Stuck in a summer slump? Wondering how you will keep the kids entertained until school starts back up in the fall? Get inspired at Seymour Library with these six tips to help you achieve summer bliss:

Get hands-on

Seymour Library’s Discover Summer Series might be winding down, but there are still opportunities for the whole family to have fun this August!

View stars, constellations, planets and deep-sky objects with the Kopernik Observatory and Science Center’s portable planetarium on Friday, Aug. 2, at SS. Peter and John Episcopal Church across the street. Sessions will start at 11 a.m and run until 1 p.m. Each session will last for 25 minutes, for a total of four sessions (11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., noon and 12:30 p.m.). Space in the planetarium is limited. This event is open to all ages; no registration is required.

Join Miss Jill for a special storytime and activity at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at Bluefield Manor, 516 Bluefield Road. Open to all ages. Please contact the library at (315) 252-2571 to register.

Eat your colors! Learn about all the different-colored fruits and why they’re good for you with Miss Becky from Cornell Cooperative Extension at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. This is open to all ages; no registration is required.

Or maybe you are looking for an evening out away from the kids. Join us for Lights, Camera, Social Action! with ARISE and Seymour Library at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, for a screening and discussion of the documentary "Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory" (run time: 1 hour, 25 minutes). Guest panelists will include local senior care representatives and a music therapist.

Explore nature in the Finger Lakes with author and nature enthusiast Roger Fulton at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, at the library. Discover the unique places to go and explore, including nature centers, glacial areas, unusual lakes and even some staghorn coral fossils. This program is based on one of Roger Fulton’s latest books for the Finger Lakes region. Books will be available to purchase after the presentation.

Play the game

Whether at home or on vacation, game nights are the perfect way to pass the time. Seymour Library’s game collection for children and adults offers a variety of choices. Borrow a new game or an old favorite! Check out the library’s game collection at seymourlibrary.org/games.

Coming soon, the library’s big games collection, perfect for a summer camping trip, birthday party or family reunion.

Learn together

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The library’s learning backpacks offer children and families a chance to discover a variety of topics together. The library’s newest learning backpacks include outer space, dinosaurs, geography around the world, cooking and knitting and crochet. Or check out the library’s telescope and microscope for some science fun.

Go digital

On the road and forgot your book? Looking for something to watch on the go? Borrow or stream e-books, movies, audiobooks and more with Seymour Library’s eResources. Kanopy, Hoopla, Overdrive and more are all available with your library card. For more information, visit seymourlibrary.org/elibrary.


Travel through history. The library’s History Discovery Center provides research assistance to those seeking local history and genealogical information, genealogical workshops, exhibits and resources that include maps, pamphlets, images, books, newspapers on microfilm, online research tools, a digital newspaper archive and more.

Or take a day trip. Did you know that Seymour Library has an Empire Pass available for checkout? The Empire Pass provides unlimited day-use vehicle entry to most facilities operated by New York State Parks.

The books come to you

We realize that sometimes it’s hard to get to the library. Seymour Library’s new pop-up library cart makes it possible for us to bring the books to you.

The library debuted its pop-up library at the New York State Equal Rights Heritage Center’s Downtown Auburn Saturday Market in July. Over 50 people stopped by to say hello, check out and return books, and renew their library cards.

The pop-up library collection offers books for all ages, including popular titles and new releases. See a book you want to read at the pop-up library? Check it out instantly, with no wait!

The pop-up library was purchased through a grant from the Bernard Carl and Shirley Rosen Library Fund of the Community Foundation of Tompkins County, and funding from the Friends of Seymour Library. Look for us out in the community this summer!

To learn more about upcoming programs and resources, visit the library’s website at seymourlibrary.org.

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Jackie Kolb is community services coordinator at Seymour Library in Auburn. For more information, visit seymourlibrary.org or call (315) 252-2571.