Category Archives: Library News & Events

Project Do Something takes a Recess

With the end of the school year approaching, Project Do Something, a program in which teens do small but impactful projects to benefit the community, will be taking a brief recess so that students can focus on end of the year exams. Project Do Something will begin meeting again this summer.

Don’t worry, though. There are still volunteer opportunities for teens in 7th grade and up at the Pawling Library. Contact Kate about becoming a Library Legion and volunteering at the library on your own schedule.

We are also seeking teen volunteers for our annual Book Sale. Volunteers are needed Wednesday, May 10 thru Wednesday, May 17. Contact Kate for more information or to sign up as a volunteer.

It’s Hard to Say Goodbye

It is with much emotion that the Pawling Library announces the departure of our longtime Children’s Program Coordinator, and friend, Karen DeGennaro. The library is grateful for Ms. Karen’s dedication to our library family, and to the families she has served for the last nine years. Under her guidance, our children’s programming has grown by leaps and bounds, and thanks to Ms. Karen, our library’s youngest patrons have gained a strong foundation in early literacy. Since 2010, Ms. Karen has been steadily growing the library’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) programming with innovative classes that encourage youngsters to explore, tinker, and be curious about the world in which they live. With the solid foundation that Ms. Karen has brought to our children’s programming, The Pawling Library will continue with and build upon these inventive, cutting edge classes. We firmly believe that today’s explorers become tomorrow’s inventors, creators, scientists and leaders.

The Pawling Library has actively begun the search for our next Children’s Program Coordinator who will take our educational offerings for children, ages birth through grade four, to new and exciting places. We are confident that our Children’s Program, having been built upon the strong foundation created by Ms. Karen’s leadership, will continue to provide the most up to date curriculum for the children in our community. The Pawling Library wishes Ms. Karen the best in her future endeavors. She will be greatly missed.

Join Our Team

The Pawling Library is looking for our next great Children’s Program Coordinator to take over our programs and services to children from birth through grade four. You can read the job description and apply online by going to

Applications will be accepted through May 1st. Any of our current employees can tell you how wonderful it is to work here, but please direct any specific inquiries to the library director, Brian Avery.

Recruiting for Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books is back again! The Pawling Library will be participating in both the Middle School and the High School Battles. Anyone interested in joining a team is invited to attend an interest meeting this Saturday, March 18.

The Middle School interest meeting will be from 3:00-4:00 PM, and the High School interest meeting from 4:30-5:30 PM.

Refreshments will be provided. We will talk about this year’s books, the rules of the battle, and practice with a pop culture trivia battle. For more information on Battle of the Books, click here.

The Value of Libraries

Hopefully, we all recognize the vital function public libraries serve in our society. Libraries are priceless in the role they play in fostering community, promoting democracy, and equalizing access to information. It is contrary to the very nature of collectivity to itemize and price out library services this way.

Nonetheless, there is one fun way to assign a monetary value to the library: total up the full retail cost of all the items and services you use through the library. While it is hardly a true and accurate measure of what the library provides, it is fun to see how much you would pay to get the same level of access without a library around to provide shared resources.

The New York Library Association has a handy library value calculator. Try it for yourself and post your results to social media with the hashtag #LibrariesTransform.

Human Library Project

The Human Library Project is a join venture between the Pawling School District and the Pawling Library. It is an opportunity for members of the community to connect with educators and share their stories.

Individuals can volunteer to become “books” that school employees can “check out” and have an engaging conversation. Volunteers are still needed for the January 20th event.

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more or in volunteering, please go to

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.

The Beauty of our Community

img_3511This month you can stop by the library and see artwork done by teens at the Pawling High School hanging on the wall in the Young Adult area.  These teens have done an amazing job, and the Pawling High School was kind enough to lend us their work for a short period of time.  Please come see these incredible works and admire the beauty and talent within our own community.  

These Teens’ Mission is Helping Others



Project Do Something, is a group created and completely run by the teens of this community to help others.  These amazing teens want to make an impact.

Now, they are coming back together to keep the movement going on Friday, November 18th from 6:30-8:30 pm at the library annex.  This week are making friendship bracelets to sell at our Holiday Book Sale.  The money collected will go towards their blanket making project that benefits Project Linus.  Friday’s project is open to all teens from 7th grade to 12th grade.  Dosomething

Please consider purchasing one of their bracelets from the book sale or donating to the library, so we may be able to purchase the materials to make the blankets.  Any extra money will also be given to Project Linus.