Our summer schedule is coming together! This year we’re hosting a mix of at-home and in-person programming to educate and keep you entertained. Families are invited to the library for in-person outdoor events (if the weather is nice). In the event of rain, a rain location or rain date will be announced. To keep a count of expected crowds registration is requested for events and required for the kits. All of these programs are free thanks to our Friends of the Library, and are open to the public.

Youth & Family Programs

Summer 2021 is full of tales… and tails! Ms. Jenna has put together a seven-week series of alternating take-home kits and events to enjoy throughout the summer. Air, Water, Land, and myth will be explored in four take home kits, each containing thematic hands on projects and experiments. Registration is required for all events and kits. 

Teddy Bear Picnic & Stroll

July 2nd, 10am – 2pm

Library Lawn

An annual tradition, modified. This year we’re celebrating the 4th of July with a celebration on our lawn. Participants are encouraged to decorate a cart and don their festive ware to enjoy some fun and enjoy a snack. Families can parade through town June 28th- July 7th and enjoy the story ‘Bear Went Over the Mountain’ by Jane Cabrera displayed in business storefronts.

Stuffed Animal Storytime & Sleepover

July 12th, 5:30pm

Library Lawn (Rain location: Children’s Area)

What happens at night after the Library closes? Your stuffed animals are invited to find out! You and a stuffed animal are invited to join Ms. Jenna for an evening story and craft, and then your critters are invited to have some fun. When you pick them up the following day you’ll see all the fun you can have at the Library!

A Visit from the MOST

July 16th, 1:30pm

Library Lawn (Rain location: Community Room)

Each animal has a tale to tell, and we don’t just mean the physical tail that you can see. In this live science demonstration, we will learn about the characteristics that scientists use to classify animals, take an up-close look at specimens from real animals, and explore what makes each one unique!  Join us for an hour of fun on our front lawn.
A Visit with Jeff the Magic Man

July 30th, 1:30pm

Library Lawn

Spend a magical hour on our Library front lawn. CNY entertainer, Jeff the Magic man will dazzle the audience with a half hour magic show, followed by a half hour of balloon animal creation for participants. 

Local History Escape Room

August 10-12th, individual times TBD

Community Room

You and your family time traveled to the past, but don’t worry your group will have 45 minutes to hunt for clues and decipher riddles found in Cazenovia documents. If solved, you’ll find the secret code to bring you back to 2021. 

This program is designed for small groups with at least one adult. An email will be sent to registered groups to select their timeslots.

A Visit with the Utica Zoo

August 13th, 2pm

Library Lawn

Join us on the Library lawn for a visit from the Utica Zoo zoomobile. They’ll be bringing along some animal ambassadors who have telling tails! *For the safety of the ambassadors and social distancing, participants will not be able to touch the animals. 

Utica Zoo logo
On-Going Events

STORYTIME: Starting June 2nd, join Ms. Jenna every Wednesday at 10:30 am at Creekside Park. There will be stories and songs followed by play on the playground. Bring a blanket and a smile. 

LAWN GAMES: Wednesdays in July, outdoor games will be available to play on our front lawn. Enjoy them with friends & family from 12-5 each week.

SILLY SIDEWALK: Our east sidewalk will look a little different in August. While out for a walk enjoy the interactive prompts as you walk with family from downtown to the parking lot and Creekside Park. 

'Tails & Tales' Kits

 Dive into a summer of Tails and Tales. Ms. Jenna has curated four themed kits for some at-home fun featuring Air, Water, Land, and myth. Participants will explore and have fun with these hands on projects and experiments. 

July 5th- 9th: ‘Take Flight’ Activity Kit
July 19th-23rd: ‘Let’s Talk Land-imals’ Activity kit
August 2nd-6th: ‘Ride the Waves’ Activity Kit
August 16th-20th: ‘Unicorns, Dragons, and Nessie… Oh My!’ Activity Kit

Adult Crafts

We’re bringing small group crafting back to the Library reference room! Join us every other week at 1 pm or 6 pm (Library after hours!) for a creative outlet.  Space is limited so registration is required. Activities are designed for ages 13+. All supplies will be provided.

Clothespin Wreaths

July 7th

Create home décor with a few household supplies. Participants will paint and position clothespins to create unique wreaths to hang on a door or at home.

Rock Painting

July 21st

Painted rock have become popular surprises in people’s gardens or on walking paths. The possibilities are endless- participants can create their own design, use uplifting sayings or create colorful patterned rocks.

Silhouette Art

August 4th

Up-cycle old magazines by turning them into art. Participants will create a framed shape- heart, flower, animal… you decide- out of magazine stripes to hang in a provided frame. 


August 18th

Extend summer by adding some life to your window sill. Patricipants will each bring home their own unique creation.

These programs are made possible by our Friends of the Library. Thank you!