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Summer Reading

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Oceans of Possibilities
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Summer Reading 2022 arrives June 18, 2022
adults get a head start - adult program starts May 19

READsquared - click the link or download the app

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Bead pick up (children only):

Mon. to Fri. 3:30 - 5 pm

Sat. 11 am - 1 pm

 

Important dates:

  • Saturday, August 13 last day to record reading, write reviews or complete missions

  • Saturday, August 13 last day to pick up beads and enter raffle drawing.

  • Monday, August 15 date of drawing

  • Monday, August 22 last day to pick up prizes

All participants keep track of books read at tenaflylibrary.readsquared.com (or use the app).

Beginning June 18 sign up at tenaflylibrary.readsquared.com/ adults can register starting May 19. Adult participants can use a paper GENRE BINGO form.

Download READsquared app to your phone (iphone or android) if you’d like or simply record your progress from a computer at tenaflylibrary.readsquared.com/.

 

All children and teen participants keep track of books read at tenaflylibrary.readsquared.com (or use the app) Adult participants can use a paper GENRE BINGO form instead of READsquared.  Adults do NOT earn points toward raffle tickets.

 

  • 1 book = 1 bead for necklace (prek-grade 5)

  • 1 book = 100 points toward a raffle ticket (1 picture book = 50 points)

  • 1 approved book review = 100 points

  • 500 points = 1 raffle ticket

  • 1 extra raffle ticket for each additional 300 points. Maximum 1 prize per participant. (kids and teens only)

 

Upon registration, children (grades PreK to grade 5) receive a necklace and take-home bead tracker. Readers earn colored beads by reading different book genres. Return to the library with your bead tracker to claim beads and get a new bead tracker.

Summer Specials - participants of all ages!

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registration opens June 18

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registration opens July 15

 
  • Children's events are held in-person at the library. Weather permitting, some programs may be held outside.

  • Program descriptions with an asterisk * require registration.

  • Registration opens 3 or 4 weeks before program date.

  • Register once for all 4 Comic Book Workshop classes

  • Click the links on this page to register for classes or click here to view our entire online event calendar

  • For more information, contact the Children's Room at 201-568-868- or send email to tenfjuv@tenafly.bccls.org

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Storytime and Reading

Evening Family Storytime, all ages Mondays, 6 pm, June 20 - August 8

no class July 4

Dress in your pj's for this relaxed storytime. May meet outside.

 

Toddler Tales, ages 2 - 5

Tuesdays, 11 am, June 21 - August 9

Active & interactive storytime with crafts, songs & games. May meet outside

 

Babytime, ages 0 - 2

Thursdays, 11 am, June 23 - August 11

First storytime for the youngest children. Stories, fingerplays, songs & socialization.

 

*First Snacks Storytime, ages 3 - 6

Fridays, 11 am, 6/24, 7/8, 7/29, 8/12

Hear a story - make a snack. Parents & children create - and taste! - a snack related to the story.

Register for 6/24 here (opens 5/27)

Register for 7/8 here (opens 6/10)

Register for 7/29 here (opens 7/1)

Register for 8/12 here (opens 7/15)

 

*Reading Buddies, ages 5 and up Thursdays, btwn. 4 & 5 pm, 6/30-8/11 Beginning & emergent readers get one-on-one reading time with a teen volunteer.

Click here to access our online calendar to register for individual Reading Buddy appointments. You can register up to 3 weeks in advance of each date.

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Explorations: Water

*Amazing Water, ages 6 - 10

Wednesday, June 29, 3:30 pm

Discover the amazing properties of water, how you can help protect the world's water, and why it's so important to do so. Presented by the Essex County Environmental Center.

Register here (Registration opens 6/1)

 

*The Tenakill & You

Clean Community Workshop

Saturday, July 16, 10:30 am - noon

Families with children ages 8+

With the help of an enviroscape, participants in this hands-on workshop will model how litter dropped far away from water makes its way into the water. After a community clean up around the library and Tenakill Brook, you'll decide if we're doing a good job of protecting our water.

Register here (Registration opens 6/18)

Penguin Pointers, ages 5+

Wednesday, July 27, 3:30 pm

Meet one of Jenkinson Aquarium's famous feathered PENGUINS while learning about them and their wild cousins.

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Just for Fun

Interactive Movies, ages 5+

Tuesdays, 4 pm, 6/28, 7/12, 8/2

Watch an all-time-favorite seaside movie while you act along. You'll receive a script of activities that match the action in the movie plus some props and a snack as you arrive.

Messy Exploration, ages 2+

Fridays, 11 am, 7/1, 7/22, 8/5

Little explorers investigate the world and play outside with their friends, new and old, at the library. (Inside on rainy days.)

Let's Groove, ages 2+

Saturdays, 11 am, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13

Move and groove with Miss Lisa! This program is full of music and fun for all little ones and their grown ups.

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*Comic Book Workshop, ages 7 - 10

Mondays, 11 am, 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1

series of 4 classes - attend them all

Create your own comic book. Plan, create, edit and collaborate on a short comic book project with a unique character.

Register here (registration opens 6/20)

 

Playdoh Playtime, ages 2+

Wednesday, 11 am, July 13

Push shells into the PlayDoh to create patterns, mold the playdoh into sea creatures, or create a boat to sail the seas.

 

*Crafting Possibilities, ages 6+

Wednesdays, 3:30 pm

6/22, 7/6, 7/13, 7/20, 8/3, 8/10

Bring the OCEANS OF POSSIBILITIES to life with your creativity and imagination.

Different projects presented each class.

Register for 6/22 here (opens 5/25)

Register for 7/6 here (opens 6/8)

Register for 7/13 here (opens 6/15)

Register for 7/20 here (opens 6/22)

Register for 8/3 here (opens 7/6)

Register for 8/10 here (opens 7/13)

 

*Sewing by the Sea, ages 6 - 10

Thursdays, 3:30 pm

6/23, 7/7, 7/28, 8/11

No sewing experience required! Learn basic hand sewing skills while making fun seaside-themed projects.

Register for 6/23 here (opens 5/26)

Register for 7/7 here (opens 6/9) 

Register for 7/28 here (opens 6/30)

Register for 8/11 here (opens 7/14)

 

*Kids Paint Along, ages 8 - 10

Thursday, 7pm, July 14

Create a sea creature from recycled materials and paint an ocean for them to live in. At the end of the night you will have a one-of-a-kind piece of art to bring home.

Register here (registration opens 6/16)

*Cupcake Crash Course, ages 8 - 10

Friday, 3:30 pm, July 15

Learn basic skills for decorating cakes and cookies. Skills include using a piping bag and tips to ice your cupcake.

Register here (registration opens 6/17)

What's On Children

 
  • Teen events are held in-person in the library.outside.

  • Program descriptions with an asterisk * require registration.

  • Registration usually opens 3 or 4 weeks before program date.

  • Click the links on this page to register for classes or click here to view our entire online event calendar

  • For more information, contact Teen Librarian, Florence Pao, at 201-568-868- or send email to florence.pao@tenafly.bccls.org

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*Metal Stamping

Tuesdays, 7 pm

6/28, 7/12, 7/26, 8/9

Discover the beautiful and fun art of metal stamping! Design and create personalized projects for yourself or for gifts. Check out the detailed information for the projects planned for each class when you register online. Remember that you are designing the piece so everyone's creation will be unique.

*Cupcake Decorating, teen

Tuesday, 3:30 pm, July 19

Learn basic skills for decorating cakes and cookies. Skills include using a piping bag and tips to ice your cupcake.

 

*DIY Self-Care

Wednesdays, 3:30 pm,

6/29, 7/6, 7/27

Make ocean inspired self care products with Miss Val.

*Teen Paint-along, ages 11+

Thursday, 7pm, 8/4

Join Miss Val for a paint nite just for you! Everyone will have their own project and will take home a completed painting.

*The Tenakill & You

Clean Community Workshop

Saturday, 7/16, 10:30 am - noon

Families with children ages 8+, teens, adults

Learn how pollution far away from water gets into the water plus participate in a Community Clean Up. Are we doing a good job of protecting our water?

You'll be volunteering your time to help in this clean up effort so we'll give you a certificate of participation that documents time spent on this project.

 

Come dressed to get dirty. We'll provide gloves and receptacles for garbage collected.

Register here (opens 6/18)

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JOINT TEEN & ADULT PROGRAMS

*Japanese Sashiko Embroidery

Saturday, June 25 at 2 pm

Sashiko is a Japanese folk-art that had its origins in Edo period Japan, and has evolved over centuries from a frugal necessity into the decorative art so cherished today. In this beginners workshop, you'll make one drink coaster using decorative Sashiko stitches. All materials will be supplied. No experience necessary.

Register here (opens 5/28)

 

*Crafternoon

Fridays, 2 pm

bring your favorite adult

  • 7/8 - Sea glass collage.
    Register here (opens  6/10)

  • 8/5 - Ocean-themed anklet
    Register here (opens  7/8)

*Tuesday, August 2, 7pm

The Hackensack Riverkeeper

Families (children ages 10+), teens, adults.

