Programs

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.  Programs below begin 2019.

Birth through 5 years | Early ElementaryUpper Elementary

Storytime Yoga*
Select Mondays | 11:00am
Children ages 2-5 are invited to participate in our Storytime Yoga Program. Morning exercise program mixes poses, games, storytelling, art and music to teach children to release the sillies and find the calm. Kids will use balls, scarves, pinwheels and pom-poms-to build strength, flexibility, and self-confidence through play.  View our calendar for dates and information on how to register.

Little Listeners*
Tuesdays | 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 for dates and information on how to register.

Terrific Twos*
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 for dates and information on how to register.

Read, Play, Learn*
Thursdays | 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 for dates and information on how 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 for dates and information on how to register.

Pajama Storytime
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!

Super Saturdays
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.

Early Elementary*

Early Reader Book Club*
*select Thursdays at 6:00pm
This first book club is designed for emerging readers in grades K-2. For the first three weeks of each session, we will take turns reading an early reader title together and on the last week, we’ll create a craft related to the book. 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.

Upper Elementary*

Junior Chef*
*Monthly on Mondays at 6:00pm
Are you a budding chef interested in making something delicious and creative? Join us for this cooking program and put your skills to the test. This program is designed for children ages 8 and up. View our calendar for dates and information on how to register.

STEM Workshops*
*Monthly on Wednesdays at 4:00pm
Join the Montclair Learning Center for these interactive STEM workshops designed for children ages 8-12. Each month is a different workshop! Registration is required for this program for each session. View our calendar for dates and information on how to register.

Chess Club
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.

STEM with 4H Club*
*First Three Thursdays in January at 3:30pm
Join the Union County 4H STEM club for hands on sessions working on activities including ski jumps, roller coasters, and bubbles. This program is designed for students in 3rd to 8th grade. and registration is required for this program for 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.