Summer Reading Starts Today!

Summer Reading Starts Today!

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Jun/Mon/2022 - Jun/Tue/2022 All day
-Pawling Free Library-
Address: 11 Broad St, Pawling NY 12564

Oceans of Possibility Summer Reading Challenge

(All ages, grown-ups included!)

Program runs 6/20 – 8/20

The 2022 Summer Reading Challenge has something for everyone! Whether your family is motivated by helping our community, earning brag badges that show off kids’ reading accomplishments, or a love of ice cream and other rewards, like free books and toys, we’ve got a challenge for you.

Participants simply record the time they spend reading (or being read to) on a paper reading log or on our website. For each 150 minutes read, kids will earn brag badges they can wear or attach to their backpack. There’s other incentives kids can earn along the way too, like free books, stickers, and raffle tickets for bigger prizes, like HV Renegades Baseball tickets or a Kindle Fire. When participants read 1,200 minutes or more over the summer, they’ll earn a certificate of achievement.

On top of individual prizes, the reading logged in our summer reading challenge helps our community grow! If Pawling can log 20,000 minutes read this summer, we will earn our community prizes: an ice cream celebration party and a Nintendo Switch that all ages can use in library programming.  Logging reading time takes just minutes, so jump in; there’s a sea full of excitement ahead!

Why summer reading?

Studies show that over the summer break, students often experience academic backtracking, or lose the skills they already learned in school. And unfortunately this backtracking doesn’t just disappear when returning to the classroom. If not addressed, kids will experience compounding skill loss each year, which can leave them multiple grade levels behind their peers.

Setting aside just 30 minutes to read each week over the summer can help better prepare students to re-enter the classroom in the fall. 

Register for our program with a paper log at the front desk, print your own, or log online with READsquared. For more information, contact

Related upcoming events

  • Aug/Tue/2022 9:00 AM - Aug/Tue/2022 9:30 AM


    This program has been postponed. We hope to resume the programming for ages 0-18 months in September. 


    CANCELLED: Tuesdays 9:00 - 9:30 am – Ms. Neena

    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. This program will be held outside in our courtyard as weather permits.

    This is a six week program series. Attend as many or as few as you are able.

  • Aug/Tue/2022 3:00 PM - Aug/Tue/2022 4:00 PM

    Ages: 3-5 years and a caregiver

    Tuesdays, 3:00 – 4:00 PM – Miss Neena

    Our Kindergarten readiness class uses a play-based curriculum to encourage learning connections. Our small group will focus on early literacy and math skills through a combination of hands-on activities and group story time. This is an six week series. The program or portions thereof may be held outside in our courtyard to utilize our outdoor play equipment as weather allows but fully move indoors if conditions are poor. Please dress for the weather, with sunscreen and bring water.

    Registration required. Register at



  • Aug/Tue/2022 3:00 PM - Aug/Tue/2022 4:30 PM

    Join us each week to explore a different “tech” experience. This program runs once a week from July 12th to August 16th. Register for all weeks or pick and choose by the subject. This program is for rising 5th graders and up.

    July 12th: Build an A.I. Vision Kit

    July 18th: Explore Paper Circuits

    July 26th: Learn 3-D Printing

    August 2nd: Explore with Ozobots

    August 9th: Explore Squishy Circuits

    August 16th: Discover Lego Building

  • Aug/Tue/2022 5:30 PM - Aug/Tue/2022 6:30 PM

    The Pawling Library's Battle of the Books team will have a practice battle with the team from the Kent Library. To be held in the Library Annex. For more information, contact Young Adult Program Coordinator, Maureen McGrath @

  • Aug/Tue/2022 10:00 AM - Aug/Tue/2022 10:45 AM

    Age Range: 18 – 30 months and a caregiver

    NEW TIME SLOT FOR SUMMER 2022, Tuesdays, 10:00 – 10:45 am –MIXED LOCATION

    Interactive storytime featuring puppets, instruments, and elements of music & movement. Program ends with play. This is an six week series. The program or portions thereof may be held outside in our courtyard to utilize our outdoor play equipment as weather allows but fully move indoors if conditions are poor.

    Registration is required. Register at


  • Aug/Wed/2022 10:30 AM - Aug/Wed/2022 11:30 AM

    (2-5 years and a caregiver)

    Wednesdays, 10:30 - 11:30 AM - Ms. Neena

    Teachers say that the skills that lead to the most student success in school are their social and emotional skills. Join us to help develop these skills, as well as STEM, art, and literacy practice, all while children play! This supervised hour of fun provides a large space for children to meet and play with our outdoor play equipment, weather permitting. Please dress children for the weather and bring water. This program is designed to ease the transition to daycare, preschool, and especially kindergarten and is paid for in part by Dutchess County.

    Registration required. Register at

  • Aug/Wed/2022 2:00 PM - Aug/Wed/2022 3:00 PM

    For children entering grades K-2 in fall 2022.

    Alternating Wednesdays (7/13, 7/27, & 8/10) 2:00 - 3:00 PM – Library Annex

    Learn robotics and coding offline with Sphero’s indi bots. Participants will learn the building blocks of coding while completing challenges using the indi bots, designed specifically for early elementary students.

    Registration is required. Register at

    This program is partially sponsored by Dutchess County.

  • Aug/Wed/2022 4:00 PM - Aug/Wed/2022 5:30 PM

    For those who love to craft, do art, and make things. We'll explore a variety of mediums and Ocean themes during this weekly program. Week Five: Participants will use tissue paper to create watercolor backgrounds and place an Ocean-themed silhouette on top. During the drying time, we'll make Blow-painted Coral Reef designs.  Sign up for all weeks or pick and choose. For rising 5th grade and up. Registration is required.

  • Aug/Wed/2022 4:30 PM - Aug/Wed/2022 5:30 PM

    For developing readers, especially grades 1-6.

    Wednesdays, 4:30 – 5:30 PM by 15 minute appointment – Charles Colman Gazebo

    This program is held offsite at the Gazebo on Charles Colman Avenue. 

    Meet our pal Jackie and her pooch, Harper the reading dog! This program provides a fun, relaxed space for kids to practice reading skills and get some puppy love at the same time. Harper and Jackie are Hudson Valley Paws for a Cause trained providers, ready to provide low-stress reading practice support. This program is a great fit for kids who love to read and those who don’t, as well as kids who just want a puppy cuddle.

    Registration preferred. Walk-ins will be accommodated whenever possible.  Register at


  • Aug/Thu/2022 10:30 AM - Aug/Thu/2022 11:15 AM

    Slow E-Motions: Music & Movement Classes with Two Right Feet

    (1-6 years and a caregiver)

    Thursdays 10:30 – 11:15 AM – Library Annex 

    Program runs weekly for eight weeks, 7/7 - 8/26

    A program all about learning to identify, understand, and respond positively to our emotions and feelings. This program features music, dance, and instrument activities designed to explore feelings like frustration, anger, and happiness.

    Two Right Feet’s program was developed in 200 0 by a speech and language pathologist who also held a degree in dance. Hannah Demmerle, current program director, holds a degree in occupational therapy (COTA) and develops the group’s educational programs and curriculum. Live music and ASL (American Sign Language) are a few of the other highlights of Two Right Feet’s enrichment programs. Registration is required. Registration at

    This program is sponsored in part by Dutchess County Office of Children and Family Services.