Teen’s Programming



New Program Added  Global Design Squad Club
When: Wednesdays, Beginning Nov. 1. (for six weeks)
Time: 4:00 – 5:15 P.M.
Grades: 5 – 8
This six week club will meet every Wednesday from 4 – 5:15 P.M., beginning November 1, 2017. Build your creativity and confidence while we engineer and build projects together.  We will also be sharing our projects and getting to know kids from other clubs in Altrincham, United Kingdom, Carmel, Indiana and New York City..   This is not a drop-in club, but one that requires regular attendance by its members.


Science Lab: Dissection of a Cow Eye with Dr. Bob
When: Thursday, November 9, 2017
Time: 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Grades: For Kids in Grades: 6 – 12
Students work in pairs with supervision from Dr. Bob. (Sharp tools used.) This free science lab is open to 12 students. Registration is required.


Testing & Education Reference Center
TERC  Important Information
Access to Testing & Education Reference Center is available within the library and remote access is permitted to patrons of the subscribing library with their login credentials. Such remote access is limited to non-commercial purposes. Remote access from a non-subscribing location or institution is not permitted. If your institution subscribes to Testing & Education Reference Center, you may be able to access the product by entering your credentials.


Volunteer at the Library: Community Service Hours: call 973-838-3262 for more information.
Children’s Services Volunteer Form: (At the Circulation Desk) Fill in both sides completely, and bring directly to Ms. Lisa or Ms. Arlene on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays.  If there is a volunteer opportunity in the Library we will call you.  Thank you so much for thinking of the Butler Library.

We welcome student volunteers for the Summer Reading Program. Contact Ms. Arlene in April through June each year for this opportunity.


Butler High School Workshop Series

Parent Workshop Series Courses are listed below.  Contact Butler High School if you are interested in attending any of the courses. 

Raising Resilient Children A Survival Guide to Raising a Millennial
Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Butler High School Auditorium, 38 Bartholdi Avenue, Butler
Program Description:
This workshop will provide the tools and parenting strategies for helping your child and how to take an active role in your child’s success. The session will provide a discussion and Q&A session for parents focused toward uncovering the signs and symptoms of stress and/or mental health issues in children. Parents will learn ways to engage their children in honest conversations early to establish a pattern of effective communication to promote contentment and uncover issues that may be affecting children’s emotional well-being.
Presented by Mary Vineis/NewBridge Services


Remembering TJ by Raising Awareness for Mental Health
Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Butler High School Auditorium, 38 Bartholdi Avenue, Butler
Program Description:
This program involves storytelling, fact sharing, slides and videos that weave the Sefciks’ experience into a program that leaves attendees better equipped to identify and deal with mental health situations for themselves and others. The goal is to leave attendees feeling informed, empowered and HOPEFUL.
Presented by the Sefcik Family Steve and Wendy Sefcik are the parents of 3 boys—John, T.J. and Matt. On December 1, 2010, Wendy and Steve’s 16 year old son T.J. died by suicide. He was extremely sensitive, yet also outgoing, funny, an honor student and varsity athlete. He was the life of the party, but with inner pain that he kept well hidden. He suffered from depression and lost his battle with the disease on December 1, 2010. Through the overwhelming pain of losing their precious son, Steve and Wendy work each day to count their blessings and to give thanks for all they have been given instead of all they have lost. They have worked to educate themselves on teen depression, and other mental health disor-ders in teens in the hopes of preventing others from suffering the same fate. They strive to raise awareness of depression and mood disorders and to provide support to those dealing with these issues and to those who have suffered a traumatic loss.


January 10, 2018
Mindful Parenting & Yoga for Children

Mindful Parenting creating connection without technology
Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Richard Butler School Multi-purpose room, 3 Pearl Place, Butler
How we connect, listen, and respond to our children influences their learning, behavior and attention. Yet, the stress we encounter often interferes with our ability to communicate and our children’s ability to listen. We have all become overly dependent on technology. It keeps us informed about the world outside our home, however it dis-tracts us from the relationships within our home. Come explore how mindful practices can develop your own sense of inner peace and calm. Learn tools to build family connection and mutual understanding. Come and experience easy to implement, mindful techniques you can use anywhere and anytime. Simultaneously, we will be offering mindful yoga classes for your children. Come together, or come on your own.
Presented by Allison Morgan MA, OTR, RYT
Allison MA, OTR, E-RYT is a pediatric occupational therapist, and registered Yoga Alliance teacher-trainer who has been working with youth for over 25 years. As founder of Zensational Kids, she collaborates with schools to help them cultivate resilience and compassion within the entire educational community. She has developed numerous programs to facilitate the integration of yoga and mindful practices district-wide. Her programs empower administrators, faculty, students and families to activate their unlimited potential through the development of  inner resources. She is an active international presenter, researcher, author, and ambassador of well-being.


Tools for Cultivating Calm & Focus at Home and School: For Enhanced Social Emotional and Academic Learning
Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Aaron Decker School Library, 98 Decker Road, Butler
Program Description:
This interactive and informative workshop will provide a deeper understanding on the impact of daily stress and anxiety on relationships, the brain, engagement at home and school, and our children’s academic and social suc-cess. Participants will be provided with supportive research, as well as many tips, tools, and techniques (what it looks like, and sounds like) for enhanced communications and interactions with others while cultivating calm and connectedness within self, our children, home and school.
Presented by Teresa LaSala Teresa is an author and Certified Positive Discipline Lead Trainer providing professional development workshops and training’s both nationally and internationally for teachers, school administrators, parents, parent educators, and Positive Discipline Associates in training. Teresa is a consultant


QPR Gatekeeper Course “Question, Persuade, and Refer”
Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Richard Butler School Multi-purpose room, 3 Pearl Place, Butler
Program Description:
QPR is an acronym for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying “Yes” to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor. Much of the world is familiar with CPR — short for cardiopulmonary resuscitation — an emergency medical intervention created in 1957 by Peter Safar. The process is designed to stabilize people who aren’t breathing or breathing intermittently and who may be in cardiac arrest until the per-son can reach a hospital or other care.
Similarly, QPR is an emergency mental health intervention for suicidal persons created in 1995 by Paul Quinnett. An abbreviation for Question, Persuade and Refer, the intent is also to identify and interrupt the crisis and direct that person to the proper care.
Presented by Mary Vineis/NewBridge Services.