Note to parents: This is a fun as you learn video series for children created by a team of medical students, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, who are interested in developmental pediatrics. The goal is to use the videos as a tool to aid in breaking down stigmas before they even become part of a child’s belief system and promote acceptance and friendship among all people. A free in-person session usually consists of a mini-lesson, discussion, a craft, a game, and a wrap-up.
The medical students will add to this program as they create more content.
Thank you for helping to spread their message!
The following link is one session on autism into several short videos: playlist
The WDFPL wants to thank Suzanne M. Klein, Youth Services/Consumer Health Librarian, East Brunswick Public Library, NJ, for sharing this program with us.
Free Comics & Graphic Novel E-Books for Children and Teens in NJ
In response to COVID-19 and library closures, the NJ State Library has partnered with BiblioBoard to launch a free e-book library of 172 graphic novels and comics available for children and teens in New Jersey.
no library card is required
no hold queues
if you are physically located in the state of New Jersey, you’re in!
This collection uses geolocation to provide access to any youth physically located in the state of New Jersey. The library includes a limited collection of simultaneous use e-books from leading children’s comics and graphic novel publishers and the San Jose Public Library Graphic Novel Archive from their Graphic Novel Writing Contests.
FURever As Friends, the volunteer pet therapy teams that come to the WDFPL every 2nd and 4th Wednesday evening, is taking their commitment to mentoring reading literacy in our young people a step further with their “Safe Distance SMILE Program”. This program will allow children to interact “virtually” with one of the experienced pet therapy teams of FURever as Friends. You can email them at info@FUReverAsFriends.org to schedule a day and time for your child. Each session will last 10 – 15 minutes and your child will need their own books. Once you’ve signed up, a therapy team will contact you by email to decide which of the following apps you’d like to use: FaceTime, Zoom, Facebook or Google Hangouts. You will need to sign up a week ahead of each session. This is something new and they will be working very hard to match every reader with a team…happy reading!
Book suggestions for talking to kids about the Coronavirus
Sesame Street in Communities – health and emergencies
Children’s programs are open to WDFPL members & West Deptford residents.
• according to child’s age at time of sign-up,
• required for all programs,
• begins, September 30
• call 856-845-5593 or stop in.
Kiddos – Preschool Story Time
Parent/caregiver must remain in Library.
Choose a Monday OR a Tuesday class:
Mondays, 10:05 – 10:45 a.m.
Tuesdays, 10:05 – 10:45 a.m.
October 7 – December 10
Library Kids’ Club – After School Tuesdays
Parent/caregiver of children 7 and younger
must remain in Library.
4:00 – 4:45 p.m.
October 8 – December 10
S.M.I.L.E. Silent Mentors in Literacy Education
FURever As Friends Organization
Children read to trained therapy pets.
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
September 25, October 9, 23,
November 13, December 11
Kiddles – Tykes & Toddlers Story Time
Age 6-24 mos. with parent/caregiver
Thursdays, 10:05 – 10:30 a.m.
October 10 – December 12
Kidkins – 2s Story Time
Age 2 with parent/caregiver
Thursdays, 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
October 10 – December 12
Wednesday Evenings: S.M.I.L.E. Silent Mentors in Literacy Education
Children read aloud to therapy pets of the FURever As Friends (FAF) organization. 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. June 26, July 10, 24
Thursdays: Kiddles – Toddler Time
Ages 6-23 months with parent/caregiver. 10:05 – 10:30 a.m. June 27 – August 8
Thursdays: Kidkins – 2s Story Time
Age 2 with parent/caregiver. 11:00 – 11:30 a.m. June 27 – August 8
Preschool Read-To-Me Club and Grades K-4 Summer Reading Club
Reading packets will be available beginning Friday afternoon, June 21.
Summer Readers’ Ice Cream Party Monday, August 19, 11:00 a.m.
Preschool Read-To-Me Club &
Grades K-4 Summer Reading Club
Hand in reading logs to receive an invitation
to the Summer Readers’ Ice Cream Party.
Gift bags, certificates, yummy ice cream!
Family Events for Everyone
Open to the general public
Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of every program
Summer Kick-Off Space! First Mime on the Moon Friday, June 21, 11:00 a.m.
Stories, mime, comedy, and audience participation – fun that is “out of this world!” with Robert Rivest
Space! The Cosmos *** Friday, June 28, 11:00 a.m.
Revolution, rotation, planets, solar system, moon landing, the sun, the earth – music & fun with Turtle Dance Music
Wednesday Evenings: Flicks & PJs (Movies to be announced) 6:30 p.m. July 3, 17, 31, August 7, 14
Wear PJs & bring pillow, blanket, snack/beverage
A Gift from the Moon Friday, July 5, 11:00 a.m.
Magic, puppetry, science, and audience participation with Digger & Dave
Mr. Malcolm’s Universe of Stories Monday, July 8, 11:00 a.m.Pretend, fantasy, fun, and lots of interaction with Mr. Malcolm (Chuck Bennett)
The Jungle Book – A Universal Story*** Tuesday, July 9, 11:00 a.m.
The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Community Partners touring chamber ensemble brings the story to vivid life
Lasers in Space*** Friday, July 12, 11:00 a.m.
Space exploration, the sun, the planets, and lasers with Prismatic Magic
Sea Star Gazing Friday, July 19, 11:00 a.m.
Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium Outreach will dive into the library with live animals, hands on, and interactive activities
The Sky’s the Limit Friday, July 26, 11:00 a.m.
Housel Fun & Fitness brings a story, activities, games – The Martian Hop, Blast Off, Asteroids, Planet Toss, and more
Earthy Songs to the Universe *** Friday, August 2, 11:00 a.m.
Billy B. The Natural Science & Dance Man uses audience participation, songs, dances, and improv comedy about the Universe
Goowins Balloowins Friday, August 9, 10:30 a.m.
Allynn Gooen captures the imagination of kids and adults alike with balloon creations and stories
Preschool & 2s Summer Finale Big Jeff Music Monday, August 12, 11:00 a.m.
Songs and fun for young children with singer/songwriter ‘Big Jeff’ DeSmelt
Grades K-4 Summer Finale ZOOM! ZOOM! ZOOM! and We’re Off to the Moon! Tuesday, August 13, 11:00 a.m.
A whimsical trip to the Moon and back with Patrick Garner’s History’s Alive
Summer Finale with DJ Dave Friday, August 16 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Music, dancing, games – fun for all!
*** This program is made possible in part by funding from The Gloucester County Cultural and Heritage Commission at Rowan College at Gloucester County, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Flicks & PJs
PG – Approximately 112 minutes
Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope risk it all
by traveling to the Internet in search of
a part to save her game.
When Vanellope embraces this thrilling new world,
Ralph realizes he may lose
the only friend he’s ever had.
PG – Approximately 130 minutes
Mary Poppins helps the Banks family
remember the joy of being a child.
Together with her friend Jack the lamplighter,
fun is brought back to the streets of London
in a celebration that
everything is possible…even impossible.
PG – Approximately 111 minutes
A Disney legend returns…a reimagined Dumbo.
Dreams soar all the way to the Big Top
when a baby elephant that can fly saves the day!
PG – Approximately 85 minutes
In her imagination, June’s dream amusement park comes to life
with wild rides, animals and excitement.
When trouble hits, June and her friends begin an unforgettable journey
to save the park.
Action-packed with loads of laughs!
PG – Approximately 115 minutes
10-year-old Elliott befriends a lost alien,
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
Elliott, Gertie, and Michael come together
to help E.T. find his way back home.
Adventure, magic and heartwarming!