Summer Reading Program



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    2017 Summer Reading Program


 Registration for the Summer Reading Challenge begins June 26 and is open to the community youth from birth to age 18.  

Ages birth to age 12 can click here to register.  Teens can sign up at the Youth Services Department (12 year olds can choose either Youth online OR Teen program).

Birth – Age 3: parents are encouraged to sign up online and participate in family reading.  Each participant will receive a free book and a chance at weekly prize drawings.

Ages 4 – 12:  Participants will log into the Summer Reading website to track minutes and titles read.  Whether a child reads themselves, reads to someone else or is read to, it all counts for their minutes.  Every time a child logs their minutes they are entered into a weekly prize drawing.  Assitionally this year every child that logs in 1,000 minutes or more will get invited with their family to the S.U.N.Y. Cortland's Red Dragons football opener where they will get to go on the field at half-time and receive a special gift.  Children can also visit the library and play our life-size board game for prizes.  Every reader who reaches the finish line will receive a free book.

Ages 12 – 18:  Teens can sign up at Youth Services to enter the Reading Race!  Each teen will be assigned to a team. Teens will keep track of how many pages they have read and turn in their "Page Logs" weekly.  Every page a Teen reads helps their team move forward on the race track.  The team that goes the farthest by the end of the Summer Reading Program WINS!  Every person on the winning team will receive a prize.  Teens will also have the opportunity to win weekly drawings by turning in their "Page Logs" every week.  Every log turned in enters that Teen into our weekly drawings.

Summer Reading Kickoff Event with Moreland the Magician:  All Ages

Monday, June 26 at 6:00 p.m.

Join us and enter to win a special door prize!


Arts, Parks & Books: All Ages

FREE family friendly performances held in Courthouse Park Tuesdays in July at 10:30 a.m.

July 11 – Bubble Circus

July 18 – Dan the Snakeman

July 25 – Merry-Go-Round Youth Theatre presents Three Little Pigs

Sponsored by the Cortland Free Library and the Cortland Youth Bureau.

These performances have been made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.


Special Events & Storytimes:

Storytime at Suggett – All Ages

Every Monday in July at 12:00 p.m. at Suggett Park.

Join Miss Tammy, rain or shine, at Suggett park for a storytime while you eat your lunch.  Get there early to get your free lunch and find a spot!


Author Visit – All Ages

Thursday, July 13 at 6:00 p.m.

Like Minecraft?  Come meet Sean Fay Wolfe, the author of the exciting Elementia Chronicles trilogy based on the world of Minecraft!  The first 30 families will receive a free copy of Sean's book The Elementia Chronicles: Book One, Quest for Justice.


Family Building Nights – Ages 4-12

Mondays, July 10 & August 7 at 6:00 p.m.

July 10: Three Little Pig House Challenge!

Come have some Lego fun and build your own version of the library's Three Little Pig House to be displayed.  

Participants will receive their own building apparel to keep.  All ages and families are welcome but program is designed for children ages 4-12.

August 7: Creation Stations!

Like to build?  Travel to building stations to add your touch to different creations using Tinker Toys, Duplos, Lincoln Logs, and more!!  All ages and families are welcome but program is designed for children ages 4-12.


Family Craft Nights – Ages 4-12

Mondays, July 17 & August 14 at 6:00 p.m.

July 17: Tool Belt Transformation!

Transform a plain looking tool belt into a work of art!  All ages and families are welcome but program is designed for children ages 4-12.

*August 14: Doodlebots!!

Make your very own Doodlebot and art masterpiece!  All ages and families are welcome but program is designed for children ages 4-12.  *Registration is required.  Limited spaces. Please call Youth Services at 607-753-1043 to sign up.


Family Movie Nights:  All Ages

Mondays, July 31 & August 28 at 6:00 p.m.

July 31: The Lego Batman Movie

"Holy movie mania Batman!  We're on the big screen!"  Come watch The Lego Batman Movie and munch on some popcorn!  Rated PG.

August 28:  Wall-E

End your summer with the movie Wall-E, a curious waste collecting robot who travels from abandoned Earth to the galazy beyond in an unexpected adventure!  

Rated G.

Sidewalk Chalk Exploration

Thursday, August 3 

Preschool to 12 yrs at 11:30 a.m.

13 -17 yrs at 5:30 p.m.

Explore your creativity, or imitate a masterpiece using chalk on the sidewalks around the library.  The Library is sponsoring 2 entries in the Cortland Arts & Wine Festival Sidewalk Chalk Drawing Contest held on August 5.  Come practice your skills.

Books Before Bed:  Ages 3-7

Mondays, July 24 & August 21 at 7:00 p.m.

Wear your PJs for stories and fun.  Afterwards leave your stuffed animal for a library slumber party!  

All ages and families are welcome but program is designed for children ages 3-7.


Summer Reading Finale Party!:  All Ages

Saturday, August 19 at Courthouse Park

10:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.

Join us to celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Program with

 The Physics Bus, games, prizes and more!


Babytime: Ages Birth to Age 2

Wednesdays in July at 10:30 a.m.

Tuesdays in August at 10:30 a.m.

Rhymes, stories, and songs for children from birth to age 2 and their caregivers.


Preschool Storytime:  Ages 3-5

Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

Stories, songs, and activities with a different theme each week.  All ages welcome but program is designed for ages 3-5.



Special Teen Events:

Build A Better Ice Cream Sundae & Movie Night: Ages 12-18

Thursday, July 6 at 4:00 p.m.

Join us for a showing of the movie Soul Surfer and an ice cream bar!


Mapmaking: Ages 12-18

Saturday, July 15 at 11:00 a.m.

Make a real map, a fictional world map, or create something brand new!


Teen Game Night: Ages 12-18

Thursday, July 20 at 5:00 p.m.

Join us for ice breaker games, board games, card games, and snacks!


Cardboard Challenge: Ages 12-18

Saturday, July 22 at 11:00 a.m.

Two teams will have one hour to build the best cardboard fort!  Snacks and drinks provided.


*Teen Chef Contest: Ages 12-18

Thursday, August 10 at 4:00 p.m.

Build the best appetizer, main dish, and dessert using surprise random ingredients!  

*Registration Required*  

Please call Youth Services at 607-753-1043 to sign up.


Chocolate Games: Ages 12-18

Saturday, August 12 at 10:00 a.m.

Join us for the Library Chocolate Games!  The more you win, the more chocolate you get!


*Teen Craft Night: Ages 12-18

Thursday, August 17 at 5:00 p.m.  *Registration Required*


*Read It!  See It!: Ages 13-18

Thursdays, June 29, July 27 & August 31 at 5:00 p.m.

Join us for showings of Jurassic ParkAlice in Wonderland, and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.  

The first 10 teens to sign up will get free copies of these books!  

*Registration Required*