Youth Services

Welcome to the Youth Services Department

The Town of Ballston Community Library provides programming for all ages. All programs are free of charge. Certain programs require registration and may have age or space requirements. Registered participants must meet the age requirements for the program but siblings are always welcome.

Registering For A Program: To register for a program please stop at the Library’s circulation desk, call 399-8174 ext. 3 or register online.  For our Preschool Programs you are registering for the entire session. Attendance each week is appreciated but not required.

Weather Delays: If the weather is bad, calling before you visit the Library is a good idea. When Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake cancels classes we cancel our programs. Please call ahead or check our website.

Food Allergy Alert (FAA): Please be aware a number of our programs serve refreshments or involve food. Contact Youth Services with questions before registering or attending.

Preschool Programs

Check the Calendar page for the Fall schedule of programs and to sign up! 

Baby Bookworms 

Fridays at 10:30 AM
We will share simple stories, songs and finger plays as well as activities using music and movement. For children birth to 17 months with a caregiver; sibling are welcome. *Registration required. 

Toddler Time

Tuesdays at 9:30 AM or Fridays at 9:30 AM

We will sing, dance, play and learn though songs, rhymes and simple stories in this program designed for toddlers along with their parents and caregivers. *Registration required for kids 18 to 36 months, siblings are welcome.

Preschool Story Time

Wednesdays at 9:30 AM & Thursdays at 9:30 AM

Share early literacy skills with your child at this 30 minute program which includes a craft. For children ages 3, 4, or 5 who are accompanied by a caregiver. *Registration is required and siblings are welcome. 

Family Story Time

Mondays at 10:30 AM

Join us while we read books, sing, do finger plays and movement activities to promote early literacy.  This program is designed for two to four-year-olds accompanied by a caregiver.  This is a drop in program and siblings are welcome.

Music Medley

Tuesdays at 10:30 AM
Join us for a family style sing along led by our favorite musician Miss Terri!  This 30 minute sing along is for preschoolers of all ages.  This is a drop in program and siblings, parents, grandparents and friends are welcome!

How many ways can we use boxes to encourage learning and expand our imaginations?  Join us for an hour of exploration with a wide variety of boxes.  A station based, sensory experience perfect for preschoolers and their accompanying adults.  You’re sure to find some new ways to use your empty boxes.  We’ll end the program with a bedtime story and song.  Come in your favorite t-shirt or PJ’s

*Registration required, for ages 3, 4 & 5 with a caregiver.   Sign up online!


Elementary Programs

Check the Calendar page for the Fall schedule of programs and to sign up! 

Author Adventures Book Club

Monthly Thursdays at 4:00 PM
The Kindergarten Book Club meets once a month for kindergarteners to talk about books, craft and play games.  *Registration required, copies of the book are available at the Children’s Room Desk.

 

First Readers Book Club

Monthly Thursdays at 4:00 PM

A Book Club for kids in first grade.  s.  *Registration required, for kids in first grade only.  Copies of the book are available at the Children’s Room desk.

 

Page Turners Book Club

Monthly Thursdays at 4:00 PM

A Book Club for second graders!    *Registration required, for grade 2 only, copies of the book are available at the Children’s Room Desk.

 

Booking Through Fiction Book Club

Monthly Tuesdays at 4:00 PM

A Book Club for kids in 3rd & 4th Grade!    *Registration required, pick up a copy of the book at the Children’s Room Desk.

A hands-on exploration of real animal bones! Learn how animals—including humans–are put together by studying vertebrae, ribs, and skulls. We’ll compare predator teeth, from sharks to coyotes. Learn how joints move and why rodents have orange teeth. Can you assemble a skeleton?

*Registration required, for grades K-4. Sign up online

Middle & High School Programs

Check the Calendar page for the Fall schedule of programs and to sign up! 

Book Buzz Book Club

Monthly Tuesdays at 4:00 PM
A book club for students in grades 5 & 6.   *Registration required, for grades 5 & 6, please pick up a copy of the book at the Children’s Room Desk.

Afterthoughts Book Club

Monthly Mondays at 4:00 PM

Just for teens book club!  Students in grades 7-12 are invited to talk books, snack and hang out.  *Registration required, for grades 7-10.  Copies of the book are available at the Children’s Room Desk.

Table Top Game Days

Monthly

Try out new games at the Library’s Table Top Game Night.  Each session we’ll play a different game.  Games to be announced.  *Registration required, for ages 10 & up.

Volunteer Opportunities

As Needed

The Youth Services Department accepts volunteers in grades 6-12 to assist with programs, organizing or other special projects.  If you are interested in volunteering please contact Rebecca Darling at rdarling@sals.edu

Contact Us

Phone: 518-399-8174 ext. 3

Fax: 518-399-1687

Email:

Rebecca Darling, Head of Youth Services at rdarling@sals.edu

Rong-Jane Chen, Youth Services Library Assistant at rchen@sals.edu

Mary Jane Baumback, Youth Services Clerk at mbaumback@sals.edu

Ruta Tomik, Youth Services Clerk at rtomik@sals.edu

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