Summer Reading Program


    2018 Summer Reading Program

Registration for the Summer Reading Challenge begins June 25 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 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:  Particpants will log into the Summer Reading website to track minutes read.  Whether a child reads to themselves, reads to someone else or is read to, it all counts for their minutes.  Every time a child logs in their minutes they are entered into a weekly prize drawing.  Again 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 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 opportuity 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: Intro to the Band!: All Ages Welcome

Monday, June 25 at 6:00 p.m.

Join us for musical fun, door prizes, and an instrument petting zoo!


Arts, Parks & Books: All Ages Welcome

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

July 10 – Nate the Great

July 17 – Gigi and the Lend-Me-A-Hand Band

July 24 – Didgeridoo Down Under

July 31 – Merry-Go-Round Youth Theatre presents 

The Bremen Town Musicians

Sponsored by Cortland Free Library and 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 Welcome

Every Monday in July at 12:00 p.m. at Suggett Park ( 25 Homer Ave).

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


Author Visit – All Ages Welcome

Wednesday, July 11 at 6:00 p.m.

Meet children's author/illustrator Daniel Kirk as he shares

his famous book Library Mouse

The first 30 families will receive a free copy of the book

as well as participate in a craft!


Marvelous Music Mondays – Ages 4-12

Mondays at 6:00 p.m.

*Registration Required

Explore the world of music through musical performances and a craft.

July 9 – Sulley Imoro and Friends:  An Evening of African Rhythmn and Dance

July 16 – Steve Daniels Jazz Trio

July 30 – Bluegrass Bonanza with Molly & The Badly BENT Bluegrass Boys

August 6 – Night at the Theatre with Ben Wells & Jen Rafferty

August 13 – Rocking It with Cortland High School Modern Band


Family Movie Nights – All Ages Welcome

Mondays at 6:00 p.m.

July 23 – Sing

August 27 – Coco


Books Before Bed – Ages 3-7

Mondays, July 2 & August 20 at 7:00 p.m.

Wear your PJs and bring your stuffy for stories and fun.  Afterwards, leave your stuffed animal for a library sleepover!

All ages and families welcome but program is designed for

children ages 3-7.


Summer Reading Finale Party!: All Ages Welcome

Saturday, August 18 at Courthouse Park

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Join us to celebrate the end of the Summer Reading program with special musical performances, The Dryden Intergenerational Band, games, prizes and more!


Babytime:  Ages Birth to 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:

Chocolate Games: Ages 12-18

Thursday, July 12 at 5:00 p.m.

Join us for the 3rd Annual Library Chocolate Games! 

The more you win, the more chocolate you get!


Teen Movie Nights: Ages 12-18

Thursdays at 5:00 p.m.

July 19 – Grease

August 9 – The Last Song


Music Murder Mystery: Ages 12-18

Saturday, July 21 at 1:00 p.m.

Follow clues around the library to try and solve a Library Murder Mystery!


Teen Game Night: Ages 12-18

Thursday, August 2 at 4:30 p.m.

Join us for a scavenger hunt, board games, card games, and snacks!


Teen Comic Book Party: Ages 12-18

Saturday, August 11 at 1:00 p.m.

Join us for a fun party where you can watch an Anime, learn to draw a Manga character, design your own Comic Book Strip,

or illustrate your own cool character!


Teen Cookie Kerfuffle: Ages 12-18

Thursday, August 16 at 4:30 p.m.

Put your skills to the test in our Cookie Decorating Contest!


Teen Craft Night: Ages 12-18

Thursday, August 23 at 5:00 p.m.

Choose between 2 crafts:  Sound Wave Art OR Sheet Music Art Craft

* Registration Required


Read It!  See It!: Ages 13-18

Thursdays at 5:00 p.m.

June 28 – The Princess Bride

July 26 – The BFG

August 30 – The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The first 7 teens to sign up will get free copies of these books!

*Registration Required