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 Online Adult Programs

 

 

Hatha Yoga in the Afternoon 

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. Each session ends with a guided meditation.

Instructor: Maria Polhemus.

Tuesdays & Thursday 1:00-2:00 pm

See our online calendar for more details. 

Registration is required. To register please email to Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org.

 

 

From Memory to Family Memoir 

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 prisoner 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 will be 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.

This Zoom presentation  takes place on the first Wednesday of each month, 6:30-8:00 pm.

See our online calendar for more details. 

Registration is required. To register please email  Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org.

 

 

Tuesday Afternoon Book Conversations 

This afternoon online book club is all about connecting with others just like you who have a passion for reading. Please join us and share your thoughts about the novels you’re reading. Connect with friends and make new friends. We look forward to seeing you for an hour of friendly conversations.

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

See our online calendar for more details. 

Registration is required. To register please  email Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org.

 

 

Graphic Novel Book Club

The GNBC valiantly continues on in a new online incarnation using Zoom, a free and easy to use platform.

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

See our online calendar for more details. 

Registration is required. To register please  email Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org.

 

 

 

Special Online Programs

 

 

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) FREE HEALTH LECTURE – ONLINE

Presented by Dr. Somesh N. Kaushik Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Physician

This pandemic has raised a lot of anxiety and a lot of questions. It has also brought an opportunity to raise awareness. A shift in perspective can change worry and fear into care and compassion, panic into prudence, quarantine into retreat. Our minds are powerful – consciousness directs energy and determines outcome. Raising consciousness to encompass body, mind, and spirit enhances the path to health.

Come and discover:

  • How this virus is different from others – personally and culturally
  • The population most at risk – low immune system
  • Why a strong immune system – body mind spirit – is key
  • Steps to keep your immune system at peak functioning
  • The oral microbiome – our body’s first line of defense
  • The critical link between diet, emotions, and mental outlook
  • The importance of a seasonal detox – physical, mental, emotional

Dr. Kaushik’s informative health lecture was recorded on May 5th. If you were unable to attend this program, or would just like to review the information, click on the link below to watch the presentation.

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/uZ13Cq_IqF9JTc_37F77R6MnQK75X6a82iIWq6EIn2AsywPK_ChCBqzwF1LHBcc

 

About our presenter: Dr. Somesh N. Kaushik, ND, BAMS, MPH, MPA, E-RYT 500, is the owner and chief medical practitioner of Dr. Kaushick’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic in Cross River, NY. With over 35 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. Dr. Kaushik recently founded the Institute for the Advancement of Ayurvedic Sciences, a research and After completing the 6 ½ years of schooling for his Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (BAMS) from Kurukshetra University, India, in 1983, Dr. Kaushik worked as an Ayurvedic Medical Officer for two years. 

Upon moving to the United States in 1985, Dr. Kaushik received his Masters of Public Health (MPH) and Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Alabama in 1988. He then worked as an Epidemiologist and Director of HIV/AIDS Sero-surveillance Program with the Alabama Department of Public Health in Birmingham while maintaining an Ayurvedic practice.

In 1999 he moved to Connecticut and received his Doctor of Naturopathy (ND) from the University of Bridgeport, CT in 2003. He taught Ayurvedic Medicine and Public Health at the College of Naturopathic Medicine, University of Bridgeport, as well as serving as the Director of Admissions there. He has been a faculty member with the University of Bridgeport, Division of Health Sciences since 2001. Dr. Kaushik co-founded the Institute for Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Therapies in Fairfield, CT in 2006.

Dr. Kaushik lectures on Ayurvedic Medicine at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Portland, OR, as well as at various national and international symposiums and events. He also offers courses, workshops, lectures, and training in Ayurvedic medicine locally. Dr. Kaushik is an approved continuing education provider for Yoga teachers through the YACEP (Yoga Alliance for Continuing Education Providers) and has achieved the highest Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher certificate having completed 500 hours of training (E-RYT 500). He includes therapeutic Yoga in his practice.

Each year, Dr. Kaushik and his family travel to India to set up camps offering free medical care for underserved populations. He’d like to expand this service to other countries as well.

Dr. Kaushik brings his unique background as an Ayurvedic and Naturopathic practitioner with experience in public health and health education to this locality. He welcomes you into his wellness community.

