Safety Update

Starting Wednesday June 23rd, the Pawling Library will be relaxing its safety restrictions. Fully vaccinated individuals may use their best judgment about whether to wear a mask. All public computers will be available for use, and we will resume our normal hours of operation. This means that the library will be open Monday June 28th. (We will, as in years past, be closed on Sundays in July and August.) For information about how to become fully vaccinated, please visit Patrons who do not wish to come into the library may still sign up for contactless checkout at Patrons unable to visit the library may sign up for homebound delivery by calling the library at (845) 855-3444 or emailing Tom at Have questions? Call the library at (845) 855-3444.

Community Survey

The Pawling Library is conducting a survey to help us understand how people use the library and how we can serve them best. We would love to have your input as we chart our future. Go to to leave your feedback.

Start Climbing Your Family Tree: An Introduction To Genealogy / Online Program

with Genealogist Sarah Gutmann Wednesday, July 28 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for Start Climbing Your Family Tree or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at The Pawling Library is celebrating its One-Hundredth Anniversary. What better way to celebrate from years past to present day than by creating a chart of your family’s history that spans over generations. It is a priceless gift to give to yourself and to your loved ones. During this program you’ll learn tips and tricks on how to get started building your family tree. You, our patrons, our library family, will always have a special place on our Family Tree. Please join us.

Kids Take the Lead in Summer Reading Challenge

BIG NEWS! The Kids (ages 0-10) now lead in our Tails and Tales Summer Reading Challenge!  What age group can read the most this summer? Here are the standings: First Place: Kids (6,205 minutes) Second Place: Adults (2,960 minutes) Third Place: Teens (300 minutes) Together, our community has read 9,465 minutes this summer! We’re almost halfway to our goal of 20,000 minutes! Keep up the great work! Want to get involved and help your team? Want to win free books and other prizes? Join the contest by logging the time you spend reading and learning this summer. You can log online here, print a paper reading log, or pick one up from the library front desk.

Talking about Health: Healing the Body and Mind / Online Program

with Dr. Nancy Iankowitz, Carol-Lee Kantor and Gabrielle Semel Friday, July 30 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for Talking about Health or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at   At this supportive Q & A panel discussion, our guest hosts will be offering their professional advice to aid those who are looking for answers to assist them in improving their physical and emotional well-being.   Guest panelists:   Dr. Nancy Iankowitz, DNP, RN, APRN, FNP-BC, Director of Holistic and Integrative Healing LLC, is a certified family nurse practitioner by trade, mother by choice, and writer by nature. Her books facilitate healing through storytelling, so adults and children of all ages may learn how to cope with anxiety and improve communication in their relationships. Her articles separate fact from fiction to allay fears and educate the public about wellness practices to protect themselves and loved ones from the flu, sinusitis, back pain, COVID-19, and more. As a Reiki practitioner she teaches self-healing, as we all have that power. As a...

Reminiscing Pawling / Online Program

Wednesday, August 4 6:30-8:00 pm Click the link below to register for Reminiscing Pawling or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at This special edition of our monthly memoir program is dedicated to the Pawling Library’s 100 anniversary. Participants will be sharing stories of Pawling, and hopefully a tale or two about our library. We are very grateful to Dr. Robin Lester who created our monthly From Memory to Family Memoir program which he has been leading for years, enriching the lives of all those who attend.

Emergency Board Meeting

On Monday July 19th at 6:30 PM, the library annex will be the site of an emergency board meeting. The library’s board of trustees will meet to discuss funding for the proposed building expansion.

Open July 5th

The Pawling Library will be closed on Independence Day, as with every other Sunday in July and August. We will be OPEN on Monday July 5th.

We’re hiring

The Pawling Library is looking to hire a part-time Library Clerk to work the circulation desk on Tuesdays and Sundays. You can read the job description and apply online by going to Applications will be accepted through July 22nd. Any of our current employees can tell you how wonderful it is to work here, but please direct any specific inquiries to the library director, Brian Avery.

Registration Open: Children’s Summer Programs

Registration is now open for all of our children’s summer programming. Our Children’s department hosts programming for children and families from birth through elementary school, all free, educationally focused, and fun! This summer, our programming slate includes in-person programming, take home activity kits, and digital events. Ms. Neena and Ms. Carla are especially excited about the return of Pre-K Science Club and our new Dog Tales reading program with therapy dog, Harper. To find out more about our schedule or register, view our online programming guide and registration portal or stop by the library circulation desk. Need help registering? Have questions? Contact Children’s Program Coordinator, Neena McBaer, at 845-855-3444 or