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.

Juvenile Collection

Our up-to-date collection has something for everyone. Board Books, Easy Readers, Picture Books, Elementary Chapter Books, Comic Books, Non-Fiction, Magazines, Holiday Collections, Libros en Espanol, and a varied DVD collection keeps every reader happy! Need assistance in finding the right choice? Ask a Librarian- We LOVE to help!

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.

Upcoming Children’s Events

Storytime Rocks

January 23 @ 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
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An event every week that begins at 10:30 AM on Thursday, repeating until May 14, 2020

Playdate with Baby

January 24 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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An event every week that begins at 10:30 AM on Friday, repeating until May 15, 2020

Family Storytime

January 25 @ 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
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One event on February 22, 2020 at 10:30 AM

One event on March 21, 2020 at 10:30 AM

One event on April 4, 2020 at 10:30 AM

One event on May 16, 2020 at 10:30 AM

Toddler Storytime

January 28 @ 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
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An event every week that begins at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, repeating until May 12, 2020

Stuffed Animal Sleepover!

January 28 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Wiggly Wednesday

January 29 @ 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, repeating until May 13, 2020

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