Happy Memorial Day



In honor of Memorial Day The Pawling Library will be closed on Sunday, 5/29/16 & Monday, 5/30/16.  We will reopen on Tuesday 5/31/16 @ 10 am.

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Oblong Land Conservancy

Tour of Peckham Quarry on Saturday June 4th, 9:00 am


Enjoy a guided tour down into the Quarry with Gary Metcalf, Vice President, Peckham Industries.  Judy-Kelly Moberg of FrOGS will give a brief talk about the geology of the quarry. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to explore the ancient seabed of the Harlem Valley.

Please Register here for this FREE event. Friends and family are welcome, but space is limited so register now. This event is being sponsored jointly by Oblong Land Conservancy (OLC) and Friends of the Great Swamp (FrOGS).

Meet at the entrance to the quarry, which is off Route 311 in Patterson, just to the east of the railroad tracks. Follow OLC signs. Plenty of parking. More info on Peckham is available at http://www.peckham.com

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Floral Arranging

Our presenter, florist Erica Savereid, arrived early to begin setting up for her program. She had with her a bounty of materials. It took some time to place all in order. Only moments after doing so, participants began entering the building and their eyes were drawn to a long table covered with an assortment of flowers. A short while later, the full length of  the community room in our annex was transformed by bursts of color. Although the same flowers were primarily used, each arrangement had its own distinctive style. At evening’s end, all departed with smiles and a living work of art in hand.

We thank the talented and kind Erica Saveried for giving to us this beautiful program. She and the many gifted people like herself who conduct presentations at the Pawling Library are the treasures that enrich our community.

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The Library will close at 12 pm on Saturday, May 21 to Honor the Passing of Dr. George Coulter

It is with deep regret that the Pawling Free Library acknowledges the passing of Dr. George M. Coulter, on May 15, 2016. Dr. Coulter, as President of the Library Board of Trustees in the early 1960’s, was instrumental in the library’s expansion. It was under Dr. Coulter’s dedicated leadership that the Library building at its present location came to fruition, making this essential community asset a lasting legacy to lifelong learning. He will be greatly missed. To honor Dr. Coulter’s memory, and allow library staff time to attend his funeral, we will closing the library at 12 pm on Saturday, May 21.

Obituary, Dr. George M Coulter

The plaque honoring Doctor Coulter and his mother, which is mounted on the front of the library building. Dr. Coulter poses with the plaque honoring him and his mother mounted on the library building. Dr. Coulter and his dog.

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Pawling Library Summer Programs Need Volunteers!

The Pawling Library Summer Programs
need your help!

We are looking for volunteers ages 12 – 18 VOLUNTEER2years to help with our Core Literacy, Book Buddy, Library Legion and Internet Support Programs. Summer programs will run from July 5th through August 27th, but the date and time commitments are flexible.

Interested students should  print, complete and submit a 2016 Summer Volunteer Intern Application by Saturday, May 28th.  Applications are also available at the library circulation desk.  All students will have the opportunity to log hours to apply toward their community service requirements. If you have questions, please contact the library at 855-3444.

We appreciate your willingness to share your time and talents with us!

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Listen to Susan’s Book Corner on PPR

susanschwartzmanThis Sunday at 3:00 Pawling Public Radio will be airing an interview with Ms. Jung Yun, author of the debut novel, SHELTER, published this past March by Picador. www.jungyun.info. This show will repeat on Monday at 12:30 PM, and again next Sunday, May 22 at 3:00 PM and next Monday, May 23 at 12:30 PM.

To listen to past episodes of Susan’s Book Corner, and for more info visit her page on Pawling Pubilc Radio.

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The 7th Annual Pawling Car Show will take place on
Sunday, May 22 (rain date May 29, 2016)  from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Charles Colman Boulevard, Pawling, N Y.
Anyone who would like to register a vehicle,the registration fee is $15 per vehicle.



FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: www.pawlingchamber.org

OR (845) 855-0500 DUTCHESS CRUISERS @ (845) 242-0951

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Access Magazines, Right on Your Phone or Computer

kids on ereaders with magazine in foreground.

They’re here! Almost 100 titles, ready to be “borrowed” on your favorite device.
Just grab your library card to get started.

  1. Allrecipes

2. American Patchwork & Quilting

3. AppleMagazine


5. Astronomy

6. Backpacker

7. Bead&Button

8. Better Homes and Gardens

9. Bicycling

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Volunteer Luncheon @ The Grand


Today, our Homebound Delivery Coordinator, Evelina, attended a lovely luncheon at The Grand Rehabilitation Center for all who volunteer their time and services there.  As part of our Homebound Delivery services Evelina visits The Grand with books and other materials for our patrons who can not make it into the library.

It was a wonderful time had by all who attended.  

For more information on our Homebound Services please contact Evelina @ 855-3444


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The Pledge of Allegiance

Flag on PorchThe morning after Paul Upham’s presentation The Pledge of Allegiance, I awoke with a John Denver song playing in my mind: Country roads take me home, to the place I belong. Paul, an engaging speaker, shared with us his family’s involvement with the creation of our country’s pledge of allegiance, interesting historical information seldom heard in history classes. The audience interacted throughout the lecture. When his talk of our nation concluded, audience participation grew. Easygoing, Paul was happy to answer all questions. Paul Upham is a professor at Marist College and all of his students are quite fortunate to hear him speak, as were we. He has lived in this community for 45 years and spoke fondly of Pawling and how it has changed over time. I think that is why the song found its way to me: filled with patriotism, connected to the people in this town, all these feelings surfaced and I felt very good. Pawling is home. A good place to be. 

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