Sign up now for Summer Reading Program

Our Summer Reading Program will kick off the week of July 11, and signup sheets are available now at the library.

Again this year, we will have 3 different programs – for children ages 12 and under, for teens ages 13-18 and for adults.

Prizes will be awarded at the end of the 5-week session for those who completed their weekly reading assignments, which will be measured in minutes per day.

For more information, see any library staff or call us at 607-565-9341.

Signup sheet adults – 2016
Signup sheet teens – 2016
Signup sheet kids 2016

Summer events schedule announced

The Waverly Free Library is pleased to present its 2017 schedule of community events, one we hope will offer something for everybody!

This year’s events begin on Wednesday, July 12, and continue for five consecutive Wednesdays until Aug. 9.

The schedule is:

  • July 12 – GameTruck @ the Library, 1-8 p.m.*
  • July 19 – Cornell Physics Bus, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Library
  • July 26 – Bubblemania!, 6:30 p.m., Village Hall
  • Aug. 2 – Dan the Snake Man, 6:30 p.m., Muldoon Park
  • Aug. 9 – Moreland the Magician, 6:30 p.m., Village Hall

All events are free and open to the public.

* Hours for the GameTruck will be from 1-3 p.m. for children ages 9 and younger; 3:30-5:30 p.m. for ages 10-16; and 6-8 p.m. for ages 17 and older. Available games will appropriate for the age groups. 

For more information, call the library at 607-565-9341 or stop and see us.

Summer reading event flyer 2016

Library to close week of July 3

WAVERLY – In order to accommodate renovations being done at the Waverly Free Library, the library will be closed from July 4 to July 10 and will reopen on July 11.

The renovations will include new ceiling tiles and lighting, and new paint throughout the library, said Director Chris Brewster.

“As part of the work being done at the Elizabeth Square Apartment complex, we’re lucky enough to be getting extensive renovations here at the library as well,” Brewster said.

Once work is completed, likely later this summer, the library will also have new flooring, some new furniture, an exterior canopy, a bike rack, trash receptacles and security cameras outside the building.

“CRM Rental Management, the new building owners, asked us for a wish list for renovations over a year ago and they’ve been incredibly generous in planning for work that will be of the most benefit to our patrons,” said Brewster. “They’ve already replaced all the windows, patched the roof above the entrance and a handful of other cosmetic things.”

While the library is closed, patrons are encouraged to use the drop box to the right of the front doors to return any materials that are due. However, no fines will be charged on items that can’t be returned during that week, Brewster said.

Bob Fox Trivia will be March 5

The Bob Fox Memorial Trivia Competition will be held on Sunday, March 5, at the LOOM in Waverly. As in years past, teams of up to 8 players will compete for cash prizes through a series of trivia questions on various topics, including some based on library knowledge.

Entry fee is $40 per team or $5 per person. Food will be available for purchase, and snacks will be provided.  Entries can be dropped off or mailed to the Library, 18 Elizabeth St., Waverly. Early signups are encouraged so we know how much space we’ll need to accommodate everyone.

You can also sign up and pay online through our PayPal account by clicking the button here:

Trivia Entries

LiFT program resumes on Oct. 5

The Library’s LiFT (Libraries For Tweens) program will start for the 2016-17 session on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 3:30 p.m.

LiFT is a weekly middle school program that focuses on the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) subjects in a hands-on way, broadening the students’ knowledge while having fun.

The program is open to all Waverly school district students in grades 6-8, including home-schooled students, and is held at the library each Wednesday that school is in session through the end of May.

For more information, stop in or call the library at 607-565-9341.


Adult Coloring Nights begin July 26

The Waverly Free Library will host weekly Adult Coloring Nights on Tuesdays at 6 p.m., starting July 26.

The library has colored pencils and a variety of patterns and books to use, but participants are welcome to bring their own materials if they wish.

For more information, contact the library at 607-565-4046.

Summer Reading Events!

The Waverly Free Library’s Summer Reading Program kicks off the week of July 12, with this year’s theme of On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! In addition to weekly special events at the library, there will also be a series of community programs that – with one exception – will be open to the public.

The first public event will be a performance by magician David Black on Wednesday, July 13, starting at 6 p.m. in the Community Room at the Waverly Village Hall on Ithaca Street.

This will also serve as the official kickoff event. Signup sheets will be available and registrations will be accepted.

One special event for library card holders only will be the Portable Planetarium from the Kopernik Observatory & Science Center in Vestal. This will take place on Friday, July 22, starting at 2 p.m. and will be set up in the Community Room at the Waverly Village Hall. Students will use the planetarium based on their ages. Please note again that this program will be available only for library card holders.

Returning to Waverly on Tuesday, July 26, will be the Bubble Games!, featuring Doug Rougeax of Bubblemania, who will perform in the Community Room at the Waverly Village Hall starting at 6:30 p.m.

Local author Maureen Wright will be reading her books and leading activities at the library on Wednesday, July 27, at 10:15 a.m. for a special Story Hour.

The library will host the Game Truck on Wednesday, Aug. 3, starting at 5 p.m. for students with library cards and at 6 p.m. for all others. This tricked-out RV features several video screens and game consoles, which will be playing video games that work with the Summer Reading theme.

Weekly community events will conclude with the return of Dan the Snake Man, who will put on his show at Muldoon Park on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 6:30 p.m.

The performances will coincide with the Library’s Summer Reading Program, which starts the week of July 11-16 and runs through the week of Aug. 8-13. Participants of all ages will set a goal of reading a certain amount each week, and at the end will receive a prize. Signup sheets are currently available at the Library or online at

Kids participating in the program can bring their reading logs in to the library at any time to receive a prize and a ticket for the grand prize drawing of a Kindle Fire. There will be special workshops on Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m., featuring Make Your Own Bookmark (July 19), Pokemon Go! (July 26), Potter Party (Aug. 2), Olympic Fever (Aug. 9) and the Prize Party on Aug. 16.

As part of the Summer program, Adult Coloring Nights will begin on July 26 and will be held each Tuesday at 6 p.m. And there will be a Gaming session on July 20 at 2 p.m.

The Library’s Summer Reading Program is funded in part by a grant from the BOOKS program and a donation by the Valley Kiwanis Club.


Signup sheet kids 2016
Signup sheet teens – 2016
Summer reading event flyer 2016
Signup sheet adults – 2016


Library book sale is June 2-4

The Waverly Free Library will be holding a Book Sale from Thursday, June 2, through Saturday, June 4, during regular library hours.

Available items will include hardcover and paperback books, DVDs, VHS tapes and audiobooks.

As a special event on Saturday, June 4, we will host Book Art workshops starting at 1 p.m. Patty Sheldon will lead the workshops and show attendees how to turn books into pieces of art. The cost of the sessions will be $2 and will include a book from the sale.

For more information, contact us at 607-565-9341 or ask anyone at the library.

Local Civil War ties topic of May 1 First Sundays program

First Sundays continue at the Waverly Free Library this weekend with a presentation on Sunday, May 1, at 2 p.m.

Waverly native Jeff Palumbo will speak about his family’s ties to the Civil War and how he discovered them while doing his family genealogy.

There will be authentic Civil War family letters from a soldier to his family on display, as well as reproductions and transcriptions of other letters.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.