It’s time for Summer Reading Program 2019, A Universe of Stories! 

This year is all about SPACE! To start things off, we will have our annual Summer Reading Challenge, open to youth ages 0-18. This challenge helps promote and encourage reading over the summer months when most kids are out of school. 

Registration for the Reading Challenge begins Monday, June 24, and the challenge runs from Monday, July 8 through Sunday, August 18. Participants will have the opportunity to earn weekly prizes for completing their reading goals, as well as chances to win larger grand prize baskets!

You do NOT need to be a Vestal resident to participate! All youth are welcome! Just stop on by the Youth Services Department to register!


There’s so much going on for our Summer Reading Program this year!

To start things off right, we will be hosting a space themed kick-off party on Monday, July 1, from 2-4 p.m. This is a family friendly party that will feature light refreshments (while supplies last), crafts, games, a selfie-booth, and prizes!

No registration required! Open to all youth and their families!

Here’s a list of our FREE Family Fun Events this summer at the library!

These events are free and open to families with children of all ages.

Please note, registration is required for Kopernik’s Portable Planetarium. Registration will begin on Monday, July 1, with the opportunity to sign up for a half-hour spot while they last. Walk-ins will not be permitted.

No registration required for all the other family programs!

Our next stuffed animal event, Martian Storytime & Animal Workshop, will be Thursday, July 25, at 6 p.m. ***PLEASE READ FOR IMPORTANT DETAILS!***

This program is free and open to 3-9 year olds only. Registration is required, and will be done LOTTERY STYLE to ensure fairness.

Sign up in person or call 607-754-4243 ext. 3 to have your child(ren)’s name(s) added to the lottery between Monday, July 8-Friday July 12. Limit 4 names per group. This limit is for families with multiple siblings or relatives. Please be courteous–this is a popular program, and we wish we could allow all children to participate!

Names will be RANDOMLY drawn on Monday, July 15, and those selected will be notified by phone. Siblings will be kept together if drawn. Extra names will be drawn for a wait list in the event of a cancellation.

Please join us for one, some, or all of our exciting Elementary and Tween STEAM Programs this summer!

Elementary programs are for ages 6-9, and will be held on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. 

Tween programs are for ages 9-12, and will be held on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m.

Please note each program has a specific date for when sign-ups begin! Most programs run between 1-1.5 hours.

We are proud to announce our NEW summer program “Galaxy Performers: Readers’ Theater,” offered on Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. from July 11-August 15.

In this program, children will practice acting out and performing a script. It’s a great way for children to develop reading fluency and comprehension while being creative and having fun!

Runs in two-week sessions, with the second session ending with a performance for all to see! You must sign up for both dates in a session, but you do not need to sign up for all sessions!