Programs and Events for Teens


Winter Programs for Tweens & Teens

For grades 5 & up unless otherwise noted. All programs require registration. Registration is now open. For questions or for help registering, please contact Maureen McGrath, Young Adult Program Coordinator, at teen@pawlinglibrary.

The Great Stories Book Club

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The Pawling Free Library has been selected as one of 58 libraries nationwide to take part in the Great Stories Club, a reading and discussion program for under-served teens. These competitive grants are offered by the American Library Association (ALA) with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

As part of the Great Stories Club, Maureen Meltzer-McGrath, Young Adult Program Coordinator will work with a small group of teens to read and discuss stories that explore questions of race, equity, identity and history. Bilingual book discussions will be led in partnership with Madelyn Ortiz of Camino al Éxito. Participants will receive copies of all the books to keep and Spanish language versions will be available when possible.

In January, we will be reading the final book for the Finding Our Voice series: Gabi, a Girl in Pieces. Join us for the bilingual discussion on Monday, 1/22 at 6 pm.

The first book in Deeper Than Our Skins series will be the graphic novel, The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang.The discussion will be on 2/19 at 6 pm followed by a cartooning workshop with artist Chris Siemasko. Date to be announced.

Registrants will receive a copy of the book  This program is for age 13 and up. Registration is required.


Weekly/Monthly Programs

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Alternate Tuesdays:

1/16, 1/30, 2/13, 2/27 & 3/12.

4 pm -- 5 pm

We’ll play games together on the Library’s account. Learn to build worlds and play this popular online game. The Library will set up a secure account for safe play during this program.  NOTE: This program is for grade 3 & up. To be held in the Library Annex. Registration required.



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Alternate Tuesdays:

1/23, 2/6, 2/20, 3/5

4 pm - 5 pm

Through a generous donation from, we are offering this series to learn and play Magic: The Gathering card game. All experience levels are welcome. New players will build their decks and learn through play. To be held in the Library Annex. Registration is required.


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Thursdays, Janurary  18, February 15 & March 21

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Homeschool families are invited to this monthly meet-up specifically for middle school-age students. Each month, we will do different activities, details to be announced. Families are welcome to arrive early to spend time with the younger children who meet earlier in the afternoon. Please note: Due to the on-going construction, the Courtyard may not be available. Registration is required.

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The Science of Cooking Ice Cream

Monday,  January 29

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Mixing together ingredients and heating them in the oven is chemistry of the most delicious kind. Add some cool decorating techniques and you’ll have creations that look as good as they taste. Ready to explore the science and art of cake making? Sweet! We’ll use individual KiwiCo kits to explore baking science. Participants will be able to keep the equipment and recipe books from the kits.  Registration is required


Monday,  February 26

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Explore how delicious chemistry turns flour, yeast, and other ingredients into fresh bread and buttery spreads. Using KiwiCo’s kits, we’ll make some bread and butter. Each participant will be able to take the tools from the kit home with them.  Registration is required.


Monday,  March 25

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Ready to explore the science behind making ice cream? Check out some of the chemistry and physics that make frozen desserts so amazing–and delicious! We’ll use KiwiCo kits to make ice cream. Participants will be able to take the tools included in the kit home to keep. Registration required.


Special Events


Friday, January 19

5:30 PM--7:00 PM

Two kids went missing as soon as Circus Medrano pitched its tent in the town. This time it won’t be all about jugglers and entertainment. As part of a kids’ detective club, you think that the circus might be involved.

Bravely stepping into the tent, you quickly find that Circus Medrano is creepier than it seems. Behind the fun circus acts, there are a series of tricky puzzles. Every puzzle you solve gets you one step closer to finding out who kidnapped the kids and where they might be hidden.

Sharpen your senses and solve the mystery before it’s too late. Now’s the moment to face your fears and turn into the heroes someone needs. For ages 10 to 13 years. Registration is required.




Friday, February 9

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Celebrate all things lovely, red, and chocolate at this special Valentine’s Party for grades 3 through 8. We’ll have themed games and crafts for all ages. Registration is required.



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Monday, February 12

5:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Love to read and do trivia? If the answer is yes, this is the program for you! The Pawling Library is forming teams for the 2023 Mid-Hudson Battle of the Books. The program is open to students currently in 4th through 8th grade for the Middle School team and currently in 8th through 12th grades for the High School team (8th graders and their families can choose between the high school and middle school teams). All participants will receive copies of the books to keep and have the experience of teamwork and good sportsmanship. Join us for this information meeting to learn all the details about the program and the books that have been chosen for this year. Registration requested.


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Friday, March 8

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

It’s a new year and we’ve got new games! Join us for an evening of fun games of all types! Play board games, card games or Nintendo Switch games! For age 10 & up. Registration is required.



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Monday, March 25

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Learn to be a babysitter parents can trust. Kathleen Tucker will lead this 3-hour workshop during which you will learn the basics of caring for a baby or young child. You’ll understand how to speak with parents when meeting them, how to diaper a baby, and the best ways of entertaining and caring for young children. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will receive a certificate. Please bring paper and pen for notes and a small snack. A short break will be given during the program. For ages 10 & up.  Registration is required.



Grace Smith House

Tuesday, April 2

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Amanda Greenfield of The Grace Smith House present a workshop for teens that provides a foundation of the cycle of violence and how to identify the red flags of an unhealthy relationship. Participants will gain tools and language that will enable them to support a friend who is in an unhealthy relationship, as well as gain an understanding of the impact that dating violence has on the individual, friends, and family. This workshop is for teens in 8th grade and up. It will be offered in English and Spanish. Registration is required.


Volunteer Opportunities

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Santa Volunteers

The first meeting of the new season is Wednesday, September 20 at 5 pm. New members are invited to join us.

Volunteens is a year-round volunteer opportunity for ages 11 & up. The group meets twice a month to plan or work on service projects to benefit the Library and the Pawling community. Since the group started last fall, they have had a litter collection in the Village, learned about and helped to remove invasive plant species at Lake Side Park, wrapped all the books given as gifts during our annual visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus as well as helped at the party, assisted at a local ESL class, and created a Giving Tree to benefit the Dutchess SPCA. The group will have new projects in the new year and new members are welcome.

Meeting dates: The first and third Wednesday of each month at 5 pm to 6:30 pm. There may be additional dates depending on the project.

The Pawling Library is now a Volunteer Certification Organization through the Points of Light Organization. Volunteers who meet the required annual hours for their age group will be recognized with a letter from the President of the United States and possibly other awards. For more information about the Presidential Volunteer Award, please visit our volunteer page: