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Library Re-Opens February 12th

Starting on Friday, February 12th, the Pawling Library will once again be open to the public. On the 12th, we will move to stage 5 of our re-opening protocols. Up to ten patrons at a time will be allowed to enter the library. Each person must wear a mask and may stay for up to one hour per visit. For the six guidelines to follow during stage 5 and more information about our re-opening procedures, please visit https://www.pawlingfreelibrary.org/re-opening-information/ During stage 5 we will continue to offer contactless checkout in our courtyard. For more information please visit https://www.pawlingfreelibrary.org/contactless-checkout-with-mylibro/

Trustee meeting will be online

The February 11th meeting of the library’s board of trustees will be conducted digitally. If you would like access to the meeting, please contact the library director, Brian Avery, by emailing director@pawlinglibrary.org

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Download Magazines With Libby

Overdrive now offers over 3,000 popular magazines available to download with no wait lists, holds, or checkout limits. Using your library card you can download the magazines from the Overdrive website (https://mhls.overdrive.com/) or view them on your mobile device using the Libby App (https://meet.libbyapp.com/). Magazine checkouts do not affect the number of eBooks you can request or check out at once in the Overdrive service. The collection of magazines ranges from the well-known (The New Yorker, The Economist, Vogue, National Geographic) to the highly specialized (Minecraft World, Interweave Crochet, Yachting World, Home Business Magazine). Magazines are even available in other languages.

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Free Online Learning

The New York State Department of Labor has made online job training available for free to all New Yorkers. Visit https://dol.ny.gov/online-learning-coursera to create a Coursera account and start learning. Courses cover a broad range of topics and skill levels, from business negotiation to cybersecurity to medical neuroscience.

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Contactless Checkout and Virtual Services

As of December 27th, the Pawling Library is not open to the public. Instead we are offering contactless checkout and virtual services. Library staff will be on-hand to answer phone calls and emails and to facilitate contactless checkout. Contactless checkout can be scheduled using the myLibro app, the webform https://tinyurl.com/courtyardcheckout or by calling the library at (845) 855-3444 or emailing staff@pawlinglibrary.org For more information about our virtual services, please visit https://www.pawlingfreelibrary.org/stuck-at-home-here-are-10-things-you-can-still-do-thanks-to-your-library-card/

Emergency Board Meeting

The Board of Trustees of the Pawling library will conduct an emergency board meeting on Zoom. The meeting will be a teleconference scheduled for Friday December 18th at 10:45 AM. If you would like more information about this meeting or to listen, please contact the Library Director, Brian Avery, by emailing director@pawlinglibrary.org

Thankgiving Week Hours

If you are not going over the river and through the woods this Thanksgiving, you might be interested in knowing when the Pawling Library will be open.  We will be reducing our schedule during Thanksgiving week, so that staff are able to spend time with their loved ones. We will close at 3 PM on Wednesday and then re-open at noon on Friday. Day by day, that means our hours are as follows: Monday: 12-5 Tuesday: 10-8 Wednesday: 10-3 Thursday: Closed Friday: 12-5 Saturday: 10-4

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Senator Harckham Donates Supplies

State Senator Pete Harckham came bearing gifts for the Pawling Library, when he visited on Saturday afternoon, July 18th.  Bringing supplies of hand sanitizer and 100 face masks, he was greeted by Library Director, Brian Avery, and several board members, wearing masks and social distancing in order that his visit comply with all mandated safety protocols. Senator Harckham is an enthusiastic supporter of the Pawling Library, and his most recent grant to the library provided annex improvements, as well as support for a portion of 2019 programming expenses. Brian Avery, Library Director noted, “We were delighted to learn that Senator Harckham was able provide masks and hand sanitizer for the library. He has been a big supporter of Pawling and of libraries, so it should come as no surprise that he thought about our needs during this time. We were pleased that Senator Harckham could visit our library so soon after we reopened. He was able to see some of the long term projects we have been able to take on over the last couple years,...

Book review: The Poet X, by Elizabeth Acevedo

Reviewed by Angie Webb, Library Clerk Oh, how I wish I had a book like this in my teen years growing up in Brooklyn, NY. The story tackles many pressing topics – love, questions of faith, sexuality, sexual harassment and body shaming, friendship, homophobia, self-acceptance – through Harlem native, Xiomara Batista, known as X. The novel’s epistolary-like structure makes the free-verse narration a gripping, quick read without making the verse gimmicky. And the compelling vulnerability and empowering passion of its young protagonist gives voice to the inner struggle of obedience to family and religious tradition with the anxiety of finding strength with self-discovery through the rebellion of young love and slam poetry. The relationships between X and her family and friends are authentic. I enjoyed how the story presented the Dominican culture of the Batista family through the eyes of someone unashamed of her heritage but wants to experience it differently from the tradition. X is relatable, I felt her struggles, I had her struggles, and like her, I wrote them down. Acevedo captured the...

Contactless Checkout with myLibro

Now that the library is offering contactless checkout, you can schedule a pickup time using the myLibro app. The app is available for free on Apple and Android devices in their respective app stores. If you prefer to schedule your pickup via email or phone, you can still email us at staff@pawlinglibrary.org or call 845-855-3444. You can also request contactless checkout using our online form: https://tinyurl.com/courtyardcheckout For the full contactless checkout procedures and other re-opening information visit https://www.pawlingfreelibrary.org/re-opening-information/ Please remember to wear a mask whenever you visit the library.