Using the library safely

On Tuesday June 1st, the Pawling Library entered Stage 8 of our re-opening protocols. Masks are currently required for all unvaccinated individuals at all times. People who have been fully vaccinated may use the library without a mask in the afternoons and evenings. During the mornings, we are maintaining “vulnerable-friendly hours”, when everyone on site will wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. For all the guidelines to follow during stage 8 and more information about our re-opening procedures, please visit We recognize that not everyone is ready to return to our building. During stage 8 we will continue to offer contactless checkout in our courtyard. For more information please visit

Poetry Workshop: Exploring the art and craft of writing poetry from past to present / Online Program

with Marian Grudko Wednesday, June 23 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for Poetry Workshop or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at The 1920s ushered in the modern era in the world of poetry, and its influences are still going strong, 100 years later. At this workshop, we will listen to and examine the poetry of T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Marianne Moore and Langston Hughes. You will then be invited to read a poem of your own – and see how the grand shift in style of the earlier time still echoes in our work today. About our presenter: Marian Grudko is the author of Lucinda Snowdrop and co-author of Claudine: A Fairy Tale for Exceptional Grownups, with T.A. Young. She is also a composer and storyteller, and her work can be seen on her new and evolving YouTube channel and at

Lakeside Park is Friendly to Readers

Recent visitors to Lakeside Park may have discovered a new landmark: a Little Free Library. This box was the handiwork of local Boy Scouts. Park visitors are encouraged to take a book that they are interested in reading, and to leave behind one that they have already finished. If you like the new Little Free Library, you can thank Julian, Sean, and Levi from the Boy Scouts for putting it together and the Town of Pawling for their support.

Altered Art: Images of Pawling

Welcome to Lonna Kelly’s Postcard Mail Art Project wherein participants creatively alter postcards to their liking, which they then mail back to  our library.  Let your imagination run wild. Use whatever medium you prefer to create an original work of art. Stop by our library’s circulation desk for a postcard. A different  postcard (see below) will be available at our library during each season.    Photographer and Mail Art fan Lonna Kelly has selected and photographed four Pawling scenes reproduced on postcards.  Artwork will be scanned and posted on the websites for the Pawling Library & Altered Art: Images of Pawling is part of a year of celebrations to honor our library’s one-hundredth anniversary.  Please join us, and celebrate our library and our community! Thank you.    May—July 2021 (summer)         August—November 2021 (fall) December —February 2022 (winter)          March—May 2022 (spring)          Please click on  the link below for full details about the program.  

Upcoming Youth Volunteer Opportunities

This summer, get involved in our community! Below are library volunteering opportunities for kids and teens. Included: Book Buddy Volunteers needed, Reading as service!, Garden Volunteering, and Project Do Something   Become a Book Buddy! For ages 11- 20 We are currently accepting volunteer applications for our Book Buddy program. Teens and tweens ages 11-18 can apply to become reading buddies to our community’s younger, developing readers. Volunteers will be paired with an elementary aged student, whom they will assist in practicing their reading skills, as well as read aloud to. Schedule: Virtually over Zoom, Mondays, 7/12-8/21, 2:20 – 3:00 PM Applicants need strong reading skills and to be available for at least three of the six dates of the program. A parent or guardian’s permission is needed to complete the application. The application is open now. To apply, fill out our application.  Questions can be directed to Children’s Program Coordinator, Neena McBaer at or 845-855-3444.     Reading as Service! For all ages This summer, our library is aiming to buy a brand...

Multi-Organ Inflammatory Disease: An Ayurvedic Approach to a Modern Dilemma / Online Program

Presented by Dr. Somesh N. Kaushik, ND, BAMS, MPH, MPA, E-RYT 500 Tuesday, July 13 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for Multi-Organ Inflammatory Disease: An Ayurvedic Approach to a Modern Dilemma or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at Shortly after Covid-19 arrived on the world scene, a mysterious array of symptoms began appearing in children. At first these symptoms were similar to those of other childhood ailments, but soon the severity increased to reveal life-threatening inflammation (lungs, kidney, heart, brain, skin, GI tract) requiring hospitalization. These symptoms also appeared in adults following exposure to Covid, and a link was hypothesized. As yet, the cause of Multi-Inflammatory Syndrome in Children and Adults (MIS-C/MIS-A) is not known.   Come and discover: The most recent findings about MIS-C/MIS-A and the conventional approach  Why this syndrome may be more prevalent in certain populations How Ayurveda’s holistic approach uncovers root causes The Ayurvedic philosophy regarding symptoms and treatment The connection between diet, toxins, GI tract, blood flow, and inflammation   About our presenter: Dr....

Lyme Disease Update 2021 / Online Program

Presented by Dr. Kenneth B. Liegner   Tuesday, July 20 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for Lyme Disease Update 2021 or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at Discover what’s new in the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme tick-borne diseases.   Dr. Liegner is the author of In the Crucible of Chronic Lyme Disease.

Financial Health: Take Control of Your Finances / Online Program

with Leona O’Connell Wednesday, July 21 5:00-6:30 pm Click the link below to register for Financial Health or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at     This course has been designed to help you achieve financial health.   Course topics include: Effective budgeting Understanding credit Setting financial goals and the tools to achieve them   Please join Leona O’Connell, Housing Counselor at Hudson River Housing’s NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center, for this FREE in-depth financial presentation.   For information about Hudson River Housing, please click the link below.

Stories about the Animals at a Farm Sanctuary / Online Program

Thursday, July 22 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for Stories about the Animals at a Farm Sanctuary or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary provides a lifelong home to farm animals rescued from slaughter and abuse. The sanctuary currently has 110 animals, including goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, turkeys, donkeys, and horses. The farm’s cofounders, Ellen and Bill Crain, will tell the stories of some of the animals. The program will be of interest to children as well as adults. About our presenters: Ellen Crain is a retired pediatrician. She is a professor emerita at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Bill Crain is a professor of psychology at The City College of New York. He is the author of The Emotional Lives of Animals and Children: Insights from a Farm Sanctuary. For more information about Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary please visit

Vaccine available in Dover

Wednesday June 9th, Dutchess County will be administering the Johnson and Johnson Covid-19 vaccine at 3081 Route 22 in Dover. Walkins are welcome, but registration is always appreciated. Visit…/DBCH/Vaccine-Appointments.htm for more information or to register. As always, vaccination is free.