Category: Library News & Events

Open

Coming Back

The library will enter into stage 4 of our reopening plan on Tuesday July 14th. At that time, up to seven patrons at a time will be allowed to enter the library. Each person must wear a mask and may stay for up to one hour per visit. For the six guidelines to follow during stage 4 and more information about our re-opening procedures, please visit https://www.pawlingfreelibrary.org/re-opening-information/

Closed July 4th

The Pawling Library will be closed on Saturday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. We will resume contactless checkout on Tuesday July 7th at our normal time of 12 PM. During stages 3 and 4 of our phased re-opening, we will be closed every Monday. You can learn more about our phased reopening plan by going to https://www.pawlingfreelibrary.org/re-opening-information/

Book review: The Poet X, by Elizabeth Acevedo

Reviewed by Angie Webb, Library Clerk Oh, how I wish I had a book like this in my teen years growing up in Brooklyn, NY. The story tackles many pressing topics – love, questions of faith, sexuality, sexual harassment and body shaming, friendship, homophobia, self-acceptance – through Harlem native, Xiomara Batista, known as X. The novel’s epistolary-like structure makes the free-verse narration a gripping, quick read without making the verse gimmicky. And the compelling vulnerability and empowering passion of its young protagonist gives voice to the inner struggle of obedience to family and religious tradition with the anxiety of finding strength with self-discovery through the rebellion of young love and slam poetry. The relationships between X and her family and friends are authentic. I enjoyed how the story presented the Dominican culture of the Batista family through the eyes of someone unashamed of her heritage but wants to experience it differently from the tradition. X is relatable, I felt her struggles, I had her struggles, and like her, I wrote them down. Acevedo captured the...

Trustee meeting will be online

The July 9th meeting of the library’s board of trustees will be conducted digitally. If you would like access to the meeting, please contact the library director, Brian Avery, by emailing director@pawlinglibrary.org

Circulation Status

Contactless checkout begins June 16th. All items checked out prior to the pandemic are due June 30th. At this time, you are encouraged to return any checked out items to the library’s two book drops. (One is in front of the library building, and the other is outside the Holmes Whaley Lake Civic Association.) Any item returned prior to to the library entering stage 4 of its re-opening plan will be backdated as though it were returned on March 14th. For details about our re-opening policies and procedures, please visit our re-opening page: https://www.pawlingfreelibrary.org/re-opening-information/ If you have book donations to drop off prior to the library reopening, please text Karen at (845) 600-5031 to arrange a drop off time.  

Phased Reopening

The Mid-Hudson region has begun the reopening process, and the library is eagerly getting things ready so that we can serve you in person once again. We hope to begin with contactless checkout, though we are still waiting for state approval for our library type. At this time, you are encouraged to return any checked out items to the library’s two book drops. (One is in front of the library building, and the other is outside the Holmes Whaley Lake Civic Association.) You can read about our re-opening plans, policies, and procedures by visiting https://www.pawlingfreelibrary.org/re-opening-information/

School Thank You and Budget

This month we received two items of note from the Pawling Central School District. The first is a thank you letter for partnering with them to give out care packages to families participating in their meal distribution. You can read the letter here: https://www.pawlingfreelibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Letter-of-thanks-to-Brian-Avery-and-Pawling-Library-May-2020.pdf We also received a copy of their proposed 2020-2021 budget. You can read it here: https://www.pawlingfreelibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Pawling-CSD-Budget-Document-2020-2021-reduced-file.pdf

Pawling Library Continues to Work Hard for the Community

Pawling Library Continues to Work Hard for the Community

With the Pawling Library closed due to the state-wide government response to Covid-19, Brian Avery, Library Director, has his team working behind the scenes in many ways and on many projects. “Since the time when we closed, the staff and I have been primarily focused on becoming a better library when we re-open. The part-time staff has been doing professional development courses via Universal Class (free to all library card holders) and the full-time staff has been doing a combination of professional development, projects that they had been wanting to tackle but never had the time to do, and planning programs,” Avery said. Among the many projects, one, in particular, is a real stand-out. Home Access Initiative was organized by Children’s Programming Coordinator Neena McBaer, who shared, “We really wanted to figure out how to reach families where they were: at home. Research shows the best way to improve the reading achievement of children is to increase their access to print books. Usually, we do this by checking books out to families. But right now, that’s...

Story Time Bites

Join Ms. Neena anywhere, anytime for rhymes and stories! We miss our weekly classes for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. We invite families to watch our Story Time Bites together for a taste of story time at home. Story Time Bites are short videos featuring one rhyme, story, or song. They aim to build early literacy skills and give kids a taste of their regular routine back. To keep their attention, we’ve made them short and quick. Check out the first video here and visit our story time bites page for more. Closed captions are available. We’re taking suggestions! If your family has a favorite story time song or rhyme, let us know and we’ll do our best to make it available.

Community Resources: COVID-19

Community Resources: COVID-19 Life is changing fast nowadays, but there’s resources to help those in need. This page includes information and links to resources in our community at the state, county, and local levels. Please contact us at children@pawlinglibrary.org if you are aware of additional services being offered to our community that are not listed here.   Finding Reliable Information and Local Information Food and Toiletries Masks and Face Coverings Emergency Childcare Utilities Job openings and Unemployment Health and Mental Health /Parenting Resources Crisis Hotlines and Help   Finding Reliable Information: The Town of Pawling is working hard, updating their page constantly with up to date information for our community: https://pawling.org/community/emergency-notices.html There are several institutions to look towards with factual, up to date health information on COVID-19. Visit our page “Finding Reliable Health Information During a Pandemic” for these resources. In general, the Center for Disease Control (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html and  Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health (https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/DBCH/2019-Novel-Coronavirus.htm) offer high quality information. List of Local Resources: The Pawling School District has compiled a list of...