Category Archives: Adult Programs

Quick and Healthy Meals and Snacks

with Eat Smart Nutrition educator
Bintou Hinds

Wednesday, March 22 / 7:00-8:00 pm

This workshop will give you tips on preparing meals quickly and stocking your pantry. We will also share the tools you need to make healthy selections when eating out and learn how to use a slow cooker to prepare easy, healthy meals.

Try a sample of a new recipe during each workshop.

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

The Horse I Belong To

Tuesday, February 28
7:00-8:00 pm

A broken human encounters an abandoned horse of no particular parentage. A remarkable relationship ensues. They heal each other, and both are profoundly changed: The human overcomes substance abuse and depression; the horse becomes a champion.

Please join us as local author Stephanie Rogers shares with us passages from her autobiography The Horse I Belong To: How a Misused and Almost Forgotten Grade Mare Showed Me the Way.

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

You can Learn ENGLISH!



Tuesdays / Martes
9:00 am-12:00 pm and
Fridays / Viernes
11:00 am-2:00 pm

Cost is only $25.00 for 90 hours of classes
Costo es solo $25.00 por 90 horas de clases

Register in person or call the Pawling Library
at 845-855-3444

(845) 790-3590


A Hot Race Right to the Finish!

ice-creamPawling Library Reading Rally participants gathered on a very hot and sticky Saturday to eat ice cream sundaes and find out the final results of this summer’s reading competition.  Everyone worked hard and as a community we read 342,204 minutes…that 5,703 hours of reading.  That’s amazing! But with everyone gathered to hear the winner here is how our teams ranked:final

 Teen Green Dragons                  Title Wave Adult Readers      Red Hot Kid Readers
       86,221 minutes                       124,786 minutes                         131,187 minutes
          1,437 hours                               2,080 hours                                    2,186 hours

Congratulations to all of our Reading Rally participants who made this a fun and exciting race!  You can click on our team name to see who helped log minutes for our team!


The Blue Olive

600 Blue Olive 1Last June, John Canevari, co-founder of The Blue Olive, located in the village of Pawling, was our host for a cooking seminar. One year later, on June 28th, John returned for another presentation and was assisted once again by his fellow Blue Olive partners Laura and John Leahy. An all new selection of dishes was prepared during the program and served to the audience. Every plate was delicious and beautiful, and Mr. Canevari is as much a superb speaker as he is a chef. A great amount of time was taken to make this program possible and we so appreciate this. It was an outstanding presentation just like their previous, with the quality and professionalism you’d expect to see on the Food Network. We thank our thoughtful and talented good neighbors from around the corner. How fortunate we are that they are there.

The Pledge of Allegiance

Flag on PorchThe morning after Paul Upham’s presentation The Pledge of Allegiance, I awoke with a John Denver song playing in my mind: Country roads take me home, to the place I belong. Paul, an engaging speaker, shared with us his family’s involvement with the creation of our country’s pledge of allegiance, interesting historical information seldom heard in history classes. The audience interacted throughout the lecture. When his talk of our nation concluded, audience participation grew. Easygoing, Paul was happy to answer all questions. Paul Upham is a professor at Marist College and all of his students are quite fortunate to hear him speak, as were we. He has lived in this community for 45 years and spoke fondly of Pawling and how it has changed over time. I think that is why the song found its way to me: filled with patriotism, connected to the people in this town, all these feelings surfaced and I felt very good. Pawling is home. A good place to be. 

Sculpting Workshops

whaleGiants are coming to the Pawling Library.

Whales arrive in April and Dinosaurs stomp by this summer. Please join us for our two sculpting workshops and create these grand and giant rulers of sea and land.

Whales Sculpting Workshop
Two sessions: Friday, April 1: Sculpting / Friday, April 22: Painting

Dinosaur Sculpting Workshop
Two sessions: Friday, July 8: Sculpting / Friday, July 22: Painting

Time: 6:30-8:30 pm / Age: 7 and up /Material fee: $5.00

Registration & parental supervision is required.
To register please call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444. Thank you!

Just take a look at all the fun we had during our Polar Bear Sculpting Workshop.

Memories to Cherish

robin and sonOn the 1st Wednesday evening of the month chairs line the community room of the annex. The people who fill the seats are gathered for a program called From Memory to Family Memoir. Our presenter is the former head of Trinity School, historian and author, Robin Lester; a man as brilliant as he is kind.

For those in attendance it is always a very moving experience. Sometimes courage is required to read the words from the paper that they hold. Tears are shed and laughter is heard. There is great support among the participants and the deepest respect for one another. This is not a traditional writing workshop. No one is critiqued for their writing skills. What is of importance is to simply record your memories. These are priceless gifts that are presented and will one day be given to loved ones to cherish for years to come.

Your Life.

Every life is a story.
Don’t let yours be forgotten.
Share your life with us.

The next From Memory to Family Memoir with Robin Lester
will take place on Wednesday, April 6th, from 6:30-8:00 pm.

To register please call the library at 845-855-3444.
We look forward to hearing from you.


A Beautiful Spirit

maria lotusMaria Polhemus is a very important part of our library. She is the instructor for our weekly afternoon and evening hatha yoga workshops and our monthly yin yoga / meditation workshop. All who attend her classes are revitalized. Each one of her workshops end with a guided meditation. Her soft and caring voice and the beautiful words spoken melt away the stress of the day.

If you’d like to feel better, join any one or all of Maria’s superb classes. You have everything to gain by doing so.

Intermediate Hatha Yoga
Tuesdays: 1:00-2:00 pm

Evening Hatha Yoga
Thursdays: 6:30-7:30 pm

Yin Yoga / Meditation
Every 3rd Wednesday of the month
6:30-7:30 pm

Program fee: $4.00

Registration is required for all programs.
Please call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444 to register.

Creating a Better Life

JackieOn the 1st day of March a special person with a special gift of helping others was our presenter for an evening program. Her workshop, Create your Pathway to Wellness, gave us solutions to problems, such as stress and depression, that deprive us of happiness and of living the lives that we desire. I thank Jackie Muller for showing a way, a path to follow that leads to a better life, a fulfilling life. One that we deserve to experience. Jackie Muller is a licensed clinical social worker and therapist whose practice we are fortunate is located here in Pawling. She is also a patron of our library. We are always most happy to see her.