It is with much emotion that the Pawling Library announces the departure of our longtime Children’s Program Coordinator, and friend, Karen DeGennaro. The library is grateful for Ms. Karen’s dedication to our library family, and to the families she has served for the last nine years. Under her guidance, our children’s programming has grown by leaps and bounds, and thanks to Ms. Karen, our library’s youngest patrons have gained a strong foundation in early literacy. Since 2010, Ms. Karen has been steadily growing the library’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) programming with innovative classes that encourage youngsters to explore, tinker, and be curious about the world in which they live. With the solid foundation that Ms. Karen has brought to our children’s programming, The Pawling Library will continue with and build upon these inventive, cutting edge classes. We firmly believe that today’s explorers become tomorrow’s inventors, creators, scientists and leaders.
The Pawling Library has actively begun the search for our next Children’s Program Coordinator who will take our educational offerings for children, ages birth through grade four, to new and exciting places. We are confident that our Children’s Program, having been built upon the strong foundation created by Ms. Karen’s leadership, will continue to provide the most up to date curriculum for the children in our community. The Pawling Library wishes Ms. Karen the best in her future endeavors. She will be greatly missed.
29 junior scientists and their parents joined Ms. Karen on Friday evening to explore color at the Pawling Library’s Family Science program So Many Colors in the Rainbow. “We looked at colors and mixing colors in lots of ways using over 12 different hands-on activities. This was an opportunity for children to ask questions about colors and find out the answers on their own,” said Ms. Karen. “We explored sophisticated topics like chromatography, diffraction, the capillary action of water and osmosis in simple, fun and colorful ways.”
Congratulations to the Fritts family who was recently added to our Read Together Wall of Fame! The Frittses read 1,000 books as they participated in our Read Together Program where families are encouraged to “plant the seeds of literacy” by reading regularly to their children at home. Continue reading The Fritts Family Grows a Reader!→
Congratulations 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.
Children’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!
Pawling 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:
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.
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 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.
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.