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Community Playspace
Playspace for Tots

10-10:45 am (following Laptime Story Time)

If you'd like to learn about Scrabble or just play for fun, join the club!
Recommended for Grades 3-8
Meets 1st Saturday of the month
2:30-3:30 PM
All skill levels accepted


Teddy Bear Tea Party
Saturday July 13
11:30AM - 12:30 PM
Free event. No registration required.

Join Rebecca Burdett, Kindergarten Teacher, and her friend, John Emerson Thoreau Bearroughs, Nature Adventure Bear, for a summer tea party! We’ll sing, eat tiny cakes, drink herbal tea and start a summer Nature Journal. BYOB! (Bring Your Own Bear!)

Rebecca has been an early childhood educator in the Hudson Valley for the past 36 years. She currently teaches at Duzine Elementary School, and is a Teaching Consultant for the Hudson Valley Writing Project.

Children's Nature Program:
I Love Bugs!
Wednesday July 17
1:00 - 2:00 PM

Free program for children 4-7 years old
Pre-register by July 10

Join special guest Laura Conner, Environmental Educator at Minnewaska State Park Preserve, and Children’s Librarian Amy Laber, for a fun program all about bugs! We will learn about the basic characteristics of insects, read stories, sing songs about them and go on a bug hunt. Children will have the opportunity to search for insects outside the library with nets and magnifiers and create a bug craft!
Please call the Gardiner Library at 845-255-1255 to pre-register.

The Artist in All of Us Family Art Workshops
Children ages 5-12 welcome with the help of an adult.
Wednesdays 3:30 - 4:30 PM
(Call the library to register)

July 17: The Birds All Around
Register by July 15
Listen to the book Rainbow Crow, then analyze the wonderful sculptures of artist Pablo Picasso. See the fantastic ceramic owls he made and delve into the techniques of sculpting your own owl.

July 24: Find Your Pose
Register by July 22
Sing and dance to the book Dem Bones. Then look at the art of the wonderful sculptor Alberto Giacometti and sculpt your own figure with a pose YOU come up with.

July 31: Cats, Cats, Cats!
Register by July 31
lore the wonderful world of artist Laurel Burch and her colorful cat images! Read the hilarious book Me and My Cat then draw and paint your own style cat.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson.

Summer Sugar Cookie
Dance Party
Saturday July 20
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Kids ages 2-5 are invited to our beach-themed cookie party. Decorate your cookies while dancing to kid-friendly jams. Toss beach balls and have fun under the sprinkler. Bring your own towel!

Anime Movie Nights

Watch an anime favorite while enjoying snacks and drawing and/or coloring characters. Drawing supplies provided.

My Neighbor Totoro
Wednesday July 24 at 5:30 PM

Sushi snacks, popcorn and refreshments.

Kiki's Delivery Service
Wednesday July 31 at 5:30 PM
Edible brooms, pizza and refreshments.

Wednesday August 21 at 5:30 PM

Ramen, treats and refreshments.

The Cat Returns
Wednesday August 28 at 5:30 PM

Decorate cat sugar cookies, popcorn and refreshments.

Harry Potter Party
Friday July 26
6:00 - 9:00 PM

Potions, magical fare, hovering owls and mysterious mailings. Bring your own broom to decorate. Make a Golden Snitch and wand. Themed snacks. Watch Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone while taking part in this mystical evening of events!

Story Time From Space
Saturday July 27
12:00 - 1:00 PM

Aspiring space travelers and explorers of all ages, come read with the astronauts!!
3...2..1... BLAST OFF! We'll hear REAL astronauts read picture books to you from space!
We'll make our own space crafts to take home.
No registration required.
All ages welcome.

History and Fossils of New York State
Tuesday July 30
6:30 - 7:30 PM

Kids 8 and over can learn from high school teacher Karen Hoferichter a brief history of the regions of New York State and the changes the land has gone through with a hands-on experience of New York State Fossils. Examine how fossils form and have a chance to form your own "Fossil".

Battle of the Books 2019
Meetings Bi-Weekly on Sundays July 14 - August 25
Sign up at the library
Grades 7 & up
Contact Carolyn at for more information

Compete against other public libraries in this Jeopardy-style match. Buzz in. Answer. Victory! A moderator asks 17 questions per round concerning eight pre-selected books. This year's chosen books are (read them all or a few): The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore Illegal by Eoin Colfer & Andrew Donkin Simon vs. Homo Sapiens by Becky Albertalli Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk The Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater

Join now and prepare for the regional battle in September! Community Service hours, monthly team meet-ups at the library April through June and weekly over the summer. T-Shirts, prizes and more.

Super Special Story Time:
Beautiful Birds
Thursday August 15
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Ages 4-5 years

Join special guest Laura Conner, Environmental Educator at Minnewaska State Park Preserve, and Children’s Librarian Amy Laber, for a story time that’s for the birds, literally! Children will hear stories featuring birds and they’ll listen to bird calls, see bird nests and touch bird feathers. Then, with some help from their parents, each child will make their own binoculars that they can take home. We’ll wrap up our session with a short walk to look and listen for birds outside near the library. This program will take place during the normal summer story time for four and five year olds, accompanied by a parent or guardian.
No registration required.