Library Services

Our Mission

The Pawling Library seeks to serve the Town of Pawling, including the Hamlet of Holmes as well as the surrounding areas, by making high quality library materials available to all community members free of charge, for the purposes of personal enjoyment, self-improvement or academic inquiry. By meeting the community members personal needs, we hope to encourage enthusiastic readers of all ages, dedicated to personal enrichment and learning.

Public Computers

The library has 8 computer work stations available for public use. All public of our computers have high-speed Internet, Microsoft Office, and printing capabilities.  Our library is equipped with free WiFi access for use by patrons with their own laptop computers.

Our children’s area contains an AWE computer for use by the children.  This touch screen system is pre-loaded with a variety of learning software.

The Children’s area also features two Kindles running Amazon’s Freetime App, which provides a curated suite of books, videos, games, and apps, while blocking access to the general web.

Pawling Free Library Computer Use Policy

Fax Services

Our library has a fax machine and fax dedicated phone number in order to send and receive faxes for our patrons.  For a nominal fee, your faxes can be sent, or received and held for pick up at the library. Our fax number is 845-855-8138.

Fax Costs: $1.00 for the first page, and $0.50 for each additional page

Scanning Services

Our library offers scanning service at the Circulation Desk. Your documents can be scanned, and then emailed to an address of your choice or saved to your USB drive.

Scanning  Costs: $1.00 for the first page, and $0.50 for each additional page

Homebound Services

The Pawling Library now offers free delivery of materials to persons who are physically unable to visit the library, including the elderly, the disabled, and those who are temporarily incapacitated by illness or accident. We can deliver books to retirement communities, senior centers, and private residences. You can request books of your choice, or have our Homebound Services Representative Evelina, select titles according to your interests.

Learn more about Homebound Services

Little Free Library on the Appalachian Trail

With the help of volunteers and donations, the library maintains a Little Free Library located at the Telephone Pioneers Shelter, a popular destination for day-hikers, and a sleeping shelter for AT through-hikers. We also offer backpacks for checkout that come with items helpful on the trail.

Learn more

Museum Passes

The Pawling Library provides passes to  following museums to facilitate the education and growth of the people of Pawling by encouraging them to visit these great cultural institutions. Call or stop in to reserve one of our passes today.

American Museum of Natural History
Intrepid Air, Sea, & Space Museum
Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum

American Museum of Natural History

amnhpassCentral Park W and 79th St New York, NY

The library has tickets for free admission to the AMNH. Patrons will be given up to 2 tickets per family when they present their library card. The tickets are good for admission and give you access to the museum and show / exhibit.

The AMNH features a number of permanent and changing attractions including:

The Biodiversity and Environmental Halls, which offer a vivid and inspiring vision of the spectacular beauty and abundance of life on Earth.

The Birds Halls portray the wide variety of avian life on the planet, and the Hall of Reptiles and Amphibians reviews the anatomy, behavior, and various adaptations of these vertebrates.

The Earth and Planetary Sciences halls showcase remarkable specimens, including meteorites, minerals, and rare gems, that offer clues about the origins of our solar system and the dynamic processes of our planet.

The Mammal Halls with precise depictions of geographical locations and careful, anatomically correct mounting of the specimens, the dioramas in the Museum’s Mammal Halls are among the most renowned in the world.

The Fossil Halls, one of the premier attractions, including its two famed dinosaur halls in the David H. Koch Dinosaur Wing, as well as the Lila Acheson Wallace Wing of Mammals and Their Extinct Relatives.

The Hall of Human Origins explores the evolutionary story of the human family, while the Cultural Halls examine the cultures of Asia, Africa, North and South America, and the Pacific.

More info on the American Museum of natural History at AMNH.org

The Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum

intrepidpassPier 86 W 46th St and 12th Ave New York, NY

Our pass provides free admission pass for up to six people and includes access to the Intrepid Museum and submarine Growler. The Intrepid Museum is a destination for visitors across the country and around the world. It stands as a monument to the heroism and accomplishments of America and the men and women who have served, as well as a showcase for sea, air and space innovation, now and in the future.

