February top 5 for under 5


It can be challenging for parents of the youngest children to keep up with upcoming events at the library, and around town, new picture books, music, and helpful apps. That’s why the Youth Services department makes monthly recommendations for things of interest for children ages five years old and younger and their families. We hope you enjoy this month’s selections.

Chinese New Year Celebration

Come celebrate the Year of the Pig! On Saturday, February 2, from 2 – 4 p.m. Princeton High School Mandarin classes and the school’s Chinese Club host a celebration of Chinese New Year for all ages featuring traditional music and instruments, martial arts, calligraphy, painting, dance, origami, games, and crafts.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

On Sunday, February 17, children ages 3 and older are invited to bring their favorite stuffed animal to a special story time at 5 p.m. after which they can leave their animals overnight at the library. Animals, along with photographs showing what kind of fun they had and mischief they made, can be picked up when the library opens at 9 a.m. the next day or anytime during the following week. Please arrive by 4:30 p.m. to register your stuffed animal.

Will Ladybug Hug? by Hilary Leung

Ladybug is a great hugger. But will her friends let her hug? Find out in this surprising book all about consent.

If You Were Spaghetti: A Silly Book of Fun I Love Yous by Kevin and Haily Meyers

A fun new sturdy lift-the-flaps book that expresses feelings of love and closeness through the pairing of items that can usually be found together, including spaghetti and meatballs, parties and cake, and dirt and worms. Super cute for Valentine’s Day sentiments!

Laurie Berkner Band at McCarter Theater

Known as the “Pied Piper of Pre-Schoolers” or the “Queen of Kindie Rock,” Laurie Berkner is an industry unto herself. And on Saturday, March 2, the Laurie Berkner Band will be performing two shows at Princeton’s McCarter Theater: a sensory-filled show at 11 a.m. and a full-on musical program at 3 p.m. It’s sure to be a rollicking, fun time full of dancing and grooving for the preschool set.

Photo by Andrik Langfield on Unsplash


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