Summer Reading officially kicks off at Ulysses Philomathic Library on Saturday, June 29, with a performance by Mama Earth’s Kitchen band at 10 am. Mama Earth’s Kitchen Band features instruments from all over the world and some made with recycled materials to promote its good-natured, interactive, and educational message about preserving our Earth.
On the last Tuesday of each month, UPL invites our patrons to enjoy a movie in the Melvin Room, with free drinks and popcorn– and air-conditioning!
June’s movie is A Bug’s Life (1998). This Pixar-animated gem features a misfit ant who, when looking for warriors to save his colony from greedy grasshoppers, recruits a group of insects that turn out to be an inept circus troupe.
Join us on June 25 at 3:15!
This summer you will dig up some reading fun for everyone! A free book for children and teens will get you started reading and programs on everything under the sun will keep you going. Look for booklists and a calendar of events at the library.
Read-to-Me (0 & up): Sign up, receive a free book & activity sheet, and attend our Thursday storytimes with Lynne Stager beginning July 11 and ending with a Music in Motion session on August 22. Turn in your completed activity sheets for small summer reading prizes.
5-10 & up: Sign up, receive a free book, reading log, & activity sheet and dig our Wednesday programs on ancient, squirmy, or earthy things, like rocks and bricks, beginning July 3 and ending on August 14 with burrowing animals from the Cayuga Nature Center. Turn in your completed activity sheet for small summer reading prizes.
Tween (Middle-School age): Sign up, receive a free book, and attend book discussions that may lead underground with Gregor the Overlander and other fantastic reads. Complete the program and be entered into a text worthy prize drawing.
Teen (High-School age): Sign up, receive a free book and a stamp card to track your reading progress and earn free prizes. Share your book reviews and watch for details on a mini-golf program taking place in the library stacks.
Adult: Sign up, receive a stamp card, and for every book read, visit one of our sponsoring businesses for a small prize. Fill your card, and bring it back to the library for a seed packet. Every Tuesday evening we will be hosting groundbreaking speakers; join us to learn more about your backyard.
Summer Reading Registration for all ages will officially kick off with a performance by Mama Earth’s Kitchen Band at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 29. We will also have a Digging Dinosaurs Program with Diane Edgecomb at 11:00 a.m. on July 20. Both programs will take place in the Melvin Community room of the library.
You are all invited to our end of summer reading celebration at 2 p.m. on Saturday, August 17 in the Presbyterian chapel. Join us for ice cream, face painting, and fun.
Please check the website or contact the library as program dates and times are subject to change.
Summer programming is made possible with grant support from the Community Arts Partnership, the Delavan Foundation, United Way of Tompkins County, the Town of Ulysses, Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, and from our generous sponsors.
On the first Saturday of each month, at 11 am, the Library hosts the Reader’s Theater, a program for young children, presented by middle-school-aged volunteers. The older students enact a children’s book using puppets.
Our June 1 Reader’s Theater will present Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock, in which the famous trickster tries to use a magical stone to steal food from the other animals.
The Reader’s Theater Showcase is made possible by a grant from the Children & Youth Fund of the Community Foundation of Tompkins County.