Author: Phil Prout

Election Results Are In! Wonka Sweeps!

With over 200 votes cast in the races for President of the Children’s and YA books the winner is clear. Willy Wonka has won both offices! Congratulations to Julian, Grade 5, winning the top prize with his nomination of Mr. Wonka for children’s section president and the best campaign slogan “Book are as scrumptious as sweet chocolate.” Congratulations to Joslyn, Grade 9, for winning top prize for the YA section president. Her Willy Wonka platform narrowly won in a race against Hermione Granger. Thank you from all of us for your participation whether you put forth a candidate or participated in the vote! Participants will be receiving email notices from Phil about the when, where, and how to collect their prizes!

President of the Library Books: Voting Open Now!

Voting has begun for our President of the Library Books competition. Young patrons have submitted their fictional nominees and now the community will decide which ones will serve as the President of the Children’s Section and the adjacent office of President of the YA section. Follow the Link, read about the character’s platform, then vote! Voting continues until the library closes on November 3rd, Vote NOW! https://www.pawlingfreelibrary.org/election/  

Submit for the President of the Library Contest now!

We are now accepting submissions for the President of the Library contest. Contestants will choose their favorite fictional literary character and write why they should be considered for the Presidency of the Library. The contest is open to children and teens grades K-12. Two competitions will be running simultaneously for kids ages 5-10 and for teens ages 11-18 and the top two entries will be voted in by the community as President of the Children’s Books and President of the YA Section, winning a top prize of a Kindle Fire! Before submitting please read our complete set of By clicking the link above. Submissions can be submitted online or picked up in person at the library during regular library hours.

Young Adult Interactive Movie Night featuring “The Witches”

Tonight, October 30th 6:45-8:15 PM, in the library Annex our young patrons (10-18 years) are invited to watch and participate in “The Witches”. Based on the novel by Roald Dahl of the same name and produced by Jim Henson! A list of call and response interactions will be encouraged during the viewing to make the experience interactive. Our teens will enjoy popcorn and laughs as they witness the adventure of Luke, an unlikely hero, as he tries to thwart the evil plans of the powerful Grand High Witch! Get in the Halloween spirit with this cinematic classic! If you a know a teen that would like to attend contact Phil at teen@pawlinglibrary.org or call at 845-855-3444.

Human Library Project – Sign up to read human books

Back by popular demand, the Pawling Human Library Project is a joint venture between the Pawling School District and the Pawling Library. It is an opportunity for members of the community to connect with educators and each other to share their stories. This year’s event will take place on Tuesday February 19th, 12-3 PM. Now, you can sign up to attend the event and “read” up to six human “books!” Human “books” will each lead 20 minute long discussions about their chosen topic. Follow the link below and fill out the form to register to attend the event. Click here to sign up Last year was a great success, and we are looking forward to having even more people participate this year. Please sign up soon and tell your friends to do the same. This is a great opportunity to help integrate the school system, the library, and the Pawling community.

Register for Teen Programs!

Register now for the winter session of teen programs. For priority registration, register between January 9 and January 15. If you register before the 15th, you will receive notification of which programs you got into by January 18. You can register in person at the library, by calling 845-855-3444, or by emailing Kate at teen@pawlinglibrary.org Programs begin on Saturday, January 19 and end on Friday, March 22. To see a full list of programs, visit the teen program page at pawlinglibrary.org/teenprograms  

Teen Programs in December

Register now for teen programs happening during the month of December. On the schedule we have Game Nights, a DIY Mason Jar Holiday Decoration, M&M Pixel Art, Minecraft, and a New Year’s Party! Find more information here. Register at the Pawling Library, by calling (845) 855-3444, or by emailing Kate at teen@pawlinglibrary.org  

Register now for teen programs!

The time has come to register for the fall session of teen programs! Check out the full schedule of teen programs on our teen page or on our events calendar. Registration will run from September 10 to September 19, and teens will be notified of which programs they got into on September 21. The fall program session will begin on September 24. To register, come into the library, call the library at 845-855-3444, or email Kate at teen@pawlinglibrary.org.

The Summer Reading Program for Children and Teens Starts Now!

Reading consistently each week during the summer can be enough to stop a child’s reading ability from weakening. No matter your age, reading three or more days a week is ideal. This summer, you can track your reading with the Pawling Library’s Summer Reading Program! To get started, come into the library and pick up a Summer Reading Program Booklet. Our booklets track reading week by week, giving you the freedom to set unique reading goals for your family. If you are away this summer, do not worry! You can track your reading using the Reader Zone app for your Android, Apple, or Kindle device. You can also use Reader Zone on your desktop. Create an account and use the access code pawling-free. Throughout the summer when you participate in our Summer Reading Program, you can receive weekly prizes including forever books, science and craft kits, and more. If you register for the Summer Reading Program by July 2, either by coming in and getting a booklet or by joining the Reader Zone app, you will be...

Calling All Teen Adventurers

Dungeons and Dragons is being added to this summer’s teen program schedule. Teens ages 10-18 can join our band of adventurers on Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 PM in the library. We will be playing Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition. No previous experience is necessary. Contact Kate at teen@pawlinglibrary.org for more information and to sign up to play.