Safety Update

Starting Wednesday June 23rd, the Pawling Library will be relaxing its safety restrictions. Fully vaccinated individuals may use their best judgment about whether to wear a mask. All public computers will be available for use, and we will resume our normal hours of operation. This means that the library will be open Monday June 28th. (We will, as in years past, be closed on Sundays in July and August.) For information about how to become fully vaccinated, please visit Patrons who do not wish to come into the library may still sign up for contactless checkout at Patrons unable to visit the library may sign up for homebound delivery by calling the library at (845) 855-3444 or emailing Tom at Have questions? Call the library at (845) 855-3444.

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.

Kids Take the Lead in Summer Reading Challenge

BIG NEWS! The Kids (ages 0-10) now lead in our Tails and Tales Summer Reading Challenge!  What age group can read the most this summer? Here are the standings: First Place: Kids (6,205 minutes) Second Place: Adults (2,960 minutes) Third Place: Teens (300 minutes) Together, our community has read 9,465 minutes this summer! We’re almost halfway to our goal of 20,000 minutes! Keep up the great work! Want to get involved and help your team? Want to win free books and other prizes? Join the contest by logging the time you spend reading and learning this summer. You can log online here, print a paper reading log, or pick one up from the library front desk.

Reminiscing Pawling / Online Program

Wednesday, August 4 6:30-8:00 pm Click the link below to register for Reminiscing Pawling or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at This special edition of our monthly memoir program is dedicated to the Pawling Library’s 100 anniversary. Participants will be sharing stories of Pawling, and hopefully a tale or two about our library. We are very grateful to Dr. Robin Lester who created our monthly From Memory to Family Memoir program which he has been leading for years, enriching the lives of all those who attend.

Addictions: Recovering with Ayurveda / Online Program

Presented by Dr. Somesh N. Kaushik, ND, BAMS, MPH, MPA, E-RYT 500 Tuesday, August 10 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for Addictions: Recovering with Ayurveda or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at Addictions come in many forms: drugs, alcohol, smoking, food, sex, shopping, work, exercise, social media, negativity, etc. They provide a temporary escape from stress. But, when inappropriate methods are used, an imbalance occurs. The root cause of the stress, hidden in the unconscious, is not resolved. And, a vicious cycle ensues. Ayurveda is a healing system that not only restores balance, its methodology removes the unconscious blocks that create chronic stress. Ayurvedic treatments such as diet, nutritional herbs, meditation, therapeutic Yoga, and an herbal detoxification process known as panchakarma, work hand-in-hand to create a shift on a physical level, as well as on a mental and spiritual level. The result is a transformation and unification of body, mind, and spirit that resolves the separation responsible for the addiction. Your true self emerges and the addiction is no...

Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors / Online Program

with Community Engagement Manager Joan Carl Tuesday, August 17 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at During the middle stage of dementia, the person with the disease often starts to exhibit new behaviors that can be confusing for a caregiver. These behaviors are a form of communication, and are essential to understanding the needs of the person with dementia. This program will help attendees identify common triggers for behaviors associated with dementia and learn strategies for addressing common dementia-related behaviors. This program is being provided by the Alzheimer’s Association. For further information please call the Alzheimer’s Association at 800-272-3900.

Classics of the Twenties: An examination of the novels that changed literature / Online Program

Wednesday, August 18 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for Classics of the Twenties or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at Join author Marian Grudko for a spirited program celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Pawling Library: Novels of the 1920’s, featuring a discussion of The Enchanted April and touching on others that capture the era. About our presenter: Marian Grudko is the author of Lucinda Snowdrop and co-author of Claudine: A Fairy Tale for Exceptional Grownups, with T.A. Young. She is also a composer and storyteller, and her work can be seen on her new and evolving YouTube channel.

COME TOGETHER PAWLING: Viewing of TED TALK video on How we can protect truth in the age of misinformation and discussion / Online Program

Monday, August 30 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for COME TOGETHER PAWLING or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at   Each month, in a respectful and open environment, we’ll explore a new topic led by a different community leader. At the start of the program, we’ll be watching a 15-minute TED TALKS video, entitled How we can protect truth in the age of misinformation, with Professor Sinan Aral. Following the viewing, we’ll open up a group discussion led by Edward J. Grippe Ph. D. Our wellness as individuals and as a community depends on continued sharing, support and conversation in times of celebration as well as in times of conflict. Come Together and join us in fostering deeper conversations, listening to disparate experiences and points of view in the realm of challenging context such as racism, sexism, bipartisanship, whiteness and social justice. We understand that these conversations could be difficult to have, and believe that by coming together to find the willingness to listen and learn, we can aspire...

Emergency Board Meeting

On Monday July 19th at 6:30 PM, the library annex will be the site of an emergency board meeting. The library’s board of trustees will meet to discuss funding for the proposed building expansion.

Open July 5th

The Pawling Library will be closed on Independence Day, as with every other Sunday in July and August. We will be OPEN on Monday July 5th.

We’re hiring

The Pawling Library is looking to hire a part-time Library Clerk to work the circulation desk on Tuesdays and Sundays. You can read the job description and apply online by going to Applications will be accepted through July 22nd. 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.