Programs & Services

One look at the Events Calendar and you will see that things are hopping in the Children's Room! Due to space and materials constraints, some programs require registration. This will be indicated in the event listing in the calendar.

Story Times

The Youth Services Department recognizes that early literacy is a key component to the development of area youth into adults leading happy, successful, rich lives. The Children's Room offers many story time programs for children from birth through age 6.

Annual Summer Reading Program

Click here to learn more about our annual summer reading program.

Imagination Unlimited Art Contest

Each Fall, the Library seeks entries by local youth for its annual Imagination Unlimited Art Contest. Youth ages 5 to 18 are invited to enter the contest. Entries submitted must be the artist’s own, original, work and may be in any art format.

The contest submission period begins in mid-September and runs through October. An awards reception is held in November, where prizes are awarded in five age categories, as well as for Honorable Mention, Overall Excellence, and the Imagination Unlimited Award, given to the piece of art deemed to be the most creative by the panel of contest judges. Judges include library staff, as well as local artists and arts educators. The general public has the opportunity to vote for the People’s Choice award by stopping into the Library and viewing the art while it is on display in the Gallery.

Other Programs & Special Events

In addition to the programs listed above, the Youth Services Department offers many other events fro children on a monthly basis, including arts & crafts, contests and raffles, and more! The lineup of programs is constantly changing with new fun and educational offerings by our staff. Youth Services is also excited to regularly offer special presentations and workshops with guests from outside the library. Quite frequently, these events will take place during school breaks, but happen at other times, as well. Stay tuned to the calendar to see when these special events are taking place.

Beyond the Library

In addition to the services listed above, the Children's Room librarians make many outreach visits each month to local Utica area organizations to conduct story times and early literacy workshops. If your local organization is interested in having a librarian provide a story time or workshop, please contact the Youth Services Department.