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    COME TOGETHER PAWLING: Viewing of TED TALK video on How we can protect truth in the age of misinformation and discussion / Online Program

    7:00 PM-8:00 PM

    Monday, August 30
    7-8 pm

    Registration is required. You can register below or by contacting 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.

    At the start of the program, we’ll be watching a 15-minute TED TALKS video, entitled How we can protect truth in the age of misinformation, with Professor Sinan Aral.

    Following the viewing, we’ll open up a group discussion led by Edward J. Grippe Ph. D.

    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 learn, we can aspire to create a stronger Pawling, where ALL community members feel safe, welcome and represented.  

    This program is being provided through a partnership with the  Pawling Library and Pawling Yoga & Wellness.


    About our presenter: Edward J. Grippe received Ph. D. in Philosophy from The City University of New York, Graduate Center. He was a Professor of Philosophy and Ethics at Norwalk Community College, and currently, Professor Emeritus. He also is an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Bedford Hill Correctional Facility. He has served as Chair of Norwalk Community College’s Humanities Department, and is a board member of the Pawling NY Central Schools District. He has worked as an ethical consultant and was Vice Chair of his town’s Ethics Board. He has authored a book, Richard Rorty’s New Pragmatism: Neither Liberal Nor Free [Continuum 2007], as well as several articles on Richard Rorty’s pragmatism, Plato, applied ethics, and democratic governance. He has served as Subscription Editor for the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Moderator, for the Society for Philosophy in Contemporary World, Organizer of Norwalk CC’s Great Ideas Days, Co-organizer for the Society for the Study of Life Ethics, and has worked as a Civic Reflection Facilitator at various institutions.


    NOTE: TED TALK is the owner of How we can protect truth in the age of misinformation

    Speaker: Professor Sinan Aral

    This video was published in November 2018 by TED TALKS

    To watch this video and or to discover more about TED TALKS, please visit

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    Ann Pearlman: My Life as a Writer / Online Program

    6:30 PM-8:00 PM

    Tuesday, August  31
    6:30-8:00 pm

    Registration is required. You can register below or by contacting Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at 

    Pulitzer Prize nominee author Ann Pearlman returns to our library for a very special presentation, sharing fascinating stories of her life and writing career.

    About the author: Ann Pearlman is eclectic, a writer in several genres and an artist in several media. Getting Free: Women and Psychotherapy was written with two colleagues and used as both a consciousness-raising book in the women’s movement and a college textbook.  Keep the Home Fires Burning: How to Have an Affair With Your Spouse, garnered the attention of the Oprah Winfrey Show and other TV talk shows. Her memoir, Infidelity, was nominated for a National Book Award, a Pulitzer Prize, and made into a Lifetime movie by Lionsgate: Dzanc Books reprinted a new edition in August 2018. Inside the Crips, with a foreword by Ice T, took readers into the life of a Crip gang member and the California Prison system. The Christmas Cookie Club became an international bestseller, spawning cookie exchanges and donations to charity.  The Christmas Cookie Cookbook: All the Rules and Delicious Recipes to Start Your Own Holiday Cookie Club was written with her friend, Marybeth Bayer, who is the originator of the cookie exchange Ann attends.  A Gift for My Sister, the second in the series, won a first place award for General Fiction in 2013.  The Lottery, is the third novel of the Christmas Cookie Club Series. His Eye is on the Sparrow was part of the initial launch of Shebooks, short works by women, for women.

    When she’s not writing, Ann makes art: metal sculptures, acrylic, oil and cold wax,  watercolor paintings, jewelry, ceramics, and felted objects. She has combined her love of writing and art in three illustrated short stories: Other Lives, Angels and The Story of Mr. Blue.  On a winter day in Ann Arbor, you can find Ann dancing, doing yoga with her friends and family or making homemade jams, cookies and inventing recipes.  Ann has three children, five grandchildren and a great grandson. 

    Ann has lived in three countries and eleven different cities, most in the Midwest, and, for the longest stretch of time, in Ann Arbor, where The Christmas Cookie Club series is set. 

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    Coloring Group: Adult Art Workshop

    1:00 PM-2:00 PM
    -Lakeside Park-
    2 Lakeside Drive Pawling, NY 12564

    1-2 pm

    Registration is required. You can register below or by contacting Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at

    NOTE: This in-person program will take place each Wednesday from 1-2 pm at Pawling Recreation.

    Coloring is more than being creative, it’s a very relaxing activity that has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety.

    Each week we’ll be coloring a new mandala design, while also enjoying a good round of conversation. You can use the mandala design we’ve selected or download free designs of your choice from the link below.

    You don’t have to have a degree in art to participate…just some paper and color pencils.

    Please join us. Relax and connect with like-minded people, and add a burst of color to your day!

    All supplies will be provided.


    The Pawling Library is proud to be partnering with Pawling Recreation.







    From Memory to Family Memoir / Online Program

    6:30 PM-8:00 PM

    Time: 6:30-8:00 pm

    Registration is required. Register below or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at

    Each of us has a wealth of memories.

