Programs for Families and Adults

The Pawling Library offers a variety of adult and family programs including entertaining and educational seminars and workshops.

Check our Calendar for a complete listing of our Adult and Family Programs.


Ongoing Adult Programs


Monday Matinee

600-admit-oneSpend an entertaining afternoon with us enjoying a newly released film. We’ll have popcorn but please feel free to bring your own snack and beverage. This afternoon movie presentation is for an adult audience. Please observe the film’s ratings. And let us know what movies you’d like to see. See you at the movies!

Mondays at 2:00 pm.
Registration is required for this event.


Hatha Yoga in the Afternoon with Maria Polhemus

This program is for adults with prior yoga experience.

Hatha Yoga is one of the most popular relaxing forms of exercise. Come spend an hour with us and enjoy a new found path to tranquility. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or blanket. Each session ends with a guided meditation.

Tuesdays 1:00-2:00 pm.
Registration is required for this event.
Program fee: $4.00.


From Memory to Family Memoir with Robin Lester

600-dad-and-son-beachEach of us has a wealth of memories. Please join us and learn how to write your family and personal history. Our presenter Robin Lester will help you get started. You can do it! Surprise your children and grandchildren who’ve wanted you to do this. The biggest surprise for you will be in recalling your wonderful life!

About our presenter:
Robin Lester is a historian, writer and retired teacher. He has led the Hull House Oral History project in Chicago and the gathering of memories among former members of the Henry Street Settlement House in New York. He is in the process of preserving his family history in a narrative.

Meets the first Wednesday of each month, 6:30-8:00 pm.
Registration is required for this event.


Evening Book Club

Share your passion for reading.
Enjoy friendly discussions about your
favorite books.
This evening is for you.

Book selections are made by our members.


Meets the second Wednesday of the month, 6:30-7:30 pm.
Registration is required for this event. 


Evening Hatha Yoga with Maria Polhemus

Hatha Yoga is one of the most popular relaxing forms of exercise.

Come spend an hour with us and enjoy a new found path of tranquility. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or blanket. Each session ends with a guided meditation.

Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm.
Registration is required for this event.
Please note: There is a program fee of $4.00.


Tuesday Afternoon Book Club

Indulge yourself. Share your thoughts about your favorite novels with friends.

Book selections are agreed upon by our members… we want you to be happy after all.
Please join us.

Meets the fourth Tuesday of the month, 4:00-5:00 pm.

Registration is required for this event.


Graphic Novel Book Club

The Graphic Novel Book Club is an adult book club that meets monthly to discuss comics and graphic novels. We will select from a wide variety of titles – indie and foreign comics to classic superhero storylines. Whether you are just getting into comics or a life-long reader, you’ll find good conversation and something new to read.

Meets the fourth Tuesday of the month, 7:00-8:00 pm.

Registration is required for this event.


Yin Yoga and Meditation with Maria Polhemus

Feel the peace by being present in the moment.
Quiet and calm your mind and body.
Experience your genuine self.
Please join us for a relaxing session of Yin Yoga followed
by Meditation.
Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or blanket.

Program fee: $4.00.


Special Monthly Programs


American Essay Contest


Inspired by the PBS documentary American Creed, this writing contest and presentation asks young writers to examine the question, “Who gets to be counted as ‘American’ and why?” The contest is open to students at Pawling High School as well as homeschooled students, who are encouraged to view the film at for inspiration.

All participants will have the opportunity to read their essays at the Holmes Whaley Lake Civic Association program, with a discussion led by Dr. Robin Lester, author and former headmaster of the Trinity School in New York City.

Juror: Thomas Walogorsky, editor of The Pawling Record.

$100.00 cash prize will be awarded for 1st place.
$50.00 2nd place.
$25.00 3rd place.

Deadline for submitting essays: March 23, 2019, 11:59 pm.

Essays must be emailed to the Pawling Library.

Please send your essays in a Word Document to Donald at

In the subject heading of the email please write: American Essay Contest.

Be sure to enter your name in full and your grade. Essays may be up to 500 words.

Winners will be notified on Sunday, April 13.

Readings, discussion and awards will take place at the Holmes Whaley Lake Civic Association on Saturday, April 27, 2:00-5:00 pm.

The HWLCA is located at 239 Route 292 in Holmes, NY.

All winning essays will be published in The Pawling Record.

Have a voice in your community. Let your words be read and heard.
Please join us by participating in this program.

About our speaker: Robin Lester is a graduate of the University of Chicago where he earned his Ph.D. in history and went on to become an award winning historian. In 1996 he was awarded Book of the Year by The North American Society for Sport History for his book STAGG’S UNIVERSITY: The Rise, Decline, and Fall of Big-Time Football at Chicago. His writing has appeared in such publications as the Journal of American History, the Journal of Sports History, and The New York Times. In his youth he was a semi-finalist in the national VFW, Veterans of Foreign Wars, essay contest.

To register for the awards presentation at the HWLCA please call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444.








Slide Slam:
Making a Difference Digital Art Exhibition


Theme: Using your artistic abilities, express how you could make a positive change in your own community. This change could be helping someone in need; creating a garden to beautify your village or town; befriending a person or family whose background is different from your own; or any manner of expressing change to help better the world in which you and your neighbors live. Simply allow your heart and talent to guide you.

At this interactive art exhibit each work is projected onto a screen. The artist has 5 minutes to present their artwork, explaining each piece to the audience and their fellow artists. Artists may use work they have previously created that reflects the theme, or create art specifically for the show.

15 artists will have the opportunity participate.

Artists may submit up to five works of art.

Email jpeg images of your artwork to Donald at

Only images submitted by email will be accepted.

Deadline: May 4, 11:59 pm.

Artists notified of accepted work: May 17-19.

Opening Reception: June 1, 2019 at the Holmes Whaley Lake Civic Association
2:00-5:00 pm.

The HWLCA is located at 239 Route 292 in Holmes, NY.

Audience members will have the chance to interact with the artists following the viewing.

By participating in this exhibition you are impacting the lives of others.

Inspire our community and contribute your dreams and reflections for all to experience.

This fast-paced art exhibition is designed to encourage community conversations and its inspiration
is based on questions that arise from the PBS documentary American Creed.

View the film at

This presentation has been made possible through a grant awarded to the Pawling Library by the
American Library Association and a partnership with the Holmes Whaley Lake Civic Association
and the Pawling Library.



American Creed:
A special film screening & discussion with Ron Steinman


Saturday, June 15 at 2 pm


In the documentary film AMERICAN CREED, former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David M. Kennedy come together from different points of view to investigate the idea of a unifying American creed. Their spirited inquiry frames the stories of citizen-activists striving to realize their own visions of America’s promise across deepening divides.

This film is not rated / 1h 22 min.

About our guest speaker: Ron Steinman’s career began at NBC News. His time at the network spans over three decades. He was a writer and field producer on the Huntley-Brinkley show before going to Saigon as bureau chief in 1966 for more than three years, and covering the Vietnam War off and on until 1973. He served as South East Asia bureau chief based in Hong Kong and then London bureau chief during the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland. He was Washington producer for Today and senior producer on Early Today and in the news division. He is a partner, producer and writer at Douglas/Steinman Productions where he directed the documentaries, Luboml: My Heart Remembers, My Grandfather’s House, and The Dance Goodbye. He is the author of The Soldiers’ Story, The Soldiers’ Story: An Illustrated Edition, Women in Vietnam, Inside Television’s First War, and the novel, Death in Saigon, all of which are on Amazon. An audiobook of The Soldiers’ Story, is available on Audible, and from Penguin Random House Books. His series, My Common Place Book: Parts 1-5 on Facebook, LinkedIn and WordPress is soon to be a stand-alone book on Amazon. Notebooks, a memoir, and Survival Manual, a memoir are on Barnes & Noble and other major sites.

