MONTVILLE, NJ – The last day of the Montville Township Public Library Summer Reading Program will be Aug. 25, but residents were on hand for the finale on Aug. 16 party to celebrate. The festivities included face painters, cupcake decorating and a petting zoo.
Eight-year-old John was there to get his face painted, after reading four Magic Tree House books and a Captain Underpants book. He’ll be a second grader at Cedar Hill Elementary in September. Sister Meg had read some “Emily Windsnap” books about a girl who becomes a mermaid.
Over at the petting zoo, six-year-old Ishmit and four-year-old Ridhima Singh were busily feeding the goats and geese while their mom looked on.
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“The Summer Reading Program was so great,” she said. “I think they read more than 50 books! They were so excited and really loved the program. This is our third year participating. My son even picked up a book about Einstein. It was above him, but so what? He tried. My daughter chose so many different titles. There was one I just loved too… I can’t think of the title, but we’re going to keep reading that one again and again.”
The theme of the Summer Reading Program was “Build a Better World,” and the library is collecting donations for Towaco’s own charity organization The Homeless Bus, including:
- Pocket tissues
- Cough drops
- Disposable razors
- Shaving cream
- Lip balm
- Sandwich-sized zipper bags
For more information, go to the Montville Township Public Library website.
Montville Township offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities for residents of all ages and abilities from traditional sports to craft classes, adapted recreation programs for those with special needs, gardening, science workshops and theater trips. Additionally, there are numerous recreational facilities, which are available for use by residents. The seven members of the Recreation Commission are appointed by the Township Committee and are responsible for overseeing recreational programs and facilities in the Township. The Commission meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7pm in the Municipal Building.
Summary of Programs
Age Range: 2nd through 8th Grades
Learn the basics of archery, which include: the parts of the bow, the mechanics of archery, types of bows and equipment and inside target shooting. This program is conducted by the Lincoln Park Archery Club and held at the Camp Dawson barn. Classes take place in January and February.
Age Range: Students in Kindergarten through 8th Grades
A great opportunity to learn and/or to improve various basketball skills. Learn offensive/defensive fundamental skills. Full and half court scrimmages. Clinics are offered throughout the year.
Basketball, in Town
Age Range: Boys and Girls, Grades 3rd through 8th
An opportunity to learn and/or develop basketball skills and compete against other In-town teams. Practices and games will take place between November and March at the various schools’ gyms.
Age Range: Adults
Adult leagues are offered in the Spring through the Fall. Games take place at the Community Park courts on weekdays.
Age Range: Ages 5 to 15 and Adults
An opportunity to learn traditional martial arts as well as safety awareness, self-discipline, self-awareness, self-esteem and confidence. Classes take place one weekday per week throughout the school year.
Chef it Up
Age Range: 2 1/2 through 5, K through 5th Grades and Adults
Where kids and food are a great mix! Chef It Up 2 Go offers peanut free / nut free cooking classes for various age groups. Children learn fun basic cooking skills and have a blast creating their own culinary cuisines! "Tea for Two" classes are offered for the PreK age group with their Adult Care Provider. Elementary ages students participate in classes where they are the Top Chef! Adult classes are offered with various themes according to the Season!
Age Range: Open
Tickets are sold throughout the year for various Theme Parks and Ski Resorts. Residents can take advantage of these discount offers. Tickets available vary throughout the year. Spring and Summer tickets have included: Great Adventure, Hershey Park, Morey’s Piers, Splashzone, Mountain Creek, Dorney Park, Camelbeach and the Philadelphia Zoo. Winter tickets offered have included: Mountain Creek, Shawnee Mountain, Jack Frost / Big Boulder and Big Boulder.
Age Range: 14 and up, Babysitters, Caregivers, Parents.
CPR and AED Certification nationally approved and recognized through the American Heart Association. Infant/Child/Adult CPR and AED automatic external defibrillator training will be obtained through this program. Class offered in the spring.
Age Range: 4 - 9
Students will be very busy learning crafting decorations, gifts, and games. They will learn different art mediums and how to use their imagination to create.
Cross Country League
Age Range: 1st through 8th Grades
An opportunity to participate in cross country and compete in the Lakeland League. Practices will include workouts and distance runs of two to three miles and games. Must be Montville Township residents!
Season runs August through October.
