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  • Monday Meet-Ups
    11:00 AM-12:00 PM
    11 Broad St, Pawling NY 12564

    Start the weeks this summer with a drop-in meet-up to share ideas, write, draw, and just imagine. For tweens & teens from incoming 5th grade through 12th grade. Registration suggested but walk-ins are fine. No meeting August 1st.

  • Monday Matinee at Pawling Recreation
    2:00 PM-4:00 PM
    2 Lakeside Drive Pawling, NY 12564

    Monday, August 8
    2-4 pm

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


    Movie: Let Them All Talk
    Stars: Meryl Streep & Candice Bergen
    Comedy, Drama
    Rated: R
    Runtime: 1h 53 m

    A famous author goes on a cruise trip with her friends and nephew in an effort to find fun and happiness while she comes to terms with her troubled past. –from IMDb


    NOTE: This afternoon movie presentation is for an adult audience.


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


    2 Lakeside Dr, Pawling NY 12564

  • Gaming Unplugged!
    3:00 PM-5:00 PM
    15 Oak St, Pawling NY 12564

    Drop in  to play a variety of board games like Catan, Splendor, Five-Minute Dungeon and more. To be held in the Library Annex. For rising 5th graders and up. Registration not required but suggested. Walk-ins are welcome. No meeting August 1st.  To register:

  • Battle of the Books Meeting
    5:30 PM-6:00 PM
    15 Oak St, Pawling NY 12564

    This is the regular weekly meeting of the Pawling Library Battle of the Books team.

    Battle of the Books is a national Summer Reading Program for middle- and high-school students. Participants in the Mid-Hudson Library System program are asked to read the selected titles each summer, and then participate in trivia battles based on the books. The goal of the program is to promote a love of reading in children and teens, to expose them to titles and authors that they might not encounter in school, and to inspire teamwork and good sportsmanship in an atmosphere of friendly competition.

    For more information, please contact Young Adult Program Coordinator, Maureen McGrath @

  • POSTPONED: Baby Bounce and Groove
    9:00 AM-9:30 AM


    This program has been postponed. We hope to resume the programming for ages 0-18 months in September. 


    CANCELLED: Tuesdays 9:00 – 9:30 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. This program will be held outside in our courtyard as weather permits.

    This is a six week program series. Attend as many or as few as you are able.

  • Toddlers in Training (18-30 months and a caregiver)
    10:00 AM-10:45 AM

    Age Range: 18 – 30 months and a caregiver

    NEW TIME SLOT FOR SUMMER 2022, Tuesdays, 10:00 – 10:45 am –MIXED LOCATION

    Interactive storytime featuring puppets, instruments, and elements of music & movement. Program ends with play. This is an six 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.

    Registration is required. Register at


  • Read and Play (3-5 years and a caregiver)
    3:00 PM-4:00 PM

    Ages: 3-5 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 six 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. Please dress for the weather, with sunscreen and bring water.

    Registration required. Register at



  • Tech Tuesdays
    3:00 PM-4:30 PM
    15 Oak St, Pawling NY 12564

    Join us each week to explore a different “tech” experience. This program runs once a week from July 12th to August 16th. Register for all weeks or pick and choose by the subject. This program is for rising 5th graders and up.

    July 12th: Build an A.I. Vision Kit

    July 18th: Explore Paper Circuits

    July 26th: Learn 3-D Printing

    August 2nd: Explore with Ozobots

    August 9th: Explore Squishy Circuits

    August 16th: Discover Lego Building

  • Committee Meeting
    5:30 PM-6:30 PM
    15 Oak St, Pawling NY 12564

    The buildings and grounds committee will meet upstairs in the annex.

  • Battle of the Books Practice Battle
    5:30 PM-6:30 PM
    15 Oak St, Pawling NY 12564

    The Pawling Library’s Battle of the Books team will have a practice battle with the team from the Kent Library. To be held in the Library Annex. For more information, contact Young Adult Program Coordinator, Maureen McGrath @

  • Body System Disorders: The Digestive System – The Basis of Health of the Entire Body / Online Program
    7:00 PM-8:00 PM

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

    Tuesday, August 9
    7-8 pm

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

    The digestive system is made up of the gastrointestinal tract—also called the GI tract or digestive tract—and the liver, pancreas, and gallbladder. The GI tract is a series of hollow organs joined in a long, twisting tube from the mouth to the anus. The hollow organs that make up the GI tract are the mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, and anus. The liver, pancreas, and gallbladder are the solid organs of the digestive system.

    The digestive system is often called “the second brain” because it breaks nutrients down so that your body can absorb them and use them for energy, growth, and cell repair. Each part of the digestive system helps to move food and liquid through your GI tract. Your large intestine absorbs water, and the waste products of digestion become stool. Nerves and hormones help control the digestive process.

    Digestive disorders encompass a variety of diseases ranging from mild to severe. Common digestive disorders include gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), Chron’s, diverticulitis, cancer, irritable bowel syndrome, lactose intolerance and hiatal hernia. The most common symptoms of digestive disorders include bleeding, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, pain, nausea and vomiting.
    Ayurveda recognizes that a dysfunction in the digestive system involves both digestion and assimilation of nutrients and, in this way, is the root cause of ill health.

    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.

