Pawling Reading Rally

Pawling reading rally logo and mascots

The literacy event of the year is here! Come in to the library and fill out your star to show everyone in Pawling that literacy is important to you. While you’re here, grab a Rally Strip, and start recording the time you spend reading. We’ll add your reading time to your team’s total and you can see which team is in the lead. The Red Hot Kid Readers, the Teen Green Dragons, and the Title Wave Adult Readers are competing head-to-head-to-head to see who can spend the most time reading this summer.  On September 10th, all participants are invited to our Summer Literacy Sundae Party.



Get started or find more info on the Pawling Reading Rally.

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Prescription Drop Box Coming to Pawling!


Dear Neighbor,

I wanted to share with you some important news regarding our continued efforts to win the ongoing war on addiction.

The sad reality is that drug overdoses kill more people every year than traffic accidents.  Even more frightening, this problem is affecting an increasing number of teenagers, with one in four American teens saying they have misused or abused a prescription drug.  These unwanted drugs are poisoning our children and putting the safety of our families at risk.

As your State Senator I am proud to report that I was able to secure the necessary funding to sponsor a prescription drop box that is being placed at the Sheriff’s substation in Pawling.  Working in conjunction with County Executive Molinaro and the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, this drop box will provide a safe place for folks to discard unused or unwanted drugs.

Here is what County Executive Molinaro said about this exciting news:

Opioid abuse is a national epidemic and our greatest public health crisis, and the Dutchess County Prescription Medication Drop Box Program will provide locations in several communities where residents can safely dispose of medications in sealed plastic bags.  Dutchess County appreciates the drop boxes which augment our efforts, but we can always use more to ensure powerful, sometimes dangerous, drugs don’t fall into an addict’s hands.

Pawling Supervisor David Kelly said:

We deeply appreciate Senator Murphy’s efforts to help stem the tide of prescription drug misuse.  Combined with the continued vigilance of our police department, this drop box will help us get more dangerous drugs off of the street.

If you have any questions about this great program please feel free to contact my office.


Dr. Terrence P. Murphy
New York State Senate
40th Senate District

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Get a Reusable Bag at Hannaford and Help Your Library

VeggiesThe Pawling Library will get $1 for every Reusable Blue Bag with the Good Karma Message sold at the Pawling Hannaford in the month of July! Look for the bags at the Cash Registers and near the Customer Service desk.


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Interview with Suzanne Berne today on PPR

Suzanne Berne, today’s guest, is best known as the Orange prize-winning author of A Crime in the Neighborhood. Her new novel, THE DOGS OF LITTLEFIELD, was first published in Great Britain to wide acclaim. It is a comedy of manners and a portrait of the unease hidden among the manicured lawns of suburban America published by Simon & Schuster.
People Magazine called it “A clever canine whodunit…A humorous, suspenseful satire about suburbia’s manicured charm and what lies beneath.”
Patricia O’Conner, in her review for The New York Times Book Review said, “In the world of fiction, as we all know, a charmed setting is a catastrophe waiting to happen. And with a novelist like Suzanne Berne in charge, we aren’t disappointed… Nothing sucks a reader in like psychological menace, and Berne is a master of the craft. But her latest novel has something extra — flashes of comedy amid the chaos.”

Suzanne Berne is the author of three novels in addition to the Dogs of Littlefield as well as a memoir, Missing Lucile: Memories of the Grandmother I Never Knew. Her first novel, A Crime in the Neighborhood, was named a NYTimes notable book. She currently teaches creative writing at Boston College.

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A Fantastic Summer with Prehistoric and Magical Beasts and Especially with YOU!

T RexIn July and August we have two sculpting workshops:
Dinosaurs & Fantastic Beasts.

See below for the dates and times and many happy faces from our last workshop.

Make a wonderful summer with us! …and sculptures, too!

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Two Sessions: Friday, July 8th: Sculpting / Friday, July 22nd: Painting
Fantastic Beasts
Two Sessions: Friday, August 12th: Sculpting / Friday, August 26th: Painting

6:30-8:30 pm. Age: 7 and up. Registration and parental supervision is required.
To register please call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444.

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Children’s Registration Continues

on your markSummer is on the way and our summer programs will keep your kids reading all summer long. If you registered during our lottery, confirmations will be available beginning

Tuesday, June 21st, 10:00 am

If you missed our lottery registration, we’ve got good news for you. Children’s registration will continue until all slots are filled, so check out all we have to offer then stop in or give us a call at 855-3444 to check on program availability.

pawlingreadingrallytallIt’s never too late to join our Reading Rally!  This year’s summer reading challenge includes everyone…children, teens AND adults.  So make sure to check out the information page about the Pawling Reading Rally and join the reading fun!

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Big Library Read: A Murder in Time

From June 23rd to July 7th, ‘A Murder in Time’ by Julie McElwain will be available for every patron that wishes to read it—no holds, no wait lists.

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Interview with Adam Hochschild

Cover, Spain in our heartsThis Sunday at 3:00 Pawling Public Radio will be airing Susan Schwartzman’s interview with Adam Hochschild, one of the foremost historians in the country, about his latest book, Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936 – 1939. This show will repeat on Monday at 12:30 and again next Sunday, June 12 at 3 and Monday, June 13 at 12:30.

Adam Hochschild is the author of seven books, and co-founder of Mother Jones. King Leopold’s Ghost, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, as was his recent To End All Wars, winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Bury the Chains was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the PEN USA Literary Award.

To listen to past episodes of Susan’s Book Corner, and for more info visit her page on Pawling Pubilc Radio.

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Last Call for Summer Program Volunteers!

Summer Volunteer Applications are due Saturday, May 28th.

We are looking for volunteers ages 12 – 18 VOLUNTEER2years to help with our Core Literacy, Book Buddy, Library Legion and Internet Support Programs. Summer programs will run from July 5th through August 27th, but the date and time commitments are flexible.

Interested students should  print, complete and submit a 2016 Summer Volunteer Intern Application by Saturday, May 28th.  Applications are also available at the library circulation desk.  All students will have the opportunity to log hours to apply toward their community service requirements. If you have questions, please contact the library at 855-3444.

We appreciate your willingness to share your time and talents with us!

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Oblong Land Conservancy

Tour of Peckham Quarry on Saturday June 4th, 9:00 am


Enjoy a guided tour down into the Quarry with Gary Metcalf, Vice President, Peckham Industries.  Judy-Kelly Moberg of FrOGS will give a brief talk about the geology of the quarry. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to explore the ancient seabed of the Harlem Valley.

Please Register here for this FREE event. Friends and family are welcome, but space is limited so register now. This event is being sponsored jointly by Oblong Land Conservancy (OLC) and Friends of the Great Swamp (FrOGS).

Meet at the entrance to the quarry, which is off Route 311 in Patterson, just to the east of the railroad tracks. Follow OLC signs. Plenty of parking. More info on Peckham is available at

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