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Registration Calendar

Register for programs by clicking above, using the CHILD's name to register. In-person or phone sign-up also available by calling 845-268-7700 during library hours.

Registration for winter children's programs occurring January 1 through March 31 is open for all patrons.

See below for Winter Programs.

View and print our monthly program calendar at the bottom of this page!

Please note, registration requires an active email account. The program will send a confirmation and reminder to your email. Please check your SPAM folder or contact the library if you do not see a confirmation or reminder email.

More Registration Information

- Use the child's name to register.
- Program spots are limited and have age restrictions. Once a program fills, patrons will be placed on a waiting list and contacted only if there is room in the program.
- Priority is given to residents of the Nyack School District.
- Residents outside of the Nyack School District may register for remaining program spots after Nyack School District patrons.
- Please notify us directly by phone of cancellations.
- Programs are designed for the intended age group.
- Registration is required for all programs (unless noted otherwise).
- All programs are free!

NEW Nyack Basics

The Valley Cottage Library is a proud champion of Nyack Basics!

The Nyack Basics Campaign is a communitywide collaboration of organizations and individuals partnering to ensure every child has the opportunity to succeed. The Nyack Basics are five child caring principles that can be used with babies and toddlers every day to help them grow and thrive.

For more information, videos, and books, visit http://guides.rcls.org/vclnyackbasics. Also visit nyackbasics.org.


Did you know we have many children's books on CD?

Borrow an audiobook that the whole family can enjoy during your next road trip!

From Dr. Seuss to Harry Potter, we've got great stories for every age and taste!

1000 Books Before Kindergarten: This program promotes reading to newborns, infants, toddlers, and children up to Kindergarten. The goal is to have read 1000 books before your child starts Kindergarten. Stop by the Children’s Room any time to sign up, get more information, and your first reading record.
Stop Motion Videos

In Summer 2017 we had a fantastic Stop-Motion Video Workshop with filmmaker Jennifer Treuting for ages 7-10! Check out the videos below on our YouTube channel.

Man Vs. Shark

Animal Field Trip

Almost Stickbot Extinction
‘Turn the Pages’ interactive book display

A great big “Thank You” and “Congratulations” to our patron Isabella Feeney for creating ‘Turn the Pages’ interactive book display as her Gold Award Girl Scout project! Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers are invited to recommend great books using this permanent display in the Children’s Room. Younger children are invited to look at the display and take home a recommended book or two. If they bring back the included sheet telling librarians why they liked the book, they will get a prize for participating. Middle and High School kids will earn community service hours for making recommendations. Stop by to learn more!



Registration for children's programs occurring January 1 through March 31 is open for all patrons.

See below for Winter Programs.

Please use the CHILD's name to register by clicking on the links below. In-person or phone sign-up is also available by calling 845-268-7700 during library hours.

View and print our monthly program calendar at the bottom of this page!
Winter Family Programs

Interactive Family Storytime

Select Saturdays at 10:30am for ages 3-7 with adult(s).

Not your traditional storytime! We’ll explore books and stories through a variety of avenues, including listening to music, playing with story toys, and moving around. A welcoming storytime for all children.

January 5 (In & out of Nyack School District may register starting Jan. 2.)
and March 2.

(Register separately for each program.)

Register for Interactive Family Storytime

Winter Crafts

Ages 3 and up with adult(s).

Monday, Jan. 21 – Decorate a Martin Luther King Jr. Day Peace Quilt Square.

Feb. 7-14 – Create a Valentine for the one you love.

Drop in all day – no registration.
Winter Movies

Ages 3 and up.
Watch a movie with friends while school is closed!

Charlotte’s Web, Monday, Jan. 21 at 1pm.
Sweet Wilbur the pig befriends the other animals on the farm, especially Charlotte the spider, who hatches a plan to help save Wilbur’s life. (G) (97 minutes)

The Incredibles 2, Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 6:30pm.
The entire Parr family are superheroes who use their powers to rescue the people of their city in this action-packed sequel. (PG) (118 minutes)

No registration.

Teddy Bear Stories

Saturday, February 9 at 11:30am and Monday, March 11 at 6:30pm.
(Register separately for each program.)

Ages 2 and up with adult(s).

Bring your favorite snuggly friend for this Family Storytime. Fun for the whole family!

Register for Teddy Bear Stories
Library Quest: Seek & Find!

Ages 12 and under.

Win a prize for finding our pictures hidden around the Children’s Room!

Winter Wanderings: February 15-March 1

Drop in all day - no registration.
The Science of Music

Monday, February 18 at 10:30 am (school closed for Presidents Day)

Ages 5-11.

Join Steve “The Dirtmeister” Tomecek to explore the science behind some common musical instruments in a wild and wacky look at the physics of sound. Discover how sound is made and how vibrations travel through the air, water and even solids. With the help of a laser, people will actually be able to see the “Sound of Music!”

Register for The Science of Music

Outragehisss…Pets: Camouflage!

Friday, March 22 at 3:30pm (Nyack schools closed for Superintendent’s Day)

Ages 3-10.

