Programs and Events for Teens


Winter Programs for Tweens & Teens

For grades 5 & up. All programs require registration. Registration opens Wednesday, January 4th.  For questions or for help registering, please contact Maureen McGrath, Young Adult Program Coordinator, at teen@pawlinglibrary.

Special Events

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Game Night Calendar

1/27/2023 6:00 PM

Unleash your talents at this open mic night for ages 11 to 18 years. Sing, dance, or perform your talent. This event is in partnership with the Pawling, Beekman, Patterson, Kent, and Mahopac Libraries and the Pawling Recreation Department. Snow date: February 3rd. To be held at Lakeside Park Teen Center.


2/3/2023, 5:30 PM

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? Snow date: Saturday, February 4th @ 4:30 pm.

2/10/23, 5:00 PM

We can all agree the best part of Valentine’s Day is the candy! At this celebration of all things chocolate, tweens and teens can make their own molded chocolates, play chocolate trivia and other games and vote for their favorite chocolate bar!





3/24/2023, 4 PM

Tweens & teens are invited to this open gaming night featuring the Library’s Nintendo Switch and a variety of board games.










Monthly Programs


1/25, 2/8, & 3/8, 4 PM

For those who love to craft, do art, and make things. We'll explore a variety of mediums and themes during this monthly program.

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1/20, 2/17 & 3/17, 4 pm

This role-playing adventure will be led by Dungeon Master Ted Bushman and is open to tweens. & teens. Bushman’s games are about wonder, imagination, and character. He loves empowering players to role play and tell the stories that excite them.


Home School Space Calendar

1/19, 2/16, 3/16, 2:30 pm

This program welcomes middle-school-age homeschoolers to get together and socialize while we play games, complete art activities, and try learning challenges. Each session's theme will be announced. Families are welcome to come early to socialize with each other.

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1/26, 2/23, 3/23, 1:00 pm

The Pawling Library is partnering with Pawling Recreation for this special monthly program for families that homeschool. Katriina Bronnimann will lead students in 1st through 8th grade as they learn how to speak in a public setting. Participants can choose their topic based on these monthly themes:

January 26: How to make something (with step-by-step instructions); February 23: Give a book review;  March 23: Create an ad to sell something.

Bi-Weekly Programs

These bi-weekly programs begin on Tuesday, January 24th. Registration is required.

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Through a generous donation from, we are offering this series to learn and play Magic: The Gathering card game based on their “Sort.Build.Play” theory. We will sort the cards at the first meeting then we’ll build our decks and begin to play. All experience levels are welcome.  We will meet in the Annex on alternate Tuesdays at 4 pm: 1/24; 2/7; 2/21; & 3/7.

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Teens & tweens will learn to make simple snacks and meals at this bi-weekly program. Basic cooking tips and—safe—techniques will be shown and recipes will be tried and tasted. Registration is required: please include any food allergies on the registration form. We will meet in the Annex on alternate Tuesdays at 4 pm: 1/31, 2/14, 2/28, and 3/14.


2023 Information Meeting

Wednesday, February 22 @ 4 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. 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 is requested.

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Volunteer Opportunities

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Santa Volunteers

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: