Masks Highly Encouraged

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, but masks are highly encouraged. All public computers are available for use, and we will be open for our normal hours of operation. 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.

Join our Fall Children’s Programs

The schedule for children’s programs for September – November is now available. Registration is also open now. This Fall, we’re offering in-person, digital, and take home kit programs for chlidren ages birth – elementary school. Join anytime–registration is rolling, but enrollment is first come, first served. We appreciate your patience as we’ve worked to put together the best schedule possible. View the entire schedule of events and register for programs here. For more information about programs and our services to youth, visit our Current Children’s Programs Page or contact Children’s Program Coordinator, Neena McBaer, at 845-855-3444 or

Library Book Sale

The first weekend of the library’s book sale was a big hit. We raised more money in the first weekend of the sale than we did over the course of both weekends in 2019. The book sale continues September 11th and 12th at Lakeside Park. For full details visit

Join Our Team

The Pawling Library is looking to hire a full-time Young Adult Program Coordinator. If you are interested, you can read more about the position 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

Monday Matinee

Monday, September 27 2-4 pm Click the link below to register for Monday Matinee or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at This program will take place at Pawling Recreation Movie: 12 Mighty Orphans Stars: Luke Wilson & Martin Sheen Drama Rated: PG-13 Runtime: 1h 58min NOTE: This afternoon movie presentation is for an adult audience. The Pawling Library is proud to be partnering with Pawling Recreation. Pawling Recreation 2 Lakeside Dr, Pawling NY 12564 845-855-1131 Email:

Ayurveda and Skin Disorders: Psoriasis Eczema, Hives, Rash and more / Online Programs

Presented by Dr. Somesh N. Kaushik Tuesday, September 28 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for Ayurveda and Skin Disorders or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at Getting to the root cause of a disorder is the tenant of Ayurveda. With skin disorders the main causes are diet and lifestyle – the effect of which an individual may be unaware. Nutrition and habits that aggravate the basic nature of an individual cause imbalances that contaminate body tissues and can manifest as skin disruptions. Knowing your basic constitution (dosha), and how to maintain balance, is key to avoiding, and reversing, skin disorders. Come and discover: The body type that is most prone to skin disorders  How seasonal changes affect the body constitution and promote skin disorders  Diet and lifestyle changes that maintain balance and reverse skin disorders Treatments, and home remedies, for the root cause of skin disorders About our presenter: Dr. Somesh N. Kaushik is the owner and chief medical practitioner of Dr. Kaushick’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic in Cross River,...

Community Book Read: A Passage to India with Stephanie Rogers / Online Program

Wednesday, September 29 6:30-8:00 pm Click the link below to register for Community Book Read: A Passage to India or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at The Pawling Library is Celebrating its Centennial. For this program we are not only commemorating our library’s anniversary but bringing people together through their passion for great literary works. We have selected four classic novels, one for each season, that were popular in the 1920s when our library first came into being. Our presenter, Stephanie Rogers, will be reading an excerpt from each novel and then lead a Q & A for our audience. Stephanie Rogers is the author of The Horse I Belong To: How a Misused and Almost Forgotten Grade Mare Showed Me the Way. The Pawling Library is proud to be partnering with our neighbors Pawling Recreation, the Book Cove and the Pawling Resource Center. To participate in this program, order a copy of A Passage to India through our library. You can also support our partner, the Book Cove, by purchasing this...

The Great Give Back: Helping our Community

The Pawling library is partnering with our friends at the Pawling Resource Center who are in need of your help. They are especially in need of the products listed below. We are asking that you please donate whatever items you can to our library. The Great Give Back is a program that offers our patrons the opportunity to help people in their community. Donations will be accepted from Friday, October 1, until Friday, October 15. Items needed: Toiletries – shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, deodorant Paper products – toilet paper, tissues, paper towels Baby diapers and wipes Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity. The Pawling Resource Center is located at 126 East Main Street, in the carriage house of the John Kane House. Phone: 845-855-3459.

Financial Health: Take Control of Your Finances / Online Program

with Leona O’Connell Tuesday, October 5 10:30 am-12:00 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.

Thank you Summer Readers!

WOW! Thank you to our Tails and Tales Summer Readers who read over 33,000 minutes (550 hours) this summer to earn our library a new marketplace learning center!   Plus, the Kid’s Team Won the Reading Challenge! The marketplace is now available for families to use in our children’s area. It is designed to help our preschool and toddler patrons learn through play and will feature rotating themes of play such as grocery store, tools and repair, and a flower shop. The repair shop is open now, with alphabet locks, gears, and a pint-sized tool box. Stop by and check it out! To wrap up the program: At the close of our six week Tails and Tales Summer Reading Challenge, the kid’s team won the Summer Reading Crown for the second summer in a row! Congrats to everyone on the kid’s team who each earned an extra raffle ticket for our big prize raffle and bragging rights as the reading champions!