We have a variety of wonderful programs happening year-round at the library, interested in receiving news and updates about children's programs? Join our email list to receive monthly updates.
We're offering a brand new program designed to introduce children to the basics of programming. iDiscover Coding will meet on the first and last Tuesday of each month for students in grades 1-3. Please select one session a month to attend. Registration begins two weeks before each program, call or stop by the Children's Department to reserve a spot.
Independent readers are invited to hone their skills by reading to therapy dogs! We'll be joined by certified therapy dogs on the second Tuesday of each month, call or stop by the library to reserve a spot. Registration is required and begins two weeks before the program.
Children in grades 1-6 are invited to join us for Lego Club on the third Tuesday of each month. We'll be free-building and sharing out work in the Raddin Room, no registration necessary. Please note: Lego Club does not meet in June, July, or August.
Each year, the Cranford Public Library runs a Summer Reading Program, the goal of which is to keep children engaged in learning over the summer months. Research has shown that children who participate in SRPs are better equipped to continue their education in the fall. This year's program will begin on Saturday, June 17.
Children can participate in the program in two ways: by attending the educational programs we’ll be running from June through August, or by logging the time they spend reading or being read to.
The library will be running weekly events for children and their families throughout the summer. All of our offerings center on this year’s Summer Reading theme: “Build a better world!” You can find a full list of events on our calendar.
Babies and Toddlers: We’ll be hosting “Music & Movement Story Time,” an early literacy story time, for children ages 3-23 months on Thursday mornings at 10:15 from June 29-August 3.
Preschool-aged children: Our 2-5 year old friends are invitted to join us for “Budding Builders” each Monday morning at 10:30 a.m. from June 26-July 31. This enhanced story time will focus on some simple STEM concepts and will be followed by an open-ended, hands-on activity. Children and their caregivers will have fun learning together at a pace that works for them!
Elementary-aged children: We’ll be learning through creation at “Maker Mondays.” Children ages 6+ are invited to take on a new challenge from 3:30-5:00 p.m. each week. We’ll be creating stop motion movies, participating in the egg drop challenge, playing with our food, and more! Please keep in mind our unattended child policy, all children are welcome in the library, but those under the age of eight require an adult caregiver at all times.
All ages programs: We’ll welcome professional performers each Wednesday evening for an all-ages family program! Join us for a new entertainer each week. This series is held in the A/V Room of the Community Center at 7:00 p.m. Free tickets are available in the Children’s Department up to two weeks before each performance.
Children ages 11+ will want to check out the teen programs we’ll be running this summer!
Not available to attend programs? No worries, there’s still plenty of fun to be had! Stop by the library any time from June 17-July 28 to register and pick up a paper log. Use the log to keep track of the amount of time you spend reading each day. Bring it back each week to receive a small prize. This year’s prizes include a free cone from Dairy Queen, a summer of free bowling at Linden Lanes, tickets to a Somerset Patriots Game, a free kid’s meal at Chipotle, and more! All prize coupons are donated by the businesses, prizes are available while supplies last.
Summer Reading Carnival
Each year, we celebrate the work of our Summer Reading Participants with a huge carnival! Join us for fun, games, treats, crafts, and more on Thursday, August 17 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
The Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
The wealth of information at the library isn’t limited to books; we also have a wide range of online resources!
For Emerging Readers
Children learning to read on their own will love our selection of online books that will read along with them. The library has content from:
PebbleGo! A children's discovery database suitable for pre-K through 4th grade. Topics include Animals, Earth and Space, Biographies, and Social Sciences. Contact the library for login information.
TumbleBooks: TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of talking picture books. Tumblebooks are created by adding animation, sound, music, and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an electronic picture book that children can read or have read to them. To access TumbleBookLibrary, use cranfordpl as your user name and libra as your password.
Capstone Interactive Kids Library: Capstone capitalizes on the use of multimedia, providing a great interactive resource to be used by teachers, parents, and students to enhance reading and reading comprehension levels. Use username cranford and password learn.
Finished a book you love and looking for something just like it? These resources will help to pair you with your next read.
NoveList K-8: This searchable database provides a simple way to find the perfect book. It focuses on fiction reading materials that support the school curriculum, as well as the recreational reading interests of children and students from preschool through middle school. In addition, Novelist K-8 Plus features a section devoted to non-fiction reading materials.
BookWizard: This tool, created by Scholastic, allows you to search for read-alikes or by reading level.
Looking for another source for a paper? We've got you covered: search thousands of educational articles contained in the library's databases:
Dinosaurs: A detailed resource from Marshall Cavendish that features plenty of maps, drawings, and diagrams. Articles include 41 general topics and a breakout by Saurischian versus Ornithischian.
Elements: Find out about the origin, discovery, special characteristics, and importance of the 117 known elements, from aluminum to zirconium.
Explorers and Exploration: This resource profiles many explorers who have broken new paths and offers historical, geographical and motivational perspectives on their accomplishments.
International Wildlife: Learn about the physical features and lifestyles of species in the animal kingdom.
Inventors and Inventions: Marshall Cavendish makes this very easy to search by name and category of device. Searchable images include drawings, diagrams, maps, timelines, and photos.
PebbleGo Next: This database was created especially for researchers in grades 3-6. It's the place to go for questions about U.S. States and American Indians. Each article contains a "read to me" feature, videos, timelines, and more! Sign in with username Cranford and password learn.
World Book Online: Contains every article from the 22-volume print version of the World Book Encyclopedia, plus state-of-the art multimedia and editor-reviewed Web sites.
Children learning to use a computer keyboard have a few free resources available to them:
Typing Web: This typing program contains tutorials and tests for a variety of abilities: from introductions to advanced keyboarding tests!
Dance Mat Typing: This game, created by the BBC, familiarizes children with touch typing before encouraging them to improve their typing speed. Once you've mastered typing, take a look at their other tech tutorials!
Type Racer: It's a race to type as fast as you can, challenge opponents from around the world!