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Youth Programs at the Huntington Memorial Library

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.

Check out our Eventbrite page to register for our programs and our Youth Calendar for more information.

Messy Art (1—5 Yrs)

Register here
Tuesdays 6/28—8/16, 10:00—10:45am

Join us in Huntington Park to create fun projects with a mess that you don’t have to clean up!

Park Storytime (1—5 Yrs)

Register here
Wednesdays 6/29—8/17, 10:00—10:45am

Join us in Huntington Park where we will read books, sing songs, use early literacy skills, and learn new topics presented by our expert Youth Librarian, Miss Kathryn!

Music Makers (1 – 5 Yrs)

Register here
Thursdays 6/30—8/18, 10:00—10:45am

Get ready to shake all your sillies away! Join us in Huntington Park for a program filled with lively songs, musical instruments, and fun.

Park Storytime (1—5 Yrs)

Register here
Wednesdays 6/29—8/17, 10:00—10:45am

Join us in Huntington Park where we will read books, sing songs, use early literacy skills, and learn new topics presented by our expert Youth Librarian, Miss Kathryn! 

Music Makers (1 – 5 Yrs)

Register here
Thursdays 6/30—8/18, 10:00—10:45am
Get ready to shake all your sillies away! Join us in Huntington Park for a program filled with lively songs, musical instruments, and fun.



Children

LEGO Club (5—11 Yrs)

Register here
Tuesdays 6/28—8/16, 1:00—2:00pm

Build your own masterpiece or try your hand at a LEGO challenge. We’ll display your finished piece around the library for a whole week!

Afternoon Adventures (6—11 Yrs)

Register here
Thursdays 6/30—8/18, 1:00—2:00pm
Join your friends in Huntington Park to discover new stories, fun activities, and learn new topics presented by our expert Youth Librarian, Miss Kathryn.

Open Minecraft (5—11 Yrs)

Drop-In Event
Fridays 7/1—8/12, 1:00—3:00pm
Come to the library each Friday afternoon to play Minecraft.

LEGO Club (5—11 Yrs)

Register here
Tuesdays 6/28—8/16, 1:00—2:00pm

Build your own masterpiece or try your hand at a LEGO challenge. We’ll display your finished piece around the library for a whole week!

Afternoon Adventures (6—11 Yrs)

Register here
Thursdays 6/30—8/18, 1:00—2:00pm
Join your friends in Huntington Park to discover new stories, fun activities, and learn new topics presented by our expert Youth Librarian, Miss Kathryn.

Open Minecraft (5—11 Yrs)

Drop-In Event
Fridays 7/1—8/12, 1:00—3:00pm
Come to the library each Friday afternoon to play Minecraft.

Teen Programs

Teen SRP Kick-Off (12—18 Yrs)

Drop-In Event
Fri. 6/24, 5:30—7:30pm
Join us in Huntington Park for a cupcake decorating contest, and a DIY message in the bottle station! You can also register for Beanstack while attending.



Teen Advisory Group (12—18 Yrs)

Drop-In Events
Join HML’s New Teen Advisory Group! Help select YA books to buy, create displays in the teen room, plan teen events, and more. You also gain volunteer hours while attending! Pizza or Snacks Provided

Summer Meetings & Activities:

Wed. 6/29, 6:00—7:30pm: Create Summer Displays Around the Library

Sat. 7/16, 1:00—2:30pm: Create Perler Bead Keychains for Local Nursing Homes

Wed. 7/27, 6:00—7:30pm: Help Organize the Basement and Craft Storage

Sat. 8/13, 1:00—2:30pm: Help Prep Summer Awards Party and Participate in a Water Balloon Battle



Fantasy Book Club w/ OTC (12—18 Yrs)

Register here starting 6/20
Tuesdays 7/5—8/16, 3:00—4:30pm
Join us in Huntington Park to read a popular fantasy novel together before doing an activity based on our read. Snacks provided.



Paint and Switch (12—18 Yrs)

Registration is not required
Sat. 7/23, 1:00—2:30pm
Bring a friend and get ready to be creative. Each teen will have ten minutes to paint before switching their canvas with their partner’s. We’ll then continue this process 5 more times! What will it look like in the end?



Nerf Battle @ The Oneonta
Teen Center (12—18 Yrs)

Registration is not required
Sat. 8/13, 1:00—3:00pm
Join us at The Oneonta Teen Center for an afternoon of nerf battles, pizza, and raffles.

Special Events

Summer Reading Kick-Off (All Ages)

Drop-In Event
Fri. 6/24, 5:30—7:30pm
Celebrate the beginning of our Summer Reading Program with us! Pick-up your summer bags, a balloon animal,  and enjoy a bounce house, misting tent, and raffle. Popcorn and refreshments will be served. Entertainment by BJ the Balloon Twister and NY Bounce House.



ViaPort Aquarium w/ Hands on Invertebrates (3—11 Yrs)

Registration is not required
Wed. 6/29, 1:00—2:00pm
Sit in Huntington Park and learn about the wonderful world of invertebrates before getting to have hands on experience with them from an expert from the ViaPort Aquarium.



