Web Picks

Head of Children’s Services, Mary DeNunzio

Toontastic - Ages 7 and up
This app provides an easy way for kids create their own animated films, while teaching them the fundamentals of storytelling. Kids choose the characters and setting for each scene, then just move the pieces around like they were playing with action figures, providing their own dialogue and music as the iPad records it all. Kids can share their stories with the Toontastic community and even enter them into contests. Cost varies with device.


Flow Free Flow Free is an ultra-absorbing, color-based puzzle game that's simple enough for young kids and challenging enough to keep teens and adults playing through the hundreds of levels. Flow Free is simple fun that requires increasingly complex thinking skills.


Block Builder 3D Free
Block Builder lets kids have the joy of building and then destroying structures made from blocks -- without causing a mess in your house! Block Builder 3D is freeform play, so there are no points or levels to complete -- just your child's imagination.


Sushi Monster
This Math-themed app provides a fun environment for children to practice their addition and multiplication skills. Kids can 'feed' their Sushi Monster by correctly choosing the correct answer to the problem presented, and when the monster has been fully fed, they move on to feeding a new (more challenging) monster. For ages 4 and up.


Art of Glow
A free art creation app, which is a 21st century version of a LITE-BRITE toy but with animation. Kids ages 6 and up can choose their settings for color, shape, speed, and more and then begin to finger paint endless combinations of moving, twinkling, fading art forms. Promotes creativity, science and technological skills.


Kids can learn all about astronomy from this app. They can learn facts about planets and NASA’s space programs, see NASA’s photos and videos, and even keep up to date on NASA’s tweets, launch schedule, and features in the news. The app is designed for kids ages 7 and up.



Book Adventure- This website provides students with a list of books to read based on criteria the student
enters him/herself.

ReadKiddoRead - Created by best selling author James Patterson, this website helps students and parents
select great books for a specific age range.

KidsReads - Known as the 'Book Report Network, this website provides summaries and reviews of popular
children's books, a list of children's authors, contests, newsletters and a variety of other features to help
get kids motivated to read!

Startwithabook.org is a website for parents and teachers who are looking for book suggestions, reading activities, and practical tips for teaching kids to read and to love reading.

Kid friendly Search Engines

KidsClick - This search engine is specifically designed with kids in mind, and lets them search by keyword,
alphabetically, by subject and even by Dewey Decimal System number!

KidRex - Operated by Google, this search engine seeks to provide safe internet searching for kids.

Fun and Games

Fun Brain - Interactive educational games addressing all curricular areas categorized by age from age 6 and up.

PBSKids.org - Funded by the US Dept of Education, PBS Kids helps children ages 2-8 develop critical thinking skills through fun and engaging games, videos and activities.

TheKidzpage.com offers free kids games, puzzles, activities, coloring pages, clipart and more for the whole family.

If you love Math and Science

Howtosmile.org - is an online collection of math and science activities run by UC Berkeley’s Hall of Science and professional advisors around the world.

Wonderopolis.org - Designed for elementary age students and up, the site enables kids to find answers to questions they have been wondering about. Kids will discover information along with some thought-provoking ideas and activities for further exploration. Whatever you are wondering about, look no farther.

What’s going on in the world?

GoGo News is "Big News for Little People" and gets elementary aged children excited about current events. Readers can respond to and comment on what they read.

Tweentribune.com -Tween friendly news site with everything from serious news to fashion and entertainment.

Online Safety

An interactive game that tests kids' knowledge about ways to stay safe online.

A website devoted to how to help kids and teens make smart choices when using mobile devices, the internet or social media.




Fun Apps

Math vs. Zombies
- Kids can practice math skills from basic operations through multi-digit multiplication and division in a series of entertaining worlds while being challenged by approaching zombie cartoon characters. The difficulty levels make this game appealing to kids from first grade through sixth, The app is accessible by nonreaders and intuitive to play.


Swift Playgrounds -This ipad only app teaches kids ages 9+ to code using the programming language of Swift. The puzzles and challenges are a fun way for kids to learn key computational thinking skills while also developing critical thinking and problem solving abilities.


Rory's Story Cubes
Ages 7 and Up. Rory's Story Cubes is the app version of an award-winning dice game that encourages storytelling and creativity. Shake the device to roll nine dice. Each die has a simple picture on it, and players use the images to create stories. Stories can be created individually or as a group. This is a great app to be used at bedtime, in the car or anytime kids want to get creative!

Animatch: Animal Pairs and Sounds Matching Game
Mentioned in The NY Times as a 'Great game to bring along with traveling kids', this game uses such adorable animal graphics and sounds that children won't even notice that they are developing concentration, memory, and cognitive skills, as well as learning what sounds different animals make. For ages 3 and up. (Please note there may be a charge for this app)


Modern Art

Library Art Series:
Modern American Artists

Wednesday, March 26 • 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

A slide presentation of Modern American Artists by Bart D’Andrea.

Modern American artists were searching for a national style of art. They were intent on shunning the influence of European artists and instruction and to maintain their own identity. This lecture examines the growth of American Art from the 1930’s to the present with the many movements that occurred. Some of the artists covered will be Charles DeMuth, Grant Wood, Georgia O’Keefe, Andrew Wyeth.


An Eye for Detail
Maximize your Wardrobe

Thursday, April 10 • 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Join us as wardrobe consultant and fashion stylist Pamela Etzin touches upon dressing for an interview, making the most of your style, working on a budget and others.

Pamela Etzin owner of An Eye for Detail a wardrobe consulting business, eyefordetailnj.com, works with women to help them develop their own personal style that bests suits their lifestyle needs.


9th Annual Read-a-thon!

Drop-in Tech Help Hours

For patrons who have questions or need help completing their digital downloads. Assistance is available on a drop-in basis on the following days:

Thursday, March 13th from 7–8 pm

Tuesday, March 18th from 7–8 pm

Wednesday, April 2nd from 7–8 pm

Thursday, April 17th from 7–8 pm

Bring your device and your questions along.

8th Annual Art Exhibit

8th Annual Art Exhibit & Reception

for USR Students & Adults

Exhibit Open May 4 – May 28
Reception Sunday, May 4 • 2pm – 4 pm

The Friends of the Upper Saddle River Library are planning the eighth annual art exhibit that will take place during the month of May. Upper Saddle River adults and students in grades K–12 are welcome to exhibit their work in any medium. The artwork will be displayed throughout the library.

Download the Entry Form.

The annual art exhibit is sponsored by the Friends of the Upper Saddle River Library.


Tutor.com™– Unlimited Sessions!

The USR Library now offers unlimited FREE academic and career resources and tutoring from Tutor.com™ for all students and adults! K–12 and college students can get help with homework, studying, projects, essay writing and test prep in every subject. Adults can get help with resume writing, GED prep, and academic support. All sessions are online and one-to-one with a live tutor.

Download a “How it Works–Using the Student Center” overview sheet. A USR Library card is necessary to log on

View more online services available with your library card.

College Corner

Visit Our College Corner

The Library’s College Corner is a center for information and assistance for students of all grades to explore post high school plans, colleges and careers. You will find information needed to navigate the college admission and financial aid and scholarship process. Study guides for NJAsk, GEPA, PSAT, SAT, AP, LSAT, TOEFL, GED and more. Browse the top guides on two and four year colleges.


Download 3 Free Songs a Week!

With your USR Library Card. Visit Freegal to download.

museum pass program

Museum Pass Program
Enjoy New York City’s Wonderful Museums

Museums in the program include Guggenheim Museum, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Museum of the City of New York, Montclair Museum of Art.

Learn more about the Museum Pass Program


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