The Burlington’s are Growing their Readers!

burlington-flowerCongratulations to Megan, Joseph & Meredith our latest family to read 1,000 books together!  They are part of our Read Together Program where families are encouraged to read regularly together in order to “plant the seeds of literacy” in their children.

Megan felt the whole family enjoyed this program,  “I’m not sure who had more fun completing this challenge, me or the kids! We read every book we could find featuring their most beloved characters and also gave unknown authors a try, and we discovered a few new favorites along the way. I loved that the kids were so content to make even more time in our day to read besides the usual bedtime stories and that they knew that they were making all of the librarians they know (Mom included!) so proud.”

You can read more about this program on our web site.  Families can sign up to participate in our Read Together Program by contacting Ms. Karen.  “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.  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 Ms. Karen 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 Megan, Joseph & Meredith on our Wall of Fame soon!



Big Apple Birds

Tuesday, September 27th
7:00-8:00 pm

Tourists abound in New York City, including thousands upon thousands of migrating birds that briefly touch down in the city’s parks to rest and refuel during their long 600-egretjourneys. Places like Central Park are world famous for bird-watching, but are they any good for the birds themselves? Come hear Dr. Chad Seewagen, Executive Director of the Great Hollow Nature Preserve & Ecological Research Center, talk about several years of first-of-its-kind research that he did in New York City to evaluate the quality of urban parks as stopover habitat for migrating birds. We’ll hear about how well migrating birds are able to refuel in city parks, how they move around, for how long they stay, and many other interesting aspects of what these birds do when they find themselves in the middle of the country’s largest city.

Bio: Chad Seewagen, Ph.D. is a professional wildlife biologist and the Executive Director of the new Great Hollow Nature Preserve & Ecological Research Center in New Fairfield, CT. Dr. Seewagen is considered an expert in migratory bird biology, and has published numerous studies in peer-reviewed science journals, such as Behavioral Ecology, Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, and the Journal of Field Ornithology. His research has been featured in various media outlets including The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Wildlife Conservation Magazine. He is a New York City native and is best known for his studies of the city’s birds, which were the first in the world to investigate the quality of urban habitats as stopover sites for migrating birds.

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

Never miss another due date with Library Elf reminders!

Put an end to missing those due dates by signing up for our Library Elf service.  Once you sign up, our elf will send you email reminders whenever library materials are due. No more missed due dates and no more overdue fines! Click here to get started!


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Children’s Fall Programs are Underway

Fall 2016Children’s Fall Programs are up and running!  Please call the library to confirm your child’s registration status.  If you missed registration you can still call the library at 855-3444 to check on program availability for your child!

A Hot Race Right to the Finish!

ice-creamPawling Library Reading Rally participants gathered on a very hot and sticky Saturday to eat ice cream sundaes and find out the final results of this summer’s reading competition.  Everyone worked hard and as a community we read 342,204 minutes…that 5,703 hours of reading.  That’s amazing! But with everyone gathered to hear the winner here is how our teams ranked:final

 Teen Green Dragons                  Title Wave Adult Readers      Red Hot Kid Readers
       86,221 minutes                       124,786 minutes                         131,187 minutes
          1,437 hours                               2,080 hours                                    2,186 hours

Congratulations to all of our Reading Rally participants who made this a fun and exciting race!  You can click on our team name to see who helped log minutes for our team!


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 Gerry Hatcher of Westchester Modular for his help in collecting a great assortment of recyclable materials, Jo-An Stone for generously collecting golf clubs and balls all summer for our event 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 mini-golf day. We could never have done this without the support of these wonderful people.

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

We are down to the wire and those adults are proving hard to beat! The kids are on the move, but we’ll need all of those paper logs to get the final results.  The Reading Rally results for week 10 are:

The Title Wave Adult Readers continue in the lead with 1,954 hours.
Moving up into second place are the The Red Hot Kid Readers with 1,550 hours of reading.
Now in third place are Teen Green Dragons with 1,172 hours.

This is our last update before the final winner is announced at our
Reading Rally Celebration
Saturday, September 10th

where we will all enjoy
2 flavors of ice cream and all 11 toppings!
sundaetrophyIt’s going to be a great ice cream day!

Remember there are just a few days of reading to go,
so don’t stop now!  Keep reading and logging your time for your team!
All paper logs are due back at the library no later than Tues., Sept. 6th.  For more information check out our web site or stop in at the library.



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!


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.