Join Outragehisss…Pets for an exciting program about how animals use camouflage for protection. Meet and pet live animals while learning how animals defend themselves for survival.

Register for Outragehisss...Pets: Camouflage
Winter Programs for Age 5 and younger

Open Playtime

January 14 – March 25

Mondays from 10am-1pm for ages 5 and under.

It’s playtime in the Storytime Room, no matter what the weather brings! A great chance to meet other local families while you enjoy books, games, toys and puzzles with your little one(s).

No registration.
Pint-size Playtime

Jan. 11 – March 29

Fridays from 11:30am – 1:30pm for ages 35 months and under.

Drop in anytime for playtime geared especially for tiny tots. The storytime room will have early development toys, puzzles, books, and activities for babies and toddlers to discover and learn. Meet other caregivers in the community while your little one explores!

No registration.
Winter Babies

Fridays at 10:30am for ages 2 months - 18 months with adult.

January 25-March 15 (no program 2/22).

Weekly movement, rhymes & music. Please make alternate arrangements for other children.

Register for Winter Babies
Toddler Toasty Tales

Thursdays at 10:30am for ages 19-35 months with adult.

January 24-March 14 (no program 2/21).

Weekly storytime with books and beyond! Please make alternate arrangements for other children.

Register for Toddler Toasty Tales

Pre-K Winter Stories

Tuesdays at 10:30am OR Wednesdays at 4:30pm (choose one).

Tuesdays from January 29-March 12 (no program 2/19)
OR Wednesdays from January 23-March 13 (no program 2/20, 2/27).

Weekly storytimes for ages 3 – Kindergarten.

Great books, games, movement and songs. Parents welcome!

Register for Pre-K Winter Stories Tuesdays

Register for Pre-K Winter Stories Wednesdays

Fitness Fun

Select dates at 10:30am for ages 2-5 years.

Join us for active fun focused on getting everyone playing and moving!

Thursday, January 17 and Wednesday, February 20.
(Register separately for each program.)

Register for Fitness Fun
Yoga and Music Play

Tuesdays, March 19 & 26 (2 week session)

10:30am: ages 3-5 years
11:15am: ages 18 months-35 months with adult

Join Michelle Solomon for a blend of music and yoga using animal poses. Children will enjoy movement, singing, playing instruments, and more in this lively program.

Register for Yoga and Music Play for 18-35 month-olds

Register for Yoga and Music Play for 3-5 year olds
Winter Programs for Elementary School Children

Picture Book Pals: Book Clubs for Grades K-2

Select Mondays at 5pm.

We’ll read the books together, then do a fun craft related to the story.

Books will be available at the Children’s Room Desk one week prior to the program.

Jan. 14: Penguin Problems, by Jory John. (In & out of Nyack School District may register starting Jan. 2.)

Feb. 4: Click, Clack, Moo I Love You! by Doreen Cronin.

Mar. 4: I See Spring, by Charles Ghigna.

Register for Picture Book Pals: Book Club for Grades K-2

Bookaneers: Book Clubs for Grades 3-5

Select Mondays at 5pm

Books will be available at the Children’s Room Desk one month prior to the program.

Jan. 28: Who was Lewis Carroll? By Pam Pollack. We’ll discuss Carroll’s interesting life story, then create an Alice in Wonderland craft.

Feb. 25: The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street, by Karina Yan Glaser. We’ll discuss life in the city for the Vanderbeekers and make a fun craft.

Mar. 11: West Meadows Detectives: The Case of Maker Mischief, by Liam O’Donnell. We’ll discuss this mystery and make a craft for Spring.

Register for Bookaneers: Book Club for Grades 3-5
Winter S.T.E.A.M. Programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math)

I Love Music

Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 5pm for Grades 1-5.

Test your musical knowledge! We’ll play games focusing on a range of musical instruments and the interesting sounds they make.

Register for I Love Music
Sweet Valentines

Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 4:30pm for Grades K-5.

Come decorate some delicious cupcakes for Valentine’s Day!

[Note: Please notify staff of any allergies when registering.]

Register for Sweet Valentines
Brain Games: Building Big

Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 5pm for Grades 2-5.

How BIG can you build it? Can you make a tower to the ceiling? Or a bridge over ten feet long? Find out with our giant foam “tinker toy” set in this creative engineering program for kids who can dream BIG!

Register for Brain Games
Celebrate Pi Day!

Thursday, March 14 at 4:30pm for Grades 2-5.

Come and listen to the story, Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi, by Cindy Neuschwander while eating apple pie! Then create your own beaded bracelet based on the numbers of Pi (3.14159).

[Note: Apple pie will be served. Please notify staff of any allergies when registering.]

Register for Celebrate Pi Day!

How to Get the Most from Technology

Monday, March 18 at 5pm for Grades K-2.

We’ll take a kid-friendly look at some fun videos from Ruff Ruffman of PBS Kids, discuss them, and then quiz ourselves about using everyday technology, including the Internet, cell phones, and GPS. Parents welcome!

Register for How to Get the Most from Technology

Download the Children's Monthly Calendar PDF Below

Registration Information

  • February 2019 Children's Calendar
  • March 2019 Children's Calendar
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