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    Gaming Meet-up

    5:30 PM-6:30 PM
    -Library Annex-
    15 Oak St, Pawling NY 12564

    Gamers in 5th Grade & Up can join us for this weekly hang-out after hours at the Library. We’ll have fun playing Roblox or Minecraft in the Library Annex.  Registration is required:

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    Baby Bounce and Groove (0-18 months and a caregiver)

    10:00 AM-10:45 AM
    -Pawling Free Library-
    11 Broad St, Pawling NY 12564

    Tuesdays 10:00-10:45 am – Ms. Neena

    Early literacy is an important part of a baby’s healthy development. We read, sing, babble, and bounce together. Learn resources to use at home and meet other caregivers. Ends with social play.

    Registration required. Register at:

    Read and Play (3.5-5 years and a caregiver)

    3:00 PM-4:00 PM

    Ages: 3.5-5 years and a caregiver

    Tuesdays, 3:00 – 4:00 PM – Miss Neena


    Our Kindergarten readiness class uses a play-based curriculum to encourage learning connections. Our small group will focus on early literacy and math skills through a combination of hands-on activities and group story time. This is an eight week series. The program or portions thereof may be held outside in our courtyard to utilize our outdoor play equipment as weather allows but fully move indoors if conditions are poor. Caregivers required to remain on site for the program. Registration required.

    Paid for in part by Dutchess County.


    Body System Disorders: The Circulatory System -Assessing each Body Constitution / Online Program

    7:00 PM-8:00 PM

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

    Tuesday, May 10
    7-8 pm

    NOTE: Dr. Kaushik’s informative health lecture was recorded on May 10th. 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.


    The circulatory system is considered to be one of the most vital systems as it helps in the transportation of nutrients throughout the body. It is composed of three basic parts: the heart, which is responsible for pumping; the blood vessels, which act as the channels to connect one body part to another; and the blood, which is a vital component in the functioning of the human body.

    The circulatory system has two divisions which function simultaneously: the pulmonary, which helps in the transportation of the blood to the heart from the lungs and vice versa; and the systemic, which carries the blood from the heart to the rest of the organs in the body and vice versa.

    Circulatory/cardiovascular diseases include: arteriosclerosis, mitral valve prolapse/regurgitation, mitral stenosis, angina pectoris, arrhythmia and dysrhythmia, cardiac Ischemia, high cholesterol, heart failure, heart attack, high blood pressure, stroke, peripheral artery disease, venous thromboembolism, aortic aneurysms.

    Ayurveda’s approach to circulatory issues is based on an assessment of each individual’s unique body constitution (dosha). A one-size-fits-all approach is ineffective.


    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, 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 teaching institution.

    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.

    Top photo by Silas Baisch

    Supporting Positive Behavior at Home

    7:00 PM-8:00 PM
    -Library Annex-
    15 Oak St, Pawling NY 12564

    As all parents know, managing children is not an easy thing to do. The good news is that scientists and researchers have discovered strategies and information that can help manage and support the behavior of children. Teachers often attend professional development sessions to learn about these strategies and, now, the Pawling Free Library is offering parents the opportunity to learn how they can use many of these strategies at home to support positive behavior. Join presenter Ruairi Gribbon for this series of four 1-hour, in-person sessions starting 4/26 at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the Library Annex.

    4/26- Understanding the Science of Behavior

    5/3- Setting Expectations and Teaching Wanted Behaviors

    5/10- Positive Reinforcement, Effective Error Correction and Other Behavior Strategies

    5/17- Intensive Support and Getting Help from Others

    Ruairi Gribbon is the Director of the Mid-Hudson Regional Partnership Center which supports schools in the Mid-Hudson Region of New York through the goal of improving positive outcomes for students with disabilities. He is also a part-time faculty member with Marist College’s School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Ruairi has three children of his own and has been presenting information related to student/child behavior to parents and teachers for ten years. He has previously worked as classroom teacher, instructional math coach, school building leader, behavior specialist, and central office administrator.

    Registration required:

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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 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.


    Pawling Recreation
    2 Lakeside Dr, Pawling NY 12564

    Play Space (2-5 years and a caregiver)

    3:00 PM-4:00 PM

    Wednesdays, 3:00 – 4:00 PM – Ms. Neena

    Teachers say that the skills that lead to the most student success in school are their social and emotional skills. Join us to help develop these skills, all while children play! This supervised hour of fun provides a large space for children to meet and play, either inside or out, depending on the weather. This program is designed to ease the transition to daycare, preschool, and especially kindergarten and is paid for in part by Dutchess County.

    Registration required. Register here.

    Annex reserved

    6:00 PM-8:00 PM
    -Library Annex-
    15 Oak St, Pawling NY 12564

    The annex building has been reserved by an outside organization at this time.

