Author: Donald Partelow

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

A FREE workshop from Social Security Presented by Ravi Gopaul Public Affairs Specialist Monday, September 20 4-5 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: Ravi Gopaul, a Public Affairs Specialist for the Social Security Administration, is responsible for outreach activity in Greater New York. He coordinates local outreach events, and provides training for community organizations. He joined Social Security in 2012 helping individuals establish entitlement to benefits under all Social Security...

Japanese American Internment / Online Program

Presented by Jeffrey Urbin Wednesday, September 22 6:30-7:30 pm Click the link below to register for Japanese American Internment or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at The roundup and relocation of 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry in the wake of the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor is one of the darkest blemishes on the Roosevelt record. This presentation explores the intent and consequences of Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066.   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....

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.

Yin Restorative Yoga / Online Program

Tuesday afternoons 1-2 pm Click the link below to register for Yin Restorative Yoga or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at Instructor: Maria Polhemus Yin Restorative Yoga is a gentle practice. The poses are held longer than hatha yoga (1 minute to 3-4 minutes) and mostly performed close to the floor. There are few standing postures. This form of yoga is known for calming and balancing the mind, body and internal organs, increasing circulation, and improving flexibility and joint mobility. Yin Restorative Yoga encourages the use of props. For class make sure you have a strap (belt or scarf will do), yoga block (or book), eye pillow, and pillows, rolled up towels etc. for various areas of support. Please join us for a stress relieving hour of gentle exercise and relaxation. Each session ends with a guided meditation. Program fee: $4.00, per class. Note: We ask that you pay in advance for a full month of yoga classes. For September: One month of Yin Restorative Yoga: $16.00. You can make a non-refundable...

COME TOGETHER PAWLING: Viewing of TED TALK video on How Trees Talk to Each Other and discussion / Online Program

Monday, September 13 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for COME TOGETHER PAWLING or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at Each month, in a respectful and open environment, we’ll explore a new topic led by a different community leader. For September, the subject we’ll be discussing is how trees communicate. At the start of the program, we’ll be watching an 18-minute TED TALKS video, entitled How Trees Talk to Each Other, with forest ecologist Suzanne Simard. Following the viewing, we’ll open up a group discussion led by Jay Erickson. Our wellness as individuals and as a community depends on continued sharing, support and conversation in times of celebration as well as in times of conflict. Come Together and join us in fostering deeper conversations, listening to disparate experiences and points of view in the realm of challenging context such as racism, sexism, bipartisanship, whiteness and social justice. We understand that these conversations could be difficult to have, and believe that by coming together to find the willingness to listen and...

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.