It’s Hard to Say Goodbye

It is with much emotion that the Pawling Library announces the departure of our longtime Children’s Program Coordinator, and friend, Karen DeGennaro. The library is grateful for Ms. Karen’s dedication to our library family, and to the families she has served for the last nine years. Under her guidance, our children’s programming has grown by leaps and bounds, and thanks to Ms. Karen, our library’s youngest patrons have gained a strong foundation in early literacy. Since 2010, Ms. Karen has been steadily growing the library’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) programming with innovative classes that encourage youngsters to explore, tinker, and be curious about the world in which they live. With the solid foundation that Ms. Karen has brought to our children’s programming, The Pawling Library will continue with and build upon these inventive, cutting edge classes. We firmly believe that today’s explorers become tomorrow’s inventors, creators, scientists and leaders.

The Pawling Library has actively begun the search for our next Children’s Program Coordinator who will take our educational offerings for children, ages birth through grade four, to new and exciting places. We are confident that our Children’s Program, having been built upon the strong foundation created by Ms. Karen’s leadership, will continue to provide the most up to date curriculum for the children in our community. The Pawling Library wishes Ms. Karen the best in her future endeavors. She will be greatly missed.

Join Our Team

The Pawling Library is looking for our next great Children’s Program Coordinator to take over our programs and services to children from birth through grade four. You can read the job description and apply online by going to pawlingfreelibrary.org/jobs

Applications will be accepted through May 1st. Any of our current employees can tell you how wonderful it is to work here, but please direct any specific inquiries to the library director, Brian Avery.

Rainbows Abound at the Pawling Library!

29 junior scientists and their parents joined Ms. Karen on Friday evening to explore color at the Pawling Library’s Family Science program So Many Colors in the Rainbow.  “We looked at colors and mixing colors in lots of ways using over 12 different hands-on activities.  This was an opportunity for children to ask questions about colors and find out the answers on their own,” said Ms. Karen.  “We explored sophisticated topics like chromatography, diffraction, the capillary action of water and osmosis in simple, fun and colorful ways.”

We even grew our own rainbow!

Continue reading Rainbows Abound at the Pawling Library!

Recruiting for Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books is back again! The Pawling Library will be participating in both the Middle School and the High School Battles. Anyone interested in joining a team is invited to attend an interest meeting this Saturday, March 18.

The Middle School interest meeting will be from 3:00-4:00 PM, and the High School interest meeting from 4:30-5:30 PM.

Refreshments will be provided. We will talk about this year’s books, the rules of the battle, and practice with a pop culture trivia battle. For more information on Battle of the Books, click here.

Library After Hours

Saturday, March 25, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

There is a new program for teens at the Pawling Library! Every last Saturday of the month, teens are invited to attend Library After Hours, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, after the library closes for the day. Each month the program will have a different theme and activities.

March’s theme is the Great Library Escape Game! Work in teams to find clues and escape the library! The game was created by Chris Grabenstein, the author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. Read more about the program here.

Registration is required. Register in person or by calling the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444.

Quick and Healthy Meals and Snacks

with Eat Smart Nutrition educator
Bintou Hinds

Wednesday, March 22 / 7:00-8:00 pm

This workshop will give you tips on preparing meals quickly and stocking your pantry. We will also share the tools you need to make healthy selections when eating out and learn how to use a slow cooker to prepare easy, healthy meals.

Try a sample of a new recipe during each workshop.

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

The Horse I Belong To

Tuesday, February 28
7:00-8:00 pm

A broken human encounters an abandoned horse of no particular parentage. A remarkable relationship ensues. They heal each other, and both are profoundly changed: The human overcomes substance abuse and depression; the horse becomes a champion.

Please join us as local author Stephanie Rogers shares with us passages from her autobiography The Horse I Belong To: How a Misused and Almost Forgotten Grade Mare Showed Me the Way.

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

The Value of Libraries

Hopefully, we all recognize the vital function public libraries serve in our society. Libraries are priceless in the role they play in fostering community, promoting democracy, and equalizing access to information. It is contrary to the very nature of collectivity to itemize and price out library services this way.

Nonetheless, there is one fun way to assign a monetary value to the library: total up the full retail cost of all the items and services you use through the library. While it is hardly a true and accurate measure of what the library provides, it is fun to see how much you would pay to get the same level of access without a library around to provide shared resources.


The New York Library Association has a handy library value calculator. Try it for yourself and post your results to social media with the hashtag #LibrariesTransform.