    Evening Book Conversations / Online Program

    6:30 PM-7:30 PM

    Wednesday, May 11
    6:30-7:30 pm

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

    The book club will be discussing The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson.

    Share your passion for reading.

    Enjoy friendly discussions about your favorite books.

    This evening is for you.

    Book selections are made by our members.

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    Toddlers in Training (18-30 months and a caregiver)

    10:00 AM-10:45 AM

    Age Range: 18 – 30 months and a caregiver

    Thursdays, 10:00 – 10:45 am –MIXED LOCATION

    NO CLASS ON 4/14

    Interactive storytime featuring puppets, instruments, and elements of music & movement. Program ends with play. This is an eight week series. The program or portions thereof may be held outside in our courtyard to utilize our outdoor play equipment as weather allows but fully move indoors if conditions are poor. Register here.

     Paid for in part by Dutchess County.

    Afternoon Hatha Yoga / Online Program

    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 May

    One Thursday yoga class a week – $16

    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.

    LEGO Social Club (Grades K-5)

    4:00 PM-4:45 PM

    Age range: Grades Kindergarten – 5th

    Zoom held: Biweekly Thursdays (4/14, 4/28, 5/12, 5/26) 4:00 – 4:45 PM – Miss Maureen

    Calling all builders! Join us on Zoom as to talk with other LEGO fans, show off your latest creations, and try your hand at our weekly challenge.

    Attend as many or as few classes as you like. Registration is required. Register here.

    Board of Trustees Meeting May 2022

    6:45 PM-8:00 PM
    -Library Annex-
    15 Oak St, Pawling NY 12564

    The Board of Trustees will hold their monthly meeting in the Library Annex beginning at 6:45 pm. Members of the public are welcome.


    Pawling Free Library

    Trustees Meeting Agenda

    Thursday 5/12/2022, 6:45 pm



    Call to Order-Roll Call

    Approve April Minutes

    Director’s Report (Employee Handbook vote)

    Treasurer’s Report (Employee Fraud Insurance Vote)

    New Business

    * Policy Committee Update

    * Buildings and Grounds Committee Update

    * Long-Range Plan Committee Update

    * Centennial Committee Update

    * Book sale Committee Update

    * Public Comment

    * Board Development


    Public Comment – limited to 3 minutes per person. Extension of the time limit is at the discretion of the board president.


    Mission Statement


    The Library seeks to serve the Town of Pawling, including the Hamlet of Holmes as well as the surrounding areas, by making high-quality library materials available to all community members free of charge, for the purposes of personal enjoyment, self-improvement or academic inquiry. By meeting the community members’ needs, we hope to encourage enthusiastic readers of all ages, dedicated to personal enrichment and learning.

    Director’s Report

    Long Range Plan

    Employee Handbook

    Annual Report


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    Twoodalo Twos! (2.5-3.5 years and a caregiver)

    10:00 AM-11:00 AM

    Ages: 2.5 – 3.5 years and a caregiver

    Fridays, 10:00-11:00 AM – Miss Neena

    NO CLASS 4/15


    On Friday mornings, toddlers rule the library! This eight week program includes songs, stories, and games plus a play-based learning stations, like art or parachute play. The program or portions thereof may be held outside in our courtyard to utilize our outdoor play equipment as weather allows but fully move indoors if conditions are poor. Registration required.

    Join for as many or as few classes as you are comfortable and able.

    Paid for in part by Dutchess County.

    Take-Home Kits: Wide World of Stories (Grades K-2)

    12:00 PM-5:00 PM

    Ages: Grades Kindergarten – 2nd grade

    This program is a take home kit; a pre-prepped learning activity for kids to do at home on their own or with a caregiver. To participate, a caregiver must pick the kit up from the library once it is available. Kits are made to order, so registration is required. REGISTER HERE.

    Kits available biweekly, weeks of 4/11, 4/25, 5/9, and 5/23. Our staff will email registrants once they are available.

    Take a trip around the world through stories. We’ll visit a different country each week through suggested reading activities, games, and snacks related to the places we visit. Please notify our staff of any dietary restrictions when registering. This program is also available as an in-person program.

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    Park Ambassadors

    10:00 AM-12:00 PM
    -Lakeside Park-
    2 Lakeside Drive Pawling, NY 12564

    Postponed until a later date:

    This is the second session in this three-part series: “Teamwork and Fieldwork”. We head off onto the trails.

    The Pawling Library, Pawling Recreation, the NY/NJ Trail Conference, and Cornell Cooperative Extension are teaming up with local naturalists to offer a series of free, nature based, hands-on immersive experiences for youth (middle school, HS, college, and adults) at Lakeside Park.

    This initiative will center around opportunities to notice invasive species in the natural environment and the affects they have on existing, native plants. Young people will gain a better understanding of their natural world, enhancing their observation skills and triggering applicable world-to-self connections.

    The third and final session will be held on Saturday, May 21st. Registration is required: