SKANEATELES — Story WalkⓇ at Austin Park
The Skaneateles Library, in cooperation with the City of Skaneateles Parks Department, is pleased to provide a fun family activity for our community in the summer. Walk along the Austin Park exercise course and read the story I want My Book Back by Viviane Elbee with your family and friends.
Technical assistance without an appointment | Mondays, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: Let us help you with your technical questions: computers and mobile devices, downloading electronic content from the library catalog, using Google Drive and social media platforms! Bring your device and drop in to a technical support session to get started! Appointments are also available, please call us at 315-685-5135 or email [email protected] to plan.
Baby bounce and rhyme | Wednesdays in July at 9:15 a.m.:
Bond with your baby during this program featuring nursery rhymes, books, movement and finger play, followed by play time with other babies and caregivers. For babies up to 18 months.
Storytime in the yard | Thursdays in July at 10:30 a.m.:
Grab a blanket or lawn chair and join us for story time in the sun as we celebrate the outdoors, sing songs and pop bubbles. For children from 18 months to 5 years old. Storytime will move indoors in case of inclement weather.
Young Naturalists: Wetland Fauna | Monday, August 1 at 3:00 p.m.
Connect with the natural world around us! Have you ever wondered what creatures you would find in a spooky swamp or a beautiful bog? Join the Young Naturalists to get a closer look at what can be found underwater! We’ll take a look at the wonderful life in wetlands and find out why they’re so important. For grades 3-5.
Family Yoga | Tuesday, August 2 at 1:00 p.m.
Join us for simple stretching and breathing with Ms. Colleen. For all ages.
Express yourself | Wednesdays August 3, 10, 17 at 11 a.m.
Explore different ways to express yourself through words, color, nature and style. This 3-session program helps participants tap into their inner selves to create simple hand-bound journals, self-portraits, and a stenciled t-shirt. Participants must attend all three sessions. Registration required. For 8 to 12 year olds.
Young Naturalists: Backyard Birdwatching | Thursday August 4 at 3:00 p.m.
Connect with the natural world around us! We all see birds in our daily lives, but wouldn’t it be cool to identify them? Develop your birding skills with the young naturalists and learn to identify some common birds in your garden from sight and sound! We will also make bird feeders and bluebird nest boxes. For grades 3-5.
Messy Play: Unstructured Exploration | Friday, August 5 at 10:30 a.m.
Join us in the library courtyard for free child-led recreation. Children will explore a simple earthen kitchen, clay sculptures and bubbles. Adults may want to bring a lawn chair to relax on while the kids play. Please wear clothes and shoes that can get dirty. Unless there is a risk of thunderstorm, Messy Play will take place rain or shine. For ages 3 to 7.
Dave Pilkey Party | Saturday August 6 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
This walk-in program for fans of Dog Man, Cat Kid and Captain Underpants offers different activities, crafts and trivia. Registration required. For 6 to 10 year olds.
Houses of fairies and gnomes | Tuesday, August 9 at 10:30 a.m.
Build your own house of fairies, gnomes or insects in the library garden using natural materials. Materials will be provided, but feel free to bring sticks, leaves, pebbles, etc. from your place.
For ages 3 to 7. (Rain Date Tuesday August 16)
Paws to read with Chewbacca | Wednesday August 10 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Chewbacca is a sweet and gentle therapy dog who loves to listen to stories. Drop by the library to meet Chewbacca, read him a short story from our collection, and soak up all his peaceful dog vibes. For children starting to read independently up to 18 years old.
Open for Business: 1820 on the Erie Canal | Thursday August 11 at 2 p.m.:
200 years ago, in 1820, the middle section of the Erie Canal was opened for navigation between Montezuma and Utica. Derrick Pratt, Museum Educator at the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse, will discuss how this momentous event transformed New York State, specifically the 96 miles traversed by this stretch of canal, including the swamp community of the Syracuse border crossroads. . Registration requested.
Family board game night | Friday August 12 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Bring your family or a group of friends to try out a variety of board games generously offered by HABA. For toddlers – adults.
Elementary School Book Club | Sunday August 14 at 2:30 p.m.
This month we read Amulet: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi. Each month we will read a book or comic, then we will meet to discuss the book and do an activity. For children from 3rd to 5th grade.
Crochet for a cause | Sundays August 14 and 21 at 1 p.m.
Whether you want to learn to crochet or want to volunteer, teens ages 12 and up are invited to this program to help us make items that will be donated to charity. Crochet for a Cause is led by our teen volunteer who will help beginners get started and assist more experienced participants as needed. Yarn and hooks provided, but you can bring your own tools. Registration required. 12 years and over.
Afternoon Book Club | Monday, August 15 at 1 p.m.: Looking for a daytime book club? Join us on the 3rd Monday of each month to discuss books! This month we’ll be discussing The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. Copies of the book are available at the library. Everyone is welcome! Registration requested.
PJ Story Time and Sleepover with Stuffed Animals | Monday, August 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
Dress in your pajamas and bring your stuffed animal for a very special story hour with Mrs. Mary Beth. After the stories and songs, leave your stuffed animal at the library for a sleepover. What mischief will our furry friends get themselves into? Pick up your stuffed animal the following day (Tuesday, August 16) between 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. and view the photos from the sleepover.
For children from 2 to 7 years old.
BubbleMania | Thursday August 18 at 3:00 p.m.
BubbleMan, Doug Rougeux, is free floating fun for the whole family! Parents, grandparents, and children in kindergarten through 8th grade are fascinated by the rare and effervescent idea of a full soap bubble show. Come and see a “Pop Art” bubble, a comedy, a square bubble and soap bubbles bigger than your head with fluid movements choreographed to music!
For children from 5 to 12 years old.
Women of the Second World War: On the Front Lines and on the Home Front | Thursday, August 25 at 6:30 p.m.: During World War II, American women took on many new roles, both in the military and in civilian life. Beyond Rosie the Riveter and the Atomic Girls, women made incredible contributions to the war effort. One of the civilian avenues was the American Red Cross Clubmobile program, which was basically a mobile club, offering donuts, coffee, and good old American girl-next-door friendliness, all served on the front lines in Europe , Southeast Asia, India and Australia – wherever the troops were. Author Barb Warner Deane will talk about the Clubmobile program and all the ways American women helped win the war! Her books will be on sale after the program. Registration requested.
African Drums for Children | Friday August 26 | 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. @ Austin Park
African percussion for teenagers and adults| Friday August 26 | 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. @ Austin Park
Grab a blanket and join Mayukwa Kashiwa as he brings us an interactive African village drumming experience in Austin Park. Suitable for all abilities and ages, the aim is to enjoy music and movement together. Get up from your seat and dance, drum, jump and laugh!
Evening Book Club | Wednesday, August 31, 6:30 p.m. This month we read The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. The evening book club meets the last Wednesday of the month in person and virtually. Everyone is welcome! Copies of the book are available at the library. Registration requested.