Category: Childrens’ Programs

Family Field Trip Series

Family Field Trip Series

This summer, the library wants to make taking trips with your kids as easy and fun as possible. Meet us at the Trevor Zoo, Great Hollow Nature Preserve & Ecological Research Center, or the Mid-Hudson Discovery Museum for special animal encounters and play-based experiments by museum and animal educators! Registration in the event includes all entrance fees and program fees for the special field trip activities, as well as a small snack provided to each participant. Transportation is not provided. Because each field trip includes a unique learning activity, the age-range for each visit varies in order to reflect what is developmentally appropriate. However, we may be able to accommodate younger or older siblings on a case-by-case basis. Contact Children’s Program Coordinator Neena McBaer directly with questions about bringing younger or older siblings. Registration is required. Registration opens 06/14 for Pawling and Holmes residents. Non-resident registration (as space is available) opens 06/20. Mid-Hudson Discovery Museum: – Sensory Exploration: Ages 1.5 – 5 and a caregiver, Monday, 07/17: 9:00 AM – Bear’s Shadow: Ages 5-9 and...

Register now for Santa’s Visit or Gingerbread

December and Holiday events for children birth to 10 years old and their families have been announced! Registration is now open for these highly popular programs. Registration is required or preferred for our December in-person events. Passive programming in the children’s area is open to all. See the full schedule and event descriptions below or visit our event calendar for more information. If no image appears below, click here to be redirected to the schedule.  To register, Click here to register online through our interactive guide. Click on the event title for each program you wish to register for in order to sign up. Contact our children’s department to register via the phone or by email. Email: ; phone: 845-855-3444. Stop by the circulation desk for staff assistance. Important note: due to popularity, our take-home gingerbread kit program is registered through a lottery system. Filling out the lottery form does not guarantee enrollment in the program. Enter by end of day November 30 to be entered into the lottery. All lottery participants will be...

Design Book Cover art to help decorate the Village Green!

This year, the library is participating in the tree decorating event on the Village Green. But we need help from young book lovers and artists! Kids are invited to stop by the library for their own blank book cover page, where they can draw reimagined book cover art for a favorite read. Can’t pick one up? Young artists are welcome to print a copy of the book cover template to work on at home here. Whether you finish your cover in the library with provided art supplies or take it home and decorate it, the finished artwork that is returned to the library front desk by November 21 will be weather-proofed and featured on our holiday tree for the whole community to enjoy. For more information, contact Children’s Program Coordinator Neena McBaer at or 845-855-3444.

Family Concert: Twinkle Time!

(Families, All ages and caregiver) Saturday, 11/5, 1:30 -2:15 PM *This event held at the Lathrop Center of Town of Pawling’s Lakeside Park, 2 Lakeside Drive, Pawling, NY 12564* Described as “like Lady Gaga for kids,” with a super pop sound mixed with a touch of Broadway belt, a sparkling soupçon of hip hop, and plenty of EDM glam, Twinkle Time is an award-winning family artist who has performed all over the country. Join us, free on Saturday, November 5, 1:30 – 2:15 PM at Lakeside Auditorium for a 45 minute show full of dancing, balloons, and family-friendly music. Partially sponsored by the library, Dutchess County, and Pawling Recreation. This is the last in our Literacy Heroes family event series. Find out more about Twinkle Time: Drop-ins welcome; registration is just for reminder emails! Register here:

Book Launch Party!

Saturday, October 15, 4:30 – 5:30 PM Free. Drop ins welcome, authors should contact Miss Neena directly to RSVP and collect their books. Our Make Me An Author summer program participants created their own picture books and we published them! Join our new authors, ages 5-12, as we celebrate their new books and get a peek at their incredible creations! The community is invited to join for this after hours event featuring snacks, book previews from the authors, and more. For more information, contact Children’s Program Coordinator, Neena McBaer at or (845) 855-3444. This program was partially funded by NYS OCFS and Dutchess County.

Fall Youth Programs – Registration Now Open!

