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
Summer Programs (all **outdoors, weather permitting)
• Legos 2pm 7/12, 7/26 & 8/9
Create a new challenge each week
• SOPL Puppeteers 2pm 7/19 & 8/2
Join us for a puppet show and a fun craft
• Toddler Storytime 11am
• Wiggle Wednesdays (baby storytime) 11am
• Storytime at the Farmers Market 3pm 7/14, 7/28, 8/11
• Messy Art 3pm 7/8, 7/22 & 8/5
Dress for messy hands on art!
• Storytime at South Orange Pool 4pm 7/15, 7/29 & 8/12
• Movies 2pm 7/9 & 8/6
Bring a blanket or lawn chair, all ages
• Turtle Back Zoo Virtual Tour 11am 7/16
**Virtually explore the zoo and meet animal friends. Click here to join
• Essex County Environmental Center 3pm 7/30
Wild about Wildlife: Test your wildlife wisdom and nature knowledge
• Jersey Jugglers 2pm 8/13
Learn to juggle and stay for a show
Special Event 8/16
•Celebrate Reading Day
Outdoor activities for all ages 11am-1pm
•Kyle Groom Balloons 3pm
Join us for balloon twisting fun!
SOPL Children’s Playlist
DIY Wednesdays: Cardboard CarsWelcome to the South Orange Public Library's Virtual Summer Reading Program. Check out our Youtube every other Wednesday for an new DIY Cardboard Craft with Ms. Shanize that you can do from home! Do not forget to sign up for summer reading. Go to www.sopl.org and then visit the Children's page for more details.
DIY Wednesdays : Rain StickWelcome to the South Orange Public Library's Virtual Summer Reading Program. Check out our Youtube every other Wednesday for an new DIY Cardboard Craft with MS. Shanize that you can do from home! Do not forget to sign up for summer reading. Go to www.sopl.org and then visit the Children's page for more details.
Messy Art: PrintmakingMs. Shanize and Ms. Beth show you how to do some printmaking using everyday fruit! Join us for Messy Art every other Thursday this summer. Email us for log-in details or check our online calendar.