There’s something for kids of all ages at Manlius Library!

Our kids area features Magic Desktop, a special kid-friendly software that creates a safe and stimulating environment where kids can improve their computer literacy at their own pace. The design works perfectly with tiny hands, while a complete collection of programs keep young minds excited and engaged.

Find puzzles, toys, and, of course, plenty of books for all levels of readers and all interests.  Manlius Library is the perfect place for spending a relaxing and educational morning, afternoon, or evening.

Our programs for babies, kids, tweens and teens are free and open to all.  Check our calendar to see upcoming events.

Miss Karen

karenKaren Porcello began her career working with young children in 1975, as an elementary teacher in the Syracuse City School District. She has been the Children’s Storyteller at the Manlius Library since 1988. The purpose of story time is to use books, reading and related activities in a loving atmosphere to help children reach their full potential–in school, in relationships and in life.

Read more about our story times.

Miss Kori

koriAfter completing undergraduate degrees in Business and English Literature, and years managing a service-added distribution center, Kori Gerbig returned to her one true love—reading.  Achieving a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science with a focus on children’s services, she now shares her passion for reading and life-long learning with the children in her community. “I am always looking to connect each child with that ‘home-run’ book—the one that hooks them and leads them down the path to appreciation for the written word. The result is inevitable—a life full of exciting adventure and unlimited knowledge—what a great gift to give!”


lorie-site Lorie Finger came to Manlius Library after 24 years as the Children’s Services Librarian at Jervis Public Library in Rome, NY.  Before that, she worked at the East Syracuse Free Library.
Lorie grew up in in Central New York and lives in North Syracuse with her husband and their dog.  In addition to reading, she loves gardening, cooking, and renaissance festivals. Books are her lifelong passion, and she’s thrilled to share that passion with the teens of Manlius!