Category Archives: Library News & Events

Library closed on July 4th

The Pawling Free Library will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day.


We will reopen at our usual time of 10 AM on Wednesday, July 5th. The library will also be open during its regular hours of operation on Saturday July 1 and Monday July 3.

We will be closed on Sunday July 2nd, because we are closed every Sunday during the months of July and August.

July 5th is the first day of children’s and teen summer programming. For more information, check out our online calendar of events or download a registration from our website.

Library After Hours Cancelled

The Library After Hours program scheduled for today, June 24th, will be cancelled. The theme for this month, Pajama Party, will be postponed until next month’s Library After Hours event. We apologize for the last minute cancellation.

Library After Hours is a teen program which takes place on the last Saturday of every month. More information about Library After Hours can be found here.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!

Registration for summer programs begins Tuesday June 13th. With it comes the opportunity to register for this year’s Reading Rally.

For the second year in a row, the children, teens, and adults of Pawling will compete to see who can spend the most time reading over the course of the summer.

Though registration begins on Tuesday June 12th, the competition doesn’t start until Monday June 26th. For more information and online registration links, visit

Children’s Summer Programs Registration Available

As the weather heats up and we enter the last few weeks of the school year, Miss Neena, the Children’s Programming Coordinator, has been concocting a fun-filled schedule of events for Pawling’s children this summer. From a solar eclipse viewing to movie nights to our summer reading rally, summer programs abound! We’re excited to announce the availability of theImage result for free use clip art sun children’s summer session registration form. Programs are available for families and children ages birth- 5th grade. The form is now live.  You can find it here. You can also stop by and pick up a form from the circulation desk.  A general guide to our programs can be found here.

Registration for our summer session programs runs from Tuesday, June 13th to Monday, June 19th. Registration is required for all events. The  registration will operate using a lottery system, as in previous years. Come drop off your form at any point during the library’s  regular hours between June 13th and 19th at the library’s circulation desk, pick a lottery number, and get ready for summer learning.

Please plan to fill out one form per family. Placement status will be available starting June 21st at 12:00 PM.  Should any questions or concerns arise, please email Miss Neena at


Popsicle Party

Neena and MartinaOn Thursday June 15th the Pawling Library will host a popsicle party for the families of Pawling. This will be an opportunity for you to meet our new children’s program team, Neena McBaer and Martina Marchese.

Feel free to drop by any time between 4 and 5 PM in order to meet Neena and Martina and to have a popsicle. We will also have crayons and Legos out for the children (and adults!) to use. If you are able to RSVP in advance (by emailing, it would help us figure out how many popsicles to buy. If you are not able to RSVP, please come anyway!

If you have any questions about the children’s summer programs or about registration, Miss Neena will be on hand to answer them. Remember that registration for summer programs will take place June 13th through June 19th. Applications can be downloaded here or picked up at the library.

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NO-Knit Neurons: Fiber Arts Workshop

Presented by Jackie Muller
Wednesday, May 31 / 7:00-8:30 pm

Wednesday, August 16, from 7:00-8:30 pm

Did you know that the way your brain is wired determines how you cope with stress and external pressures?

Did you know that being under stress too often and for too long can cause health related problems?

Want to learn how to control the way you feel through knitting neurons?

For the purpose of the workshop and time constraints we will complete a no-knit neuron while we learn the wonderful and amazing way of how our brain works. We may not be able to control the thoughts, but we can guide the way we think through fiber arts.

Registration is required.
To register please contact the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444.

Calling All Summer Interns

2017 Summer InternsThe library’s new children’s program coordinator, Miss Neena, is busy planning programs for this summer. In order to make this summer a success, she is going to need help from some of our teen and tween library users.

If you are between the ages of 12 and 18, you are welcome to apply to our summer internship program. Interns help out during the summer to make sure that everyone who participates in summer reading and activities has a wonderful and successful experience.

If you are interested in becoming a summer intern, please fill out an internship application. You can download it here. Please bring completed applications to the library by Tuesday June 13th.

If you have questions, you can email Neena at

Library closed 5/28 – 5/29

The Pawling Library will be closed Sunday 5/28 and 5/29 in observance of Memorial Day. We will open again at our normal time on Tuesday 5/30 at 10 AM.

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For more information about observances in the Harlem Valley area, visit the Poughkeepsie Journal’s website:

Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Mini-Grant

Pawling LogoThe Pawling Library received a mini-grant from the Ezra Jackson Keats Foundation, an organization which supports literacy and creative expression in children.  Out of hundreds of applicants, 64 teachers and librarians across the country, including Kate, our Young Adult Program Coordinator, were awarded a mini-grant to fund a unique and creative program for students this year.

With the grant, the library is able to offer a Teen Zine Publishing program this summer. Teens will learn about the history of zines and self-publishing, and will create their own zine containing original art and creative writing. By the end of the summer they will have a finished product to bring home and to distribute to the community.