Explore Summer at the Skaneateles Library

Summer is the time to follow your curiosities, read and learn at your own pace and (hopefully) do most of it in the sunshine! We’re introducing Explore Summer, an initiative to spark kids’ curiosities and inspire them to learn, create, play and read more this summer. By combining incentives for reading, completing activities and visiting local parks, your child can spend the summer exploring and interacting with their world!

Explore Summer beings at our Kick-off Party on Thursday, June 27 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM and ends on Saturday, August 24. Our Annual Kick-off Party is held on the library lawn and features live music, free food (while supplies last), water play, face painting and a variety of hands-on activities to jump start our summer exploration. Pick up your Explore Summer materials and learn about all of our summer events.

Our calendar is packed with a wide variety of programming that explores nature, science, art and more. We’ll have special performances each Tuesday at 10:30 AM, including a Family Concert with musician and educator Dave Ruch on July 30, which is made possible with funding from the Skaneateles Music Guild.

We’re hosting the Merry Go Round Theatre performance of Look Up: Tales of the Sky at Austin Park on Monday, July 8 and two special Austin Park story times on Mondays, July 15 and August 12, all at 10:30 AM. Don’t forget your sunblock and a blanket!

Explore nature with us at Baltimore Woods on Sunday, July 14 to learn about wilderness survival (ages 8+) and Sunday, August 11 to learn about foraging for food (ages 12+). Both of these hands-on experiences start at 10:30 AM. Registration with the library is required.

Upcoming Explore Summer Events:

Young Naturalists: Explore Lake Ecology

Monday, July 8 at 4:00 PM

The Young Naturalists are dedicated to engaging kids to be Wise Stewards of Tomorrow. The group will walk across the street and make some observations about Skaneateles Lake from the shore line. Registration required. Ages 7 -12.

Dinosaur Dig

Thursday, July 11 at 6:00 PM

Join Paleontologists Mike and Roberta Straka for this fun-filled show about the formation of fossils, herbivores vs. carnivores and basics of geology. The team will set up a “museum of artifacts” to view and participants will go on a dig for real dinosaur fossils. Registration required. Ages 5 -12.

Messy Art Night

Thursday, August 8 at 6:00 PM

Bring the whole family for process art – creations that are more about the “making” than the “framing.” We’ll have a variety of art materials, supplies and paints. Prepare to get messy! No registration. All ages.