 

FREE English (ESOL) Tutoring through Zoom

Tuesday, April 14 & 21 / Thursday, April 16 & 23

Tuesday, May 5 & Thursday, May 7

Three spaces are available for each scheduled tutoring date and sessions are for one hour.

Time slots: 1:00-2:00 pm / 2:00-3:00 pm / 3:00-4:00 pm

Register for a tutoring session by sending an email to Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org. Please indicate what day and time you prefer.

NOTE: You can use Zoom on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. You’ll first need to download the free Zoom app and once you’re registered, Karina will send you a link for you to open and begin your tutoring session. Don’t worry, Zoom is easy to use.

https://zoom.us/download

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Meditation with Maria 

This guided meditation, brought to us by the calming voice and words of Maria Polhemus, is intended to promote relaxation. Please join us for this soothing program to help you to release unwanted tension.

Wearing headphones or earbuds is recommended for this presentation.

Wednesday, May 13, 6:30-7:30 pm.

See our online calendar for more details. 

Registration is required. To register please email to Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org.

 

 

Changing Habits with Self-Hypnosis: A two-part online presentation 


Presented by Susan Olin-Dabrowski

Self-hypnosis is a powerful technique that brings you in touch with your subconscious mind, the part of the mind responsible for habits.

During this presentation you’ll learn about the hypnotist’s model of the mind and how to successfully harness the power of your subconscious to create the change you desire. 

  • Through guided group hypnosis we’ll be exploring motivating energy for habit change, empowering memories, and a positive vision of the future self.
  • Using the principles of positive self-hypnosis participants will create effective personalized auto-suggestions to use in self-hypnosis.
  • We’ll examine a variety of techniques for entering into the hypnotic state and how to use auto-suggestions.

Time at the end of the second class will be reserved questions.

Participants should have pen and paper with them as there is some writing involved.

Wearing headphones or earbuds is recommended for this presentation.

About our presenter: Susan Olin-Dabrowski, creator of Whole Person Healing, has been a Certified Hypnotist since 1999. She has helped hundreds of people transform old habits and create positive change in their lives. She is certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists. Susan has been a Reiki Healing practitioner since 1997, is a Reiki Master / Teacher and holds academic degrees in Dietetics and Education. 

Tuesday, May 19 & Thursday, May 21, 7:00-8:00 pm.

See our online calendar for more details. 

Registration is required. To register please email to Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org.

 


Free Community Playwriting Workshop

Presented in partnership with Mid-Hudson Library System 

Saturday, May 30, from 10:00 am-12:00 pm

(Online via Zoom)

Everyone has an idea for a story, and this is your chance to bring that story to life. HVSF’s playwriting workshop will feature exercises that will teach you the basics. Following the workshops, all participants are invited to submit a short play to be considered on the evening of readings known as the HVSF Bake-Off. This year’s Bake-Off theme is Mahicantuck, “The River that Flows Both Ways.” 

Registered Now: https://hvshakespeare.org/production/community-bake-off/

Other upcoming playwriting workshops via Zoom…

Saturday, May 23, from 11:00 am-1:00 pm
Presented in partnership with Desmond Fish Library, Garrison, NY

Sunday, May 24, from 11:00 am-1:00 pm
Presented in partnership with The Field Library, Peekskill, NY

Saturday, May 30, from 1:00-3:00 pm
Presented in partnership with The Julia Butterfield Library, a Philipstown Behavioral Health Hub

Sunday, May 31, from 11:00 am-1:00 pm
Presented in partnership with Newburgh Free Library and Safe Harbors of the Hudson , Newburgh, NY 

 

 

THE IMMUNE SYSTEM: Balancing the Microbiome

Presented by Dr. Somesh N. Kaushik
Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Physician

Ayurveda believes a balance of body, mind, and spirit will naturally result in a strong immune system that combats pathogens. Being out of balance results in a weakened immune system allowing illness to develop. Balancing our microbiome – the bacteria, viruses, and fungi that exist in our bodies – is critical to our health. And, nourishing not only our body, but also our mind and spirit is key to the health of our microbiome. 

