Reading Rally Update

The Pawling Reading Rally is off to a great start! The Title Wave Adult Readers are in the lead with 554 Hours of Reading, The Teen Green Dragons are in a close second with 509 Hours of Reading, and the Red Hot Kid Readers are nipping at their heels with 496 Hours of Reading. There’s plenty of time left for reading this summer, so it’s still anyone’s game! Sign up and help your team at or vist the The Pawling Library.



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.


Interview with Suzanne Berne today on PPR

Suzanne Berne, today’s guest, is best known as the Orange prize-winning author of A Crime in the Neighborhood. Her new novel, THE DOGS OF LITTLEFIELD, was first published in Great Britain to wide acclaim. It is a comedy of manners and a portrait of the unease hidden among the manicured lawns of suburban America published by Simon & Schuster.
People Magazine called it “A clever canine whodunit…A humorous, suspenseful satire about suburbia’s manicured charm and what lies beneath.”
Patricia O’Conner, in her review for The New York Times Book Review said, “In the world of fiction, as we all know, a charmed setting is a catastrophe waiting to happen. And with a novelist like Suzanne Berne in charge, we aren’t disappointed… Nothing sucks a reader in like psychological menace, and Berne is a master of the craft. But her latest novel has something extra — flashes of comedy amid the chaos.”

Suzanne Berne is the author of three novels in addition to the Dogs of Littlefield as well as a memoir, Missing Lucile: Memories of the Grandmother I Never Knew. Her first novel, A Crime in the Neighborhood, was named a NYTimes notable book. She currently teaches creative writing at Boston College.

Children’s Registration Continues

on your markSummer is on the way and our summer programs will keep your kids reading all summer long. If you registered during our lottery, confirmations will be available beginning

Tuesday, June 21st, 10:00 am

If you missed our lottery registration, we’ve got good news for you. Children’s registration will continue until all slots are filled, so check out all we have to offer then stop in or give us a call at 855-3444 to check on program availability.

pawlingreadingrallytallIt’s never too late to join our Reading Rally!  This year’s summer reading challenge includes everyone…children, teens AND adults.  So make sure to check out the information page about the Pawling Reading Rally and join the reading fun!