Discover the ship from the fo’c’s’le with its massive anchor chains to the recreation of the crew’s mess, get an up-close look at life on an aircraft carrier and learn about the heroism of all who served aboard her.

Explore space. In the newly reopened Space Shuttle Pavilion, artifacts and exhibits teach you all about the space program while you get up close and personal with space shuttle Enterprise.

Get hands-on with activities in the Exploreum Interactive Hall. Guests can “land” a plane in the flight simulator, climb into a lifeboat, pick up objects with astronaut gloves and more.

Investigate a “top-secret”submarine. The USS Growler is the world’s only strategic, diesel-powered nuclear deterrent submarine open to the public.

View 27 authentically restored aircraft. From WW II to the modern day, this unique collection includes the aircraft that inspired today’s aviation wonders, like the TBM Avenger torpedo bomber, A-4B Skyhawk, and the A-12 Blackbird.

More info on the museum at IntrepidMuseum.org

Mid-hudson Children’s Museum

childrensmuseum75 N. Water St. Poughkeepsie, NY

Our pass grants admission to 2 adults (or grandparents) and all children under 18 from one household to the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum. The mission of the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum (MHCM) is to empower young children and their families. The vision of MHCM is to create a community in which each and every child develops curiosity, confidence and self-worth.

The museum is located in the heart of the historic Hudson Riverfront in Poughkeepsie, just steps away from the Poughkeepsie Metro-North train station, the Walkway Over the Hudson, fabulous restaurants and a revitalized city waterfront park. The museum is the ideal destination for families with young children. With exhibits that focus on nature, science, literacy, art, music and the local community, the museum provides an educationally rich environment through which children have the opportunity to develop foundational skills, to engage in purposeful play, and to develop interpersonal connections. MHCM exhibits and programs get kids moving, exploring, building, pretending, collaborating, creating and discovering. In fall 2012, the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum was selected by the editors of Hudson Valley Magazine as one of its “2012 Best” in recognition of its Family Free Nights every 3rd Saturday of each month between 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The Museum was also named as Hudson Valley Parent’s Tops in Travel award winner for “Places to Learn.”

More info on the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum at mhcm.org

 

 

3D Printing

Ultimaker 3D printer with prints. With support from State Senator Terrence Murphy, we’re excited to offer our 3D printer, an Ultimaker 2, for our patrons to use. While 3D production and design are not new technologies, the recent advent of affordable 3D printers now makes it possible for hobbyists and consumers, old and young, to begin experimenting with designing and creating their own 3D objects. Today, reliable inkjet and laser printers, combined with software like Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop, have brought us to a place where desktop publishing and the skills necessary to do it are commonplace. In the future, designing a pair of shoes or a phone, and printing your design at your house might become the norm. We’re excited to make this technology available to the members of our community, from grown-up experimenters to young tinkerers. The kid 3D printing a toy today might be the technician 3D printing your new heart or liver in 20 years.

 

Printer Specs: 

Model: Ultimaker 2
Print Area: 223mm x 223mm x 205
Print Speed: 30 mm/sec – 300 mm/sec
Filament: 3.0 mm PLA or ABS (only PLA available currently)

Cost:

Cost will be determined by the filament weight of the item printed. The current rate is $0.20 per gram (All prints under 5 grams will be rounded up to $1.00.) of the total weight of the final print.

Getting Started with 3d Design and Printing:

The library will host periodic classes on 3d Printing and Design for interested member of the community. In the meantime, you can get started with 3d Design using the following free resources.

Find 3d models other people have desinged and shared:

Thingiverse.com
Youmagine.com

Get started making your own models with free software and apps:

Tinkercad.org – Software and lessons to get you started designing in 3d.
Sculptris – Software for digitally sculpting 3d models.
Autodesk – Free 3d design software for educational purposes.

Contact Library Director Brian Avery for more info or to set up an appointment to print your 3d model: director@pawlinglibrary.org