Our Fall programs are just around the corner! Registration for child and teen programs for our fall cycle, Sept. 24 – Nov. 19 starts today, Monday, 9/12! Register anytime after this date. Children’s Programs: For more information on our programs for children birth – grade 4, visit our Current Children’s Programs Page. Register online from this portal, our calendar, or by contacting Children’s Program Coordinator Neena McBaer at or 845-855-3444. Registration is preferred for all programs in the children’s department. Drop-ins will be accommodated whenever possible, though drop-in participation is not guaranteed. Teen/Tween Programs: Visit our Teen Programs page for information on this fall’s series of events for youth ages 10-18. Register from our calendar or through the teen programs page. For more information, contact Young Adult Programming Coordinator, Maureen Meltzer-McGrath at or 845-855-3444. Registration is required for all programs in the Young Adult Department.  

New Nature Preserve Deer Pond Farm – hiking, birding & more / Online Program

Tuesday August 16 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for Deer Pond Farm or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at Learn about the CT Audubon Society’s beautiful new nature preserve Deer Pond Farm that’s located only minutes from the Pawling Library in Sherman, CT. There are over 15 miles of trails to explore on 850 acres spanning Pawling, NY and Sherman, CT. Deer Pond Farm’s director, Cathy Hagadorn, will lead this informational / educational presentation. She will provide an overview of what to expect and enjoy when visiting on your own, on one of our many guided programs as well highlights of our environmental conservation work here and with community partners.   About our presenter: Cathy Hagadorn is the Director of Deer Pond Farm. Cathy, joined the Connecticut Audubon Society in the fall of 2015. In her first year, she served as the director of the Coastal Center at Milford Point. In 2017 she was then chosen to direct the newest sanctuary, Deer Pond Farm. Cathy is responsible for all...

Are your tickets entered for the summer reading raffle?

REMINDER: Our first raffle in our Summer Reading Challenge will be 7/15! If you’ve been logging your reading online or with a paper log, you’ve been earning raffle tickets to win prizes in our raffles! But have you stopped by the library to fill them out and pick up your other prizes? Want a chance to win? Kids and teens who have leveled up in the Summer Reading Challenge will need to stop by the library before 7/15 to pick up prizes and enter their raffle tickets or contact program coordinator Neena to redeem their tickets. Adult participants do not need to stop by; their tickets are automatically entered for them! For the 7/15 raffle, you could win tickets to games from awesome area teams like the Hudson Valley Renegades, New York Red Bulls, and Danbury Westerners. Got questions? Out of town or unable to stop in to redeem tickets? Contact Program Coordinator Neena McBaer at 845-855-3444 or to find out about entering the raffle when you can’t come in. Thank you to the...

Check out our Final Drafts!

This summer, a group of children ages 4-12 worked hard with a team of volunteers, their parents and caregivers, and our staff to write and illustrate their own books! Over 9 weeks, the youth worked on rough drafts, edited, and finalized their projects. They learned about character development and perspective taking, adding in details about how characters feel into their plots. Our team couldn’t be more impressed by their final products and perseverance! Thanks to sponsorship by Dutchess County and the NYS Office of Child and Family Services, each child will receive a free published copy of their book to keep. Take a look at the drafts and covers of some of our participants’ soon-to-be released books!

Bubble Bus Party!

Looking for something to do while schools are closed on Tuesday, October 11? Got a preschooler or toddler who loves to dance and bubbles? Bubble Bus Party Free! Register here Tuesday, 10/11 on the day off from school 1:00-3:00 PM at Pawling Recreation’s Lakeside Park 2 Lakeside Drive, Pawling NY 12564 Join us on 10/11 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM for a special visit from the Bubble Bus. This one-of-a kind bus sprays hundreds of thousands of bubbles and is like no other bubble experience. A huge hit for all ages, the bubble bus is a fun time for kids to dance, run, and pop their way through a field of bubbles. In addition, the Pawling Library team will be on hand connecting our bubble play back to learning, getting kids to think about mindfulness and stress relief through bubbles and books! This outdoor event will take place outdoors at Lakeside Park, weather permitting. All ages welcome to drop in for part of all of the two hour event. Sending your child to Pawling Recreations’...