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.
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

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. 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 is led by author Pam O’Shaughnessy and 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.

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!

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!

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.

Coburn Kid’s Craft Club:  Join us on the first Thursday of each month at 5:30pm to try out a new crafting skill. Have fun. Learn something new. Take home your creation. Appropriate for school aged kids and tweens

Kid’s Game Night: Join us on the third Thursday of every month at 5:30pm for an evening of fun. Board games, card games, chess, puzzles and more!

Kid Builders:  Registration is required.  On the first 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.

Lego Club:  Registration is required.  On the third 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.

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.

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 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.

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