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 or preferred for most programming.

Clubs and Classes

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Summer Reading Challenge

A great way to encourage an early love of literacy and learning in children is lots and lots of summer reading! To help families make reading a weekly habit, our summer reading challenge provides structure and rewards for time spent reading together or individually. Kids can earn small prizes weekly, like stickers, books to keep, and pop-its, as they fill in their summer reading trackers with stickers. Plus, if we reach our community goal of 50,000 minutes read, we'll earn an ice cream party with tacos and cones and our community prize, a Nintendo Switch that can be borrowed from the library. Track online or stop in the library to get a paper reading tracker!

Program runs June 26 - August 23

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Reading Buddies

One-on-One reading practice with a teen volunteer!

Wednesdays, 12:00 - 12:20 PM, 12:20 - 12:40 PM, or 12:40 - 1:00 PM

Six week program series, July 8 - August 16

Ages: Children entering grades 1-4 in Fall 2024

Members of the Library's VolunTeens are offering one-on-one help with reading this summer. Sign up for a 20-minute session of low-stress reading practice with a teen buddy. This program is offered in English and Spanish.

This program in offered in English and Spanish. Hablamos español.

Registration required. When you register, please tell us your preferred session time. Register in our calendar.

Fun Adventures in Feelings!

Tuesdays, 3:30 - 4:30 PM
Six week program series, July 8 - August 16
Ages: Children entering grades 1-3 in Fall 2024

A kid class where feelings and fun are the stars of the show! Through play and hands-on activities like yoga, art, dance and reading, kids will learn how to understand and manage their feelings with ease. Led by Celinda Gomez, an experienced youth social worker.

Registration required. Register for each date you plan to participate on our calendar. Join for as many or as few of the classes as you are able, but please let us know which dates you plan to attend and which you don't. Caregivers welcome, though not required, to participate.

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Make Me an Author Club

Thursdays, 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Six week program series, July 8 - August 16

Ages: 6-10 years old

Writer's group is back! In this popular summer program, kids develop their storytelling and writing skills as they brainstorm, write, and illustrate their own picture book. Teen volunteers and library staff help with spelling, writing, and staying on track to complete each part of the project. At the end of the summer, we'll send our final drafts off to be published through Studentreasures Publishing. Fully published books arrive in the fall and we'll host a launch party to celebrate our new authors, during which families will receive a copy of their child's book to keep.

Registration is required for this full six week program. Participants must be able to commit to at least 4 of the 6 weeks in order to participate.

Family Hour: Play-Doh Club

Wednesdays, 10:30-11:30 AM
Six week event series, July 8 - August 16

Ages: 2-5 years, including kindergarteners

Welcome to family hour! During this hour long program, we will read a story and sing 1-2 songs. Then, join in for themed play-doh play with tools like cookie cutters, toddler scissors, and rolling pins. Play-doh is awesome for developing early skills kids need for school, like fine motor skills and finger strength.

Caregivers welcome but not required to participate.
Weekly registration is highly suggested. Drop ins will be accommodated whenever space is available, but advanced registration is preferred. Register in advance or day of. Register week by week on our calendar.

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Special Events

Window Clings and Ice Creams

Friday, June 21
4:30 - 5:30 PM

Ages: 6-12 years old

I scream, you scream, we all scream...for window clings? During this program, we do! Learn to make ice cream cone window clings you can transfer and hang in windows around your home. While we wait for them to dry, we'll play a tasty guessing game with ice cream flavors. Kids will sample small servings of ice creams and related frozen treats and guess the flavors. Will they be common flavors like vanilla or unusual like cotton candy, s'mores, or banana?

Registration required.

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Adventure Begins at Your Library Treasure Hunt

Thursday, June 27
3:00-4:00 pm

Ages: 4 and up and a caregiver

*Event held at Lakeside Park*
2 Lakeside Dr. Pawling, NY 12564

In partnership with Pawling Recreation

We’re kicking off the summer with an adventure-filled game to be held at Lakeside Park. Follow the trail to the adventure stations and complete the activities. For each station you complete, you will be given a piece of a treasure map. Collect all the map pieces and it will lead you to the treasure chest!

