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Youth Services

The Potsdam Public Library is committed to providing quality programming for children and teens from Potsdam and the surrounding communities.


Story Times | Battle of the Books | Summer Reading


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Resources for kids in greater Potsdam, NYYoung Potsdam WebSite
Young Potsdam is a resource of Potsdam Communities That Care

TumbleBooks e-books for kids

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The PPL Battle of the Books is a reading competition for middle school students living in the Potsdam Central School district. Students form teams of up to 4 members and may be of any combination of 4th-6th graders. With the help of an adult coach, the teams collectively read a chosen list of 20 books, which is released in September. During the competition the teams are asked questions about the books on the list, and respond the book’s title and author as their answer. The winning team from PPL goes on to a regional competition to face winning teams from other North Country Library System libraries.

The 2016 Battle of the Books

Book List Coaching Guide Rules

2016 Registration Form

North Country Battle of the Books

When completed the registration form can be mailed through the postal service or sent by e-mail.
Deadline to Register - March 31, 2016.

Local Battle:
Location: Potsdam Public Library
Date: April 30 2016

Regional Battle:
Location: St James School, Gouverneur
Date: May 21, 2016

The forms are in PDF format and require a program to view them, like Adobe Reader.

Early Literacy

Story Time - Introduce young children to books and reading at our fun story times. Each week, we adapt stories, songs, and movement activities to match the ages and attention spans of the children attending. Parents make new friends and learn how to encourage early literacy skills to prepare their children for learning to read. We're always available to answer questions about books and library services, and teach parents how to interest their children in books.

An adult must remain with younger children.

Wednesday and Friday @ 10:30am

Library Babies - An early literacy program for infants and caregivers
For children 6-24 months
Saturdays at 11:00am

Adults and children actively participate in Story Time together!
Library Babies is as much for you as for your child. Be prepared to sit with your baby on your lap and participate actively as we learn songs, finger plays, tickles, rhymes, and songs. Follow along together as we share some simple books. Expect 15 minutes of circle time followed by playtime and a chance for adults to chat.

Registration is required. Fill out the registration form for each child.
For more information please call the Library at (315)265-7230 and ask for the Public Services Manager Sarah or send her an email.

Day by Day NY Family Literacy Calendar DaybyDayNY is a website for young children and their families. It is part of the New York State Library early literacy initiative Ready to Read at New York Libraries.

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Attention Teachers:

Class Visits:
Call the library at (315) 265-7230 to schedule a visit for your class.

Take a moment while planning to attach a copy of your assignments. We'll be happy to set aside books for your students to use.

Helpful things to know:
• How many sources do you require/ electronic or print?
• Style? Citations?



Youth services at the Potsdam Public Library extend outside the library to include partners such as Head Start and the Potsdam Central School District. The library partners with the Potsdam Kiwanis and a variety of local donors to deliver new books monthly to three local Head Start classrooms.


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Last Update - October 12, 2016
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