Young chefs create creepy desserts
By: Gabriella Torres
On Tuesday in the Annex 13 children arrived to take part in the activity Creepy Cooking. Since it was supposed to be creepy the theme was sharks, shark attacks, and bad stuff happening in the water. The children made blue and green icing for the cupcakes, decorated cookies so they looked like injured/dead bodies after a shark attack and they also made a watermelon shark that poked his head out of the fruit salad. We mixed all sorts of fruits to make a delicious fruit salad. After that we made fruit punch by mixing lemon & lime soda with rainbow sherbet ice cream to make it look like chum which attracts sharks.
Ms. Susan wants to do more of these cooking programs this fall but she finds herself limited without having an oven to cook and bake in. “I love to cook and this year I substituted at Dutchess County BOCES, quite often in the culinary section, where I learned so much about teaching young chefs how to work in a kitchen. I would love to do more this fall. I just wish we had an oven to bake and cook with. I know a lot of young people would really enjoy combining reading with cooking.” The students who took part in this program said they hope she does more of these programs in the future.
Youngsters enjoy summer camp at the library
By: Robert Willis
During this week’s Beneath the Surface summer camp Director Tracy read a book called The Egyptian Game. Tracy let us pick random pages from the book like 1 and 37. During Beneath the Surface’s P.E. section we played a game called Diamond Raid, but we added more rules. One of the rules was you were on a team of two people. Another rule was that each team would have two colors to get. The last rule that was added to the game was that you can chain your arms so you can get farther and get more balls. There are two taggers and whoever has the most balls wins. During Beneath the Surface’s Arts and Crafts we used clay and engraved our names in Egyptian in the clay. After that we decorated the clay letters with beads.
Youngsters create Vehicles out of LEGOs
By: Jacob Voudren
To start the day off Ms. Karen read the book “Red Car Red Bus” to the youngsters. The book is about all different types of colors and vehicles. The LEGO creations that they are building after the story are vehicles. They could make anything they imagined that has wheels like a car or a fire truck or an airplane.
Ms.Karen explained the purpose of today’s lesson. “Today they are building a vehicle. Next week they will be building the town the vehicles are in. For example, if they build an airplane they have to build an airport. If they build a fire truck they have to build a firehouse.”
All of the kids were very excited to build their vehicles. Ava Mae said she was going “to build a house on wheels. That way you never have to move again.” Jevin said “my car can fly.” Jennifer said “my car has maps like GPS so I can go anywhere.”
This is a great program that combines books with blocks to create a lot of fun.
Wayward Wombats have a wild time at the library
By: Julia O’Dell
At the Wayward Wombats I followed this group of fourth grader students around as they moved to their different stations. This group was composed of Jackie, Olivia, Thomas, Jason, Logan, Ivan and William. When I arrived they were playing a game called Mummy Tag. Mummy Tag starts with one person who is the tagger. When the tagger tags someone they have to link arms or hold the person’s shirt. Only the people on the end of the line can tag other people. They played a number of rounds of this game that got very intense as they played.
After a few rounds of this it was snack time. Each participant brought their own snacks from home. After this they moved to the arts and crafts station where they made insects out of clay because it was Egypt week. Everybody made their own kind of beetle.
The last station was a calm one. Mrs. Betty Gallagher, everyone’s favorite kindergarten teacher, read two books about Egypt to the group. After this the day was done and everyone packed up to go home!
Book Buddies become Reading Pals at the Pawling Library
By: Abigail Savarese
Youngsters are learning to love to read because their buddies are helping them! This is all because of Book Buddies – an inspiring program that helps to teach young kids how to read better over the summer. The youngsters and their older buddies get to pick any place around the library where they get to read their books to their buddies. I interviewed two girls – Madison and Carissa. They said that they loved Book Buddies because they got to teach kids how to read better and because they get to do it with a friend. I also spoke to Ms. Karen, the founder of this program, and she said that she wanted all of the youngsters in this program to be able to read more and improve their reading skills over the summer. She said that when you don’t read over the summer, you often lose some of your reading skills, something she does not want to see happen to these youngsters.
Fun Team puts the fun back into the Pawling Library
By: Annie Bekkelund
The program Fun Team is all about fun and games! Last week they continued working on their treasure chests. Some kids had to finish forming the dome on their treasure chests. Others started to paper mache them. To form the dome, they used cereal boxes, oatmeal containers or oak tag. After they were done putting paper mache on their treasure chests, they will paint them. I think the treasure chests are going to come out beautiful because they are such hard workers! I can’t wait to see the treasure chests when they are finished!
Young Creepy Cooking Chefs learn how to make Chum
By: Cate Savarese
Last Tuesday Ms. Susan led a group of young chefs as they learned how to make creepy desserts. There were three stations. On the first station the youngsters made cookies look like people who had just been attacked by a shark! They took people shaped and put either chocolate, blue or red icing on the cookies – the red for blood! The bonus was that they got to eat their cookies when the finished! The second station was where some of the fabulous chefs made blue or green cupcake frosting and put it on the cupcakes! They also added Swedish fish on top. Finally, the third station was where the rest of the chefs made a “sharktacular” fruit salad. The fruit salad consisted of kiwi, cantaloupe, watermelon, blueberries, strawberries, grapes and bananas. Chef Jake cut the leftover watermelon into the shape of a shark face! Chef Gianna took a cookie man and shoved it into the shark’s mouth as if the shark was eating him! At the end, the chefs mixed lemon & lime soda, fruit punch and rainbow sherbet to make “chum” punch. The chefs even added fruit to this concoction! Then they got to drink it! When it time to leave the whole room smelled like sugar. All of the Creepy Cookers LOVED this program and hope Ms. Susan will do it again. Ms. Susan said, “If we get a stove I’ll be able to make this program even better!”
Listen to Gianna Torres:
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Listen to Jacob Voodron:
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Listen to Julia O’Dell:
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Listen to Matt Allegri:
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Listen to Robert Willis:
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