Age Range: 2 1/2 to 5 and Grade K-5
Precious Peanuts - Children will learn the very basics of tap, ballet, rhythm and simple movements such as plies, toe taps, digs and passe.
Hip Hop - Children will learn some jazz techniques as well as hip-hop moves. The class will teach musicality, rhythm and coordination in an upbeat and encouraging environment.
Classes will take place throughout the school year.
Age Range: Ages 4-12
Young Rembrandts will teach drawing with a see-touch-do method. Students will be taught basic to advanced drawing skills, art techniques and vocabulary. Classes will take place throughout the school year.
Engineering & Technology Classes
Age Range: Grades K-5
Computer Explorers offer after school classes that are project-based, hands-on and designed to make learning fun! Programs themes have included: Robotics, Engineering, Video Game Design Technology Classes and Dino Discovery.
Age Range: Girls, Ages 4-7
Classes are designed to incorporate fun with facts about the earth and its creatures. The 5 step course for your child earning their wings includes the following themes: Giving to the Earth, Animals are Our Friends, Fairy Friend Gifting, Fairy Fun and Fairy Tea Party with Guest. This is a DROP OFF program, but parents are invited to the TEA PARTY at end of the sessions. Classes are offered in the Winter and Spring months. Also available are special Holiday themed classes and Summer camps.
Age Range: Girls, 5th through 8th Grades
This is a traveling team program, which practices and plays games between September and November. Games take place against other town teams on Saturday afternoons.
Forensics Intro Classes
Age Range: 6th through 8th Grades
This program will focus on the techniques of effective public speaking in the areas of oral interpretation, oratorical, interpretation, extemporaneous and impromptu speaking, as well as public forum debate. Classes are offered as an after school program and as a Summer camp.
Age Range: Montville Residents
Garden Plots are available at the Community Park and Indian Lane East (organic only). Plot sizes are either 30 feet by 30 feet, 15 feet by 30 feet, or 30 feet by 60 feet. Must be Montville Township residents!
Age Range: Grades K-12 & Adults
Different golf clinics are offered throughout the year. Students will learn the basic fundamentals of golf.
Age Range: Over 18 years of age
Adult league is offered April through September on weekday evenings. Matches take place at the Montville Community Park Horseshoe Pits.
Age Range: 3-6
Little Lacrosse is aimed specifically at pre-school kids. The program is a non-contact, safe and fun way for children to learn the basics of lacrosse by combining various skills and drills with fun and exciting games. Each session is designed to promote coordination, motor skills, physical fitness and self confidence. Program takes place in the Spring.
Mad Science Workshops
Age Range: 1st through 5th Grades
Mad Science Workshops are educational and entertaining science for children. They are hands-on science fun with take home projects. Some program topics include: Laser Light, Matter of Fact, Rockets, Dry Ice, Acids and Bases, Black and Blue Oceans, Mineral Mania, Watt’s Up, Magnetic Magic, Optical Illusions, Lights… Color… Action, Slime, Sonic Sounds, Tantalizing Taste, and Harnessing Heat. 3 different workshops are offered throughout the school year. Camps are also offered during the Summer months.
Age Range: Advanced Adults Only
Workouts will cover Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Ju Jitsu, Cha Na, Judo, and Kung Fu Techniques. Classes are held at the Activities Building on Passaic Valley Road in Montville.
Age Range: 1st through 5th Grades
Newton's Law offers after school programs, which are designed to help students master the fundamentals of math. Classes are offered throughout the year.
Age Range: 5-14
This program will enable each student to grow in an atmosphere that promotes integrity, self-esteem, positive values and good sportsmanship. The instructors are dedicated to delivering quality outdoor programs, where your child will not only have great fun but also learn that character really counts. Some sports included are as follows: Soccer, Lacrosse, Softball, Hockey, Bocce, Flag Football, Cricket, Basketball and Olympics. Camps are offered throughout the school year, school breaks and Summer months.
Open Gym (Basketball)
Age Range: Men over 18 years of age
This program is offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Montville High School gym. Proof of residency is required for admittance into the program. Pick up basketball games are offered on a nightly basis. Days and times may vary throughout the year, dependent upon gym availability. Must be Montville Township residents!
