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

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.

Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors / Online Program

with Community Engagement Manager Joan Carl Thursday, June 17 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at During the middle stage of dementia, the person with the disease often starts to exhibit new behaviors that can be confusing for a caregiver. These behaviors are a form of communication, and are essential to understanding the needs of the person with dementia. This program will help attendees identify common triggers for behaviors associated with dementia and learn strategies for addressing common dementia-related behaviors. This program is being provided by the Alzheimer’s Association. For further information please call the Alzheimer’s Association at 800-272-3900.

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.  

Art-Room: A Gathering of Artists / Online Program

Friday, June 18 6:30-7:30 pm Click the link below to register for Art-Room: A Gathering of Artists or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at Enjoy lively discussions with your fellow artists about projects and techniques. We look forward to seeing you soon. Allow your artistic passion to follow its creative bliss!

Social Security 101: Everything you wanted to know / Online Program

A FREE workshop from Social Security. Presented by Vincent J. Scocozza Public Affairs Specialist Monday, June 21 1-2 pm Click the link below to register for Social Security 101 or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at At this workshop you’ll learn: When are you eligible to receive retirement benefits? How does early retirement affect your benefits? Do you qualify for disability, survivors, and spouse benefits? How do you get the most from your benefit? What is the future of Social Security? When should you file for Medicare? Learn how to use my Social Security online account and other online services. You should go to to create a my Social Security account and print out your Social Security Statement before attending the workshop About our presenter: Vincent J. Scocozza has 10 years of experience providing information and guidance about Social Security, Medicare, & Online Services. He currently services NYC, Westchester County, & Lower Hudson Valley.

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

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...

Job Search 101 / Online Program

with Maryann McKenzie Monday, June 14 10:00 am-12:00 pm Click on a link below to register for Job Search 101 or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at At this free monthly workshop, you’ll receive individual attention to aid you in your job search. You will learn how to create or update a winning resume and cover letter, practice your interviewing skills, complete job applications, and more. If you’re not getting results in your job search, or don’t know how to begin, then this is the place to start. NOTE: Each 1/2-hour time slot is available for one participant. If a space becomes filled, you’ll be placed on a waiting list, and alerted to other openings   Available Time Slots:    10:00 am-10:30 am   10:30 am-11:00 am   11:00 am-11:30 am   11:30 am-12:00 pm       This program is being brought to us by Dutchess One Stop.

Just Keep Writing: Author Maya Gottfried on writing as a celebration of life, even when life is tough / Online Program

Wednesday, June 16 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for Just Keep Writing: Author Maya Gottfried on writing as a celebration of life, even when life is tough or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at At this special presentation, Maya Gottfried will talk about how even her writing on serious topics is ultimately a celebration of life, and how she goes about acknowledging and addressing mistakes of the past as an author. About our presenter: Maya Gottfried is the author of three children’s books, including Good Dog and Our Farm: By the Animals of Farm Sanctuary (both published by Knopf), as well as the adult nonfiction lifestyle guide Vegan Love. Her essays have appeared in media outlets including Oprah Daily,  The Washington Post, and Stat (Boston Globe Media).

Dinner Table: Food and Conversation with Chef Peter Gobin / Online Program

Friday, June 11 7-8 pm NOTE: For this class, the chef will be preparing a chicken pot pie with a biscuit crust. Please see below for a list of ingredients and tools. Click the link below to register for Dinner Table: Food and Conversation with Chef Peter Gobin  or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at   Televised  cooking programs have never been more popular. We love to eat, and to eat well. Good food & good company always accompanies good conversation which is another reason for this unique program.  Each month Chef Peter Gobin will be talking about our favorite subject: food, and preparing a new dish to delight you.  Please join us for Dinner Table, to not only learn but to share your thoughts on your own special recipes & perhaps make new friends who, like yourself, love to cook!   For the biscuits 2 cups all purpose flour 1 tablespoon baking powder .5 teaspoon cream of tartar 1 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons sugar 1 cup milk .5  cup melted butter (preferably...