Children’s Programs



Therapy Dog
Reading Program for Beginner Readers
Every Tuesday
5:15 pm – 6:15 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.  This program is free.  Please call or visit the Butler Library at 973-838-3262, to reserve your time slot.  Please bring a book to read to Cory or you can pick one out from our collection.

Intergenerational Program

Community Drumming Circle
Join us in building a healthy community through engaging activities
One Thursday per month from September to December (Sept. 12, Oct. 3, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12) Time: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Vicky Mulligan and Linda Bagdon, LIFE Center Stage
This program is brought to you by Butler Municipal Alliance and The Friends of the Butler Public Library.
Community drumming offers a physical activity that promotes relaxation and the use of fine motor skills. It helps to build a sense of group identity and a feeling of belonging and provides an opportunity for active participation in a music experience. We will introduce the Butler community and families to the power of traditional drumming and help create positive memories. In addition to learning how to play a djembe, this group course will give tools to encourage social interaction and reduce stress while having fun. Materials will be shared with participants relating to the prevention of substance use disorder in the community. The last class in this series will culminate in a fun-filled event in which all are welcome to attend. This program is free of charge but limited to 25 people ages 5 and up. Please call 973-838-3262 to sign up in advance.


Family Movie Night
Now Showing, 
September 27: How to Train You Dragon: The Hidden World

7:00 pm – 8:45 pm
Butler Public Library will hold a Family Movie Night with newly released films. Come watch the movie on our 70” Flat Screen TV. Please call us if you decide not to come because we prepare the Children’s room for your family. Parents must stay with children under age 10. Call 973-838-3262, to reserve your seat.

Future Dates:
October 25,  November 15, , December 13. 


Chess Club: September 7
When: Saturdays, Sept. through Dec. 7
Time: 11:00 – 11:45 A.M.
Grades: 2 – 5
Learn how to play chess or practice with other students who know the game. This free program is limited to 16 players. Registration is r
equired.


S.T.E.M. Introduction to Tinkercad
Dates:  Mondays:  9/23 &  9/30
Time: 6:00 – 6:45 P.M.
Grades: 3 – 6
Join Ms. Arlene to work with Tinkercad. This program is limited to 12 students who will need to attend both classes of instruction and creation. Registration is required.


S.T.E.A.M.  Halloween Monster Jar
When: Saturday, September 28
Time: 12:30 – 1:15 P.M.
Grades:  2  – 5
Join Ms. Arlene and decorate a glass jar which will resemble a monster for Halloween. This free program is limited to 20 students. Registration is required.


Shop Rite of West Milford
Interactive Program about Snacks
Presented by Dietician: Megan Scutti

WhenSaturday, October 5
Time:  11:00 – 11:45 A.M.
Ages:  3 – 5 years
Join Shop Rite dietician Megan for a fun, hands-on Halloween theme snack class! This free program is limited to 20 students. Registration is required.


Shop Rite of West Milford
Interactive Program for Halloween
Presented by Dietician: Megan Scutti

WhenSaturday, October 5
Time: 12:00 – 12:45 P.M.
Ages: 6 – 9 years
Shop Rite dietician Megan for a spook-tacular mini cooking class to celebrate Halloween.  This free
program is limited to 20 students. Registration is required.S.T.E.M.


Witch Hat Headband Craft
When: Saturday, Oct. 19
Time: 12:30 – 1:15 P.M.
Grade:  K – 3
Join Ms. Arlene and assemble a witch’s hat headband. This free program is limited to 20 students. Registration for this event is
required.


S.T.E.A.M. Come Along and Paint with Me
When:  Monday,  October 21
Time:  3:30 – 4:15 P.M.
Ages: 3 – 5 yrs.
Choose a ceramic piece and paint with your child. This free program is limited to 12 children and 12 adults. Registration is required.


Halloween Parade
When: Friday, October 25
Time: 12.30 – 1:30 P.M.
Infants to 5 yrs.
Dress in your Halloween costumes and join us in the Children’s Room in the Library. When everyone is assembled we will walk over to the Senior Housing complex next door to visit with the residents and complete a craft. This free program is limited to 20 participants. Registration is required.


S.T.E.M. Intro to Kodable
When:  Monday, October 28
Time: 3:30 – 4:15 P.M.
Grades: 1 – 3
This introductory class is for those students who are interested in simple coding using Kodable. This free class is limited to 12 students who know how to use a mouse and a computer. Registration is required.


S.T.E.M. Marble Racing
When: Saturday, Nov.  23

Time: 12:30 – 1:15 P.M.
Grades 2 – 5
Join Ms. Arlene and create your very own

marble race design using QB Maze parts. This free program is limited to 20 participants.
Registration is required.


Tinker with Circuits on Tinkercad!
Dates:  Monday, Nov. 25
Time: 6:00 – 6:45 P.M.
Grades: 3 – 6
Join Ms. Arlene and learn circuitry using a computer based program called Tinkercad. This program is limited to 12 student. Registration is required. Fill out a sign up sheet with email address so your child can have access to the program via email.


Santa Visits the Library
Date: Thursday, December 5
Time: 5:50 P.M.
Infant – Grade 4
The Richard Butler School Band Members will begin playing holiday music around 5:50 P.M. until Santa arrives around 6:00 P.M. Parents, bring your camera! Santa will remain in the Court Room to meet the children of Butler
until he has to leave for the North Pole. All parents and children should enter through the
Library and pick up a number to visit with Santa.


S.T.E.M.  Simple Circuit Christmas Tree
When: Monday, Dec. 9
Time: 6:00 – 6:45 P.M.
Grades:  3 – 5
Join Ms. Arlene and learn the basics of
circuitry using an LED light, copper tape, and a battery. This free program is limited to 20 students. Registration is required.


Middle School Book Club
Meets One Evening Per Month
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
For Students in Grades 5 – 8
Presented by Heather Till, Volunteer
Pick up a library book one month before the meeting, read it at home and come in to discuss the book with your peers.
Middle School Book Club Selections:
Thursday, September 12 – Darius the Great is not OK by Adib Khorram
Thursday, October 10 – Deep and Dark and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn
Thursday, November 14 – Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Wednesday, December 4 – Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott
The December Meeting will be a Holiday Party and a Movie Night showing the movie: Five Feet Apart.
Please email HeatherTill@outlook.com if you will be attending the meeting or sign up at the Circulation Desk or by calling: 973-838-3262