Huntington Park Storywalk (All Ages)

Drop-In Event
Tues. 7/5—Sat. 7/16 9:00am—5:00pm
Stroll through Huntington Park and enjoy reading through “Swashby and the Sea” by Beth Ferry. Don’t forget to grab an activity at the end!



Let’s Go on a Shell Hunt (3—11 Yrs)

Registration is not required
Wed. 7/6, 1:00—3:00pm
Join us in Huntington Park  to go shell hunting. What kind of shells are hidden in the grass? Some may even have treats inside. How many can you find?



STEAM Ahead: Lighthouse Challenge (7—11 Yrs)

Register here starting 6/20
Fri. 7/8, 1:00—2:30pm
Learn about lighthouses before competing to see who can build the tallest lighthouse using paper straws, craft sticks, and index cards. Can yours support a tea light?



Kids Craft-urday: Create a Coral Reef (3—11 Yrs)

Drop-In Event
Sat. 7/16, 10:00am—12:00pm
Join us in Huntington Park to create a coral reef with pipe cleaners and foam circles.



Mythical Creature Hike @ Wilber Park (3—11 Yrs)

Drop-In Event
Wed. 7/20, 1:00—3:00pm
Meet us on the Lower Track at Wilber Park and follow the signs to figure out what mythical creature is hiding behind them. Take home a special craft at the end.



Tales of the Creek w/ OCCA @ Wilber Park  (5—11 Yrs)

Registration is not required
Wed. 7/27, 1:00—3:00pm
Children will explore Oneonta Creek to collect creatures to examine to learn how their bodies can survive in a watery environment before creating their own field guide. Meet at lower Wilber Park. Footwear and clothing that can get wet are a must.



STEAM Ahead: Sink or Float (7—11 Yrs)

Register here starting 7/11
Fri. 7/29, 1:00—2:30pm
Using household materials, design your own boats to see which one holds the most weight in water.



Pirate School (3—11 Yrs)

Register here starting 7/18
Sat. 8/6, 10:00am—12:00pm
Learn to speak like a pirate, tie nautical knots, find buried treasure, and more in Huntington Park.



Mermaid Tea Party  (4—11 Yrs)

Register here starting 7/25
Wed. 8/10, 1:00—3:00pm
Join us for a tea party complete with games, crafts, and tea and snacks.



Kids Craft-urday: Ocean Suncatchers (3—11 Yrs)

Drop-In Event
Sat. 8/13, 10:00am—12:00pm
Join us in Huntington Park to create ocean suncatchers with contact paper and crepe paper.



Stuffed Animal Workshop (3—11 Yrs)

Register here starting 8/1
Wed. 8/17, 1:00 –2:00pm
Join us in Huntington Park to listen to a turtle themed storytime before filling your new turtle friend with love and stuffing.



Summer Reading Awards Party (All Ages)

Drop-In Event
Fri. 8/19, 5:30—7:30pm
Help us celebrate the end of our Summer Reading Program! Enjoy free ice cream donated by Stewart’s, play with our park toys, and receive an award for participating in our Reading Challenges. We will also be announcing the number of books read this summer and the Beanstack raffle winners!

Early Literacy

Teen Advisory Group (12 – 18 Yrs)

Join HML’s New Teen Advisory Group! No Registration Required!

The Teen Advisory Group will help select YA books to buy, create displays in the teen room, plan teen events, and more!

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Meetings are every other week, alternating between Saturdays at 1:00 pm and Wednesdays at 6:00 pm, but…
  • You don’t have to come to every meeting. Come by when you can, and skip when you’re busy!
  • Free food & community service hours for attending!
  • Bring a friend!


Activities:

4/23: Help Pick out NEW Books to Order while Creating Blackout Poetry
5/4: Let’s Create Displays in the Young Adult Room
5/21: Bring Your Ideas for a Teen Summer Reading Program While Making Essential Oil Playdough and Stress Balls
6/1: Help us Repaint our Sidewalk Obstacle Course
6/18: Let’s Have a Picnic

Kids Craft-urday (3 – 11 Yrs)

No Registration Required
One Sat. a Month @ 10:00am – 12:00pm
Join us once a month in Huntington Park to create a special craft! Drop-in anytime between 10:00am and 12:00pm to get creative. In case of bad weather, this program will be inside with masks required.

Activities:
4/23: Let’s Create Turtle Herb Planters
5/21: Let’s Create 3D Paper Flower Bouquets
6/18: Let’s Decorate Your Own Birdhouse

Huntington Park Storywalk (All Ages)

Stroll through Huntington Park starting Monday, May 2nd and ending Saturday, May 14 and enjoy reading through “Singing in the Rain” by Tim Hopgood while you walk with YOUR family and friends. HML’s storywalk will be up in the park each day between 9:00am and 5:00pm (4:00pm on Saturdays). Don’t forget to grab an activity from the library!

And if you Can’t Make May’s Storywalk….

Stroll through Huntington Park starting Monday, June 6th and ending Saturday, June 18 and enjoy reading through “The Hidden Rainbow” by Christie Matheson while you walk with YOUR family and friends. HML’s storywalk will be up in the park each day between 9:00am and 5:00pm (4:00pm on Saturdays). Don’t forget to grab an activity from the library!

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