Overview of Programs at the Coburn Free Library
AARP Tax Help: AARP will return to Coburn Free Library in 2022. For information for this year’s tax free tax prep, please contact the Tioga County Community Center. Coburn is providing the location but the Community Center is handling all scheduling.
Coburn Academy: Registration appreciated but not required. This TED Talk inspired group features local presenters leading discussions on a variety of topics. This group, formerly known as the Umbrella Academy, disbanded during the pandemic. We are proud to revive this popular group. In 2022, we will meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm. We may increase the frequency of meetings in 2023.
Tech Support Tuesdays: APPOINTMENT REQUIRED. Call the library or register below to make an appointment. Program lasts from 2pm-3pm. One on one support provided for: -Computer/laptop questions, -Help downloading to your Kindle, -Smart phone issues, -Other technology queries. Patrons ages 65+ will receive priority and will automatically move to the front of the queue. Best of all…It’s FREE!
Owego Craft Circle: This group is open to anyone who wants to make or discuss hand crafts, including but not limited to knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, painting and sculpture. We meet at the Coburn Free Library on the 2nd floor (elevator available). Crafters should bring their own supplies and snacks as desired. The Owego Craft Circle meets from 2-3pm each 1st and 3rd Saturday, September through June. The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Friday from 3-4pm in July and August.
Mystery Book Club: Registration required. Calling all mystery enthusiasts! Every month members meet to discuss the selection(s) of the month. Join us for an hour of lively banter and fun. The first Tuesday of each month at 1pm. This group sometimes meets outdoors during nice weather so be sure to register if you are a newcomer to the group. We will make sure you are added to the group information list. Happy reading!
Story Hour: On Wednesdays at 10:15 AM we share our favorite picture books with children ages birth to 5 and their parents or caregivers. Join our group each Wednesday at the library. Don’t be surprised to learn a few finger plays and active nursery rhymes. Our story times are built around books and engaging readings but also include movement, song, literacy skills, and play. I’d say that’s great for all ages.
Mad Scientists Club: Registration is required. The third Thursday of the month at 6pm, kids 10+ meet to have fun and exercise their masterful minds in a messy fun or crazy way. All supplies are provided at no cost; however, donations are accepted at the desk. Each month’s activity will use Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. Each participant will practice the actions for success: listen, observe, try, fail, learn, and try again. We encourage questioning, critical thinking, measurement, and giving evidence. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Lego Club: Registration is required. On the third Tuesday of each month at 6pm, participants use Lego to make creations inspired by monthly challenges! We provide the Legos, you provide the imagination! Must be old enough to responsibly use legos. Younger kids will be given duplo blocks. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Paint and Learn: Registration required. Exercise your creativity at Coburn Free Library, where learners evolve! During Paint and Learn, local artist Sandy Morris teaches basic painting techniques and helps participants unleash their inner artists. No experience required. All materials are provided at no cost. Wear clothes you can paint in! We start at one and paint until done. 🙂 Donations to support our programming efforts are happily accepted. Register online, by phone (687-3520), or by visiting the library.
Stories with Sulley/Reading with Wrigley: Join us for story time with the sweetest therapy dogs around! Registration is requested but, if your schedule opens up on program day, we welcome drop-ins as well! We will have a segment where you can show off your reading skills to Sulley or Wrigley, who never care if you make a mistake! They just love to be read to. We will learn how to interact with animals, read books, laugh, and enjoy some time at the library. 🙂
Other programs and events: Throughout the year, we also host a other events, such as “Polar Express Pajama Party”, teen theater, book clubs, author visits, various educational events, and more. Check back to our events calendar frequently so you don’t miss out!
Summer Reading Programs: In July our story hour programs change a bit since school is out and families have more time for activities. We take this opportunity to reach out with programs for our community. Beginning July 1, the Summer Reading Program begins complete with reading challenges. Yes, this is for ALL ages. As soon as school’s out, check in at the library to pick up a reading log; anyone who keeps track of the books they read between July 1 and the last week of August will win prizes! Summer also brings an exciting flurry of programs. Your whole family will be entertained by the best performers, whether they be storytellers, musicians, magicians, or authors.