The mission of the Schenectady County Public Library is to satisfy our community's educational, informational, cultural and recreational needs by providing free and open access to a comprehensive range of materials, services and programs.

Programs

Programs for Children and Families

The Schenectady County Public Library offers a wide variety of programming for all ages. All programs are free of charge. Some require registration or an age restriction, so check our program flyers or the Events section of our homepage for specific information.

Baby Lap Time

Our programs for babies are designed to be a shared library experience for children under age 2, with an adult caregiver. The librarian will share simple stories, songs, fingerplays, music and movement in a group setting. There is a great deal of research that supports the link between early literacy experiences and healthy brain development. Some programs require registration, some are drop-in. Call your local library for details or check our Events calendar.

Toddler Time

Toddler Time is a program for 2 year olds, with an adult caregiver. The librarian will introduce age appropriate stories, songs, fingerplays and simple crafts in a group setting. Adults who accompany the toddlers are encouraged to actively participate and serve as a model for their child. Early literacy concepts are an integral part of the program. Toddler programs are offered in multi-week sessions that usually require registration. Call your local library for details or check our Events calendar.

Family Story Time

Family story times will accommodate children under the age of 5, with an adult caregiver. The librarian will provide a highly interactive program to interest the variety of ages. Most family story times do not require registration. Call your local library for details or check our Events calendar.

Pre-school Story Hour

This program is designed for children age 3-5 and is offered on a weekly basis. The librarian will share the best in children's literature and illustration, while also enhancing the program with songs, fingerplays, flannel board stories, puppets, crafts and more. The sessions are integrated with early literacy skills and draws on the best practices of early learning experiences.Some locations offer registered programs and some are drop-in. Call your local library for details or check our Events calendar.

School Age Programs

Many programs are held after school, on weekends, during school vacations and throughout the summer months. Librarians may share longer stories, crafts and activities. We also hire outside program providers such as museum staff, scientists, authors, craft specialists, musicians and lots more. Check our Events calendar for programs.

Summer Reading Club

Every summer the library conducts a reading program for children of all ages. The program is intended to make summer reading a fun activity by providing incentives of small prizes and raffles. Research clearly shows the link between summer reading and the maintenance of reading skills.

Family Programs

Our libraries regularly offer programs that the entire family would enjoy. These might include professional entertainment such as puppet shows, musicians, jugglers, authors and much more. Check our Events calendar for programs.

Library Pass Program

The Library Pass Program is a Museum and Cultural Pass Program for the entire family, that provides Schenectady County Public Library families with the opportunity to get reduced or free entrance fees into many of our county's cultural venues.

Multi-media Kits, helpful links, and other resources for parents and educators.
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We have fun and educational programs for kids from birth on up. From fingerplays, stories, and rhymes to science, art and cooking fun, we have something for every child.