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Summer 2021
Youth Programming

Special Programming & Events this Summer

TaikoZoku Drum Concert

Saturday July 17 from 12:00pm-1:30pm

All Ages

Location: On the Green by the Library

TaikoZoku performs using traditional style Japanese “Taiko”(drums) and plays traditional, contemporary and original pieces. This art form was developed after World War II, and combines large Temple drums with smaller drums that are used in Kabuki Theater, creating the current Taiko Ensemble. which is called kumidaiko Spotlighting the rhythms, textures and tones of these unique drums, TaikoZoku combines physical movement and exciting rhythms that present an entertaining and enjoyable event for young children and adults . This event will take place on the Village Green (weather permitting) Registration recommended but not required at

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Virtual Author Visit with Jason Viola

Tuesday July 20 at 4:00pm

Grades 1-6

Location: Zoom

Registration Required

Kids in grades 1-6 are invited to attend a virtual author visit with Jason Viola, the author of the graphic novel Polar Bear Science!  How cooool is that??? 

Wild About Wildlife (Essex County Environmental Center)

Thursday August 5 at 4:00pm

Grades 1-5

Location:   On the Green

Registration Required (Limited Capacity)

Test your wildlife wisdom and nature knowledge as you play games of inquiry to examine a variety of skulls, tracks, furs, feathers and scat! Compare and contrast form and function and discuss with a naturalist. Participants make and take a clay animal track craft.   Program is presented by the Essex County Environmental Center.

Virtual Your Zen Baby Sleep Parent Seminar

Tuesday July 13 at 8pm (Newborns)

Tuesday July 20 at 8pm (Baby)

Tuesday July 27 at 8pm (Toddler)

Location:  Zoom

Police and Their Pets

Dates TBD

All Ages

Location:   YouTube and Facebook

​Caldwell Police Officers read a book with their pet! 

Story Times

Dog Tales:  Read to a Therapy Dog Program

Saturdays June 12, June 26, July 10, July 24th, 10:30am-12noon (appointment only)

Ages 5-8

Advance Registration Required

Location:  Outside the Library

Children practice reading to Molly, a certified therapy dog, outside the library. Registration for each individual event is required to secure a time-slot. There are a limited number of slots available. Registration opens up 2 weeks prior to each date. Best for children in grades K-3 ! Masks are encouraged. Email to learn more and to register.

Tunes and Tales

Thursdays, July 8-August 12 at 10:00am

All Welcome (Best for ages 2 - 6)

Click Here to Register

Location:  Grover Cleveland Park

Join Ms. Kris and Ms. Emily at Grover Cleveland Park this summer for stories and songs. The fun happens at Thursdays at 10am from July 8 - August 12th.  All Ages welcome! Program best for about ages 2-6. Please register.

Wee Time Wiggles

Tuesdays, July 20-August 17 at 9:30am

0-24 months

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Location:   Grover Cleveland Park

Join us this summer for the return of Wee Time at the Grover Cleveland Park! This program will be a blend of the Library's former Wee Time and Wee Music Time programs. Caregivers are highly encouraged to participate with their little ones during this interactive program.
This program is best for caregivers and babies under 24-months old.

Boogie with Books

Wednesday 7/7, 7/21, and 8/4 at 6pm

All Ages (Best for Ages 2-7)

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Location:   Grover Cleveland Park

Join Ms. Kris from the Caldwell Public Library and Mrs. Megan from All 4 Dance Studios for stories and dancing on the Green this summer.  The fun happens at 6:00pm on 7/7, 7/21 and 8/4.   We can't wait to read and boogie with you!


Junior TAC:  Harry Potter Theme!

Wednesday July 28, 5:30pm-7:00pm

Grades 4-7 (ages 9-12)

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Location:  On the Green

Kids in grades 4-7 are invited to join us for our monthly Junior TAC / Tween Club! We'll meet outside on the Green, weather permitting, on the last Wednesday of the Month. When possible, Teen Action Committee members will be present to hang out and help facilitate.  Our July meeting will be themed for Harry Potter!!  We'll move inside (masks required) if it rains or is too hot outside provided the number of attendees allows for safe social distancing within our meeting room.  Otherwise we will consider Zoom or rescheduling if possible.

Read with Me Book Club

Monday August 2 at 2:30pm

Grades K-1

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Location: on the Green

We're bringing back our Read-with-Me book club for kids in Kindergarten and 1st grade. This is an introduction to book clubs!  Parents/caregivers and their kids/emerging readers are invited to join Ms. Kris outside for a shared read-aloud and activities like bingo! (Kids who attend will be asked to help read a book out loud but never required.)

Reading Rabbits

Monday July 12 and August 9 at 2:30pm

Grades 2-3

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Location:  On the Green

Kids in grades 2-3 are invited to hang out on the green for the return of our Reading Rabbits club this summer!  Reading Rabbits is part book club, part hangout club, part game-time, and whole-lotta fun!  There are no books to read in advance at the club! We'll read together at the meetings and play games like book-themed bingo or pictionary! Kids are also invited to bring whatever book they are currently reading to the club meeting as well.

Literary Lions

Monday July 26 at 2:30pm

Grade 4-5

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Location:  On the Green

Let's hang out and read books together outside on the green! Kids are invited to a bring a book they are reading and join others on the green to read outside. We'll spend time chatting about some of our favorite books and might even all read a book suggested by Ms. Kris together. Fun activities and snacks too!

STEM Club / STEM Buddies

Thursday July 22 at 3:30pm

Grades 1-5

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Location:  On the Green

STEM buddies is a program that pairs kids and teens who love science together.  Elementary age kids (grades 1-5) are invited to join Ms. Kris and teen volunteers this summer for an afternoon of science fun and experiments. 

Tell Your Tale Creative Writing Club

Tuesdays, July 6 - August 10, 1:30pm-2:30pm

Ages 8-12

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Location:  On the Green

Let's meet outside on the green for a writing adventure this summer! Journals will be provided for participants while supplies last. Open to grades 3+. Program lasts one hour. Please register.

Chess Club (Virtual)

Fridays, July 9 - August 13 at 3:00pm

Ages 8+

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Location: Discord

Kids ages 8+ are invited to join our virtual Chess club this summer. Program will meet on Discord and will be run by two of our teen volunteers/pages.

Tween & Teen Programming


Junior TAC: A Tween Club

Wednesday June 30 at 6:00pm - Harry Potter Theme!

Grades 4-7 

On the Green

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Join us for our June Junior TAC meeting!   We'll meet outside on the green for some ice breakers, to chat about the books we're reading and play some games! Plus you'll have the chance to make suggestions about things like:  What Middle Grade books should the Library have on its shelves?  TAC volunteers are invited to join as well. Bring something to sit on. Program will be moved to Zoom if necessary.

Teens interested in either of the following volunteer opportunities must also fill out our general volunteer form found HERE

Virtual Teen Action Committee (TAC) Meetings: Volunteer Opportunity

Meeting: June 18th at 3pm (Joint Reading Buddy volunteer meeting)

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 

Ages 13-17

Zoom Programs

Fill out the Virtual Reading Buddies Volunteer Form Here.

The next Reading Buddies Training and Info Meeting will be on July 19th at 2:30pm.  We will plan to meet in person at the Library. Attending a meeting is a requirement to volunteer for the program. If we switch to Zoom, you will be notified but please also follow up as well.

Teens who are interested in learning more should email our Youth Service's Librarian, Kris, at