Summer Reading in Southern Cayuga — “Ocean of Possibilities” Summer 2022

Reading Logs

» Download your Summer Reading Log here!

Each shape on the reading log represents one day. Color, use stickers, or in some way mark the shapes to record your daily reading. Start recording!

After you have read for 20 days, bring your log to either the Aurora Free Library or Hazard Library to get a coupon for FREE ICE CREAM at Cream at the Top. You may turn in your log with whatever amount you read to one of the libraries or to your SCCS teacher for a special prize!

All books count! This includes library books, personal books, e-books, and audiobooks!

Adopt a Stuffed Reading Buddy to read with! Stop in the Library to take home your buddy starting June 27th!

Teen & Adult Summer Reading Fun

July 11th – August 13th, Grade 7 to Adult

5 Weeks of Drawings!!

Each time you read or listen to a book, record it when you visit the library (books do not have to be library books), get a treat, and be entered into our weekly drawings for local gift cards and an ice cream cone from Cream at the Top!

The more books you reach, the greater your chances!

All entries will be entered into a final drawing for a $50 Amazon Gift Card!!!

Tween Book Club

Spaces left for August Tween Book Club! Email or stop by for a copy of the book!

Escape to the Library for Tween Book Club featuring back-to-back mysteries: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library on July 12th and Chasing Vermeer on August 9th!

Led by local middle school teacher Bird Cramer, participants will discuss the book, create and break codes and ciphers, construct puzzles, eat snacks and have some fun. Come for one session or both at 7 PM. Ages 9 and up.

Stop by the Aurora Free Library to reserve your spot and to pick up your free copy of the book.

Funded in part with a Rosen Library Fund Grant from the Community Foundation of Tompkins County.


Other Summer Fun

Summer Reading Programs, Take and Make Bags, Ice Cream Raffles, Drop-In Activities & more are also being planned.

Storytime will meet through July on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 am.

We offer NYS Park Passes for checkout, and will soon have Sciencenter and Museum of the Earth/Cayuga Nature Center Passes as well. Puzzles, games, and video games are also available for checkout.

The library accepts non-perishable food items for King Ferry Food Pantry.

Other Information

A special thank you to the sponsors that make this year’s Summer Reading program possible!

  • The Rosen Library Fund
  • Cream at the Top
  • Statewide Community Regrants

Save these Important Dates!

  • Route 90 Book Sale » Last Weekend of July
  • Book Lovers’ Ball » October 7th at the Inns of Aurora

Special Events

Summer Reading Kickoff - Root Beer Floats and the Bubbleman

Doug Rougeux The Bubbleman will entertain all on Wednesday, July 6th at 7 pm at the Morgan Opera House above the Aurora Free Library. Come prior to the event at 6:30 pm to kick off summer reading with a Rootbeer Float.
Doug Rougeux is a Syracuse based 30 plus year experienced Teaching Artist, a graduate of Ringling Bros. Clown College, and veteran of two National Circus tours. He uses bubbles of great varying sizes to create “Pop-Art” Sculptures and Bubble Illustrated Storytelling.
This event is partially funded by the NYSCA Community Regrants Program.
Call 315-364-8074 or email for more information.

Movie Night

Join us on July 11th for Movie Night at 8 pm.

The votes are in, and we will be watching Luca!

Tween Book Club: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

Tween Book Club is now full!

Discuss Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, eat snacks, and more!

Stop by the Aurora Free Library to reserve your spot and to pick up your free copy of the book.

Ages 9 and up.

Panloco Steel Drum Band

Steel Drum Workshop 5 – 6 pm at the AA House next to the Wells College Golf Course.
Ted Canning will create a steel drum band with workshop participants and lead them through the creation of the steel drum.  Through the story of the Trinidadian steel drum, Ted will show how music grows and changes as it flows between different cultures, following its history from hand drumming, through “Tamboo-Bamboo” bands, and into the modern steel band.  Participants learn how to play hand drums, African bells and shakers, bamboo poles, brake drums, trashcans, and of course Trinidadian steel drums. No registration required, all ages welcome.
Then, at 7 PM, come enjoy an evening on the AA Field near the Wells College Golf Course enjoying Steel Drum Music on the grass.
Refreshments will be available for purchase in the Club House.
Sponsored by the NYSCA Regrants Program.

PowerHouse Tiny Home — Activities July 19th and 20th

Cornell Cooperative Extension PowerHouse Tiny Home is scheduled to visit on July 19th and 20th.

The “PowerHouse” uses a Tiny Home structure with educational elements inside to help educate residents on ways to reduce their energy use and transition to renewable forms of energy.

On July 19th from 2:00-4:00 pm they will offer Hands-On STEAM Activities. There will be an Open House for the community from 5:00-7:00 pm that evening.

Wednesday, July 20th at 9:30 am there will be Tiny Home Storytime. That afternoon there will be PowerHouse Puzzle Room Sessions at 1, 2, and 3 pm. Puzzle Room sessions are designed for 4-6 participants ages 12 and up. Please register at the Library, by emailing, or by calling 315-364-8074.

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Gyotaku Fish Printing Workshop

Create a window into the underwater world using a Japanese form of art – Gyotaku – using rice paper and paint!

Kay Burkett will lead this Gyotaku Fish Printing workshop.

Space is limited, so please register at the Library, by emailing, or by calling 315-364-8074.

Abstract Paint Pulling Workshop

The second summer art workshop will focus on abstract paint pulling and abstract expressionist-style paintings with an ocean theme for all ages.

Please register at the Library or email

REV Theatre - The Fisherman and His Wife

The REV Theatre returns for their much-anticipated yearly performance. This year, they will be performing The Fisherman and His Wife at the AA Field next to the Wells College Golf Course. Refreshments will be available for purchase in the Club House.

Zero Waste Fun Activities

Zero Waste Activities with Alyssa Gunderson from Peachtown Elementary School

9:30 am Make your own Granola Bars
7 pm “Reuse your T-shirt” – bring an old T-shirt to transform (we will have a few extras)

All ages welcome!

Ideas are based on the book Zero Waste Kids.

Tween Book Club: Chasing Vermeer

Tween Book Club has a few spaces left!

Discuss Chasing Vermeer, eat snacks, and more!

Stop by the Aurora Free Library to reserve your spot and to pick up your free copy of the book.

Ages 9 and up.

Teddy Bears' Picnic with Lily Silly Puppets

Our Annual Teddy Bears’ Picnic is back, with Lily Silly Puppets entertaining and a puppet-making workshop following.

Bring a stuffed animal and a picnic lunch at 12 Noon. All ‘bears’ in attendance will receive a prize.

At 12:30 PM, LilySilly Puppets will present: Wanda and the 3 Potions

Wanda the Wizard has always been very helpful on the set of Aunt Irene’s variety show, but her new potions are making a magical mess. See the singing Ms. Lips, the Opera Cat, a celebrity giraffe, and more! Live music by the classically trained Matthew Ocone.

The puppet show will be followed by a puppet making workshop.

Funded by a grant from the NYSCA Community Arts Regrant Program.