PFL Team News 2013 – Volume 6
Activities at the Pawling Library are winding down for the summer, and so with regret this is the Pawling Team News reporters’ last edition. We have had a great time reporting on events near and dear to us, learning much about not only the programs at the library themselves, but also what it means to observe, interview and write fairly about events that happen around us. These reporters have done an awesome job all summer!
We are grateful for the support of President of Pawling Public Radio Mike Shustak and everyone at PPR who made our experiences there so memorable as these young reporters gained valuable experience when they reported their stories “live” on the local airwaves. Special thanks goes to sound-man Andrew who made us feel so comfortable when doing so!
We are also grateful to Bruce Cunningham who has graciously made us part of his local coverage, first in the Pawling News, and more recently in his new expanded version – The Harlem Valley News.
While the summer is almost over, things are still happening at the library. On Friday, Aug. 23, Ms. Karen and her trusty assistants will be putting on the end of the year summer carnival from 1-3 p.m. We hope to see lots of you there! And look for the new brochure filled with exciting programs for the fall! The start of the school year simply means more fun at the library!
Volunteer Teens and “Tweens help the Little Ones
By: Catie Savarese
In the crafts section of the Poppin’ Prairie Dogs program little kids made mini pirate ships out of egg carton holders. They then designed their own pirate flags.
Over at the courtyard they played a fishing game. After that they did an experiment where they wanted to see whether or not certain objects would float or not. They loved doing that!
In the library Ms. Karen sang songs and did some dances with her young group! All in all the children have a blast during this program!
Listen to Jacob for Catie
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Active Ants prove to be very active!
By: Lauren Tocci
Active Ants is a fun program for kids to participate in. When they arrive in the morning, they sing a good morning song. When they leave they sing a good-bye song.
During the program they have a story time with Ms. Karen. They also play songs with their instruments each day. At the end they play with toys.
After the program the parents get to pick out books to take home to read to their kids. Reading to your very small kids is very important if you want them to love reading for the rest of their lives. Active Ants helps kids become lifelong readers!
Listen to Lauren:
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Beneath the Surface focuses on time
By: Robert Willis
During the last week of camp the campers had the opportunity to read different books that interested them. Three of the kids read Big Nate books while one kid read a book about Captain Underpants. Each kid picked out a small section of three to five pages to read out loud and share with the rest of the group. Sometimes the reader would pick out the pages, and sometimes the group would choose the pages to read.
When the group went outside they played tag. In arts and crafts the group made time capsules. They decorated them the way they wanted and then they put everything they made during this program all summer into them! It will be such fun to open them later!
Listen to Robert:
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Cars were crashing at Books, Blocks and Brains!
By: Abigail Savarese
At the last session of Books, Blocks and Brains, the kids built cars that were smash proof. Later they built cars that they could smash and bash! It was pretty cool for the kids to build and break these cars and fun for us to report on it! Ms. Susan thought so too! She really loves watching the cars crash!
I interviewed some of the kids who took part in this program. Sarah loves Books, Blocks and Brains because “I like to build things.” Lexie said she likes to build things too and she likes to see Ms. Susan there. She also likes to do programs with Ms. Karen who runs this one. Ms. Karen said, “I like Books, Blocks and Brains because of all of the kids’ creativity.” Ms. Karen is very creative herself in coming up with fun programs like these!
Listen to Jacob for Abigail:
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Kids Dig Into the Craft Closet to create Kindness in a Jar
By Annie Bekkelund
In this program kids first read books that have something to do with the craft they will be making that day. During this last week they read a book about kindness.
After they finished reading for the day they went over to the Annex where they made heart lights. These were made out of glass jars and tissue paper. Everyone had fun making them!
I interviewed some of the kids and they all said that they have a lot of fun each time they come to this program! They also love to hang out with their friends. Dig Into the Craft Closet is a great program!
Kids love Books, Blocks and Brains
By: Julia O’Dell
At the last session of Books, Blocks and Brains the kids got to build smash-proof cars and after they built those, they could build ones to smash and bash! It was great to see how much fun the kids had building and breaking these cars as they smashed into the wall at the end of the ramp they used! It was also a lot of fun to report on this program.
The cars that did not end up being smashed will be part of the LEGO display in the library. Come see all of the things the kids from these programs have created!
Listen to Jacob for Julia:
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Book Buddies sad to see the summer end
By: Gianna Torres
On Aug. 14th, it was Book Buddies last day. Ms. Karen said, “Book Buddies helped more than 30 kids read over the summer! That’s the largest number of kids we have ever had in this program!”
Ms. Susan pointed out that studies have shown that children who read during the summer do better in school the next year. She added that children who become lifelong readers also do well throughout their years in school, so it is very important for parents to encourage children to read for fun all year long.
All of the book buddies agree that being a book buddy is great because you know that you have helped a child learn to read better while having fun and that it helps them be ready for the new school year. We all want our buddies to keep reading!
Listen to Jacob for Gianna:
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Pawling Volunteer Fire Department holds annual Carnival
By: Matt Alegria
Yo! What’s up homies? Last week I was at the Pawling Volunteer Fire Department’s annual carnival. I had a blast! I won a poster of Despicable Me 2.
There was so much going on there! They had a lot of rides for people of all ages, including my favorite – the Swizzler! There were lots of games to play and tons of dood to eat! I loved the cakes and snow cones!
The fire department puts this carnival on every year in the village. If you missed it this year, make sure you come next year! You get to have a lot of fun, eat good food and visit your friends and neighbors while supporting those volunteers who do so much for their community! I hope Morgan comes with me next year!
That’s it! Peace out!
Listen to Matt:
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