Ron Steinman is the winner of the Peabody Award, a National Press Club award, two American Women in Radio & Television Awards, and five time Emmy nominee.




Adult English Classes

Dutchess Community College presents

Instructor: Karina Cerna

When / Cuando: Tuesdays / Martes & Thursdays / Jueves
9:00 am-12:30 pm.





FREE English (ESOL) Tutoring
English for Speakers of Other Languages
with Karina Cerna

Tuesdays & Thursdays: 12:30-3:30 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 publication (product) was supported by (or “in part by”) funds from the New York State Library’s Adult Literacy Services grant program.


Hanging Ornaments: Sculpting Workshop

Design an ornament for a holiday, as a gift, or perhaps for yourself to be enjoyed throughout the year.

Come join us and be creative!

Free Program

Two Sessions:

Sculpting: Friday, January 11
6:30-8:30 pm

Painting: Friday, January 25
6:30-8:30 pm

Registration is required for this event. To register please call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444.


A New Year of Possibilities

with psychic Elka Boren

Seated before you, while holding your hand, psychic Elka Boren will communicate messages that she receives from spirit.

What will unfold in your life in 2019?

Please join us and find out.

Take a look into your future.

Elka Boren: From an early age in Panama and for the past 30 years has had a natural healing ability to connect and communicate with the unseen world. Her energetic healings and clairvoyance remove blockages on all levels.

Program fee: $20.00.

NOTE: This program will take place at Angel Aura Spiritual Boutique, located at 12 West Main St in Pawling.

Tuesday, February 5, 7:00-9:30 pm.
Registration is required for this event. 


disAbility & Employment Workshop

This program is being provided by Taconic Resources for Independence

If you are under the age of 65 and have questions about how to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI); or have questions about how much can you earn without losing your benefits including Medicaid and/or Medicare, then sign-up for one of the following workshops presented by TRI’s Mobile Benefits Counselor!

*If you require a sign-language interpreter you must call or email 2 weeks in advance to Attn: Mandi (845) 452.3913 x119,

Friday, February 8, 3:00-4:30 pm.
Registration is required for this event.


Conversations with Marian

Marian Grudko, author, composer, storyteller, book editor, publisher and amateur gardener comes to our library as a Human Book!

Sign up for a twenty-minute conversation with her on any area of her expertise.

Find out things like:

How she published her popular book Lucinda Snowdrop
How to bring your own book into the world
What it’s like to set stories to music
or even how to grow the best tomatoes!

Please call the Pawling Library to register your time.

Tuesday, February 19, 6:00-8:00 pm.
Registration is required for this event.



Presented by Cicely Greaves

How do we awaken/invoke this renewal within ourselves? How do we access this dimension of Affirmation and undying Faith that lies dormant within us? What is it which frees us from our daily challenges? Come and join us for conversation, reflection, introspection and meditation. Let’s find out how to maintain what we find…

About our presenter: Cicely Greaves is the owner and operator of REGARD. She daily practices meditation and is a Reiki Master. In her journey she has changed her awareness, thoughts, words, deeds and actions. She is a producer and TV host of the award-winning show Give and Take the Virtues in Life. She has Degree in Psychology and supports business, and individuals in their journey to transform the way in which they respond to the constant stimulus that we are exposed to in the world

Tuesday, February 26, 6:30-8:80 pm.
Registration is required for this event.


Making Every Moment Count

At this informative presentation we’ll dispel the myths associated with Hospice. You’ll learn what you need to know before a crisis and whether to consider advance care planning to assist you in speaking with and comforting your loved ones.

Tuesday, March 5, 7:00-8:00 pm.
Registration is required for this event.


New Beginning:Living What Matters

Come join us in an engaging, enlivening conversation exploring what really matters to you and how you can design the life you want to live! We will explore your purpose, your passions, what brings light and energy to your life, and how your potential for living a satisfying and fulfilling life is available to you by making choices that support you living into it.