Come and discover:

  • How the microbiome effects body, mind, and spirit
  • Why mental attitude & emotions affect the microbiome and immune system
  • Ways to keep the microbiome in balance
  • How to nourish our bodies with proper diet and nutrition – seasonally
  • Lifestyle habits that support a strong immune system and healthy microbiome

Tuesday, June 2, 7:00-8:00 pm.
Registration is required. Click the link below to reserve a space for THE IMMUNE SYSTEM: Balancing the Microbiome or email Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org. 

https://www.pawlingfreelibrary.org/event/reserved-for-online-event-3/2020-06-02/

 

Qigong with Nadiya Nottingham

Qigong (pronounced chee-gung) is a Taoist system of physical movement that is both ritual and exercises, breathing techniques and focused intention. It is an ancient form of energy enhancement and is the basis of Tai Chi. It is perhaps the most under-estimated form of self-development and yet one of the most profound and deeply healing on all levels.  It is understood in Traditional Chinese Medicine to boost the immune system and help release blocked energy in the meridians, the organ branches within the body.

Please join us for this gentle, life enhancing practice.

Enhance your life.

About our presenter: Nadiya Nottingham is a certified Medical Qigong Practitioner by Robert Peng and a Qigong teacher by Masters Liu Dong and Liu He of the Linggui School in Portland, OR. Nadiya’s deep heart teachings spring from her own struggles as a young woman. She has overcome addiction, survived an attempt on her own life at age 15, and at age 62 she has many authentic, tried and true life teachings to share with deep love. 

Monday, June 8, 4:00-5:00 pm.
Registration is required. Click the link below to reserve a space for Qigong with Nadiya Nottingham or email Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org. 

https://www.pawlingfreelibrary.org/event/qigong-with-nadiya-nottingham-4/2020-06-08/

 

 

D-Day: The Mighty Endeavor
Presented by Jeffrey Urbin

On June 6th 1944 the world held its collective breath as the largest military armada ever assembled stormed the Normandy beaches to breach Hitler’s Atlantic wall. This presentation examines the planning and execution of the battle that turned the course of the war and changed world history.

About our presenter: Jeffrey Urbin is the Education Specialist and Director of the Pare Lorentz Film Center at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York where he is responsible for developing all of the Library’s education offerings ranging from second grade to college and adult learning programs. In addition, he provides training, programs and presentations for teachers and assists museum educators across the country in developing educational programs for their own museums. He has been a pioneer in developing distance learning programs for the Presidential Library System for which he received a 2014 Presidential Libraries Achievement Award.

He attended college on a Harry S Truman Scholarship and is a recipient of the Eugene Sheridan Award for Excellence in History, Government and Economics, numerous teaching awards and the National Guard and Reserve Seven Seals Award. He holds degrees in Public Administration, Political Science, and has a Certificate of Advanced Study in Latin American and Caribbean Affairs. Mr. Urbin served as a Youth Asset Development Coordinator for the YMCA of Greater New York and taught history and government for public and private colleges in the Hudson Valley for more than ten years before joining the National Archives and Records Administration at the Roosevelt Presidential Library in 2001.

Wednesday, June 10, 6:30-7:30 pm.
Registration is required. Click the link below to reserve a space for D-Day: The Mighty Endeavor or email Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org. 

https://www.pawlingfreelibrary.org/event/reserved-65/2020-06-10/

 

 

Effective Communication Strategies

with Community Engagement Manager
Joan Carl

Individuals living with dementia often experience changes in behavior that can be confusing to friends and family. For caregivers, learning to decode messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language can help both parties to connect and communicate in meaningful ways. This program will help explain the communication changes that take place in a person with dementia and identify strategies to connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

This program is being provided by the Alzheimer’s Association

Tuesday, June 16, 7:00-8:00 pm.
Registration is required. Click the link below to reserve a space for Effective Communication Strategies or email Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org.

https://www.pawlingfreelibrary.org/event/reserved-for-online-event-4/2020-06-16/

 

The Early Days of Television

Presented by Evan Weiner, Journalist, TV pundit, radio commentator and podcaster

Television started in 1928 in Schenectady, New York but it was incubated in two laboratories, one in Pittsburgh in George Westinghouse’s Labs and the other in General Electric’s Lab. TV goes through growing pains including World War II. But when GI’s come home, they want their TV. They want to watch Ed Sullivan, Meet the Press, Uncle Miltie, Milton Berle, Joe Friday, Lucy and Desi and Ralph Kramden and even test patterns. TV also reflected society of the time. Blacklisting and Nat King Cole could not get a sponsor. Stroll down Memory Lane and get reacquainted with the 1940s and 1950s TV. The Early Days of TV. The programming looked cheap but it came right into the living room. Watching in front of stores, getting rid of rolling, snow and moving that antenna the right way.

