Library Director Search

Our current library director will be leaving for a new position next month. If you are interested in becoming our next library director, please visit to read the job description and to submit an application. Received before August 15th will be reviewed by the board of trustees for consideration.

Are your tickets entered for the summer reading raffle?

REMINDER: Our first raffle in our Summer Reading Challenge will be 7/15! If you’ve been logging your reading online or with a paper log, you’ve been earning raffle tickets to win prizes in our raffles! But have you stopped by the library to fill them out and pick up your other prizes? Want a chance to win? Kids and teens who have leveled up in the Summer Reading Challenge will need to stop by the library before 7/15 to pick up prizes and enter their raffle tickets or contact program coordinator Neena to redeem their tickets. Adult participants do not need to stop by; their tickets are automatically entered for them! For the 7/15 raffle, you could win tickets to games from awesome area teams like the Hudson Valley Renegades, New York Red Bulls, and Danbury Westerners. Got questions? Out of town or unable to stop in to redeem tickets? Contact Program Coordinator Neena McBaer at 845-855-3444 or to find out about entering the raffle when you can’t come in. Thank you to the...

Meet a Mermaid at Lakeside Park!

This program is designed for families and youth of all ages. Saturday, 7/16, 1:30 -2:30 PM – Location: Lakeside Park Beachfront, 2 Lakeside Drive, Pawling NY 12564 Stop by the Lakeside beach for this magical event. Our mermaid friends will read, sing, and play with us, as well as provide opportunities for participants to ask questions and do individual meet-and-greets. This interactive program is paid for in part by Dutchess County as part of our Literacy Heroes series and will be held at Lakeside Park. Sponsored in partnership with Pawling Recreation and the Pawling Library. Please bring a blanket or beach chairs to sit on for the event. Note: in case of bad weather, this program will move indoors to the Lakeside Park Auditorium. Registration for this program is highly preferred, though drop-ins are welcome. Register here:

Infamy to Victory: FDR as Commander in Chief in World War II / Online Program

Presented by Jeffrey Urbin Tuesday, July 19 6:30-7:30 pm Click the link below to register for Infamy to Victory or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at   On December 7, 1941 the United States – ranked 17th in the world in military power at the time – was unexpectedly plunged into World War II. A grueling 1,365 days later we emerged as the world’s first Superpower. This presentation outlines how Franklin Roosevelt’s leadership addressed some of the major challenges to win victory in a global war, bringing us from a ‘day of infamy’ to ‘absolute victory. ’Interactive discussion topics include: Why is the role of Commander-in-Chief so important? What actions did FDR take to mobilize the country for war? How did being Assistant Secretary of the Navy during World War I help FDR as Commander in Chief? How did the wartime conferences of the Big Three shape the strategies and conduct of the war? How did Roosevelt’s famous communication skills help win the war?   About our presenter: Jeffrey Urbin is the...

Inspiring Works by Women Writers (Book Club) / Online Program

Wednesday, July 20 6:30-7:30 pm Click the link below to register for Inspiring Works by Women Writers or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at   The book club will be discussing To Kill a Mockingbird & Go Set a Watchman!, by Harper Lee.   Are you interested in reading and discussing novels, plays, and poems by women? Then this is your Book Club! This is a fun opportunity to indulge in some great works by women writers. We will begin each discussion with a little background history and tidbits on each female writer. I’ll ask a few questions to get us started and then it’s an open forum. My hope is that together we gain a little more insight into these books (and perhaps the authors as well). Some of these books you may know well. Some may be books you always meant to read and never got around to! It does not matter how expert you are with the works or the authors. If you are passionate about discussing books and...

Body System Disorders: The Muscular System – Identifying and Correcting the Dosha Imbalance / Online Program

Thursday, July 21 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for The Muscular System or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at   The muscular system aids in movement, blood flow, and other bodily functions. In his ongoing Body System Disorders series, Dr. Kaushik, will explore muscle disorders that range from weakness, inflammation, muscle cramps, paralysis, and many other conditions and their treatments.   About our presenter: Dr. Somesh N. Kaushik is the owner and chief medical practitioner of Dr. Kaushick’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic in Cross River, NY. With over 35 years’ experience as an Ayurvedic physician, Dr. Kaushik’s medical training is extensive. He is one of the most experienced Ayurvedic physicians in North America and is the recipient of the Dhanwantri Award, his profession’s highest honor. Dr. Kaushik recently founded the Institute for the Advancement of Ayurvedic Sciences, a research and teaching institution.

Library Closed on July 4th

The Pawling Library will be closed on Monday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. We will reopen on Tuesday July 5th at our normal time of 10 AM. You can learn more about local Independence Day events on the Dutchess Tourism website:

Evening Book Conversations / Online Program

Wednesday, July 13 6:30-7:30pm Click the link below to register for Evening Book Conversations or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at   The book club will be discussing The Other Bennet Sister: A Novel by Janice Hadlow   Share your passion for reading. Enjoy friendly discussions about your favorite books. This evening is for you. Book selections are made by our members.

Afternoon Hatha Yoga / Online Program

Thursdays 1-2 pm Instructor: Maria Polhemus Click the link below to register for Afternoon Hatha Yoga or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at   Hatha Yoga is one of the most popular relaxing forms of exercise. Spend an hour with us and enjoy a new found path to tranquility. Each session ends with a guided meditation. Program fee: $5.00, per class.

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...