About our presenter: Diane Ingram is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) coach trainer with a degree in Psychology and Human Development. She is a student of the Diamond Approach, which fosters personal development through methods of meditation, present-moment awareness, and self-observation. Diane currently hosts her own radio show and is the author of four books, the most recent being “The Gift”.

Wednesday, March 13, 7:00-8:00 pm.
Registration is required for this event.


Estate Planning: How to Protect Your Parents and Yourself

Without proper planning, your Estate or your parent’s Estate may be settled in ways you never intended. Take this opportunity to educate yourself on your options. Join us to get real answers on how to assure your Estate is properly protected.

About our presenter: Michael  Martin has been preparing and litigating Estate plans for over 20 years. He received his J. D. from Pace Law School and was admitted to the New York and Connecticut State Bars in 1995. He has served as the Village Court Justice in the Village of Fishkill since 2002.

Wednesday, March 19, 7:00-8:00 pm.
Registration is required for this event.


1968: How Events 50 Years Ago Shaped The World

Join award-winning sports journalist Evan Weiner, for this in-depth look at how the media – especially television – came into its own in the 1960s. From the first of the Kennedy-Nixon debates in 1960, to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and the scathing assessment of Vietnam by Walter Cronkite, Weiner explores how the media matured. You’ll learn how Edward R. Murrow and Senator Joseph McCarthy laid the groundwork. The foundation for the media we have today can be traced to these events and these important figures.


Wednesday, March 27, 7:00-8:00 pm.
Registration is required for this event.


Floral Arranging with Erica

During this fun-filled workshop we will be using a variety of interesting spring flowers to create a burst of color that will draw attention and beautify the home.

In addition, you’ll also learn essential tips on flower purchasing and care.

Note: Participants should bring SMALL SHARP clippers and or scissors.

Some might wish to wear an apron.

Material fee: $15.00.

Containers will be provided.

About our presenter: Erica was the owner of The Flower Market in Westchester County for more than 20 years. She provided flowers and event planning, from simple occasions to high profile venues that included The Pierre and The Rainbow Room in New York City to, locally, Tappan Hill, The Kittle House and the Westchester Country Club. Now semi-retired, she enjoys working privately for long-time customers.

Wednesday, April 10, 7:00-8:30 pm.
Registration is required for this event.



What is the United Nations? Why established? How is it organized? What are the United Nations accomplishments and failures? Our era does have its challenges: climate change, the unsettled Middle east, wildcard Russia, nuclear weapons in rogue countries, financial volatility, an emerging China, stateless terrorists … and much more. Amidst these crises is the UN, an organization that gathers representatives from 193 countries under one roof.

About our presenter: Dr. Robert J. Petrausch is an expert in communication and head of the public relations concentration and former chair of the Department of Mass Communication at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. He has a doctorate in education from the Department of Organization and Leadership at Columbia University. Dr. Petrausch has published in the field of communications, public relations and organizational learning. He is a former chief communications officer for a Fortune 500 company. He has also served in senior communications positions for global companies such as Shell Oil and GE. With regard to military service, he served as Captain in the United States Air Force. He was the former president of the Westchester-Fairfield Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, and is a member of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and now serves on the board of directors for the Connecticut chapter of the United Nations Association.

This presentation is being brought to us by the United Nations Association of Connecticut.

Wednesday, April 16, 7:00-8:00 pm.
Registration is required for this event.


Sound Experience for your Body, Mind and Soul
with Cristina Reyes-Schleifer

Immerse yourself in the soothing waves of sound
Reduce muscle tension and stress
Enter a deep meditative state
Enhance your awareness
Feel lighter and energized

The sound of Tibetan singing bowls, tuning forks, chimes, bells and gongs will open up a new dimension in your life.

