Category Archives: Children

Summer Reads for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Contact-Free pick up is here! How it works: Click on “request this item” and place the item on hold with your library card. You will be notified when your item is available for pickup. For Scotch Plains and Fanwood residents only at this time. Questions? Contact us at [email protected]

And then comes summer by Tom Brenner

A joyful, sun-drenched tribute to the anticipation and adventures of the warmest season of the year. Request this item.

Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall

A sweetly appealing tale of overcoming your fears, newcomer Gaia Cornwall captures a moment between a patient and encouraging father and a determined little boy you can’t help but root for. Request this item | VOX edition

One hot summer day by Nina Crews

Relates a child’s activities in the heat of a summer day punctuated by a thunderstorm. Request this item.

Grains of Sand by Sibylle Delacroix

A brother and sister dream up ways to save sand from a beach vacation. Request this item.

Surfer Chick by Kristy Dempsey

The story of a little chick and her dad who take to the beach where he teaches her how to surf. Request this item.

Come on, rain! by Karen Hesse

A young girl eagerly awaits a coming rainstorm to bring relief from the oppressive summer heat. Request this item.

Fetch by Jorey Hurley

Illustrations and simple text follow a dog as it chases a ball at the beach. Request this item.

It’s a Seashell Day by Dianne Ochiltree

Rhymes chronicle a mother and son sharing a day of sand digging, seashell collecting, and seashore exploring. Request this book.

Summer Supper by Rubin Pfeffer

Follow the creation of a family meal from the farm to the picnic table on a warm sunny day. Told entirely in words beginning with S. Request this item.

Pignic by Matt Phelan

What a perfect day for a pignic! A blue sky. A shady tree. A bright kite. A full picnic basket. Family. And friends. But the pigs need one more thing for it to be a perfect day. Request this item.

Summer Wonders by Bob Raczka

Illustrations and rhyming text celebrate the sights and sounds of summer, from days of diving and swimming to nights of stargazing and fireflies. Request this item.

Sun by Sam Usher

A boy and his grandad set off on a scorching adventure. Its the hottest day of the year, hotter than broccoli soup, hotter than the Atacama Desert, hotter than the surface of the sun. Its just the right kind of day for a boy and his grandad to go for a picnic. Request this item

Summer by Cao Wenxuan

In this lovely picture book from two of China’s most acclaimed creators, animals fight over shade on a blazing hot day–until they learn to overcome their selfishness. Request this item

A Beach Tail by Karen Lynn Williams

When his father tells him not to leave the lion he is drawing on the beach, a little boy starts making a very, very long tail–and a trail to follow back. Request this item.

Summer Reading Prizes

Update – Our summer reading program has ended. You may continue to log your minutes until 9/13/20 to earn your completion certificate.

Prizes – last day to earn prizes 8/28

We have included two graphics on how to schedule prize pick up. Need help? Contact us via phone (908) 322-5007 x 209 or e-mail at [email protected]

You may reach us via phone Mon.-Wed, & Fri., 9am-5pm, Thurs. 12pm-8pm and Sat. 9am-1pm.

Raffle Prizes – Last day to enter 8/28

Once you finish your summer reading goal, you’ll be eligible to enter in one of our raffles.

Raffle 1 – Book Bundle: Eerie Elementary by Jack Chabert

Raffle 2 – Book Bundle: Zoey and Sassafras by Asia Citro

Raffle 3 – Gift Certificate to Scoops Ice Cream

Raffle 4 – Marvel Avengers Fuse Bead Kit

Raffle 5 – Crayola Colored Pencils Design & Sketch Set

Second Chance Raffle – last day to enter 8/28

For anyone who enters one of our raffles and does not win, you will be entered into our Second Chance Raffle for a free book! Children who complete their BINGO board will earn an extra raffle ticket to try and win a free book!

The 2020 Summer Reading program is Sponsored by the Friends of the Scotch Plains Public Library.

Crafty Kids is back!

We are excited to announce that Crafty Kids is back. Each week, we will share a new craft you can do with your little one that is related to the stories we are sharing on our Tuesday Zoom storytime at 9:30am. You can register for this event, by visiting our calendar.

Our videos will be shared on our Facebook page every Wednesday at 9:30am and then posted on our Youtube Crafty Kids channel.

Feel free to share with us pictures of any of the crafts your child creates and we will share them right here on our blog!

Screen Free Fun

These ideas are meant to inspire and entertain you and your children. Many have links with additional ideas or instructions. We hold no responsibility for what else is on the given links.

Screen Free Play for Toddlers/ Preschoolers

Screen Free Play for Elementary Students

What’s new in the Youth Department?

We are excited to announce that as of today, March 13 patrons can now check out Vox™ Books.

What are Vox Books?

VOX Books are printed books that provide full professional audio narration using a unique audio reader attached to the book. Studies have shown that VOX Books users improve their reading comprehension by 75% & improve their reading accuracy by over 50%.

Vox™ require no internet collection, no computer or mobile device and can be listened individually using an earphone jack or in a group.

You can easily search for what titles are available by vising our online catalog and typing in “Vox Books.” We hope you enjoy them!

Posted by Scot Bartle on Wednesday, March 13, 2019