Masks Required by Order of the Governor

New York State is currently requiring all indoor public places to mandate that all visitors wear masks. Because the Pawling Library does not have the capacity to take advantage of the screening-based exemption, we are requiring every person visiting the Pawling Library to wear a mask. Other than the state-issued mask requirement, we are operating under our normal procedures. All public computers are available for use, and we will be open for our normal hours of operation. 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. For more information about the Governor’s order visit

Register for Winter Children’s Programs

  Registration for Winter Children’s Programs now Open! The winter program cycle will run nine weeks: January 25 – March 25. For more information on what programs are available and to register, check out our Winter 2022 Programs Guide. As part of our response to COVID-19, we offer in-person, digital, and take home kit programs for children and families. Join anytime–registration is rolling, but enrollment is first come, first served. Registration is required. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ For more information about programs and our services to youth, visit our Current Children’s Programs Page or contact Children’s Program Coordinator, Neena McBaer, at 845-855-3444 or

January’s Board Meeting Will Be Online

The January 2022 meeting of the Pawling Library Board of Trustees will take place online. If you would like access to the meeting, please contact the library director, Brian Avery, by emailing

Laurie Berkner Valentine’s Concert

Sunday, 2/13, 12:00 PM & 5:00 PM All ages welcome, best for families with children six and under Laurie Berkner, Hudson Valley resident and mega-star of the children’s music scene is hosting an interactive Virtual Concert this Valentine’s Day. She’s been on Nickelodeon, toured the US, and written hits like “We are the Dinosaurs” and “I’m Gonna Catch You.” To help support at-home learning this winter, the Pawling Free Library will be providing a limited number of virtual concert tickets to local families. To reserve a ticket, click here.  You will need an internet connected device to stream the concert remotely. Only one ticket per family; one ticket includes access to both concert times for one device and should be enough for the whole family. For more information about Laurie, her music, and the concert, visit her website. For more information about these tickets and this partnership, contact Children’s Program Coordinator, Neena McBaer at or 845-855-3444.

Library Centennial Website

Have you donated to the Pawling Library’s Centennial fund? Your name might be on our Centennial website. For more information about the library Centennial, including fundraising and event information, visit

Help Wanted

The Pawling Library is looking to hire a part-time clerk to work Mondays, Tuesdays, and Saturdays. If you are interested, you can read more about the position and apply online at Only applications submitted through our online portal will be considered. We will accept applications through January 17th, 2022. If you would like more information about applying, please email our library director, Brian Avery at

BOOK SEARCH: The Quest To Find The Oldest Book In Pawling

The Pawling Library is holding a Book Search contest as part of our Centennial Celebration. From November 2021 to February 2022 you have to find the oldest book. A winner will be chosen on Tuesday, March 1st and awarded a $50.00 gift certificate from the Book Cove. Hidden away in your attic, in a cabinet, box or chest, might be that literary treasure. Please bring your vintage books to our library so that we can make a note of the titles and dates of publication. We’ll also of course need your contact information. For a century the Pawling Library has been serving our community and will continue to do so in the years to come. Thank you for your patronage.

Protecting your Garden from Nuisance Wildlife / Online Program

Presented by Master Gardener Mary Nisley Wednesday, January 26 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for Protecting your Garden or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at Is wildlife driving you crazy in your garden? Learn strategies for protecting your garden from deer, woodchucks, rabbits and more, using fencing, repellents and plant selection. This presentation has emphasis on vegetable gardening.  

Couponing Class / Online Program

with Carla Biggs Thursday, January 27 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for Couponing Class or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at In this class, we will look at all aspects of how to coupon in the 21st century. Couponing is easier now than ever before and you can learn how to lower the costs of your household bills and even learn how to get some freebies! We will explore the use of paper and digital methods of couponing, including using phone apps, websites, and social media. We will also learn the different methods of couponing at popular drug stores and ways to save at the grocery store!  

Body System Disorders: The Nervous System– Its Connection to Whole Body Functionality / Online Program

Presented by Dr. Somesh N. Kaushik Tuesday, February 8 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for The Nervous System or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at The nervous system includes: the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and the peripheral nervous system (nerves that branch off from the spinal cord and extend to all parts of the body). Ayurveda recognizes the connection of the nervous system to each of the other body systems and emphasizes the optimization of this connection for complete functionality of all systems. The nervous system transmits signals between the brain and the rest of the body, including internal organs. In this way, the nervous system’s activity controls the ability to move, breathe, see, think, and more. When something goes wrong with a part of your nervous system, you can have trouble moving, speaking, swallowing, breathing, or learning. You can also have problems with your memory, senses, or mood. There are more than 600 neurologic diseases. Major types include: Multiple sclerosis (MS) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis...