Children’s Programs


Jack's Petting Zoo Comes to the Library June 24JACK’S Petting Zoo will be back in 2021 for our Summer Reading Kick-Off on June 24.

When: June 24
Time:  12:00 – 1:30 P.M.
Please wear a mask and social distance with your child as you visit the animals together. We are so looking forward to seeing the children and all of the families of Butler as we begin the Summer Reading Program this year.

 

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a program designed to help parents prepare their children for one of life’s big milestones: Kindergarten. Come to the Library, see Ms. Arlene or Ms. Lisa and register your child for a program that promotes literacy.  Each child will receive a log book for each 100 books.
Read more about 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.  

 



Bedtime Math Challenge  Registration below for each week.

When:  Ten Weeks:  April 5 –  June 12
For Wee Ones to age 3, Little Ones 4 – 6 years, Big Kids 7 –  10

Are you interested in participating in a math challenge during the Spring?  Each week is a Bedtime Math problem for Wee Ones: up to age 3,
Little ones: 4 – 6, and Big Kids:  7 – 10.  Answer the questions each week using the google form link and choose the question for your age group.  When the 10 weeks are over, there will be a raffle using google forms for a chance to win a prize.  The more challenges you complete, the more chances you will have for a chance to win the prize. Have fun and good luck!

Week 1 Google Form  April 5 – 10
Week 2 Google Form  April 12 – 17
Week 3 Google Form  April 19 – 24
Week 4 Google Form  April 26 – May 1
Week 5 Google Form  May 3 – 8
Week 6 Google Form  May 10 – 15
Week 7 Google Form  May 17 – May 22

Week 8 Google Form  May 24 – May 29
Week 9 Google Form  May 31 – June 5
Week 10 Google Form  June 7 – June 12

 

S.T.E.A.M. Decorate a Sand bucket
When: Monday, June 28
Ages:  3 – 10 years
Register on Google Forms
If it rains the event will be rescheduled
This craft will be an outside project under a tent and limited to 6 – 7 children at a time. Sign up on google forms for a specific time you would like to come to complete the project. All participants must wear masks while participating. The children will be using markers and foam stickers
Time slots:
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM

 

Paint a Princess BankS.T.E.A.M. Take & Make Princess Bank
When: June 1 – June 30
Ages:  3 – 10 years
Register on Google Forms
Registration for this program begins on Google Forms on June 1 to the first 24 children who sign up and pick up the craft.  Please call the library at 973-838-3262 when you are ready to pick up the project. Send a picture of your child with the project if you would like Ms. Arlene to post it on our social media pages to: arlene.walk@butlerlibrary.org.

 

S.T.E.A.M. Take & Make Robot or Super Hero Bank
When: June 1 – June 30
Ages:  3 – 10 years
Register on Google Forms
Registration for this program begins on Google Forms on June 1 to the first 24 children who sign up and pick up the craft.  Please call the library at 973-838-3262 when you are ready to pick up the project. Send a picture of your child with the project if you would like Ms. Arlene to post it on our social media pages to: arlene.walk@butlerlibrary.org.

 

S.T.E.A.M. Take & Make Cherry Blossom TreeS.T.E.A.M. Take & Make Cherry Blossom Tree
When: June 1 – June 30
Ages:  3 – 10 years
Register on Google Forms
Registration for this program begins on Google Forms on June 1 to the first 24 children who sign up and pick up the craft.  Please call the library at 973-838-3262 when you are ready to pick up the project after June 1. Send a picture of your child with the project if you would like Ms. Arlene to post it on our social media pages to: arlene.walk@butlerlibrary.org.

 

Summer Reading Program:  This Year's Theme is: Tails and TalesSummer Reading Program:  This Year’s Theme is: Tails and Tales
When:  June 24 – July 30
Registrations:  June 24 – July 2 online

 

Register here for  ages infant – 5 year old’s on Google Forms
Register here for ages 6 – 12 on Google Forms

If your teenager is interested in joining a Summer Reading Program for their age group, please go to the Young Adults page of our webpage and sign up.

