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Kids & Parents


My Favorite Book Contest

Open to 6th graders who live or go to school in Roxbury, this contest is held annually by the Roxbury Woman's Club. Click here for the entry form. You may submit your essay to the library, or by emailing youth@roxburylibrary.org by Friday, November 20.

Story Times

Build early literacy skills with stories, songs, and rhymes. The library offers story times on weekdays and weekends. We offer:

  • Books for Babies
  • Toddler Story Time
  • Preschool Story Time
  • Family Story Time
  • Story Time at Horseshoe Lake

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is an early literacy program offered by the library to promote reading to newborns, infants and toddlers. The goal is to read 1000 books with your child before the child reaches kindergarten age. Incentives for parents and children will be provided along the way!

Makers Carnival & Mini Golf

Every spring the library turns into an indoor mini golf course and now in 2020 it's set to transform into a full on carnival! We will also participate in the annual New Jersey Makers Day with numerous STEAM activities throughout the library.

Bring the little ones and enjoy your libray in novel ways!

Save the date: Friday, March 20th from 5:30pm-8:30pm!


Apps for New Parents

(because you need all the help you can get)

Peanut: Say hello to Peanut, the app for when you really want to connect with others to know that yes, your child is normal and yes, you're a great mom despite not having showered in three days.

What to Expect: If you're a fan of the best-selling baby book, you'll love this app that offers over 15,000 articles, health news, and patient stories about development and care during preconception, pregnancy, and the newborn through toddler years. Add in your baby's due date and you'll also get customized updates on your child's development.

Baby Night Light: If your babies are scared of the dark, try downloading this night light app. It gives off a soft, comforting light and plays peaceful sounds (like white noise and heartbeats) to help them doze off. 

Sitter City: Even new parents deserve a night out to relax and rejuvenate. If you don't have a babysitter on call just yet, Sittercity helps you find someone you can trust. The company performs background checks on all candidates, and parents can further screen candidates by reading thorough babysitter profiles, references, parent reviews, and interviews.

Glow: The first year of your child's birth is crucial to his or her development: According to a report by Harvard University, the brain develops rapidly during that time, and more than 1 million neural connections are formed every second. Glow is here to help you keep that development going strong by giving you a place to log feedings, sleep schedules, medications, growth charts, and more — basically all the important information you (and your pediatrician) may need.

PBS Kids Scratch Jr: This collaboration involving Tufts University and the MIT Media Lab helps children ages 5-8 create their own stories and games using PBS characters and learn coding concepts at the same time.

This all-in-one tool helps you keep track of your baby's daily activities and care. It's packed with useful resources like a doctor visit fact sheet, a growth chart using World Health Organization datasets, a developmental milestones tracker using CDC guidelines, and more.


Apps for Learning

ChatterPix Kids: Add audio to any image with this tool. Draw a line on an image to create a mouth, and make it talk. Use is not limited to photographs, or human speech, for that matter. 

Wolfram Alpha: AASL cited Wolfram Alpha as "a credible source for instant expert knowledge and computation," recommended for ages 5–12.

Figment AR: A free app for enhancing your real-life scene with playful emoji, animals, and portals.

iCell: Provides a 3-D representation of the user’s choice of animal, bacteria, or plant cells. Students, grades 5-12, can zoom and rotate the perspective, and explanatory text ranges from basic, intermediate, and advanced.  

iCivics: The app suite gamifying civic education for grades 6–12 includes “Win the White House,” “Immigration Nation,” and “Executive Command.”

Khan Academy Kids: Geared for young children, ages 3–5, Khan Academy Kids is aligned with the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework.

Mixerpiece: An-easy to-use interface, this app enables users to choose from 300 images from famous artworks to create their own. Mixerpiece is recommended for “anyone who considers art projects and creation a favorite form of play." 

Novel Effect: Novel Effect uses voice recognition to compliment read alouds with sound effects and music. “Parents, teachers, and librarians can use it to spice up their read alouds or revisit old favorites by adding a new soundscape. Students can practice their reading fluency as the app responds to their voice,” according to AASL.

PBS Kids Scratch Jr: This collaboration involving Tufts University and the MIT Media Lab helps children ages 5-8 create their own stories and games using PBS characters and learn coding concepts at the same time.

Stop Motion Studio: Try your hand at stop-motion animation—à la Wallace and Gromit—with this full-featured app. Enables frame-by-frame editing; sound effects; titling; painting, with layers, and more.

Tynker: Tynker empowers students to learn to code through play. Solve engaging puzzles, modify Minecraft worlds, program robots and drones, create custom games, make drawings, and build and animate characters.

Wolfram Alpha: AASL cited Wolfram Alpha as "a credible source for instant expert knowledge and computation," recommended for ages 5–12.