A winter wonderland of programs for children
@ the Pawling Library!
Winter is on the way, but we’ve planned plenty of programs to enjoy inside where it’s toasty warm! Lottery registration for Children’s Programs will be open Saturday, January 7th through Friday, January 13th. You can download a Winter 2017 Lottery Form here or pick one up at the circulation desk at the library. Program confirmation sheets will be available for pick up beginning Saturday, January 14th.
Winter programs will open Tuesday, January 17th so get ready for fun! Our programs are designed to meet the developmental needs of your children. If you have questions about which program is right for your young child, please contact our Children’s Services Coordinator, Ms. Karen or call the library at 855-3444. Registration is required for all programs.
Birth – 42 months & a caregiver
Ages 3 – 5 years
Fun for the whole family.
|Primary School Age
Grades K – 2
|Intermediate School Age
Grades 3 – 4
Supervised reading for your child
Wiggle, Giggle & Bounce…for children birth – 18 months.
Infants and caregivers will participate in lively 30 minute sessions that include music, movement,body rhymes, nursery rhymes, listening to books and lots of hugs! You can continue to have fun with your little one at home by checking out our Wiggle, Giggle & Bounce Rhyme page.
Tuesdays, January 17th – March 28th, 10:00 – 10:30 am
Check our online calendar for upcoming sessions of Wiggle, Giggle & Bounce and send yourself email reminders about the dates!
Wiggle Weekends…for children birth – 18 months.
Working parents can enjoy our Wiggle Weekends with their infants, too! Wiggle Weekends offers a lively 30 minute session that includes music, movement, body rhymes, nursery rhymes, listening to books and lots of hugs! You can continue to have fun with your little one at home by checking out our Wiggle, Giggle & Bounce Rhyme page.
1st & 3rd Saturdays of the month, 1/21, 2/4. 2/18, 3/4 & 3/18, 10:00 – 10:30 am
Check our online calendar for upcoming sessions of Wiggle Weekends and send yourself email reminders about the dates!
Read, Rhyme & Romp…for toddlers ages 18 – 30 months.
Toddlers and caregivers will participate in fun filled 45 minute sessions that include listening to books, rhythm instruments, movement, finger plays, nursery rhymes and other related activities designed especially for active toddlers.
Thursdays, January 19th – March 30th, 10:00 – 10:45 am
Check our online calendar for upcoming sessions of Read, Rhyme & Romp and send yourself email reminders about the dates!
Fridays, January 20th – March 31st, 12:00 – 12:45 pm
Check our online calendar for upcoming sessions of Dynamic Duos & send yourself email reminders about the dates!
Playspace…play group fun for toddlers, preschoolers & caregivers.
Helping young children learn to share and play together is a challenge! Bring a toy and your little one for an hour of group playtime for the children and parent time for you! Parents must stay with children in the community room. Playgroup is open to children up to 5 years. All children must be directly supervised by a caregiver. Older siblings are welcome during their Monday holidays and snow-days.
Mondays, January 23rd – March 27th, 10:00 – 11:00 am
Check our online calendar for upcoming sessions of Playspace & send yourself email reminders about the dates!
BeBop Books…a lively first literacy program for 3 – 4 year olds.
BeBop Books is a literacy program for your 3 – 4 year old to enjoy independently. We’ll continue to include early literacy skills to expand your child’s growing vocabulary and introduce them to rhyming, sounds and story retelling, but we’ll also include a music and rhythm component to highlight syllables and rhyming to make those literacy skills lots of fun! Parents are welcome to stay with their children.
Fridays, January 20th – March 31st, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Check our online calendar for upcoming sessions of BeBop Books & send yourself email reminders about the dates.
BeBop Weekend…a weekend literacy program for 3 – 4 year olds.
BeBop Books is now offered on the weekend for your 3 – 4 year old to enjoy independently. This exciting new program will include early literacy skills to expand your child’s growing vocabulary and introduce them to rhyming, sounds and story retelling. We’ll also include a music and rhythm component to highlight syllables and rhyming to make those literacy skills lots of fun! Parents are encouraged to stay with their child if they would like.
1st & 3rd Saturdays of the month, 1/21, 2/4. 2/18, 3/4 & 3/18, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Check our online calendar for upcoming sessions of BeBop Weekend & send yourself email reminders about the dates.
S.M.A.R.T. Start…Science, Math And Reading Together for children ages 4 – 5 years.
