Register your child for one of our programs aimed at helping your emergent and new reader gain confidence and discover how much fun reading can truly be.  Our Dog Tales and Reading Buddies programs are intended to encourage children to practice reading in a fun, welcoming environment here at the Library.

Dog Tales:  Read to a Dog Program:  Wednesday September 25 and October 23rd, 4:00pm-5:30pm.  Children learning to read practice reading to a therapy dog.  Call or visit the library to register for a time slot. Registration required.  Registration for each program will open the 1st of the corresponding month.

Reading Buddies is a library program that pairs a child learning to read with a teen library volunteer.  If you interested and to learn more about the program, please fill out this brief interest form HERE 
Once your child is paired with a reading buddy, you will work with the teen volunteer to create a schedule that works best for you, your child, and your child's reading buddy.
Please note that participation is dependent on the number of teen volunteers available for the program.

Book Clubs:   See Clubs Section Below

Wee Time Storytime (Age 6 month - 2 1/2):

  • Monday mornings at 9:30am from September 16th to December 16th. (* No programs on 10/7, 10/14 or 11/11)
  • For babies to age 2 1/2 with caregiver. Enjoy books, rhymes and songs with Ms. Kristen!  Caregiver participation is essential during this program. Walk-Ins welcome.
  • Click Here to Register for Our Wee Time Program

Little Readers Storytime (Age 2 1/2 - 5)

  • Monday mornings at 11:30am from September 16th to December 16th. (* No programs on 10/7, 10/14 or 11/11)
  • Join us on Monday mornings for and interactive program of stories, songs, and hands on activities for Children Ages 2 1/2 -5. Our Fall Series will continue to feature a letter of the week.
  • Click Here to Register for Our Little Readers Program

Friday Afternoon Storytime (Presented in English and Spanish!) (All Ages)

  • Friday afternoons at 4:00pm, Sept. 20-27, Oct. 18-Nov. 8th.
  • We're thrilled to offer bilingual Spanish/English storytime again this fall!  Join us for stories, rhymes and songs in Spanish and English on Friday afternoons this Fall! This family storytime is best for ages 3-6 but all ages are welcome to attend. (Presented by teen volunteer(s) from JCHS.)
  • Click Here to Register for our Friday English/Spanish Afternoon Storytime

Wee Music Time ( 6 month - age 2)

  • Thursday mornings at 9:30am,  September 19-December 19th (* No program on 11/28)
  • This hands-on sensory themed program invites little ones to use various props like shaker eggs, scarves, and bells. Program lasts about 25-30 minutes.
  • Click Here to Register for Our Wee Music Time Program

Music and Movement (Age 2 1/2 - 5)

  • Thursday mornings at 11:30am,  September 19-December 19th (* No program on 11/28)
  • Children move, stretch, dance, plus use various props like musical instruments, rhythm sticks, and a parachute at this weekly music and movement program.
  • Click Here to Register for Our Music and Movement Program

Play Group

  • Friday mornings at 9:30am, September 20th - December 20th
  • The Caldwell Public Library's weekly play group is for children age 6 months to 5.  This is an informal weekly get-together children and their caregivers. The library will have toys, puzzles, and of course books available! No registration.

CHESS CLUB Join the Caldwell Public Library's Fall Chess Club to learn strategies and play chess!
Tuesdays 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Open to Ages 7-13
(Weekly, October 1 - November 5)
Click Here to Register

Select Wednesdays 4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (see below for specific dates)
Open to Ages 6+
(9/18, 10/2, 11/6, 11/20, 12/4, 12/18)
Drop-in program, no registration required.
Children age 6 and up are invited to participate in Lego challenges led by Miss Abby. Lego creations will be displayed in the library. Due to small pieces, this program is not for babies or toddlers.

Read-With-Me Book Club (Book Club for K & 1st Graders)
Third Thursday of the month unless otherwise noted
Grades K & 1st
(9/19, 10/17, 11/19, 12/19)
*Please note that November's meeting will be held on Tuesday.
CLICK HERE to Register 

Reading Rabbits Book Club (Book Club for 2nd & 3rd Graders)
First Thursday of the month starting in October
Grades 2nd and 3rd
(10/3, 11/7, 12/5)
CLICK HERE to Register

Kids Yoga (Ages 5-7) We're excited to offer Yoga for kids age 5-7 this Fall! The program will meet every other week at 4:00pm between September 23rd and November 4th. Please register your child for the program. Have them wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat. Please note that parents/caregivers must remain in the library during the program.

SnapDragons Author Visit (Grades K+) Author Larry Mendelowitz visits the Caldwell Public Library to read his new book Snapdragons and run a related activity. Best for children in grades K and up.

Free Latin Dance Class for Kids (Ages 7+)  Miss Pamela from Rogers Dance Studio in Fairfield will be here with a Free dance class for children ages 7+! She'll show kids the merengue and some other Latin dances. Program open to ages 7+.

Fun with a Firefighter (Best for Ages 3-5)  Caldwell Firefighters will be here to talk about fire safety for fire prevention week. They'll have coloring pages, activity books, and fire hats for kids. Plus a firetruck will be outside for the kids to explore! Please Register so that they know how many hats to bring!

Fall Fest (All Ages) Join  us for our second annual Fall Fest for Kids!  This year we'll have activities like pumpkin painting, cookie decorating, fall themed crafts, and a scavenger hunt, plus fall themed snacks. Please register to reserve a pumpkin. Pumpkins will be reserved for registrants throughout the 1st hour of the program and then made available to walk-in guests.

Walk-ins are welcome to the program, but please note that pumpkin painting, cookie decorating, and craft activities happen only while supplies last. Program is planned and presented by the Youth Services Department and the Library's Teen Action Committee.

Peppa Pig Party (Best for Ages 2 1/2 - 4)  Join us for a morning of Peppa fun starting at 11:30am! We'll read some books, have themed activities and a craft!

Apple Monsters Food Craft (Ages 7-10) ShopRite of West Caldwell will be here with a fun and informative program for kids! Kids will make "apple monsters" they can eat after learning a bit about nutrition.

Halloween Hour at the Library (All Ages) Listen to some spooky stories and try out some fun Halloween themed activities at the library. Wear your costume too! We'll have a parade around the inside of the library and collect some treats along the way.


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