Category: Library News & Events

Your Library, Your Voice

The Pawling Library belongs to the Pawling community, and we need your help figuring out how you use the library now and how you would like to use the library in the future. If there are services or materials you would like us to introduce or change we want to hear from you. We are looking for your views on the library at present and your great idea for what we can do next. Please take our brief Survey of Community Needs. It will help us improve our library services in the future. Your feedback is greatly appreciated! The survey can be access at or 

Tax forms

We have received our first shipment of Federal Tax forms. All the forms we have are available for pickup. They are located on the shelf next to the public photocopier. The initial shipment included the 1040 form, 1040 instruction book, and 1040EZ form.

Winter 2018 Children’s Programs Registration

With a new year comes a new selection of children’s programs. Registration for Winter 2018 children’s programs is now open! Register with our lottery from January 5-January 10. If you miss this window, don’t worry! You can still sign up for programs as space is available. To enter the lottery for program placement, download and fill out our registration form here or stop by the library to pick up a copy in person. This form can be returned to the library by fax, email (at, or in person at the circulation desk. Registration forms in Spanish are available at the front desk. To find out more details about the programs available between now and March, see our Winter 2018 Programs Guide.  Program placements will be made available on or before January 15th. Programs run nine weeks, from January 16th-March 16th. Late registrations will be accepted as space is available, and can be completed in-person, by calling the front desk at 845-855-3444, or by emailing For more information, or with questions about programs, please consult Ms. Neena at...

Sign up to attend the Human Library Project

The Pawling Library and Pawling Central School District are hosting the second annual Human Library Project on Friday, January 12 from 12 PM to 3 PM at the Pawling Middle School. You can sign up to attend the event and “read” human books. Human books share their stories with small groups of up to four people. The event connects human books with educators and members of the public in order to enhance relationships and foster open communication among individuals. To sign up as a reader, follow the link below and take the survey. Some books may fill up faster than others, so please be advised that we will accommodate everyone as best as we can. 

Human Library Project

The Human Library Project is a joint venture between the Pawling School District and the Pawling Library. It is an opportunity for members of the community to connect with educators and each other to share their stories. Individuals can volunteer to become “books” that others can “check out” and have an engaging conversation. New this year, books will also have the opportunity to check out other books on the day of the event. This year’s event will take place on Friday January 12, 12-3 PM. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more or in volunteering to be a book, please go to If you would like to attend the event as a reader, please go to Last year was a great success, and we are looking forward to having even more people participate this year. Please sign up soon and tell your friends to do the same. This is a great opportunity to help integrate the school system, the library, and the Pawling community. Please come share your story; we look forward...

Mrs and Mrs Claus

Holiday Festivities and Book Sale

This December you can add the Pawling Library to your list of places to find holiday gifts (including gifts for yourself)! The library’s annual Holiday Book Sale will take place in the Community Room of the Annex and will offer a special selection of gently used books and media that have been donated to the library. The selection includes beautiful cookbooks, fine arts, history, crafts, mysteries, and children’s books. Great browsing! The sale will open at 5 p.m. on Friday, December 1, and will end on Sunday, Dec. 4. Proceeds from the Holiday Book Sale will be used to support programming for both adults and children. Also on Saturday, Mr. and Mrs. Claus themselves will be visiting the library! Come and meet Mr. & Mrs. Claus, shop for gifts at Annual Holiday Book Sale, and enjoy live holiday music played by pianist, Dr. Jeremy Stone. The fun with Mr. & Mrs. Claus is from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead: Join us to celebrate and learn!

This Friday, October 27th, from 6:30-7:30 pm, families with children in grades Kindergarten-4th grade are invited to join us for our Dia de los Muertos celebration. Dia de los Muertos is an important holiday celebrated by many cultures and many Americans. This event is sure to be enjoyable for those who celebrate and for those who want to learn more. Our program will teach families about the origins and importance of the holiday and provide each attendee with a skull craft–either a skull bank or a skull ornament to take home! Come win a sweet treat and/or a book to take home, visit the altar Mr. Daniel has created, and much more! If interested in attending, email or call the library at 845-855-3444 and ask to be registered. Drop ins are allowed but registration is preferred.

Join Our Team

The Pawling Library is looking to hire two new people. One opening is for a part-time Library Clerk to work at the circulation desk on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. The other opening is in our children’s department as a Children’s Program Specialist to create and run programs for school-aged children. If you are interested, you can read more about the positions and apply online at 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

Donating hands

Helping Harvey Victims

Even if you weren’t able to make the deadline to donate through Senator Murphy’s Fill the Truck program, it’s not too late to make donations in support of people affected by Hurricane Harvey. If you would like to make a monetary donation, you may wish to support one of the organizations that is a member of the Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster: The New York Times also published a helpful primer on Where to Donate to Harvey Victims (and How to Avoid Scams):

Computer Classes Start September 10

The Pawling Free Library is the recipient of a 2017 MHLS Outreach Mini Grant Program grant which will be used to enhance educational programming for community seniors. According to Brian Avery, Library Director, the library receives many requests for computer classes. “These requests originate most frequently from residents who are senior citizens. With this grant, we will not only be able to offer classes, we can contract for a professional teacher who will teach classes that treat more advanced topics than basic computing.” The grant funds are provided by the New York State Library Division of Library Development. This is the fourth grant received by the Pawling Library this year. Library grants provide additional resources that are used to enhance community programming at all age levels. The Pawling Library is a resource that provides programming for all members of the community, as well as offering a communal place where residents can come together. Mr. Avery continued,” Computer literacy is a core skill in the modern world. This grant will allow us to cultivate that skill...