Category: Library News & Events

National Voter Registration Day

Tuesday September 25th is National Voter Registration Day. Volunteers will be on hand at the library all day to assist anyone who would like to register to vote or would like to update their voter registration. For more information about registering to vote, you can visit the New York State Board of Elections http://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingRegister.html For more information about National Voter Registration Day, you can visit https://nationalvoterregistrationday.org/

Writing Short Stories

Wednesday, September 12 7:00-8:00 pm Author Timothy Tocher leads a session of strategies, techniques, and conversation on the art of writing short stories. His more than 25 published stories include a Chronogram Fiction Contest winner and two Magazine Merit Award winners. Discover new markets and help fuel the resurgence of this time honored literary form. Registration is required. To register please call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444.

Qigong with Nadiya Nottingham

Tuesday, September 11 7:00-8:00 pm  NOTE: This program has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.  Qigong (pronounced chee-gung) is a Chinese system of physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention. It is an ancient form of energy enhancement and is the basis of Tai Chi. It is perhaps the most under-estimated form of self-development and yet one of the most profound and deeply healing on all levels. Please join us for this gentle practice. Enhance your life. Program fee: $5.00 Registration is required. To register please call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444.

Birding Backpacks

To promote use of the trail by day hikers and local people, the Pawling Library offers birding backpacks for checkout. The backpacks are available to anyone to check out with their library card. Each backpack includes binoculars, books on wildlife, and maps of the local area. We hope that the backpacks will promote use of the Appalachian Trail by people near and far, who can come to enjoy the Trail as an invaluable resource. Thanks to the Harlem Valley Appalachian Trail Community for providing books and backpacks.

The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

Wednesday, August 29 7:00-8:00 pm This program provides basic information everyone needs to know about memory-loss issues and what they mean for all of us. The program covers warning signs of dementia, differences between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, how Alzheimer’s affects the brain, how to get a diagnosis, stages of the disease, treatment options, research and services.   Registration is required. To register please call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444.

Join Our Team

The Pawling Library is looking to hire a part-time Library Clerk to work at the circulation desk on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. If you are interested, you can read more about the position and apply online at https://www.pawlingfreelibrary.org/jobs/. Only applications submitted through our online portal will be considered. If you would like more information about applying, please email our library director, Brian Avery at director@pawlinglibrary.org.

The Summer Reading Program for Children and Teens Starts Now!

Reading consistently each week during the summer can be enough to stop a child’s reading ability from weakening. No matter your age, reading three or more days a week is ideal. This summer, you can track your reading with the Pawling Library’s Summer Reading Program! To get started, come into the library and pick up a Summer Reading Program Booklet. Our booklets track reading week by week, giving you the freedom to set unique reading goals for your family. If you are away this summer, do not worry! You can track your reading using the Reader Zone app for your Android, Apple, or Kindle device. You can also use Reader Zone on your desktop. Create an account and use the access code pawling-free. Throughout the summer when you participate in our Summer Reading Program, you can receive weekly prizes including forever books, science and craft kits, and more. If you register for the Summer Reading Program by July 2, either by coming in and getting a booklet or by joining the Reader Zone app, you will be...

Book Sale

Thank you, Pawling, for your support!

The Pawling Library Board of Trustees would like to thank the community of Pawling for their outstanding support at our 2018 Annual Book Sale. Held at the Pawling Firehouse, the sale took place over two weekends beginning May 12th and grossed nearly $12,000 dollars. These much-needed funds go directly back to the library and are used to offset operating costs. For Trustee and Book Sale Committee member Karen Franco, one of the best parts of the book sale is “seeing people’s excitement and pleasure when they find favorite authors or new treasures in the incredible collection of 35,000 books that were donated during the course of the year. We love seeing these wonderful books getting recycled back into readers’ hands instead of ending up in a landfill.” If you were at the book sale, we likely asked you to sign our petition to place the library’s budget on the November 2018 ballot. This was our first foray into signature gathering and we were encouraged and heartened by the number of people willing to support our library....

Inviting You to Grow Together

Nine years ago, the Pawling Library adopted the slogan Come Grow With Us. Over the years, we have been growing in tandem with the community to better reflect the needs and interests of Pawling residents. This November, the library will be asking citizens of Pawling for something that hasn’t been asked for in nearly a decade. The library is in need of additional dollars to offset our gradual rise in operating expenses and we are counting on Pawling voters to approve a small increase to the library’s municipal budget appropriation under Chapter 414 of New York State education law. What this means for the library is an ability to meet ever increasing community expectations by providing both physical and digital materials, programs and events, physical space, and computers that reflect Pawling’s current and future needs. The funds will also help us to keep pace with the inflationary costs of salaries and healthcare premiums. This November, we hope that the Pawling community will join the other sixteen of the nineteen towns in Dutchess County that have...

Book Sale Volunteers

Our annual book sale will start May 12th. However, we will need volunteers to help us as early as Thursday the 10th. If you are available to help us out with any part of the process, please call the library at 845-855-3444 or drop by the circulation desk to sign up as a volunteer. We could use help moving boxes, setting up and tearing down, keeping things organized, and helping customers. For more information on the book sale itself, please visit http://www.pawlingfreelibrary.org/booksale/