Category: Library News & Events

Human Library Project

The Human Library Project is a joint venture between the Pawling School District and the Pawling Library. It is an opportunity for members of the community to connect with educators and each other to share their stories. Individuals can volunteer to become “books” that others can “check out” and have an engaging conversation. New this year, books will also have the opportunity to check out other books on the day of the event. This year’s event will take place on Friday January 12, 12-3 PM. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more or in volunteering, please go to https://pcsdhumanlibrary.wordpress.com/ Last year was a great success, and we are looking forward to having even more people participate this year. Please sign up soon and tell your friends to do the same. This is a great opportunity to help integrate the school system, the library, and the Pawling community. Please come share your story; we look forward to hearing it.

Mrs and Mrs Claus

Holiday Festivities and Book Sale

This December you can add the Pawling Library to your list of places to find holiday gifts (including gifts for yourself)! The library’s annual Holiday Book Sale will take place in the Community Room of the Annex and will offer a special selection of gently used books and media that have been donated to the library. The selection includes beautiful cookbooks, fine arts, history, crafts, mysteries, and children’s books. Great browsing! The sale will open at 5 p.m. on Friday, December 1, and will end on Sunday, Dec. 4. Proceeds from the Holiday Book Sale will be used to support programming for both adults and children. Also on Saturday, Mr. and Mrs. Claus themselves will be visiting the library! Come and meet Mr. & Mrs. Claus, shop for gifts at Annual Holiday Book Sale, and enjoy live holiday music played by pianist, Dr. Jeremy Stone. The fun with Mr. & Mrs. Claus is from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead: Join us to celebrate and learn!

This Friday, October 27th, from 6:30-7:30 pm, families with children in grades Kindergarten-4th grade are invited to join us for our Dia de los Muertos celebration. Dia de los Muertos is an important holiday celebrated by many cultures and many Americans. This event is sure to be enjoyable for those who celebrate and for those who want to learn more. Our program will teach families about the origins and importance of the holiday and provide each attendee with a skull craft–either a skull bank or a skull ornament to take home! Come win a sweet treat and/or a book to take home, visit the altar Mr. Daniel has created, and much more! If interested in attending, email children@pawlinglibrary.org or call the library at 845-855-3444 and ask to be registered. Drop ins are allowed but registration is preferred.

Join Our Team

The Pawling Library is looking to hire two new people. One opening is for a part-time Library Clerk to work at the circulation desk on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. The other opening is in our children’s department as a Children’s Program Specialist to create and run programs for school-aged children. If you are interested, you can read more about the positions and apply online at https://www.pawlingfreelibrary.org/jobs/. Only applications submitted through our online portal will be considered. If you would like more information about applying, please email our library director, Brian Avery at director@pawlinglibrary.org.

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Helping Harvey Victims

Even if you weren’t able to make the deadline to donate through Senator Murphy’s Fill the Truck program, it’s not too late to make donations in support of people affected by Hurricane Harvey. If you would like to make a monetary donation, you may wish to support one of the organizations that is a member of the Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster:  https://txvoad.communityos.org/cms/node/104 The New York Times also published a helpful primer on Where to Donate to Harvey Victims (and How to Avoid Scams):  https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/28/us/donate-harvey-charities-scams.html?mcubz=0

Computer Classes Start September 10

The Pawling Free Library is the recipient of a 2017 MHLS Outreach Mini Grant Program grant which will be used to enhance educational programming for community seniors. According to Brian Avery, Library Director, the library receives many requests for computer classes. “These requests originate most frequently from residents who are senior citizens. With this grant, we will not only be able to offer classes, we can contract for a professional teacher who will teach classes that treat more advanced topics than basic computing.” The grant funds are provided by the New York State Library Division of Library Development. This is the fourth grant received by the Pawling Library this year. Library grants provide additional resources that are used to enhance community programming at all age levels. The Pawling Library is a resource that provides programming for all members of the community, as well as offering a communal place where residents can come together. Mr. Avery continued,” Computer literacy is a core skill in the modern world. This grant will allow us to cultivate that skill...

Teen Outdoor Takeover Moved Inside

Due to a high chance of thunder storms  this evening, Teen Outdoor Takeover, scheduled from 5:00-7:00, will be held inside the main library. Teens may join us to use the library computers or play board games in the library.  

End of Summer Celebrations!

We have entered the final week of summer children’s programs. To celebrate the end of a fantastic summer, we will be holding not one but TWO celebrations! Join Ms. Neena and Ms. Martina for the last two events of the summer–The End of Summer Carnival and The Solar Eclipse Picnic. End of Summer Carnival: (Sunday, August 20th, 1-3 pm): All summer, the teens and families of Pawling have been working hard with Kate and Martina to create a family friendly carnival. Come celebrate the end of the summer with a celebration the whole library is in on! We will also have tons of prizes and snacks for all to enjoy. Solar Eclipse Picnic: (Monday, August 21st, 1-4 pm): The Great American Solar Eclipse is August 21st. Join us for our viewing event and some fun suitable for all ages. While we observe the phases of the eclipse, we’ll make our own Solar Eclipse book to take home. A variety of snacks and free solar eclipse viewing glasses will be provided to all registered event attendees. Remaining glasses and snacks will be...

Laptop

Laptop Available for Checkout

The Pawling Library now offers one laptop available for checkout within the library. This laptop can be used anywhere within the building for up to four hours. This is a great option for someone who wants to do some uninterrupted work a little farther away from the hustle and bustle of the circulation desk and public desktop computers. The laptop runs Windows 10 and is equipped with with Microsoft Office 2013, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Adobe Acrobat. It also uses the same software as the desktop computers to wipe out any information added or changed, as long as you restart the computer at the end of your session. For more information or to see the laptop checkout agreement, please ask at the circulation desk.

Teen Outdoor Takeover will be indoors tonight

Due to a chance of rain and scattered thunderstorms, Teen Outdoor Takeover will be Teen Indoor Takeover this evening. From 5:00-7:00, teens going into 6th grade and older are invited to join us to play board games in the annex.