The Summer Reading program is underway. See here for full schedule. Both children and adults can win prizes for reading.

Start typing and press Enter to search


Summer Reading 2022

Oceans of Possibilities

Click here for schedule

Summer Reading Lists

Welcome to the Children’s Room

Greeting from all of us in the Children’s Room, at The South Orange Public Library , we are located in the heart of South Orange Village.

The Children’s Room at SOPL has a reputation for being one of the friendliest places in town. And that tradition will continue now more than ever. We are the same friendly staff as we follow the protocols in place, that face coverings must be worn at all times, that includes patrons and staff.   The room will be kept to a limited capacity and furniture arranged to maintain social distancing.

We have an ongoing commitment to meet the needs of the community especially now and in the coming months.  We are available to help with materials for homework, school projects, and please feel free to ask for book suggestions from our very knowledgeable staff.  We encourage you to let us share our skills with you, no question too big or too small!

A particular point of pride in the Children’s Room is our goal to get to know the families in the community and greet everyone by name.

So please stop by, to browse, choose titles, say hello to the fish.

– Beth Halliday MLIS, head of Children’s Services

Children's Programming

July & August Programs

LEGOs 4pm, ages 5 and up w/ adult.
July 25th & August 8th
Creations will be put on display
Minecraft 4pm, ages 7 and up w/ adult.
August 1st

Toddler Storytime 11am,  ages 2 ½ – 4 w/ adult
Rock ‘n roll in a storytime with Ms. Keisha!

Chess Club 4pm,  ages 4 and up w/ adult
August 2nd & 16th
No experience necessary. Limited number of chess sets;
you are welcome to bring your own.

Wiggle Wednesday 11am, newborn – 2 ½ w/adult
Join us for stories and sing-alongs!
Farmers Market Storytime 4pm, all ages
August 3rd & 17th
Storytime at Pool 4pm, all ages
July 27th & August 10th

Movies 1:30pm, for all ages
August 5th, 12th & 19th





Special Events

Ice Cream Community, Tuesday 7/26 & 8/9  3pm, all ages
Meet and greet a South Orange community leader and enjoy ice cream
(while supplies last)

Boogie Woogie Babies, Thursday 7/28 11am, all ages
Join Ms. Tiffany for dancing Storytime

Essex County Environmental Center: Amazing Water, Friday 7/29 3pm,  all ages
Learn what makes water so special by conducting experiments!

Ocean Odyssey: DIY Cardboard Submarine, Thursday 8/4 3pm,  all ages

Dive into Books with Brian Richards, Thursday 8/4 6pm,  all ages
Join us for magic and comedy

• Celebrate Reading Day, Monday 8/15,  all ages
Close out the summer with Jersey Jugglers 3pm
and much more activities!