Category: Teen Programs

Virtual Holi Celebration

03/16/2022  6:00 PM Join Ajna Dance Company to celebrate the color festival, Holi. This is a fun, interactive, virtual event is for grade 5 & up but great for all ages. The virtual event will include a live introduction to Holi, an interactive video presentation that explains the significance of the festival which will include a dance performance, and then an interactive Bollywood and Bhangra dance workshop for all ages and levels. One of the dance company members will be available for questions at the end. Learn about this cultural tradition–and pick up a few dance moves! Registration is required. You will receive a copy of the Zoom link after registration. This program is in partnership with the Stone Ridge, Tivoli, Staatsburg, Hudson, Claverack, Roe Jan, and Millbrook Libraries. Registration is required.

Meme All The Shirts!

Young adults in grade 5 & up can create their own memes to decorate T-shirts on Wednesday, March 23 @ 4 pm. Participants will use kid-friendly online programs to design a meme or other imagery to put on their shirts. We’ll print the images on iron-on transfer paper and iron them onto the shirts. Basic, white T-shirts will be available or you can bring your own to decorate.  Registration required:

Battle of the Books Returns: Teams now forming!

The Pawling Library will once again participate in the Mid-Hudson Battle of the Books program for 2022. Battle of the Books is a program for middle school and high school students. The program is open to all students in currently in grades 4 through 11. Team members will receive their own copies of the books which we’ll read throughout the spring and summer. The team will then participate in trivia battles based on the books with teams from other libraries. If you love reading and enjoy friendly competition, we’d love to have you on the team! Join us for this information meeting where you’ll learn how the program will run, important dates and, of course, the titles of the books! Please register so we know to expect you!

Second Saturday Stories

This creative writing group will meet once a month on the second Saturday, beginning March 12 at 11 AM. Using prompts and other starters, participants will use their imaginations to create short stories. Young Adult Program Coordinator, Maureen Meltzer-McGrath, will use her background as a former magazine editor, to lead this program for 8th grade & up. To be held in the Annex. Registration is required:

The Lost Mummy Escape Game (Grade 6 & up)

As an explorer, you’ve always dreamed of adventuring through Egypt. It’s where your great-grandfather, Howard Carter, discovered the remains of the ancient pharaoh Tutankhamen. But he had a secret–something he never told anyone other than you. He believed there was another tomb connected to the first. A hidden tomb. A Lost Mummy. Explorers in grade 6 & up are invited to join us for this in-person event on Friday, February 25th at 6:00 pm. This program involves a series of puzzles to solve with the aid of Howard Carter’s diary. If you are able to solve all the puzzles and escape the tomb, you can win a prize! Registration required:

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: (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...

Latinx History Explorers for Young Adults

This November, history and culture come to life with our Latinx History Explorers series! These small group programs will include interactive activities and time to ask questions. These programs are best for ages 8-15, but older teens are welcome. Find out more and register below. Latinx History Explorers: The Zoot Suit Riots Monday, 11/15, 4:30 – 5:15 PM on Zoom (Ages 8 -18) Learn about the Sleepy Lagoon Murder Trial and the Zoot Suit Riots, a series of conflicts in Los Angeles, California during World War II. ¡Bienvenidos hispanohablantes! Designed especially for tweens, and teens by Latinx historian and educator Sara Youngbar, this program makes history come to life! Registration required; register here. Latinx History Explorers:  Lin-Manuel Miranda: Monday, 11/22, 4:30 – 5:15 PM on Zoom (Ages 8 -18) Are you a fan of Hamilton? In the Heights? Moana and Disney’s upcoming Encanto? Discover the legacy of actor and musician Lin-Manuel Miranda and the impact he has made on pop culture and the Latinx community with special guest historian and educator Sara Youngbar. ¡Bienvenidos hispanohablantes! Registration required; register here.    

Search Re-Opened

Due to unexpected circumstances we have re-opened our search for a full-time Young Adult Program Coordinator. For more information and to apply visit We are pleased to announce that Marlon Bridgman has agreed to serve as our part-time, interim coordinator. Visit our calendar to see some of the teen programs we have coming soon.

Community Book Read: The Mysterious Affair at Styles with Stephanie Rogers / Online Program

Wednesday, December 8 6:30-8:00 pm Click the link below to register for the Community Book Read or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at The Pawling Library is Celebrating its Centennial. For this program we are not only commemorating our library’s anniversary but bringing people together through their passion for great literary works. We have selected four classic novels, one for each season, that were popular in the 1920s when our library first came into being. Our presenter, Stephanie Rogers, will be reading an excerpt from each novel and then lead a Q & A for our audience. Stephanie Rogers is the author of The Horse I Belong To: How a Misused and Almost Forgotten Grade Mare Showed Me the Way. The Pawling Library is proud to be partnering with our neighbors Pawling Recreation, the Grand: Rehabilitation & Nursing, the Pawling Resource Center & the Book Cove. To participate in this program, order a copy of The Mysterious Affair at Styles through our library. You can also support our partner, the Book Cove,...

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 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 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...