Closure Notice

The library will be closed to the public beginning at 2 PM on Saturday March 14th. We will remain closed through at least Wednesday April 29th. All library face-to-face programs and events are cancelled through Thursday April 30th. The accumulation of overdue fines will be suspended until we re-open. Please hold onto any library items until the library re-opens, so that our box drops do not overfill while staff is unavailable to empty them. Thank you for your consideration. If you have book donations to drop off prior to the library reopening, please text Karen at (845) 600-5031 to arrange a drop off time.  

Community Resources: COVID-19

Community Resources: COVID-19 Life is changing fast nowadays, but there’s resources to help those in need. This page includes information and links to resources in our community at the state, county, and local levels. Please contact us at if you are aware of additional services being offered to our community that are not listed here.   Finding Reliable Information and Local Information Food and Toiletries Healthy Parenting/Parenting Resources Emergency Childcare Health and Mental Health Crisis Hotlines and Help     Finding Reliable Information: The Town of Pawling is working hard, updating their page constantly with up to date information for our community: There are several institutions to look towards with factual, up to date health information on COVID-19. Visit our page “Finding Reliable Health Information During a Pandemic” for these resources. In general, the Center for Disease Control ( and  Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health ( offer high quality information. List of Local Resources: The Pawling School District has compiled a list of local resources and services available for those...

Stuck at home? Here are 10 things you can still do thanks to your library card

Read a book: With Overdrive and hoopla, you can download thousands of eBooks and audiobooks Watch a movie: With Kanopy and hoopla, you can stream videos to your computer, TV, or mobile device Download a magazine: That may sound like a strange combination of words, but with RB Digital you can digitally check out current and back issues of hundreds of popular magazines Learn a language: Your library card gives you access to Mango Languages, an online and mobile language learning program Take a class: Universal Class is an online learning platform that offers over 500 courses Homeschool: We have a page with great resources for children and families like Tumblebooks, Storytime Online, and subject area resources. Read a newspaper: Your library card gives you access to the New York Times as well as over 1,000 other newspapers Update your resume: With JobNow, you have access to live, one-on-one resume help, interview practice, test preparation, and career information Research health information: Now seems a very a propos time to access our health databases to find...

Finding Reliable Information During a Pandemic

The whole world is talking about the COVID-19 coronavirus, but it’s not always obvious where people are getting their information (and who to trust!). As an institution, the Pawling Library is monitoring the latest news about the virus in order to make informed decisions about how we can avoid contributing to the problem. For local information, we are following the lead of the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health: ( They have a page devoted specifically to COVID-19: ( So too does the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: ( Did you know that the National Institutes of Health’s U.S. National Library of Medicine maintains a list of mobile apps that can be used in times of emergency ( Even if we don’t know for sure what the future holds, each of us can get prepared and can adopt the World Health Organization’s best practices: ( This way, we can play our role in being part of the solution, not part of the problem.

The United Nations: An Insider’s Perspective / CANCELLED

Tuesday, March 24 7:00-8:00 pm The UN celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. What exactly is this organization, created in the aftermath of WWII, that now has 193 nation state members? Is it a world government? Does the UN Declaration of Human Rights contradict the US Declaration of Independence? What are its successes, failures and opportunities? In this presentation, Dr. Kambalov, shares 21 years of personal experience at the UN and opens an exploration of the nuts and bolts of this institution, inviting questions and comments. 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...

Effective Communication Strategies / CANCELLED

with Joan Carl Tuesday, March 17 7:00-8:00 pm Individuals living with dementia often experience changes in behavior that can be confusing to friends and family. For caregivers, learning to decode messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language can help both parties to connect and communicate in meaningful ways. This program will help explain the communication changes that take place in a person with dementia and identify strategies to connect and communicate at each stage of the disease. This program is being provided by the Alzheimer’s Association Registration is required. Call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444 to register or send an email to Donald at

FREE English (ESOL) Tutoring

English for Speakers of Other Languages with Karina Cerna Thursday, March 12 1:00-4:00 pm Tutoring is available for both adults and teens. Sessions are for one hour. Registration is required. Call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444 to register or send an email to Donald at “This publication (product) was supported by (or “in part by”) funds from the New York State Library’s Adult Literacy Services grant program.”

Meet a Ballerina Story Hour

Friday, 2/28, 1:00-2:00 pm Local ballerina, dance teacher, and reading role model Rachel Hamdan will stop by the library for a very special story hour. She will bring costumes, shoes, and go over a few basic moves with attendees. In addition, she will read a favorite dancing story book and discuss why she LOVES to read! We suggest families discuss what questions kids may want to ask Rachel, as there will be time for Q&A. Caregivers are required to remain in the library for the duration of the program. Registration is required. Interested in joining? Visit our registration portal online or stop by the circulation desk.

Admissions and Financial Aid: What it Takes to get into College Today

with Stephanie Mauro Thursday, February 20 6:30-8:00 pm At this presentation you will learn: 1) How to maximize their student’s potential to receive scholarships, grants and other forms of merit-aid. 2) The importance of the SAT & ACT tests and how colleges value them. 3) What the more selective colleges really want to see on a student’s application. 4) The difference between the FAFSA and CSS Profile financial aid forms and how they affect the cost of college. 5) What financial aid really means to a family and how need is determined. 6) The parental and student assets that take away from qualifying for financial aid. 7) How the financial aid system works and why it’s important to have an expected family contribution (EFC) calculated before a student visits colleges. 8) We will go over a timeline to successfully complete the college planning process and how it’s possible to attend a private college for a public college price. 9) Plus much, much more! Registration is required. Call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444 to register or...

hoopla is here

Your Pawling Library card now offers you free access to streaming content through hoopla. While the focus of hoopla (like Kanopy) is movies, hoopla does also offer TV shows, comics, music, eBooks, and audiobooks. Unlike Overdrive, there is never any wait time for eBooks and audiobooks on hoopla. For more information or to get started, go to The Pawling Library would like to thank the Pawling Community Foundation for providing a grant that allowed us to introduce streaming video to our patrons.