Children's Happenings

January 2019

Start the year off right at the library!

Write and Illustrate Your Own Book Contest


Calling all young authors and illustrators in Kindergarten through 8th grade! 


Have you finished creating your book for the contest yet?  If not, there are still a few weeks left to enter our 44th annual Write and Illustrate Your Own Book Contest.  Follow the contest rules found on our website and contest flyer to create an original submission.  Prizes will be awarded at each grade level for the best books.


All entries must be submitted to the UM Township Library by Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 9pm.


Library Closed
The UM Township Library will be closing early on December 31, 2018 at 5pm and will be closed on January 1, 2019 for New Years.  Wishing all of you a wonderful 2019!

Play Workshop
Friday, January 4 and Friday, January 11 · 10-11am
For children ages 1-3 
Freedom Hall


Please come to this fun filled play time experience with lots of developmentally appropriate toys for kids to enjoy together.  Register here.

Junior Friends Meeting
Monday, January 7· 7-8pm
For students in grades 5-8 
Little Theater


 Calling all Middle School students!  You're invited to be a part of our Junior Friends of the Library to help the library with special projects and events.  This community service program is a great way to hang out with friends while helping the library!  No registration required.

Young Picasso Art for Preschoolers

Tuesday, January 8 ·1:30-2:30pm


For children ages 3.5-5

Henderson Room


Get creative at this hands-on art program designed for preschoolers.  Register here.

Young Picasso Art for Toddlers

Wednesday, January 9 ·10:30-11:30pm


For children ages 2-3.5

Henderson Room


Toddlers can make some unique artwork at this fun event  Register here.

 Passport Pals

Monday, January 14· 6:30-7:30pm

For students in grades 3-6

Little Theater


Passport Pals is a cool and interactive way to learn about different countries and cultures. Activities include crafts, games and snacks from different featured countries! This month's program will focus on Norway. Register here.

Preschool Explorers

Tuesday, January 15 · 1:30-2:15pm

For kids ages 3.5-5

Little Theater


Explore Science, Technology, Engineering, art and Math (STEAM) concepts at this fun, hands-on story time program designed for preschoolers.  This month's theme will be snow!  Register here.

Mindfulness for Kids

Wednesday, January 16 · 6:30-7:30pm

For kids ages 5-8

Little Theater


Bring your child to this class to learn great ways to unwind through mindfulness activities and much more!  This workshop is educational and focuses on being mindful, learning self-acceptance and stress management for kids.  Register here.

Special Story Time

Friday, January 18 ·10:30-11am

For kids ages birth-5

Little Theater


Join us for a fun story time filled with books, rhymes, songs and a special craft.  There will be an ASL interpreter present as well.  Register here.

Saturday Story Time

Saturday, January 19 · 10:30-11am

For kids ages birth-5

Little Theater


Families with young children are invited to learn more about early literacy skills through lively stories, music, rhythm and rhyme!  Register here.

Lego Building

Monday, January 21 · 11am-12pm

For students in grades K-4

Little Theater


Enjoy your day off from school by building and creating with Legos at the library! 

Register here.

Start the New Year Right:  No Screen Time! 

Family Gaming Event

Monday, January 21 · 2-6pm

For families

Freedom Hall


Come with your family to enjoy a fun "Gaming Event" at the library.  We will have lots of board games set up to play and feel free to bring your own too.  Stop by anytime to play. Light refreshments will be served!  Register here.

Super Build Workshop

Monday, January 21 · 4-5pm

For students in grades 4-8



Build and explore with lots of interesting and educational STEM toys, including robots, legos, cubelets and more.  Register here.

Winter Story Time

Six week session

Week of January 21st  -  Week of February 25th

For kids ages birth - 5 and their families

Little Theater


Find the perfect story time for your child and give them the gift of reading this year!  Have fun through books and songs while reinforcing important early literacy skills.  We offer story times geared to Infants (birth-2), Toddler (2-3.5), Preschool (3.5-5) and Families (birth-5). We have story times on weekday mornings, afternoon and evening.  Register here.


Kitchen Chemistry

Wednesday, January 23 · 6:30-7:30pm

For students in grades 2-4

Little Theater


Join us to learn about some basic chemistry lessons through a series of fun, hands-on and tasty activities and experiments  This months class will focus on solubility using M&Ms.  

Register here.

CHIP Outreach and Enrollment Session

Tuesday, January 29 · 11:10am-2:30pm

For parents of children (birth-18)

Children's Library


CHIP is short for the Children's Health Insurance Program, Pennsylvania's program to provide health insurance to uninsured children and teens who are not eligible for or enrolled in Medical Assistance. There are a lot of reasons kids might not have health insurance — maybe their parents lost a job, don't have health insurance at work, or other options just cost too much. Whatever the reason, CHIP may be able to help.  Come out this day to meet CHIP representatives, learn more about this program and enroll on the spot if appropriate. 

More info on CHIP can be found here.

UM Preschool Expo 2019

Wednesday, January 30 · 6-7:30pm

For parents of young children (birth - 5)

Freedom Hall and Atrium


Come hear more about all the wonderful preschool and childcare options available for your child in UM Township.  This expo is free and open to the community. Meet directors/teachers from every school and ask them question about their various educational programs and approaches to learning. There will also be community service and support groups there that will provide great info for parents.  Free childcare will be provided for children ages 2 and up.  No registration required.

To learn more about any of the programs listed above, please stop by the library, call us at 610-265-4806 or register using the event calendar on our website.

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