Summer Reading Programs for Children

We invite readers of all ages to register for the Summer Reading Challenges.

Children will receive a free book, prizes and a coupon for a free ice cream provided by the Dryden McDonald’s when 5 activities have been completed.

Pick up a form at the library or print one here: SRP kids 2017


Free Lunch at the Libraryon Tuesday and Thursday at 12 noon and Friday at 11 am from  July 11 to August 18

 All kids up to 18 years old are invited to come on over to the library for a free healthy lunch, provided by the USDA Summer Lunch program. Come for lunch and stay for our exciting kids clubs!

Tuesday AND Thursdays! Kids Club: 12:30 – 2 from June 27 to August 17

 Books, science activities, art projects, board games, coding, reading dogs and more!  for school aged kids.  Come for one week or for all of them. Registration is required. (no program on July 4)

 This free program is sponsored by the Rosen Library Fund of the Community Foundation of Tompkins County

Tuesday                                      Thursday

July 11   Daring Designs                    July 13  House and Home

July 18   Hour of Code                        July 20 Home Improvement

July 25   Magnificent Ideas!                 July 27 Build it Better


Monday Movie Matinees – Every Monday at 3 pm

July 10- “Sing”

July 17- “Trolls”

July 24- “Beauty and the Beast”

July 31 -”Moana”

August 7 – “LEGO Batman”

August 14 – WALL-E


Cuddle Up : every Wednesday at 10 am 

 Books, rhymes, songs and play time for infants, toddlers and their caregivers


Preschool Storytime every Friday at 10 am

Join us for stories, crafts and activities. Children of all ages are welcome to join us this summer for stories, crafts and activities.  Lunch will be provided as well.


1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Track your reading progress as you start you child on the path to reading success.  The Southworth Library’s free program provides program materials and milestone rewards.  Each time you read 100 books, bring your reading record to the library for a sticker, a prize and a new reading sheet.  Materials available on-line at

Lego Brick Picks 

Each time you come to the library, help us build our own miniature LEGO world with Lego Brick Picks.  Select a brick from our Brick Picks box.  If it has a blue sticker, you can take a book off our Lego Book cart.  If the brick has a patterned sticker, you can select a prize from the prize box.

Where’s Waldo

Check out our Where’s Waldo in the children’s room and search out the place in time where Waldo is hiding.