Age Range: Ages 3-12, Programs for children with special needs
Pathways includes various programs such as swimming, rock climbing, pony grooming, yoga, life skills outings, baseball, rugby and soccer. It is an organization devoted to advocating for educational and social reform for children with disabilities, providing parent and family support services and education, developing recreation and life skills programs for children with special needs, and providing community service opportunities through mentoring programs.
Age Range: 4 to 9
All children have amazing potential! The early years are the easiest time for musical learning, as all young children are natural music makers. The benefit of music for the young child is positive influencing all aspects of his/her physical, emotional, educational and social development. Open the door of music now for you and your child, and you open the door onto a joyful and rewarding journey together. Introduction to the piano group lessons will allow students to have fun with their peers while they explore concepts of rhythm, note reading, posture development and movement as well as first steps in playing the piano.
Pony Grooming & Petite Equestrian
Age Range: 3 -13 (Classes will be broken down according to age and experience)
This unique program provides an exciting and inexpensive introduction to the wonderful world of horses in a fun-filled, non-threatening atmosphere. PonyShare uses ponies and cobs, smaller and easier to handle than their larger equine counterparts. Small groups of 4-5 children are formed according to age and prior experience-if any. After reviewing Safety Rules, materials previously covered and learning new subject matter, children are assigned their size-related pony or cob and each small group works under the tutelage of a qualified instructor. Some of the horsemanship matters covered include: Safety on and around the horses, Basic Anatomy, Equine Senses and Body Language, Grooming, The Tack and Harness, Driving the Miniature Horse, English and Western riding, Barn Management and Careers in the Industry. Participants also get to shortly ride and drive their charges 3 to 4 times during each Session. While not a substitute for lessons this program enhances team work and self-esteem while helping develop a genuine appreciation and respect for the animals.
Age Range: 1 through 10th Grade
An opportunity to play in-town, non-checking Street and Roller Hockey. The program offers both instructional and open hockey game time as part of each session. This program is offered in the Spring, Summer and Fall with a Final Elementary Cup Tournament taking place.
Age Range: Kindergarten through 8th Grade
The Recreation Department along with the Morris County Football Club introduced the program in June of 2000. The program runs mid-June through the end of July. This is a non-contact “touch” program with modified rules. For more information you can log onto the Rugby website.
Age Range: 6-12
Science workshops are held on school breaks. Workshops cover such topics as: Chemical Magic, Rocketry, Electronics, Detectives and Their Solutions, Roller Coasters, and Motorized Machinery. Programs are taught by certified teachers.
Age Range: 6th through 12th Grades
Trips take place at Shawnee Mountain in Pennsylvania OR Mountain Creek in Vernon, N.J. on Friday evenings during January, February, and March. This program provides students with the opportunity to ski/snowboard or to learn to ski/snowboard with their friends. Choice of packages are available from just purchasing lift tickets and transportation to purchasing lift tickets, rentals, lessons and transportation. The Mountain Creek program includes a Season Pass.
Skiing (Season Passes and Triple Plays)
Age Range: Open to Ages
Season Passes are available for Mountain Creek Ski Resort in Vernon, N.J. Individuals can purchase passes from Students to Adults and Limited to Unlimited! Call for various packages and prices!
Age Range: 18 months through 3 years Plus Adult Care Provider
This program is designed to introduce soccer to children from 18 months up to 3 years old. The adult care-giver fully participates in the class along with the child to make them feel safe and to fully enjoy their experience. Program is offered in the Spring, Fall and Winter months.
Soccer Shorts & Soccer Squirts
Age Range: 3-5, K-2
These classes introduce soccer in a fun filled environment to 3, 4, and 5 year old boys and girls. Your child will learn the fundamentals of soccer through a program of structured activities and fun games. The programs are held in the Spring, Fall and Winter months. Different time and day choices are available. This program is also offered on Saturdays for Grades K-2.
Softball, Pee Wee T-Ball
Age Range: Kindergarten through 2nd
The program is offered in July and August teaching the very basics of softball. The participants use a “T” in order to learn to hit the ball off a stationary object.
Age Range: Various age groups
From June to August, various coaches offer specific sports clinics to introduce and/or improve skills. Some clinics that have been offered include: soccer, basketball, wrestling, baseball, softball, field hockey, lacrosse and volleyball.
