Programs & Events for Youth




REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Stop by or call the Youth Services Desk, 630-879-1393, ext. 500, for more information and to register. Priority is given to Batavia Public Library cardholders for all programs requiring registration. Unless otherwise noted,  July program registration begins June 12 and registration for August programs begins July 15. Patrons of all abilities are welcome at our programs. Please contact the Library regarding accommodations.


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Family Programs | Student Programs | Babies & Preschoolers


Reading by Design

2017 Summer Reading Club

June 3 – August 2

For Students


Chess Basics

Wed., June 7–28, 10 am

Ages 6–14

Learn about the game of chess—what the pieces are called, how they move, and basic strategy. After completing this 4-week session, you are welcome to join Chess Knight on Tuesday evenings and play with other chess fans. Registration required.


Book Buddies

Wed., June 28, 2 pm

Fri., July 7, 11 am

Ages 6–8

Young readers are partnered with Junior Volunteers for approximately one hour of reading. The program focuses on book-sharing rather than tutoring. Please register for each date your child will attend. Registration required.


American Red Cross 

Babysitter’s Training Course

Wed., June 28, 9:30 am–5 pm

Ages 11–15

A 7.5 hour training course in which students learn basic babysitting skills and how to deal with emergencies. Participants must attend entire session. Due to the popularity of this program a lottery drawing will be held. Lottery registration for the June 6 class begins May 15; the lottery drawing to be held on May 23. Lottery registration for the June 28 class begins May 15; the lottery drawing to be held on June 14. Priority given to Batavia Public Library cardholders. Sponsored by the Batavia Public Library Foundation. Registration required.


Dewey Club

Tues., June 27, 2 pm

Grades 2–4

Journey into the world of nonfiction as we explore a variety subjects. We will take a look at Mr. Dewey and his system of organizing books, play games, and enjoy activities.  Registration required.


Anybook Club

Thurs., June 29, 11am

Grades 4–8

Join us for snacks, games, and book-related banter. You can talk about books you’ve read; we’ll tell you about some you might like. You don’t have to read anything in particular, just come to enjoy book-related activities. Registration required.


String Art

Wed., July 5, 1pm

Ages 7–14

Using only string and a needle, students can create their own unique string art design. Registration required.


Elephant and Piggie Party

Thurs., July 6, 11am

Grades K–2

Help us celebrate two favorite book characters, Elephant and Piggie. We’ll play games, learn some fun facts about elephants and pigs, make a craft, and read some Elephant and Piggie books. Registration required.


For Families


Reading by Design

June 3–August 2

Children from birth through middle school are invited to participate in Summer Reading Club 2017. Registration begins May 24; first day for logbook check-in is June 3. Enjoy reading and fun activities at the Library this summer.


Movie at the Library

Thurs., June 29, 1 pm

Call the Library for movie title, length, and rating.


Chess Knight

Tues., June 6–27, 7 pm

Ages 8–adult

Participants should have a basic knowledge of the game.


The Art of Design with Dan Laib

Mon., June 26, 11 am

Artist Dan Laib illustrates the basic elements of design with stories, hand-painted puppets, props, and live art demonstrations. At the show’s conclusion, the audience can step into a popular fairy tale centered on design. This program is designed for audience participation and promises to entertain, inform, and inspire! Doors to the Founders Room open at 10:45am.



For Babies, Tots, and Preschoolers



Preschool Play ’n’ Learn

Tues., June 27, 10 am

Ages 2–5 with caregiver

Enjoy playtime with your child and explore early literacy stations, which include activities with letters, numbers, sequencing, and more.


Baby Play ’n’ Learn

Friday, July 7, 10 am

Friday, August 11, 10 am


Babies and toddlers through 23 months

Parents can meet other parents, enjoy playtime with their baby, and see examples of early literacy activities. Please make alternate care arrangements for older siblings. Space is limited.


Signing Fun

Fri., June 30, 10 am

Ages 0–18 months with a caregiver

Fri., June 30, 11 am

Ages 18–36 months with a caregiver

Licensed sign language interpreter Sheryl Ebersold shows how to incorporate sign language into daily activities with signs and songs. Space is limited. Registration required.