  • Play Space: Outdoor Play Group
    10:30 AM-11:30 AM

    (2-5 years and a caregiver)

    Wednesdays, 10:30 – 11:30 AM – 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, as well as STEM, art, and literacy practice, all while children play! This supervised hour of fun provides a large space for children to meet and play with our outdoor play equipment, weather permitting. Please dress children for the weather and bring water. 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 at

  • Coloring Group: Adult Art Workshop
    1:00 PM-2:00 PM
    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

  • Line Dancing at Pawling Recreation
    2:00 PM-3:00 PM
    2 Lakeside Drive Pawling, NY 12564

    Wednesday, August  3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
    2-3 pm

    Instructor: Tina Orgera


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


    Do you enjoy line dancing or want to learn?

    It doesn’t matter whether you’re new to this or experienced.

    Spend an hour dancing while listening to a variety of tunes.

    Line dancing is not just entertainment, it’s also a good form of exercise.

    Please join us.

    Be good to yourself and have some fun.

    Joy is healthy, too!


    The Pawling Library is proud to be partnering with Pawling Recreation for this program.


    2 Lakeside Dr, Pawling NY 12564

  • Robotics Lab
    2:00 PM-3:00 PM
    15 Oak St, Pawling NY 12564

    For children entering grades K-2 in fall 2022.

    Alternating Wednesdays (7/13, 7/27, & 8/10) 2:00 – 3:00 PM – Library Annex

    Learn robotics and coding offline with Sphero’s indi bots. Participants will learn the building blocks of coding while completing challenges using the indi bots, designed specifically for early elementary students.

    Registration is required. Register at

    This program is partially sponsored by Dutchess County.

  • Crafternoon Wednesdays
    4:00 PM-5:30 PM
    15 Oak St, Pawling NY 12564

    For those who love to craft, do art, and make things. We’ll explore a variety of mediums and Ocean themes during this weekly program. Week Five: Participants will use tissue paper to create watercolor backgrounds and place an Ocean-themed silhouette on top. During the drying time, we’ll make Blow-painted Coral Reef designs.  Sign up for all weeks or pick and choose. For rising 5th grade and up. Registration is required.

  • Dog Tales (Developing Reader Program)
    4:30 PM-5:30 PM
    55 Charles Colman Blvd, Pawling NY 12564

    For developing readers, especially grades 1-6.

    Wednesdays, 4:30 – 5:30 PM by 15 minute appointment – Charles Colman Gazebo

    This program is held offsite at the Gazebo on Charles Colman Avenue. 

    Meet our pal Jackie and her pooch, Harper the reading dog! This program provides a fun, relaxed space for kids to practice reading skills and get some puppy love at the same time. Harper and Jackie are Hudson Valley Paws for a Cause trained providers, ready to provide low-stress reading practice support. This program is a great fit for kids who love to read and those who don’t, as well as kids who just want a puppy cuddle.

    Registration preferred. Walk-ins will be accommodated whenever possible.  Register at


  • Evening Book Conversations / Online Program
    6:30 PM-7:30 PM

    Wednesday, August 10
    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 French Braid: A Novel by Anne Tyler.

    Share your passion for reading.

    Enjoy friendly discussions about your favorite books.

    This evening is for you.

    Book selections are made by our members.

  • Music & Movement Classes with Two Right Feet
    10:30 AM-11:15 AM
    15 Oak St, Pawling NY 12564

    Slow E-Motions: Music & Movement Classes with Two Right Feet

    (1-6 years and a caregiver)

    Thursdays 10:30 – 11:15 AM – Library Annex 

    Program runs weekly for eight weeks, 7/7 – 8/26

    A program all about learning to identify, understand, and respond positively to our emotions and feelings. This program features music, dance, and instrument activities designed to explore feelings like frustration, anger, and happiness.

    Two Right Feet’s program was developed in 200Two Right Feet Logo0 by a speech and language pathologist who also held a degree in dance. Hannah Demmerle, current program director, holds a degree in occupational therapy (COTA) and develops the group’s educational programs and curriculum. Live music and ASL (American Sign Language) are a few of the other highlights of Two Right Feet’s enrichment programs. Registration is required. Registration at

    This program is sponsored in part by Dutchess County Office of Children and Family Services.

  • 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: $5.00, per class.

    Note: We ask that you pay in advance for a full month of yoga classes.

    One month of yoga in August: $20.00.

    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.

  • Make Me an Author
    2:00 PM-3:00 PM

    Make Me an Author (in-person class)

    (Grades K-5)

    Thursdays, 2:00 – 3:00 PM – Library Annex

    This summer, kids and families have the opportunity to write, illustrate, and publish a real book! Kids will receive writing support from our staff and volunteers as they craft a story of their own. Then, using drawings, photos, or other art, kids will illustrate their work. In order to be published by the library, the story will need to address one of the following themes: anti-bullying, overcoming challenges, or coping with big feelings. Each participant will receive a bound version of their book to keep. Partially funded by the Dutchess County Office of Children and Family Services.

    Registration required. Register at

    *Please commit to attending at least 4 of the 6 weeks of this 6 week program in order to claim a spot in the class.*

    Can’t commit to attending in-person regularly? This program is also available as a take-home kit, where families work on their draft together at home before returning their story to the library for publication. When registering, please indicate how you would prefer to participate. Participation is limited to either in-person or take home.

  • Board of Trustees Meeting August 2022
    6:45 PM-8:00 PM
    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 08/11/2022 6:45 pm

    Call to Order-Roll Call

    Approve July Minutes

    Director’s Report

    Treasurer’s Report

    New Business

    Director Search/Interim Director

    Buildings and Grounds Committee

    Book Sale Committee

    Annual Mailing to the Community

    Board Business

    Public Comment


    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

    Committee Assignments