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Children's Services

South Orange Public Library

65 Scotland Road ~ South Orange NJ 07079

phone 973.762.0230 ~ text 973.327.3945
Beth Halliday, MLIS, head of children's services



Here's what's happening:


Children's programs

Schedule & descriptions of all of our summer programs for children and families.


Library calendar Schedule & descriptions of all library programs .




Here are summer reading lists:


Did you know that the SOMA school &

public librarians work together to make

these suggestions for you?


Primary List

Reading suggestions for grades K-2


Intermediate List

Reading suggestions for grades 3-5



Reading suggestions for middle schoolers


Happy reading!

So many things to do

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What's happening here this summer ?

   Visitors to the Children’s Room often say what a busy and interesting place it is and never more so now that summer is here. Summer means reading and tech and exploration and all sorts of programs.  Our theme this summer is Libraries Rock!  We will be making noise about our library and our community!  VolunTEENS at SOPL will be collecting healthy non-perishable food on the main floor of the library to benefit the food pantries of MEND (Meeting Emergency Needs with Dignity).  AND - We have collaborated with our local school librarians to create a suggested summer reading lists and these titles will be on display and available at the library.  The lists are here!

   South Orange Public Library has a long tradition of serving kids & families during the summer months with our great collections and programs all designed to serve the community of South Orange.  Our Summer Reading brochure can be viewed here on the website and hard copies can be picked up in the CR. Summer Reading participants include pre-readers to adults and sign up continues throughout the summer.  All forms of reading and being read to count and can be used to earn prizes. The prizes this year have been purchased with funds provided by Friends of SOPL and donated by local merchants.  It’s as easy listening to a story read poolside by Ms. Keisha and her teen volunteers and then writing it in your reading log. Come to the library, show us your list and earn a prize.

   We have a very full summer planned with something happening almost every day of the week - from Monday Madness on which Minecraft alternates with LEGO Club right throughout the entire week with arts and crafts and technology and storytimes.

   Through the generosity and ongoing support of Friends of SOPL we’ll continue to have Monday Night Family Fun Night at 7pm.   We’ll end the week with our Friday Features and we have some other very special events scheduled. I hope you can come to the Tuesday evening programs for all ages - bring your family and friends - with the Redhawk Native American Dancers on July 10 and the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ performing selected scenes on July 24.   All of this information is available in the flyer above.

Summer Reading programs run through August 17 - and reading logs can continue through the following week.

Call or email if you have a question or comment - and please stop by my desk to ask suggestions for book titles or to just say hello and tell me how your summer is going.    -Beth Halliday



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This page was last updated June 2018.