Library Re-Opens February 12th

Starting on Friday, February 12th, the Pawling Library will once again be open to the public. On the 12th, we will move to stage 5 of our re-opening protocols. Up to ten 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 5 and more information about our re-opening procedures, please visit During stage 5 we will continue to offer contactless checkout in our courtyard. For more information please visit


In celebration of Earth Day, the Pawling Library is collaborating with artist Lonna Kelly for her art project that Ms. Kelly calls Synergy, offering a space for community expression. The theme for this art project is Our Earth. To participate, artistically express what our Earth means to you. This can be a sketch, a painting, photograph, mixed-media, etc. Send jpeg images of your art to Donald at by April 15. This art project is open to both adults and children. Artwork will be posted on the websites of the Pawling Library  & Lonna Kelly Studio.   Click the link below for more information.

Trustee meeting will be online

The April 8th 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

Spring Children’s Programs Registration Open

No more April-fooling around! The full schedule of Spring Children’s programs for children ten and under is now available! We’re continuing to offer our popular activity kit programs, as well as digital events on Zoom and Facebook Live. Starting in May, we’re also introducing our first outdoor, socially distanced programs for children under five and their caregivers! To view all our Spring offerings and to register, visit our Spring Programs Guide. Registration is required for all programming. The program cycle will run April 12 – June 5. Registration is rolling, as space is available. For more information on policies for Zoom programs, kit programs, and in-person events, visit our Current Children’s Programs Hub.    

FREE English (ESOL) Online Tutoring

English for Speakers of Other Languages with Karina Cerna April 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 & 17 Registration is required. You can reserve a space for tutoring by registering below or email Donald 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 indicate what day and time you’d like to make an appointment. Thank you! This publication was supported in part by funds from the New York State Library’s Adult Literacy Services grant program.   Thursday, April 8 Time slots: 1:00-2:00 pm / 2:00-3:00 pm / 3:00-4:00 pm   Friday, April 9 Time slots: 5:00-6:00 pm / 6:00-7:00 pm / 7:00-8:00 pm   Saturday, April 10 Time slots: 4:00-5:00 pm / 5:00-6:00 pm / 6:00-7:00 pm   Thursday, April 15 Time slots: 1:00-2:00 pm / 2:00-3:00 pm   Friday, April 16 Time slots: 5:00-6:00 pm / 6:00-7:00 pm / 7:00-8:00 pm   Saturday, April 17 Time slots: 4:00-5:00 pm...

Haunted Objects / Online Program

Presented by with Barry Pirro Tuesday, April 13 6:30-7:30 pm Click the link below to register for Haunted Objects or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at Paranormal investigator Barry Pirro has investigated hundreds of haunted houses, businesses, and historic sites. He has also been a consultant for paranormal TV shows Ghost Adventures, Ghost Nation, Kindred Spirits, and Paranormal Survivor. Join Barry as he shares chilling stories of haunted objects. Just as a house can be haunted, any object can become haunted or cursed. Hear stories of haunted paintings, jewelry, dolls, furniture, and musical instruments. Participants will also have a chance to ask Barry questions about his experiences as a ‘ghost hunter,’ and to share their own true ghost stories. 

Allergies and Asthma: An Ayurvedic Approach / Online Program

Presented by Dr. Somesh N. Kaushik, ND, BAMS, MPH, MPA, E-RYT 500 Tuesday, April 20 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for Allergies and Asthma or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at Allergies are the body’s response to toxins that a weakened immune system cannot handle. Seasonal allergies (external) and/or food allergies (internal) result when foreign elements invade the body and cannot be eradicated. Asthma is an allergic reaction to certain triggers that aggravate and inflame the lung tissue, and can become systemic over time. Keeping the body in balance, and the immune system strong, can prevent allergies from taking hold.  Come and discover: Why certain “body types” are more prone to allergies  How digestion impacts allergic reactions The role of metabolism in allergic responses  The effect of vaccinations on the body Techniques to balance and strengthen the immune system  Techniques to balance and strengthen the immune system 

Sound Experience

with Cristina Reyes-Schleifer Sound Practitioner Wednesday, April 21 7:00-8:30 pm Click the link below to register for Sound Experience or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at Immerse yourself in the soothing waves of sound Reduce muscle tension and stress Enter a deep meditative state Enhance your awareness Feel lighter and energized The sound of Tibetan singing bowls, tuning forks, chimes, bells and gongs will open up a new dimension in your life.

Owls of the Night / Online Program

Presented by Naturalist & Preserve Steward John Foley of the Great Hollow Nature Preserve & Ecological Research Center Thursday, April 22 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for Owls of the Night or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at They fly in silence. These nocturnal birds of prey have captured our interest and imaginations throughout time.   Worldwide there are nearly 250 species.  Please join us for this fascinating and beautiful special Earth Day event, as we learn together about the magnificent owls.  About our presenter: John is a self-taught naturalist who has spent years working in and around Great Hollow, studying the local plants and animals that make the area so special. He is a Connecticut-certified Master Wildlife Conservationist and has worked as a field technician for multiple agencies and organizations, such as the Connecticut Bureau of Natural Resources and Bureau of Outdoor Recreation. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Great Swamp and the Naromi Land Trust. John’s passion is turtles, and he has spent the...

Want to Meet Wonder Woman?

Join us April 8th, at 4:30 – 5:00 PM on Facebook Live to interact with Wonder Woman! : or request a recording to be sent directly to your email. Want to give your little one an experience they’ll never forget? Your child will become friends with a real superhero as they read, sing, tell engaging stories, and play games​ together — Plus,​​ she will respond to your child’s live comments by name! Join us for the second Virtual Live Storytime in an 8-month series on Thursday, April 8th at 4:30pm for an interactive experience and be automatically entered to win a video call from the hero herself! TO JOIN IN: 1) ​​Visit ​now and request to be added to the exclusive event group. Must join BEFORE 4/8 to participate Live. 2) Visit our group again ​on 4/8 right at 4:30pm to play, read, and sing with the hero LIVE! GIVEAWAY! All attending families are automatically entered to win a 10 minute Parties with Character Diamond Package Video Call with the storytime character directly...

How to Sign Up for the Covid-19 Vaccine in Dutchess County

Knowing how to register for a Covid-19 vaccine appointment is hard, and it’s the first time for all of us! The libraries of Dutchess County are here to help you understand how to get started. Here is a short video that can help: