Category: Teen Programs

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/  

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.

Volunteer Opportunities for Teens/Tweens

  Volunteer Opportunities for Teens/Tweens There are currently two types of volunteer positions open for ages 11-18–book buddies and garden volunteers. Book Buddies, or our Teen Buddy Book Club, is a program that pairs kids one-on-one with a teen role model. These volunteers spend time virtually helping their buddy gain confidence reading, while they practice their literacy skills and get to know them. For more information, visit https://www.pawlingfreelibrary.org/community-service/   Garden Volunteers tend to the teen garden at the library, but do so on their own schedule, without others around. Possible responsibilities include watering, checking nitrogen levels, and weeding. All volunteers will be able to take vegetables home! Find out more at  https://www.pawlingfreelibrary.org/teenprograms/ As we continue our reopening process, additional volunteering opportunities will be considered. We hope to have volunteers helping in additional children’s programs regularly as soon as it is safe and we are allowed.   Leadership Interns: Because we are hosting summer programming virtually and have to limit the number of people in our building, the library is not able to hire Leadership Interns this summer. Leadership interns will return...

Pawling Living Narrative Project

With a new name for its fourth year, the Pawling Living Narrative 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. The event will take place on Tuesday February 18th, 1-3 PM. This year we will center the entire program around the idea of social and emotional well-being. Possible topics include life changing experiences, favorite past times or other interests, and of course health and wellness. Individuals can volunteer to become “books” that others can “check out” and have an engaging conversation on the topic chosen by the “book”. They will also have the opportunity to act as “readers” by selecting “books” to “check out” for themselves. In other words, you choose something from your life or experience that you think others might be interested to hear, and then other people people sign up to discuss it. Each conversation lasts about 20 minutes and includes one to five other people....

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.

Volunteer Interns and Leadership Interns

Are you interested in volunteering with children or interested in children’s books? We have opportunities for teens and adults ages 12 and up to volunteers with the children’s department year round. During the summer, we offer many area teens the opportunity to volunteer with kids. There’s even the opportunity to make a little money as a Leadership intern! Former volunteers 15-18 gain experience with children and working  For more information, contact Children’s Program Coordinator, Neena McBaer, at children@pawlinglibrary.org or 845-855-3444.

We thank all the students who made our American Essay Contest possible

If you have not yet filled-out our questionnaire, kindly answer the three questions listed below. A brief comment is all that is needed, but we do welcome lengthier answers. Your responses are very helpful to us in gathering information that will be presented to the American Library Association grant committee. Please email your answers to adult@pawlinglibrary.org. Thank you.   After viewing the documentary American Creed, what were your immediate thoughts? Has the film changed the way you relate to others? Has the film inspired you to want to help and inform others in and beyond your community?  

Register for teen programs

Registration for our spring young adult session runs from Thursday, April 4th through Sunday, April 14th. For more information about what programs we have to offer and to download a registration form, please go to https://www.pawlingfreelibrary.org/teenprograms/ And in case you were wondering… fear not, we expect to have a new young adult program coordinator in place by the time programs begin.