Early Learning Program Schedule

Early Learning Program Schedule

Summer program registration starts June 12. Register through our calendar. Scroll to explore our full slate of weekly program series for children ages 0-5 years old and their caregivers. Weekly programs are listed first, followed by one-time events.


Baby Bounce and Groove

Tuesdays 10:00-10:45 AM
Thursdays 11:00-11:45 AM
Library Annex

Age range: Birth - 18 mo. and a caregiver

Program cycle runs 7 weeks, July 8 - August 23. Walk-ins welcome, but advanced registration is preferred. Register week by week on our calendar.

Early literacy is an important part of a baby’s healthy development. We read, sing, babble, and bounce together. Learn resources to use at home and meet other caregivers. Ends with social play.

Toddlers in Training

Tuesdays 11:00-11:45 AM
Thursdays 10:00-10:45 AM
Library Annex

Age range: 18-36 months & a caregiver

Library Annex, with Neena

Interactive story time featuring puppets, instruments, and elements of music & movement. Program ends with play.  

Summer programs run 7 weeks, July 8 - August 23. Drop ins welcome, but advanced registration is preferred. Register week by week on our calendar.


Family Hour: Playdoh Club

Wednesdays, 10:30 - 11:30 AM
Library Annex

Age range: Ages 2-5 years and a caregiver

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. However, caregivers must stay in the room with children under 3 years old and on the library grounds for all other ages for the entirety of the program.

This is a six week program, July 8 - August 16. Registration preferred, though drop-ins welcome. Register week by week on our calendar.

Play Group

On hiatus. Play Group will return, likely in the Fall,

Kids are invited to play and build social connections with other children during this program, which sees our room set up with learning goals in mind. We'll use play to explore science, math, literacy, and more. 



Read and Play

Tuesdays, 2:00 – 3:00 PM
Library Annex, with Neena

Age range: Ages 3 - 5 years

Our small group Kindergarten readiness program, focused on early literacy and math skills through a combination of hands-on activities and group story time. We'll also work on following directions and practicing classroom behaviors. Caregivers welcome, though not required to participate. Caregivers must remain on library grounds.

Registration is highly suggested, though drop-ins are welcome. This is a seven week program, July 8 - August 23. You can register week by week on our calendar. 

Pete the Cat

Meet Pete the Cat

Saturday, 06/01, 4:30-5:15 pm
All ages and a caregiver

*Event held at Lakeside Park as part of Pawling Community Day*

2 Lakeside Dr. Pawling, NY 12564

In partnership with Pawling Recreation

Hey creative cats! Join us for a story time at the park featuring a visit from Pete the Cat. This cool blue kitty from author/illustrator team James and Kimberly Dean will give out stickers, high fives, and take pictures with fans. Bring a blanket to sit on as we read a Pete the cat story and enjoy a related craft.

Pawling Community Day is a drop-in event, made possible by Pawling Recreation. Registration is not required. RSVP below for a reminder a few days before the event!

Great Pirate Ship Race

Friday, 06/28, 4:30 - 5:30 PM
Library Annex, with Donald and Neena

Ages:  Families and ages 4-10, caregivers welcome, though not required, to participate! 

Arrrr, Mateys! It's time for a pirate race! Kids and caregivers are invited to personalize a pirate ship for their favorite stuffed animal, book character, or self-portrait to ride. When completed, each pirate ship will enter the race around the library. Visit all summer long to see which ship takes the lead and where the waters lead these magical ships as they race to the finish line.The race will end on International Talk like a Pirate Day, September 19, when completed art projects will be returned to their creators to take home and the library may be visited by a surprise pirate or two...

Registration is required.

Hora de Cuentos

Bilingual Storytime / Hora del Cuento Bilingüe

El quatro martes de cada mes (03/26, 04/23, 05/28, & 06/25)
6:00 – 7:00 PM

Con Julieta y Neena

Para Nacimiento – 6 años y cuidadora

Una hora de cuentos, música y juegos para familias en inglés y español. ¡Evento gratis! Se les pide a los padres y cuidadores que se unan a la diversión.

Se prefiere el registro, pero los walk-ins son bienvenidos a unirse a nosotras.


Fourth Tue of each month: (03/26, 04/23, 05/28, & 06/25)
6:00 – 7:00 PM

With Neena and Julieta

For ages birth – 6 years and a caregiver

An hour of stories, music, and games for families in both English and Spanish. Free! Parents and caregivers are asked to join in the fun by singing and playing with us.

Registration preferred, but drop-ins welcome to join us.

Unicorn Day!

Monday, 07/15, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Library Annex and Main Lawn

Ages: 2-6 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.
Unicorn Day
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Stuffed Animal Sleepover!

Sleepover Celebration:
Friday, 07/195:30 - 6:15 PM
Main Library
Ages: All and a caregiver, best for ages 3-8 years old

Stuffed Animal Pick-up starts: Saturday, 07/20, anytime after 10:00 AM

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 teen volunteers.

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.

Family Field Trip: Mid-Hudson Discovery Museum

Monday, Aug. 5, 9:45 AM - 11:30 AM

Registration required, begins Jun 12.

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. 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. Please register ALL participants in your family (youth and adults) who will attend individually.  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.


Quick FAQ

  • Registration is required or preferred for weekly programs.


  • Younger or older siblings are welcome to attend programs with their families as long as it is not disruptive. We ask that caregivers notify us in advance if siblings that will want to participate in program activities will be attending.


  • 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.


  • 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 donations from local community members.