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Summer Reading

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Summer Reading 2023
Opening Day

Community Picnic
Saturday, June 17, 1-3pm

click here to learn more
(photos from last year's picnic)

Images from summer reading 2022 opening day picnic

READsquared - click the link or download the app


Important dates:

  • Saturday, August 12 last day to record reading or write reviews

  • Saturday, August 12 last day to pick up beads and enter raffle drawing.

  • Monday, August 14 date of drawing

  • Monday, August 21 last day to pick up prizes

Children and Teens, ages 2 - 17

(click here to learn about Adult Summer Reading Challenge)

Sign up at


Download READsquared app to your phone (iphone or android) if you’d like or simply record your progress on a computer at


Keep track of books read at (or use the app)

  • 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.


At registration, children receive a necklace and take-home bead tracker plus a special gift donated by a local business. 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.

Bead pick up:

Mon. to Fri. 3:30 - 5 pm & Sat. 11 am - 1 pm

Friends Art - all ages!

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  • Each participant creates one or more 4" x 4" artwork. 

  • Various art processes will be explored.

  • All artwork added to the Friends Art display for all to enjoy through the end of the summer.

  • Artists welcome to bring their artwork home at the end of the summer.

CHILDREN, ages 8 - 10

(registration required for each session)

TEENS, ages 11 - 18

Drop by our teen maker space in our new teen area to create your own art in your own way. Canvas and other art supplies will be made available in the teen maker space whenever the library is open.


Thu., June 22 3:30pm

Thu., July 6, 3:30pm

Thu., July 20, 3:30pm

Thu., July 27, 3:30pm


drop in - no registration required same art processes at all sessions - try one or try them all

Special events - all ages!

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Spoonman Jim Cruise

Tuesday, July 18 4 pm

No registration required.


Jim Cruise is an inspiring musician and comedian. Audience members of all ages will be amazed at the music that Jim creates with a set of simple spoons and will laugh out loud at tales about his adventures traveling the country living his dream of creating music and entertaining people.

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DJ Community Dance Party

Thursday, July 20, 6 - 8 pm

No registration required.


Dig out your bell bottoms, go go boots, and favorite groovy duds for our retro summer dance party.  Our talented DJ will get you up and dancing. Be sure to dress to impress in your party best because we'll have a photo shoot with the latest insta-print pictures. A great keepsake from this  far-out party!

Cupcake Wars

Wednesday, August 16, 6 pm

Register here starting July 19


Gather your friends and pick your team for CUPCAKE WARS. We provide your team with cupcakes, icing, edible decorations, and basic utensils. You decorate your cupcakes to match the theme.  At the end of the night all participants vote for their favorite cupcakes in a number of categories.

Children's Summer Programs

What's On Children

  • Classes marked with an asterisk (*) require registration. Registration for each class opens on the day listed below.

  • For more information, contact the Children's Room at 201-568-868- or send email to



all ages

Mondays, 6 pm

June 26 - August 7

No class July 3.

No registration required

Everyone is welcome to this storytime created for neurodivergent children who need/want a sensory friendly environment. We will have a set schedule, LOTS of interactive elements, and share some of our favorite songs.


Musical Stories

6 mos-4 yrs

Tuesdays, 11:30 am

6/20, 7/11, 7/25, 8/1

No registration required.

Mr. Corbitt shares books from the realms of jazz, reggae, pop, rock, and R&B. Along with these musical stories, Mr. Corbitt shares children's songs and rhymes.


*Wholesome Heart Nature Stories

Tuesdays, 11 am

4-8 yrs

6/27, 7/18. 8/8

Registration required for each class.

Hands-on, natural learning through art, science and literature in a beautifully fun and developmentally appropriate way. Adult caregiver attends with child.

  • register for 6/27 class here (opens 5/30)

  • register for 7/18 class here (opens 6/20)

  • register for 8/8 class here (opens 7/11)


Toddler Tales

ages 2 - 5

Wednesdays, 11 am

June 28 - August 9

No registration required.

Active & interactive storytime with crafts, songs & games.



ages 0 - 2

Thursdays, 11 am

June 29 - August 10

No registration required.

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


*Kids Tie Dye

ages 8 - 10

Wednesday, June 21, 3 pm

Registration required.

Discover the amazing art of tie dying with Miss Val! Registration a must and bring a piece of clothing of your choice to personalize as only you can.

Click here to register starting 5/24


Writing Workshop

ages 8 - 10

Thursday, June 29, 4 pm

Registration required.

Join journalist, author and former Tenafly resident Nora Neus to hear about her experience as a journalist and creating the graphic novel, Muhammad Najem, war reporter as well a work on a project of your own.

Click here to register starting 6/1

*Stenciled Tote Bags

ages 6 - 10

Tuesday, August 8, 3:30 pm

Registration required.

Create a cute tote bag to carry around your books, collections, clothes or anything else you wish.

Click here to register starting 7/11


*Summer Crafternoon

ages 8 - 10

Thursdays, 3:30 pm/Friday, June 30

Separate registration required for each class.

​Different art project each week.


Projects created at classes marked "Friends Art" will become part of our Friends Community Art Project and will be displayed throughout the summer. These art project can be taken home a the end of the summer.

