Steve Haggerty and Jeff Edrich, two talented writers from our Writers Circle, were the main speakers at Front Street Gallery’s Poetry in Motion Open Mic Night on Wednesday, May 20th. Both gentlemen read a selection of poems from their books to a full house.
Steve is the author of Cows in the Fog and Jeff has written Dream of Broken Feathers and When the Sun Touched the River. Their beautiful words touched many hearts.
There are many ways to be a hero! The Pawling Library needs LIBRARY HEROES to help Ms. Karen with our summer programming for children. It takes many volunteers to support all of our programs. Here’s how you can help:
Be an Intern Hero…students 13 years & up!
We need you to help run our Summer Literacy Program. The program will run from July 6th through August 14th from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, but time and day commitments are flexible. Volunteers will help supervise projects or games, or work shelving books in the library. We’ll plan the activities, our heroes are asked to bring their love of books and sense of fun to the program.
Be a Reading Hero…students 12 years & up!
You can help us with our Book Buddies program where students are paired up with a new, reluctant or struggling reader to help them practice their skills and keep them sharp over the summer. We’ll provide the training and the buddy. Our heroes are asked to bring their patience & enthusiasm for reading.
Be a Carnival Hero…students 10 years & up!
Your help is needed to get ready for our end of summer Carnival. Fun Team members meet weekly over the summer between July 6th and August 15th to help Ms. Karen plan, prepare and run our end of summer carnival. We’ll provide all we need to create a fun end of summer program, heroes need to supply their boundless energy, creativity, sense of fun and love of the Pawling Library!
All volunteers must complete an application and interview. Arrangements can be made to use summer volunteer hours to fulfill community service requirements for your school, church or scouting organization. You can print a 2015 Volunteer Intern Application, complete it at home and drop it off at your convenience at the library circulation desk during our normal business hours. You can also request an application at our circulation desk. If you have questions, please contact Ms. Karen.
Applications must be returned by Friday, May 30th.
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Today, Evelina visited the Friendship Center where they celebrated their 2nd year of being reopened with pizza, salad, spinach dip, and strawberry shortcake.
Everyone played Celebration Bingo and won some cute prizes.
Evelina and the Pawling Library support the Friendship Center with donated books and puzzles from the library.
Friday, May 29th & Friday, June 12th
Financial Fitness is a 3 hour course with topics that cover developing a spending plan, understanding and reviewing credit reports, and more.
This course is FREE and open to all residents of Dutchess County.
One-on-one sessions will be available to participant’s to go over their short-term and long-term financial goals.
Contact the NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center at 845-454-9288 for more info.
Registration is required.
To register please call the Pawling Library at 855-3444.
We’ll be back on next week!
Tuesdays 4:30-5:30 pm
Starting April 7th-June 23rd
For 5th-12th graders. Blogging and/or creating a personal website is an excellent way to get your thoughts, beliefs, knowledge or whatever you want, out there to the public(or no one if it’s private). This fun, hands on, and dynamic course will help you start blogging, sharpen your blogging or website skills, and teach you how to keep it all safe. If you already have a blog, you can come blog with us and work on new blogging techniques.
Please sign up by emailing Nicole (email@example.com) or call 855-3444.
If you missed the Pawling Library’s early literacy presentation, here’s your chance to get important information about how to help give your child a great start toward reading!
• Do you know you are your child’s first & most important teacher?
• Are you aware there are activities you can share with your
young child to build important early literacy skills?
• Would you like to learn important ways you can increase the value of time spent with your children to start them on the road to reading?
Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. Research has shown that children start learning literacy skills beginning at birth and researchers have identified six skill areas that parents and care-givers can help develop in their young children to start them on the road to reading. To build the skills your child needs to enter school ready to learn, you need to talk, read, sing, play and write together everyday. You can learn the most effective way to share these skills with your child in order to begin to plant the seeds of literacy. We hope you’ll join us:
Monday, March 30th
Mizzentop Day School
Our Teen Geeks are on duty each Saturday from 1 to 4 to help you outsmart your smartphone, tame your tablet, and make your computer cooperate.
From email to Facebook, to Excel to Word, on your iPhone or on your laptop, our Geek will provide you with hands-on tech support.
No appointment necessary.
We have been very fortunate to have several wonderful interns rejoin our Book Buddy program this spring! That is good news for families, because it means there are more reading practice slots to help your growing readers. If you are not familiar with our Book Buddy program you should know that our trained teen volunteers work 1:1 with new, reluctant or struggling readers to help encourage and support their growing reading skills.
Our teen interns will:
★ Listen to your child read.
★ Encourage & support reading strategies.
★ Ask your child important question to increase understanding of the story as he or she reads.
★ Read to your child to support comprehension.
When you sign your child up, we arrange for 30 minutes of quality reading time with a “big brother or big sister” in a supervised setting. This is a great opportunity for your child to receive individualized attention and reading practice all at the same time. The program will take place on Saturday, April 18th, May 2nd and May 16th in two sessions. Session 1 runs from 12:45 – 1:15 pm and session 2 runs from 1:30 – 2:00 pm. If you would like to register your child, please contact Ms. Karen or call our circulation desk at 855-3444.
What is Team Hogan?
It’s Hogan, a certified therapy dog and Ms. Vicki
providing a relaxed reading setting for your reluctant reader!
For some young children, one of the big challenges in learning to read is the embarrassment of making mistakes. Reading to dogs provides a simple solution — a non-judgmental, comforting furry friend who “listens” and takes the pressure off children when they read.
“Children need a lot of practice to become good readers,” said Ms. Karen, Children’s Services Coordinator at the Pawling Library. “Sometimes when students practice they misread words and feel uncomfortable. Therapy dogs provide a risk-free practice session for children to read without the fear or stress of making mistakes. This gives children a chance to relax and focus on practicing their skills. It can work wonders for new and reluctant readers. Reading with a therapy dog not only reduces anxieties and fears about reading, but it can increase children’s attention span and confidence and motivate them to practice more.”
Hogan, our evening literacy canine is a chocolate lab and a certified therapy dog who loves to have children read to him. Hogan has been providing his own special brand of T.L.C. to children and adults for over 7 years. He is the sweetest, most lovable listener a child could wish for. Hogan will visit the library with owner Ms. Vicki and children can register to read with him in 15 minutes time slots. Contact Ms. Karen if you are interested in signing your child up to read with Hogan on:
Tuesdays, April 7th & 21st and May 5th and 12th
5:30 – 6:30 pm