Masks Highly Encouraged

Starting Wednesday June 23rd, the Pawling Library will be relaxing its safety restrictions. Fully vaccinated individuals may use their best judgment about whether to wear a mask, but masks are highly encouraged. All public computers are available for use, and we will be open for our normal hours of operation. For information about how to become fully vaccinated, please visit Patrons who do not wish to come into the library may still sign up for contactless checkout at Patrons unable to visit the library may sign up for homebound delivery by calling the library at (845) 855-3444 or emailing Tom at Have questions? Call the library at (845) 855-3444.

Make Scratch Art and Gel Stars

This October, we’re hosting some exciting after school programming for youth ages 6-10! Scratch Art Secret Message Cards (Ages 6-10 years) Thursday, 10/21, 4:00 – 5:00 PM – In-Person, Outdoor Hide a spooky message or picture for a friend or family member to uncover as we make our own scratch art paper. Caregivers welcome, but not required to participate. Held outdoors, weather permitting. Registration required. Click here to find out more/register.     Mad Science: Gel Creators (Ages 6-10 years) Thursday, 10/28, 4:00-5:00 PM – Digital/Kit Learn about gels & how they are made as we do science together over Zoom. Harden liquids like magic and show off your creations to other kids. Supplies and instructions will be provided, though caregiver supervision is recommended, especially for developing readers. Registration required. Click here to find out more/register. 

Inspiring Works by Women Writers (Book Club) / Online Program

Tuesday, October 19 6:30-7:30 pm Click the link below to register for Inspiring Works by Women Writers (Book Club) or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at The book club will be discussing Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley. Are you interested in reading and discussing novels, plays, and poems by women? Then this is your Book Club! This is a fun opportunity to indulge in some great works by women writers. We will begin each discussion with a little background history and tidbits on each female writer. I’ll ask a few questions to get us started and then it’s an open forum. My hope is that together we gain a little more insight into these books (and perhaps the authors as well). Some of these books you may know well. Some may be books you always meant to read and never got around to! It does not matter how expert you are with the works or the authors. If you are passionate about discussing books and would like to build up your repertoire of...

HAUNTINGS OF THE HUDSON RIVER VALLEY: An Investigative Journey / Online Program

with Vincent T. Dacquino Wednesday, October 20 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for HAUNTINGS OF THE HUDSON RIVER VALLE or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at Do spirits still stalk the Hudson River Valley? In Hauntings of the Hudson River Valley, Vin Dacquino works determinedly to discover the true story behind three enigmatic folk legends: Sybil Ludington, Chief Daniel Nimham and George Denny. Each was the central figure in a dramatic series of events; each became enshrined in local lore for their actions; each has had his/her story obscured; and each may have left behind a spiritual residue. Follow Dacquino as he interviews local experts, explores areas where hauntings may have occurred such as Carmel’s legendary Smalley’s Inn and digs deep into historical archives to open new windows into the lives and possible afterlives of these three mysterious characters. The truth is out there, hidden in remote, tucked-away corners of the valley…are you ready to uncover it? About our presenter: Vincent T. Dacquino is the author of several books...

Poetry Workshop: The short poetic form in the last 100 years / Online Program

Presented by Marian Grudko Wednesday, October 27 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for Poetry Workshop or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at In honor of the Pawling Library’s centennial celebration, this Poetry Workshop will examine the use of the short poetic form from the 1920’s to our present day. We will define several of the shorter forms, including haiku, haibun, tanka, acrostic, cinquain and villanelle. During the writing segment, we will choose one, and create a poem. Assignments may be completed at home and brought to our next workshop. About our presenter: Marian Grudko is the author of Lucinda Snowdrop and co-author of Claudine: A Fairy Tale for Exceptional Grownups, with T.A. Young. She is also a composer and storyteller, and her work can be seen on her new and evolving YouTube channel.

Meet Hudson Valley Veteran Tommy Zurhellen

Thursday, October 28 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for Meet Hudson Valley Veteran Tommy Zurhellen or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at Professor Tommy Zurhellen will read excerpts from his memoir The Low Road: Walking the Walk for Veterans. Following his reading will be a Q & A and book signing. In 2019 Tommy Zurhellen walked across America to raise awareness on veteran suicide and homelessness in our country. All proceeds from his memoir go directly to helping veterans in need through the VetZero project at Hudson River Housing.   We thank Pawling Recreation for partnering with our library to make this very special in-person presentation possible. Pawling Recreation is located at 2 Lakeside Drive in Pawling.  

Meet Princess Belle!

The final event in the Mid-Hudson Library System Storytime Series this year will be our visit with Princess Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Meet the princess virtually on Thursday, 10/14, at 4:30 PM or watch on-demand, anytime. Princess Belle will read a story, sing songs, and talk about life in the castle. Plus, she will respond to children’s live comments by name! One lucky family who attends the live event will win a one-on-one video chat with Princess Belle herself. Watch live on Facebook! : Thursday, 10/14, 4:30 – 5:00 PM EST Click here to join our Facebook Live Group and watch. Watch anytime: A recording of the program will be available on Facebook shortly after the event premieres. Not on Facebook? Click here to request a recording that will be delivered straight to your inbox! This program is designed for ages 3-8, but families with youth of any age are welcome to join and participate! This is a partnership between Parties with Character and the following libraries: – Pawling Free Library – Patterson Library – Hurley Library...

Request for Proposals

The Pawling Library is soliciting bids from contractors interested in our ADA Lavatories and Fuel Tank Replacement project. For details and to download the bid documents, please visit Please direct any questions to Owner Representative Ed Hauser, whose email address is listed on that page.

Join our Fall Children’s Programs

The schedule for children’s programs for September – November is now available. Registration is also open now. This Fall, we’re offering in-person, digital, and take home kit programs for chlidren ages birth – elementary school. Join anytime–registration is rolling, but enrollment is first come, first served. We appreciate your patience as we’ve worked to put together the best schedule possible. View the entire schedule of events and register for programs here. For more information about programs and our services to youth, visit our Current Children’s Programs Page or contact Children’s Program Coordinator, Neena McBaer, at 845-855-3444 or

The Great Give Back: Helping our Community

The Pawling library is partnering with our friends at the Pawling Resource Center who are in need of your help. They are especially in need of the products listed below. We are asking that you please donate whatever items you can to our library. The Great Give Back is a program that offers our patrons the opportunity to help people in their community. Donations will be accepted from Friday, October 1, until Friday, October 15. Items needed: Toiletries – shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, deodorant Paper products – toilet paper, tissues, paper towels Baby diapers and wipes Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity. The Pawling Resource Center is located at 126 East Main Street, in the carriage house of the John Kane House. Phone: 845-855-3459.

We will be open

The Pawling Library will be open 12-5 on Monday October 11th. Come visit us to check out a book, use the WiFi, drop off donations for the Pawling Resource Center, or just to say hello to our friendly staff.