  • June 22: Braided Lanyard Bag Clip - register here starting 6/1

  • FRI., June 30: Friends Art Project #1 - register here starting 6/9

  • July 6: Dreamcatchers - register here starting 6/15

  • July 13: Friends Art Project #2 - register here starting 6/22

  • July 20: Macramé keychains - register here starting 6/29

  • July 27: Friends Art Project #3 - register here starting 7/6

  • August 3: Garden Decoration - register here starting 7/13

  • August 10: Friends Art Project - register here starting 7/20

Just For Fun

Interactive Movies

ages 3+

Fridays, 11 am

  • June 30: Monsters Inc

  • July 21: Sing

  • August 11: Zootopia

No registration required.

Act along with an all-time-favorite movie with a script of activities plus props. Snack included.


Kids Karaoke Movies

ages 2+

Thursdays, 6:30 pm

  • July 6: The Greatest Showman

  • August 3: High School Musical

No registration required.

Sing and dance along with these great musicals.


Toddler Outdoor Play

ages 2 - 5

Mondays, 11 am

June 26 - August 7

No class Monday, July 3.

No registration required.

Weather permitting, sensory playtime moves outside. Water play activities included.


*Reading Buddies

ages 5 and up

Thursdays, btwn. 4 & 5 pm

June 29- August 10

Registration required.

Use our online event calendar at to reserve your child's spot.  Click the date on which you wish to make a reservation.

Beginning & emergent readers get one-on-one reading time with a teen volunteer.

Teen Summer Programs

What's On Teen

  • ​Classes marked with an asterisk (*) require registration. Registration for each class opens on the day listed below.​

  • For more information, contact Teen Librarian, Florence Pao, at 201-568-868- or send email to

*Tie Dye

Thursday, June 22, 7 pm

ages 11+

Registration required.

Bring a white cotton T-shirt or other item of clothing or tote bag. Cotton items work best with the dyes. You'll be dying outside, weather permitting, and working with fabric dye so dress appropriately.

Click here to register starting 5/25


*Rubber Stamping

Tuesdays, 7:00 pm

6/27, 7/11, 7/25, 8/15

ages 11+

Registration required for each class.

Learn the art of Rubber Stamp making from design to the finished product. Leave your mark on just about anything with a custom stamp designed and created by YOU!

  • register for 6/27 class here (opens 6/6)

  • register for 7/11 class here (opens 6/27)

  • register for 7/25 class here (opens 7/4)

  • register for 8/15 class here (opens 7/25)

Karaoke Movies

Thursdays , 6:30 pm

ages 11+

No registration required.

Join Miss Val and sing along with her, your friends, and some great movies!

7/11: Grease

7/25: Mamma Mia

8/10: Hairspray


Wednesdays, 3:30 pm

7/12, 8/2, 8/23

ages 11+

Registration required for each class.

Make Lip Scrub, Face Mask, and Hand Lotion with Miss Val. Different project each class.

  • register for 7/12 class here (opens 6/14)

  • register for 8/2 class here (opens 7/5)

  • register for 8/23 class here (opens 7/26)

Knitting Club

Monday, August 7, 10 am

adults & teens & children 8+

No registration required.

Want to learn how to knit? This is your chance. Adult Knitting Club members will get you started. More advanced knitters (and crocheters welcome).

  • Bring your own project or start a new one.

  • We have a limited supply of yarns and needles to help beginners get started

Adult Summer Programs

What's On Adults

Reading Challenge

  • Read a book that meets the monthly challenge theme.

  • Click on the graphics below to find monthly themed reading lists. Or select a book of your choosing that meets the theme.

  • Write a short book review using a bookmark review form or email your review to

  • Everyone who writes and submits a review by the last day of the month will be entered into a monthly drawing for a free book.

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​Classes, Workshops and More

  • ​Classes marked with an asterisk (*) require registration. Registration for each class opens on the day listed below.​

  • For more information, contact the Reference Desk at 201-568-868- or send email to

*Seashell Decoupage 

with the Cookbook Club

Monday, June 19, 7 pm

Registration required.

Enhance your summer dinner table with a beautiful decoupaged shell. You've probably seen these shells at home goods stores for $35.00 an up!  Don't spend your money. Learn to make your own at this easy and fun DIY workshop. A tropical mocktail will be served!

Register here starting 5/22

Knitting Club

Mondays, 10 am

6/5, 8/7

No registration required.

Want to learn how to knit? This is your chance. Exerienced Knitting Club members will help you get started. All experience levels, knitters & crocheters, welcome.

  • Bring your own project or start a new one.

  • We have a limited supply of yarns and needles to help beginners get started

Book Talks

Tuesday, July 18, 7 pm

Registration requested - not required.

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. This is a great club for readers who are looking for new authors or genres or simply like to talk about books.

Casual and fun! Readers of any and all genres welcome.

Register here.


Summer Book Group

with Cresskill Library Bookclub

Tuesday, July 25, 7 pm

Registration requested - not required.

Program sponsored by the Cresskill and Tenafly Libraries. Join book lovers from Cresskill and Tenafly to discuss Bandit Queens by Parini Schroff.


Books available at the Circulation Desk starting June 25.

Register here.

*Wine Glass Painting

Monday, August 7, 6:30 pm

Registration required.

Paint a wineglass. Fun night with Express Yourself Studios. All supplies provided.

Register here starting 7/4

So Many Books, So Little Time

  • 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


Books for Teens

More suggestions on our

teen booklist page

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Books for Adults

“Men hate each other because they fear each other, and they fear each other because they don’t know each other, and they don’t know each other because they are often separated from each other.”

-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Gain perspectives on a community you don't know by reading a book written about that community or written by an author who is a member of that community.

More lists on our adult booklist page

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