Our Summer Programs End with Fun @ Shimmy-Shake, CELEBRATE!

Teens and families teamed up to make the end of our Summer of 2016 programming really rock at Shimmy-Shake, CELEBRATE!  Ms. Nicole’s teens worked hard to create amazing outdoor activities, while Family Fun Team created an awesome indoor mini-golf course for everyone to enjoy.  Here’s what it looked like.

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Special thanks to Westchester Modular for their help in collecting recyclables, Jo-An Stone for tag sale shopping for golf clubs and balls and to Jim and Kristen Wahl of Whippoorwill Club’s PGA Head Golf Professional for lending us mini-golf practice holes and adult and children’s clubs for our event.

Senator Terrance Murphy Visits the Pawling Library

Senator Terrance Murphy visited the Pawling library on Wednesday, August 10th, at 11 am. The library received Bullet Aid funds from Senator Murphy last fall and he scheduled this visit to see first-hand how the funds were used.

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Karen De Gennaro, Children’s Services Coordinator, was on hand to share the Senator many of the family science materials that were purchased with the grant funds.  Ms. Karen chatted briefly with him about the importance of the supplies purchased with the funds. “These materials are in constant use in our children’s programs and in our evening family science programs.  They complement our literacy program, allow us to add STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] to our programs and give the children the opportunity to experience science inquiry first hand. The children love hearing about science concepts when we read about them in books, but nothing takes the place of experiencing science inquiry in action.”

Along with Ms. De Gennaro, Pawling Library board members Verna Carey and Nick Robertshaw and interim Director Donald Partelow were there to greet him.

Reading Rally Update

Watch out…there has been a change in the standings this week.  The teens are on the move!  The Reading Rally results for week 8 are:

The Title Wave Adult Readers continue in the lead with 1,654 hours.
Moving up into second place are the Teen Green Dragons with 1123 hours.
Now in third place are The Red Hot Kid Readers with 1024 hours of reading.

The great news for everyone is our ice cream sundae celebration will now include 2 flavors of ice cream and all 11 toppings!  It’s going to be a great ice cream day!

Remember we still have 2 weeks of reading to go, so hit the books and remember to log your time for your team! All paper logs are due back at the library no later than Tuesday, Sept. 6th.  For more information check out our web site or stop in at the library.  We’ll be happy to help you get in the race!



Find the Essential Services at Your Library!



Oh no, it looks your local library has been Lego-ized! This is terrible – the Pawling Library is an essential part of this community that your neighbors rely on for more than just books! Just look at everything going on at the library.

Can you find all the essential services listed below in this Lego version of the Pawling Library?

1.Families exploring scientific concepts together.
2. 3d Printer.
3. A dog helping a kid learn to read.
4. Someone finding a new job.
5. Access and Help with a computer.
6. Children learning to love literacy and learning.
7. Neighbors sharing their skills with each other.
8. Generous community members.
9. Access to 2.5 Million items.
10. Teens helping kids read.
11. Teens giving time and resources to people in need.
12. Big Savings for families.
13. Digital Magazines.
14. Telecommuters and students.

Thanks to Joshua Pandolfo, Harper Befus, Ivan Vertiz, Jenifer Vertiz, and Jack Johannesen for helping bring our Lego Library to life!


Hatha Yoga in the Afternoon with Maria Polhemus

Tuesday,  August 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
1:00-2:00 pm

600 a yoga

Hatha Yoga is one of the most popular relaxing forms of exercise.
Come spend an hour with us and enjoy a new found path to tranquility.
Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or blanket.
During the practice all participants will be barefoot.
Each session ends with a guided meditation.

Program fee of $4.00.

Registration is required.
To register please call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444.


Vietnam War Vignettes

600 Paul 2On July 12 we were proud to welcome once again Paul Upham as our guest speaker. His last lecture was the history behind America’s Pledge of Allegiance. For this presentation, Paul shared with us a selection of stories from his years as a former Naval Intel Officer during the Vietnam War. As Paul spoke the time flew by and his words were both entertaining and deeply affecting. In the audience sat veterans of this war. They told Paul of their own experiences. Nearing the end of the program our presenter informed us, of the thousands of names that cover the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., two of the fallen were friends of his and how easily his own name could have been engraved in granite. He prays often for those who were lost. It was a very moving evening that made one especially thankful for all that we have. When the program ended, I firmly shook the hands of those men who fought in the war. I am grateful to them and all those who aided us in the past and to the men and women in present day serving our country.

The Blue Olive

600 Blue Olive 1Last June, John Canevari, co-founder of The Blue Olive, located in the village of Pawling, was our host for a cooking seminar. One year later, on June 28th, John returned for another presentation and was assisted once again by his fellow Blue Olive partners Laura and John Leahy. An all new selection of dishes was prepared during the program and served to the audience. Every plate was delicious and beautiful, and Mr. Canevari is as much a superb speaker as he is a chef. A great amount of time was taken to make this program possible and we so appreciate this. It was an outstanding presentation just like their previous, with the quality and professionalism you’d expect to see on the Food Network. We thank our thoughtful and talented good neighbors from around the corner. How fortunate we are that they are there.

Happy 4th of July!




The Pawling Library will be closed on Monday, July 4th, 2016.

We will reopen on Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 @10:00 am.

 Also, please note that we will be closed on Sundays in July & August.

Prescription Drop Box Coming to Pawling!


Dear Neighbor,

I wanted to share with you some important news regarding our continued efforts to win the ongoing war on addiction.

The sad reality is that drug overdoses kill more people every year than traffic accidents.  Even more frightening, this problem is affecting an increasing number of teenagers, with one in four American teens saying they have misused or abused a prescription drug.  These unwanted drugs are poisoning our children and putting the safety of our families at risk.

As your State Senator I am proud to report that I was able to secure the necessary funding to sponsor a prescription drop box that is being placed at the Sheriff’s substation in Pawling.  Working in conjunction with County Executive Molinaro and the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, this drop box will provide a safe place for folks to discard unused or unwanted drugs.

Here is what County Executive Molinaro said about this exciting news:

Opioid abuse is a national epidemic and our greatest public health crisis, and the Dutchess County Prescription Medication Drop Box Program will provide locations in several communities where residents can safely dispose of medications in sealed plastic bags.  Dutchess County appreciates the drop boxes which augment our efforts, but we can always use more to ensure powerful, sometimes dangerous, drugs don’t fall into an addict’s hands.

Pawling Supervisor David Kelly said:

We deeply appreciate Senator Murphy’s efforts to help stem the tide of prescription drug misuse.  Combined with the continued vigilance of our police department, this drop box will help us get more dangerous drugs off of the street.

If you have any questions about this great program please feel free to contact my office.


Dr. Terrence P. Murphy
New York State Senate
40th Senate District

Get a Reusable Bag at Hannaford and Help Your Library

VeggiesThe Pawling Library will get $1 for every Reusable Blue Bag with the Good Karma Message sold at the Pawling Hannaford in the month of July! Look for the bags at the Cash Registers and near the Customer Service desk.