from February 22nd-March 29th and our second session will be Thursdays at 4:00pm from April 16th-May 21st. This program is designed for children in grades Kindergarten through 2nd grade and will feature an introduction to coding using Scratch Jr. Registration is for all six session.

Paper MagicThis six-week series will feature projects including pop-cards, origami, and other fun paper crafts. It will run Thursdays at 4:00pm from April 26th-May 31st. This program is designed for children in grades K-2. Registration will run on a weekly basis.

Chess Club – Scotch Plains and Fanwood cardholders ages 9-16 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.

Reader’s Theater –  Join us for a six-week interactive literacy program for children in grades K-2. Each week, children will create a story prop and act out a story together. Great for beginner readers and those with a wild imagination. Check our online calendar for exact dates and times.

Book Chat – Join us once a month for our new book club for children in grades 3-5. Every month children are invited to talk about what they are reading, what they have read, and learn about many other titles available here at the library, all related to that month’s genre. Advanced registration is required. Check our online calendar for exact dates and times.

Family Programs*

LEGO Club – Open to the entire family, LEGO club offers the chance for children to work independently or in teams to design and build unique creations.The library will supply the blocks, you supply the imagination!

Super Saturdays – 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.

Pajama Storytime – 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!


*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.