The Mission of the Children’s Department

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Family Activities

Looking for free family activities?  The Hackettstown Public Library is proud to offer crafts, special activities, and programs for our youngest patrons all year round.  From puzzles, game computers, coloring sheets, a giant chalkboard wall, weekly word activities and of course a comfy space to read, kids are welcome to engage and explore our Children’s Department!

Parents and caregivers are encouraged to enjoy a fun morning out with your growing little one at the Library!  We offer early literacy programs for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers.  Each program is geared specifically for the particular age group and includes activities like storytelling, songs, fingerplays and simple crafts.

The Library also offers after-school events, evening and weekend programs, and occasional visits from performers and educators.  To find out more information about all of our children’s programs, visit our calendar of events.

eBooks for Kids: TumbleBooks

TumbleBooks is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach young children the joys of reading in an electronic format.  Read a book, listen to a book, or play a game by downloading the free TumbleBooks app.

Kids: Read Down Your Fines!

Ages 3 to 18 

book-bucksDo you have fines from overdue books?!  No problem!  Read here in the library, earn “Book Bucks” and then apply them to your library fines.  It’s easy!  Just sign in with any librarian, so your reading can be timed.  For every 15 minutes you read, you will receive one dollar in “Book Bucks”.  You can read magazines, books, newpapers or textbooks, just as long as you sign in first.  You can even read to a sibling!  Remember that Book Bucks can only be used for overdue charges, and not to pay for a lost book or DVD.