About our presenter: Evan Weiner, recognized globally as an expert in the politics of the sports business, produces a daily podcast on that topic in addition to being a regular on television and radio in both the United States and the United Kingdom, including appearances on BBC Radio, MSNBC and ABC television, and The Guardian newspaper in the U.K. Weiner has also written nine books and speaks in a variety of venues, including cruise ships, colleges, and libraries. More information about the speaker can be found at http://evanjweiner.wixsite.com/journalism-blog.

Tuesday, June 23, 7:00-8:00 pm.
Registration is required. Click the link below to reserve a space for The Early Days of Television or email Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org

https://www.pawlingfreelibrary.org/event/the-early-days-of-television/2020-06-23/

 

 

Marco Polo: The Silk Road & China: The UN in Action

Guest Speaker: Dr. Joseph Baxer
President of the United Nations Association of Connecticut

Images of the ancient Silk Road and the medieval journey of Marco Polo invite fascinating images of caravans of camels navigating long stretches of desert, caravanserai hosting a veritable Babel of tongues and cooperation midst diversity as traders, diplomats and adventurers came in contact. The UN is far from an office building in Manhattan, but alive, in action, rooted across a continent in which China reimagines the ancient routes at sea, on ice and through cyberspace. Is it true that no longer do all roads lead to Rome, but now to Beijing?

Dr. Baxer, following an immersion in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, Bangkok and Istanbul, will explore the vitality and promise of the UN in action within the context of Marco Polo’s world.

Wednesday, June 24, 7:00-8:00 pm.
Registration is required. Click the link below to reserve a space for Marco Polo: The Silk Road & China: The UN in Action or email Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org. 

https://www.pawlingfreelibrary.org/event/marco-polothe-silk-road-china-the-un-in-action/2020-06-24/

 

 

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research

with Community Engagement Manager Joan Carl

This workshop covers four areas of lifestyle habits that are associated with healthy aging: cognitive activity, exercise, diet & nutrition, and social engagement. We will discuss what we know, drawing on current research, as well as what we can do now to improve or maintain our overall health.

This online program is being provided by the Alzheimer’s Association.

Tuesday, June 30, 7:00-8:00 pm.
Registration is required. Click the link below to reserve a space for Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research or email Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org. 

https://www.pawlingfreelibrary.org/event/reserved-for-online-event-7/2020-06-30/

 

 

Eleanor Roosevelt: Compassion and Betrayal

Presented by Jeffrey Urbin

Eleanor Roosevelt was born a shy, timid girl in a family of power, position, and wealth. From the outside her life would seem to be charmed, but a closer examination charts a lonely course from one betrayal to another. The compassion that she showered on others, here and around the world, was developed in part by her personal understanding what it feels like to be hurt, left out and neglected. This talk examines the trials and turmoil in the life of one of the greatest and most influential woman in the history of our republic.

About our presenter: Jeffrey Urbin is the Education Specialist and Director of the Pare Lorentz Film Center at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York where he is responsible for developing all of the Library’s education offerings ranging from second grade to college and adult learning programs. In addition, he provides training, programs and presentations for teachers and assists museum educators across the country in developing educational programs for their own museums. He has been a pioneer in developing distance learning programs for the Presidential Library System for which he received a 2014 Presidential Libraries Achievement Award.

He attended college on a Harry S Truman Scholarship and is a recipient of the Eugene Sheridan Award for Excellence in History, Government and Economics, numerous teaching awards and the National Guard and Reserve Seven Seals Award. He holds degrees in Public Administration, Political Science, and has a Certificate of Advanced Study in Latin American and Caribbean Affairs. Mr. Urbin served as a Youth Asset Development Coordinator for the YMCA of Greater New York and taught history and government for public and private colleges in the Hudson Valley for more than ten years before joining the National Archives and Records Administration at the Roosevelt Presidential Library in 2001.

Tuesday, July 14, 7:00-8:00 pm.
Registration is required. Call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444 to register or send an email to Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org.

 

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease 



with Community Engagement Manager Joan Carl

Alzheimer’s and other dementias cause changes in memory, thinking and behavior that interfere with daily life. Join us to learn about 10 common warning signs and what to watch for in yourself and others. 

