Category: Teen Programs

Register Now for Youth Summer Programs!

The Pawling Library’s summer program schedule is full of great events for children, teens, and families! Registration is now open for our summer programs, and registration is required for nearly all our classes and events. We invite you to register online or stop by the circulation desk for help registering in person.   To register for children’s programs (birth – grade 5):  View our program schedules and descriptions in our program guide:  To register, click the “register here” links in the program guide and go to the Eventbrite page for each event. You can also search for an event in our calendar to find direct links to each event’s registration page. With questions or assistance, contact Children’s Program Coordinator Neena McBaer at 845-855-3444 or   To register for Tween/Teen programs (grades 5-12):  View our teen program schedules and descriptions on our Teen programs page or stop by the circulation desk to pick up a brochure. To register, follow the registration links on the Teen programs page. You can also search for an event...

Summer Kicks off On Monday, June 20!

The Pawling Library’s Oceans of Possibilities Summer Reading Challenge begins on Monday, June 20th! Register online and count the time you spend reading all summer! Earn badges, free books and other prizes like baseball tickets! Help us reach our community goal of 20,000 minutes and we’ll have an ice cream party to celebrate! Plus, the Library will earn a Nintendo Switch to use during Library programs! Open to kids of all ages, teens, and adults! Register here to track online or pick up a paper log from our front desk. June 20th is also the day to sign up for all our summer programs! Please visit our online calendar, Teen Programs and Events page, or our Children’s Program page for all the details and to register. Join us on 6/20 at 3:30 pm for a special Oceans of Possibilities Magic Show with Jim Vargias for kids from kindergarten thru 8th grade. This program is in partnership with Pawling Recreation and will be held at the Lakeside Park auditorium. Register here.      

Summer Teen Volunteers Needed

Thank you to all those who have sent in their applications to be a Summer Volunteer. We will be in touch shortly to let you know the next steps. Meanwhile, we still need a few more volunteers for the Help Young Writers program. Please contact Maureen McGrath at if you are interested. Help Young Writers: This opportunity is to help younger children to write, make, and publish their own books. This program is funded in part through Dutchess County and OCFS. The Summer Volunteer application is now open for those age 11 & up. Please use this link:

Teen Volunteer Opportunity

We are looking for a volunteers to dress as Piggie & Gerald, or to be their guide for a special program on June 11th, beginning at 10 am. Dressed as the beloved Mo Willems characters, you will encourage the children with questions and help with the planned activity. To sign up or for more information, please contact Neena McBaer, Children’s Program Coordinator:

King of the Castle Nerf Battle

05/20/2022, 5:30 PM  Preteens & teens are invited to test their castle building and defense skills at this Nerf battle. We’ll build castles out of boxes to defend our “kings” from attack by the other kingdom. First kingdom to capture the opponent’s king is declared the winner. The Library will supply the boxes to build the castles and an assortment of Nerf weapon. Participants are welcome to bring their own Nerf toys. To be in the Library Annex or courtyard. Registration is required.

Crafternoons: Mother’s Day DIY Gifts

05/04/2022 @ 4:30 PM Remember the good ol’ days when you were little and a homemade card and a hug were the perfect Mother’s Day gift? Now that you’re a tween or teen, you might want to put a little more effort into your gifting without having to spend a lot of money. Join us for this program where we’ll make a selection of mom-worthy gifts for the special person in your life. For 5th grade & up. To be held in the Library Annex. Registration is required:

Earth Day Project: Save the Library’s Garden

04/22/2022; 4:00 PM Pre-teens and teens are invited to get their hands dirty as we rebuild the Library’s raised beds and container gardens. This project will involve clearing out the old soil and plants, relocating them and preparing them for a new garden. The Library will supply the tools. Participants should bring their own gloves and wear clothes that can get dirty. Earn community service hours for this project. Registration required.

Crafternoons: Give Peeps a Chance!

04/20/2022 at 4:00 PM A Peeps diorama contest for grade 5 & up. Use our craft supplies and your imagination to create a scene using Peeps. The dioramas will be put on display in the Library and patrons can vote for their favorite. The winner will be awarded a prize. A limited amount of shoe boxes will be available. Please bring your own small-to-medium-size box if possible. Peeps will be supplied. You can also create a diorama at home and bring it in to the Library to enter the contest.

Registration Open for Spring Young Adult Programming

  Visit the Teen Program & Events page for all the latest programs for middle and high school students including Minecraft gaming; a Peeps Diorama contest, Nerf Battles, Introduction to Babysitting, and a special Earth Day project. You can also register directly on our program calendar.

Learn to Dance the Charleston!

Get ready for the Roaring 2020’s with this chance for teens & ‘tweens to learn the hottest dance of the 1920’s as part of the celebration of the Library’s Centennial. Popular Hudson Valley dance instructors,  Linda & Chester Freeman, will teach you how to do this outrageously fun dance–they’ll make it easy–no partner or experience necessary!  For grade 5 & up. Registration required. To be held in the Library’s Annex.