Most weekly programs are limited to Hoboken children with library cards. Get your child’s free library card before the first program. Children's library cards are available with a parent or guardians proof of residence (picture I.D.); the child must accompany the adult to apply for a card.
Tiny Tots: Ages 6 months to 2 years 5 months. Tuesday at 10:30 AM, Tuesdays at 11:30 AM, Thursdays at 10:30 AM or Thursdays at 11:30 AM. (30 min) Join us for simple stories, songs, and finger games for parents, caregivers, and the children they love. Children may attend only one session of these programs per week. All Tiny Tots Story Times will require a ticket for each child. Twenty tickets will be issued for each program. Tickets are available starting at 1 PM the day before the program. Child must have his/her library card and ticket with them to attend the program. Tickets are available through Eventbrite.
Older Kids: Ages 2 ½ years to 4 years. Wednesday at 10:30 AM. Stories, songs, and crafts for older children, parents, and caregivers. A great way to socialize children before they start preschool. At this time tickets are not required.
Book Buddies: Thursdays at 3:30 PM. Fluent volunteers will read to non-readers, individually or in small groups. Emergent readers who would like to practice reading skills can bring a book or select a library book and read to an older “Book Buddy.” Make your child’s Buddy Appt., either as a reader or a listener by calling 201-420-2348. Readers must be at least 8 years of age and good readers.
Reading Dogs: Kindergarten and up who can read. The third Wednesday, of the month @ 3:30 PM . Slots available beginning at 3:30 PM. Children get approximately 10 to 15 minutes to read to a dog. Pick from a selection of library books or bring your own book. Call to reserve a "poochie appointment." Visit with our trained therapy dogs and their owners/trainers and practice reading out loud.
Tickets for these programs will be available on Eventbrite. Please reserve a ticket for all your family members. Tickets will be collected at the door. If you find you cannot attend, please cancel your tickets so others can attend. There are two sessions of must programs so that all can attend. Stroller rules apply whenever there is a program. All Family Programs are funded by the Friends of the Hoboken Public Library.
Sat., March 1 @ 1 and 3 PM: The Amazing Eric, our favorite magician, will make kids laugh, parents marvel, and everyone magically happy.
Sat., Apr. 5 @ 1 and 3 PM: Naturalist Steve Woyce brings real live turtles and tortoises so that kids learn about their habit and habitats.
Sat., May 3 @ 1 and 3 PM: Mad Science is coming to the library! Learn fun, interactive experiments that will make science fun for the whole family.
Sat., June 7 @ 12:30 and 2 PM: The Lizard Guys bring slithery snakes and other creatures to the library for kids to meet.
Special February Events
Storytelling Program for Kids
On Wednesday, February 26 at 3:15pm, Julie Pasqual will give you terrific tales to make you jump, clap, and tell along in honor of Black History Month.
Dr. Seuss’ Birthday
February 27 at 3:30 PM, kids 3 1/2 and up can celebrate the 110th birthday of Dr. Seuss! Eventbrite tickets required.
**Story Time Reminders for Inside the Library**
Story Time is a time for you to learn with your child. Please turn off all cell phones and texting devices during library programs. Also, there is no food in the library. Please feed your child before or after bringing them to story time. Because of the large number of people who attend story time, we respectfully ask you to lock your strollers, trikes, and scooters in the gated area on the Park Avenue side of the building. Do not leave your valuables in the stroller. If your child gets restless during story time, please take them out of the program to calm them so that other people can enjoy the stories, undisturbed. Many thanks for your cooperation.
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For Our Educational Partners
Story times for daycare centers are held on Friday mornings at 10:30 AM and book up far in advance. Call 201-420-2348 for time availability. We can accommodate no more than 20 children at a time.
School visits will be scheduled on Monday mornings at 10:30 AM or on available afternoons. We can accommodate no more than 20 children at a time. If you wish to sign children up for library cards, we must have a complete class list with children's names, addresses, and phone numbers a minimum of two weeks before your scheduled visits.
If you schedule a visit and find you can not come because of weather or 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 help and courtesy.