Our 4 – 5 year old program has always focused on pre-reading skills that are important to early reading success in kindergarten, but now there’s more. We want to give your child a S.M.A.R.T. Start and include Science, Math and Reading Together! Each week we’ll include a science or math based activity to complement the program’s strong literacy activities. Now our programs offer your children even more learning activities before they head off to kindergarten in the fall of 2017!
Tuesdays, January 17th – March 28th, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Check our online calendar for upcoming sessions of S.M.A.R.T. Start & send yourself email reminders about the dates.
Leapin’ Letters …an early literacy learning program for children entering kindergarten in 2017.
Immerse your child in early reading skills in our special literacy program that focuses on those important pre-reading skills. We’ll play with letter sounds, rhyming and syllables in a fun and natural atmosphere. Children will need an easy to open binder for this program.
Wednesdays, January 18th – March 29th, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Check our online calendar for upcoming sessions of Leapin’ Letters & send yourself email reminders about the dates.
Full STEAM Ahead…Science, Technology, Engineering & Math for children entering kindergarten in the fall of 2017.
These four independent workshops are part of our pre-kindergarten programming where we will begin with a story and then springboard into hands-on activities that will challenge children to think and problem solve using everyday materials. Each week, the activities will give your little one a great opportunity to explore and create! This is a great way to expand your child’s creativity, thinking skills and vocabulary in content areas. The program will also encourage teamwork and cooperation. Please register for workshops individually.
Think Science…learning to learn by experimenting.
Children will learn how to observe, make a hypothesis and use trial and error to explore materials and investigate new ideas.
Thursdays, 1/19, 2/16 & 3/16, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Check our online calendar for upcoming sessions of Think Science & send yourself email reminders about the dates.
Little Techs…learning how the world works.
Using everyday materials, children investigate how tools and simple machines can be used to help solve problems and make our work easier. These activities will give children time to combine materials to invent something new!
Thursdays, 1/26 & 3/23, 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Check our online calendar for upcoming sessions of Little Techs & send yourself email reminders about the dates.
Construction Zone…building for little engineers.
We’ll start with a story and imagine what the building possibilities are! Then we’ll put our Lego skills to the test and create lots of different structures. The focus will be on block assembly, fine motor development and creativity.
Thursdays, 2/2, 3/2 & 3/30, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Check our online calendar for upcoming sessions of Construction Zone & send yourself email reminders about the dates.
Math Matters…numbers and concepts for little thinkers.
Children will use and explore patterns, shapes, sorting, numbers, measurement and other math concepts using fun and engaging activities.
Thursdays, 2/23 & 3/9, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
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Outreach Services…extending literacy services to area schools.
The Pawling Library is offering outreach programs to area preschools in order to extend its reach of literacy services within the community. These programs are designed to stimulate receptive and expressive vocabulary development, interest in reading and early literacy skills for children ages 3 – 5. The program includes listening to books, story extension activities and a rhythm instrument component that makes learning fun and engaging for young children. If you are interested in exploring the possibility of an outreach visit for your school, please contact Ms. Karen.
Wednesdays, 9:30 – 10:30 am
Learn the Code…beginning coding for students in grades K – 2!
Playing computer games is fun, but learning to make your own games and stories on a computer is awesome! Using both unplugged and computer activities, we’ll work in pairs and learn how to drag & drop, program a character to move, create a logical sequence to reach a goal and more. While you learn the code, you’ll also learn to work with others, solve problems and keep trying even when the job is tough. This is a great way to start you on your way to creating your own games and stories using a computer! (This program is being offered off-site. You will need to complete a program permission form for the school at registration in order for your child to attend the program.)
Wednesdays, 1/18 – 2/8, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
OUTREACH LOCATION: Pawling Elementary School
Check our online calendar for upcoming sessions of Learn the Code & send yourself email reminders about the dates.
Books & Blocks…listen & build for grades K – 2!
Come listen to a story and imagine what the building possibilities are! Then put your imagination in high gear and get ready to create lots of different structures. Weekly challenges will guide students to think about the form and construction of their structures and build within specified criteria.
Tuesdays, 1/24, 2/28 & 3/28, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Check our online calendar for upcoming sessions of Books & Blocks & send yourself email reminders about the dates!
Story Tinkerers…a story and creative thinking program for K – 2.
