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 Alyssa

Alyssa Tassone began as the Youth Services Librarian in 2018 after working as the Head Librarian of Bryant & Stratton in downtown Syracuse and the Assistant Director of Cazenovia Public Library.  Alyssa is an avid reader and loves animals of all kinds, baking, and being outside in nature as much as possible.



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!