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Summer Reading is almost here! CLICK HERE to view the 2024 Children’s Summer Reading flyer. You’ll need to download the ReaSquared app to track your reading.

The programming and content at the children’s department at Oakland Public Library is carefully curated in hopes of educating, entertaining and inspiring young minds. We have a wide selection of picture books, chapter books, e-books, etc.

We pride ourselves on having a safe and welcoming environment for kids and their families. Aside from our vast collection of reading material, we also have various events and programs nearly every single day! Please see the below calendar for this month’s activities and scroll down even further below to see some important notes about out events…

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Preschool Story Time will be held Tuesday, June 4th at 11:00 am in the Library’s Story Tower. (This is the last session for Spring 2024). Oakland children, ages 2 to 5, will be singing along to favorite songs and listening to stories with Ms. Barbara. Registration is not required.

Tots Library Club, a program designed for the youngest library users, birth to 2-yrs.-old, and their caregivers, will be held Thursday, June 6th from 10:30 to 11:00 am. (This is the last session for Spring 2024.) Toys (yours or ours) will be available for a brief meet-and-greet from 10:30 to 11:00 am. A short segment of nursery rhymes, fingerplays, and songs will follow. The program will be held in the Library’s Story Tower. Registration is not required.

Terrific Two’s & Three’s! is a story time for two to three-yr.-olds, and their caregivers. Join us at 11:00 am on Friday, June 7th in the Library’s Story Tower. (This is the last session for Spring 2024.) Oakland children will enjoy stories, songs, and fingerplays. Registration is not required.

June Craft Bags (to go) will be available for pick-up beginning Wednesday, June 5th.  Oakland children of all ages may come into the Children’s Dept. to pick up a craft bag. One craft bag per child, please. Registration is not required.

Introducing the “Toddler Dance Party” with Ms. Joyce, our latest addition to the Friday music line-up for young children. Please join us Friday, June 14th for a short session from 11:00 to 11:20 am. Oakland two to three-yr.-olds, and their caregivers, are invited to attend. Two full class sessions will follow in July. The program will be held downstairs in the Library’s Meeting Room. Registration is required, and is now being taken.

The 2024 “ADVENTURE BEGINS AT YOUR LIBRARY” Summer Reading Club kicks off Tuesday, June 25th at 1:00 pm. The Good Humor Ice Cream Truck will be outside the Library with FREE ICE CREAM for Oakland children! Registration is required, and begins Wednesday, June 12th. Each registered participant will be issued an ice cream voucher. Supplies are limited. Reading Club materials will also be available for pick-up. Small prizes will be awarded all summer long for eager readers! Thanks to the New Friends of the Oakland Public Library, this is just the beginning of many great things to come this summer! All programs are FREE OF CHARGE!

Miss Christina will present her wonderful “Jiggly Wiggly” music program on Friday, June 28th at 11:00 am. Oakland children, ages 2 & up, and their caregivers, will enjoy music and movement activities. The program will be held downstairs in the Library’s Meeting Room. Registration is required, and begins Wednesday, June 12th. Each child, including siblings, must be registered.

 

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FRIDAY, JULY 5TH at 11:00 am: TODDLER DANCE PARTY!!! Join Ms. Joyce for a fun combination of singing, stretching, and dance activities.  Oakland children, ages 2 & up, are invited to attend. The program will be held downstairs in the Library’s Meeting Room. Registration is required, and begins Wednesday, June 19th. Each child, including siblings, must be registered.

MONDAY, JULY 8TH at 6:00 pm: OPL PLAYERS!!! This is the FIRST of FOUR practice sessions for the Library’s drama club, under the direction of Michele Woodward. Oakland children, ages 6 & up, will meet downstairs in the Library’s Meeting Room from 6:00 to 7:30 pm on the following dates: Mondays, July 8th & July 15th, AND Thursdays, July 11th & July 18th. The play will be presented Monday, July 22nd at 7:00 pm. (Participants MUST be registered, and able to attend EACH of these sessions, please!) Register BY PHONE OR IN-PERSON ONLY, beginning Wednesday, June 19th. The title of the production is yet to be announced.

THURSDAY, JULY 11TH at 3:45 pm: CASEY CARLE’S BUBBLEMANIA!!! Bubble artist, Casey Carle, presents a dazzling assortment of bubbles in various shapes and sizes, along with comedy, audience participation, and jazzy music!  Oakland children, ages 4 & up, are invited to enjoy this one-man show!  Registration is required, and begins Wednesday, June 26th.  The program will be held on the Library’s stage.

FRIDAY, JULY 12TH at 11:00 am: JIGGLY WIGGLY!!! Oakland children, ages 2 & up, are invited to join Ms. Christina for her wonderful music program. The program will be held downstairs in the Library’s Meeting Room. Registration is required, and begins Wednesday, June 26th. Each child, including siblings, must be registered.

Visit the Oakland Public Library in person or online at https://oaklandnjlibrary.org for a complete calendar of events. You may also find us on Instagram (@oaklandnjlibrary) or call us at 201-337-3742. The Library is located in the Oakland Municipal Plaza.

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