Category: Childrens’ Programs

Kids Take the Lead in Summer Reading Challenge

BIG NEWS! The Kids (ages 0-10) now lead in our Tails and Tales Summer Reading Challenge!  What age group can read the most this summer? Here are the standings: First Place: Kids (6,205 minutes) Second Place: Adults (2,960 minutes) Third Place: Teens (300 minutes) Together, our community has read 9,465 minutes this summer! We’re almost halfway to our goal of 20,000 minutes! Keep up the great work! Want to get involved and help your team? Want to win free books and other prizes? Join the contest by logging the time you spend reading and learning this summer. You can log online here, print a paper reading log, or pick one up from the library front desk.

Registration Open: Children’s Summer Programs

Registration is now open for all of our children’s summer programming. Our Children’s department hosts programming for children and families from birth through elementary school, all free, educationally focused, and fun! This summer, our programming slate includes in-person programming, take home activity kits, and digital events. Ms. Neena and Ms. Carla are especially excited about the return of Pre-K Science Club and our new Dog Tales reading program with therapy dog, Harper. To find out more about our schedule or register, view our online programming guide and registration portal or stop by the library circulation desk. Need help registering? Have questions? Contact Children’s Program Coordinator, Neena McBaer, at 845-855-3444 or children@pawlinglibrary.org  

Stories about the Animals at a Farm Sanctuary / Online Program

Thursday, July 22 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for Stories about the Animals at a Farm Sanctuary or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at adult@pawlinglibrary.org. https://www.pawlingfreelibrary.org/event/stories-about-the-animals-at-a-farm-sanctuary/2021-07-22/ Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary provides a lifelong home to farm animals rescued from slaughter and abuse. The sanctuary currently has 110 animals, including goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, turkeys, donkeys, and horses. The farm’s cofounders, Ellen and Bill Crain, will tell the stories of some of the animals. The program will be of interest to children as well as adults. About our presenters: Ellen Crain is a retired pediatrician. She is a professor emerita at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Bill Crain is a professor of psychology at The City College of New York. He is the author of The Emotional Lives of Animals and Children: Insights from a Farm Sanctuary. For more information about Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary please visit http://www.safehavenfarmsanctuary.org

Upcoming Youth Volunteer Opportunities

This summer, get involved in our community! Below are library volunteering opportunities for kids and teens. Included: Book Buddy Volunteers needed, Reading as service!, Garden Volunteering, and Project Do Something   Become a Book Buddy! For ages 11- 20 We are currently accepting volunteer applications for our Book Buddy program. Teens and tweens ages 11-18 can apply to become reading buddies to our community’s younger, developing readers. Volunteers will be paired with an elementary aged student, whom they will assist in practicing their reading skills, as well as read aloud to. Schedule: Virtually over Zoom, Mondays, 7/12-8/21, 2:20 – 3:00 PM Applicants need strong reading skills and to be available for at least three of the six dates of the program. A parent or guardian’s permission is needed to complete the application. The application is open now. To apply, fill out our application.  Questions can be directed to Children’s Program Coordinator, Neena McBaer at children@pawlinglibrary.org or 845-855-3444.     Reading as Service! For all ages This summer, our library is aiming to buy a brand...

Centennial Jazz Concert

The Pawling Library is hosting a free jazz concert on the Village Green on Saturday May 22nd, 1-3 PM. Why is the Pawling Library kicking off its year-long centennial celebration with a New Orleans Jazz band? Because in 1921, when the library received its Charter from the New York State Board of Education, what was known then as Dixieland Jazz, was all the rage all over the country! In the early twentieth century, the Great Migration of talented Black and Creole musicians who left New Orleans to seek a better life in the north, brought this vibrant musical genre to Chicago, Philadelphia and New York. And what better way to celebrate our one hundred years of service to our community than to shout out our excitement with this “brassy” introduction to our thrilling year of programming and events brought to you by the generosity of the Oliver S. and Jennie R. Donaldson Charitable Trust. While you’re celebrating with us, dance on over to the information tent where we will be sharing our program schedule for...

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