    The goal of this once a month program is writing your life stories.

    At every gathering each person has 10 minutes to share a story with our group members in a very supportive environment. No one’s work and writing skills are ever critiqued. Your unique style of writing is the right way to write.

    Please join us every month. Relive your memories that will one day become your memoir.

    Surprise your family who’ve wanted you to do this. The biggest surprise you’ll find is recalling the stories of your life.

    We look forward to seeing you.

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    Afternoon Hatha Yoga / Online

    1:00 PM-2:00 PM

    Thursday  afternoons, from 1-2 pm

    Instructor: Maria Polhemus

    Registration is required. You can register below or by contacting Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at 

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

    Spend an hour with us and enjoy a new found path to tranquility.

    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 Thursday yoga class a week – $20

    You can make a non-refundable payment each month using our library’s PayPal  account, by check or money order.

    Please make checks / money orders payable to Pawling Library, and mail to Pawling Library, 11 Broad St, Pawling, NY 12564. 

    Make sure enclosed with your payment is your name, and indicate that payment is for Hatha Yoga classes. 

    Thank you so very much. 

    National Diabetes Prevention Program / Online

    6:30 PM-7:30 PM

    with Lonna Kelly

    Thursday, September 2 & 16
    6:30-7:30 pm

    This program is ongoing throughout the year. Please check our online calendar for the continuing dates. 

    Registration is required. You can register below or by contacting Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at 

    The Pawling Library and Putnam Independent Living Services are partnering to offer you the National Diabetes Prevention Program. 

    Are you prediabetic? 

    Work with a trained lifestyle coach and a CDC approved curriculum to prevent or delay types 2 diabetes.

    Prevent Type 2 will give you a full year of support to help you to: 

    • Eat healthy
    • Add physical activity to your day
    • Manage stress
    • Stay motivated 


    Please join us. 



    Putnam Independent Living Services and the Pawling Library partner to offer the National Diabetes Prevention Program Virtually 

    Luke is one of the 84 million Americans who have been diagnosed with prediabetes, a condition where your blood sugar is high but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as Type 2 diabetes. He completed the Prevent Type 2 National Diabetes Prevention Program and had this to say “I’ve lost over 30 pounds.  It’s been a slow, steady change over the year I was enrolled in the Prevent T2 Program at Putnam Independent Living Services. I feel great!” 

    One in three American adults have prediabetes. You can take the CDC Risk Test at / for a quick (2 minute) answer to what your risk is for developing the disease.  If you’re at high risk it’s a good idea to see your health care provider for a blood test.  The good news is that with an early diagnosis prediabetes can be reversed.  With December kicking off the holiday season, it’s a good time to get started.  

    By joining the National Diabetes Prevention Program you’ll learn how to make small changes, like altering your diet and exercising more which can help to reverse prediabetes and prevent type 2 diabetes.  You’ll read labels and make choices, keeping in mind that, if you plan for it, a small serving of your favorite holiday food it doesn’t have to be on the naughty list. 

    You can help to holiday proof your plan by making sure you keep moving. Walking with friends and family is a great activity after a holiday meal. Even when the weather is chilly you can dress appropriately and enjoy the crisp winter air.  

    Luke offers some advice “You have a lot on your plate this time of year so it’s also important to plan ahead and remember portion control.  Portion control was key for me.  Skip the seconds and stick to drinking water to eliminate high calorie beverages.”    

    Prevent Type 2 is a one-year program that offers a Life Style Coach, a Center for Disease Control (CDC) curriculum and the support of participants like you who are ready to get serious. The Life Style coach helps participants reach the goal of losing 7% of their body weight and increasing physical activity to 150 minutes or more every week.    

    PILS is partnering with the Pawling Library to offer the National Diabetes Prevention Program free to adults in Dutchess County in January 2021. Sessions will be delivered to the group remotely and participants will need a phone, tablet or computer with internet access.  

    Luke endorses the program heartily, “My tests show that I’m no longer prediabetic and I credit the Diabetes Prevention Program for the help and support. “   

    To find out more about Prevent Type 2 contact Lonna Kelly at 845.228.7457 ext.1110 or email Additional information is available at / Westchester Independent Living Center (WILC) and Putnam Independent Living Services (PILS) are consumer controlled nonresidential centers for independent living, which provide information and advocacy to persons with disabilities. In addition, WILC/PILS operates a Regional Resources Development Services Program (seven counties) and New York Connects. Visit for a full look at the range of programs available.  


    Photo by Nick Abrams

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    Fall Book Sale 2021

    9:30 AM-4:00 PM
    -Lakeside Park-
    2 Lakeside Drive Pawling, NY 12564

    Regular Sale Hours – Free Admission!
    Saturday, September 4 ………9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Sunday, September 5 ………10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Monday, September 6 ………10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Saturday, September 11 ……….9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Sunday, September 12 (Bag Day!)….10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    Cash, Checks, & Credit Cards accepted!
    All proceeds benefit the Pawling Library

    For more information,
    go to