FREE English (ESOL) Tutoring

English for Speakers of Other Languages with Karina Cerna Friday, January 12th 2:00-5:00 pm Tutoring is available for both adults and teens. Sessions are for one hour. To schedule an appointment with Karina register at the front desk or call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444. This program is supported by funds from the New York State Library’s Adult Literacy Library Services grant program.

How To Make A Self-Published Book Not Look Self-Published

Tuesday, December 12 / 7:00-8:00 pm Some books just scream “Self-published.” How can you avoid this, when creating your own precious book? Marian Grudko, storyteller, composer and book editor, has distilled the key elements that go into making not only a professional-grade manuscript, but a finished product that looks traditionally published. By following her expert guidance, you can make your book look like it came off the presses of one of the Big Five (publishers, that is!) As a bonus, storyteller Marian Grudko will read excerpts from one of the books she edited and published, The Fairy Tale Book of Bifford C. Wellington, by T.A. Young. Registration is required. To register please call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444.

Human Library Project

The Human Library Project is a joint venture between the Pawling School District and the Pawling Library. It is an opportunity for members of the community to connect with educators and each other to share their stories. Individuals can volunteer to become “books” that others can “check out” and have an engaging conversation. New this year, books will also have the opportunity to check out other books on the day of the event. This year’s event will take place on Friday January 12, 12-3 PM. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more or in volunteering, please go to Last year was a great success, and we are looking forward to having even more people participate this year. Please sign up soon and tell your friends to do the same. 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.

Mrs and Mrs Claus

Holiday Festivities and Book Sale

This December you can add the Pawling Library to your list of places to find holiday gifts (including gifts for yourself)! The library’s annual Holiday Book Sale will take place in the Community Room of the Annex and will offer a special selection of gently used books and media that have been donated to the library. The selection includes beautiful cookbooks, fine arts, history, crafts, mysteries, and children’s books. Great browsing! The sale will open at 5 p.m. on Friday, December 1, and will end on Sunday, Dec. 4. Proceeds from the Holiday Book Sale will be used to support programming for both adults and children. Also on Saturday, Mr. and Mrs. Claus themselves will be visiting the library! Come and meet Mr. & Mrs. Claus, shop for gifts at Annual Holiday Book Sale, and enjoy live holiday music played by pianist, Dr. Jeremy Stone. The fun with Mr. & Mrs. Claus is from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

December Programs for Teens

Register now for December teen programs at the library!  We will make our own holiday decorations, have a teen movie night, a special winter themed Minecraft Monday, and a New Year’s party. Registration is required for all programs. For more information, visit        

Medicare 101

With Maggie Kwet Information Services Specialist, Dutchess County Office for the Aging Tuesday, November 14th / 6:30-8:00 pm TOPICS: Supplemental Insurances, EPIC, Prescription Drug Plans, Medicare Advantage Plans and MUCH more. Registration is required. To register please call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444.

The Millennial’s Guide to Getting It Together in a Confusing World

with Jackie Muller Discover how to find your voice, break free from other people’s opinions and become the happy, confident and purposeful adult you dream of becoming. Create a life based on your own design! All are welcome to attend this program. Please join us. Registration is required. To register please call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444.

Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead: Join us to celebrate and learn!

This Friday, October 27th, from 6:30-7:30 pm, families with children in grades Kindergarten-4th grade are invited to join us for our Dia de los Muertos celebration. Dia de los Muertos is an important holiday celebrated by many cultures and many Americans. This event is sure to be enjoyable for those who celebrate and for those who want to learn more. Our program will teach families about the origins and importance of the holiday and provide each attendee with a skull craft–either a skull bank or a skull ornament to take home! Come win a sweet treat and/or a book to take home, visit the altar Mr. Daniel has created, and much more! If interested in attending, email or call the library at 845-855-3444 and ask to be registered. Drop ins are allowed but registration is preferred.

Join Our Team

The Pawling Library is looking to hire two new people. One opening is for a part-time Library Clerk to work at the circulation desk on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. The other opening is in our children’s department as a Children’s Program Specialist to create and run programs for school-aged children. If you are interested, you can read more about the positions and apply online at Only applications submitted through our online portal will be considered. If you would like more information about applying, please email our library director, Brian Avery at

Vietnam War Vignettes

Presented by Paul Upham Wednesday, October 18th / 7:00-8:00 pm A memoir of the early days of the War by a Navy Intel Officer serving in-country and off the coast. Registration is required. To register please call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444.