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. Call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444 to register or send an email to Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org.

 

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.

Program fee: $4.00.

Tuesdays & Thursday 1:00-2:00 pm.

NOTE: Thursday Hatha Yoga in the Afternoon ends on March 26.

Registration is required. Call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444 to register or send an email to Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org.

 

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. Call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444 to register or send an email to Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org.

 

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. Call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444 to register or send an email to Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org.

 

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.

Program fee: $4.00.

Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm.

NOTE: Evening Hatha Yoga begins on April 2. 

Registration is required. Call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444 to register or send an email to Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org.

 

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.

Meets the third Wednesday of the month, 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.

 

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. Call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444 to register or send an email to Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org.

 

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. Call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444 to register or send an email to Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org.

 

 

 

Special Monthly Programs

 

 

FREE English (ESOL) Tutoring

English for Speakers of Other Languages

with Karina Cerna

Tutoring is available for both adults and teens.

Sessions are for one hour.

“This publication (product) was supported by (or “in part by”) funds from the New York State Library’s Adult Literacy Services grant program.”

Thursday, January 9, 1:00-4:00 pm.
Registration is required. Call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444 to register or send an email to Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org.

 

Window Sill Penguins

Two Sessions:
Friday, January 10 (Sculpting) & Friday, January 24 (Painting)

Time: 6:30-8:30 pm

Penguins love snow and ice but sometimes they just like watching winter
from a cozy window.

Please join us and make your own penguin that fits on a window sill.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Age: 7 & up.

Registration is required. Call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444 to register or send an email to Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org.

 

Reflexology with Maria Polhemus

Reflexology involves applying pressure to and massaging certain spots on the feet, hands and ears that correspond to and can have a healing effect upon internal organs.

With repeated Reflexology sessions, this relaxing and stress-relieving procedure can bring about an improvement in health and one’s overall well-being.

Discover for yourself, the benefits of reflexology.

Find out if this alternative non-invasive healing practice is right for you.

Tuesday, January 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.

 

Psychic Readings with Elka Boren

2020: A new year begins, filled with possibilities. Please join us and receive insightful messages from spirit.

Discover how events in your life will unfold.

Program fee: $20.00

Wednesday, January 22, 7:00-9:00 pm.
Registration is required. Call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444 to register or send an email to Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org.

 

Heart Ornaments: Sculpting Workshop

Two Sessions:
Friday, January 31 (Sculpting) & Friday, February 7 (Painting)
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm

Have a heart, and give a heart to make someone happy. The hearts we’ll be making will be donated to The Pawling Resource Center.

…and please make a heart for yourself, too!

Thank you for your talent & generosity.

Age 7 & up

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Registration is required. Call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444 to register or send an email to Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org.

 

FREE English (ESOL) Tutoring

English for Speakers of Other Languages

with Karina Cerna

Tutoring is available for both adults and teens.

Sessions are for one hour.

“This publication (product) was supported by (or “in part by”) funds from the New York State Library’s Adult Literacy Services grant program.”

Thursday, February 6, 1:00-4:00 pm.
Registration is required. Call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444 to register or send an email to Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org.

 

 

Hiking 101 with Eric Harvey

Hiking 101 is intended as a presentation for people with little or no previous experience who are interested in hiking. Topics to be discussed will include planning a trip, clothing to wear, and gear to bring along. Questions will be encouraged.

Tuesday, February 11, 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.

 

 

Admissions and Financial Aid: What it Takes to get into College Today

with Stephanie Mauro

At this presentation you will learn:

1) How to maximize their student’s potential to receive scholarships, grants and other forms of merit-aid.
2) The importance of the SAT & ACT tests and how colleges value them.
3) What the more selective colleges really want to see on a student’s application.
4) The difference between the FAFSA and CSS Profile financial aid forms and how they affect the cost of college.
5) What financial aid really means to a family and how need is determined.
6) The parental and student assets that take away from qualifying for financial aid.
7) How the financial aid system works and why it’s important to have an expected family contribution (EFC) calculated before a student visits colleges.
8) We will go over a timeline to successfully complete the college planning process and how it’s possible to attend a private college for a public college price.
9) Plus much, much more!

