Briarcliff Manor Public Library, One Library Road, Briarcliff Manor, New York, 914-941-7072


CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
Virtually Browse our New Children's Books. Browse Book Now


Schedule a Chat with Amy
Activities & Boredom Busters
Booklists
Virtual Storytimes
Video Booktalks
Virtual Reading to Rover
Virtual Chess Club
Virtual Book Discussions
Online Resources
HALLOWEEN FUN





SCHEDULE A (PHONE OR VIDEO) CHAT WITH AMY
Do you want to chat with Amy about books you've been reading lately? Do you want to get some book recommedations about what to read next? Are you having trouble figuring out how to utilize the library's digital resources? Do want Amy to pull some suggestions for a cubside pickup appointment?

Use this form to request a meeting. Do not consider the meeting scheduled until you recieve a confirmation. Amy can't wait to talk to you!!

SCHEDULE A MEETING WITH AMY



HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES & BOREDOM BUSTERS
FALL: ORIGAMI ANIMALS, Zoom live and recorded

Fridays at 4:30 pm, October 2 - October 23.
-- At each meeting we will be making a different origami animal. We will guide participants along slowly and step by step. Follow along live at a zoom meeting with the opportunity to ask questions along the way or watch the video later and follow along. The video will be posted a few days later on this webpage.

Register to get the Zoom link & a bundle of paper for the program (includes several square paper scraps and 8 sheets of official origami paper) via curbside pickup appointment. Email Amy Kaplan at abgkaplan@gmail.com to register.

ACTIVITY ARCHIVES -- Is your family looking for ways to keep the kids from getting bored and to keep them away from their screens? We found tons of activities that are engaging, fun, and don't require leaving your house or yard. We had an activity newsletter over the spring and summer and sent science experiments, games to play around the house, adventures for the yard, and craft/art ideas. We provided ideas that work for a range of ages- from toddlers to preteens. We sent an idea a day last spring and weekly ideas around a common theme this summer.



HALLOWEEN 2020
HALLOWEEN BOOKS -- Browse the Halloween books that we have at our library and let us know which ones you want to pickup at a curbside pickup appointment. You can place holds on the books in the catalog or just call us with the titles that you want us to set aside for you.

Browse the books below. If you click on the cover, it will bring you to a pinterest page and a larger cover image. Next to that image will be a link to catalog.westechesterlibraries.org that you can click on to see the summary or place a hold.

NOTE FULL COLLECTION NOT SHOWN. FOR FULL COLLECTION GO TO PINTEREST PAGE.


SPECIAL HALLOWEEN PROGRAM, Register Now --Celebrate Halloween with Briarcliff Library by taking part in our special program. Be featured in our Halloween slideshow, get a special Halloween gift bag, and enjoy a virtual program with Halloween read alouds, our slideshow viewing, and other Halloween fun.

How it works:
  • Schedule a special appointment (REGISTER HERE) to come to the library in costume and get your picture taken outside in Law Park [NOTE: Photo will be in a slideshow on our website until the end of November.]


  • At your photo taking session you will receive a small Halloween gift bag to take home


  • Join us on Friday, October 30th at 4:30 pm via Zoom to view the slideshow, listen to Halloween read alouds and enjoy some other family Halloween fun.



BOOKLISTS to help you navigate the ebook collections





STORYTIMES
  • FALL STORYTIMES - ZOOM LIVE AND RECORDED

    Preschool Storytime (2.5 - 4 year olds), Zoom live & recorded

    TUESDAYS AT 11:00 AM, SEPTEMBER 29 - OCTOBER 27 -- Enjoy short interactive books and singing songs at this storytime. The intended audience is 2.5 - 4 year olds with caregivers.

    Register for the live storytime to get the Zoom link by emailing Amy Kaplan at abgkaplan@gmail.com. (No time on Tuesday mornings? Videos will be posted a few days later and linked from this webpage.)

