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Heather Nellis/Recorder staff Scientist George Steele shows off a cow skull Monday during a presentation on bones and anatomy to children who attended the opening day of the summer reading program at Frothingham Free Library, 28 W. Main St., Fonda. The library will continue to accept registrations for the free program through Aug. 14.

Heather Nellis/Recorder staff Amsterdam Free Library Youth Services Director Katie Capel, right, reads a book during preschool story hour Monday morning. The library is currently accepting registrations for its summer reading program, which will start July 1.


Local libraries kick off reading programs

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - Updated: 4:09 AM


Recorder News Staff

Montgomery County's libraries are gearing up for their summer reading programs. The Mohawk Valley Library System chose "Dig Into Reading" as this summer's theme, and each library has a variety of programming to reflect the theme.

"Reading is so important for children, especially in the summer," said Sherri Kirschman, director of the Frothingham Free Library in Fonda. "Libraries try their hardest to encourage children to enjoy reading."

The following is a breakdown of each library's summer program.

Amsterdam Free Library, 842-1080, 28 Church St., Amsterdam:

Summer programming will start July 1, and will be offered twice daily on weekdays. All Monday morning programs are for preschool-aged children only.

Registration is required for participation in the free programs, and because space is limited, parents and guardians should sign their children up for each day in which they plan to attend. Both can be accomplished by calling or stopping by the library.

Each week has a theme, said Youth Services Director Katie Capel, starting with dinosaur week. Capel said the program will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the first day for registration, crafts and activities.

"Some of the programs are already filled, so it's really important for people to sign up for the programs they want to attend," she said. "We have a lot of fun programs for the kids this year."

Some of them include Tie Dye Day on July 12, the Utica Zoo Zoomobile on July 18, and a puppet show scheduled Aug. 22.

The library will also have an end-of-summer party on Aug. 23 from 10:30 a.m. till 2 p.m., for which registration is not required.

To see a full calendar listing, visit under the summer program tab.

Frothingham Free Library, 853-3016, 28 W. Main St., Fonda:

Summer programming started Monday, and will be offered weekdays except Thursday. Kirschman said registration will be open through Aug. 14.

Registration is required for participation in the free programs, and because space is limited, parents and guardians should sign their children up for each day in which they plan to attend. Both can be accomplished by calling or stopping by the library.

Kirschman described the program as two-fold. One part includes keeping a reading log at the library, which will reward children for the number of books read. The other part involves educational and fun programs.

On Aug. 9, participants will be asked to bring a new, unopened box of cereal so children can build a big castle. After the program, all the cereal boxes will be donated to the Glen Mohawk Ecumenical Food Pantry, which serves students and families of the Fonda-Fultonville Central School District.

To see a full calendar listing, visit under the summer reading program tab.

Fort Hunter Free Library, 829-7248, 167 Fort Hunter Road, Amsterdam:

Summer programming starts July 9. Director Tina Shave said the program will be held Tuesdays from 10 a.m. through Aug. 13.

Programs will range from presentations by Cornell Cooperative Extension, story time, and a garden planting, Shave said.

Registration is encouraged. Registration can be completed online at, or by calling the library.

Canajoharie Library, 673-2314, 2 Erie Blvd., Canajoharie:

Programs will kick off tonight at 6 p.m. with a live reptile show for all ages.

Director Leah LaFera said the library is running two summer programs -- one for teens, and for the first time, one for kids, babies and toddlers. Stories for babies and toddlers will be read every Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

"We came up with some really diverse programming," she said, "and we're especially excited about the teen program."

Teen programming starts Friday at 11 a.m. Participants will learn the art of chain maille, which was used to create knights' armor. The Art & Craft Studio will show teens how to make their own chain maille bracelets.

LaFera said registration and sign-ups are encouraged, but not required.

For more information and full calendars, visit

Fort Plain Free Library, 993-4646, 19 Willett St., Fort Plain:

Director Whitney Hubbard said the program starts July 8, and the library will be offering more than 30 programs for free.

The first program is called "Message in a Bottle," and each participant will create summer time capsules to bury in the library yard.

Thereafter, "each day represents a different theme program" Hubbard said. "For example, Mondays will always be art days, so we're calling them Mondays with Michaelangelo."

Hubbard said participants don't have to sign up for each program, but a one-time registration is required.

Registration can be completed at under the summer reading program tab.


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