Stage 7 Re-Opening

On Saturday May 1st, the Pawling Library entered Stage 7 of our re-opening protocols. This means we are resuming limited, socially-distant in-person programming. Up to 14 visitors are permitted into each building. Each person must wear a mask and may stay for up to one hour per visit (or longer, if nobody is waiting for a turn to use the library). For the six guidelines to follow during stage 7 and more information about our re-opening procedures, please visit We recognize that not everyone is ready to return to our building. During stage 7 we will continue to offer contactless checkout in our courtyard. For more information please visit

Trustee meeting at the park

The May 13th meeting of the Pawling Library’s Board of trustees will take place at the pavilion in Lakeside Park at 6 PM. Members of the public are welcome to attend, provided that they adhere to social distancing requirements.

Community Survey

The Pawling Library is conducting a survey to help us understand how people use the library and how we can serve them best. We would love to have your input as we chart our future. Go to to leave your feedback.

Notice of Public Statement Hearing

The New York State Public Service Commission is seeking public comment regarding two proposals filed by Department of Public Service Staff in the Gas Planning Proceeding. The proposals may be reviewed online at the Department of Public Service web page, by searching under Case 20-G-0131. Any person wishing to provide a public statement at a hearing must pre-register electronically or by telephone.

Summer: One Community, One Book: The Great Gatsby with Stephanie Rogers / Online Program

Wednesday, June 9 6:30-8:00 pm Click the link below to register for Summer: One Community, One Book: The Great Gatsby with Stephanie Rogers or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at   The Pawling Library is Celebrating its Centennial. For this program we are not only commemorating our library’s anniversary but bringing  people together through their passion for great literary works.  We have selected four classic novels, one for each season, that were popular in the 1920s when our library first came into being.  Our presenter, Stephanie Rogers, will be reading an excerpt  from each novel and then lead a Q & A for our audience. Stephanie Rogers is the author of The Horse I Belong To: How a Misused and Almost Forgotten Grade Mare Showed Me the Way.  The Pawling Library is proud to be partnering with our neighbors Pawling Recreation, the Book Cove and the Pawling Resource Center.  To participate in this program, order a copy of The Great Gatsby through our library. You can also support our partner, the Book Cove,...

Proposed School District Budget

The Pawling Central School District has published its proposed budget. This budget will be up for a public vote on May 18th. If you would like to read through the budget before the day of the vote, you can access it at

Meet Princess Leia

Calling all Star Wars fans! The force has guided Princess Leia to our library for a special digital program. Join us on Facebook Live on May 13, 4:30 PM as Princess Leia answers questions, shares tales from her adventures in space, and more. Plus, one lucky attendee will win a free one-on-one video call with Princess Leia herself!  To attend, just join our Mid-Hudson Storytime Group in advance of the program and follow the instructions on the homepage after being added to the group. PS- can’t attend live? Don’t have Facebook? You can still participate! You can watch a recording of the event after it airs on Facebook Live or request access to our YouTube recording.     This is a partnership between Parties with Character and the following libraries: – Pawling Free Library – Patterson Library – Hurley Library – Desmond Fish Public Library – Stone Ridge Library – Pleasant Valley Library – Morton Memorial Library and Community House -NorthEast-Millerton Library With questions, contact Children’s Program Coordinator, Neena McBaer, at or 845-855-3444

Job Search 101 / Online Program

with Maryann McKenzie Monday, May 10 10:00 am-12:00 pm Click on a link below to register for Job Search 101 or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at At this free monthly workshop, you’ll receive individual attention to aid you in your job search. You will learn how to create or update a winning resume and cover letter, practice your interviewing skills, complete job applications, and more.  If you’re not getting results in your job search, or don’t know how to begin, then this is the place to start. NOTE: Each 1/2-hour time slot is available for one participant. If a space becomes filled, you’ll be placed on a waiting list, and alerted to other openings.    Available Time Slots:  10:00 am-10:30 am   10:30 am-11:00 am   11:00 am-11:30 am   11:30 am-12:00 pm   This program is being brought to us by Dutchess One Stop.  

How to Properly Research a College or University / Online Program

Presented by Stephanie Mauro of College Planning 101 Monday, May 10 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for How to Properly Research a College or University  or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at In this webinar you will learn: Visiting a college whether in person or virtually, it’s important to ask questions so that you can make an informed decision.  This webinar will provide you with all the important questions you should be asking colleges in regard to academics internships/co-ops, students life on campus as well as what to do on a campus tour.

Recycling in Dutchess County / Online Program

Presented by Dutchess County Recycling Educator Kerry Russell Tuesday, May 11 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for Recycling in Dutchess County  or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at At this program, for adults & teens, you’ll find out what materials can be recycled in Dutchess County, and what happens to your recyclables once they’ve been collected. Also, you’ll learn why not everything is  recyclable. Recycling is very important. It not only helps our community, but our world.   Please join us for this special informative program.