Category: Library News & Events

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...

Opening for a Children’s Program Specialist

The Pawling Library is looking for a new part-time Children’s Program Specialist to organize our programs for school-aged children and their families. You can read the job description and apply online by going to If you have any questions about the position or about the application process, please email our library director, Brian Avery. Applications will be accepted through August 28th.


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. 

Radio Updates

Did you know that you can learn about what’s happening at the library by listening to Pawling Public Radio? Every weekday at 9 AM and 1:30 PM, Pawling Public Radio broadcasts a short summary of upcoming events and other library news. The announcements are recorded once every two weeks, then repeated. So if you listen every day, you will definitely get a sense of deja vu. On the other hand, if you miss a broadcast, you will get plenty more opportunities to listen. You can, of course, also learn more about what’s happening at the library by clicking on the “Events Calendar” link at the top of the page.

Pick up the Pawling Record

The Pawling Library is a pickup location for Pawling’s free local newspaper, the Pawling Record. The current issue is the June 30th issue. This represents the second of three monthly issues published this summer. In the fall, the Pawling Record will be published weekly. Pick up the Pawling Record for information about what is happening at the library and elsewhere in the community. For more information about the paper or to access a digital version, visit them online at


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

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 the 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...