The Mystery of the Missing Apple: SOLVED!

apple2Students gathered on Friday evening for a rare chance to view the exclusive diamond-crystal apple on display at the Pawling Library. However, during the evening the apple fell into unscrupulous hands.

Who took the apple?  Why?  Where was it hidden?
Read all about it!

Library will be open today, Oct. 24

The library will be open for operation.

Access to the children’s area will be restricted for the next month as work is done on our building, but the library will continue to be open during its normal hours of operation.

Special Book Group: The End of Average

end-of-averageThis special book group is sponsored by the Pawling Central School District and the Pawling Library, for parents and community members. We would like to inspire everyone to learn, and grow together by reading The End of Average by Todd Rose.  Even though it’s known that we all develop and learn in different ways, our uniqueness is sometimes lost in schools and business where everyone is measured by a yardstick of “average”.  Break free of that mindset and consider an alternative to the average.  Please join us for our book discussions on specific chapters, where we will dive into questions, applications, and impact of this work.  All book discussions take place on Thursday afternoons from 1-2 and discussions will be lead by Kim Fontana and Nicole Curcio.  Below is the specific book discussion schedule.

October 20th Chapters 1-2
October 27th Chapters 3-4
November 17th Chapters 5-6
December 1st  Chapters 7-9

To see more information on the book, and to register for this program, please visit the End of Average website.

Marvelous Machines

Can you lift your parents?…
Can you crush an acorn?…Can you lift a table?

If you don’t know the answers to these questions,
you should see what we found out at  Family Science Night!


You can Learn ENGLISH!



Tuesdays / Martes
9:00 am-12:00 pm and
Fridays / Viernes
11:00 am-2:00 pm

Cost is only $25.00 for 90 hours of classes
Costo es solo $25.00 por 90 horas de clases

Register in person or call the Pawling Library
at 845-855-3444

(845) 790-3590


The Burlingtons 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!



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!


Sign up today!

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.