Children & Teens

  • Cuddle-up Baby/Toddler Time- Wednesdays at 10 a.m. -Stories, songs and activities for baby and caregivers. Parents and caregivers are invited to stay afterwards and play. Partial funding provided by the United Way of Tompkins County and the Dryden Community Council.
  • Preschool Storytime- Fridays at 10 a.m. – Stories, crafts and activities based on a different theme each week.  Designed for 3 – 5 year old children. Small snacks are provided.
  • Family Reading & Discussion Program,  Tuesdays, January 10- March 28, 2017- 6:30 – 8:00- A six week program for 8 – 12 year olds and their parents for thematically based discussions and activities based on award winning books. Facilitated by Diane Pamel, Library Director and Mrs. Wocjik, DES teacher.  Books and a light dinner will be provided. Funding provided by the Humanities New York Reading & Discussion Grants.
  • Family Storytime, Monthly programs for families on the third Saturday of the month at 1 pm.-Check the calendar for more information.
  • Children’s Book Clubs: 
    • The American Girl Book Club: Fall  Weekly after school explorations based on the popular American Girls History series with hands-on activities and crafts from the time period. Designed for independent readers.  Check the calendar for availability and information on how to register. (sponsored by the DYOF)
    • The Magic Tree House Book Club: Spring Reading adventures with Jack and Annie from the popular children’s book series.  Weekly after school club with  crafts and activities based on several books in the series along with their non-fiction “fact finder” companion guides. For independent readers, Check the calendar for availability and registration information (sponsored by the DYOF)
  • Activities and Special Events
    • Paws to Read  – Join furry friends from the Cornell Canine Companions when they visit the library to listen to readers. Held approximately once a month on holidays. 
    • Lego Challenge – The library brings out its collection of LEGOs and LEGO books for a building time approximately once per month on a school holiday.  Explore a theme, play LEGO games, make LEGO crafts, design with friends or just build.
  • Teen Takeover- Movies, board games and activities for teens in 5th grade and up.  Check the calendar for dates and times. Funding provided by the DYOF, the United Way of Tompkins County and the Dryden Community Council. and the JM McDonald Foundation
  • Girls Who Code: A nationally recognized 10 week program for girls in grade 5 -12 to explore computer coding in with the Cornell University Women in Computing Club. 
  • Explore Mars: January 11 – March 8 Designed by NASA’s Lunar and Planetary Institute, this hands-on six week program will take us on an exploration of the Red Planet. What are we looking for? How do we know when we find it? We’ll explore the science behind  planetary discovery, geologic features, the search for life and much, much more!  Space is limited, contact the library to register.