Middletown Public Library Children’s Events for October 2016

*Registration is needed for all events unless noted otherwise. Register for events at http://www.mtpl.org or by phone at 732-671-3700 ext. 340.
 
Book to Movie Book Club: The Great Gilly Hopkins (October 03 at 3:00PM)
In anticipation of the movie for “The Great Gilly Hopkins” by Katherine Paterson, we’ll be discussing the book best suited for tweens, grades 4-6. Copies are available in the children’s department. Please register at www.mtpl.org. Movie comes out on October 7.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Debate (October 4 at 7:00PM)
Who was the Cursed Child? The release of the 8th Harry Potter story has answered many questions about the wizarding world and some of our favorite characters’ lives 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts. One question that has been up for debate among readers is “Who is actually the Cursed Child?” At this meeting we will be putting together teams based on who you believe is the Cursed Child. For all ages!
4-H Set Group (October 06 at 5:30PM)
4-H Science, Engineering, & Technology (S.E.T.) Club of Monmouth County will hold monthly workshops which will include robotics, programming, health, community, leadership, public speaking and organizational components. Members of the 4-H learn life skills in addition to engineering, design & development to program robots, while developing critical thinking faculties. No registration is required. It is suggested that participants join the 4-H but not dues are required.
 
Read to a Dog (October 11 at 7:00PM)
Read to a dog is a great way to improve the literacy skills of children. It encourages children to read by providing an non-judgmental listener in our furry friends. Children will read to a dog for five minutes. This program is for independent readers only – grades K-5. There will be teen reading buddies for younger siblings as well as for the K-5 set to practice with prior to their “dog time.”
Jack Tuesday: Fairy-Tale Investigators Puppet Show (October 12 at 2:00PM)
A (semi) original story from Lionheart Puppets, Jack Tuesday:Fairy Tale Investigator is a fun-filled mystery starring several favorite storytime characters.This show is suitable for ages 4-11. No registration required.
Around the World with Heifer International (October 16 at 2:00PM)
Join us for a trip around the world with Heifer International (www.Heifer.org).* There will be crafts, a petting zoo, butter churning, water filtration system demonstration and more. All are welcome but registration is appreciated. Free as always.
*Heifer International is a charity organization working to end hunger and poverty around the world by providing livestock and training to struggling communities.
Maker Monday (October 17 at 3:45PM) 
We’ll have some science-y items, some things to make and other fun items to tinker with. Adult supervision required for any small children accompanying the attendee as there may be choking hazards.
Child Break: Partners for a Drug Free Presentation (for Adults) (October 17 at 7:00PM)
The 15 Minute Child Break is a one-hour, interactive, multimedia presentation, based on current research, that will inform, encourage and empower parents, educators and caregivers to effectively communicate with children about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Professional Development Credit 1.5. The program is approximately 40 minutes long with 20 minutes additional minutes allotted for questions.
 
ScienceStarts: Halloween Science (October 18 at 4:00PM) 
Investigate & invent with your 4-6 year old & any siblings. Families will participate in hands on science activities as well as in a storytime featuring books related to the activities. Allergy Alert.
Gymboree for Walkers – 2 year olds & Gymboree for 3-5 year olds (October 21 at 10:00AM &11:00AM)
Gymboree of Red Bank offers a gym class for children (walkers-5 years old). The first class will be at 10:00AM and will be only for children who are walking to 2 years old. The second session will be at 11:00AM and will be for 3-5 year olds only.
Everybody “Every Body” Book Reading and Author Chat (October 23 at 2:00PM) 
Everybody “Every Body” Vol. 2, a reflective and inspirational book that teaches children about positive body image, bullying and not to be a bystander. Real life Body Image Hero Carleigh Joy O’Connell has taken her next stand by co-authoring a book, with her mom, Inspirational Writer, Daryl Lynn O’Connell. The co-authored interactive children’s book is the next installment of the collaborative mission from The Prayer Mitten Series. Books are available for purchase and signing by both authors.
MathStarts: Super Circles (October 24 at 10:00AM) 
“I knocked down all the blocks!” “Let’s make a circle and play ring around the rosy!” “I’m this many fingers old!” Two and three year olds, along with their grown-ups and siblings, will enjoy games, stories, songs, rhymes, & crafts that introduce basic math concepts.
Find the Treasure!: Mock Rocks (October 26 at 3:00PM) 
Presented by WILD Jersey. With toothbrushes and water, we’ll wear away “sandstone” to find hidden “gems.” Then we’ll try to identify our finds. For grades K-2.
Pete the Cat Rockin’ Reader Storytime (October 27 at 4:00PM) 
This month the Rockin’ Reader Storytime will be reading Pete the Cat: Five Little Pumpkins.
 
Halloween Film – Hocus Pocus  (October 29 at 11:00AM)
Come join us for a showing of a Halloween classic! After three centuries, three witch sisters are resurrected in Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween night, and it is up to two teenagers, a young girl and an immortal cat to put an end to the witches’ reign of terror once and for all (www.imdb.com). Hocus Pocus – starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy. Rated PG, all ages welcome!
 
Halloween Parade (October 31 at 10:00AM)
 You and your child will decorate a trick or treat bag together & then parade around the library, stopping at “trick or treat” stations along the way. No food will be served or given away, making this a fun event for children with food allergies or other dietary limitations.