Category: Library News & Events

Safety Update

Starting Wednesday June 23rd, the Pawling Library will be relaxing its safety restrictions. Fully vaccinated individuals may use their best judgment about whether to wear a mask. All public computers will be available for use, and we will resume our normal hours of operation. This means that the library will be open Monday June 28th. (We will, as in years past, be closed on Sundays in July and August.) For information about how to become fully vaccinated, please visit Patrons who do not wish to come into the library may still sign up for contactless checkout at Patrons unable to visit the library may sign up for homebound delivery by calling the library at (845) 855-3444 or emailing Tom at Have questions? Call the library at (845) 855-3444.

Altered Art: Images of Pawling

Welcome to Lonna Kelly’s Postcard Mail Art Project wherein participants creatively alter postcards to their liking, which they then mail back to  our library.  Let your imagination run wild. Use whatever medium you prefer to create an original work of art. Stop by our library’s circulation desk for a postcard. A different  postcard (see below) will be available at our library during each season.    Photographer and Mail Art fan Lonna Kelly has selected and photographed four Pawling scenes reproduced on postcards.  Artwork will be scanned and posted on the websites for the Pawling Library & Altered Art: Images of Pawling is part of a year of celebrations to honor our library’s one-hundredth anniversary.  Please join us, and celebrate our library and our community! Thank you.    May—July 2021 (summer)         August—November 2021 (fall) December —February 2022 (winter)          March—May 2022 (spring)          Please click on  the link below for full details about the program.  

Upcoming Youth Volunteer Opportunities

This summer, get involved in our community! Below are library volunteering opportunities for kids and teens. Included: Book Buddy Volunteers needed, Reading as service!, Garden Volunteering, and Project Do Something   Become a Book Buddy! For ages 11- 20 We are currently accepting volunteer applications for our Book Buddy program. Teens and tweens ages 11-18 can apply to become reading buddies to our community’s younger, developing readers. Volunteers will be paired with an elementary aged student, whom they will assist in practicing their reading skills, as well as read aloud to. Schedule: Virtually over Zoom, Mondays, 7/12-8/21, 2:20 – 3:00 PM Applicants need strong reading skills and to be available for at least three of the six dates of the program. A parent or guardian’s permission is needed to complete the application. The application is open now. To apply, fill out our application.  Questions can be directed to Children’s Program Coordinator, Neena McBaer at or 845-855-3444.     Reading as Service! For all ages This summer, our library is aiming to buy a brand...

Multi-Organ Inflammatory Disease: An Ayurvedic Approach to a Modern Dilemma / Online Program

Presented by Dr. Somesh N. Kaushik, ND, BAMS, MPH, MPA, E-RYT 500 Tuesday, July 13 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for Multi-Organ Inflammatory Disease: An Ayurvedic Approach to a Modern Dilemma or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at Shortly after Covid-19 arrived on the world scene, a mysterious array of symptoms began appearing in children. At first these symptoms were similar to those of other childhood ailments, but soon the severity increased to reveal life-threatening inflammation (lungs, kidney, heart, brain, skin, GI tract) requiring hospitalization. These symptoms also appeared in adults following exposure to Covid, and a link was hypothesized. As yet, the cause of Multi-Inflammatory Syndrome in Children and Adults (MIS-C/MIS-A) is not known.   Come and discover: The most recent findings about MIS-C/MIS-A and the conventional approach  Why this syndrome may be more prevalent in certain populations How Ayurveda’s holistic approach uncovers root causes The Ayurvedic philosophy regarding symptoms and treatment The connection between diet, toxins, GI tract, blood flow, and inflammation   About our presenter: Dr....

Using the library safely

On Tuesday June 1st, the Pawling Library entered Stage 8 of our re-opening protocols. Masks are currently required for all unvaccinated individuals at all times. People who have been fully vaccinated may use the library without a mask in the afternoons and evenings. During the mornings, we are maintaining “vulnerable-friendly hours”, when everyone on site will wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. For all the guidelines to follow during stage 8 and more information about our re-opening procedures, please visit We recognize that not everyone is ready to return to our building. During stage 8 we will continue to offer contactless checkout in our courtyard. For more information please visit

Stories about the Animals at a Farm Sanctuary / Online Program

Thursday, July 22 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for Stories about the Animals at a Farm Sanctuary or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary provides a lifelong home to farm animals rescued from slaughter and abuse. The sanctuary currently has 110 animals, including goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, turkeys, donkeys, and horses. The farm’s cofounders, Ellen and Bill Crain, will tell the stories of some of the animals. The program will be of interest to children as well as adults. About our presenters: Ellen Crain is a retired pediatrician. She is a professor emerita at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Bill Crain is a professor of psychology at The City College of New York. He is the author of The Emotional Lives of Animals and Children: Insights from a Farm Sanctuary. For more information about Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary please visit

Trustee meeting at the park

The June 10th meeting of the Pawling Library’s Board of trustees will take place at the pavilion in Lakeside Park at 6:30 PM. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Just Keep Writing: Author Maya Gottfried on writing as a celebration of life, even when life is tough / Online Program

Wednesday, June 16 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for Just Keep Writing: Author Maya Gottfried on writing as a celebration of life, even when life is tough or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at At this special presentation, Maya Gottfried will talk about how even her writing on serious topics is ultimately a celebration of life, and how she goes about acknowledging and addressing mistakes of the past as an author. About our presenter: Maya Gottfried is the author of three children’s books, including Good Dog and Our Farm: By the Animals of Farm Sanctuary (both published by Knopf), as well as the adult nonfiction lifestyle guide Vegan Love. Her essays have appeared in media outlets including Oprah Daily,  The Washington Post, and Stat (Boston Globe Media).

Centennial Jazz Concert

The Pawling Library is hosting a free jazz concert on the Village Green on Saturday May 22nd, 1-3 PM. Why is the Pawling Library kicking off its year-long centennial celebration with a New Orleans Jazz band? Because in 1921, when the library received its Charter from the New York State Board of Education, what was known then as Dixieland Jazz, was all the rage all over the country! In the early twentieth century, the Great Migration of talented Black and Creole musicians who left New Orleans to seek a better life in the north, brought this vibrant musical genre to Chicago, Philadelphia and New York. And what better way to celebrate our one hundred years of service to our community than to shout out our excitement with this “brassy” introduction to our thrilling year of programming and events brought to you by the generosity of the Oliver S. and Jennie R. Donaldson Charitable Trust. While you’re celebrating with us, dance on over to the information tent where we will be sharing our program schedule for...

No One Walks Alone / Online Program

Presented by Donna Thomas and Dr. Jaime Arnoff of James’s Warr;ors Thursday, May 27 7-8 pm To register for this free program, provided the Public Libraries of Dutchess County, please click on the link below. This presentation is a personal and open discussion about depression, mental illness, and suicide and how to talk about it.  James’s Warr;ors goal is to teach our communities to talk about shame and secrecy and to stop the stigmas associated with depression, anxiety and suicide.  Click on the link below to learn more about  James’s Warr;ors.