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Dec 13, 2017

Middletown Public Library December Programs

Programming for Children

Maker Monday: Chemistry Rocks! (Ages 7-11) on Monday, December 4 at 4:00 p.m. Explore, predict, tinker, and make. This program will allow young people to develop confidence, creativity, and interest in science, technology, engineering, math, arts, and learning as a whole through making.

DIY Decorative Ornaments (Ages 7+) on Wednesday, December 6 at 4:00 p.m. Come on over to the library and create some lovely festive winter balls. They provide all the supplies and you can let your imagination run wild!

“What Kind of Dog Am I?” Author Visit with Kathleen DiMario on Saturday, December 16 at 11:00 a.m. Ms. DiMario and her daughter, Kelly DiMario, have written the book, What Kind of Dog Am I?, aimed at teaching children that identity is more than just the “name” people use to define us. The book is based on Kelly’s adorable rescue dog, Posha. The story teaches children that just like Posha, who found her “furever family,” the answer to the question “Who am I?” is not found in a name, but in a child’s forever family: the people they love and the people who love them. The author has generously offered to donate 10% of all proceeds to the library. Book purchase is completely optional.

Pete the Cat Rockin’ Reader Storytime on Wednesday, December 13 at 4:00 p.m. Pete the Cat Saves Christmas! In this rockin’ spin on the traditional tale, “The Night Before Christmas,” Pete the Cat proves that giving your all in the spirit of Christmas is the totally groovy thing to do!

Peppermint Picture Frames Story & Craft (Ages 3+) on Saturday, December 23 at 11:00 a.m. Start out with a story about sweet treats and then make a peppermint picture that you can take home to display. Parents and caregivers should expect to assist their child in completing the craft.

Cardboard Challenge (Grades 3+) on Thursday, December 28 at 2:00 p.m. Get creative with cardboard and other recyclables to make a unique creation/invention. Participants work in pairs since “two heads are better than one” and then vote on the best overall creation!

Picture Book Bingo – Winter (Ages 4+) on Saturday, December 30 at 10:00 a.m. The classic favorite, with a literary and seasonal twist. Children, along with their parents, are invited to play while learning about different authors, book covers, and titles with a winter theme.

Programming for Teens and Tweens 

AP Study Groups – This year, the library is offering AP study groups for World History, US History, Physics, Computer Science, Calculus, and Study Skills. Please check the online calendar for specific meeting dates and times.

Creative Writing (Grades 6-12) held every Monday in December, beginning December 4 at 3:30 p.m. Start with a writing exercise at each meeting, work on personal writing projects, and share with each other for constructive feedback.

Table Top Gaming (Grades 6-12) on Wednesday, December 6 at 7:00 p.m. Enjoy board games? Come play once a month. There are unique games at each meeting; many that are featured on the YouTube series TableTop with Wil Wheaton. Feel free to suggest a game to play!

4-H Theatre Club (Grades 6-12) on Wednesday, December 6 at 7:00 p.m. If you are a middle or high schooler looking for a place to express yourself and make new friends, the Teen 4-H Theatre Club is for you! You can develop and share theatre skills you are most interested in, such as acting, set design, costuming, music, dance, playwriting, directing, makeup, lighting, and more. No auditioning and no prior theater experience necessary.

Crochet for a Cause (Grades 6-12) held every Thursday in December, beginning on December 7 at 3:30 p.m. Crochet a baby blanket to donate to Project Linus. If you do not know how to crochet, we will teach you. This program is for teens in grades 8-12. You will earn community service hours for participating.

Teen Advisory Board Meeting on Tuesday, December 19 at 4:00 p.m. Represent your school and peers on the Teen Advisory Board, either as a Senior Member (grades 9-12) or as a Junior member (grades 6-8). As a member of the TAB, you will assist with large library programs, give advice on what kind of programs and materials you would like at the library, and help with fun projects in the Teen Room. You may also contribute to the MTPLteens Blog. The Teen Advisory Board meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 4:00 p.m. Email Stephanie at if you would like to join.

Teens’ Top 10 Reading Committee (Ages 14 and up) – Each month, members will discuss a teen book they read, write a book review to add to the book review blog, and discuss which books (if any) they will choose to nominate for the Teens’ Top Ten Book Awards, a yearly award given nationally to the 10 best teen books of the year, which are nominated and voted for by teens. Members receive community service hours for attending meetings and writing reviews. There are also leadership opportunities within the group, if interested.

Harry Potter Yule Ball and Triwizard Tournament (Grades 6-12) on Wednesday, December 27 at 2:00 p.m. Get sorted into Hogwarts Houses and see whose name gets pulled out of the Goblet of Fire. Come in your dress robes (or fancy attire) and learn the waltz with Professor McGonagall. Make your own Howlers and have them read aloud. Eat Harry Potter-themed treats. Then, the tournament begins! Compete as a house against the other houses to win the TriWizard tournament. The first to successfully complete all three challenges wins! In order to fully enjoy this program, you must have read the book, Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire (or at the least, seen the movie). The book is available at the library to check out.

All programs require registration unless noted otherwise. Register for events at or by phone at (732) 671-3700, ext. 340.