Author: Neena McBaer

Winter Children’s Programs Available

Registration is now open for our Winter 2021 children’s programs. The program session will run nine weeks, January 26th – March 26th. This session, we’ll be offering a variety of At-home kit activities and live digital programs on Zoom. Upcoming special events include a taste-safe sensory exploration kit for ages six months to five years and the return of our LEGO and Roblox Clubs. Check out our full lineup of programs and register here.  For more information on our policies, click here.

RESCHEDULED Santa and Mrs. Claus

Due to expected heavy rain and cold temperatures on the morning of December 5th, the library has rescheduled the Socially Distanced Santa and Mrs. Claus event for Saturday, December 12th. Appointment times still stand for families who made them. With questions, contact Children’s Program Coordinator, Neena McBaer at children@pawlinglibrary.org

Socially Distant Santa and Mrs. Claus

This program has been rescheduled for December 12, 2020, due to inclement weather.   December 5th, 2020, by reservation only Get ready to bundle up and share your wish lists! Our annual visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus is ON! But… it is going to look a little different this year. To keep all involved as safe as possible, families will visit outside, one at time, while Santa and Mrs. Claus stay inside and chat through a window. Registration for 10 minute windows is required. Masks and social distancing required and enforced. Pawling and Holmes residents,Click here to find out more or register. Interested in other December and holiday programs? Check out our other offerings here. At this time, space is limited to Pawling and Holmes residents and their families. If spaces remain, we will invite the larger community to participate. Not a local resident? Sign up for our non-resident waiting list  

Seeking Parent Feedback

The children’s department is hoping to refocus our energy on providing the types of programming and materials that your family will not just use, but will love! To help us do that, we’re seeking feedback from parents and caregivers with children ages 0-10 at home. This quick, 5-10 minute survey is totally anonymous, so please let us know what you hope to see from us in the future, whether offline or on. Access the survey here: https://forms.gle/eG3k2cFKZTud5Yi2A Questions and concerns can always be directed to Children’s Program Coordinator, Neena McBaer, at children@pawlinglibrary.org

Dogman Virtual Escape the Room

Calling all Dogman and puzzle fans! We’ve got a digital program for you. Oh no! Sneaky Petey and Grampa have trapped Dogman and Catkid! Can you help our heroes escape before too much trouble ensues? This digital escape room supports critical thinking and can be done independently or as a family at any time. Developing readers may need reading support, as some clues must be read. Click here to play! https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vTQ1LXbvl7847ZVROkb5NsTdbEifeliFG-ZuE5n_VcL4mVP1i23ZgSO0Lu3j_Whd-iZ7rL4mXuOJobm/pub?start=true&loop=false&delayms=60000&slide=id.g9fd62beeef_1_15    

Congratulations to our Contest Winners

We have our winners! Congratulations to Julian (Grade 5) and Joslyn (Grade 9) for creating the winning entries in our President of the Library Creative Writing Contest Thank you to all of our participants and everyone who voted. Thank you also to the sponsors who made our prizes possible.  Here are the full results of the races:     Children’s Division: First Prize and The Award for Winning by the Biggest Margin: Julian, Grade 5 Second Prize and The Award for Best Candidate Platform in the Children’s Division: Fox, Grade 3           Teen Division: First Prize and The Award for Best Slogan in the Teen Division: Joslyn, Grade 9 Second Prize: Kennedy, Grade 7 Runner Ups: Marie, Grade 11, with The Award for Best Platform in the Teen Division Anthony, Grade 6, with The Award for Funniest Entry in the Teen Division

New Story Time Bites Available

Story Time Bites are short videos featuring one song, rhyme, or story, designed to help develop early literacy skills from home. These videos teach caregivers and children new rhymes to do offline at home, in the car, or at the playground. Plus kids love these digital visits from Ms. Neena! We’re sure you’ll love our two newest videos, “Put a Puppet on Your Head” and “Leaves on the Trees.”

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with books

Reading challenge alert! Have you read a book by a Latinx or Hispanic author this Hispanic Heritage Month? Check out these materials in our collection, as suggested by members of our staff. Hispanic Heritage Month 2020 runs September 15 – October 15   Picture Book Suggestions: Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away by Meg Medina ; illustrated by Sonia Sanchez Just Ask! : Be Different, Be Brave, Be You by Sonia Sotomayor ; illustrated by Rafael López (Also available digitally on Libby!) My Papi has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero ; illustrated by Zeke Peña Across the Bay written and illustrated by Carlos Aponte Freedom Soup  by Tami Charles ; illustrated by Jacqueline Alcántara (Also available digitally on Hoopla!) Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreño Played the Piano for President Lincoln by Margarita Engle ; illustrated by Rafael López  (Also available digitally on Hoopla!) Te Quiero, Papa by Valenti Gubianas (Spanish language title) Islandborn by Junot Díaz ; illustrated by Leo Espinosa     Early and Middle Grade Chapter Books: Sofia Martinez Series including Lights out! by Jacqueline Jules ;...

Unicorn Time!

Kits available for pickup, Do on your own or join us on Zoom for a story hour and craft instructions Live event on Zoom: Tuesday, 10/6, 10:00 – 10:30 am – Ages 2-5 years Calling all unicorn lovers! During this special two-in-one event, Ms. Neena will read a unicorn book, teach unicorn songs, and show preschoolers and caregivers how to put together their own unicorn lacing kit, which is also provided. Can’t make the class? Sign up for the kit and do the project offline with your preschooler! Registration is required–click here.

Register for Fall Children’s Programs!

Fall Children’s Programs Registration starts 9/2  Programs run 9 weeks: 9/21-11/21 Children’s programs are back! And now that we’ve got a few seasons of virtual programming under our belt, we’re on a roll! Upcoming favorites include our Dogman Digital Escape Room, weekly Kindergarten readiness story hour, and our Grow a Reader Kits for babies and toddlers. Our schedule includes a variety of programs for children ages 0-10 years. We offer live Zoom programs, fully prepped activity kits you can use at home, and even some upcoming surprises! All our programming is free and education focused. To register or get more detailed information, including details about our new registration process and program policies, visit our Current Children’s Programs portal.