About our presenter: Cristina Reyes-Schleifer is a certified sound practitioner, with accreditation and certification by the Sound and Music Institute. She has devoted countless hours to investigating the effects of tonal vibrations on the human body and has personally studied with Alexandre Tannous and John Beaulieu, two of the pioneer researchers in the field. Having practiced meditation for over two decades and conducted meditation and spiritual development groups for over six years, Cristina has combined these modalities into her own creation of an integrated and therapeutic “sound bath,” which, accompanied with guided meditation and relaxation techniques, she uses in private and group sessions.

Wednesday, April 24, 7:00-8:30 pm.
Registration is required for this event. To register please call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444.


Allergies and Asthma: The Ayurveda Approach
Presented by Dr. Somesh N. Kaushik, Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Physician

Allergies are the body’s response to toxins that a weakened immune system cannot handle. Seasonal allergies (external) and/or food allergies (internal) result when foreign elements invade the body and cannot be eradicated. Asthma is an allergic reaction to certain triggers that aggravate and inflame the lung tissue, and can become systemic over time. Keeping the body in balance, and the immune system strong, can prevent allergies from taking hold.

Come and discover:
* Why certain “body types” are more prone to allergies
* How digestion impacts allergic reactions
* The role of metabolism in allergic responses
* The effect of vaccinations on the body
* Techniques to balance and strengthen the immune system

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, NY. With over 30 years’ experience as an Ayurvedic physician, Dr. Kaushik’s medical training is extensive. He is one of the most experienced Ayurvedic physicians in North America and is the recipient of the Dhanwantri Award, his profession’s highest honor.

Tuesday, May 7, 7:00-9:00 pm.
Registration is required for this event. 


Make Your Own Gift Basket

with Elaine Langsam of Basket-Mania

Mother’s Day falls on May 12; a day to remember a beautiful person. Make a gift basket for Mom, yourself or that special someone in your life.

The best gifts are those from the heart that we make ourselves.

There is a $5.00 material fee for this workshop.

Wednesday, May 8, 7:00-9:00 pm.
Registration is required for this event. 


The Dance Goodbye
Directed by Ron Steinman. Produced and Written by Eileen Douglas and Ron Steinman.

Following this special screening of the documentary The Dance Goodbye there will be a Q & A hosted by Ron Steinman and Eileen Douglas.

Acclaimed dancer Merrill Ashley departs from the New York City Ballet and must now determine how her life will unfold.

This intelligent picture of a dancer’s world engages the mind as it touches the heart.

Please join us and be a part of this event.

This film is not rated. Run time: 56 min

Saturday, May 11, 2:00-5:00 pm.
Registration is required for this event. 



Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Alzheimer’s is not normal aging; it’s a disease of the brain that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Join us to learn about: The impact of Alzheimer’s, the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, Alzheimer’s disease stages and risk factors, current research, treatments available to address some symptoms and Alzheimer’s Association resources.

For more information, contact the Alzheimer’s Association at 800-272-3900.


Tuesday, May 14, 7:00-8:00 pm.
Registration is required for this event. 


Patriot Hero of the Hudson Valley

Author Vincent Dacquino will be reading from his latest book Patriot Hero of the Hudson Valley. Following his discussion, Mr. Dacquino will be autographing copies of his book. For those wishing to have an autographed copy, books must be purchased in advance. Order your copy of Patriot Hero of the Hudson Valley at Pawling’s beautiful bookstore The Book Cove.

About our presenter: Vincent T. Dacquino is the author of several books for children and adults. He has made numerous appearances at schools and historical sites based on his adult biography Sybil Ludington: The Call to Arms, published by Purple Mountain Press in 2000, and Hauntings of the Hudson River Valley: An Investigative Journey, published by The History Press in 2007. Dacquino has addressed teachers and historians at annual conferences at the local, county, state and national levels. He has presented at the BOCES Young Adult conferences for over thirty years and has conducted a writers’ workshop for the Mahopac Library for over twenty years. Dacquino was a teacher in Westchester County and retired in 2007 to dedicate more time to his writing and family. He resides with his wife, June, in Mahopac, New York.

