Category: Childrens’ Programs

Kid’s Spring Programs Schedule Out Now

Have you heard? We’re back in person at the library! The full schedule of Spring Children’s programs for children ten and under is now available. Plus, we’re offering a series of parent and caregiver support programs too! We’re continuing to offer our popular activity kit programs, as well as occasional digital events. However, most of our events will now be held in person, both outside and indoors.   To view all our Spring offerings and to register online, click here to visit our Spring Programs Guide. You can also stop by to register in-person or contact Children’s Program Coordinator, Neena McBaer at 845-855-3444 or children@pawlinglibrary.org for assistance.   Registration is required for all programming. The program cycle will run April 7 – June 3, with a few special events before and after this period. Registration is rolling, as space is available.

Symphony Storytime

Silly and fun performance featuring musicians from The Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra. Designed for grades K-3 and their families. Got an interested youth slightly older or younger? Contact us to ask about joining. Saturday, April 2, from 4:30 – 5:30 PM – Pawling Library Register here The Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra proudly presents… Symphony Storytime is an entertaining and educational family program featuring musicians from The Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra. This interactive, 50 minute program is designed for children in grades K-3 accompanied by an adult. The program pairs the reading of an award-winning picture book with music inspired by the story and performed by the musicians. The music will include familiar tunes, classical riffs, witty musical improvisations and funny sound effects – moving the story along at a lively pace. Children will also participate in activities related to the book and presentations on instruments of the orchestra. Pre-registration is required. Thank you to the Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra and funding from the Anne and Abe Effron Donor Advised Fund of the Community Foundations of...

Recycling in Dutchess County (for kids and families)

Dutchess County Recycling Educator, Kerry Russell gets specific about why recycling matters and how it works in Pawling! About this event Tuesday, 04/12, from 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM Outdoors, weather permitting. Otherwise indoors. Spend Spring Break learning to help our planet! Ever wonder what happens to the items we recycle? Want to know more about why we recycle? Dutchess County Recycling Educator, Kerry Russell will talk with us about why recycling matters and show us some of the ways recycled things are reused. Learn what types of things can be recycled in our county and what needs to be thrown in the trash. This program is designed for elementary aged children and their families. Caregivers welcome. Registration required. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/recycling-in-dutchess-county-for-kids-and-families-registration-291514075447

Register for Winter Children’s Programs

  Registration for Winter Children’s Programs now Open! The winter program cycle will run nine weeks: January 25 – March 25. For more information on what programs are available and to register, check out our Winter 2022 Programs Guide. As part of our response to COVID-19, we offer in-person, digital, and take home kit programs for children and families. Join anytime–registration is rolling, but enrollment is first come, first served. Registration is required. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ For more information about programs and our services to youth, visit our Current Children’s Programs Page or contact Children’s Program Coordinator, Neena McBaer, at 845-855-3444 or children@pawlinglibrary.org

Laurie Berkner Valentine’s Concert

Sunday, 2/13, 12:00 PM & 5:00 PM All ages welcome, best for families with children six and under Laurie Berkner, Hudson Valley resident and mega-star of the children’s music scene is hosting an interactive Virtual Concert this Valentine’s Day. She’s been on Nickelodeon, toured the US, and written hits like “We are the Dinosaurs” and “I’m Gonna Catch You.” To help support at-home learning this winter, the Pawling Free Library will be providing a limited number of virtual concert tickets to local families. To reserve a ticket, click here.  You will need an internet connected device to stream the concert remotely. Only one ticket per family; one ticket includes access to both concert times for one device and should be enough for the whole family. For more information about Laurie, her music, and the concert, visit her website. For more information about these tickets and this partnership, contact Children’s Program Coordinator, Neena McBaer at children@pawlinglibrary.org or 845-855-3444.

