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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a new Library program that encourages all Rochester area families and caregivers to read 1,000 books with their young children before they enter kindergarten. Studies have shown that families who start reading aloud to their children at birth help to strengthen their language skills and build their vocabulary. Each child will receive a reading log for tracking books, or you can download the app to track your reading. For more information, visit

When you reach 50 books, bring in your reading log, and get a small prize! At each 100-books mark, you get a “100 books!” sticker and prize. Upon completion your child’s name goes on the 1,000 Books Wall of Fame!

Story Times

Toddler Time | Mondays 10:00a.m. – 10:20a.m.

Toddler Time is for kids aged 19-35 months, with an adult. Siblings are welcome. This energetic story-time is just right for your tot. No registration required. Drop-ins welcome!

Toddler Time and Lapsit Dates
December 5th, 12th, 19th
January 2nd, 9th, 23rd, 30th
February 6th, 13th, 17th

Lapsit | Mondays 10:30a.m. – 10:50a.m.

Lapsit story-time is for kids aged 0 to 18 months. Join us for songs, simple stories, movements, and play. No registration required. Drop-ins welcome!

Morning Story-time | Wednesdays 10:30 a.m.- 11:15a.m.

Morning story-time is for ages 2-5 years old. We’ll have fun reading stories, singing songs, and making crafts. No registration required. Drop-ins welcome!


7th-“Dogs”, 14th-“Pancakes”, 21st-“Christmas”

4th-“Balloons”, 11th-“Chameleons”, 18th-“Whales”, 25th-“Snow”

February 1st-“Trucks”, 8th-“Valentine’s Day”, 15th-“Yarn”, 22nd-“Owls”

Evening Story-time | NEW DATE! Mondays 6:30 p.m.- 7:15 p.m.

Evening story-time is for ages 2-5 years old. We’ll have fun reading stories, singing songs, and making crafts. No registration required. Drop-ins welcome!


December 5th-“Dogs”, 12th-“Pancakes”, 19th- “Christmas”

2nd-“Balloons”, 9th-“Chameleons”, 23rd-“Snow”, 30th-“Trucks”

6th-“Valentine’s Day”, 13th-“Yarn”, 27th-“Owls”

Monthly Programs

Chess Club | 1st Monday of the Month from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
December 5th, January 2nd, February 6th
Looking for a place to meet other chess players?  Want to learn the basics?  The library will host a Chess Club for players aged 6-12 years old.  Bring your own chess set or use the library’s set.  No registration required. Drop-ins welcome!

Special Events

Winter Wonderland | Thursday, January 19th from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
This family program will celebrate the season famous for cold, snow, and cozy clothes. We will watch the classic cartoon, Frosty’s Winter Wonderland, read a story, and make winterthemed crafts to take home. No registration is required.

Holidays Around the World| Saturday, December 17th at 10:00 a.m.
This family program will explore how different cultures around the world celebrate the winter holiday. We will read stories and make ornaments to take home. Please preregister for this program on our website.

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Chinese New Year | Saturday, January 28th at 10:00 a.m.
Come learn about Chinese New Year and celebrate with us as the Year of the Monkey passes to the Year of the Rooster! This family program will include stories, crafts, fun facts, and activities for all ages! Please preregister on our website.

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Mid-Afternoon Movies | Tuesday, December 27th; Wednesday, December 28th; Thursday, December 29th at 1:00 p.m.
Are you looking for something to do during winter break? Come to the library and watch a movie with us! Movies will start at 1:00. We’ll provide the popcorn and chairs will be set up for adults and children who would prefer to sit in them, but everyone is also welcome to bring blankets and spread out on the floor.

Tuesday: Rise of the Guardians
Wednesday: Minions
Thursday: Beauty and the Beast

Valentine’s Cards for Veteran’s | January 9th through February 6th
The library will once again be collecting Valentine’s Day cards for Veterans. Kids are encouraged to make a Valentine’s Day card at home or come to the library to create one. This is a great opportunity to express appreciation and pay tribute to those who have served our country. We will collect the cards at the library until February 6th and they will then be distributed at the Springfield VA Outpatient Clinic and the Danville VA Clinic.

Love is In the Air| Tuesday, February 14th from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Join us for an evening of stories about love, love, love as we celebrate Valentine’s Day! We will also create Valentines to take home for the special people in our lives. No registration is required.

Technology/STEM Programs
Pre-Registration Required for All Technology Programs

Theme Park STEM | Tuesday, January 24th from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Do you love visiting theme parks? Have you ever wished you could build your own? Now you’ll have the chance! This program will give students in 3rd – 5 th grade the opportunity to put their knowledge of engineering and physics to the test as they build their own miniature Ferris wheels and roller coasters out of common objects. Registration is required

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Everyday Object STEM Challenges | Tuesday, February 28th from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Come and see what you can create with toilet paper rolls, paper plates, craft sticks, clothes pins, tape, glue, and other everyday objects! Some of the challenges will include marble runs, towers, and catapults. This program is for 8 to 12-year-olds. Registration is required.

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Homeschool Day Programs
Pre-Registration Required for All Homeschool Programs

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Chinese New Year | Thursday, January 12th from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
In this program, we will learn about Chinese New Year through stories, crafts, fun facts, and activities that celebrate the Year of the Monkey becoming the Year of the Rooster

Poetry Workshop | Tuesday, February 9th from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
We will explore different poetic forms and compose our own poetry. Some poetry will be written solo and other poems will be a group effort. We will also explore using different mediums to create poetry.


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