Rainbows Abound at the Pawling Library!

29 junior scientists and their parents joined Ms. Karen on Friday evening to explore color at the Pawling Library’s Family Science program So Many Colors in the Rainbow.  “We looked at colors and mixing colors in lots of ways using over 12 different hands-on activities.  This was an opportunity for children to ask questions about colors and find out the answers on their own,” said Ms. Karen.  “We explored sophisticated topics like chromatography, diffraction, the capillary action of water and osmosis in simple, fun and colorful ways.”

We even grew our own rainbow!

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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.

Library After Hours

Saturday, March 25, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

There is a new program for teens at the Pawling Library! Every last Saturday of the month, teens are invited to attend Library After Hours, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, after the library closes for the day. Each month the program will have a different theme and activities.

March’s theme is the Great Library Escape Game! Work in teams to find clues and escape the library! The game was created by Chris Grabenstein, the author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. Read more about the program here.

Registration is required. Register in person or by calling the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444.

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.

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 https://pcsdhumanlibrary.wordpress.com/

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.