Youth Services – Children

Fall Events

Movie Night Under the Stars

Bring your blankets and lawn chairs for an outdoor viewing of The Bad Guys on a giant 25-foot screen! Light refreshments will be provided.

Saturday, October 15
7 pm

Location: Back Library lawn (Rain location: Red Lion Gym)

Sponsored by Lower Moreland Township.

Family Stages Presents Hansel & Gretel

Bring the family to this lively, imaginative, two-actor theatrical production of the classic tale, Hansel & Gretel, presented by Family Stages.

Saturday, December 10
2 pm

Recommended for families with children ages 3 and up.
Please RSVP.

Sponsored by the Friends of Huntingdon Valley Library.

Virtual Art with Anita for Children

Workshop: Wednesday, October 12 at 6:30 pm via Zoom
Kit Pickups: October 3-9
For children in grades K-5

Get step-by-step instructions on how to create your own Jack-O-Lantern Drawing with colored pencials. The number of kits is limited, but anyone can participate with their own supplies. Registration is required.

Sponsored by the Friends of Huntingdon Valley Library.

LEGO Stop-Motion Animation Course

Join professional artist Keville Bowen as he shares the basics of stop motion animation using Legos in this 2-class course.

Wednesdays, November 2 & 9 from 4:30-6:30 pm in the Community Room
For students in grades 4-5

Space is limited. Registration is required.

Sponsored by the Friends of Huntingdon Valley Library.

Chess Events for Grades 1-5

Beginner Chess Class
3-week class, must be able to attend all three sessions
Mondays from 4:30-5 pm
September 19, 26 & October 3
Registration is required. One registration will sign you up for all three classes.

Intermediate Chess Class
3-week class, must be able to attend all of the sessions (one registration will sign you up for all 3 classes)
Mondays from 4:30-5 pm
October 10, 17 & 24
Registration is required. One registration will sign you up for all three classes.

Chess Club
Following each class, we will have a chess club for game play.
Mondays from 5-6 pm
September 19 & 26; October 3, 10, 17 & 24
Registration is required. Individual registration is required for each session of the club (click on the date above to register).

Book Clubs

Book Worm Book Club
Early chapter book club recommended for grades 1-3.*
Select Wednesdays from 4:50-5:30 pm in the Community Room
September 21 – EllRay Jakes Is Not a Chicken by Sally Warner
October 19 – The School is Alive! by Jack Chabert
November 16 – Book TBA

League of Book Lovers
Juvenile Fiction book club recommended for grades 3-5*
Select Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 pm in the Community Room
September 28 – Because of the Rabbit by Cynthia Lord
October 26 – The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier
November 30 – Book TBA

All book club events include a discussion of the book and a book-related craft or activity.
Registration is required for all events.
*Readers in grade 3 should choose between the two book clubs based on their current reading ability.

Sponsored by the Friends of Huntingdon Valley Library.

Creative Construction

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Drop in for free STEM play in our Children’s Area. Toys are recommended for children ages 3 and up. All children must be attended by a caregiver.

Select Fridays at 10:30 am
September 30 – Block Party (wooden blocks)
October 28 – Magna Tiles
December 1 – Tumble Tree Timbers

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Join us for Storytime with stories, songs, and movement activities to encourage pre-reading skills. No registration necessary.

Preschool Storytime

Recommended for ages 3-6 with a caregiver.
Weekly on Mondays at 10:30 am
September 19-November 21
Special Halloween-themed Storytime on October 31
Held on the front lawn, weather permitting. Held indoors in case of weather.

Toddler Storytime

Recommended for ages 1-2 with a caregiver.
Weekly on Tuesdays at 10:30 am
September 20-November 22
No Storytime on November 8, due to Election Day
Held on the front lawn, weather permitting. Held indoors in case of weather.

Saturday Storytime

Recommended for preschoolers and toddlers with a caregiver.
Select Saturdays at 10:30 am
September 24, October 15 & 29, November 19 & 26
(Note: These Storytimes will be repeats of some of the weekly Storytimes.)
Held indoors in either the Children’s Department or Community Room.

Back-to-School Storytime

Recommended for preschoolers and kindergartners with a caregiver.
Saturday, September 10 at 10:30 am
Held in the Children’s Department

Other News

Resources for Tough Topics

Please visit our resource page for information and support in educating yourself about topics that can be difficult to discuss, such as racism, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental health, and domestic violence.

Book Recommendation Lists for Children

Picture Book Biographies in Honor of Women’s History Month – March 25, 2021

Middle Grade Juvenile Fantasy Books with Black Protagonists – February 25, 2021 – In honor of Black History Month

Travel Using Juvenile Non-Fiction Books – February 5, 2021 – Use these non-fiction travel books to take a journey and build your bucket lists!

Wordless Picture Books – November 27, 2020 – In honor of National Picture Book Month

Spooky Middle Grade Books – October 23, 2020

E-Resources for Families

Although the library is open for limited browsing again, many people are still staying at home. Written toward the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, our webpost on Resources for Families During Library Closure includes e-Resources for kids and links to helpful articles and activities.

Photos

While we sadly have no new photos from this summer, photos from past Summer Learning Programs and other events are available on our Facebook PageFlickr Page and Photo Page.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

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The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program is a national initiative to promote early literacy skills for children from birth to age five.

Research indicates that the more children hear books read to them, the better prepared they are to learn to read in Kindergarten. When you participate, your child will be able to track their reading progress and receive prizes and encouragement.

Read our post about participating in this Challenge from home.

eResources for Kids

POWER Kids – Pennsylvania’s Electronic Library

With your library card, explore these online research resources for kids and young teens.

BookFLIX  and TrueFlix

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Scholastic BookFlix is an online literacy resource for grades pre-K-3 that pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks to help build a love of reading and learning. With TrueFlix, learn about people, places, nature, history, and science from videos and eBooks. Weston Woods and Scholastic.

TumbleBooks

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An online collection of animated, talking picture books.

TumbleBookLibrary is a curated database of children’s e-books, available by subscription to Elementary Schools and Public Libraries around the world.

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