Lots of Fun for Young Cliftonites at Take Your Child to the Library Day


Jaiden Jones (3) checked out the photo booth! He is a big fan of the train tables.

On the first Saturday in February, thousands of libraries across the world celebrate Take Your Child to the Library Day. The day is a great opportunity to teach kids about all of the many free learning resources public libraries provide, from books and games to after-school programs. Many libraries recognize this day by offering free activities for readers of all ages.

Scavenger hunt! Pick your prize!

This year, Take Your Child to the Library Day fell on February 3, 2024, so the Clifton Public Library put on a very special scavenger hunt and other activities for young patrons, many of whom got their very first library card. The scavenger hunt took families through the whole library hunting for clues to solve a puzzle, and then back to the community room for snacks, crafts, a photo booth, and a table full of book prizes.

Akshara Patel searches for clues.
Adrian Laidlaw (7) loves the library and puzzles.
Alexander Alfano stopped in with his family to enjoy the company of other children around the train table.
Children’s Librarian Ms. Jennifer and a volunteer welcome everyone to the library.

Gloria Abero, the Children’s Department Supervisor, explained that many people are surprised by the wealth of resources the library offers. The library serves everyone in the community regardless of age or economic status. For families that lack at-home resources to access the internet, books, or other learning materials, the library can provide critical access that allows children to keep up with their peers. For example, Clifton offers a 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program to boost literacy in our very youngest Cliftonites. The library can also match children with an after-school tutor and offers after-school and weekend programs to grow your child’s skills. The Children’s Department not only offers books, but DVDs, magazines, games, a warm and safe place to play with others, and it is all free!

Jesse and Sophia Quinones (8) enjoy doing crafts together.
Family fun! Santiery Polanco with sons Elian (3) and Ean (7) finish up their hunt.

For adults, the library offers services for job seekers, research help, and skills-building workshops. They also offer meeting room space for local organizations and a hub for community building. To see more of what the Clifton Library offers, please see their website and calendar HERE and check out The Clifton Times event section, where many events are listed.

Rana Salam (9) makes an owl craft.

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