Calling All Summer Interns

2017 Summer InternsThe library’s new children’s program coordinator, Miss Neena, is busy planning programs for this summer. In order to make this summer a success, she is going to need help from some of our teen and tween library users.

If you are between the ages of 12 and 18, you are welcome to apply to our summer internship program. Interns help out during the summer to make sure that everyone who participates in summer reading and activities has a wonderful and successful experience.

If you are interested in becoming a summer intern, please fill out an internship application. You can download it here. Please bring completed applications to the library by Tuesday June 13th.

If you have questions, you can email Neena at

Library closed 5/28 – 5/29

The Pawling Library will be closed Sunday 5/28 and 5/29 in observance of Memorial Day. We will open again at our normal time on Tuesday 5/30 at 10 AM.

PoppiesFor more information about Memorial Day, visit the History Channel’s website:


For more information about observances in the Harlem Valley area, visit the Poughkeepsie Journal’s website:

Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Mini-Grant

Pawling LogoThe Pawling Library received a mini-grant from the Ezra Jackson Keats Foundation, an organization which supports literacy and creative expression in children.  Out of hundreds of applicants, 64 teachers and librarians across the country, including Kate, our Young Adult Program Coordinator, were awarded a mini-grant to fund a unique and creative program for students this year.

With the grant, the library is able to offer a Teen Zine Publishing program this summer. Teens will learn about the history of zines and self-publishing, and will create their own zine containing original art and creative writing. By the end of the summer they will have a finished product to bring home and to distribute to the community.


Eating Healthy on a Budget

with Eat Smart Nutrition educator Bintou Hinds

Tuesday, May 23  / 7:00-8:00 pm

In this workshop, we will discuss the 3 steps to healthy eating on a budget, and how to plan meals and snacks ahead of time to save you money.

Try a sample of a new recipe.

Make Healthy Eating Part of Your Total Lifestyle!

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

Wild Green Hair Air Plant Planters: A Sculpting Workshop

NOTE: This program has been rescheduled.
New Dates: Sculpting: Friday, May 12th and Painting: Friday, May 19th

Make a wild planter for an equally wild air plant.

Join us and let your imaginations soar!

For children and adults, age 6 and up.

Registration and parental supervision is required.

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

Project Do Something takes a Recess

With the end of the school year approaching, Project Do Something, a program in which teens do small but impactful projects to benefit the community, will be taking a brief recess so that students can focus on end of the year exams. Project Do Something will begin meeting again this summer.

Don’t worry, though. There are still volunteer opportunities for teens in 7th grade and up at the Pawling Library. Contact Kate about becoming a Library Legion and volunteering at the library on your own schedule.

We are also seeking teen volunteers for our annual Book Sale. Volunteers are needed Wednesday, May 10 thru Wednesday, May 17. Contact Kate for more information or to sign up as a volunteer.

The Human Body is Designed to Heal

Presented by Dr. Nancy Iankowitz 
Director Holistic and Integrative Healing LLC

Wednesday, April 19th
7:00-8:00 pm

This program is designed to help people get in touch with their own body rhythm and language. The goal is to effectively interpret signals, signs and symptoms as FLAGS in order to address the true cause. Participants will learn how to tap into their own internal messaging system so that they can mindfully choose when to pay attention and when to ignore the flags.

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

The Bergdall Family Grows a Reader

Congratulations to the Bergdall family who was just added to our Read Together Wall of Fame! The Bergdalls read 1,000 books as they participated in our Read Together Program where families are encouraged to “plant the seeds of literacy” by reading regularly to their children at home.  Gina & Rob Bergdall were happy their family participated in the program.  “Reading together is one of our favorite activities. We enjoyed seeing how excited our son was to get new books from the library.”  In addition to reading, there are other ways to help give your child a great start. Talking, singing, reading, playing and writing all help develop your child’s growing early literacy skills.

You can read more about this program on our web site. Families can sign up to participate in our Read Together Program by contacting our Children’s Program Coordinator. We’ll give you your reading log folder, your first log page and information about the program, as well as a list of 100 books every child should know before kindergarten, so you can start planting the seeds of literacy in your child. We’re excited to encourage parents to build strong literacy skills in their young children, so we’ll even celebrate some of the milestones with you. Remember, you are your child’s first teacher and reading is the most important thing you can do to start your child on the road to reading!

If you have questions about the program you can contact our Children’s Program Coordinator by email or by phone at 855-3444. We’re here to help you plant the seeds of literacy, one book at a time.

We hope your family will join The Bergdall family on our Wall of Fame soon!