We Are Open

The library entered into stage 5 of our reopening plan on Tuesday September 8th. Up to ten patrons at a time are 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 5 and more information about our re-opening procedures, please visit

Thankgiving Week Hours

If you are not going over the river and through the woods this Thanksgiving, you might be interested in knowing when the Pawling Library will be open.  We will be reducing our schedule during Thanksgiving week, so that staff are able to spend time with their loved ones. We will close at 3 PM on Wednesday and then re-open at noon on Friday. Day by day, that means our hours are as follows: Monday: 12-5 Tuesday: 10-8 Wednesday: 10-3 Thursday: Closed Friday: 12-5 Saturday: 10-4

Socially Distant Santa and Mrs. Claus

December 5th, 2020, by reservation only Get ready to bundle up and share your wish lists! Our annual visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus is ON! But… it is going to look a little different this year. To keep all involved as safe as possible, families will visit outside, one at time, while Santa and Mrs. Claus stay inside and chat through a window. Registration for 10 minute windows is required. Masks and social distancing required and enforced. Pawling and Holmes residents,Click here to find out more or register. Interested in other December and holiday programs? Check out our other offerings here. At this time, space is limited to Pawling and Holmes residents and their families. If spaces remain, we will invite the larger community to participate. Not a local resident? Sign up for our non-resident waiting list  

Ayurveda and Heart Health: The Power of Mind and Spirit / Online Program

Presented by Dr. Somesh N. Kaushik, ND, BAMS, MPH, MPA, E-RYT 500 Tuesday, December 1 7:00-8:00 pm Click the link below to register for Ayurveda and Heart Health: The Power of Mind and Spirit or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at Both western and Ayurvedic medicine agree that there are things you can do to keep your heart healthy. Ayurveda, however, views the role of the heart somewhat differently than its western counterpart. In Ayurveda, the heart is the energetic center of the body, effecting – and effected by – the cells and tissues of every other organ. They are inseparable. The Ayurvedic philosophy of body, mind, spirit, is no more critical to any organ than to the heart, as it influences the whole. A healthy mind and spirit translates into a healthy heart. Come and discover: Heart issues for the different doshas (body constitutions) How stress and inflammation affect your heart and other organs The connection between digestion and heart health  Foods, herbs, and supplements that benefit the heart  What happens when you are...

Seeking Parent Feedback

The children’s department is hoping to refocus our energy on providing the types of programming and materials that your family will not just use, but will love! To help us do that, we’re seeking feedback from parents and caregivers with children ages 0-10 at home. This quick, 5-10 minute survey is totally anonymous, so please let us know what you hope to see from us in the future, whether offline or on. Access the survey here: Questions and concerns can always be directed to Children’s Program Coordinator, Neena McBaer, at

Meditation with Maria / Online Program

Thursday, December 3 6:30-7:30 pm Click the link below to register for Meditation with Maria or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at This guided meditation, brought to us by the calming voice and words of Maria Polhemus, is intended to promote relaxation. Please join us for this soothing program to help you to release unwanted tension.

Four Seasons of Gardening / Online Program

Presented by Philomena Kiernan of Cornell Cooperative Extension Tuesday, December 8 7:00-8:00 pm Click the link below to register for Four Seasons of Gardening or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at Constant bloom is the Holy Grail of perennial gardeners, but there are other options to extend visual interest of your gardens throughout the year. Join a 4-season photo tour to see how to use plants with different bloom cycles, foliage, containers and other structural elements to lend seasonal excitement to home gardens. 

The Roosevelts at Christmas / Online Program

with Jeffrey Urbin Wednesday, December 9 7:00-8:00 pm Click the link below to register for The Roosevelts at Christmas or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at The Roosevelt’s loved Christmas. For them it truly was the most wonderful time of the year. But how did they celebrate this joyous time in the dark days of the Great Depression and World War II? This session describes some of the customs and traditions followed by the Roosevelts in Washington and Hyde Park. 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 college and adult learning programs. In addition, he provides training, programs and presentations for teachers and assists museum educators across the country in developing educational programs for their own museums. He has been a pioneer in developing distance learning programs for the Presidential Library System...

FREE English (ESOL) Online Tutoring

English for Speakers of Other Languages with Karina Cerna Friday, November 20 Time slots: 5:00-6:00 pm / 6:00-7:00 pm / 7:00-8:00 pm Click the link below to register for FREE English (ESOL) Online Tutoring  or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at Once you are registered Karina will email you a Zoom link. You can use Zoom on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. One space is available for each class. Please indicated what day and time you’d like to make an appointment. Thank you! “This publication (product) was supported by (or “in part by”) funds from the New York State Library’s Adult Literacy Services grant program.”

Dogman Virtual Escape the Room

Calling all Dogman and puzzle fans! We’ve got a digital program for you. Oh no! Sneaky Petey and Grampa have trapped Dogman and Catkid! Can you help our heroes escape before too much trouble ensues? This digital escape room supports critical thinking and can be done independently or as a family at any time. Developing readers may need reading support, as some clues must be read. Click here to play!