This program was created by and will be run by the Library’s VolunTeens. Registration is suggested.

The Great Pawling Library Bake Off

Saturday, June 22
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Ages: All ages 

Show off your chocolate chip cookie-baking skills and be crowned Pawling's Best Baker to receive the coveted golden spatula trophy! Or sample the entries to help us find the best of the best cookie. Bakers must register and provide 2 dozen cookies. Cookies will be judged anonymously by our special guest judges from Dancing Bear, Sunflour Bakery, and more!  Registration is required for bakers. Tasting and judging are open to everyone, no registration required.

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Pirate Ships: Craft Workshop

Friday, June 28
4:30 - 5:30 PM
Ages:  5 years old and up and a caregiver

Pirates, get ready to set sail around the world! Set a course for adventure, and let the winds carry you across the seas. Each youngster will make their own pirate ship that will be on display and sailing around our library throughout the summer until International Talk Like a Pirate Day on Thursday, September 19th.

Learn from library programmer and artist, Donald Partelow. Be a pirate, and talk like one, too! Registration required.

Captain Thomas’ Treasure: Break In Bag

Pick up begins 07/08 and is ongoing
Ages: Families with children entering grades 2 + up

Ever wanted to do an escape room without having to leave home? Now's your chance! Instead of breaking out, break into these locked loot bags using the provided clues and puzzles. Reveal Captain Thomas' Treasure by solving pirate themed clues. Play as a family or let kids solve the puzzles on their own. Developing readers may need reading assistance to solve these puzzles. Hints will be included, as will small prizes in the loot bag.

Registration required. Once kits are available for pickup, our staff will notify registered patrons.  Thank you to our friends at the Oxford Library for creating and sharing this activity.

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Beach and Water Slimes

Wednesday, July 10
2:00 - 3:00 PM
Ages: 6-10 years

It's slime time! Join Miss Neena to learn to make two different types of slime, sandy beach slime and slippy water slime. This messy program will give practice following a recipe and directions, while creating some super slimes.

Limited spaces available. Registration required.

Unicorn Day!

Monday, July 15
4:30 - 5:30 PM
Ages: 2-6 years and a caregiver

Welcome to unicorn day, a special day where everything is unicorn and pony themed! At 4:30 PM, we will gather to read a unicorn book and after, kids will be invited to meet a unicorn pony on the library front lawn. While waiting to greet to our magical unicorn friend, say hello to visiting bunny rabbits and enjoy sparkly unicorn slime.

Registration is required for this event, which is made possible thanks to Alys Ponies.

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Stuffed Animal Sleepover!

Sleepover Celebration:
Friday, July 19
5:30 - 6:15 PM

Stuffed Animal Pick-up starts: Saturday, July 20, anytime after 10:00 AM

Ages: All ages and a caregiver
Best for ages 3-8 years old

It's time for a library sleepover! Kids, their stuffed animal friends, and caregivers are invited to our special evening sleepover celebration, featuring bedtime stories, songs, and games. Wear your pajamas and bring a stuffed animal or toy from home you feel comfortable leaving overnight, as the real silliness begins once kids tuck their toys into bed and head home. On Saturday morning, kids return to pick up their toys and a personalized photo book, showing all the amazing things that happened during the stuffed animals' party at the library, as photographed by our Volunteens.

Don't feel comfortable leaving your stuffy at the library? You can still join in for the fun at the Friday storytime. And while we encourage kids to bring their own stuffy, we will also have borrowing stuffed animals on hand for anyone who needs one.

Registration required.

Family Field Trip: Ridge Ranch

Monday, July 22
9:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Age range: Families with children ages 5-10 years old. Sibilings welcome, as space is available.

OFF SITE Location:
Ridge Ranch
276 Quaker Rd, Patterson, NY 12563

This summer, the library wants to make taking trips with your kids as easy and fun as possible! For this Family Field Trip, we'll visit Ridge Ranch, a working ranch just down the road in Patterson! Families should be prepared to walk as we tour the ranch and meet a variety of farm animals, including mini cows, goats, and mini donkeys. We'll learn how the ranch takes care of it's animals and animal husbandry.