Tuesday, May 21, 7:00-8:00 pm.
Registration is required for this event. 


Intro to Calligraphy Presented by Anne Tascio

Discover the elegant art of calligraphy. During this free introductory lecture and workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to express your own unique lettering style.

Be inspired. Please join us for this fun and relaxing hands on event.

All art supplies will be provided.

Our presenter, artist Anne Tascio, teaches calligraphy at Bluestone Farm & Living Arts Center in Brewster NY.

Wednesday, May 22, 6:30-8:00 pm.
Registration is required for this event.


Relaxation through Color

For many people, coloring is a very relaxing activity.

At this evening program, we’ll be focusing on feeling better in the moment by coloring mandalas.

Please join us and replace unwanted stress with enjoyment.

Printed mandala designs and pencils will be provided.

Relaxation through Color is an adult program.

Wednesday, May 29, 6:30-8:00 pm.
Registration is required for this event.


Essential Oils

with MaryAnn Augi and Dawn Kelly

Essential oils have been used throughout history for their therapeutic purposes, dating back to ancient societies.

At this fun-filled presentation you’ll find out the most popular ways to use essential oils from aromatically to topically.

A variety of scents will be on hand for you to try.

Please join us and discover which essential oils are right for you.

Tuesday, June 25, 7:00-8:00 pm.
Registration is required for this event.


Interior Design

At this creative and fun presentation designer Allison Miller of Allison Grace Design will introduce you to the interior design process as well as current trends and how to avoid common pitfalls. She’ll instruct you how to approach a construction or decorating project, including planning, budget, resources and finding a contractor. You’ll learn about areas of design such as space planning, kitchen and bath design, lighting, paint color selection, window treatment options, as well as wall decor, furniture and fabric selections.

Following the presentation will be a Q & A.

Lots of samples will be on hand for you to view and be inspired.

Please join us.

Find your style to create the home of your dreams!

About our presenter: Allison Miller has been working in the interior design industry for 20 years. After graduating from the University of Vermont with a degree in Art and Art History, her love of textiles drew her to interior design. She flourished as a window treatment and soft-goods designer and then went on to establish East Hill Design, a handbag company that utilized the unique fabrics she used in interior design. Allison then moved to California to further her design career and obtain a degree in Interior Design. While in California she worked as a designer and project manager for firms doing high-profile jobs such as the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, Nordic Natural’s new headquarters, and private residences throughout Silicon Valley, Monterey, and the San Lucia Preserve in Carmel. Allison also became immersed in the green industry, managing the construction of the LEED certified Gaia Hotel & Spa and working as a designer for the first sustainable furnishings showroom in Northern California. Now located in the Hudson Valley of New York, Allison looks forward to sharing her experience and creativity with you.

Tuesday, July 9, 7:00-8:00 pm.
Registration is required for this event.


Ayurveda, Diet, and Nutrition: Achieving Balance and Harmony
Presented by Dr. Somesh N. Kaushik, Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Physician

Ayurveda defines health as a balance of body, mind, and spirit. When imbalance occurs, illness can result. To restore balance a highly individualized regimen, based on one’s body constitution (or dosha), is followed. Diet and nutrition are central to this approach.

Come and discover:

*How to determine if you are out of balance
*Steps to correct an imbalance and prevent illness
*Why certain foods may not be right for you but OK for others
*The importance of eating “seasonally” and which foods to avoid
*Foods that will clear your mind and make your body and soul “sing”

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, NY. With over 30 years’ experience as an Ayurvedic physician, Dr. Kaushik’s medical training is extensive. He is one of the most experienced Ayurvedic physicians in North America and is the recipient of the Dhanwantri Award, his profession’s highest honor.


Tuesday, July 16, 7:00-9:00 pm.
Registration is required for this event.