Join Ms. Karen as she reads some of her favorite stories and see if you can guess what we could possibly invent to go with the story. Then we’ll head over to the community room to enjoy some tinkering with the materials she has dug out of her craft closet. This is a program that is sure to inspire your love of books and your creativity!
Tuesdays, 2/14 & 3/14, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
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Crazy 8’s Math Club Season 2…more wild math for children in grades K – 2
If you enjoyed Season 1 of our Crazy 8’s Math Club you’ll be glad to know Crazy 8’s is back with more over-the-top math activities designed to get kids fired up about math! This time we’ll “Make a Splash with Math” and experience math gone wild…it’s not like any math you have seen before! We’ll build glow-in-the-dark cities, have a beach ball party, enjoy funny money and more. Every week kids get to build, think, create, make a mess and play with math, while building friendships at the same time. Math is about to become the cool thing to do after school!
Thursdays, January 19th – March 9th, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Check our online calendar for upcoming sessions of Crazy 8’s Math Club, Season 2 & send yourself email reminders about the dates!
Cool, Creative Coding…learn computer coding for students in grades 3 & 4.
Using computers to play games is fun, but you can do more! Come and learn how to think, plan and execute programs like a real computer programmer. You’ll learn how to use Blockly, a visual editor that lets you write programs by snapping blocks together. You’ll learn how to program characters to move through mazes, move an “artist” to draw pictures and repeat commands to write efficient directions for your computer so it does what YOU want it to do. You’ll be developing your computational and critical thinking skills and learning how to create, not simply use, computer programs! (This program is being offered off-site. You will need to complete a coding program permission form for the school at registration in order for your child to attend the program.)
Wednesdays, 2/15 – 3/8, 3:30 – 4:45 pm
OUTREACH LOCATION: Pawling Elementary School
Check our online calendar for upcoming sessions of Cool Creative Coding & send yourself email reminders about the dates!
Go with the Code…advanced coding for students who have completed Cool Creative Coding.
Go with the Code is designed by Code.org for students who have successfully completed Course 2. Students will delve deeper into programming topics introduced in previous courses to create flexible solutions to more complex problems. By the end of this course, students will be able to create interactive stories and games they can share with anyone.
These classes will be held in the Pawling Library’s Meeting Room.
Wednesdays, 3/15, 3/22 & 3/29, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Check our online calendar for upcoming sessions of Go with the Code & send yourself email reminders about the dates!
Brilliant Brains & Blocks…listen, think, build for grades 3 & 4!
We’ll be using what we learned in past sessions and applying it to our new Lego® sets to invent some awesome machines. This season, we’ll learn about simple machines while building teamwork & communication skills. We’ll explore basic physical science tools like gears, pulleys, levers, wheels and axles through observation, reasoning, prediction and critical thinking, and we’ll continue using our build, test and redesign model to help our problem solving skills grow!
Tuesdays, 1/17, 2/21 & 3/21, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Check our online calendar for upcoming sessions of Brilliant Brains & Blocks & send yourself email reminders about the dates!
Imagine, Innovate, Invent…a program for collaboration & invention for grades 3 & 4!
Thanks to a grant from Senator Terrence Murphy, we’ll be adding little Bits to our projects and creating so me very cool inventions! Science, technology, engineering and math have found their way into the library and are here to stay! These session will tap into your child’s natural interests in exploring and give them an opportunity to think, problem solve and collaborate with other inventors. These sessions won’t teach your child everything they need to know about science, technology, engineering or math, but will help plant and nurture the seeds of thinking, creating, problem solving and collaborating. Sessions will present problems to be solved and materials for solving them using trial & error and creativity.
Tuesdays, 2/7 & 3/7, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Check our online calendar for upcoming sessions of Imagine, Innovate, Invent & send yourself email reminders about the dates!
Gift Wrapped Love…Valentine’s Day basket making for grades 3 – 4.
Join Ms. Elaine to learn how to create a gift of love for someone special in your life. She will provide everything you need to learn how to create a special Valentine gift basket for Mom, Dad, the family or any special loved one. This is a great skill that you can use for any occasion, so bring your creativity and come have fun at this very special holiday workshop!
Saturday, Feb. 11th, 11 am – 12:30 pm
Book Buddies…reading practice for students in grades K – 3
Teen volunteers will work 1:1 with new, reluctant or struggling readers to help encourage and support their growing reading skills. Students will:
★ Listen to your child read.
★ Encourage & support reading strategies.