Captain Hugh Carola, Program Director, presents From High Tor Mountain to Newark Bay: the Hackensack River and its Waterkeeper., Learn all about the Hackensack River as a recreational resource and a key to the health of our environment.

Register here (opens 7/5)

What's On Teen

What's On Adults

 
  • Adult events are held in-person in the library. Some are hybrid - you choose to meet in-person or online. 

  • Teens aged 12 and up are invited to adult craft programs on June 25, July 8 and August 5. Registration is required for all participants.

  • Children and Teens are invited to What's Happening to the Tenakill? and Hackensack Riverkeeper programs.

  • Program descriptions with an asterisk * require registration.

  • Registration usually opens 3 or 4 weeks before program date.

  • Click the links on this page to register for classes or click here to view our entire online event calendar

  • For more information, contact the Reference Desk at 201-568-868- or send email to reference@tenafly.bccls.org.

Lighthouse

Tuesday, June 7, 7pm

Your Water & Society

the Tenakill & Beyond

Registration required.

Learn how our day-to-day activities both individual and societal affect our local water supply. Is our water safe to drink?  Do we have enough water? How can we better protect our water supply? Learn answers to these questions and more.

Click here to register.

 

Tuesday, June 21, 1pm

Cookbook Club picnic

Registration required. Adults only.

Bring your picnic lunch. We’ll supply bottled water and a sweet dessert.  Bonus points if you bring your lunch in a picnic basket!

Click here to register. (opens 5/22)

 

Wednesday, June 22, 2pm

Documentary Screening

A River Between Us

Registration requested. 

Watch the story of the oldest and most bitterly disputed water war in the West today. However,  a solution is found that ends this generations-old conflict: in order to save a river, you must first heal a people.

Click here to register

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Saturday, June 25, 2pm

Japanese Sashiko Embroidery

Registration required.

Come with your favorite teen.

Sashiko is a Japanese folk-art that had its origins in Edo period Japan.  This is an introductory class where you’ll complete a small project and learn the basics of this practical art form.

Click here to register. (opens 5/22)

 

Thursday, July 8, 2pm 

Sea glass collage workshop

Registration required.

Come with your favorite teen.

Make a collage out of sea glass and other items like stones, shells and driftwood.  Shadow-box frame included.

Click here to register. (opens 6/5)

Saturday, July 16, 10:30 am - noon

What’s Happening in the Tenakill?

Families with children ages 8+,

teens  & adults. 

Registration required.

Learn how pollution far away from water gets into the water plus participate in a Community Clean Up.  Are we doing a good job of protecting our water?

Click here to register. (opens 6/18)

 

Thursday, July 21, 7pm

Book Talks!

Registration requested

Readers of all genres welcome.

This is not your typical book group! We don’t all read the same book but share great book suggestions with other members and just talk about books. 

Click here to register.

Friday, July 22, 2pm

Paint Along with Val

Registration required.

Our talented & creative Library Assistant, Val, leads you through all the steps to paint your very own beach scene acrylic painting.

Click here to register. (opens 6/19)

 

Tuesday, July 26, 2 pm

Summer Book Club

Registration required.

Read and discuss the historical fiction novel, The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See (book description here), and learn about the women divers of Jeju Island. Book available starting June 1 at the library.

Click here to register.

 

Tuesday, August 2, 7pm 

The Hackensack Riverkeeper

Families (children ages 10+), teens, adults, Registration required.

Captain Hugh Carola, Program Director,  presents From High Tor Mountain to Newark Bay: the Hackensack River and its Waterkeeper., Learn all abiout the Hackensack River as a recreational space asset and a key to our natural environment.

Click here to register. (opens 7/3}

 

Friday, August 5, 2pm

Ocean ankle bracelet

Registration required.

Come with your favorite teen.

Beginning jewelry-making workshop with an ocean theme.

Click here to register. (opens 7/3)

  • Click on the image of the booklist you want to view.

  • Once you find a book you want to request, click on "View in Library Catalog". You will see all available formats of the book - traditional paper book, CDbook, ebook, digital audio.

  • Have your library card handy. Click on "Place Request" to reserve a copy in the format you want.

  • Call the library at 201-568-8680, if you need help.

Books for Children

More suggestions on our

children's booklist page

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Books for Teens

More suggestions on our

teen booklist page

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Books for Adults

More lists on our adult booklist page

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So Many Books, So Little Time