Holiday Hours

The Pawling Library will be closed on December 24th and December 25th in observance of Christmas. We will open LATE on December 26th at 12 PM. On December 31st we will close early at 3 PM and remain closed all day on January 1st. We will resume our normal hours of operation on Wednesday January 2nd by opening at 10 AM. We hope you all enjoy your holidays with your families while our staff members enjoy the holidays with theirs.

Russia: Adversary or Partner to the US

Tuesday, December 18 7:00-8:00 pm Russia and the United States are members of the Security Council “Permanent 5″ at the United Nations. Their history has been both collaborative and conflictual. In the age of Putin, Crimea, the Syrian Civil War, the Iran Nuclear Agreement, Cyber security and Sanctions, what opportunities and challenges await us? Dr. Kambalov, having served at the UN in various posts over 20 years, brings his expertise to explore this subject and will welcome q and a. About our presenter: Dr. Sergei Kambalov was the Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development before retirement in 2010 after 21 years of service at the UN. Prior to joining the UN in 1989, he was a First Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR, and before that he worked in academic research on international economic relations. He has several academic publications, including a book on economic sanctions as a tool of foreign policy. Born in Riga, he grew up in Novosibirsk. He has...

FREE English (ESOL) Tutoring

English for Speakers of Other Languages with Karina Cerna Thursday, December 13 12:30-3:30 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 publication (product) was supported by (or “in part by”) funds from the New York State Library’s Adult Literacy Services grant program.

Singing Books Concert : Lydia Adams Davis

Saturday 12/15, 4:00-5:00 pm – at the Holmes Whaley Lake Civic Association (239 Route 292, Holmes, New York, 12531) Free for all ages! Caregiver required to attend with children under 10. Musician and puppeteer Lydia Adams Davis will perform selections of her own music as well as sing-along favorites during this live, interactive concert for all ages. Davis’ performances have been praised by The New York Times, “Best of the Hudson Valley”, and more. Event will be proceeded by a Songwriting class, taught by Lydia, for grades K-4. For more information on Lydia’s music, visit https://lydiaadamsdavis.com/ No registration required–just stop by!

Human Library Project

Back by popular demand, the Pawling Human Library Project is a joint venture between the Pawling School District and the Pawling Library. It is an opportunity for members of the community to connect with educators and each other to share their stories. This year’s event will take place on Tuesday February 19th, 12-3 PM. Individuals can volunteer to become “books” that others can “check out” and have an engaging conversation on the topic chosen by the “book”. They will also have the opportunity to act as “readers” by selecting “books” to “check out” for themselves. In other words, you choose something from your life or experience that you think others might be interested to hear, and then other people people sign up to discuss it. Each conversation lasts about 20 minutes and includes one to four other people. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more or in volunteering to be a book, please go to https://pcsdhumanlibrary.wordpress.com/ Last year was a great success, and we are looking forward to having even more people participate this...

disAbility & Employment Workshop

This program is being provided by Taconic Resources for Independence December 14 3:00-4:30 pm If you are under the age of 65 and have questions about how to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI); or have questions about how much can you earn without losing your benefits including Medicaid and/or Medicare, then sign-up for one of the following workshops presented by TRI’s Mobile Benefits Counselor! *If you require a sign-language interpreter you must call or email 2 weeks in advance to Attn: Mandi (845) 452.3913 x119, m.sheraden@taconicresources.org Registration is required. To register please call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444.

Sound Experience for your Body, Mind and Soul

with Cristina Reyes-Schleifer Sound Practitioner Wednesday, December 12 7:00-8:30 pm Immerse yourself in the soothing waves of sound Reduce muscle tension and stress Enter a deep meditative state Enhance your awareness Feel lighter and energized The sound of Tibetan singing bowls, tuning forks, chimes, bells and gongs will open up a new dimension in your life. About our presenter: Cristina Reyes-Schleifer is a certified sound practitioner, with accreditation and certification by the Sound and Music Institute. She has devoted countless hours to investigating the effects of tonal vibrations on the human body and has personally studied with Alexandre Tannous and John Beaulieu, two of the pioneer researchers in the field. Having practiced meditation for over two decades and conducted meditation and spiritual development groups for over six years, Cristina has combined these modalities into her own creation of an integrated and therapeutic “sound bath,” which, accompanied with guided meditation and relaxation techniques, she uses in private and group sessions. Registration is required. To register please call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444.

Ayurveda, Diet, and Nutrition: Achieving Balance and Harmony

Presented by Dr. Somesh N. Kaushik, Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Physician Tuesday, December 4 7:00-9:00 pm PLEASE NOTE: This program has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.   Ayurveda defines health as a balance of body, mind, and spirit. When imbalance occurs, illness can result. To restore balance a highly individualized regimen, based on one’s body constitution (or dosha), is followed. Diet and nutrition are central to this approach. Come and discover: *How to determine if you are out of balance *Steps to correct an imbalance and prevent illness *Why certain foods may not be right for you but OK for others *The importance of eating “seasonally” and which foods to avoid *Foods that will clear your mind and make your body and soul “sing” About our presenter: Dr. Somesh N. Kaushik is the owner and chief medical practitioner of Dr. Kaushick’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic in Cross River, NY. With over 30 years’ experience as an Ayurvedic physician, Dr. Kaushik’s medical training is extensive. He is one of the most experienced Ayurvedic physicians in North...

Sometimes It’s Good to Play Favorites

Hudson Valley Parent Magazine is giving away $500 worth of books to two local libraries. You can vote for Pawling by visiting https://hvparent.com/spirit-of-giving-sweepstakes and sharing what you love most about the Pawling Library. You can vote any time between now (hint, hint!) and December 7th. Limit one vote per person.

Holiday Book Sale

The Pawling Library’s annual Holiday Book Sale will be December 7th through 9th. The library annex will be full of books of every variety, perfect to buy for yourself or a loved one this holiday season. All proceeds will go toward library programs and events. On Saturday December 8th, Santa and Mrs. Claus will even come by the library and there will be live Christmas music. The hours for the book sale are as follows: Friday 12/7: 5:00 – 8:30 Saturday 12/8: 10:00 – 4:00 Sunday 12/9: 11:00 – 2:00 If you are interested in volunteering to help set up for the book sale on Thursday or clean up afterwards on Sunday, please call the library at 845-855-3444. We are always very grateful for any assistance we can get.