Summer Reading 2024

Celebrate shared learning this summer with activities, reading and more at the library!  There are Summer Reading Challenge sheets for all ages!  Register at the library to get started. The Summer Reading Challenges start on June 22!

Saturday Summer Events

Come to the Southworth Library on Saturdays at 10:30 with your whole family to enjoy a variety of performances from local favorites and guests! Our first Saturday Summer event will feature Grey Biological on June 22.

Art Contest

Each month this summer, there is a new theme for young artists in 2 categories: grades K-3 and grades 4-8. Drop your submission off to be displayed in the library and make sure to vote for your favorite the last week of the month!

Free kids lunches

Lunches will be available for all school-aged kids Monday through Friday from July 8 – August 16. Pick up your lunch at the front desk between 11:30am and 1pm (and at Montgomery Park on Wednesdays and Fridays).

Smokey the Bear is turning 80!

We are joining with the National Park Service to celebrate his birthday with reading and learning challenges, activities and more all summer! Get your Smokey stickers and stamps for completing challenges and learning about safe outdoor fires and activities! Join us for a special storytime on August 16 at Montgomery Park! (no bears will be present)

Kids Clubs and Programs

Monday Weekly Challenge – Pick up your weekly challenge every Monday from the library front desk. Complete it by the end of the week to win a prize!

Tuesday Writing for Fun! – 12:30-2pm from July 9 to August 13 – Learn the craft of writing with games and activities! For grades 2-6. Registration is required. Attendance at all sessions is not necessary. Come for free lunch and stay for fun!

Wednesday Wildlife at Montgomery Park – Noon from July 10 to August 14. Free lunch plus the Kids’ Farmers’ Market. Meet our different animal visitors each week, hear some stories, and practice reading! No registration necessary.

Wednesday Comix and Cooking with Stephanie – 4-6pm on July 17 & 24 and August 7 & 14 – For our teens, discuss some cooking-themed graphic novels and try some recipes! Registration is required. For kids in grades 6-12.

Thursday Choose Your Own Adventure Book Club – 12:30-2pm from July 11 to August 15 – Each week we will read a book together and choose our adventures as we go with related crafts and activities (and lunch!). For grades 1-6. Registration is required.

Thursday Summer Art Club – 2-3:30pm from July 11 through August 15 – A different theme each week. For grades 2-8. Registration is required.

Friday Stories at Montgomery Park – 10am from July 5 to August 30 – Preschool storytime moves to Montgomery Park for July and August. Join us at the pavilion next to the playground for stories, songs and crafts and stay for a free lunch! Free books are provided to all registered families, while supplies last, thanks to generous funding from the Rosen Family Library Fund. Register online or at the library. Open to all ages!

Friday Game Time – 2-4pm from July 12 through August 16 – Learn a new game or grab a friend and play your favorite! A different featured games each week, with some free games and cards to take home. For grades 1-12. Registration appreciated.

For our pre-k readers: Enjoy a book together for 15 minutes for each numbered space on the map. Complete an adventure or attend a library program for each star.  Collect charms or prizes along the way and when you finish the trail, get a free book and a coupon for a free small cone or mochi from our sponsor, Dryden Creamery.

For children in grades K-5: Mark your path to complete the adventure mission plus track every 30 minutes of reading you complete. When your mission is accomplished, you earn a charm for your croc bracelet and a coupon for a small cone or mochi at the Dryden Creamery. When you complete the reading tracker, you can also earn more charms and a free book!

For teens in grades 6-12: Mark your path to complete the adventure mission plus track every 30 minutes of reading you complete. When your mission is accomplished, you earn a charm for your croc bracelet and a coupon for a small cone or mochi at the Dryden Creamery. When you complete the reading tracker, you can also earn more charms and a free book!

For adults (and ambitious teens): Participate at your own pace. There are three adventures to choose from and after completing each one, you will earn a coupon for a free drink at the Corner Brew on Main Street in Dryden and an entry into the end-of-summer raffle for more prizes!