During the first week of Summer Reading, register on Google Forms, June 24 – July 2, then come into the library, pick up your Reading Passport Log and a bag of goodies to take home for the summer. Inside the bag of goodies will be five worksheets for each of the five weeks of Summer Reading. Complete the worksheets to be eligible for tickets for the prize raffle held in August. Return your reading passport and reading worksheets no later than August 20 to be eligible to win a prize. The prizes will be on display in the display case in the Library for all to see.


Week 1: June 24 – July 2     Read, complete your Reading Passport Log, pick up your weekly incentive prize, and drop off your worksheet
Week 2: July 5 –    July 9     Read, complete your Reading Passport Log, pick up your weekly incentive prize, and drop off your worksheet
Week 3: July 12 – July 16    Read, complete your Reading Passport Log, pick up your weekly incentive prize, and drop off your worksheet
Week 4: July 19 – July 23    Read, complete your Reading Passport Log, pick up your weekly incentive prize, and drop off your worksheet
Week 5: July 26 – July 30    Read, complete your Reading Passport Log, pick up your weekly incentive prize, and drop off your worksheet

 

S.T.E.A.M. Take & Make Ceramic Cool Safari Animal MagnetS.T.E.A.M. Take & Make
Cool Safari Animal Magnet

When: July 1 – July 30
Age: 3 to age 10
Register on Google Forms
Registration for this program begins on Google Forms on July 1 to the first 36 children who sign up and pick up the craft. Please come to the library when you are ready to pick up the project. Send a picture of your child with the project if you would like Ms. Arlene to post it on our social media pages to: arlene.walk@butlerlibrary.org.

 

S.T.E.A.M.  Alligator Picture with Model MagicS.T.E.A.M.  Alligator Picture with Model Magic
When: July 1 – July 30
Ages:  2 – 10 years
Register on Google Forms
Registration for this program will be on Google Forms for the first 50 children who sign up and pick up this project. Please call the library at 973-838-3262 when you are ready to pick up the project. Send a picture of your child with the project if you would like Ms. Arlene to post it on our social media pages to: arlene.walk@butlerlibrary.org.

 

S.T.E.A.M. Transportation Sticker Scene
When: July 1 – July 30
Ages:  2 – 10 years
Register on Google Forms
Registration for this program begins on Google Forms on July 1 to the first 48 children who sign up and pick up the sticker scene.  Please call the library at 973-838-3262 when you are ready to pick up the project. Send a picture of your child with the project if you would like Ms. Arlene to post it on our social media pages to: arlene.walk@butlerlibrary.org.

 

You Are My Sunshine Foam Craft

You Are My Sunshine Foam Craft
When: July 1 – July 30
Ages:  2 – 10 years
Register on Google Forms
Registration for this program begins on Google Forms on July 1 to the first 36 children who sign up and pick up the craft.  Please call the library at 973-838-3262 when you are ready to pick up the project. Send a picture of your child with the project if you would like Ms. Arlene to post it on our social media pages to: arlene.walk@butlerlibrary.org.

 

Bedtime Math Challenge  Registration below for each week.
When:  Ten Weeks:  July 4  –  September 11
For Wee Ones to age 3, Little Ones 4 – 6 years, Big Kids 7 –  10

Are you interested in participating in a math challenge during the Summer?  Each week is a Bedtime Math problem for Wee Ones: up to age 3, Little ones: 4 – 6, and Big Kids:  7 – 10.  Answer the questions each week using the google form link and choose the question for your age group.  When the 10 weeks are over, there will be a raffle using google forms for a chance to win a $10.00 Target Gift Card.  The more challenges you complete, the more chances you will have for a chance to win the prize. Have fun and good luck!

Week 1 Google Form  July 4 – 10
Week 2 Google Form  July 11 – 17
Week 3 Google Form  July 18 – 24
Week 4 Google Form  July 25 – 31
Week 5 Google Form  August 1 – 7
Week 6 Google Form  August 8 – 14
Week 7 Google Form  August 15 – 21
Week 8 Google Form  August 22 – 28
Week 9 Google Form  August 29 – September 4
Week 10 Google Form September 5 – September 11

 

S.T.E.A.M. Ceramic Summer Glitter Mobile
When: To be announced

Age: 3 to age 10
Registration for this program is on Google Forms to the first 35 children who sign up and pick up the supplies needed for this project. Please call the library at 973-838-3262 when you are ready to pick up the project. Send a picture of your child with the project if you would like Ms. Arlene to post it on our social media pages to: arlene.walk@butlerlibrary.org.

