Programs & Services for Children

One look at the Events Calendar and you will see that things are hopping in the Children's Room! We may recommend an age range for our programs to make sure kids are able to participate.  If you feel they would still enjoy the program but do not fit with our recommended age group, just ask!  We are open minded. Sometimes we ask to please register for a program due to space and limited supplies. We like to plan accordingly. This will be indicated in the event listing on the calendar. 

James McClendon, a Utica College student, made us this wonderful PSA highlighting the importance of reading with your children.  Thanks James!


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 weekly story time programs that include stories, songs, fingerplays, and crafts. There is Pajama Storytime with Miss Lisa on most Tuesdays, Rise and Shine Storytime with Miss Marjie on most Thursdays, and Baby & Me with Miss Amanda on Fridays.  To find out more details on the next available story time, check out our ever changing monthly calendar of events.

Maker Mondays

The Children's Room is trying to join the Maker Movement!  

Makey MakeyThe maker movement is based on constructionism which is the philosophy of hands-on learning through building things. The "learning through play" should be a guided activity that has a purpose.  Maker programs embrace the power of collaboration -- it is okay for children to consult and assist one another as they explore and solve problems using the resources available.  Maker programs not only foster learning through inquiry but also supports mental rigor.


So join us on Mondays as we play with Makey Makey kits, learn a new skill or craft, and tinker with different tools and technologies.

Summer Reading Program

Every summer, the Children's Room participates with the Collaborative Summer Library Program.  

Some benefits of attending summer programs at the library include:

  • Advance literacy and academic performance by engaging children and teens in reading and reading-related activities during the summer months.
  • Foster a love of reading through public library programs and services.
  • Increase successful reading experiences through librarian-supported, self-selected, voluntary reading.
  • Involve parents and all family members in the library summer reading experience.
  • Improve children’s access to library materials and activities, which will encourage them to become lifelong library users.
  • Increase the number of children and teens participating in public library summer reading programs.
  • Prevent Summer Reading Loss.

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


Utica's Pop Culture Convention - a family friendly celebration of all things fandom.  

Find out more here.

Other Programs & Special Events

In addition to the programs listed above, the Youth Services Department offers many other events for children on a monthly basis which include arts & crafts, contests, raffles, and more! The lineup of programs is constantly changing with new fun and educational offerings by our staff. (Shout out to Bedtime Math for offering another program opportunity.)

Youth Services is also excited to regularly offer special presentations and workshops with guests from outside the library. We often have visits from the Utica Zoo to learn about and sometimes pet zoo animals, and the Utica Police Department also drops by to read stories too. 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.