Category Archives: Childrens’ Programs

The Mystery of the Missing Apple: SOLVED!

apple2Students gathered on Friday evening for a rare chance to view the exclusive diamond-crystal apple on display at the Pawling Library. However, during the evening the apple fell into unscrupulous hands.

Who took the apple?  Why?  Where was it hidden?
Read all about it!

Marvelous Machines

Can you lift your parents?…
Can you crush an acorn?…Can you lift a table?

If you don’t know the answers to these questions,
you should see what we found out at  Family Science Night!


The Burlingtons are Growing their Readers!

burlington-flowerCongratulations to Megan, Joseph & Meredith our latest family to read 1,000 books together!  They are part of our Read Together Program where families are encouraged to read regularly together in order to “plant the seeds of literacy” in their children.

Megan felt the whole family enjoyed this program,  “I’m not sure who had more fun completing this challenge, me or the kids! We read every book we could find featuring their most beloved characters and also gave unknown authors a try, and we discovered a few new favorites along the way. I loved that the kids were so content to make even more time in our day to read besides the usual bedtime stories and that they knew that they were making all of the librarians they know (Mom included!) so proud.”

You can read more about this program on our web site.  Families can sign up to participate in our Read Together Program by contacting Ms. Karen.  “We’ll give you your reading log folder, your first log page and information about the program, as well as a list of 100 books every child should know before kindergarten, so you can start planting the seeds of literacy in your child.  We’re excited to encourage parents to build strong literacy skills in their young children, so we’ll even celebrate some of the milestones with you.  You are your child’s first teacher and reading is the most important thing you can do to start your child on the road to reading!”

If you have questions about the program you can contact Ms. Karen by email or by phone at 855-3444.  We’re here to help you plant the seeds of literacy, one book at a time.

We hope your family will join Megan, Joseph & Meredith on our Wall of Fame soon!



Children’s Fall Programs are Underway

Fall 2016Children’s Fall Programs are up and running!  Please call the library to confirm your child’s registration status.  If you missed registration you can still call the library at 855-3444 to check on program availability for your child!

A Hot Race Right to the Finish!

ice-creamPawling Library Reading Rally participants gathered on a very hot and sticky Saturday to eat ice cream sundaes and find out the final results of this summer’s reading competition.  Everyone worked hard and as a community we read 342,204 minutes…that 5,703 hours of reading.  That’s amazing! But with everyone gathered to hear the winner here is how our teams ranked:final

 Teen Green Dragons                  Title Wave Adult Readers      Red Hot Kid Readers
       86,221 minutes                       124,786 minutes                         131,187 minutes
          1,437 hours                               2,080 hours                                    2,186 hours

Congratulations to all of our Reading Rally participants who made this a fun and exciting race!  You can click on our team name to see who helped log minutes for our team!


Our Summer Programs End with Fun @ Shimmy-Shake, CELEBRATE!

Teens and families teamed up to make the end of our Summer of 2016 programming really rock at Shimmy-Shake, CELEBRATE!  Ms. Nicole’s teens worked hard to create amazing outdoor activities, while Family Fun Team created an awesome indoor mini-golf course for everyone to enjoy.  Here’s what it looked like.

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Special thanks to Gerry Hatcher of Westchester Modular for his help in collecting a great assortment of recyclable materials, Jo-An Stone for generously collecting golf clubs and balls all summer for our event and to Jim and Kristen Wahl of Whippoorwill Club’s PGA Head Golf Professional for lending us mini-golf practice holes and adult and children’s clubs for our mini-golf day. We could never have done this without the support of these wonderful people.

Senator Terrance Murphy Visits the Pawling Library

Senator Terrance Murphy visited the Pawling library on Wednesday, August 10th, at 11 am. The library received Bullet Aid funds from Senator Murphy last fall and he scheduled this visit to see first-hand how the funds were used.

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Karen De Gennaro, Children’s Services Coordinator, was on hand to share the Senator many of the family science materials that were purchased with the grant funds.  Ms. Karen chatted briefly with him about the importance of the supplies purchased with the funds. “These materials are in constant use in our children’s programs and in our evening family science programs.  They complement our literacy program, allow us to add STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] to our programs and give the children the opportunity to experience science inquiry first hand. The children love hearing about science concepts when we read about them in books, but nothing takes the place of experiencing science inquiry in action.”

Along with Ms. De Gennaro, Pawling Library board members Verna Carey and Nick Robertshaw and interim Director Donald Partelow were there to greet him.

Reading Rally Update

We are down to the wire and those adults are proving hard to beat! The kids are on the move, but we’ll need all of those paper logs to get the final results.  The Reading Rally results for week 10 are:

The Title Wave Adult Readers continue in the lead with 1,954 hours.
Moving up into second place are the The Red Hot Kid Readers with 1,550 hours of reading.
Now in third place are Teen Green Dragons with 1,172 hours.

This is our last update before the final winner is announced at our
Reading Rally Celebration
Saturday, September 10th

where we will all enjoy
2 flavors of ice cream and all 11 toppings!
sundaetrophyIt’s going to be a great ice cream day!

Remember there are just a few days of reading to go,
so don’t stop now!  Keep reading and logging your time for your team!
All paper logs are due back at the library no later than Tues., Sept. 6th.  For more information check out our web site or stop in at the library.



Last Call for Summer Program Volunteers!

Summer Volunteer Applications are due Saturday, May 28th.

We are looking for volunteers ages 12 – 18 VOLUNTEER2years to help with our Core Literacy, Book Buddy, Library Legion and Internet Support Programs. Summer programs will run from July 5th through August 27th, but the date and time commitments are flexible.

Interested students should  print, complete and submit a 2016 Summer Volunteer Intern Application by Saturday, May 28th.  Applications are also available at the library circulation desk.  All students will have the opportunity to log hours to apply toward their community service requirements. If you have questions, please contact the library at 855-3444.

We appreciate your willingness to share your time and talents with us!

Looking for a language rich literacy program for your 2 ½ – 3 ½ year old to attend? Think…

DynDuosIf your child is 2 ½ – 3 ½ years old and you are looking for a language rich literacy program to attend, then look no further! The Pawling Library has the perfect program.  Dynamic Duos is a weekly parent and child program that introduces children to group literacy programs with 45 minute sessions that develop critical early literacy and language skills that are important to your child’s future reading success.  During the program, we’ll listen to books, discuss what’s happening in the story, talk about important story words, engage the children in listen and think activities and we even use rhythm instruments to encourage movement, sensitivity to word parts and rhyming!  We always end with a development activity that encourages socializing, fine motor development, language skills and vocabulary.  The five recommended activities to develop early literacy skills are read, talk, play, sing and write and we use four of these activities every week!

Dynamic Duos takes place on Tuesdays, 11 – 11:45 am
Can’t make it on Tuesdays?
  The same program is offered on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month at 10 am…just for working families.  If you’d like to register, give us a call at 855-3444.  If you would like more information about these important programs, Ms. Karen would be happy to hear from you and answer your questions.