Fall Blockbusters from the Pawling Library’s Lego Animation Studio

Check out the latest cuts from Pawling’s newest movie director’s!

In this amazing program kids develop a Lego stop motion from script, to shoooting, to audio post production.

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People from our Community

Chef Lucas

Autumn at the Pawling Library began with Chef Lucas Muehlenweg who conducted a cooking class at his beautiful restaurant, Petite, where he instructed participants on how to make three delicious soup recipes. Another presentation devoted to desserts will take place in 2016. When we have a date scheduled you’ll want to register as soon as possible as these classes fill within a blink!

Cathy Anderson from the Quilt Basket, located right around the corner from us on Oak St, brought in a selection of her beautiful quilts and explained this art form to us. The Quilt Basket has every imaginable fabric and offers classes on quilting for beginners to experienced quilters.Cathy Anderson

We thank Chef Lucas Muehlenweg and Cathy Anderson for donating their time and talents to provide quality programming at our library.

There is an abundance of talent within the Pawling community. You can find that talent here at our library. Please join us and enjoy a class or seminar with your gifted neighbors! Check our Events Calendar for upcoming children, teen and adult programs.

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Mindset Book Group

MindsetLearn everyday and continue learning together! This winter, the Pawling Library, in collaboration with the Pawling Central School District, with sponsorship from the PTA and PTSA presents a Special Book Group for parents, professionals, and any adults interested in learning to fulfill their potential. We will be reading the book Mindset by Carol S. Dweck together one chapter at a time, and discussing how the book’s lessons apply to our selves and our lives.

To register, fill out the Registration Form  and bring it to the library.

Pawling Library Young Adult Programmer, Nicole Curcio
855-3444 teen@pawlinglibrary.org

Pawling Central School District Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, Kim Fontana
855-2150 fontanak@pcsdny.org

Discussion Schedule
Discussions will take place at the Pawling Library on Mondays from 10:45 am to 12:00 pm

November 16th: Chapters 1 & 2
The Mindsets & Inside the Mindsets

November 30th: Chapter 3
The Truth About Ability and Accomplishment

December 14th: Chapter 4
Sports: the Mindset of a Champion

January 25th: Chapters 5 & 6
Business: Mindset and Leadership Relationships: Mindsets in Love (or Not)

February 8th: Chapter 7
Parents, Teachers, and Coaches: Where Do Mindsets Come From

February 22nd: Chapter 8
Changing the Mindsets


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Our Board Book Collection Gets a New Home

CratesOur board book collection has a colorful new home!  We recently purchased nine crates and attached them to  each other to make a study shelf for our board books, while adding a splash of color to the children’s room.  Moving the board books will allow us to eventually shift the picture book collection which has outgrown it’s space in recent years.  A big thank you to  The Container Store for discounting the crates to make them even more affordable for us!  Next time you visit the library, be sure to check this fun new addition out!

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Pawling Library Director, Casey Conlin, Selected for New York Library Association Sustainability Initiative Retreat

In downloadFebruary, 2014, the New York Library Association (NYLA) passed the Resolution on the Importance of Sustainable Libraries. The resolution recognizes libraries and their services as essential to the communities they serve, and that libraries must continue to provide access to these services. To ensure continued access to these services, libraries must demonstrate good stewardship of public funds, and ensure access to adequate funding. This stewardship must also recognize the very real threat of climate change that we all face, and seek to provide a safe and healthy space for the staff and public. The resolution encourages libraries to apply these guidelines when making decisions about facility, operations, policy, technology, programming, and partnerships, and to lead the communities they serve in conversations about resiliency, climate change, and a sustainable future for all. NYLA’s Sustainability Initiative Retreat will gather 23 library leaders from around the state under conveners Rebekkah Smith Aldrich and Matthew Bollerman at the Carey Institute for Global Good to try to determine how to best implement the goals set forth by this resolution. I’m very proud to have been selected as one of the co-creators.
At the Pawling Library, we can see how essential our library is to our community. In 2014, we had almost 70,000 people walk through the door to borrow 38,000 books and 18,000 DVDs. We also had over 8,000 people attend our programs, which serve everyone from infants to memoirists. We’re teaching children to love reading, helping people find jobs, designing and printing 3D models with teens, and hosting yoga classes. The library strengthens this community, and we’re always listening to hear about how we can do more.

In Pawling, we’ve already seen that severe weather represents a real threat to our lifestyles, and that the library can ensure our community is resilient in the face of this threat. In 2012, Super Storm Sandy came through the Hudson Valley and knocked out power to many homes. Many people in Pawling were without power, heat, internet or cellular service for days, but the library was able to extend its hours of service and provide access to heat, electricity, and internet and ensure people could charge their electronics, get in touch with family and friends, and telecommute to work despite the lengthy blackout. We’re very proud that we could come to the aid of the people we serve in this time of need.

