Category: Childrens’ Programs

Meet Princess Leia

Calling all Star Wars fans! The force has guided Princess Leia to our library for a special digital program. Join us on Facebook Live on May 13, 4:30 PM as Princess Leia answers questions, shares tales from her adventures in space, and more. Plus, one lucky attendee will win a free one-on-one video call with Princess Leia herself!  To attend, just join our Mid-Hudson Storytime Group in advance of the program and follow the instructions on the homepage after being added to the group. PS- can’t attend live? Don’t have Facebook? You can still participate! You can watch a recording of the event after it airs on Facebook Live or request access to our YouTube recording.     This is a partnership between Parties with Character and the following libraries: – Pawling Free Library – Patterson Library – Hurley Library – Desmond Fish Public Library – Stone Ridge Library – Pleasant Valley Library – Morton Memorial Library and Community House -NorthEast-Millerton Library With questions, contact Children’s Program Coordinator, Neena McBaer, at children@pawlinglibrary.org or 845-855-3444

Spring Children’s Programs Registration Open

No more April-fooling around! The full schedule of Spring Children’s programs for children ten and under is now available! We’re continuing to offer our popular activity kit programs, as well as digital events on Zoom and Facebook Live. Starting in May, we’re also introducing our first outdoor, socially distanced programs for children under five and their caregivers! To view all our Spring offerings and to register, visit our Spring Programs Guide. Registration is required for all programming. The program cycle will run April 12 – June 5. Registration is rolling, as space is available. For more information on policies for Zoom programs, kit programs, and in-person events, visit our Current Children’s Programs Hub.    

Want to Meet Wonder Woman?

Join us April 8th, at 4:30 – 5:00 PM on Facebook Live to interact with Wonder Woman! : https://www.facebook.com/groups/midhudsonstorytime or request a recording to be sent directly to your email. Want to give your little one an experience they’ll never forget? Your child will become friends with a real superhero as they read, sing, tell engaging stories, and play games​ together — Plus,​​ she will respond to your child’s live comments by name! Join us for the second Virtual Live Storytime in an 8-month series on Thursday, April 8th at 4:30pm for an interactive experience and be automatically entered to win a video call from the hero herself! TO JOIN IN: 1) ​​Visit www.facebook.com/groups/MidHudsonStorytime ​now and request to be added to the exclusive event group. Must join BEFORE 4/8 to participate Live. 2) Visit our group again ​on 4/8 right at 4:30pm to play, read, and sing with the hero LIVE! GIVEAWAY! All attending families are automatically entered to win a 10 minute Parties with Character Diamond Package Video Call with the storytime character directly...

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.

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

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/