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Meet Princess Elsa!

Announcing our Princess/Superhero Series: Meet Elsa Featuring favorite characters like Elsa, Wonder Woman, and Princess Leia, join us live or request a recording of storytimes to watch anytime. Watch live on Facebook! : Second Thursday of the month, March-October, 4:30 – 5:00 PM EST Click here to join our Facebook Live Group and watch. Watch anytime: A recording of the program will be available on Facebook shortly after the event premieres. Not on Facebook? Click here to request a recording that will be delivered straight to your inbox! Want to give your child an experience they’ll never forget? Become friends with a real princess or hero as they read, sing, tell engaging stories, and play games together — Plus, she will respond to your child’s live comments by name! Join us for the first Virtual Live Storytime in our 8-month series, featuring Princess Elsa! Watch live on Thursday, March 11th, at 4:30pm to participate in the interactive experience and be automatically entered to win a video call from Princess Elsa herself! Schedule of special guests: March 11 – Princess Elsa...

Black History in the Children’s Collection

Looking for books to read with your children this Black History Month? We’re highlighting books by Black creators this February. This selection list includes biographies of Black trailblazers and game changers, important moments from our history, and collections of tales and folklore passed down through generations. Interested? You can request any of these books through the links below. ***Starred choices are available as digital downloads in hoopla or Libby! Thank you to Angie Webb for curating this list. Biographies Little leaders: bold women in Black history. By Vashti Harrison (Request it here) *** (Digital version) Before she was Harriet: the story of Harriet Tubman by Lesa Cline-Ransome (Request it here) Sojourner Truth: ain’t I a woman? by Pat McKissack (Request it here) Promises to keep: how Jackie Robinson changed America by Sharon Robinson (Request it here) Althea Gibson: the story of tennis’ fleet-of-foot girl by Megan Reid (Request it here) Rosa by Nikki Giovanni (Request it here) *** (Digital Version) The story of Martin Luther King Jr. by Johnny Ray Moore (Request it here) Bad news for outlaws: the remarkable life of...

Gearing up for Remote Learning? Bookmark these research resources

  As students prepare to head back to school, whether in person or remotely, our library’s high quality student research resources may help! We pay the subscription, so you don’t have to. Below, you’ll find a list of just some of the research services you can access with your library card, including the revamped and improved Elementary research service, Gale In Context: Elementary. You’ll need your card number and pin number to access. Not sure what your pin is? Give us a call and we can help you reset or remember it over the phone: 845-855-3444. Gale in Context: Elementary: Does your child have an assignment on their favorite hero? Gale In Context: Elementary makes searching for credible information easy. With a new kid-friendly layout and content at a variety of reading levels, this service is stronger than ever before. Gale in Context: Middle School: This multimedia research site simplifies research for students in middle grades. Access on your computer, tablet, or mobile device. Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints Covers today’s hottest social issues, from...

REVEAL! Fantasy Olympics

To finish off the Imagine Your Story Summer Reading Program, we let Pawling choose the end of one more great adventure. This time around, Dragon Phil, Unicorn Carla, and Fairy Neena gathered to compete in the Fantasy Olympics. The event–who can find the hidden object in the pie fastest? Thanks to everyone who read and completed social distancing challenges this summer–we hope you enjoyed participating in our stories! Want to see the results of our other stories from this summer? Head to our Summer Reading page for a links to each week’s story.

Have You Seen Our New Picture Book Labels?

Big News! Our picture book section has reopened for browsing. Plus, we have a new system of organizing them that we hope will help kids browse through them more easily and independently. Now, books are organized by their topics instead of alphabetically by author’s last name. Books featuring high interest topics, like DINOSAURS, SCHOOL, and PETS are now all together in one place! Parents and educators will love the sections devoted to areas of child development and learning, like EMOTION and MATH! The “Topic” spine labels even feature easy to identify icons kids will recognize, even if they are not yet able to read.   As with many changes, this one is sure to take a while to adjust to. If you need help figuring how to find a book on the shelf with our new system, check out the links to our infographics, which help explain how items can be found. You can also checkout our hint list, for frequently searched for topics. Found a Book in our catalog? Not sure How to read...

REVEAL! Donald’s Art

Did you know that Donald Partelow, our adult program coordinator, also illustrates books and creates wonderful art? Well, this last week, as part of our Imagine Your Story Summer Reading Challenge, we let Pawling decide what Donald would draw for our Community. The winning option: “At night I can turn into a monster”   Check out Donald’s take on this super theme below:   Want to vote for what should happen next? Visit https://www.pawlingfreelibrary.org/summer-reading-challenge/ to vote in this week’s choose your own adventure, where YOU decide what wild, bright color Ms. Neena, our Children’s Program Coordinator, should dye her hair! The options are bright blue, deep purple, and unicorn pink. YOU decide. By participating, you’ll also be entered in a raffle to win a gift certificate to The Imperial Castle Toy Shop.

REVEAL! Phil’s New Look

Wow! What a vote this week! Teen Coordinator, Phil Prout, let Pawling vote for what historical style he should use for his disguise as he heads back in time to visit his Pawling relatives from the 1800s.  Since there were two winning looks, Phil did them both! Check out our video to see Phil’s new look.   Want to vote for what should happen next? Visit https://www.pawlingfreelibrary.org/summer-reading-challenge/ to vote in this week’s choose your own adventure, where YOU decide what special and unique piece of art Donald Partelow creates. Donald serves as the Adult Program Coordinator at our library, and recently illustrated Claudine: A Fairy Tale for Exceptional Grown Ups. One lucky voter will also win a gift certificate to The Book Cove.  

REVEAL! Condiment Conundrum

We let Pawling decide what should be in the messy balloons that our mess monsters threw at Ms. Carla as part of our 2020 Imagine Your Story Summer Reading Program. The winner was… condiment filled balloons! So check out the mess as Ms. Carla gets pelted with eggs, sprinkles, jelly, and more! Want to vote for what should happen next? Visit https://www.pawlingfreelibrary.org/summer-reading-challenge/ to vote in this week’s choose your own adventure, where YOU decide how Teen Coordinator, Phil Prout, changes up his giant beard and mustache. One lucky voter will also win a gift certificate to Vinny’s Deli.

RESULTS: Dance Party

For the second week of our Imagine Your Story Summer Reading Program, we let Pawling vote for what dance move our staff should try and learn… and then perform! The winner…Flossing!  We never expected this trend to come back from the dead and be your favorite. (Follow this link if video does not appear above: https://youtu.be/DVMCDIBn-Rk) For more information on summer reading, visit our Imagine your Story Summer Reading and Learning Challenge Page.

Volunteer Opportunities for Teens/Tweens

  Volunteer Opportunities for Teens/Tweens There are currently two types of volunteer positions open for ages 11-18–book buddies and garden volunteers. Book Buddies, or our Teen Buddy Book Club, is a program that pairs kids one-on-one with a teen role model. These volunteers spend time virtually helping their buddy gain confidence reading, while they practice their literacy skills and get to know them. For more information, visit https://www.pawlingfreelibrary.org/community-service/   Garden Volunteers tend to the teen garden at the library, but do so on their own schedule, without others around. Possible responsibilities include watering, checking nitrogen levels, and weeding. All volunteers will be able to take vegetables home! Find out more at  https://www.pawlingfreelibrary.org/teenprograms/ As we continue our reopening process, additional volunteering opportunities will be considered. We hope to have volunteers helping in additional children’s programs regularly as soon as it is safe and we are allowed.   Leadership Interns: Because we are hosting summer programming virtually and have to limit the number of people in our building, the library is not able to hire Leadership Interns this summer. Leadership interns will return...