Summer Reading Program

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2015 Summer Reading Program

Registration for the Summer Reading Challenge begins June 29 and is open to community youth from birth to age 18. Click HERE to register for the program, beginning on June 29. 

Birth—Age 3: Parents are encouraged to sign up and participate in family reading. Each participant will receive a free book and a chance at raffle prizes.

Ages 4—12: Participants will set their own reading time goal and will log into the Summer Reading website to track minutes and titles read.  Every time a child logs their minutes they are entered into a weekly prize drawing. During every library visit, the reader can roll the dice and move their game piece on our life-size board game for prizes.  Every reader who reaches their goal will receive a free book. (Reading with family partners counts for pre-readers)

Ages 12—18: Young adult participants will complete reading related bingo sheets for a chance at raffle prizes.  Each participant will receive a free book for every row they finish.

Arts, Parks, & Books:

FREE family friendly performances held in Court House Park every Tuesday in July starting at 10:30 a.m.

The Bubbleman
July 7

WOWEE Animal Encounters
July 14

Nate & Kate
July 21

Merry-Go-Round Youth Theatre presents:
Once Upon A Wolf
July 28

Sponsored by the Cortland Free Library and the Cortland Youth Bureau. These performances have been made possible with funds from the NYS Council on the Arts Decentralization Grant Program, a state agency and the Cultural Resources Council, a regional arts council.


Special Events & Storytimes:

Books Before Bed  Ages 3-7
July 20 & August 17 at 7 p.m. 
Wear  your PJs for stories and fun. 
Afterwards, leave your stuffed animal for a library slumber party!

Family Craft Nights —  All Ages
July 6, July 27, & August 10 at 6 p.m.
July 6: Superhero masks
July 27: Superhero cuffs and medals
August 10: Superhero capes (Please bring an old tshirt for this craft.)

Storytime at Lunch —  All Ages
Mondays in July at 12 p.m.
Join Alyssa every Monday in July at Suggett park for storytime while you eat lunch.
Get there early to get your free lunch and find a spot!

Family Movie Nights —  All Ages
July 13 & August 3 at 5 p.m.
July 13: The Lego Movie
August 3: The Avengers

Celebrate Summer Reading! —  All Ages
August 6 at 6 p.m.
Join us for this fun musical program that celebrates the joys of summer reading!
Performed by Jim McCarthy

Saturday, August 22 at 10 a.m.
Join us for animal fun, games, prizes, and raffles!

 Storytime and Activity —  Ages 2-5
Thursday Mornings at 10:30 a.m.

Baby Time! —  Birth to Age 2
Wednesday Mornings in July at 10:30 a.m. and
Mornings in August at 10:30 a.m.