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The library will enter into stage 4 of our reopening plan on Tuesday July 14th. At that time, up to seven patrons at a time will be allowed to enter the library. Each person must wear a mask and may stay for up to one hour per visit. For the six guidelines to follow during stage 4 and more information about our re-opening procedures, please visit https://www.pawlingfreelibrary.org/re-opening-information/

Book review: The Poet X, by Elizabeth Acevedo

Reviewed by Angie Webb, Library Clerk Oh, how I wish I had a book like this in my teen years growing up in Brooklyn, NY. The story tackles many pressing topics – love, questions of faith, sexuality, sexual harassment and body shaming, friendship, homophobia, self-acceptance – through Harlem native, Xiomara Batista, known as X. The novel’s epistolary-like structure makes the free-verse narration a gripping, quick read without making the verse gimmicky. And the compelling vulnerability and empowering passion of its young protagonist gives voice to the inner struggle of obedience to family and religious tradition with the anxiety of finding strength with self-discovery through the rebellion of young love and slam poetry. The relationships between X and her family and friends are authentic. I enjoyed how the story presented the Dominican culture of the Batista family through the eyes of someone unashamed of her heritage but wants to experience it differently from the tradition. X is relatable, I felt her struggles, I had her struggles, and like her, I wrote them down. Acevedo captured the...

Trustee meeting will be online

The July 9th meeting of the library’s board of trustees will be conducted digitally. If you would like access to the meeting, please contact the library director, Brian Avery, by emailing director@pawlinglibrary.org

Contactless Checkout with myLibro

Now that the library is offering contactless checkout, you can schedule a pickup time using the myLibro app. The app is available for free on Apple and Android devices in their respective app stores. If you prefer to schedule your pickup via email or phone, you can still email us at staff@pawlinglibrary.org or call 845-855-3444. For the full contactless checkout procedures and other re-opening information visit https://www.pawlingfreelibrary.org/re-opening-information/ Please remember to wear a mask whenever you visit the library.

Eleanor Roosevelt: Compassion and Betrayal / online event

Presented by Jeffrey Urbin Tuesday, July 14 7:00-8:00 pm Registration is required. Click the link below to reserve a space for Eleanor Roosevelt: Compassion and Betrayal or email Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org.  https://www.pawlingfreelibrary.org/event/reserved-66/2020-07-14/ Eleanor Roosevelt was born a shy, timid girl in a family of power, position, and wealth. From the outside her life would seem to be charmed, but a closer examination charts a lonely course from one betrayal to another. The compassion that she showered on others, here and around the world, was developed in part by her personal understanding what it feels like to be hurt, left out and neglected. This talk examines the trials and turmoil in the life of one of the greatest and most influential woman in the history of our republic. About our presenter: Jeffrey Urbin is the Education Specialist and Director of the Pare Lorentz Film Center at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York where he is responsible for developing all of the Library’s education offerings ranging from second grade to...

Volunteer Opportunities for Teens/Tweens

  Volunteer Opportunities for Teens/Tweens There are currently two types of volunteer positions open for ages 11-18–book buddies and garden volunteers. Book Buddies, or our Teen Buddy Book Club, is a program that pairs kids one-on-one with a teen role model. These volunteers spend time virtually helping their buddy gain confidence reading, while they practice their literacy skills and get to know them. For more information, visit https://www.pawlingfreelibrary.org/community-service/   Garden Volunteers tend to the teen garden at the library, but do so on their own schedule, without others around. Possible responsibilities include watering, checking nitrogen levels, and weeding. All volunteers will be able to take vegetables home! Find out more at  https://www.pawlingfreelibrary.org/teenprograms/ As we continue our reopening process, additional volunteering opportunities will be considered. We hope to have volunteers helping in additional children’s programs regularly as soon as it is safe and we are allowed.   Leadership Interns: Because we are hosting summer programming virtually and have to limit the number of people in our building, the library is not able to hire Leadership Interns this summer. Leadership interns will return...

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research / Online Program

with Community Engagement Manager Joan Carl Tuesday, June 30 7:00-8:00 pm Registration is required. Click the link below to reserve a space for Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research or email Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org.  https://www.pawlingfreelibrary.org/event/reserved-for-online-event-7/2020-06-30/ This workshop covers four areas of lifestyle habits that are associated with healthy aging: cognitive activity, exercise, diet & nutrition, and social engagement. We will discuss what we know, drawing on current research, as well as what we can do now to improve or maintain our overall health. This  program is being provided by the Alzheimer’s Association. For further information please call the Alzheimer’s Association at 800-272-3900. 

Contactless Checkout Begins June 16th

Contactless checkout will begin on Tuesday June 16th in the library courtyard. Checkout will be by appointment only, for items previously requested. Patrons will be able to place requests by phone or email or by using the myLibro app. For the full contactless checkout procedures and other information pertaining to the library’s phased re-opening process, please visit https://www.pawlingfreelibrary.org/re-opening-information/ Please remember to wear a mask whenever you visit the library.

The Early Days of Television

Tuesday, June 23 7:00-9:00 pm Click the link below to register for The Early Days of Television or email Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org.  https://www.pawlingfreelibrary.org/event/the-early-days-of-television/2020-06-23/ Television started in 1928 in Schenectady, New York but it was incubated in two laboratories, one in Pittsburgh in George Westinghouse’s Labs and the other in General Electric’s Lab. TV goes through growing pains including World War II. But when GI’s come home, they want their TV. They want to watch Ed Sullivan, Meet the Press, Uncle Miltie, Milton Berle, Joe Friday, Lucy and Desi and Ralph Kramden and even test patterns. TV also reflected society of the time. Blacklisting and Nat King Cole could not get a sponsor. Stroll down Memory Lane and get reacquainted with the 1940s and 1950s TV. The Early Days of TV. The programming looked cheap but it came right into the living room. Watching in front of stores, getting rid of rolling, snow and moving that antenna the right way. About our presenter: Evan Weiner, recognized globally as an expert in the politics of the sports...

Marco Polo: The Silk Road & China: The UN in Action

Guest Speaker: Dr. Joseph Baxer President of the United Nations Association of Connecticut Wednesday, June 24 7:00-8:00 pm Registration is required. Click the link below to reserve a space for Marco Polo: The Silk Road & China: The UN in Action or email Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org.  https://www.pawlingfreelibrary.org/event/marco-polothe-silk-road-china-the-un-in-action/2020-06-24/ Images of the ancient Silk Road and the medieval journey of Marco Polo invite fascinating images of caravans of camels navigating long stretches of desert, caravanserai hosting a veritable Babel of tongues and cooperation midst diversity as traders, diplomats and adventurers came in contact. The UN is far from an office building in Manhattan, but alive, in action, rooted across a continent in which China reimagines the ancient routes at sea, on ice and through cyberspace. Is it true that no longer do all roads lead to Rome, but now to Beijing? Dr. Baxer, following an immersion in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, Bangkok and Istanbul, will explore the vitality and promise of the UN in action within the context of Marco Polo’s world. About our presenter: Dr Joseph J...