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Hoboken Public Library
Upcoming Events - Kids:


Summer Reading
On Your Mark, Get Set, … Read! Join us on a seven week long adventure!  Read, explore, and create to earn prizes all summer long.  Summer Reading began on June 25 and runs until August 13!

There are two different age levels for kids: The Early Literacy Program for children from birth to pre-school and Children from Kindergarten to 5th grade.  Adults and teens can also participate. Simply select the appropriate program when registering online with your Hoboken Library Card Number. You may also register in person at the Children's Desk. Children must be Hoboken residents or go to school in Hoboken.

Summer reading aids in the retention of students’ reading skills during summer vacation.  Besides just promoting reading the library also offers many fun and informative activities all summer long where participants can earn additional badges by participating.  Get in the game and sign up for summer reading today!

Weekly Children's Programs
Story Times in the Park
On Tuesdays at 10:30 AM, join us for simple stories and songs for children 6 mos. to 2 ½ years and a caregiver at the Church Square Park gazebo. On Wednesday at 10:30 AM, there will be story time for older children ages 2 ½ yrs. +. No tickets required.

Block Party
Do you love Lego bricks? Come build with us every Thursday from 3:15-4:15 pm. For children ages 4 and up (younger siblings are welcome). This month June 2, 23, and 30.

Monthly Children's Programs
Read to a Dog
Kids can read to a dog July 20 at 3:30 PM. The use of trained therapy dogs in reading programs can result in children who feel comfortable reading out loud, read more often, attempt more difficult books, and actually look forward to reading! They’re not just learning how to read, they’re learning to love to read! If your child is beginning to read or is a reluctant reader, call us (201-420-2348) or stop by to register. For children in kindergarten and up.

Special June and July Programs

Harry Potter Reading Marathon for Children & Teens
On Wednesday June 29 from 12:30 - 5:30 PM, join us in reading the entire first book of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, aloud! Sign up for a fifteen minute reading time slot at the Children’s or Teens desk starting June 1. If your child(ren) can’t read or isn’t interested in reading aloud, they can be a part of our audience (no sign up required - just drop on by). Both readers and audience members can log their time at this event as part of their summer reading minutes.  Teenagers who are seeking volunteer opportunities can count their participation towards their required hours.

Family Art with Liz Cohen
Thursday June 30 at 7 PM, adults and children can participate in a group project – making an African story “quilt” in the mode of Faith Ringgold. Registration opens on Eventbrite the day before the event.

July 4th Craft with Mrs. M
On Friday July 1 at 2 PM join us to create a patriotic craft!  This program is for children age 4+ years.  Sign up by calling the library or by visiting the Children’s desk.

Music Together
On Thursday July 7 at 10:30 AM, join us for a Music Play Studios Demo Class with music, movement, and rhythm for infants through age 5 years and a caregiver.  This is a great way to unlock your child’s inner music lover.  Tickets available through Eventbrite.

Crafting History
Kids age 6 years+ can go on a trip back in time.  Learn about history with a hands-on project. Sign up by calling the library or visiting the Children’s desk.

Bricks for Kidz: Lego Play!
On Tuesday July 12 children 4+ years can learn to use Legos in inventive new ways while matching colors and shapes.  Tickets available through Eventbrite.

Yoga Story Time
On Thursday July 14 at 4:15 PM children 4+ years can join Carolyn Brush for a special story time with yoga poses & puppets! 

Muggle Quidditch!
Harry Potter fans, get your athletic gear on Saturday July 16!  We’ll be playing Muggle Quidditch in Church Square Park.  Separate games for children and teens based on age.  Tickets available through Eventbrite.

Mad Science: Science of Sports
On Tuesday July 19 at 6:30 PM, children 6+ years can experiment with games and activities while learning how physical and chemistry affect their equipment, movement, and technique!

Cupcake Cuties
On Wednesday July 20 at 2 PM kids 4+ years can decorate festive cupcakes.

Story Time Reminders

Story Time is a time for you to learn with your child.  We ask you to turn off all cell phones and texting devices during library programs.  Also, there is no food.   Please feed your child before or after story time.  If your child gets restless during story time, please take them out of the program so other children can enjoy the stories, undisturbed.  Many thanks for your cooperation.

For more information call 201-420-2348 and email

For Our Educational Partners
The Library offers many services to Hoboken K-12 schools, pre-schools and daycare centers. We can supplement your classroom instruction and host special programs to engage your students at the library. You can schedule a class visit to the library for:
-Library tours
-Story times
-Research help
-Presentations on useful databases and homework help resources
-And special programs that supplement your classroom instruction

If you can’t leave the classroom, we are more than willing to come to you for presentations on special topics or to show you and your students how to use specific library resources. We are also available for book talks and special story times.

DAYCARE VISITS: We schedule story times for daycare centers on Friday mornings at 10:30 AM. Call 201-420-2348 for date availability. Because of space limitations, we can accommodate no more than 20 children at a time.

PRE-K-12 SCHOOL VISITS: Teachers and students in Hoboken are entitled to a free library card as individuals who work and go to school here, and it would be our pleasure to arrange this for you so that your students can borrow materials at the time of your class visit.  If you wish to sign children up for library cards, please let us know at least two weeks in advance of your scheduled visit.

If you schedule a visit and cannot make it because of weather or scheduling conflicts, please call to let us know and we will reschedule your date. Our staff works hard to prepare programs for your needs so we appreciate your courtesy.

For more information about visiting the library with your students, please contact us:
Phone: 201-420-2348



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