Reviewed by Angie Webb, Library Clerk Oh, how I wish I had a book like this in my teen years growing up in Brooklyn, NY. The story tackles many pressing topics – love, questions of faith, sexuality, sexual harassment and body shaming, friendship, homophobia, self-acceptance – through Harlem native, Xiomara Batista, known as X. The novel’s epistolary-like structure makes the free-verse narration a gripping, quick read without making the verse gimmicky. And the compelling vulnerability and empowering passion of its young protagonist gives voice to the inner struggle of obedience to family and religious tradition with the anxiety of finding strength with self-discovery through the rebellion of young love and slam poetry. The relationships between X and her family and friends are authentic. I enjoyed how the story presented the Dominican culture of the Batista family through the eyes of someone unashamed of her heritage but wants to experience it differently from the tradition. X is relatable, I felt her struggles, I had her struggles, and like her, I wrote them down. Acevedo captured the...
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- 039:30 AM-10:30 AMFeb/Fri/2023-Library Annex-15 Oak St, Pawling NY 12564
Ages: 2.5 – 3.5 years and a caregiver
Fridays, 9:30-10:30 AM – Library Annex, Miss Neena
Program cycle runs 9 weeks.
On Friday mornings, toddlers rule the library! This eight week program includes songs, stories, and games plus a play-based learning stations, like art or parachute play. 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.
REGISTRATION REQUIRED. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
Please stay home if you or your child are sick.
This program was partially sponsored by Dutchess County.10:45 AM-11:30 AMFeb/Fri/2023-Library Annex-15 Oak St, Pawling NY 12564
Program for children ages 18-30 months and a caregiver
Fridays 10:45 – 11:30 AM – Library Annex , 9 week program series
Interactive story time featuring puppets, instruments, and elements of music & movement. Program ends with play. This program will be indoors for the winter season.
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
Please stay home if you or participating children are sick.
This program was partially sponsored by Dutchess County.5:30 PM-7:00 PMFeb/Fri/2023-Pawling Free Library-11 Broad St, Pawling NY 12564
2/3/2023 An evil scientist, who hates winter and snow, invents a device that is destroying all the snow in our town. You find his lost top-secret diary which might lead to his lab. Now you have a chance to turn off this machine and bring back the magic of winter. Are you brave enough to break into his lab and figure out how to stop this madness? For grades 5 & up. Registration is required. Snow date: Saturday, February 4th @ 4:30 pm.
Tuesday 10 to 8
Wednesday 10 to 8
Thursday 10 to 8
Friday 12 to 5
Saturday 10 to 4
Sunday 12 to 4