Children's Programming

Special Programming

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Virtual Arts Education Workshop

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which granted many women the right to vote. These workshops explores women's rights and subsequent social justice movements through reading and art making.


In each session, we will talk about the book, One Crazy Summer, by Rita Williams-Garcia. Then we'll look at art that calls for equal rights and  create a postcard with our own messages. Workshop participants are encouraged to read the book, which is available in hoopla as an electronic and audio book. Art supplies will be distributed in advance to participating libraries. (Choose Caldwell Public Library from the dropdown menu when you register.)

Program for Grades 4-5

Meets Tuesday December 1


Register by 11/23

Click Here to Register for the 4th-5th grade program

Program for Grades 6-8

Meets Tuesday December 8


Register by 12/1

Click Here to Register for the 6th-8th grade program

2020 Family Gingerbread House

Decorating Program

CLICK HERE to Sign-Up and Reserve a Gingerbread House Kit

How the Program Works This Year:

Reserve than pick up your kit on one of the pick-up dates/time frames

  • Wednesday 12/9 5pm-7pm

  • Thursday 12/10 10am-4pm

  • Saturday 12/11 10am-2pm

Join Ms. Kris on Zoom on Thursday 12/10 at 4:30pm for a related themed program and to learn more about the contest!

Decorate your house at home and do related activities.

Take a picture and email it to Ms. Kris ( by Monday December 14th so she can upload it to our Library's Facebook Page for voting.

READING BUDDIES is a program that pairs children learning to read or who simply love to read with a teen reading buddy volunteer. The program is such a wonderful way to both introduce a life long love of reading!  Click Here to learn more about our reading buddies program, including how to sign your child up and how to become a teen reading buddy volunteer.

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Click Here to have our Youth Services Librarian create a customized bundle of books!

NEW PROGRAM Students in grades 1-6 are invited to drop into our virtual Homework Helpers club on Mondays and Wednesday afternoons from 3pm-5pm starting the week of 10/5/20.  Teen volunteers will be waiting on Zoom to help students with their homework. Fill out THIS FORM to receive Zoom login information.  You can also email with questions.

Virtual Programming

Gingerbread House Zoom Program

Thursday December 10 at 4:30pm

All Ages


Participants in our 2020 Gingerbread House decorating contest are invited to join Ms. Kris on Zoom for a themed program. Program will include stories, activities related to the overall Gingerbread House contest, and an overview of how this year's program will work. To reserve a gingerbread house kit to decorate at home and participate in this year's Gingerbread House program  CLICK HERE. 

Show-and-Tell Story Time

Join Ms. Kris on Zoom this winter for two show-and-tell story time programs.

Register for each program separately.

Theme:  Stuffies and Action Figures

Wednesday December 16 at 11:30am

Ages 3-5


Listen to some stories with your favorite stuffed animal friend or action figure then introduce them to everyone! We’ll spend time drawing pictures of our favorite pals and sharing our creations.   Registration required.

Theme:  Noise Makers

Wednesday December 30 at 11:30am

Ages 3-5


It’s fun to make noise! We’ll read some stories and then have fun with our favorite noise makers—so make sure you have yours ready to share (maracas, egg shakers, kazoos, all are welcome!) We’ll practice counting down to New Years too! *Registration required.

Winter Tales and Gingerbread House Contest Winner Announced

Tuesday December 22 at 4:00pm

All Ages

Facebook Live

Join Ms. Kris on Facebook Live at 4:00pm for winter themed stories, rhymes, and songs! We’ll also announce the winner of our Gingerbread House Decorating contest! Program also will be available to view on both  the Library’s Facebook and YouTube accounts  after its initial airing.

Morning Cuddles:  A Virtual Lapsit Program

Tuesday December 29 at 10:30am

Caregivers and their Babies

Facebook (Recorded)

Watch and follow along with a morning lap sit program hosted by Ms. Kris and her son Leif. It will be available on both Facebook and YouTube.

Speaking of Stories Virtual Book Club

with West Orange and Ridgefield Public Libraries

Tuesday December 15, 4:30-5:15pm

Grades 4-6


Caldwell Public Library kids in grades 4-6 are invited to join students from West Orange Public Library and Ridgefield Public Library for a virtual joint book club.  We'll be reading the graphic novel hybrid "Fly on the Wall" by Remy Lai, author of "Pie in the Sky."  We'll also be drawing during the program and chatting about graphic novels in general - so no worries if you don't get to read or finish the book! All are welcome! Click Here to Register.  Registration is required to receive the Zoom Link.

Teen Programming


Virtual Teen Action Committee (TAC) Meetings: Volunteer Opportunity

Last Meeting of 2020:  December 11th at 3:30pm

Ages 13-17 

Zoom Program

Join our bi-weekly TAC meeting. Reading Program. We'll chat, play games, and brainstorm ideas. Meeting online via Zoom.  Open to teens age 13-17.  Join our remind group for updates or email the youth services librarian for zoom meeting info at

  • mobile app: (you will prompted to download the remind app if you don't have it already installed)

  • web browser:


Volunteer to be a Reading Buddy or Homework Helper

Ages 13-17

Zoom Programs

Fill out the Virtual Reading Buddies Volunteer Form Here.

Fill out the Virtual Homework Helpers Club Volunteer Form Here

Teens who are interested in learning more should email our children's Librarian, Kristen, at

Caldwell Public Library

268 Bloomfield Avenue
Caldwell, NJ 07006-5198


The Library is open to the public for limited times.

Please click here to see our curbside and public hours.

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