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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.

SPRING 2019: Registration for programs occurring April 1 through June 15 is open for all patrons. See below for Spring 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 programs occurring April 1 through June 15 is open for all patrons. See below for Spring 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!
Spring Family Programs

Library Quest: Seek & Find!

Ages 12 and under.

Win a prize for finding our pictures hidden around the Children’s Room! Drop in anytime the library is open during the dates below to participate.

Book Cover Quest celebrating National Library Week: April 7-28
Search the Universe: June 7-29

No registration.
Open Craft for National Library Week

Wed. April 10 all day for ages 2 and up.

Let’s have some fun creating your own fictional or autobiographical book to celebrate National Library Week! Younger children can have their adult help them write their story and they can illustrate it, and older children can write and illustrate their own story. Book length is up to you!

No registration.
60th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, April 13 from 12-4pm

Bring the whole family to celebrate Valley Cottage Library’s 60th Anniversary with music, cake, face painting, balloon sculptures, crafts, a scavenger hunt and more!

No registration.
Movie Time!

Ages 3 and up.

Watch a movie on the big screen while school is closed for Spring recess!
No registration.

Mary Poppins Returns, Tuesday, April 23 at 4:30pm. (PG, 130 min.)
The Secret Garden, Thursday, April 25 at 4:30pm. (G, 101 min.)
Teddy Bear Stories

Monday, April 29 at 6:30pm
Saturday, June 8 at 11:30am

Ages 2 and up with adult(s).

Bring your favorite snuggly friend for this Family Storytime. Pajamas optional - fun for the whole family!

Register for Teddy Bear Stories on April 29

Register for Teddy Bear Stories on June 8

Caring Cards & Crafts for Memorial Day

May 1-19
All ages.

Drop in the Children’s Room anytime to make a card for a local senior citizen honoring service men and women on Memorial Day! Decorate and write a note on your card, then we’ll give them to Meals on Wheels to deliver them to seniors and brighten their day.

No registration.
Interactive Family Storytime

Saturday, May 11 at 10:30am

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.

Register for Interactive Family Storytime
Beach Party Concert

Friday, June 7 at 10:30am for all ages.

Let’s get ready for summer and dress for the beach! Join kids’ “musician & funster” Matty Roxx for a lively program filled with music, bubbles and laughs.

Register for Beach Party Concert
Spring Programs for Age 5 and younger

Open Playtime

April 1-June 10 (no program May 27)

Mondays from 10am-1pm

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

April 5 – June 14

Fridays from 11:30am – 1:30pm

Ages 35 months and under.

In this playtime 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.
Blooming Babies

Fridays at 10:30am

Ages 2 mos.-18 mos. w/adult.

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

April 5-May 10 (no program April 26).

Register for Blooming Babies

Springtime Toddlers

Thursdays at 10:30am

Ages 19-35 mos. w/adult.

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

Thursdays from April 4-May 9 (no program April 25).

Register for Springtime Toddlers

Pre-K Storytime Fun

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

Weekly storytimes for ages 3 – Kindergarten.

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

Tuesdays from April 2-May 7 (no program April 23) OR Wednesdays from April 3-May 8 (no program April 24).

Register for Pre-K Storytime Fun Tuesdays

Register for Pre-K Storytime Fun Wednesdays

Early Literacy Adventure: Garden Tea Party!

Thursday, May 16 at 10:30am

Ages 3-5 years w/adult.

Celebrate Spring with our Garden Tea Party Adventure! We’ll explore our indoor “garden” while solving puzzles and playing games with ABC’s and 123’s. Then during our play tea party, we’ll make a craft for our feathered and fuzzy party guests.

(No food/drink will be served, but take home goodie bags will be given.)

Register for Early Literacy Adventure: Garden Tea Party!

Movement with My Gym

Thursday, May 23

10:15am: ages 3-5 years.
11:15am: ages 2 months-18 months.
12pm: ages 19-35 months.

Come and enjoy a fun movement program, compliments of My Gym of Nanuet, including games, relays, sports skills, puppets and more!

(Please arrive on time to fill out a waiver before class.)

Register for Movement with My Gym for age 3-5 years

Register for Movement with My Gym for age 2 months-18 months

Register for Movement with My Gym for age 19-35 months

Music with Mr. Kurt

Thursdays at 10:30am: May 30, June 6, June 13
(3 week session)

Ages 5 years and under w/adult.

Join ‘Mr. Kurt’ Gallagher in making music with his guitar and other fun instruments; moving, stomping and singing some silly tunes.

Register for Music with Mr. Kurt
Spring Programs for Elementary School Children

Picture Book Pals: Book Club for Grades K-2

Select Mondays at 5pm

Join us to read these great books together and then do some fun activities based on the story. Books will be available at the Children’s Room Desk one week prior to the program.

April 8: Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen.

May 6: Giraffe Problems by Jory John.

Register for Picture Book Pals: Book Club for Grades K-2 on April 8

Register for Picture Book Pals: Book Club for Grades K-2 on May 6

Bookaneers: Book Club for Grades 3-5

Select Mondays at 5pm

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

April 15: Who was Harry Houdini? By Tui Sutherland. We’ll discuss his fascinating story and then learn some magic tricks.

May 13: The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies. We’ll discuss this fun story then play some games while drinking lemonade.

Register for Bookaneers: Book Club for Grades 3-5 on April 15

Register for Bookaneers: Book Club for Grades 3-5 on May 13

Spring S.T.E.A.M. Programs (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math)

Jelly Bean Engineering

Thursday, April 4 at 4:30pm for Grades K-2

Can you build a skyscraper or a tower from jelly beans and toothpicks? We’ll test our engineering skills and see what we can build. Creations will be displayed temporarily in the library.

Register for Jelly Bean Engineering
Wacky Math Stories

Wednesday, April 17 at 5pm for Grades 2-5

How many pounds of butter and flour were needed for the world’s largest cupcake? Where in the world does nature make perfect snowballs? Let’s hear fun stories and then answer some mind teaser questions.

Register for Wacky Math Stories

Wednesday, May 1 at 5pm for Grades K-3

We’ll have fun experimenting with making these tiny robots go, zig-zag, dance and more, according to our colorful directions.

Register for Ozobots
Spring Planters

Monday, May 20 at 5pm for Grades K-6

Welcome Spring by creating a colorful grass planter to take home with Christine Fegan of KidsKrafts.

Register for Spring Planters
Rainbow LEGOS™

Tuesday, June 4 at 5pm for Grades K-5

Try your hand at LEGO™ rainbow building! Create an actual rainbow, or use a rainbow of colors to build something uniquely your own, then share your ideas with the group. Creations will be displayed temporarily in the library.

Register for Rainbow LEGOS™

Download the Children's Monthly Calendar PDF Below

Registration Information

  • March 2019 Children's Calendar
  • April 2019 Children's Calendar
  • May 2019 Children's Calendar
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