Library closed on July 4th

The Pawling Free Library will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day.


We will reopen at our usual time of 10 AM on Wednesday, July 5th. The library will also be open during its regular hours of operation on Saturday July 1 and Monday July 3.

We will be closed on Sunday July 2nd, because we are closed every Sunday during the months of July and August.

July 5th is the first day of children’s and teen summer programming. For more information, check out our online calendar of events or download a registration from our website.

Library After Hours Cancelled

The Library After Hours program scheduled for today, June 24th, will be cancelled. The theme for this month, Pajama Party, will be postponed until next month’s Library After Hours event. We apologize for the last minute cancellation.

Library After Hours is a teen program which takes place on the last Saturday of every month. More information about Library After Hours can be found here.

FREE English (ESOL) Tutoring

English for Speakers of Other Languages
with Karina Cerna
Friday, July 7th and 21st
2:00 – 5:00 pm

Tutoring is available for both adults and teens.

Sessions are for one hour.

To schedule an appointment with Karina
register at the front desk or call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444.

This program is supported by funds from the New York State Library’s
Adult Literacy Library Services grant program.

Yin Yoga and Meditation

Wednesday, June 21st 
7:00-8:00 pm

Feel the peace by being present in the moment.
Quiet and calm your mind and body.
Experience your genuine self.
Please join us for a relaxing session of Yin Yoga followed by Meditation.

Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or blanket.

Program fee: $4.00.

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

POSTPONED: The Teahouse of an August Moon


The following event has been postponed. Please check with Donald to learn when it will be rescheduled.

An introduction to Japanese Culture

Presented by Paul Upham

Tuesday, June 20 / 7:00-8:00 pm

Our presenter: Paul Upham is an adjunct faculty member at Marist and
Mount Saint Mary College.

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

Ebooks Just Got Easier

Try OverdriveThe Pawling Library has recently upgraded its account with Overdrive, our supplier of eBooks and downloadable audiobooks.

If you haven’t used Overdrive before, there’s never been a better time to start. You can access our collection by visiting the Mid Hudson Overdrive website or by downloading the Overdrive app (available for Android, Apple, and Kindle devices).

If you are already an Overdrive user, there are three changes you may have noticed to the way Overdrive works at the Pawling Library.


If you have searched Overdrive recently, you may have already noticed that there is now a “Recommend to Library” feature”. For titles that are not currently part of our Overdrive collection, patrons now have the option of letting us know that they would be interested in us purchasing these titles.

Libby app(Please note that eBooks generally cost the library at least three times as much as print books, so we are unable to purchase all titles recommended to us. Still, we would love to know what you are interested in, and do investigate every purchase recommendation.)


Overdrive has a new app available, named Libby. The app is a sleek way to search for items, manage your account, and access downloaded eBooks and audiobooks. If you prefer the traditional Overdrive app, no problem- the old app is still available. Libby is a second option, though, for those who want a more integrative user experience.

Shorter lines

Overdrive promoStarting June 1st, Pawling patrons will be first in line for any items purchased specifically by the Pawling Library. The majority of eBooks available through Overdrive are purchased centrally by the Mid-Hudson Library System. However, in addition to those titles, the Pawling Library makes additional purchases based on the interests and requests of Pawling patrons. For these titles, Pawling patrons will automatically jump to the front of the line any time they place a hold on an item.

If you would like any assistance using Overdrive, please give the library a call. We would be glad to help you. If you would like to bring your mobile device to the library, we could even walk you through any part of the process that you would like. We are always glad to help.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!

Registration for summer programs begins Tuesday June 13th. With it comes the opportunity to register for this year’s Reading Rally.

For the second year in a row, the children, teens, and adults of Pawling will compete to see who can spend the most time reading over the course of the summer.

Though registration begins on Tuesday June 12th, the competition doesn’t start until Monday June 26th. For more information and online registration links, visit

Children’s Summer Programs Registration Available

As the weather heats up and we enter the last few weeks of the school year, Miss Neena, the Children’s Programming Coordinator, has been concocting a fun-filled schedule of events for Pawling’s children this summer. From a solar eclipse viewing to movie nights to our summer reading rally, summer programs abound! We’re excited to announce the availability of theImage result for free use clip art sun children’s summer session registration form. Programs are available for families and children ages birth- 5th grade. The form is now live.  You can find it here. You can also stop by and pick up a form from the circulation desk.  A general guide to our programs can be found here.

Registration for our summer session programs runs from Tuesday, June 13th to Monday, June 19th. Registration is required for all events. The  registration will operate using a lottery system, as in previous years. Come drop off your form at any point during the library’s  regular hours between June 13th and 19th at the library’s circulation desk, pick a lottery number, and get ready for summer learning.

Please plan to fill out one form per family. Placement status will be available starting June 21st at 12:00 PM.  Should any questions or concerns arise, please email Miss Neena at


Popsicle Party

Neena and MartinaOn Thursday June 15th the Pawling Library will host a popsicle party for the families of Pawling. This will be an opportunity for you to meet our new children’s program team, Neena McBaer and Martina Marchese.

Feel free to drop by any time between 4 and 5 PM in order to meet Neena and Martina and to have a popsicle. We will also have crayons and Legos out for the children (and adults!) to use. If you are able to RSVP in advance (by emailing, it would help us figure out how many popsicles to buy. If you are not able to RSVP, please come anyway!

If you have any questions about the children’s summer programs or about registration, Miss Neena will be on hand to answer them. Remember that registration for summer programs will take place June 13th through June 19th. Applications can be downloaded here or picked up at the library.

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An Olive Oil and Vinegar Tasting Seminar

Presented by The Blue Olive

Tuesday, June 13 / 7:00-8:30 pm

Join The Blue Olive for an informative demonstration about complementing meals using the incredible trio that is summer vegetables, extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars.

There are so many wonderful vegetables available locally each spring and summer, but we don’t always know how to prepare them properly. This seminar and tasting will give you the know-how to apply basic olive oil and vinegar principles to even the most unlikely of veggies.

Program fee: $10.00.

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