Southworth Library News and Events

Our mission is to serve the greater Dryden area as an educational and cultural center which provides free printed, electronic and audiovisual resources for the general public to inform, enlighten and entertain.

Upcoming Programs and activities:

Celebrate National Library Week at the Library

Swing to the library during Spring Break for baseball fun

Monday, April 14 at 2 pm: Go Fetch a good story with the Cornell Canine Companions for another Paws to Read with furry friends ans special guest Clifford the Big Red Dog
Tuesday, April 15 at 9:30- Jennie's Book Club welcomes local poet Gigi Marks (author of Close By) for an exploration into poetry- all are welcome

Join us on Tuesday evening at 7 pm for an out-of-the-park event with Baseball trivia, Geoff Dunn reading Casey at the Bat and special guest Jordan Kobrick on "Why Baseball is a Metaphor for Life" .

Kobrick is a two time Minor league team owner and SUNY Cortland Sports Management Professor & Dept. Chair


Wednesday, April 16, 10 am Cuddle up with some infant and toddler songs, stories and library time

American Girls Book CLub meets on Weds at 3:30

Thursday, April 17 at 7 pm - Movie Night- "42: the Jackie Robinson Story". Film is rated PG-13. More trivia, popcorn and prizes!

Friday, April 18 at 10 am - We are taking our storytime out of the park with baseball stories for children of all ages!


Pushing the Limits:
A Film and Book Based Discussion Series for adults

Thursday, April 24 at 7 pm - open to all -books available at the library

Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel and a look at the unique cooking and heritage food of Sean Brock

facilitated by Dr. Karen Downey -SUNY Cortland

Join us as we explore life through a popular novel, a recorded author interview and a human interest video related to how science pushes the limits of the human experience. These free discussions will be facilitated by local scientists. Contact the library for materials. For more information about the series, check here

Pushing the Limits is a reading, viewing and discussion program for adults in communities served by rural libraries made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

World Book Night is April 23- The library will be joining with 1000s to give away free books to reluctant or non-readers- including Wait Till Next Year by Award winning author Doris Kearns Godwin, Where Did You Go, Bernadette? in large print and the first book in the exciting Ranger's Apprentice Series - The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan. Look for friendly book Givers in the community and at the library!

babyreadCuddle-Up storytime for infants, toddlers and their caregivers- Wednesday mornings at 10 a.m. with songs, fingerplays stories and social time. Perfect for your little wigglers!

Join us for our preschool storytime Fridays at 10 a.m.- Give your child the gift of reading! See the kid's page for more information.


The Southworth Library Board of Trustees meets on the third Monday of January, April, July and October at 7 pm at the library. Let us know if you would like to attend.

E-book users! Audiobooks on your iPhone! You can download titles from Overdrive now for almost any device! It is SO download audio bookseasy - a click or two away

NOOK users: Visual tutorial and Printable file

Kindle users: User's guide, General instructions from Amazon , Printable file

Need help with digital downloads? Not sure how to proceed? Get HELP here for more information and a list of devices here and a link to all device help with thanks to the TCPL library- check here



WE NEED YOU! We are looking for readers in our Traveling Books program to day care facilities, help with the book sale and for in-house library functions- get an application form here or at the library and talk to us about becoming part of the library team!

NEED A LIBRARY CARD? Fill out this application form and bring it in along with identification and something with your current address. We look forward to serving you!

Can't find a book or other item you want? Be sure to let us know and we would be happy to help get it in your hands!

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