Baking & Cooking

The Allergy-Free Pantry:
Learn to Eat Allergy-Free

Chocolate Croissants

Tuesday, March 31
7:00-8:00 pm

Town of Poughkeepsie resident Colette Martin will present clever gluten-free and food allergy recipe substitutions, based on her new book The Allergy-Free Pantry: Make Your Own Staples, Snacks, and More without Wheat, Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Soy or Nuts.

She will demonstrate how easy it is to prepare pantry staples in the safety of your own home and share some of her favorite recipes including sunflower seed butter, egg-free mayonnaise, and gluten-free breadcrumbs.

Colette Martin is a food allergy advocate, author of the highly acclaimed Learning to Bake Allergen-Free, and Vice-Chairperson of the Board of Kids with Food Allergies.

Allergy FreeCopies of her books will be available for purchase and signing by the author.

Registration is required.

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Building Reading Confidence with Book Buddies

We have been very fortunate to have several wonderful interns rejoin our Book Buddy program this spring!  That is good news for families, because it means there are more reading practice slots to help your growing readers.  If you are not familiar with our Book Buddy program you should know that our trained teen volunteers work 1:1 with new, reluctant or struggling readers to help encourage and support their growing reading skills.

Our teen interns will:
★ Listen to your child read.Book Buddy2
★ Encourage & support reading strategies.
★ Ask your child important question to increase understanding of the story as he or she reads.
★ Read to your child to support comprehension.

When you sign your child up, we arrange for 30 minutes of quality reading time with a “big brother or big sister” in a supervised setting. This is a great opportunity for your child to receive individualized attention and reading practice all at the same time.  The program will take place on Saturday, April 18th, May 2nd and May 16th in two sessions.  Session 1 runs from 12:45 – 1:15 pm and session 2 runs from 1:30  – 2:00 pm.  If you would like to register your child, please contact Ms. Karen or call our circulation desk at 855-3444.

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Teen Geeks: Tech Support at Your Local Library


Our Teen Geeks are on duty each Saturday from 1 to 4 to help you outsmart your smartphone, tame your tablet, and make your computer cooperate.

From email to Facebook, to Excel to Word, on your iPhone or on your laptop, our Geek will provide you with hands-on tech support.

No appointment necessary.

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Team Hogan is Back @ the Pawling Library

What is Team Hogan?
It’s Hogan, a certified therapy dog and Ms. Vicki
providing a relaxed reading setting for your reluctant reader!

Hogan2For some young children, one of the big challenges in learning to read is the embarrassment of making mistakes. Reading to dogs provides a simple solution — a non-judgmental, comforting furry friend who “listens” and takes the pressure off children when they read.

“Children need a lot of practice to become good readers,” said Ms. Karen, Children’s Services Coordinator at the Pawling Library.  “Sometimes when students practice they misread words and feel uncomfortable.  Therapy dogs provide a risk-free practice session for children to read without the fear or stress of making mistakes. This gives children a chance to relax and focus on practicing their skills.  It can work wonders for new and reluctant readers. Reading with a therapy dog not only reduces anxieties and fears about reading, but it can increase children’s attention span and confidence and motivate them to practice more.”

HoganHogan, our evening literacy canine is a chocolate lab and a certified therapy dog who loves to have children read to him.  Hogan has been providing his own special brand of T.L.C. to children and adults for over 7 years.  He is the sweetest, most lovable listener a child could wish for. Hogan will visit the library with owner Ms. Vicki and children can register to read with him in 15 minutes time slots. Contact Ms. Karen if you are interested in signing your child up to read with Hogan on:

Tuesdays, April 7th & 21st and May 5th and 12th
5:30 – 6:30  pm

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Brownie Troop 10017 Helps Others in Need! Can you help them?

GS10017Every year Girls Scouts World Wide on World Thinking Day choose a local community program to donate their time and resources to. This year the Pawling Girl Scout Unit 109 decided to help the Dutchess Outreach Program.
Dutchess Outreach Program survives on limited funds.  They depend heavily on donations and volunteers to keep their programs open and running.  A few of the Girl Scout troops  donated time to their lunch program, others collected food to donate. Troop 10017 decided to donate toiletries which are items that are in high demand, but not thought of often when people donate supplies.  We are collecting child and adult size diapers, feminine napkins, toilet paper, soap, wash clothes and shaving supplies.


The Pawling Library is proud to help this effort by providing space for the special collection box in the main GS10017bentrance of the library.  Please help Girl Scout Brownie Troop 10017 by purchasing some of these items and dropping them off when you visit the library.  Donations will be brought to Dutchess Outreach on Saturday, March 21st.


Many thanks for supporting this thoughtful effort!
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Spring Things For Teens

PowerThere are things for teens to do this spring at the library.  

All new clubs include the Blogging Society, Minecraft Directors, and the Wild Cat Knitters!  Some classes that are being offered this spring include Getting More Out of Microsoft Word and a Microsoft Power Point Seminar.  We still have the Teen Library Counsel, Readers Anonymous, Fashion Club, and Computer Programming that you can sign up for. The Minecraft Gaming Club has also gotten a makeover.  Teens can now join the Minecraft Survivors or the Minecraft Creating club! To sign up for any of the programs, please stop in, call 855-3444, or email Nicole (  For more information and to see the full list of clubs, please check out our website!   

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Our Youngest Advocates by Alexander Ferguson

advocacyday2015kidsOn Feb 25th, I brought my 3 year old daughter Alana to Library Advocacy day in Albany. We caught the bus in New Paltz at 7:45am. It was an exciting adventure for her, her mom dropped us off with all our toys, snacks, and a Curious George Compilation book. Alana wanted to read story after story of Curious George, and enjoyed drawing pictures on her Magna-doodle on the bus ride.
Once we got there, we left our coats on the Continue reading

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Children’s Spring Programs are Here!

Spring GardenWe’re thinking spring here at the Pawling Library!  Our Spring Children’s Programs are ready for you to review and it’s quite a line up!  Check out all of our new offerings including: Operation: TEAMWORK, Butterfly Feeding Dish Family Craft, Pawling Library’s Amazing Race and pre-school Science Buddies!  We hope everyone will find something to enjoy at the library this spring!

A Spring 2015 Lottery Registration Form can be printed at home or you can pick one up at the library circulation desk.  Registration will open on Monday, March 9th at 12:00 pm and registration forms will be accepted through Sunday, March 16th.  Families must contact the library to confirm registration status! Beginning Wednesday, March 18th at 10 am, you can either stop in and pick up your confirmation sheet, or call the library to check on your child’s status.

If you have any questions about programs, please feel free to contact Ms. Karen.  She would be happy to help you find great programs for your child!

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Congratulations to all the Honorees at PPR’s Voices of Pawling

019_VOP-3-1-15-682x1024Especially to our own Library Trustee, Verna Carey!

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Pawling Library is Open Thursday, March 5th

The Pawling Library will open on schedule today. All children’s programs will take place as scheduled, but families are advised to assess road conditions in your area and make a safe decision for your family.

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