Kids Events & Programs


Guitar 1: Small Group Guitar Lessons For Kids 5-7 Yrs.
Ages 5-7 
4-week series. Registration for all 4 weeks is required.
$85 per series
Space limited to 5 students per series. For children with no experience or students may repeat this class for more practice.

Wednesdays 4:30 - 5 PM PM
July 6, 13, 20 & 27 Register (Registration opens 6/1)

Small group guitar lessons with Amy Laber (Gardiner Library’s “Miss Amy”).

Beginner guitar lessons for young children with a gentle, playful approach. We will learn the parts of a guitar, how to tune strings, and explore basic musical concepts such as beat, rhythm and pitch. Students will approach learning individual notes on the guitar and simple chords.

Starting guitar lessons at an early age can help children to develop patience and self-confidence, improve coordination and concentration, learn a new skill, and make new friends!

Students are required to bring their own (1/2 sized) acoustic guitar, pick, tuner and small 3 ring binder to organize handouts.

Please email Amy at with any questions.

Amy is a singer-songwriter, early childhood music specialist, and children’s librarian. With over 20 years of experience making music with young children, her approach is patient, caring, encouraging and fun!

Guitar 2: Small Group Guitar Lessons For Kids 5-7 Yrs.
Ages 5-7
4-week series
$85 per series
Space limited to 5 students per series.
Students must complete a full 4 weeks of Guitar 1 as a prerequisite to this class. 

Wednesdays 5:15 - 5:45 PM

July 6, 13, 20 & 27 Register (Registration opens 6/1)

Continuation of Guitar 1 with Miss Amy. Beginner students 5-7 years old will explore fundamental elements of learning how to play guitar. We will continue to learn individual notes, simple chords, and approach strumming with familiar songs. The focus of this series is to get young children interested and excited about learning to play guitar and to prepare for private lessons as they grow. 

Groups are limited to 5 students per each 4-week session. Students are required to bring their own (1/2 sized) acoustic guitar, pick, tuner and small 3 ring binder to organize handouts. Registration for all 4 weeks is required. Please email Amy at with any questions.

Crochet for Kids with Julia
Thursdays, July 7, 14 and 21
4 - 5 PM
Register here. Limited spaces available.
Ages 8+.

The first class will teach everyone how to make rows and circles. We will focus on a project, such as a hat, in our second and third class. Julia is a rising high school junior. Her hobbies include crocheting, reading, painting, and sewing. Julia is part of her Craft Club at school and enjoys teaching friends and children how to crochet and sew.


wordPOP! Young Writers Group
Summer Meet-Ups on Thursday June 2, July 7 and August 4
4:30 - 5 PM
Ceative writers 7 - 10 years old
Register here.
Contact Carolyn at for more information.

Share your flair and imagination....Whether it's poetry, short stories, or prose, share your work and learn new techniques. Original art is welcome, too. All completed and edited work will be featured in the first edition literary publication for this age group.

Read to Fletcher
Thursdays 4 - 5 PM

July 21 Register here.
August 18 Register here.

Sign up for a 15 minute time slot.

Read to a certified therapy dog! This program helps to improve children's reading, communication and confidence in a relaxed and stress free environment. For readers in elementary school. Sign up for a 15 minute time slot. Children may bring a book from home or choose a book from the library's collection.

Music With Miss Amy
Music and movement for children up to 4 years old with caregiver.

Wednesdays 10 - 10:45 AM (meets in the community room)
July 6, 13, 20 & 27 Register (Registration opens 6/1)
$70 for 4-week series
Please register each participating child if bringing more than one child to class.

Classes will include movement, song time, finger plays, bouncing rhymes, instruments, puppets, and lots of fun!

Gardiner Library children’s librarian, Amy Laber (“Miss Amy”) has been teaching early childhood music classes throughout the Hudson Valley for over 20 years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in both Psychology and Music Therapy and has also received NYS Certification in Music K-12. With positive energy and a love for her craft, Amy brings a special sense of warmth and patience to all her classes.

Possibilities For Pollinators with Jerry Schneider
Tuesday, July 12
5 - 6 PM
All ages.

Bring your own tee shirt for craft or purchase one for $4.00.

Beginning with a slide show, children will learn about our local pollinators, including bees, bats, hummingbirds, beetles, dragonflies and butterflies. These important critters help pollinate our orchards, back yard gardens, and our rain forests. 

After the slide show, children will create pollinator tee shirts. Bring your own 100% cotton shirt or buy one from Jerry.

Jerry Schneider is a former teacher and children’s librarian, inventor of the award-winning Butterfly Game and member of the Vermont Butterfly Atlas Project, a five-year study of butterfly populations in Vermont.

Eye-to-Eye with Live Raptors
Thursday, July 28
4:30 - 5:30 PM
All ages.

Wildlife and wild bird rehabilitator, Annie Mardiney, will present on of some of the wild songbird, water birds, and eastern cottontail rabbits she has helped over the years. She will discuss some of the most challenging and unusual wild birds she has taken in. Annie will also go over common reasons wild birds need a rehabber, unnecessary human intervention, and ways we can prevent further damage to native wild birds and rabbits. Learn what to do when you find a baby bird or injured rabbit, and how to become a wildlife rehabilitator. Handouts will be available listing regional wildlife rehabilitators. Annie will bring live owls, falcons, and other raptors to this program.


Please note that although this program is available to all ages, children must be able to sit still during the presentation once the visiting birds are on their perches.


Annie Mardiney is a NYS and federally licensed wildlife and wild bird rehabilitator. She is passionate about birds, and spends all of her after-work time either rehabbing wild birds, birding locally, or traveling specifically to see healthy wild birds in amazing natural environments. She currently takes in 3-500+ wild birds and mammals each year, and successfully releases about 60% back to the wild.