Category: Library News & Events

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Hudson Valley Parent Magazine is giving away $500 worth of books to two local libraries. You can vote for Pawling by visiting https://hvparent.com/spirit-of-giving-sweepstakes and sharing what you love most about the Pawling Library. You can vote any time between now (hint, hint!) and December 7th. Limit one vote per person.

Holiday Book Sale

The Pawling Library’s annual Holiday Book Sale will be December 7th through 9th. The library annex will be full of books of every variety, perfect to buy for yourself or a loved one this holiday season. All proceeds will go toward library programs and events. On Saturday December 8th, Santa and Mrs. Claus will even come by the library and there will be live Christmas music. The hours for the book sale are as follows: Friday 12/7: 5:00 – 8:30 Saturday 12/8: 10:00 – 4:00 Sunday 12/9: 11:00 – 2:00 If you are interested in volunteering to help set up for the book sale on Thursday or clean up afterwards on Sunday, please call the library at 845-855-3444. We are always very grateful for any assistance we can get.

Thankgiving Week Hours

If you are not going over the river and through the woods this Thanksgiving, you might be interested in knowing when the Pawling Library will be open.  We will be reducing our schedule during Thanksgiving week, so that staff and volunteers are able to spend time with their loved ones. We will close at 3 PM on Wednesday and then re-open at noon on Friday. Day by day, that means our hours are as follows: Monday: 12-5 Tuesday: 10-8 Wednesday: 10-3 Thursday: Closed Friday: 12-5 Saturday: 10-4

Free Stuffed Animal Making

There are some last minute openings in our FREE BUILD-A-BEAR style program! Every child leaves with a free stuffed penguin they’ve created themselves. Open to children 2.5 – 6 years. Interested in joining? Call the library at 845-855-3444 to see if the spaces are still available. Saturday, 11/10, 4:30-5:30 pm – Ms. Neena, Main Library and Annex As the weather gets colder, there’s nothing better than curling up with a good story and a good friend! Find both during Penguin Pals. We will read and sing our favorite penguin stories and songs and end the day with a new penguin friend, stuffed at the library, Build-A-Bear style. A caregiver is required to remain during this program.  

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.