 

S.T.E.M. Celebrate Shark Week August 9 – 16
When: Monday, August 9:  Outside Under Tent
Time:
Begins at 2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Age: 3 to age 10
Registration for this program is on Google Forms to the first 48 children who sign up for this program.  Choose a time slot between 2 – 4:00 P.M. If a time slot fills up, Ms. Arlene may ask you to switch times so we can social distance outside.  All attendees must wear a mask.  Bring water to drink as we will be outside.  (weather permitting)

 

S.T.E.A.M. Ceramic ElephantS.T.E.A.M. Ceramic Elephant
When: To be announced
Age: 3 to age 10
Register on Google Forms

Registration for this program will be on Google Forms to the first 48 children who sign up and pick up  this project. Please call the library at 973-838-3262 when you are ready to pick up the project. Send a picture of your child with the project if you would like Ms. Arlene to post it on our social media pages to: arlene.walk@butlerlibrary.org.


S.T.E.A.M. Ceramic Turtle S.T.E.A.M. Ceramic Turtle 

When: To be announced
Age: 3 to age 10
Register on Google Forms

Registration for this program begins on Google Forms on July 1 to the first 48 children who sign up and pick up the project. Please call the library at 973-838-3262 when you are ready to pick up the project. Send a picture of your child with the project if you would like Ms. Arlene to post it on our social media pages to: arlene.walk@butlerlibrary.org.

 

T.E.A.M. Model Magic Project.
Create an animal with a tail using model magic
When: August 1 – August 20

Age: 3 to age 10
Register on Google Forms

The Summer Reading Program theme for this summer is” Tails and Tales”   Can you create an animal that exists with model magic. (Pick it up at the library after you register on Google Forms.)  Registration for this program begins on Google Forms on August 1 to the first 36 children who sign up and pick up the supplies needed for this project. Please call the library at 973-838-3262 when you are ready to pick up the project. Take a picture of your child with the project if you would like Ms. Arlene to post it on our social media pages to: arlene.walk@butlerlibrary.org so we can give the designer credit on our social media pages.

 

S.T.E.A.M. Take & Make Robot Contest
When: August 1 – August 25
Age: 8 to age 10
Register on Google Forms

Registration for this program begins on Google Forms on August 1 to the first 20 children who sign up and pick up the parts needed for this project. Assemble a 3D printed robot (Made from our 3D printer) and create an outfit for it. Use items you find around your house to dress the robot. Try to be creative.  When the robot is complete, bring it to the library so we can put it on display for all to see. Ms. Arlene will be taking pictures of each of the robots and will ask patrons to vote on Google Forms for the most creatively dressed robot.  Drop off you robot by August 25.  All robots will be given back to the owners after the contest is over.  Please call the library at 973-838-3262 when you are ready to pick up the project.

 

S.T.E.M.  LEGO Club
When: To be announced
Age: 6 to age 10
Register on Google Forms

Registration for this program will be on Google Forms.  Students will work in groups of two to create a specific LEGO project each week.  LEGOS will be provided by the library.  LEGO projects will remain in the library after the close of the program and will be on display in our display case in the foyer of the library for all to see. Send a picture of your child with the project if you would like Ms. Arlene to post it on our social media pages to: arlene.walk@butlerlibrary.org.

 

S.T.E.M.  Crazy 8’s Math Club
When: To be announced
Grades:  1 – 2
Register on Google Forms
This is a free math program for student who are interested in learning additional math concepts outside the classroom. This program is limited to 15 students who not only enjoy math, but are able to work in small groups with Ms. Arlene. 

 

Therapy Dog Reading Program on Zoom with Kim Boon
For Beginner Readers
Every Monday from 6:15 pm – 7:15 pm
Ryan and Kim Boon and their Shih Tzu Dog, Cory will help your child in learning how to read or to practice reading aloud. Cory is the best listener. Sign up for a 15 minute session by emailing us at: info@butlerlibrary.org with parents name, child’s name and Grade entering, phone number, town and email address. This program is free. You can call ahead to the Butler Public Library 973-838-3262, to pick up a book from our collection the week before. Come join us on Zoom with Cory, Ryan and Kim Boon and practice reading aloud.