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Children & Young Adults Department

Children's Services
(607) 936-3713 ext 503

What’s a parent with young children to do?
Come to the library!

Our Children's Department is staffed by specialists determined to provide a friendly and enriching environment for young readers and pre-readers.

In addition to our large collection of books and other materials for all children's age groups, regular Story Times for toddlers & preschoolers and a weekly infant lap-sit, we offer hundreds of programs each year that encourage reading and promote the development of literacy skills.
Today, literacy also means computer literacy.

We have six internet-enabled computers for exclusive use by children age 12 and younger. These computers are content filtered.

To be truly effective, children's services must extend beyond the walls of the Library building. Our Children's Outreach Specialist visits every day-care and Head Start center in the library service area - sometimes accompanied by costumed members of the Mad Hatters Storytelling Troupe - delivering the message that reading is fun, and encouraging library use.

trainIn the Children's Department, we do everything we can to promote the joy of reading and learning. We tell stories; put on funny costumes, and sometimes we sing and dance. The first Saturday of the month we offer a free Family Movie Matinee.

Pokemon players and trading card group: Come to your local spot for Pokemon competitions. Bring your cards and video game devices and get your game oNative American Heritagen! Meets every Wednesday from 4-5 p.m.

Our children's Summer Reading Program draws more attendees than the same program at any other library our size in the State of New York.

Visit the Children's Department to see what we're all about. A staff member will be happy to assist you and your child. Children younger than nine must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

Homework. It's part of every child's life. Our Children's Services Coordinator has put together a list of resources to help kids get a good start on research projects for school. Click here for the list. This page also includes some fun resources including links to sites that help you pick your next book or let you listen to books online.

International Children's Digital Library
Check out this online resource for children's books in other languages!

Young Adult Services
(607) 936-3713 ext 503

Miss Sue's YA Book Recs Teen Cooking Club First Friday Art Teen Tech Fridays

Anime Art Aside from the unending supply of fantastic literature, DVDs and CDs available to borrow, young adults are finding that we also offer popular movies and video games, such as Guitar Hero. We have free internet, an anime/manga group and the Torn Page Writers Group. Most programs include free snacks.
Fill your calendar with library activities, and you’ll never get bored. You may even make some new friends.

Weekly Programs

Anime/Manga Group (aka Absolute Otaku Angels!): Every Tuesday at 3:30 pm. If you are a fan or just curious come see what it’s about. For more information, call (607) 936-3713 ext 503 or email for additional information.

Meets Every Other Week




Torn Page Writers Group meets every other Thursday at 6:30 pm. Writers read aloud and critique each others work. It’s a constructive place to bounce ideas and address sticking points in your writing. Too shy? Come and listen or ask someone in the group to read your work aloud for you. For more information, call (607) 936-3713 ext. 220 or email Check our calendar for dates. A resource for you: Poets and Writers Read about contemporary authors and the publishing industry. Find out about writing conferences, contests and residencies. A rich resource for writers.

Once-a-Month Fun

Teen Screen: Second Saturday of the month there is a film at 12:30 pm geared toward teens and shown on a big screen with surround sound. Also, popcorn and drinks are free! See the Events Calendar for details, call (607) 936-3713 ext 503 or email

Do you have an idea that you’d like to share?

Suggestions are always welcome, as are volunteers. For more information, call (607) 936-3713 ext. 503 or email

Library video: Cure for Boredom

Pencil and ink sketches created by some of the teens from Anime/Manga group.

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