This is the last edition of the Pawling Library's News Team. As we go to press we want to extend our gratitude to the unsung heroes of our program - the parents! These are the people who courageously signed their children up for a program where they spent hours simply writing! How many youngsters want to do that over their summer vacation? While there was some grumbling at the beginning, it was amazing to see how much progress these young people made in developing their writing skills as well as their social skills as they observed and interviewed people for their stories. They are an incredible group of reporters and it was so much fun to work with them. Thanks goes to them for all of their efforts and to their parents who not only signed them up, but also drove them to the library so they could cover their assignments!
Students get ready for the Battle of the Books FinalBy: Catie
This time it was Ms. Evelina, who is just as kind as Ms. Karen, who is leading the Pawling Library's group in the intense competition of Battle of the Books. In September all 24 libraries in this area will get together at Arlington High School and compete to see who can get first place in the year's competition.
In the competition every library chooses five people to go up and answer specific questions about the eight books that they read. Everyone reads all of the books and then when September starts the battle begins! The eight books that they read are: "Heist Society," "Matched," "The Watsons Go to Birmingham," "Found," "The Great White Sea," "The Magician's Nephew," "Dairy Queen" and "Moon over Manifest." They have to say the author's name and the book title correctly or the answer doesn't qualify.
To prepare they read all the books and during their meetings they discussed the books. Ms. Evelina asks all of them some of the questions that could be in the competition. The team has nine players and 6-9 graders can participate. Battle of the Books is the best program ever!
Cat Nappers keeps kids learningBy: Abby
Cat Nappers started with a good morning song. Then the kids sat on their mothers' laps and got bounced while they said a Humpty Dumpty poem. They also said a poem and touched their head, tummy, and toes. They did a lot of poems to help young children learn language. If anyone warts to join you should.
PFL Fun Team is filled with fun!By: Jacob
It's 3 o clock at the Pawling Free Library where the kids are gathering for PFL Fun Team. We are in the Annex Building with the sponsor Miss Karen. Today the kids are finishing up their piñatas. Some of the piñatas are Dairy of a Wimpy Kid, Snoopy and Harry Potter.
I asked some kids what they think of the PFL Fun Team. Mathew said that he likes it and that it is a lot of fun. Bob said that he would recommend it to other people. Nick thinks that it was fantastic. Mrs. N thinks that this is a great group of kids. She also liked seeing how the projects started to seem so real. She said that she was so happy to see the kids so happy.
I also interviewed the sponsor Miss Karen. Miss Karen said that the kids are awesome and she loved to be able to be teaching these kids. Gianna said that she loved coming here. Tyler said that his favorite is making fun arts and crafts.
Miss Susan thinks that they were the best group ever. Also Susan thinks that she helped kids improve their writing skills. Susan said that she would definitely teach again next year. Miss Susan said that she is very impressed with the progress that they made for a months work and that she can't wait until the fall program. I hope that I can come to the fall program so I can see Susan again. That is the end of my report.
PFL Fun Team finishes Piñatas
PFL Fun Team finishes Piñatas
The PFL Fun Team finally finished their piñatas. It took six weeks to do it, but we did it. We started off with a balloon and put Paper Mache on it. After that we painted them. Everyone painted the piñatas. I thought it was lots of fun.
On August 24th we're having a carnival and the next day is my birthday. At the carnival we're going to break the piñatas open and share the candy. We are going have lots of fun at the carnival.
Reading with Wrigley is fun for reader and dog!By: Nicholas
Boys and girls come go the Pawling Free Library to read to Wrigley every Friday afternoon. Wrigley is a dog that lets you read to him. Whenever you start to read to Wrigley he will listen to you while you read to him. Everyone has so much fun reading to Wrigley and Wrigley has fun listening to everyone read to him.
Stargazers keep kids busy
Stargazers keep kids busy
Arts and CraftsThe children doing arts and crafts were having lots of fun making bookmarks. They were also drawing their favorite part of the whole library activity. The children were very artistic with the stars and bookmarks. They were having a wonderful time.
Sports and GamesThe children in this activity were playing hide-and-go seek tag. They were very competitive. They were going against boys versus girls. No one even knew who won. The children were laughing and running. Some kids even tumbled but they always got back up and started running again. They loved being athletic and having fun. After this the children and adults formed a circle and started telling what their favorite part/ parts of the program.
Reading a BookSince today's theme was dreaming the library chose a book called "Dream Big Little Pig." All of the children were giggling and interacting with the book. The lesson to this book was that you always follow your dreams no matter what anyone says. Another was when you fall you just get right back up. They also made a song about what they want to be when they grow up.