    Afterschool Stories (age 5 to grade 2), Zoom live & recorded

    THURSDAYS AT 4:30 PM, SEPTEMBER 24 - OCTOBER 22 -- Showcasing the library's newest picture book arrivals! We want to know what YOU think of them! Amy will read aloud a few picture books (that our library just added to the collection) at each meeting. Participants will relax, listen and then vote for their favorite.

    Register for the live storytime to get the Zoom link by emailing Amy Kaplan at abgkaplan@gmail.com. (No time on Thursday afternoons? Videos will be posted a few days later and linked from this webpage.)



  • SPRING 2020 STORYTIME VIDEOS

    Babies and Toddlers with Caregivers

    Don't forget to take a Dance break & a Book break! (Music from Storytime, grab any book and read together)



    Hooked on Books

    View Videos This program is for 4 - 7 year olds with caregivers. Note these storytimes are password protected. -- Password Request Form

    Preschool Storytimes

    View Videos This program is for almost 3s to 5 year olds with caregivers. Note these storytimes are password protected. -- Password Request Form



WATCH 2020 VIDEO BOOK TALKS

Watch booktalks -- Each year Briarcliff Manor Public Library and Todd School partner together for a 4th and 5th graders video book talk club. The kids write, film and edit their book talks. The kids are promoting books that they LOVED to other kids! Many books talked about are on the Todd School summer reading list. Watch them to get some ideas for what to read next.



VIRTUAL READING TO ROVER program

Register Now -- Our therapy dog is ready to listen online...(and, dog lovers: she looks extremely cute on camera!) Read aloud to a trained therapy dog over a ZOOM meeting.



CHESS CLUB online

We are bringing our chess club online! Unfortunately, we will not be able to provide instruction. However, if your child knows the game and wants to meet online with other kids from Briarcliff to play a game of chess let me know! Please contact Amy Kaplan at abgkaplan@gmail.com.

Fall 2020: Virtual Chess Club is not meeting this Fall and may resume this Winter. Stay tuned! Contact us with interest!



VIRTUAL BOOK DISCUSSIONS
Please note age groups. Registration is required.

FOR CHILDREN IN GRADES 2 - 4:
  • Tuesday, October 6 at 6:00 pm -- Upside Down Magic by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins.


  • Tuesday, November 10 at 6:00 pm -- The Ember Stones (The Last Firehawk, 1) by Katrina Charman.

    Enjoy a short trivia game and discussion about the book at each meeting. Meetings are virtual via Zoom. Registration is required. Contact Amy Kaplan at abgkaplan@gmail.com to register.


FOR CHILDREN IN GRADES 4 - 6:
  • Thursday, October 8 at 5:30 pm -- Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder.


  • Thursday, November 19 at 5:30 pm -- My Year in the Middle by Lila Quintero Weaver.

    Enjoy a short trivia game and discussion about the book at each meeting. Meetings are virtual via Zoom. Registration is required. Contact Amy Kaplan at abgkaplan@gmail.com to register.




ONLINE RESOURCES for children only

*Please note that the resources featured on the ebooks, audiobooks, etc. pages include children's materials. The following are online resources that are for children only.
Tumblebooks - With Tumblebooks, the computer will read books aloud to you, or you can opt to read them yourself, while seeing the text and pictures on the creen. There are also some older reader options with large easy to read font. This resource has books in English, Spanish, and French. There is also the Tumblebooks app available for download.

ABC Mouse - Use your library card to check out access to this resource for a 3 week period. Please note spots are limited. If you are not able to "Check Out Account" try again in a few days.

TumbleMath - Tumblebooks is providing free access to this resource while schools are closed. Find tons of stories that reinforce and teach math concepts. There are also quizzes by grade level. (If it asks you to login, use the username: tumble2020, password: A3b5c6)

Kanopy Kids - Kanopy Kids highlights films and TV series that help children develop empathy, mindfulness, and self-esteem through entertaining and educational videos. Kanopy has partnered with Common Sense Media™ to provide developmentally appropriate age rating for videos on Kanopy Kids. You will need your library card and pin to utilize this resource.
















































































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This website was created by Amy B.G. Kaplan (abgkaplan@westchesterlibraries.org)

Last revised September 10, 2020