For this event, please arrive early or on time. This is a working farm, busy caring for it's animals, and it will be difficult to join the tour group after the tour has started.

Registration is required.  Priority registration will be given to Pawling and Holmes residents, starting June 12. Registration for non-resident patrons, if space remains available, will start on June 26. Registration in the event includes all entrance fees and program fees for the special field trip activities, as well as a small snack provided to each participant. Transportation is not provided.

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Family Field Trip: Mid-Hudson Discovery Museum

Monday, August 5
9:45 AM - 11:30 AM

Age range: Families with children ages 3-8 years old, best for children ages 3-6

OFF SITE Location:
75 North Water Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

This summer, the library wants to make taking trips with your kids as easy and fun as possible! For this Family Field Trip, we'll visit the Mid-Hudson Discovery Museum in Poughkeepsie. The MHDM is a children's museum with exhibits for ages 0-9 years old, including the recently renovated second floor, featuring the Science, Revealed! exhibit, which is great for elementary aged kids. Participants in our group will also be invited to participate in a special program called "Bubbles!" all about sensory exploration and observational science.

Registration is required.  Priority registration will be given to Pawling and Holmes residents, starting June 12. Registration for non-resident patrons, if space remains available, will start on June 26. Registration in the event includes all entrance fees and program fees for the special field trip activities, as well as a small snack provided to each participant. Transportation is not provided.

Puffabird Rescue: Break In Bag

Pick up begins August 5
This is a take-home kit activity

Age range: Grades 2 and up, families

Ever wanted to do an escape room without having to leave home? Now's your chance! Instead of breaking out, break into these locked loot bags using the provided clues and puzzles. Help free the elusive puffabird from the bag poachers have it trapped in! Play as a family or let kids solve the puzzles on their own. Developing readers may need reading assistance to solve these puzzles. Hints will be included, as will small prizes in the loot bag.

Registration required. Once kits are available for pickup, our staff will notify registered patrons.
Thank you to Sarah Pearson at the Minerva Public Library for creating and sharing this activity.

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Faerie Wing Pendants: Craft Workshop

Two sessions:
Thursday, August 15: Sculpting
Thursday, August 22: Painting

6:30-8:00 pm

Ages: Age 7 & up. Parental supervision is requested and grown-ups can create, too! 

Faeries are very secretive, and can blend perfectly into their surroundings. Their wings, which look exactly like leaves, keep them well hidden.  We’ll be making leaf imprints in air-drying clay to replicate the delicate wings of these mystical beings. This program is with Donald Partelow, library programmer and artist.
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Family Hour: Mechanical Sweepers

Friday, August 16
5:15 pm - 6:30 pm

Ages 5-9, caregivers welcome!

Kids can work on their own or with a caregiver/family member to engineer their own mechanical sweeper, featuring products from Kiwi Crate. Follow along with the instructions, building while learning all about whales and mechanics. Then, participants will test their creations and see if they can beat the library record of number of LEGO swept up in 1 minute. Each participating child will leave with their own newly designed sweeper, a related learning comic, and supplies to continue the fun at home.

Registration is required. Spots are limited.

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End of Summer Party with Tacos and Cones

Friday, August 23
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM 

Ages: All ages and a caregiver

All summer reading challenge participants are invited to join us to celebrate all the readers in our community. In addition to ice cream from our friends at Tacos and Cones, we'll have games, crafts, and other activities for all ages to enjoy. The computers will be available for after-hours play and our Nintendo Switch will be on and ready for Mario Kart action.

Our final raffle for summer reading prizes will also be held at this event. Winners do not need to be present to win. Don't miss the crowning of a new Mayor of Ice Cream Town, the award for the youth in our community who logs the most time spent reading in summer 2024, and gets first dibs on ice cream at the party.

Registration preferred, though not required. This program is for those who have participated in summer reading and their families.

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.