2021’s Popular Kid’s Books List

Looking for a surefire hit? We’ve rounded up the most popular books in our juvenile collection for 2021. While favorite series like Dog Man, The Babysitter’s Club, Pinkalicious, and Mo Willem’s Elephant and Piggie continue to be our popular borrows, they’re not the only well-loved books in our collection. Click here to check out our list of recently released titles that have been checked out many times this year and come with our local community’s seal of approval! The list includes board books, picture books, early and middle grade chapter books, non-fiction, and even top digital titles from 2021! https://www.pawlingfreelibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Most-Popular-2021-Infographic.pdf Looking for more suggestions? Stop by and check out our Most Popular 2021 Book Displays, which feature even more titles that have been popular with kids and families this year!

Ballet Hispánico Virtual Performance for Young People

Did you miss our live screening of Ballet Hispánico’s Virtual Performance for Young People? Well good news! You can watch a recording of the presentation at the link below until Tuesday, November 30. This link will be live until Tuesday, November 30th: https://vimeo.com/623896330/baf66d0a46 (Password: CAPFall2021). Enter the password to view. For more information about the program, see below. Ballet Hispánico’s Virtual Performance for Young People We’re bringing NYC Dance to Pawling! All ages welcome at our the upcoming Virtual Performance by Ballet Hispánico. Tickets are available at no cost, thanks to the Mid-Hudson Library System. A premier NYC dance company and the largest Latinx cultural organization in the United States, “Ballet Hispánico brings communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures through innovative dance productions, transformative dance training, and enduring community engagement experiences.” The live, virtual event will take audiences on a guided journey through Latinx dance and culture. This interactive, fun-filled exploration features excerpts of the Ballet Hispánico’s repertoire dance performances narrated by the company’s artistic leadership. Audiences will also be given the opportunity...

Have you visited our StoryWalk®?

Have you visited the StoryWalk® set up at Pawling Recreation’s Lakeside Park? Take a family walk and read along to Hiking Day by Anne Rockwell. If you do visit, please don’t forget to leave us a message in our tracking book. And if you come across any damage or missing pages, please contact the library at 845-855-3444 or children@pawlinglibrary.org to let us know! Thank you to Town of Pawling Recreation Department and the Mid-Hudson Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club for partnering with us on this project. Please note that this StoryWalk will be on display until 12/17/21. The program will return with a new story in 2022! The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.

Socially Distant Santa and Mrs. Claus

December 11th, 2021, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, by 10 minute appointment Get ready to bundle up and share your wish lists! Our annual visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus is ON! To keep all involved as safe as possible, families will visit outside under a tent, one at time, while Santa and Mrs. Claus stay inside and chat through an open window. This set-up was a huge hit last year and we know Santa and Mrs. Claus look forward to visiting Pawling.  Registration for 10 minute windows is highly recommended, as walk-ins will be permitted only as space is available. To register, click here or visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/203219905207

Allowed to Grow Old: Portraits of Elderly Animals from Farm Sanctuaries / Online Program

Presented by Isa Leshko Tuesday, November 9 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for Allowed to Grow Old: Portraits of Elderly Animals from Farm Sanctuaries or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at adult@pawlinglibrary.org. https://www.pawlingfreelibrary.org/event/allowed-to-grow-old-portraits-of-elderly-animals-from-farm-sanctuaries-online-program/2021-11-09/ Photographer Isa Leshko will be reading excerpts from her book Allowed to Grow Old: Portraits of Elderly Animals from Farm Sanctuaries accompanied by her stunning photography. Following the presentation will be a Q & A. About our presenter: Isa Leshko https://www.isaleshko.com/ is an artist, writer, and activist whose work examines themes relating to animal rights, aging, and mortality. She has received fellowships from the Bogliasco Foundation, the Culture & Animals Foundation, the Houston Center for Photography, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and the Silver Eye Center for Photography. She has exhibited her work widely in the United States, including shows at 516 Arts, the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Houston Arts Alliance, the Houston Center for Photography, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Photographic Resource Center, and the Silver Eye Center for Photography. Her prints are in...