Summer Reading Program
2020 *VIRTUAL* Summer Reading Program!
Registration for the Summer Reading Challenge begins June 29 and is open to youth from birth to age 18.
Ages 0-18 Click Here to Register (age 12 can choose kids OR teen program)
Birth – Age 3: Parents can sign up online and participate in family reading. Each participant will receive a chance at weekly prize drawings.
Ages 4 – 12: Participants 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. The first 150 children that log 500 minutes will receive a coupon to Frosted Bakery for 1 FREE cookie! The child that reads the most minutes by the end of the Summer Reading Program WINS the grand prize for their age group!
Ages 12 – 18: Teens will log into the Summer Reading website to track minutes read. Every time a teen logs their minutes they are entered into a weekly prize drawing. The goal for teens this summer is to read 2,020 minutes for 2020! The teen that reads the most minutes by the end of the Summer Reading Program WINS the grand prize!
Fairytale Scavenger Hunt!
Click HERE to print the form
You may also write the information on a piece of paper, or contact us for an appointment to pick one up curbside!
Walk around Downtown Cortland and have FUN!
Drop your completed form in our outside Book Return by July 31st to be entered into a prize drawing!
Summer Reading Kickoff: All Ages
Monday, June 29 at 6:00 p.m.
Moreland the Magician’s LIVE Interactive Virtual Magic Show
If you missed our Summer Reading Kickoff, you are able to still view the show until July 13.
Ongoing Virtual Series:
Page Turner Adventures
Fun, interactive 10 week program beginning June 22, filled with comedy story theater shows, special guests, authors & illustrators, crafts, games, recipes & more! Join our private Facebook group to access all the fun:
Cortland Free Library, Page Turner Adventures, 2020 Summer Reading
Join Checkers the Inventor and his sidekick, Snoozer for storytelling, special guests, art projects, science experiments, and more! New episodes every week beginning June 22.
Video links will be posted on our Facebook (Cortland Free Library Youth Services)
and Instagram (@cortlandfreelibrary)
Two of a Kind presents: “MusicMagic and DragonDances”
Monday, July 6 at 6:00 p.m.
An interactive music program about fantasy, fairytales & more! Contact the library to register.
Virtual LEGO Club
Wednesday, July 8 at 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Join Miss Tammy at 11 a.m. for a story and a challenge. Meet back at 1 p.m. to share your creation. Contact the library to register and receive the Zoom link. Open to ages 4-12.
Traveling Lantern presents: “Legends & Myths from Mount Olympus”
Monday, July 13
A production featuring the heroes & villains of Greek Mythology. Contact the library to register.
Thursday, July 16
Explore the magic of animation by creating your own using free software. Video link will be posted on our social media.
Science Tellers presents: “Dragons: Return of the Ice Sorceress”
Monday, July 20 at 6 p.m.
A fun fantasy adventure combining science & stories. Contact the library to register.
Monday, July 27
Join Miss Tammy for dragon stories & learn how to make your own fire breathing dragon! Video link will be posted on our social media.
Dewey the Dragon Puppet Show
Monday, August 3
Join Dewey and his friends as they read & act out fairytales. Video link will be posted on our social media.
Monday, August 10 at 6 p.m.
Join Miss Tammy for “guess the fairytale” fun! Contact the library to register.
Weekly Take & Make Activity – Ages 4-12 years
Each week supplies will be provided for a craft/activity for you to do at home.
Registration is limited is required for each week. Call or email the library to sign up.
These performances has been made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council of the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.
Virtual Story Times
geared to ages 0-2
Every Tuesday on our Facebook & Instagram
Preschool Story Time
geared to ages 3-5
Every Thursday on our Facebook and Instagram
Special Teen Events:
*ZOOM LIVE* Cupcake Decorating Contest
Thursday, July 9 at 4 p.m.
Who can decorate the best cupcake? Join us for a cupcake decorating contest!
Contact the library to register. Pick up your supplies July 8-9.
*ZOOM LIVE* Chocolate Games – Ages 12-18 years
Thursday, July 30 at 4:00 p.m.
Join us for our 5th Annual Library Chocolate Wars! Interactive challenges using chocolate! Contact the library to register. Pick up your chocolate challenge supplies July 27-30.
Thursday, August 6
Link posted to our social media.