Thursday, February 20, 6:30-8:00 pm.
Registration is required. Call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444 to register or send an email to Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org.

 

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.

Thursday, February 27 & March 26, 6:30-8:00 pm.
Registration is required. Call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444 to register or send an email to Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org.

 

FREE English (ESOL) Tutoring

English for Speakers of Other Languages

with Karina Cerna

Tutoring is available for both adults and teens.

Sessions are for one hour.

“This publication (product) was supported by (or “in part by”) funds from the New York State Library’s Adult Literacy Services grant program.”

Thursday, March 12, 1:00-4:00 pm.
Registration is required. Call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444 to register or send an email to Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org.

 

FREE English (ESOL) Tutoring

English for Speakers of Other Languages

with Karina Cerna

Tutoring is available for both adults and teens.

Sessions are for one hour.

“This publication (product) was supported by (or “in part by”) funds from the New York State Library’s Adult Literacy Services grant program.”

Tuesday, May 5, 1:00-4:00 pm.
Thursday, May 7, 1:00-4:00 pm.
Registration is required. Call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444 to register or send an email to Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org.

 

Card Making

with Carol Bierman

Make a special hand-made Mother’s Day card, and / or cards for any occasion that the special people in your life will cherish.

Have some fun and perhaps make a new friend, who like yourself, enjoys crafting.

Be creative with us.

Tuesday, May 5, 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.

 

A Conversation with Margaret Hubert: An inspirational talk about life, and starting over after retirement

Our presenter will share with us how after retirement and facing loss she gave a great deal of thought as to what to do with the rest of her life. She made a decision to focus on her creative passion rather than on sorrow.

A new chapter of our lives can begin at any age and Margaret is proof of this.

Please join us and expect to be inspired.

“There is lots of life after retirement, if they choose,”- Margaret Hubert

About our presenter: Margaret Hubert is a local knitting, crochet artist and instructor who throughout her career has published over 30 books. Samples of her beautiful work and books will be on hand for the presentation.

Monday, May 11, 2:00-3:00 pm.
Registration is required. To register please call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444 or send an email to Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org

 

Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior

with 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, May 12, 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

 

Living with Alzheimer’for Caregivers: Early Stage

When someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, friends and family have many questions. What does the diagnosis mean? What kinds of plans need to be made? What resources are available to help? As the disease progresses, new questions reflect growing needs for skills, programs and services.

Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers is a series of educational programs that provide answers to the questions that arise in the various stages of the disease. Topics covered will include developing a care team, legal and financial planning, coping strategies, care and treatment options, communicating and connecting and maximizing independence.

Presenter: Eileen Hendriksen

This program is being provided by the Alzheimer’s Association

This 3-part presentation will take place on Tuesday, June 2, 9 and 16, 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

 

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, 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 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. Call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444 to register or send an email to Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org.

 

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. To register please call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444 or send an email to Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org

 

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.

 

Sound Experience for your Body, Mind and Soul

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.
Registration is required. Call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444 to register or send an 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, Emil Figueroa, 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.

 

Taíno Petroglyphs: Craft Workshop

Two sessions:
Friday, September 18 (Sculpting) and Friday, September 25 (Painting)
6:30-8:30 pm

What are petroglyphs?

Petroglyphs are rock carvings that were made by prehistoric peoples. These carvings were achieved by chipping away at the rock surface using tools such as a stone chisel. Some of the beautiful images carved were of people, animals, birds and symbols.

Taíno petroglyphs, made by the Taíno Indians, are some of the oldest examples of petroglyphs in the world. They can be found in various locations in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Puerto Rico and Cuba to name a few.

We’ll be making two types of Taíno Petroglyphs, a pendant as well as a wall hanging, to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

Join the fun!

Age 7 & up.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Registration is required. Call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444 to register 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.

 

Monsters from Outer Space!
A Sculpting Workshop

They’re from other worlds and look very, very different than us. Some of these monsters are green with purple spots, and have claws and as many as twelve legs and one great big eye!

We’ll be making these strange intergalactic invaders on two nights:
Friday, October 16 (Sculpting) and on Friday, October 23 (Painting)

Time: 6:30-8:30 pm.

And you can  make their spaceships, too.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Age: 7 & up.

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.