Project Do Something takes a Recess

With the end of the school year approaching, Project Do Something, a program in which teens do small but impactful projects to benefit the community, will be taking a brief recess so that students can focus on end of the year exams. Project Do Something will begin meeting again this summer.

Don’t worry, though. There are still volunteer opportunities for teens in 7th grade and up at the Pawling Library. Contact Kate about becoming a Library Legion and volunteering at the library on your own schedule.

We are also seeking teen volunteers for our annual Book Sale. Volunteers are needed Wednesday, May 10 thru Wednesday, May 17. Contact Kate for more information or to sign up as a volunteer.

The Human Body is Designed to Heal

Presented by Dr. Nancy Iankowitz 
Director Holistic and Integrative Healing LLC

Wednesday, April 19th
7:00-8:00 pm

This program is designed to help people get in touch with their own body rhythm and language. The goal is to effectively interpret signals, signs and symptoms as FLAGS in order to address the true cause. Participants will learn how to tap into their own internal messaging system so that they can mindfully choose when to pay attention and when to ignore the flags.

Registration is required. To register please call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444.

The Bergdall Family Grows a Reader

Congratulations to the Bergdall family who was just added to our Read Together Wall of Fame! The Bergdalls read 1,000 books as they participated in our Read Together Program where families are encouraged to “plant the seeds of literacy” by reading regularly to their children at home.  Gina & Rob Bergdall were happy their family participated in the program.  “Reading together is one of our favorite activities. We enjoyed seeing how excited our son was to get new books from the library.”  In addition to reading, there are other ways to help give your child a great start. Talking, singing, reading, playing and writing all help develop your child’s growing early literacy skills.

You can read more about this program on our web site. Families can sign up to participate in our Read Together Program by contacting our Children’s Program Coordinator. 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. Remember, 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 our Children’s Program Coordinator 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 The Bergdall family on our Wall of Fame soon!

New Beginning: Living What Matters in 2017

Tuesday, March 28 / 7:00-8:00 pm

Come join us in an engaging, enlivening conversation exploring what really matters to you and how you can design your life to live it in 2017! We will explore your purpose, your passions, what brings light and energy to your life, and how your potential for living a satisfying and fulfilling life is available to you by making choices that support you living into it.

About our presenter: Diane Ingram is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with a degree in Psychology and Human Development. She is a student of the Diamond Approach, which fosters personal development through methods of meditation, present-moment awareness, and self-observation. Diane currently hosts her own radio show and is the author of four books, the most recent being “The Gift”.

Registration is required. To register please call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444.

It’s Hard to Say Goodbye

It is with much emotion that the Pawling Library announces the departure of our longtime Children’s Program Coordinator, and friend, Karen DeGennaro. The library is grateful for Ms. Karen’s dedication to our library family, and to the families she has served for the last nine years. Under her guidance, our children’s programming has grown by leaps and bounds, and thanks to Ms. Karen, our library’s youngest patrons have gained a strong foundation in early literacy. Since 2010, Ms. Karen has been steadily growing the library’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) programming with innovative classes that encourage youngsters to explore, tinker, and be curious about the world in which they live. With the solid foundation that Ms. Karen has brought to our children’s programming, The Pawling Library will continue with and build upon these inventive, cutting edge classes. We firmly believe that today’s explorers become tomorrow’s inventors, creators, scientists and leaders.

The Pawling Library has actively begun the search for our next Children’s Program Coordinator who will take our educational offerings for children, ages birth through grade four, to new and exciting places. We are confident that our Children’s Program, having been built upon the strong foundation created by Ms. Karen’s leadership, will continue to provide the most up to date curriculum for the children in our community. The Pawling Library wishes Ms. Karen the best in her future endeavors. She will be greatly missed.

Join Our Team

The Pawling Library is looking for our next great Children’s Program Coordinator to take over our programs and services to children from birth through grade four. You can read the job description and apply online by going to

Applications will be accepted through May 1st. Any of our current employees can tell you how wonderful it is to work here, but please direct any specific inquiries to the library director, Brian Avery.