The library is an essential part of Pawling and we plan to do more for the community. Our programs are packed, and we have people on wait-lists for children’s and adult programs, so we’re working to expand our physical facility to meet these needs. The expanded building will include more multi functional meeting spaces and a dedicated children’s space. In keeping with the Resolution on the Importance of Sustainable Libraries, we’ll be looking for economically feasible ways to limit our energy use and reduce our carbon footprint as we expand. We’ve tentatively engaged Edward P. Hauser as an Owner’s Representative to help us with our expansion and with cost benefit analyses for various energy conservation systems. Often a slightly larger upfront investment can pay off quickly in energy savings when the cost of fuel and energy are made part of the equation. Hauser has experience in this area, recently overseeing Trinity-Pawling School’s LEED Certified Scully Hall renovation. In conceptual phase budgets prepared by the architecture firm Holmes, King, Kallquist, & Associates, the building expansion is estimated to cost around $1.1 million. We plan to fundraise and pursue grants to pay for it, so be on the lookout for opportunities where you can help us.

I’m excited to be part of Pawling and its library. We have a lot of great people working here, and a lot of great people and support in the community. The staff here show a genuine commitment to the growth of our community and everyone in it, and it shows through at the Circulation Desk and in our programs. I look forward to serving as co-creator at the Sustainability Initiative Retreat, and I hope we can continue to keep libraries essential, resilient, and regenerative places that strengthen the communities they serve.

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Saturday is the last day to redeem those Super Power Points at the Pawling Library’s September Store!

You’ve worked hard reading all summer long and now it’s time to cash in those Super Power Points! With 122 readers logging 2,239 books and reading 12,215 minutes we needed an awesome inventory!  Make sure you plan a trip to  the Library’s Annex Building to check out all the great prizes.  No matter how many points  you earned this summer, you’ll be able to shop for some really cool prizes!

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Remember, the last day you can redeem your Super Power Points in our September Store is tomorrow,

Saturday, September 12th, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Remember, even though summer is over, library programs keep on going year round!  Check out our newest program line up for the fall!
There is something for everyone @ the Pawling Library!

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LED Upgrade

1908020_867140110001330_6486457328244829801_nThe Pawling Library recently upgraded all of our old fluorescent light bulbs with new, more energy efficient LED bulbs and ballasts. The new LED lights will use only 40% of the energy required by the old bulbs, which will reduce the library’s energy consumption and costs. The new LED bulbs also have a greater lifespan, so they’ll need to be replaced less frequently. The new bulbs are estimated to reduce the library’s carbon emissions by 11,500 lbs. annually. This project was funded by the library with a grant from NYSEG and RG&E’s Small Business Energy Efficiency Program. The investment in the new lights should be repaid in energy savings over the next 3 years. The old bulbs and ballasts were removed and recycled by the electricians who did the retrofitting.

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Heroes Abound at the Pawling Library’s Superhero Power Hour

Where could our heroes of summer find a chance to fight fires, save superheroes, battle zombies and help patients?  At Superhero Power Hour, of course!  Our summer of heroic reading ended with bang with our Superhero Power Hour Family Carnival, hosted by our 26 Fun Team members.  77 children and 52 adults were treated to an awesome afternoon of fun and games.  The event ended with ice cream sundaes for everyone and our raffle drawings.  What a day!

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End of Summer Carnival Moved to Rain-date!

The weather has disappointed us for the first time ever!  Our

Superhero Power Hour End of Summer Literacy Carnival
has officially been changed to the rain date,
Saturday, August 22nd, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Power Hour2We hope you will still be able to join us for this exciting way to end our heroic summer! Our PFL Fun Team worked hard all summer making photo-face cut out boards of their favorite heroes and preparing games that are sure to create a super ending to our summer. Join us for a fun afternoon that will culminate in a “sweet treat” and our raffle drawings. This event is fun for the whole family, so you won’t want to miss it!

If you did not originally register for this event and you would like to join us, give us a call at 855-3444.  We’d be happy to have you come on down and join the fun!

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Great Books, Great Prices, Proceeds Support Your Library!


Saturday, September 12, 9 am to 5 pm

Whether you like to read ’em, or just have ’em around to look good on your shelves and nightstands, come down and stock up at our Book Sale!

The 21st Annual Pawling Community-Wide Garage Sale is right around the corner, and we’ll have a small book sale next to the library in the parking lot of Cappillino & Rothschild LLP, who have generously allowed us to use this space.

We’ll have about 2,500 books featuring popular hardcover fiction and nonfiction titles for $2 or less.

This mini sale will also feature rare and valuable comic books from an extensive collection with a large variety of Marvel, DC, and off brands dating from the 1960’s to present, including first issues, introduction of new character issues, and complete series. These comic books will be priced individually. Fora list of the comics available, follow this link: http://cloud.collectorz.com/135791/comics

Proceeds from the sale go to support the Pawling Library’s popular Children’s, Teen, and Adult Programming. 

More info.

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