Qigong with Nadiya Nottingham


Tuesday, April 28, 7:00-8:00 pm

Qigong is a Chinese system of physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. It is an ancient form of energy enhancement and is the basis of Tai Chi. It is perhaps the most under-estimated form of self-development and yet one of the most profound and deeply healing on all levels.

Please join us for this gentle practice. Enhance your life.

Program fee: $5.00

Registration is required.

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Monday Matinee Cancelled for today, April 3rd.


We’ll be back on next week!

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Blogging and Website Creation for Teens


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 (teen@pawlinglibrary.org) or call 855-3444.



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Plant the Seeds of Literacy in Your Child

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.book plant2 We hope you’ll join us:

Monday, March 30th
at the
Mizzentop Day School
8:45 am

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Teen Geeks: Tech Support at Your Local Library


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.

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Building Reading Confidence with Book Buddies

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.Book Buddy2
★ 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.

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Team Hogan is Back @ the Pawling Library

What is Team Hogan?
It’s Hogan, a certified therapy dog and Ms. Vicki
providing a relaxed reading setting for your reluctant reader!

Hogan2For 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.”

HoganHogan, 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

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Brownie Troop 10017 Helps Others in Need! Can you help them?

GS10017Every year Girls Scouts World Wide on World Thinking Day choose a local community program to donate their time and resources to. This year the Pawling Girl Scout Unit 109 decided to help the Dutchess Outreach Program.
Dutchess Outreach Program survives on limited funds.  They depend heavily on donations and volunteers to keep their programs open and running.  A few of the Girl Scout troops  donated time to their lunch program, others collected food to donate. Troop 10017 decided to donate toiletries which are items that are in high demand, but not thought of often when people donate supplies.  We are collecting child and adult size diapers, feminine napkins, toilet paper, soap, wash clothes and shaving supplies.


The Pawling Library is proud to help this effort by providing space for the special collection box in the main GS10017bentrance of the library.  Please help Girl Scout Brownie Troop 10017 by purchasing some of these items and dropping them off when you visit the library.  Donations will be brought to Dutchess Outreach on Saturday, March 21st.


Many thanks for supporting this thoughtful effort!
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Spring Things For Teens

PowerThere are things for teens to do this spring at the library.  

All new clubs include the Blogging Society, Minecraft Directors, and the Wild Cat Knitters!  Some classes that are being offered this spring include Getting More Out of Microsoft Word and a Microsoft Power Point Seminar.  We still have the Teen Library Counsel, Readers Anonymous, Fashion Club, and Computer Programming that you can sign up for. The Minecraft Gaming Club has also gotten a makeover.  Teens can now join the Minecraft Survivors or the Minecraft Creating club! To sign up for any of the programs, please stop in, call 855-3444, or email Nicole (teen@pawlinglibrary.org).  For more information and to see the full list of clubs, please check out our website!   

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Our Youngest Advocates by Alexander Ferguson

advocacyday2015kidsOn Feb 25th, I brought my 3 year old daughter Alana to Library Advocacy day in Albany. We caught the bus in New Paltz at 7:45am. It was an exciting adventure for her, her mom dropped us off with all our toys, snacks, and a Curious George Compilation book. Alana wanted to read story after story of Curious George, and enjoyed drawing pictures on her Magna-doodle on the bus ride.
Once we got there, we left our coats on the Continue reading

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