Programs at the Coburn Free Library

Coburn Free Library hosts regular events and organizes special programs all year round. Below is an overview of annual programs arranged alphabetically.
Please see our Events calendar to view and register for upcoming programs.

AARP Tax Help: AARP will return to Coburn Free Library in 2023.  Please call us at (607)-687-3520 to make an appointment. For more information and pre-appointment forms visit: AARP Tax Aide Info

Adult Paint and Learn: Registration required. On the 3rd Saturday of every month at 1:30pm local artist Sandy Morris teaches basic painting techniques and helps participants unleash their inner artist. No experience is required. All Materials are provided at no costs, just wear clothes you can paint in! This program is for teens and adults, we have a Kid’s Paint and Learn on the 2nd Saturday of the month.

Coburn Academy:  Registration appreciated but not required. This TED Talk inspired group features local presenters leading discussions on a variety of topics. This group was formerly known as Umbrella Academy. We meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 5:30pm.

Chess Club: This group is open to anyone interested in chess from beginners to serious competitors.  The Coburn Chess Club meets at 5:30pm on the 2nd Thursday of each month in the Eva Thomas Room (2nd floor, elevator available from the rear entrance of the library).  Ages teen and up.

Kid Builders:  Registration is required. On the 1st Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm, our young Lego builders make beginner’s level creations.  You provide the imagination, we provide the blocks! Designed for ages 4 and up.  Those who are unable to responsibly use Lego pieces will be given Duplo blocks.  All children must be accompanied by a supervising adult.

Kid’s Game Night: Join us on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 5:30pm for an evening of fun. Board games, card games, chess, puzzles and more! Make sure to check out our program calendar to find out what our game of the month is!

Kid’s Paint and Learn: Registration required.  On the 2nd Saturday of every month, local artist Sandy Morris teaches basic painting techniques and helps kids to unleash their inner artists.  No experience required.  All materials are provided at no cost. Wear clothes you can paint in!  We start at 1:30pm and paint until done. This program is for children and teens. We have an Adult Paint and Learn session on the third Saturday of the month for any adults who also would like to paint!

Lego Club:  Registration is required. On the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 5:30pm, older and more advanced Lego builders will meet to build.  This group requires critical thinking skills and longer attention spans.

Mommy & Me Play Group: On Mondays at 10:00 AM, for ages 0-3. In the Hilda R. Grimes room we offer a space where babies can play and socialize with their peers. Parents and guardians can also swap parenting tips or simply chat, while the kids have fun and play. We provide the toys and the fun, so all you need to do is come!

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 Craft Hour: Registration is required. On the 4th Thursday of every month at 5:30pm join us to read a story and do a craft. Each month we will feature some of your favorite, and our favorite children’s authors. Each session will consist of story reading followed by a craft inspired by the author and their stories! This program is for children.

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. 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.

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 increased programs for our community. Beginning the first week of July, the Summer Reading Program kicks off 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.

*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!

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