★ Read to your child to support comprehension.
★ Ask your child important question to increase understanding of the story as he or she reads.
Sign your child up and we’ll arrange 30 minutes of quality reading time with a “big brother or big sister” in a supervised setting. Don’t miss out on an opportunity for your child to receive individualized attention and reading practice all at the same time.
Registration is required and is limited by the number of available volunteers.
1st & 3rd Saturdays of the month, 1/21, 2/4. 2/18, 3/4 & 3/18, 1:00 – 1:30 pm
Check our online calendar for upcoming Book Buddy Sessions & send yourself email reminders about the dates.
Learning Buddies…skill help for your child’s challenge areas in grades 1 – 4
Thanks to a collaboration with the Trinity Pawling School, two special Saturday afternoons of homework help will be available at the Pawling Library on Saturday, January 21st and February 18th from 1:30 – 2:30 pm. Volunteers will be available to work 1:1 with your child in an area of need for 50 minutes. This is a great opportunity for your child to get extra help and support in a challenge area of school. Students should bring relevant homework sheets, project information and school books that will be needed to help with their work. Sign up for sessions individually. This program is now accepting registration. Please contact Ms. Karen for questions and registration information.
Saturdays, January 21st & February 18th, 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Check our online calendar for upcoming Learning Buddy sessions & send yourself email reminders about the dates.
Team Hogan…reading with a trained therapy dog for students in grades K – 4.
Team Hogan is Hogan, a chocolate lab and Vicki, his owner and trainer. Schedule a time to read 15 minutes with Hogan, a certified, trained therapy dog. Research has shown the benefits of having children read with dogs. Enjoy those benefits right here at the library. Hogan & Vicki are ready and willing to read with your child this fall!
Tuesdays, 2/7 & 3 7, Sessions beginning at: 5:30, 5:45, 6:00 OR 6:15 pm
Check our online calendar for upcoming sessions of Team Hogan & send yourself email reminders about the dates!
Under Construction!…family building night @ the Pawling Library.
This session is all about LEGOS® so join us to build Pawling Legotown! Moms, Dads & kids will all collaborate to build houses, stores, parks, schools cars and more. Come join the fun and create a great town to display!
Friday, January 27th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Check our online calendar for Under Construction & send yourself an email reminder about the date!
Family Math… patterns, numbers & shapes for the whole family!
Our Family Math program this summer was so much fun, we’re offering it again! Join us for an evening of Family Math where parents & children will explore math together through engaging activities, puzzles, and games. Children, working with their family, will use a variety of problem-solving skills and gain a deeper understanding of how math works. The hands-on activities will give your child confidence and help him or her persevere as you tackle a variety of engaging challenges together. Young and old alike will find Family Math Night exciting, mind-stretching and most of all, FUN!
(Children 4 – 8 years are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult.)
Friday, February 10th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
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I Love You Through & Through…a family meet the author night!
“I love you through and through.” So begins the soothing story of unconditional love for our little ones. Join author Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak as she reads this timeless book to family members young and old. Families will learn a fun family “love song” and work together to create a “family Valentine” to take home. Ms. Rossetti-Shustak will be available to personalize your copy of the book at the end of the program. Families will need to send a family photo to Ms. Karen before Sat., Feb. 4th. All photos will be returned.
Saturday, February 11th, 4:00 – 5:00 pm.
Check our online calendar and send yourself an email reminder about the date for I Love You Through & Through..
Family Movie Night…together time for families.
Bring a snack and drink and enjoy Finding Dory together. Children are welcome to wear their pajamas for easy bedtime at home. You can see a review of the movie’s content here.
Friday, 2/24, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
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Family Science…family literacy that includes hands-on science!
Young children bring a sense of wonder and curiosity about the world to everything they do. Whether they are watching frogs in a pond, blowing bubbles, using a flashlight to make shadows or exploring things that float or sink, children are engaged in finding out how the world works. This new program will tap into your child’s sense of wonder and bring you along for the ride! We’ll start with a story and springboard into the world of science exploration! This month’s we are spotlighting COLORS!
There are So Many Colors in the Rainbows…the science of color.
Rainbows show us there are seven colors, but what about the other colors that aren’t in rainbows? Where do those colors come from? How many colors are there really? Can you really make new colors from other colors? Find the answers to all these questions and more…it will be a very colorful evening of learning fun for children 4 – 8 years.
Friday, March 10th, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
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