The one-hour program covers: 

 

  • Typical age-related changes. 
  • Common warning signs of Alzheimer’s. 
  • How to approach someone about memory concerns. 
  • Early detection, the benefits of a diagnosis and the diagnostic process. 
  • Alzheimer’s Association resources.  

This program is being provided by the Alzheimer’s Association.

Tuesday, July 21, 7:00-8:00 pm.

See our online calendar for more details. 

Registration is required. To register please email to Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org.

 

Sound Experience for your Body, Mind and Soul / Online presentation

with Cristina Reyes-Schleifer
Sound Practitioner

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.

Wednesday, July 22, 7:00-8:30 pm.

See our online calendar for more details. 

Registration is required. To register please email to Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org.

 

Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors

with Community Engagement Manager Joan Carl

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

Tuesday, August 11, 6:30-7:30 pm.

See our online calendar for more details. 

Registration is required. To register please email to Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org.

 

A Virtual Art Show at Lakeside

The Pawling Library is very pleased to be partnering with Pawling Recreation to bring to our community this unique art exhibition experience. These shows are most commonly called Slide Slams, a fast-paced fun art show in which artwork is displayed digitally onto a screen while each artist gives a brief talk.

This is a great opportunity to see works of art on a large scale and meet with the artists while enjoying light refreshments.

This exhibition features the artwork of:

Donna Castelluccio, Shelley Dell, Bob Ferrucci, Carol-Lee Kantor, Lonna Kelly, Bob Madden, Karen Madden, Doreen O’Connor, Linda Pennachio, Jeanne Plekon, Bill Prickett, Jeanette Rodriguez and Liliana Washburn.

Please join us!

Pawling Recreation is located a short distance away from our library at 2 Lakeside Drive at Lakeside Park in Pawling. Phone: 845-855-1131.

Friday, August 28, 7:00-9:00 pm.
Register to see our art show by calling the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444 or send an email to Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org.

 

 

UFO Encounters & Sightings in the Hudson Valley

For over 100 years, residents of New York’s Hudson Valley have been experiencing startling UFO encounters and sightings. From the “mysterious airships” of the early 1900s, to the wave of massive triangles in the 1980s, to fascinating present-day cases, author Linda Zimmermann will present the best evidence from interviews conducted with hundreds of eyewitnesses.

About of presenter: Linda Zimmermann is a research scientist turned award-winning author of 30 books on science, history, the paranormal, and fiction. She has lectured across the country, and has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows. Linda has three books on Hudson Valley UFOs, and a podcast called UFO Headquarters.

NOTE: This presentation will take place at Pawling Recreation at Lakeside Park. Pawling Recreation is located at 2 Lakeside Drive in Pawling. Phone: 845-855-1131.

Thursday, October 8, 7:00-8:00 pm.
Registration is required. Call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444 to register or send an email to Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org.

 

 

The Roosevelts at Christmas

with Jeffrey Urbin

The Roosevelt’s loved Christmas. For them it truly was the most wonderful time of the year. But how did they celebrate this joyous time in the dark days of the Great Depression and World War II? This session describes some of the customs and traditions followed by the Roosevelts in Washington and Hyde Park.

About our presenter: Jeffrey Urbin is the Education Specialist and Director of the Pare Lorentz Film Center at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York where he is responsible for developing all of the Library’s education offerings ranging from second grade to college and adult learning programs. In addition, he provides training, programs and presentations for teachers and assists museum educators across the country in developing educational programs for their own museums. He has been a pioneer in developing distance learning programs for the Presidential Library System for which he received a 2014 Presidential Libraries Achievement Award.

He attended college on a Harry S Truman Scholarship and is a recipient of the Eugene Sheridan Award for Excellence in History, Government and Economics, numerous teaching awards and the National Guard and Reserve Seven Seals Award. He holds degrees in Public Administration, Political Science, and has a Certificate of Advanced Study in Latin American and Caribbean Affairs. Mr. Urbin served as a Youth Asset Development Coordinator for the YMCA of Greater New York and taught history and government for public and private colleges in the Hudson Valley for more than ten years before joining the National Archives and Records Administration at the Roosevelt Presidential Library in 2001.

Wednesday, December 9, 7:00-8:00 pm.
Registration is required. Call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444 to register or send an email to Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org.