Summer Reading Program



2019 Summer Reading Program

Registration for the Summer Reading Challenge begins June 24 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 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:  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.  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 game where they will get to go out onto 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 Race to the Moon!  Each teen will be assigned to a team.  Teens will keep track of the minutes they read and turn in their reading logs weekly.  Every minute a teen reads helps their team move forward in the race.  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 their reading logs every week.  Every log turned in enters that Teen into our weekly drawings.

Summer Reading Kickoff: All Ages

Monday, June 24 at 6:00 p.m.

Blast off into our Summer Reading Program with games, craft, snacks, door prizes and a portable planetarium!


Arts, Parks & Books: All Ages

Tuesdays in July at 10:30 a.m.

FREE family friendly performances held in Courthouse Park.     

Rain location: County Office Gym.

July 9 – Dan the Snake Man

July 16 – Mad Science

July 23 – Checkers the Inventor

July 30 – Merry-Go-Round Youth Theatre

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

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

Wednesday, July 10 at 6:00 p.m.

Meet author Alicia Klepeis as she shares her children's book Disc Dogs.

The first 30 families will receive a free copy of the book as well as a special prize.


MakerSPACE Mondays – Ages 4-12 years

Mondays  July 1, July 22, and August 5 at 6:00 p.m.

* Registration Required  

Explore the world and outer space with activities and crafts.


Universe of Stories – All Ages

Mondays at 6:00 p.m.

July 15 – Night Lights!

From fireflies to favorite constellations award winning Diane Edgecomb spins tales about the Night Lights that make our world bright.

August 12 – Jacob Souva

Join local illustrator Jacob Souva as he shares his new book Pedro's Pan.  First 20 families will receive a free copy.

August 19 – Blast off with Sally Ride!

Find out all about astronaut Sally Ride in an unforgettable interactive performance by actress Sherly Faye.


Family Movie Nights – All Ages

Mondays July 29 and August 26 at 6:00 p.m.

Join us for a family friendly movie and popcorn.


Books Before Bed – Ages 3-8 years

Monday July 8 at 7:00 p.m.

Wear your PJ's for stories and fun.  Afterwards, leave your stuffed animal for a library sleepover!  All ages welcome but program is designed for chidlren 3-8 years.


Summer Reading Finale Party with The Physics Bus: All Ages

Saturday, August 17

10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Join us to celebrate the end of the Summer Reading Program with The Physics Bus, games, prizes, snacks and more!



Special Teen Events:

Chocolate Games – Ages 12-18 years

Thursday, July 11 at 4:00 p.m 

*Registration Required 

Join us for our 4th Annual Library Chocolate Games!

The more you win, the more chocolate you get!


Teen Craft Nights – Ages 12-18 years

Thursday, July 18 at 4:00 p.m 

*Registration Required  

Starcatchers and dreamcatchers!

Thursday, August 1 at 4:00 p.m  

Galaxy bottles and star jars!


Teen Movie Nights – Ages 12-18 years

Thursdays, July 25 and August 15 at 4:00 p.m  

Movies and Ice Cream Sundae bars!


Teen JUMBO Game Night – Ages 12-18 years

Thursday, August 8 at 4:00 p.m  

Join us for a fun evening of classic games, JUMBO sized!


Teen Dance Mania – Ages 12-18 years

Thursday, August 16 at 4:00 p.m  

Wii Dance Party Fun!