Youth Programs


Huntington Memorial Library offers a variety of programs for all ages that supports a love for lifelong reading and learning, as well as supports a child’s imagination.

We offer weekly storytimes to help children develop early literacy skills through stories, songs, action rhymes, and activities.

Early literacy (reading and writing) does not mean early reading instruction or teaching babies to read; it is the natural development of skills through the enjoyment of books, the importance of positive interactions between babies and parents, and the critical role of literacy-rich experiences.

Registration is required for all programs unless otherwise stated. Check out our Eventbrite page to register for our programs and our Youth Calendar for more information.

Summer Reading @ HML

June 25, 2021 – August 13, 2021

Our summer theme this year is “Tails and Tales” with a focus on animals.

This year we are using a state-provided online program called READsquared for our Reading Adventures. Using READsquared, children are able to log reading and participate in missions to gain points. For every 1500 points reached, children win a new book, a badge sticker or button, and a raffle ticket to put towards two raffle baskets.

The benefits of summer reading programming for children:

* Children are motivated to read.

* Children develop positive attitudes about reading, books, and the library.

* Children maintain their reading skills during summer vacation.

* Children have access to experiences that further their sense of discovery.

* Children have access to experiences through which they can learn to work cooperatively.

Reading Adventures

Read To Me (0 – 12 Yrs)
Register here
This program is degisned for children ages 0 – 12 who aren’t independent readers quite yet.

Independent Reader (6 – 18 Yrs)
Register here
This program is designed for children, tweens, and teens ages 6 to 18 who have become independent readers.

Confused about how to register your whole family? Check out our short and simple tutorial on Niche Academy.

Weekly Programs

Weekly Summer Themes
* Going to the Zoo
* Bugs and Insects
* Legendary Beasts
* Ocean Creatures
* Slithering Snakes and Other Reptiles
* Birds in Flight
* Safari Trip

Facebook Live Family Storytime (All Ages)
Registration is not Required
Join here
Tues. @ 10:00am

Get ready to grow your child’s love of reading! Join us on Facebook Live where we will read books, sing songs, use early literacy skills, and learn new topics presented by our expert Youth Librarian, Miss Kathryn!

Afternoon Explorers (5 – 7 Yrs)
Register here
 @ 1:15pm
Fun and learning doesn’t have to stop when school lets out for summer! Join us in Huntington Park to discover new stories and do a fun scavenger hunt with your friends.

Park Storytime (1 – 5 Yrs)
Register here
Wed. @ 10:00am
Get ready to grow your child’s love of reading! Join us in Huntington Park each week where we will read books, sing songs, use early literacy skills, and learn new topics presented by our expert Youth Librarian, Miss Kathryn! Individual storytime kits will be presented!

Afternoon Adventures (7 – 11 Yrs)
Register here
Wed. @ 1:15pm
Fun and learning doesn’t have to stop when the school lets out for summer! Join your friends in Huntington Park to discover new stories, fun activities, and learn new topics presented by our expert Youth Librarian, Miss Kathryn.


6/30 – Little Red Riding Hood CSI

7/7 – Wild Jeopardy

7/14 – Owl Pellet Dissection

7/21 – Buzz, Buzz Honey Taste Test

7/28 – Blobfish Slime

8/4 – Recycled Backyard Habitats

8/11 – Paper Airplane Contest

Online Minecraft Camp (8 – 12 Yrs)
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Sat. @ 10:00am (EXCEPT 7/10)
Harness the educational potential of this iconic computer game at our 7-week virtual camp! Kids will hone a wide range of skills, from math and coding to language and fine arts, all while playing with their new friends. Best of all: WE provide access to Minecraft! All you need is an internet connection and a device that can run Minecraft: Education Edition.

Special Programs

Summer Kick-Off (All Ages)
No registration required
Fri. 6/25 @ 5:30 – 7:30pm
Celebrate the beginning of our Summer Reading Program with us! Join us for a walkthrough event in Huntington Park where you can collect your summer backpacks, a balloon animal, a special Take and Make, a snack to take home, and participate in a fun raffle. Entertainment by BJ the Balloon Twister.

