Summer Reading Ideas for Elementary Readers

Summer is the perfect time to crack open a new book! Lola the library owl and our team have put together a list of favorite reads for children, summer 2022. They are sorted based on average reading levels and interest levels for preschool – grades 5+. Check it out here for some great summer reads! Lists like these aren’t the only way to find accessible reading material for any child’s ability level. Looking for more books at your child’s reading level? For new readers, we offer leveled booklets and Easy Reader books in our ER section (in the picture book area). New readers can start with the level A booklets and work their way up! Plus, Easy Reader (ER) books feature accessible language, simple sentence structure, and visual clues that help developing readers grow. These books are great for students entering kindergarten – 2nd grade in Fall 2022. Got a chapter book reader? There’s lots of chapter book options that are leveled too! Check out our leveled reading lists in English  and Spanish for suggested...

Register Now for Youth Summer Programs!

The Pawling Library’s summer program schedule is full of great events for children, teens, and families! Registration is now open for our summer programs, and registration is required for nearly all our classes and events. We invite you to register online or stop by the circulation desk for help registering in person.   To register for children’s programs (birth – grade 5):  View our program schedules and descriptions in our program guide:  To register, click the “register here” links in the program guide and go to the Eventbrite page for each event. You can also search for an event in our calendar to find direct links to each event’s registration page. With questions or assistance, contact Children’s Program Coordinator Neena McBaer at 845-855-3444 or   To register for Tween/Teen programs (grades 5-12):  View our teen program schedules and descriptions on our Teen programs page or stop by the circulation desk to pick up a brochure. To register, follow the registration links on the Teen programs page. You can also search for an event...

In Search of Accounting Help

The Pawling Library is looking to contract with an accounting firm to handle our accounting and bookkeeping needs. If you know of an accounting firm that might be able help us, please have them send us an engagement letter. A fuller explanation of what we are seeking can be found at

Bids for Kids Corner

The Pawling Library is currently accepting bids from contractors who would be interested in building our new children’s addition. If you know of any contractors who might be interested in bidding, please make sure we receive their bids by July 8th. The full details and bid documents can be found at

Summer Kicks off On Monday, June 20!

The Pawling Library’s Oceans of Possibilities Summer Reading Challenge begins on Monday, June 20th! Register online and count the time you spend reading all summer! Earn badges, free books and other prizes like baseball tickets! Help us reach our community goal of 20,000 minutes and we’ll have an ice cream party to celebrate! Plus, the Library will earn a Nintendo Switch to use during Library programs! Open to kids of all ages, teens, and adults! Register here to track online or pick up a paper log from our front desk. June 20th is also the day to sign up for all our summer programs! Please visit our online calendar, Teen Programs and Events page, or our Children’s Program page for all the details and to register. Join us on 6/20 at 3:30 pm for a special Oceans of Possibilities Magic Show with Jim Vargias for kids from kindergarten thru 8th grade. This program is in partnership with Pawling Recreation and will be held at the Lakeside Park auditorium. Register here.      

Summer Teen Volunteers Needed

Thank you to all those who have sent in their applications to be a Summer Volunteer. We will be in touch shortly to let you know the next steps. Meanwhile, we still need a few more volunteers for the Help Young Writers program. Please contact Maureen McGrath at if you are interested. Help Young Writers: This opportunity is to help younger children to write, make, and publish their own books. This program is funded in part through Dutchess County and OCFS. The Summer Volunteer application is now open for those age 11 & up. Please use this link:

Line Dancing at Pawling Recreation

Wednesday, June 29 2-3 pm Instructor: Tina Orgera Click the link below to register for Line Dancing or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at   Do you enjoy line dancing or want to learn? It doesn’t matter whether you’re new to this or experienced. Spend an hour dancing while listening to a variety of tunes. Line dancing is not just entertainment, it’s also a good form of exercise. Please join us. Be good to yourself and have some fun. Joy is healthy, too!   The Pawling Library is proud to be partnering with Pawling Recreation for this program. 2 Lakeside Dr, Pawling NY 12564 845-855-1131 Email:

Natural Healing / Online Program

Presented by Julie Johns Wednesday, June 29 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for Natural Healing or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at   At this presentation you’ll learn the health benefits of Chinese medicine. Please join us and discover how you can naturally improve the quality of your life.   About our presenter: Julie Johns is a licensed Acupuncturist. She is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She earned a MS degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and a BS degree in Health Sciences in a three-year program at Mercy College which focused on acupuncture, theory of oriental medicine, Chinese herbology, health sciences, and clinical experience. Her first career was as a research assistant in two basic research laboratories, one at Stanford Medical School and the other at Weill Cornell Medical College. These experiences along with the BA degree in Biology she received from the University of California, Santa Cruz gave her a good grounding in science and the theories of allopathic (western)...

12 Easy Herbs for your Patio and Gardens / Online Program

Presented by Master Gardener Lorraine Seach Thursday, June 30 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for 12 Easy Herbs for your Patio and Gardens or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at Herbs are great multi-taskers for all kinds of gardens! Their culinary and ornamental value make them candidates for kitchen gardens, vegetable plots, perennial borders and all sizes and types of containers. Learn how to grow and use the easiest of herbs!

Coloring Group: Adult Art Workshop

Wednesdays 1-2 pm Click the link below to register for Coloring Group or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at   NOTE: This in-person program will take place each Wednesday from 1-2 pm at Pawling Recreation.   Coloring is more than being creative, it’s a very relaxing activity that has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety. Each week we’ll be coloring a new mandala design, while also enjoying a good round of conversation. You don’t have to have a degree in art to participate…just some paper and color pencils. Please join us. Relax and connect with like-minded people, and add a burst of color to your day! All supplies will be provided.   The Pawling Library is proud to be partnering with Pawling Recreation.   Pawling Recreation 2 Lakeside Dr, Pawling NY 12564 845-855-1131 Email: