70,313 visitors in 2015!
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The Pawling Library continues to grow with additional programs and services that appeal to community members of every age.

Attendance in the Children’s Programs at the Pawling Free Library is up almost 7%, with 6,606 children and caregivers participating in the many educational and creative programs offered by Miss Karen last year. Of course, things are really hoppin’ at the Library during the summer months, when children have more availability, but based on Library Director, Casey Conlin’s figures, more children and families than ever before are eager to take advantage of the wonderful programming available to them at the library. With current space limitations, the library staff must try to find resourceful ways to accommodate the growing interest of those eager to attend programs that enhance children’s early education in areas of literacy, math, science, and technology.

It isn’t only the children’s programming that has seen increased attendance. The Young Adult (Teen) programming has experienced tremendous growth, thanks to Ms. Nicole, who has worked diligently with middle and high school students to identify their areas of interest and ways in which the library can meet those needs. The latest figures from our Library Director tell us that Ms. Nicole’s creative teen programming has sparked the interest of a record number of teens. 2015 was a banner year for Young Adult attendance at the library with more than 1,200 teens participating in Library programming designed just for them. This is nearly a 138% increase over 2014.

Those familiar with the Pawling Library know that great programming doesn’t just belong to the younger set. Donald Partelow’s library programming available for families and adults is very popular in the community with well over 2,000 participants. This past year, program attendance in family and adult programs grew by a little over 7% over the year before.

In all, the Pawling Library served 9,855 community members through library programs in 2015! This too, is a record number showing a 22.68% increase over 2014. Most impressive, however is the door count. This number tells the library staff how many times people actually walk through the library doors. That number was a whopping 70,313 in 2015. That means that folks in our community found 3,217 more reasons to drop by the Pawling Library than they did the year before! 
To find out more about the programs and services at the Pawling Library, visit the library website at www.pawlinglibrary.org. There is a whole world of learning opportunity waiting for you!

Children's Spring Programming is right around the corner.

Here at the Pawling Library our children’s winter season included some fun and engaging programs like our Crazy 8’s Math Club, computer codingFamily Science and Building Nights, and Pete the Cat Day. If your family was disappointed that you weren’t able to participate in some programs this winter, we’ve got great news for you!  Our spring session is on the way and it’s filled with more amazing programs including an encore season of Crazy 8’s Math Club, more computer coding, another great Pete the Cat Day as well as lots of other exciting programs for your family to enjoy!  

Don’t miss out on the spring excitement here at the Pawling Library. Our lottery registration will open Monday, March 14th and run through Sunday, March 20th. Registration confirmations will be available beginning Tuesday, March 22nd. Our Spring Program guide will soon be available on our web site, www.pawlinglibrary.org.  

If you have any questions about which programs might be best for your child, please feel free to email Ms. Karen at children@pawlinglibrary.org or call the library at 845-855-3444.

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Pawling Teens continue to give back through Project Do Something.

Project Do Something Helps Children in our Area
Last December, the library's YA program, Project Do Something, made blankets for the Project Linus Organization. A few weeks ago, the library received a grateful email from Tish Barcavage from Putnam County Social Services. According to Barcavage, the blankets have been:

"given to our homeless kids that are living in shelters and don't have many belongings, to our foster kids that are living with other families temporarily, to our kids that are awaiting adoption, and they have also been used in our transport cars for kids who have to be driven from place to place, sometimes late at night. A warm, cozy blanket really helps a child in a crisis situation to feel safe and helps them know that other people really care about what happens to them." 

Good job to all the teens who are involved in Project Do Something! Your efforts to improve the lives of others in our area are much appreciated.

Teens at Project Do Something's Project Linus effort.

Computer Basics and Handmade Felting this month at the library.

Computer Basics: Does the thought of using a computer make you feel nervous? 
You’re not alone. The answer is here. Please join us for this free introduction to computer basics and replace your anxiety with confidence. It’s easy!
Wednesday, March 23, 7:00-8:00 pm.

Handmade Felting: At this fun-filled workshop our presenter, artist Pat Corrigan, will show you how to transform the wool of recycled sweaters into a stunning hat, slippers, mittens or scarf. All you need for this class is some basic sewing skills. The materials and fun are free.

Registration is required for these events.

For more info or to register for these programs contact Donald at Adult@PawlingLibrary.org or call 845-855-3444

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Meet the staff behind your library: Youth Services Coordinator, Nicole Curcio. 

Teeen Programmer, Nicole Curcio.

If you have ever wondered who this friendly face is and what she does at our Library, wonder no longer!

Nicole is known as Ms. Nicole to all the young adults, teens and tweens at the library. Since May of 2014, she has been designing and facilitating all the young adult programs that serve teens and tweens in grades 5-12. Among her other duties, she also organizes, develops and manages the Young Adult Collection at the library. Sometimes, you may also find her covering the front Circulation Desk, and helping patrons with tech problems. 

Nicole’s interest in libraries started in High School working in the school library to fulfill her senior service hours. From there she worked in her college library at the University of New Haven for four years. After working various positions, she took a job at Blockbuster which she credits with motivating her to go back to school where she received a Master’s of Information Science with a concentration as a School  Library Media Specialist.   

Nicole lives in Lagrange, New York and shares her life with her boyfriend, Roberto, three dogs, three horses, two beta fish, 2 eels, one crested gecko and one hive of bees. She says, “the teens of this community are amazing, along with all the other members of this community. I enjoy meeting everyone here and listening to their stories and talking with them. The patrons make this job fun, interesting, and worth every second I spend here.“
So, if you haven’t met Nicole yet, stop in and say hello!  If you have a teen or tween looking for a great read or an interesting activity in which to become involved, contact Nicole at Teen@PawlingLibrary.org. or visit the Teen Programming page. 

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