Children

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.

Story Time

Lap Time for Pipsqueaks
6-18 Months
10:30 am, Tuesday, May 9, 16, 23, 30; June 6, 13
10:30 am, Friday, May 12, 19, 26; June 2, 9, 16
Led by Rachel IzesRachel Reading

Little Folks & Friends
18 Months-3 Years
10:30 am, Wednesday, May 10, 17, 24, 31; June 7, 14
Led by Rachel Izes

Read More Threes & Fours
3-4 Years
2:00 pm, Tuesday, May 9, 16, 23, 30; June 6, 13
Led by Rachel IzesVicki with a book

Older Kids Only
K-3rd grade
4:30 pm, Wednesday, May 10, 17, 24, 31; June 7, 14
Led by Vicki Kriegeskotte

Drop in for Story Times. Please join our mailing list to receive program offerings and schedule changes.

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Special Events

FiestaJoin us for Fiesta!

Date: Sat, June 17
Time: 1pm
Ages: Young Children

Flor Bromley presents stories, music, movement, puppetry, and drama in a new bilingual (English/Spanish) program for young children. Register Here.

Pictures from our January 21 Fiesta

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InBeTween Pages
Led by Susan Polos & Louisa Polos

Date: Wed, May 30 (Last meeting until October)
Time: 6:30pm
Ages: 5th-7th grade

Tweens are invited to join this group for snacks and to talk about what they’re reading. There are 2 titles to choose from for the next meeting: We are holding copies of “Rain Reign” by Ann Martin & “Seventh Wish” by Kate Messner. Read one or both! Please stop by to check out your copy. Newcomers welcome any time.

RSVP: Please call if you plan to attend: 914.666.6472 or register online here.

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Books & BowWows

Date: Sat, June 3
Time: 10:30 – 11:30am
Ages: New Readers

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.

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Parent WorkshopBorn Learning

Date: Next program TBA
Time: 
Parents and Kids

Join us for an Early Literacy Workshop for Parents, led by Idie Benjamin, Child Care Council of Westchester. Discover the most effective ways to help young children start school ready to succeed. Explore simple ways to turn everyday moments into rich opportunities for cognitive and socio-emotional growth. Please sign up by April 26 as space is limited. This workshop is part of the Bedford Hills Free Library, Early Literacy Initiative, sponsored by David and Melanie Worby.

Idie Benjamin, MSED
, is the Director of Professional Development at the Child Care Council of Westchester, where she oversees a program of scheduled and onsite trainings and program quality improvement projects for early childhood providers in Westchester County. Ms. Benjamin has professional experience as a college instructor, program consultant, child care center director, and early childhood and early elementary teacher. She is an experienced workshop presenter and holds the New York State Early Learner Training Credential, Level III.

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Los Cuentos! The Stories!¡los CUENTOS! English/Spanish Story Time
Led by Flor Bromley and Rachel Izes

Date: To be Announced
Time: 10:30am
Ages: 3 years and up

Come and enjoy a bilingual program in the library. Stories, song, and puppets in English and Spanish. Venga y disfrute un programa bilingüe en la biblioteca.  Cuentos y canciones en inglés y español.


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Board Games, Puzzles & Crafts

Dates: Mon-Fri; April 10-14
Time: 3:00 – 5:00pm
All Ages

Stop by the Library to play a board game, work on a puzzle or create a craft with other library patrons.

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Take Your Child to the Library DayTake Your Child to the Library Day

This event was a lot of fun! Thank you to everyone who came out to the Library. The Library invited parents and caregivers to bring children of all ages to the library on Take Your Child to the Library Dayto share their love of reading and libraries. Activities included stories, a scavenger hunt and games with prizes, crafts, and more. Children new to the Bedford Hills Free Library had an opportunity to sign up for their very own library card!

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Seasonal Events

Crafts for KidsBoard Games, Puzzles & Crafts

During the week of Dec 27-30
All ages stopped by the Library to play a board game, work on a puzzle or create a craft with other library patrons.
Crafts included:
Creating Pine Cone Forest People a snow globe, colorful play dough & origami jumping frogs, & other simple shapes.

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How to Train Your Dragon (2010)Family Movie Night

Thank you for joining us at the Library screening of DreamWorks Animation’s 2010 movie How to Train Your Dragon. Children came in their pajamas and brought their favorite beach chair or blanket to the Bedford Hills Community House and enjoyed a night at the movies with friendsHow to Train Your Dragon (2010) is based on Author Cressida Cowell’s 12 book series of the same name.

Thank you to all the children who participated in our Summer Reading program and congratulations to preschool reader Lilah Troiano, K-2 grade reader Bella Zapsky, and 3-5 grade reader Kate Manning for reading so many books!

swimming and reading cartoonSummer Reading
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 starting June 10-August 10, 2017. Sign up in person or on-line. Our librarians share recommended reading lists, check out books and other materials, and offer small prizes to motivate readers. Bedford Hills Free Library is a cool place to go during a summer day to receive support from librarians and special presenters to guide your children’s interests. 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 and STEAM Rollers series focuses on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) topics. Events offer fun approaches to skills-building to help kids to avoid the “summer slide” in learning. Other activities include Story Times for Preschoolers, Dive into Reading at the Pool, and games and crafts for families.

WackyWednesdayDraft_cropWEB (1)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.

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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.

Dive into Reading at the Bedford Hills 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. This program is co-sponsored by the Town of Bedford Recreation and Parks Department. Sponsored by Splash Car Wash.

Story Time with Rachel Izes at the Pool

Date for 2017 to be announced!

Halloween Walk

On October, 27,  2017 for ages first grade and younger we held our Halloween Walk for our littlest patrons. Dressed in costume for a trick or treat walk through town we visited participating stores for treats. Then we headed back to the library for not-so-scary Halloween stories.
Co-sponsored by Members of the Chamber of Commerce

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Fire Prevention Week

On October, 11, 2017 Volunteer firefighters from the Bedford Hills Fire Department offered safety tips for elementary school age children and families. They also demonstrated how equipment is used in an emergency. After a short Q&A, kids inspected the pumper fire truck and tested out the fire-hose.

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The Off the Page series introduced elementary school aged kids to fun theater games and explored the dramatic elements of good stories well told.

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

Find Babysitters and Caregivers

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.

Recent Events

Photos from our most recent Children’s Program.  Young patrons enjoy Take Your Child to the Library Day!