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October Programs

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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

October Programs (all outdoors, weather permitting)

LEGOS 4pm  ages 5 & up with adult.
Each participant will have their own bucket of LEGOS to work with.
Creations will be put on display.


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

Chess Club 4pm,  ages 4 and up with adult.
We have a limited number of chess sets; you are welcome to bring your own.
No experience necessary.


Wiggle Wednesdays 11am, newborn – 2 ½
Join us for stories and sing-alongs!


Seton Stories 10am, (except 10/8/21) for all ages
Seton Hall students volunteer to read stories aloud.




Special Events

Storytime with S.O. Fire Department, Tuesday 10/5 11am
It’s Fire Prevention Week! Join us, along with
South Orange Fire Department for storytime.

Drop-In Craft: Thursday 10/8, 3:30pm
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a fun craft!

Ruby the Dog: Wednesday 10/20, 3:30pm
Read, visit and feed a treat to Ruby the dog. All ages welcome!

BYO Pumpkin Carving: Friday 10/22, 3:30pm
Bring your own pumpkin and dress for a mess!
All ages welcome.