The Children’s Room is a bright and welcoming place to discover children’s books, family movies, and music CDs, attend story times, use an iPad, engage in a craft or game, or receive suggestions from our librarians on what to read next. Our Story Times engage children with humor and intelligence thereby instilling a love of reading and creative exploration. Parents, caretakers, and teachers from daycare centers appreciate these programs too, as the Library provides a place to gather and connect with one another.
Lap Time for Pipsqueaks
10:30am, Tuesday, Nov 21, 28; Dec 5, 12, 19
10:30am, Friday, Dec 1, 8, 15, 22
Led by Rachel Izes
Little Folks & Friends
18 Months-3 Years
10:30am, Wednesday, Nov 22, 28; Dec 6, 13, 20
Led by Rachel Izes
Read More Threes & Fours
1pm, Tuesday, Nov 21, 28; Dec 5, 12, 19
led by Rachel Izes
Drop in for Story Times. Please join our mailing list to receive program offerings and schedule changes.
Wednesday, 4:00pm, Nov 28; December 9
K – grade 2
Children will love listening to stories read aloud, by June O’Neill, with a dramatic flair and sense of humor!
Saturday, December 9
11:00am – noon
Read to Halle the Yellow Labrador.
Children in kindergarten through second grade are invited to read a few pages from a favorite book or show their favorite illustrations to certified therapy dogs accompanied by their owners.
Halle is a certified Therapy Dog with Pet Partners and will be accompanied by her owner.
Led by Barbara Bethea Have you studied English but want more practice speaking with others? The Library now offers adults an opportunity to practice and improve everyday communication skills in a friendly group. Topics include conversations when shopping, visiting the doctor, on the job, meeting with your child’s teacher, and more. Workshops are held on Saturdays monthly and are free. No registration required.
Saturday, December 2
11:00am – noon
Flor Smith and Rachel Izes sing songs and read picture books in both English and Spanish.
Flor Smith y Rachel Izes cantan canciones y leen libros de cuentos ilustrados tanto en inglés como en español.
Saturday, December 16
Flor Bromley presents stories, music, movement, puppetry, and drama in a bilingual (English/Spanish) program for young children.
The Library’s Homework Helper program provides assistance to school children grades 2-5 on a drop-in basis. Special thanks to Teen Team members for guiding younger students.
Children & Adults
11am – 1pm
Bring the family on Saturdays to build a LEGO structure, play a board game, play with a puzzle, or browse the books in the library.
Wednesday, November 29; Tuesday, December 19
Children in grades 3-4 are invited to join a new monthly book group. Guided by Willoughby Levesque & Erin Meyer, participants will chat about the chapter books they love to read and share with others. A friendly gathering with snacks provided.
Wednesday, December 20
Tweens are invited to join this group for snacks and to talk about what they’re reading. Newcomers welcome any time.
RSVP: Please call if you plan to attend: 914.666.6472 or register online here.
Friday, October 27
Babies – Grade 1
Meet at the Library dressed in costume for a trick or treat walk together to downtown businesses. The walk is followed by not-so-scary Halloween stories with Rachel Izes and June O’Neill at the Bedford Hills Train Station.
Saturday, October 14
11:00am – 12:30pm
Does your child put up a fuss at bedtime? Does he/she wake up during the night and call for you? This workshop explores common sleep problems — such as stalling, night terrors, and sleep walking — and teaches strategies for establishing bedtime routines (like sharing books!) that promote literacy development and promise better nights for the whole family. Led by Idie Benjamin, Child Care Council of Westchester. Save your spot and register today.
2017 Summer Reading Program
The Bedford Hills Free Library participates in the New York State Library and the Collaborative Summer Library Program to promote recreational reading for everyone. The Library also partners with the Bedford Central School District to support the required summer reading for elementary school children. In addition, we share age-appropriate reading lists from the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), award-winning titles, and staff picks.
Summer Reading Game
Children in grades K-5 are encouraged to sign up for our Summer Reading Game. Our librarians share recommended reading lists, check out books and other materials, and offer small prizes to motivate readers. We will be open Saturdays throughout Summer Reading to encourage participation and ensure that everyone in our community has access to our free resources.
Summer Reading Events Series and Activities
The Library also presents a series of family events and hands-on workshops to keep kids reading and learning. Our Wacky Wednesday series is offered for kids K-Grade 2 and our STEAM Rollers series focuses science, technology, engineering, arts, and math topics for kids Grades 3-5. Events offer fun approaches to skills-building to help kids to avoid the “summer slide” in learning. Other activities include Dive into Reading at the Pool, and games and crafts for families.
Summer Reading Kickoff Festival
Saturday, June 10, 10am-2pm
Welcome to the Library! Meet our Librarians and explore all the free resources the Library has to offer. Sign up for Summer Reading and get your Game Kit to Go. From 11am-1pm explore A Musical Journey through Books with Beth and Scott Bierko performing funny, original songs adapted from folktales around the world. Rachel Izes and Nancy Coradin present Los Cuentos/The Stories, in Spanish and English. Play games and win prizes – Gaint Chess, Pokemon Go in the Library, and a Scrabble tournament. Enjoy refreshments provided by Nolvi’s Deli and Market.
Dive into Reading at the Pool
Summer reading materials for children and adults to share by borrowing and returning during their visit to the pool are made available to Bedford Hills Memorial Park Pool visitors. Sponsored by Splash Car Wash
The Princess Bride
Children and Adults
Thursday, August 10, at 8pm
Join us for an outdoor movie screening of The Princess Bride (1987), with popcorn and ice cream, and to celebrate the conclusion of the Summer Reading Game. Come in your pajamas and bring your favorite beach chair or blanket. Based on the William Goldman novel, The Princess Bride is a fairy tale adventure about a young woman and her one true love. They must battle the evils of the mythical kingdom of Florin to be reunited with each other.
Tech Track is a series of workshops, presented by The Digital Arts Experience instructors, for kids who would like to learn or strengthen their coding skills. Activities include learning Scratch, basic Python, and stop-action animation. The workshops are free to patrons but preregistration is required due to limited space.
Children Grades 3-5
Tuesdays at 4 pm
Learn how movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas, Wallace and Gromit, and more were made. Stop motion animations are created by taking lots of individual pictures and playing them back at a certain speed to create movement. Explore stop motion animation by creating stories with Legos. Space is limited. See Photos Here!
Adventures in Scratch
Create original video games using Scratch, an MIT designed programming language designed to make programming fun and easy. Students learn codes and explore the ins and outs of creating games. By the end of the class, students will be able to create original games to share with friends and family! See Photos Here!
Learn about a programming environment specifically designed to handle graphics and interactivity. Students will explore how to use Python to create graphics and video games! Sign-up in advance to save your spot!
Tech Track is presented by Digital Arts Experience. Participation is limited; sessions are 90 minutes; advanced registration is required.
Wacky Wednesday is a series of stories, creative activities and features a special guest. Activities include exploring music through playing instruments and movement; making a craft or creating art projects; meeting animals from area farms or programs; and projects with local businesses such as decorating cookies with our local bakery.
Children Grades K-2
Wednesdays at 4pm
Music Draws Us Together
Music brings us together. Put down your electronic devices and create music. This interactive event introduces children to drums and rhythm instruments and translates words into rhythms. Presented by Kate Demas & Eric Legato of Hubbels Music School. See photos here!
Meet our Animal Friends
Get up close and personal with our wide variety of friendly animals! From furry chinchillas to slithery snakes to boneless beasts, take a look at amazing diversity in the animal kingdom. Presented by Stamford Museum & Nature Center. See photos here!
Cookie Stories and Decorating
Gather to hear hilarious stories about baking and then walk downtown to MeMe’s Treats Bakery to decorate the cookies. Presented by Dawn White.
STEAM Rollers is a new series of weekly hands-on workshops focused on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) topics. A fun approach to skill building to help kids avoid the “summer slide” in learning.
Children Grades 3-5
Thursdays at 4pm
Wind Tube Challenge
The fun begins when junior inventors use odd and interesting materials to create a flying object and experiment with a fantastic wind tunnel. This is a playful and inventive way of exploring airflow, drag, symmetry, turbulence, air resistance, and gravity. Presented by the Westchester Children’s Museum. See photos here!
Telling stories helps us to understand other cultures and times. Kids create a shadow puppet and learn how to improvise a story. Shadow puppetry is an ancient form of storytelling using flat cut-out figures which are held between a source of light and a translucent screen. Presented by David Feldman, Puppeteer.
What if you didn’t have a GPS? Would you know how to use a map and a compass to find your way? Find clues throughout the library using only a map and a compass. Kids will build their own compass to take home, using a needle, cork, and magnet. Presented by Stephen Sciame of Westmoreland Sanctuary.
Creative Crafts and Games
No Sew Book Bag
Saturday, June 24, from 11am – Noon
If you are planning to check out a lot of books and movies during Summer Reading, why not create your own unique book bag and make a personal statement? Bring an old T-shirt or use recycled fabrics provided by the library, and we’ll show you how to make a “no-sew” bag to keep and use all summer.
Children Grades 3-5
Saturday, July 8, from 11am – 12:30pm
Create your own book cover using fabric, paint, ink, pencil, or photos, with a journal provided by the Library. During the summer, draw, paste magazine cutouts or photos, or doodle on your journal pages. Write a poem, share your thoughts, review a book, or record a quote. Your journal may be added to the Library collection. Led by Léna Roy of Writopia Lab.
Children & Adults
Saturday, August 5, from 11am – Noon
Families and adults of all ages come together to paint a message on one or two rocks – one to keep and one to place in our rock garden or in places throughout Bedford Hills for others to discover. Build a Better World reminds us that we are all capable of making change through simple thoughts and acts.
Recommended Books and Other Resources for Children
Children and Families
TumbleBooks – An online collection of animated, talking picture books, reading comprehension quizzes, educational games and teacher resources for libraries.
International Children’s Digital Library A digital library of outstanding children’s books from around the world in different languages.
Reading Lists for Children: NoveList
Parents: American Library Association Great Web Sites for Kids
Tools that can change your life:
Helping your children – child development, helping your child learn, etc.
Reading Tips for Reading to Babies
Reading Tips for Reading to Toddlers
Resources for Parents
Child Care Council of Westchester www.childcarewestchester.org makes high-quality, affordable child care a reality for Westchester families. Part of a state and national network of child care resource and referral agencies, the Council links families to child care options, supports over 750 child care providers and programs with training, technical assistance and resources, and partners with the local community to build a stronger Westchester.
EssentialMom.com is the one stop site for parents in Westchester County, NY. Find classes, events, summer camps, advice and more, all accessible in the time it takes to tie a shoe, find a favorite tutu, and get back out the door.
New! – ABC Mouse is now available from home. WLS is the first library system in the country to have access to the new ABCmouse.com “Home Checkout” service. This service allows patrons to access the full ABCMouse.com site (normally $7.95 per month) at home for free when you use your library card to login.