Elementary Program Schedule

Elementary Program Schedule

Scroll to explore our full slate of weekly program series for children ages 5 - 10 years old and their families. These programs are designed for those enrolled in grades Kindergarten - 4th grade. Weekly programs are listed first, followed by one-time events. Advanced registration is required for most programming.


Messy Art Club

(Children in grades K-2)
Mondays 4:00-5:00 PM  – Maureen, Library Annex
Program cycle runs 8 weeks.
We will use a variety of materials as we explore different art mediums and styles and get messy! Projects include watercolor paint, collage, stamping, 3-D art and more. Smocks are provided.

Mad Science Club

(Children in Grades 2 - 4)
Thursdays, 4:00 - 5:00 PM – Maureen, Library Annex
Young scientists will be given a chance to try fun and wacky experiments each week—and learn scientific
procedure in the process. Weekly themes include Sink or Float; Rainbow Magic; Snow Day; For the Birds;
and more. This nine week program session is partially sponsored by Dutchess County.


Homeschool Space: Robotics Challenge

(Children in grades K - 4 or 5 -10 years old)
Third Thursdays (01/19, 02/16, & 03/16)
1:00-2:00 PM
  – Miss Neena, Library Annex
Elementary aged homeschoolers are welcome to join us for this series of challenges using the library's Sphero Indi robots and other robotics tools. Each month, kids will have the opportunity to work together and individually to problem solve through play. Challenges will be scaffolded for different ages and abilities whenever possible. This program is suitable for those with experience with our robots and those who are new to the tools. This program is partially sponsored by Dutchess County.

Homeschool Space: Public Speaking

(Children in grades 1 - 8)
Fourth Thursdays (01/26, 02/23, & 03/23)
1:00-2:00 PM
  – Katriina Bronnimann, Lakeside Park

The Pawling Library is partnering with Pawling Recreation for this special monthly program for families that homeschool. Local homeschool parent Katriina Bronnimann will lead students in 1st - 8th grade as they learn how to speak in a public setting. Participants can choose their topic based on these monthly themes:

January 26: How to make something (with step-by-step instructions); February 23: Give a book review;  March 23: Create an ad to sell something.

Homeschool Space Public SpeakingClalendar

Tasty Art: Donut Snowmen

(Families and Children ages 4-10 years)
Available as a Take-Home Kit or In-Person program

Take Home Kit: Available by pick-up the week of 01/27
In-personSaturday, 01/28, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
or Saturday, 01/28, 3:00 - 4:00 PM

Caregivers welcome, though not required to participate in-person. Take home kit participants will need adult supervision. Learn to make festive winter snowmen from miniature donuts and candy. Enjoy them with family as a special treat or wrap them up and give them as a winter gift.


Escape From Wooka Booka Island

(Ages 5-8 years)
Friday, 02/17, 5:30 - 6:30 PM - Main Library
Help us make our way through the four animal kingdoms and to the treasure on the magical Wooka Booka Island. Play as a family or bring kids to join a team with friends. Players will enjoy logic puzzles and physical challenges as they make their way through this escape room. Caregivers welcome, but not required to participate in this program.


Stuffed Animal Sleepover!

(All ages and a caregiver welcome, best for ages 3-8)

This program consists of multiple events. Participants do not *have* to take part in the Sleepover Celebration Event, but we highly recommend it.*

Sleepover Celebration and Stuffed Animal Drop-Off*: Friday, 03/10, 5:30 - 6:15 PM
Stuffed Animal Pick-up: Saturday, 03/11, during library hours (10:00 AM - 4:00 PM)

It's time for a library sleepover! Kids, their stuffed animal friends, and caregivers are invited to stop in the library for our special evening sleepover celebration, featuring bedtime stories, songs, and games. But the real silliness begins once kids leave! Stuffed animals are invited to stay the night at the library to play, read, and explore at a special sleepover. Kids will tuck their stuffed toy, doll, or action figure friend into bed and read it a bedtime story before leaving it overnight. On Saturday, kids return to pick up their toy from the library and enjoy photos / stories from the stuffed animals' sleepover. This imaginative event is always a kid-favorite.

*Can't make it to the Sleepover Celebration and drop-off? Contact Miss Neena directly to set up another time to drop-off your child's stuffed animal for the sleepover. 

Quick FAQ

  • Registration is required or preferred for most programs. Please check registration requirements before showing up for a program, as our small spaces cannot always accommodate drop-ins.
  • Siblings are welcome to attend programs with their caregivers, as long as it is not disruptive. We do not always have enough supplies or staff to allow siblings to participate in special or complex projects, however. Please contact us to discuss your situation if you have questions.


  • A caregiver is required to remain present in a program or on library grounds, depending on the program, when any child under 5 years old is participating in a library program. Children 5 years old or older may be able to dropped off and picked up, if we have adequate emergency contact information for their caregivers.


  • If you have trouble registering online, our staff is happy to help you sign up. You can email us at children@pawlinglibrary.org, call us at 845-855-3444, or stop by the front desk for sign up assistance.


  • Programs are always free to attend, thanks to generous funding from community donations and Dutchess County.