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
Craft Club & Boredom Busters
Booklists of ebooks
Storytimes via Zoom
Video Booktalks
Reading to Rover, virtual
Chess Club Online
Book Discussions via Zoom
Online Resources
Connecting Caregivers of babies/young tots
HANUKKAH & CHRISTMAS BOOKS virtual browse


BRIARCLIFF HISTORY HUNT!
an around the Village scavenger hunt for families
PRINT/VIEW SCAVENGER HUNT SHEET

Briarcliff Manor-Scarborough Historical Society has a challenge for the families of Briarcliff. Get to know some Village history along the way! Can you find all of the sites pictured? If you take any pictures of yourself at the sites you find and post them on Facebook please use the hashtag #briarcliffhistoryhunt. We would love to see them! Also, we would love to hear about your Briarcliff history hunt experience! Did you find them all? How long did it take you? Which one was the hardest to find? Email Amy Kaplan at abgkaplan@gmail.com.






HANUKKAH & CHRISTMAS BOOKS!
Ask us to pull one for you to pick up curbside - curbside details (note: some books may already be checked out)







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
WINTER CRAFT CLUBS -- Registration is required for this program. All registrants will be able to pick up their Craft Club kit at a curbside pickup appointment and will get the Zoom links. Participants will follow along to make the projects at the live Zoom meetings. There will be a different project each time. Note that you will need to suppliment with a few supplies from home such as glue, scissors, markers, etc. Recordings of the meetings and a kit materials list will be provided on the website for those who wish to follow along at another time. Please note dates and age groups below:
  • CRAFT CLUB KIDS: for grades 1 - 5. Children ages 8 and under will need a caregiver to attend the Zoom meeting with them as a helper. 4:30 pm on January 15, 29, February 12 & 26.

  • CRAFT CLUB TEENS: for grades 6 - 12. 4:30 pm on January 8, 22, February 5 & 19.


ORIGAMI ANIMALS -- This program was held in the Fall of 2020. All of the live Zoom meetings were recorded for you to watch anytime. Cut some paper into squares and follow along with the videos to learn how to make your own origami animals.

Dog video instructions sheet Duck video instruction sheet
Sea lion video instructions sheet Butterfly (and flower) video butterfly instructions & flower instructions


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.



BOOKLISTS to help you navigate the ebook collections





CONNECTING CAREGIVERS OF CHILDREN 2 & UNDER
WINTER ZOOM SERIES FOR CAREGIVERS/PARENTS -- Register now for this special Zoom series with the aim of connecting local caregivers/parents of children ages 2 and under (birth to around 30 months). Each meeting begins with a very brief presentation by the children's librarian. This may include anything from a book recommendation or song demonstration to a you-and-the-baby exercise idea or a sign to learn for baby sign language. This is followed by a quick guided "ice breaker" for all participants to get to know each other. Most of the meeting is reserved for an informal discussion/chat amongst participants. A different suggested "topic" is introduced at each meeting. Participants may chat about this topic, or simply about anything related to their common experience.
  • Mondays at 10:30 - 11:30 am: January 4, 11, 25, February 1, 8, 22 and March 1, 8 and 15. Contact Amy Kaplan at abgkaplan@gmail.com to register.




STORYTIMES
  • WINTER STORYTIMES - ZOOM LIVE AND RECORDED

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

    TUESDAYS AT 11:30 AM, JANUARY 12 - FEBRUARY 2 & FEBRUARY 23 - MARCH 16 -- Enjoy short interactive books and singing songs/brief interactive activities 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.)

    WINTER VIDEOS WILL BE POSTED HERE
    password request form


    • Look here for the first video a few days after the first live meeting date, scroll down for other archived storytimes


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

    THURSDAYS AT 4:30 PM, JANUARY 14 - MARCH 18 (no meeting on February 18th) -- 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.)

    WINTER VIDEOS WILL BE POSTED HERE
    password request form


    • Look here for the first video a few days after the first live meeting date, scroll down to watch the Fall series of Afterschool Stories



  • VIEW ARCHIVED 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)


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    Afterschool Stories

    View Videos This program is for 5 year olds to 2nd graders and are simply read alouds of pictures books that are new to our library! Which one will be your favorite? Note these storytimes are password protected. -- Password Request Form

    Hooked on Books

    View Videos This program is for 4 - 7 year olds with caregivers. Each program features one story read aloud and presents a book extension activity idea to do after viewing. 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. This program features read alouds, songs and interactive actitivies. Note these storytimes are password protected. -- Password Request Form



GAME NIGHTS FOR 5th - 8th GRADERS

  • VIRTUAL GAME NIGHT -- March 23 at 6:30 - 7:30 pm, Enjoy some friendly competition with a drawing game and a trivia game. Meeting via Zoom. Contact Amy Kaplan at abgkaplan@gmail.com to register.


  • VIRTUAL ESCAPE ROOM NIGHT -- March 23 at 6:30 - 7:30 pm, Register with a friend and tackle the escape rooms together! Unlock a series of puzzles and codes to make it to the finish. Of course, you can also register without a friend and get paired up with a partner at the event. Meeting via Zoom. Contact Amy Kaplan at abgkaplan@gmail.com to register.



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 Soon - Winter Dates Coming Soon -- 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 brought 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! Our teen coaches will also be at meetings to play games with the kids during the meetings. Please contact Amy Kaplan at abgkaplan@gmail.com if you want to join the club!

Winter 2020: Tuesdays at 4 - 5 pm, December 8, 2020 - February 9, 2021



VIRTUAL BOOK DISCUSSIONS
Please note age groups. 4th graders may join both groups or pick the group with which they feel most comfortable. Registration is required.

FOR CHILDREN IN GRADES 2 - 4:
  • Wednesday, January 20 at 5:00 pm -- Curse of King Tut's Mummy (Totally True Adventures) by Kathleen Zoehfeld


  • Wednesday, February 24 at 5:00 pm -- The Spoon in the Bathroom Wall by Tony Johnston


  • Wednesday, March 24 at 5:00 pm -- Saving Windslow by Sharon Creech


  • Wednesday, May 5 at 5:00 pm -- Time Jumpers #1: Stealing the Sword by Wendy Mass

    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:
  • Wednesday, January 27 at 5:00 pm -- Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff


  • Wednesday, March 10 at 5:00 pm -- Magic Theif by Sarah Prineas


  • Wednesday, April 14 at 5:00 pm -- From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks


  • Wednesday, May 26 at 5:00 pm -- Restart by Gordan Korman


  • 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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Last revised December 1, 2020