Huntington Park Storywalk (All Ages)
No registration required
Mon. 6/28 – Sat. 7/3
Stroll through Huntington Park starting Monday, June 28 and ending Saturday, July 3 and enjoy reading through “Actual Size” by Steve Jenkins while you walk with YOUR family and friends. HML’s storywalk will be up in the park each day between 9:00am and 6:00pm. Don’t forget to grab a Take and Make Craft from HML’s vestibule when you’re done!  

Skype a Scientist
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Weds. 6/30 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm
We’re planning another chance to have a just-kids chat with a scientist this summer! Check back for more details soon.

What’s My Tail Safari Hike @ Wilber Park (4+)
No registration required
Thurs. 7/8 @ 1:00 – 3:00pm
Grab your safari hats and meet us on the Lower Track at Wilber Park for a What’s My Tail? hike. How many tails can you correctly guess? At the end of your trip, you will receive a special tail craft to take home with you. Safari hats will be provided.

Tales of the Creek with OCCA @ Wilber Park (5+)
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Thurs. 7/15 @ 10:00am – 12:00pm
From copepods to crayfish, aquatic environments are brimming with life! In this two-hour program, children will explore Oneonta Creek to learn about the fascinating creatures that call it home. Participants will collect creatures from the creek and will examine them to learn how their bodies enable them to survive in a watery environment, and will draw their creatures to create their own field guide to the stream. Meet at lower Wilber Park. Water shoes or footwear and clothing that can get wet are a must.

Flying Tails: Build a Kite @ Neahwa Park
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Thurs. 7/22 @ 1:00 – 3:00pm
Miss Kathryn and Bridget are teaming up to challenge YOU to investigate the secrets of good kite-flying. Join us in Neahwa park to build your very own kite and do some experiments to make your design the best it can be.

STEAM Ahead: Live Like an Animal @ Huntington Park
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Sat. 7/24 @ 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Discover what nature can teach us about engineering at this fun STEAM program! Kids will research animal shelters and use what they learn to design innovative new human structures. Then they’ll build a miniature prototype with simple craft supplies to use when they pitch their great new idea!

Sidewalk Obstacle Course @ Huntington Park
No registration required
Mon. 7/26 – Sat. 7/31

Barnyard Adventures in the Park (All Ages)
No Registration Required
Thurs. 7/29 @ 12:00 – 2:00pm
Goats, chickens, ponies, oh my! Are you ready for some barnyard fun at Huntington Park? Come on down to Huntington Park to pet, feed, and play with farm animals who are waiting to meet and greet you! Partnered with the Salvation Army.

Stuffed Animal Workshop @ Wilber Park (4+ Yrs)
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Thurs. 8/5 @ 1:00 – 2:00pm
Would you like to own your very own giraffe? Well now you can! Join us in Upper Wilber Park to listen to a giraffe themed storytime before filling your new giraffe friend with love and stuffing.

STEAM Ahead: Aviary Architect @ Neahwa Park
Registration begins 7/19 on Eventbrite
Sat. 8/7 @ 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Have you ever been enjoying the air conditioning inside on a super hot day and thought to yourself, “Boy, those poor animals outside must wish they had something like this.” Then this program is for you! Come on down to Neahwa Park to see if you can design a birdhouse roof that will help our feathered friends beat the summer heat.

Summer Awards Party
Fri. 8/13 @ 5:30 – 7:30pm
Help us celebrate the end of our Summer Reading Program! Come for a show put on by Dan the Snakeman and receive an award for participating in our Summer Reading Adventures. We will also be announcing the number of books read this summer and the READsquared raffle winners!

Come to the library between 1pm and 5pm before the BIG SHOW for a meet and greet with Dan the Snakeman to receive one of his interactive books, and to see his animals up close!

Hands-On at Home

Take and Make Crafts
Every week, we will put out Take and Make crafts at the library. Come by and pick one up to participate in this activity! Registration is not required.