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Children’s Fall Programs are Underway

Fall 2016Children’s Fall Programs are up and running!  Please call the library to confirm your child’s registration status.  If you missed registration you can still call the library at 855-3444 to check on program availability for your child!

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!


Our Summer Programs End with Fun @ Shimmy-Shake, CELEBRATE!

Teens and families teamed up to make the end of our Summer of 2016 programming really rock at Shimmy-Shake, CELEBRATE!  Ms. Nicole’s teens worked hard to create amazing outdoor activities, while Family Fun Team created an awesome indoor mini-golf course for everyone to enjoy.  Here’s what it looked like.

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Special thanks to Gerry Hatcher of Westchester Modular for his help in collecting a great assortment of recyclable materials, Jo-An Stone for generously collecting golf clubs and balls all summer for our event and to Jim and Kristen Wahl of Whippoorwill Club’s PGA Head Golf Professional for lending us mini-golf practice holes and adult and children’s clubs for our mini-golf day. We could never have done this without the support of these wonderful people.

Senator Terrance Murphy Visits the Pawling Library

Senator Terrance Murphy visited the Pawling library on Wednesday, August 10th, at 11 am. The library received Bullet Aid funds from Senator Murphy last fall and he scheduled this visit to see first-hand how the funds were used.

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Karen De Gennaro, Children’s Services Coordinator, was on hand to share the Senator many of the family science materials that were purchased with the grant funds.  Ms. Karen chatted briefly with him about the importance of the supplies purchased with the funds. “These materials are in constant use in our children’s programs and in our evening family science programs.  They complement our literacy program, allow us to add STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Math] to our programs and give the children the opportunity to experience science inquiry first hand. The children love hearing about science concepts when we read about them in books, but nothing takes the place of experiencing science inquiry in action.”

Along with Ms. De Gennaro, Pawling Library board members Verna Carey and Nick Robertshaw and interim Director Donald Partelow were there to greet him.

Reading Rally Update

We are down to the wire and those adults are proving hard to beat! The kids are on the move, but we’ll need all of those paper logs to get the final results.  The Reading Rally results for week 10 are:

The Title Wave Adult Readers continue in the lead with 1,954 hours.
Moving up into second place are the The Red Hot Kid Readers with 1,550 hours of reading.
Now in third place are Teen Green Dragons with 1,172 hours.

This is our last update before the final winner is announced at our
Reading Rally Celebration
Saturday, September 10th

where we will all enjoy
2 flavors of ice cream and all 11 toppings!
sundaetrophyIt’s going to be a great ice cream day!

Remember there are just a few days of reading to go,
so don’t stop now!  Keep reading and logging your time for your team!
All paper logs are due back at the library no later than Tues., Sept. 6th.  For more information check out our web site or stop in at the library.



Find the Essential Services at Your Library!



Oh no, it looks your local library has been Lego-ized! This is terrible – the Pawling Library is an essential part of this community that your neighbors rely on for more than just books! Just look at everything going on at the library.

Can you find all the essential services listed below in this Lego version of the Pawling Library?

1.Families exploring scientific concepts together.
2. 3d Printer.
3. A dog helping a kid learn to read.
4. Someone finding a new job.
5. Access and Help with a computer.
6. Children learning to love literacy and learning.
7. Neighbors sharing their skills with each other.
8. Generous community members.
9. Access to 2.5 Million items.
10. Teens helping kids read.
11. Teens giving time and resources to people in need.
12. Big Savings for families.
13. Digital Magazines.
14. Telecommuters and students.

Thanks to Joshua Pandolfo, Harper Befus, Ivan Vertiz, Jenifer Vertiz, and Jack Johannesen for helping bring our Lego Library to life!


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.

Prescription Drop Box Coming to Pawling!


Dear Neighbor,

I wanted to share with you some important news regarding our continued efforts to win the ongoing war on addiction.

The sad reality is that drug overdoses kill more people every year than traffic accidents.  Even more frightening, this problem is affecting an increasing number of teenagers, with one in four American teens saying they have misused or abused a prescription drug.  These unwanted drugs are poisoning our children and putting the safety of our families at risk.

As your State Senator I am proud to report that I was able to secure the necessary funding to sponsor a prescription drop box that is being placed at the Sheriff’s substation in Pawling.  Working in conjunction with County Executive Molinaro and the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office, this drop box will provide a safe place for folks to discard unused or unwanted drugs.

Here is what County Executive Molinaro said about this exciting news:

Opioid abuse is a national epidemic and our greatest public health crisis, and the Dutchess County Prescription Medication Drop Box Program will provide locations in several communities where residents can safely dispose of medications in sealed plastic bags.  Dutchess County appreciates the drop boxes which augment our efforts, but we can always use more to ensure powerful, sometimes dangerous, drugs don’t fall into an addict’s hands.

Pawling Supervisor David Kelly said:

We deeply appreciate Senator Murphy’s efforts to help stem the tide of prescription drug misuse.  Combined with the continued vigilance of our police department, this drop box will help us get more dangerous drugs off of the street.

If you have any questions about this great program please feel free to contact my office.


Dr. Terrence P. Murphy
New York State Senate
40th Senate District

Interview with Suzanne Berne today on PPR

Suzanne Berne, today’s guest, is best known as the Orange prize-winning author of A Crime in the Neighborhood. Her new novel, THE DOGS OF LITTLEFIELD, was first published in Great Britain to wide acclaim. It is a comedy of manners and a portrait of the unease hidden among the manicured lawns of suburban America published by Simon & Schuster.
People Magazine called it “A clever canine whodunit…A humorous, suspenseful satire about suburbia’s manicured charm and what lies beneath.”
Patricia O’Conner, in her review for The New York Times Book Review said, “In the world of fiction, as we all know, a charmed setting is a catastrophe waiting to happen. And with a novelist like Suzanne Berne in charge, we aren’t disappointed… Nothing sucks a reader in like psychological menace, and Berne is a master of the craft. But her latest novel has something extra — flashes of comedy amid the chaos.”

Suzanne Berne is the author of three novels in addition to the Dogs of Littlefield as well as a memoir, Missing Lucile: Memories of the Grandmother I Never Knew. Her first novel, A Crime in the Neighborhood, was named a NYTimes notable book. She currently teaches creative writing at Boston College.