Age Range: Ages 3-5
This program has been designed to introduce young children to a variety of sports in a safe, structured environment. All games and activities will encompass hand/eye coordination, balance, agility and movement - all key factors to the early development of children in sports. In addition to having a great time playing the different sports, children will develop social interaction and communication skills. All sports are developed through a series of games and activities designed to ensure learning and most importantly: fun, fun, fun! Program Curriculum: Hand /Eye Coordination, Movement, Coordination Activities, Soccer, Basketball, Lacrosse, Hockey and Softball.
Age Range: 5th through 8th Grades
Classes include: Study Skills, Mathology, Critical Reading and Writing. You can choose one or all four. Classes are offered throughout July and August.
Summer Camp Program
Age Range: Kindergarten through 9th Grade
This program is offered for four to five weeks during the summer at different locations based upon the campers grade/age. Program includes arts and crafts, weekly trips, sports and quiet games. This program provides youngsters with “something to do” and keeps them in touch with their school friends during the summer months. A Trips Only program is also offered to students in the 6th through 10th Grades.
Age Range: Infants through Age 5 with Adult-Care Provider
This program explores finger play, sign language, counting, the basic scale as well as non-vocal music using rhythm instruments. Children and adult-care providers are encouraged to participate together, enhancing their musical experience. Children participate at their own level by singing, clapping, playing, moving, experimenting with musical instruments, listening, watching, and much more.
Age Range: Ages 3 through 17 and Adults
Lessons are available throughout the year for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Lessons take place at the High School tennis courts or at local indoor facilities.
Age Range: 1st through 6th Grade
This program is offered as a weekly program in the Summer. The intent of the program is to promote a positive approach to exercise while learning the sport of track and field in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Activities and events include: sprints, relays, long jump, shot put, discus, workouts, games, time in the water sprinkler and races (awards for the fastest, most improved, hardest worker, etc.).
Age Range: Kindergarten through 8th Grade
Children have the opportunity to learn several Track and Field events while having fun in a non-competitive environment. Typical practice night would include stretching, warm-up, drills, games, long jumping and speed work. No meets! Practices take place on weekday evenings in September through October.
Age Range: Kindergarten through 8th Grades
An opportunity to participate in track and field events and compete in the Lakeland League. The children compete in the following age groups: Clinic: 6-8 year olds, Bantam: 9-10 year olds, Midget: 11-12 year olds and Youth: 13-15 year olds. * Age groups are determined by the child’s age by December 31st. They are required to attended 2 of the 3 practices which take place on weekday evenings. Meets take place on Friday evenings for the Clinic group and on Sunday afternoons for Bantam, Midget and Youth groups. Season runs March through June. Must be Montville Township residents!
Trips, Day & Evening
Age Range: All Ages
Throughout the year, the Recreation Department offers a variety of trips to the NY Theaters, Radio City, and various Sports Events.
Age Range: 6th through 10th Grades
Trips take place twice a week during the months of July and August. Students have taken trips to such places as: Great Adventure, Dorney Park, Whitewater Rafting, Bowling, Miniature Golf and Camelbeach.
Age Range: Girls, 6th through 8th Grades
Players will learn the fundamentals of volleyball while having a fun in game situations, drills and scrimmages. Such skills as passing, serving, setting and hitting will be introduced in a fun, hands-on manner.
Volleyball Traveling Team
Age Range: Girls, 7th through 8th Grades
Players will compete in a travel league with local teams in the Fall season. Tryouts are held to be able to participate in this program.
Age Range: 3rd through 5th Grades
Writing plays an important role in literacy. In this class students will have the opportunity to put themselves in the role as an author. They will choose topics and methods of writing. Through discussion and mini lessons students will engage in writing for real and creative purposes. Students will explore story structures, as well as the writing process to utilize in their own writing. Come write with us! Beginner Writing, Creative Writing and Ask Prep classes have all been offered.
Yoga for Tweens
Age Range: Ages 8-14
Tween Yoga is a fun, creative approach to yoga that can be very helpful for girls and boys whose bodies are still developing. The use of animated poses and basic stretching exercises promote strength, flexibility, coordination and body awareness. Breathing and visualization techniques teach kids how to focus, relax and develop self-control. Tween Yoga is also great for inner-strength, confidence and self-esteem! Classes are offered throughout the year.
Age Range: Adults
ZUMBA is an aerobic dance workout set to pulsating Latin music. Classes are offered throughout the year.