Summer Learning Kick-Off Events

*** See more Summer Learning Events on the main Summer Learning Index Page ***

Kick-Off Events

Jordan Bramley Library

June 24 & 25
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

  • Kids sign-up for our SRP and receive a free ice cream sundae.
  • They are the last days of school and both are 1/2 days - kids are dismissed at 10:30 or 11.
  • Parents pick them up and bring them here.
  • They load up on books and start reading without skipping a beat!!

NOPL @ North Syracuse

Monday June 24
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM

  • Sign up for summer reading at the library, decorate a tote bag to carry all the books and movies you borrow, enjoy a slice of cake, and learn about all the summer reading activities that will be offered for free this summer at the library!

Fairmount Community Library

Tuesday, June 25
4:00 PM 

  • Library Booth at the Camillus Farmer's Market
  • Drop in between 4-7pm and pick up your Summer Reading packet, register for programs, while children can dig for geodes with Finders Keepers Mining! 
  • Also enjoy all of the great shopping, music and food at the farmer's market. 
  • For more information please visit or visit our Facebook page.

Soule Branch Library

Tuesday, June 25
6:00 PM

  • Soule Branch’s Annual Strawberry Social serves as the official kick-off of the summer season for kids and adults of every age. 
  • A family-friendly concert by the McCarthys and strawberry ice cream sundaes are highlights of the evening. 
  • Pick up information on the summer learning program and all the special events for the whole summer.   

Manlius Library

Wednesday, June 26 
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

  • Story times with Miss Karen, Jeff the Balloon Man, drop in crafts for all ages that are out of this world, and an interactive Star Wars movie for older kids!

Lafayette Public Library

Wednesday June 26
2:00 PM

  • We will be having the McCarthy Family singers( they do sing alongs according to the  summer reading themed) Snacks will be provided after the show.

Elbridge Free Library

Wednesday, June 26
6:30 PM

  • Open House (games, food, books, activities and Mike Carter doing caricatures for us.)
  • There will be weekly crafts, Kids In Motion, and Story Times.

Liverpool Public Library

Thursday, June 27
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

  • Sign up for this year's Summer Reading Program at our Space Carnival! 
  • Challenge yourself and your family to reach for the stars this summer and make reading a part of your summer adventure.
  • Enjoy a carnival of activities including lawn games, face-painting, photo props and crafts that are out-of-this-world!

Paine Branch Library

Thursday, June 27
2:00 PM

  • We’re kicking off the 2019 Summer Learning Program with an afternoon of fun featuring Games on a Roll and more!
  • Games on a Roll’s mobile video game theater is packed with the latest video game technology.
  • Not into gaming? That’s okay. Make your own astronaut pudding, moon dust, galaxy slime, or outer space sun catcher, or take a crack at a game of Periodic Table Battleship, instead.
  • Don’t forget to sign up for our Summer Learning Program before you leave in order to participate in all our summer activities and win awesome prizes.

NOPL @ Brewerton

Thursday, June 27 
2:00 PM

  • Jeff will perform his "Space Adventure" themed magic, comedy and balloon show. Afterwards, every child will get their own balloon creation to take home!

Fayetteville Free Library

Thursday, June 27
6:00 PM

  • Join us for our Summer Learning Kickoff Party! Featuring live music from 3 time SAMMY-award winning band The Action! 
  • The first 300 attendees will receive a free meal from the grill (hot dog or veggie dog, chips, and drink) courtesy of TOPS and Suburban Propane.
  • Sign up for our Summer Learning program and get a free cup of Byrne Dairy ice cream!
  • Lawn games & fun for the whole family! Learn how you can log your reading and attend fun events all summer and win prizes!

Hazard Branch Library

Thursday, June 27
6:00 PM

  • This year our Summer Learning theme is “A Universe of Stories”, and we will be kicking off our summer programs by making galaxy t-shirts.
  • T-shirts will be provided, but supplies are limited and will be given out on a first come, first served basis.
  • For all ages.

Skaneateles Library

Thursday, June 27
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

  • Join us on the library’s lawn for our Annual Kick-off Party, featuring live music from the McCarthy Family Band!
  • During the party, families can pick up their Explore Summer Library Loot, booklets, or bookmarks and learn more about the summer program.
  • Guests can explore different booths during the party to get a jump start on learning, playing, creating, and reading this summer.
  • Free cotton candy, popcorn, and fruit is available while supplies last.
  • No registration. All ages. 

Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville

Friday, June 28
2:00 PM

  • The 2019 Summer Reading Program theme is “A Universe of Stories.” 
  • Children and teens of all ages can read books to earn prizes. 
  • We’ll also have a program for pre-readers (ages birth - PreK), called Lil’ Astronauts.
  • Join us at our kick-off event to register for Summer Reading Program, enjoy BubbleMan’s show, crafts and other outdoor activities (weather permitting).

Central Library

Friday, June 28
2:30 PM 

  • This summer we’re exploring a Universe of Stories.
  • We’ll start by building rockets, making space creature headbands, taking NASA selfies, and signing up to blast off!
  • No registration required. All ages welcome. KidSpace, Level 2.

Tully Free Library

Friday June 28
6:00 PM

** This event will be held at the Tully Masonic lodge across the road from the library

  • Dan the Snakeman will be our performer.

Petit Branch Library

Monday July 1 
6:30 PM

  • Kickoff Summer Reading with Dan the Snakeman! 
  • Dan’s shows were created to educate people of all ages about reptiles. 
  • Through informative displays and interactions, the presentations are very successful in helping the audience better understand and appreciate the special nature of these animals and their importance to the environment. 
  • The audience is invited to interact with the animals on an up-close and personal level. 
  • Be sure to sign up for the Summer Reading program and a summer of fun!

Beauchamp Branch Library

Tuesday, July 2
2:00 PM

  • The Liverpool CommUNITY Drummers will be performing for the program.

Betts Branch Library

Tuesday, July 2
2:30 PM

  • Celebrate the start of summer and the Summer Learning Program with us!
  • We will be creating Anti-Gravity bottles and moon phases with Oreos!
  • While you’re here, sign up for the Summer Learning Program

Salina Free Library

Wednesday, July 3
2:30 PM

  • Sidewalk art and Ice Cream

Onondaga Free Library

Monday, July 8
6:30 PM

  • We all know and love him... The Bubbleman is back! 
  • A Ringling Brothers Clown College graduate, the Bubbleman has performed all over the world!  Join in and explore the magical universe of bubbles!
  • For all ages!  No registration necessary- Admission will be on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Doors open 15 minutes prior to the start of the program. 75 max capacity.

East Syracuse Free Library

Tuesday, July 9
11:00 AM

  • Checker and Snoozer will be our performer that day and then we have an ice cream social following it.