2020 Imagine Your Story

Thank you to everyone who participated in Summer Reading. Be sure to follow the Youth Program page for upcoming programs and events.

Signup for Online Youth Programs

If you would like the option to attend online programs, please fill out this form and we will e-mail you the links to any programs you are interested in.

2020 Summer Reading Program for all ages at The Community Library

Sign Up through an online program called “READsquared.” READsquared offers activities and games for all ages including adults as well as a log to record your reading hours. You can download the READsquared app or visit the website   You will receive a certificate through READsquared for your accomplishments!

ACTIVITY KITS The Community Library has created 40 “Take & Make Activity Kits.” The grade appropriate kits can be reserved by selecting the appropriate link. One child per registration:

K-2 Activity Kit & 3-5 Activity Kit


This is a summer learning project of the Mohawk Valley Library System, whose mission is to provide a summer of magical opportunities for families working together — using social-distancing guidelines and natural “found” materials — to build fairy and gnome homes at their own residences, on library lawns, in community parks and other local sites — wherever the shy and mystical “wood folk” might be found! Families are invited to explore 518Fairy Homes— to create their own enchanted, folkloric worlds! When finished, families can post photos of their creations to #518Fairyhomes on Instagram or Facebook so the fun of finding other people’s fanciful dwellings — or signs of the elusive wee folk — can begin! This is a way for families to celebrate the library summer reading program safely outdoors, build “STEM,” and practice good stewardship of land and resources throughout their local communities.

FREE Zoom STORY TIME  for all ages with Mrs. Babbage, Children’s & Youth Librarian. During August StoryTime will move to bedtime stories at 6pm. Register for each program by clicking on the links below and you will be emailed the log on information.

Story Time Online with Zoom  WEDNESDAY JULY 8, 10:45 am        

Story Time Online with Zoom WEDNESDAY JULY 22, 10:45 am

Story Time Online with Zoom WEDNESDAY AUGUST 5 at 6:00 pm

Story Time Online with Zoom WEDNESDAY AUGUST 19 at 6:00 pm

Story Time with a Craft  with Mrs. Babbage, Children’s & Youth Librarian and in partnership with Harmony Acres & Partyland we are offering four LIVE “Story Time with a Craft” events for ages 1 and up.  Mrs. Babbage will read a story, immediately following the read-aloud, children will create a unique craft designed by Nancy the owner/artist of Harmony Acres & Partyland. Due to current social distancing requirements these programs are limited to four participants on a first come first serve basis and will take place at Harmony Acres & Partyland located at 108 Union St next to the Library. If your schedule changes and you can’t attend the session you signed up for please let us know so we can open your spot. To register click on the links below.

Harmony Acres StoryTime & Craft The Read-Aloud is going to be “I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean“ by Kevin Sherry. The students will be making a hanging “Mobile” based on the book. Thursday                July 16         10:45 am

Harmony Acres StoryTime & Craft – The Read-Aloud is “Alice The Fairy” written and Illustrated by David Shannon, and the students will be creating a fairy puppet. Thursday                July 30        10:45 am

Harmony Acres StoryTime & Craft – Mrs. Babbage will read “Are Pirates Polite? ” by Corinne Demas & Artemis Roehrig; and the students will be making a pirate boat. Thursday                August 13    10:45 am

Harmony Acres StoryTime & Craft – Mrs. Babbage will read “Tiny T-Rex and the Impossible Hug ” by Jonathan Stutzman; and the students will be making a canvas painting of dinosaur friends. Thursday                August 27    10:45 am

ARTS & Crafts with FREE Zoom Instruction in partnership with The Studio for Art and Craft

The Zoom instruction is recorded so you can watch the “How-To-Make Session,”on your time schedule. Each program is limited to 12 participants and after registering the Library will contact you for when to pick up your craft kit. Click on the links below to register.

 FULL “Canvas Painting”              Ages 5 -Up  Friday, July 17, 1 pm             

 STEM Activity “Catapult Structure”     Ages 7-Up  Friday, July 31, 1 pm

FULL “Clay Sculpture”                Ages 5-Up  Friday, August 14, 1pm           


The Community Library is creating a Teen Readers’ Book Group. Enrollment is open to Teens in grades 9-12.  To keep our staff and young adults safe,  we will be meeting virtually via ZOOM at this time. We are excited to offer a platform where teens can share books and ideas with others! The first title we will read is “Croak” by Gina Damico. After completion, the teens will discuss and vote on the next book selection. To receive a copy of this title, call the Library  518-234-7879 to reserve a time for curb side pickup. If interested in joining the Teen Readers’ Book Group please click the registration link: TEEN READERS’ BOOK GROUP

A brief summary of “Croak” written by Gina Damico. Fed up with her wild behavior, 16-year-old Lex’s parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape. But Uncle Mort’s true occupation is much dirtier than shoveling manure. He’s a Grim Reaper. And he’s going to teach Lex the family business.

TEENS Ages 13-19 NEEDED!

The Community Library under the supervision of Mrs. Babbage, Children’s & Youth Services Librarian, is looking to form a Teen Advisory Board. We are looking for teens willing to share ideas and suggestions.  The Goal is to establish a Teen Advisory Board to help the library plan and create programs tailored to their interests. … Members get to have a hands-on role in making the library a more useful and fun place for teens. Please contact Mrs. Babbage if you are interested.

Summer of STEM

Mrs. Babbage is excited to present 3 FREE “STEM” Zoom events for our Community!  Each event will pair literacy and a bit of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).  All events are limited to 6 participants. After registering, library staff will reachout to set up a curbside pick up time for the project materials. All programs will begin at 2pm.

8/7/2020 TEEN STEM (Grades 7-12). Mrs. Babbage will briefly discuss TEEN Programs and the TEEN Advisory Board she is developing, followed by the construction of  a “Craft Stick Launcher.”

8/21/20  Grades 3-6 STEM  Mrs. Babbage will “Book Talk” several titles relating to robotics, followed by the fabrication of a “Robotic Hand.”

8/28/20  Grades K-2 STEM   Mrs. Babbage will be reading “Squid The Magnificent” written by Lynne Berry. After the read-aloud, students will make a “Dancing Squid.”