Category: Library News & Events

COME TOGETHER PAWLING: Viewing of TED TALK video Your Elusive Creative Genius & discussion / Online Program

Monday, November 1 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for COME TOGETHER PAWLING or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at Each month, in a respectful and open environment, we’ll explore a new topic led by a different community leader. At the start of the program, we’ll be watching a 20-minute TED TALKS video, entitled Your Elusive Creative Genius by Elizabeth Gilbert. Following the viewing, we’ll open up a group discussion led by Diane Ingram. Our wellness as individuals and as a community depends on continued sharing, support and conversation in times of celebration as well as in times of conflict. Come Together and join us in fostering deeper conversations, listening to disparate experiences and points of view in the realm of challenging context such as racism, sexism, bipartisanship, whiteness and social justice. We understand that these conversations could be difficult to have, and believe that by coming together to find the willingness to listen and learn, we can aspire to create a stronger Pawling, where ALL community members feel safe,...

Four Seasons of Shade in the Garden / Online Program

Presented by Philomena Kiernan of Cornell Cooperative Extension Tuesday, November 2 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for Four Seasons of Shade in the Garden or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at Designing gardens around trees and buildings can provide unique challenges. Learn how to garden with different kinds of light and planting conditions, and learn about many plants that thrive in the shade, when they flower, and how they work together.

Getting Published 101 / Online Program

Monday, November 8 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for Getting Published 101 or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at Author Maya Gottfried offers advice for submitting your writing for consideration to websites, magazines, and agents (if you’re seeking a book deal). She shares her experience as the author of three children’s books, one nonfiction book for adults, and numerous articles and essays. 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).

Allowed to Grow Old: Portraits of Elderly Animals from Farm Sanctuaries / Online Program

Presented by Isa Leshko Tuesday, November 9 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for Allowed to Grow Old: Portraits of Elderly Animals from Farm Sanctuaries or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at Photographer Isa Leshko will be reading excerpts from her book Allowed to Grow Old: Portraits of Elderly Animals from Farm Sanctuaries accompanied by her stunning photography. Following the presentation will be a Q & A. About our presenter: Isa Leshko is an artist, writer, and activist whose work examines themes relating to animal rights, aging, and mortality. She has received fellowships from the Bogliasco Foundation, the Culture & Animals Foundation, the Houston Center for Photography, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and the Silver Eye Center for Photography. She has exhibited her work widely in the United States, including shows at 516 Arts, the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Houston Arts Alliance, the Houston Center for Photography, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Photographic Resource Center, and the Silver Eye Center for Photography. Her prints are in...

Theater and Film of the 1920’s and ’30’s As Seen By My Dad – NY theater illustrator and cartoonist Harold K. Simon / Online Program

Presented by Roger Hendricks Simon Tuesday, November 16 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for Theater and Film of the 1920’s and ’30’s As Seen By My Dad or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at At the turn of the 20th century, artist Harold K. Simon created a variety of works of art for Broadway and the famed Radio City Music Hall in the form of posters, playbills, and magazine illustrations. He was also a theatrical cartoonist, and his art appeared in publications such as the Daily News, and the New York Daily Mirror, just to name a few. His son, actor, director, Roger Hendricks Simon, will be reminiscing about the gifted career of his talented father, and how he interpreted theatre & film through his art during the 1920s and 30s. Celebrate a century of the Pawling Library. Please join us for this fascinating and bittersweet program. About our presenter: A founding member of the Yale Repertory Company, Roger Hendricks Simon went on to direct and act for Joe...

Ayurveda and the Winter Season: Preparing for and Thriving in the Dark and Cold / Online Program

Presented by Dr. Somesh N. Kaushik, ND, BAMS, MPH, MPA, E-RYT 500 Tuesday, November 30 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for Ayurveda and the Winter Season or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at Ayurveda defines health as a balance of body, mind, and spirit. But how do you stay in balance during the winter months when all you want to do is hibernate? How can you prevent from getting sick, or even thrive, during flu season? Is there any help for SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder? Ayurveda has some specific methods for getting through.   Come and discover: Why you may be feeling mentally, emotionally, and physically tired as temperatures drop and what to do about it The connection between fatigue and your adrenals Foods that support and enhance your adrenal and thyroid function Foods to stay away from during winter months

Meet Princess Belle!

The final event in the Mid-Hudson Library System Storytime Series this year will be our visit with Princess Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Meet the princess virtually on Thursday, 10/14, at 4:30 PM or watch on-demand, anytime. Princess Belle will read a story, sing songs, and talk about life in the castle. Plus, she will respond to children’s live comments by name! One lucky family who attends the live event will win a one-on-one video chat with Princess Belle herself. Watch live on Facebook! : Thursday, 10/14, 4:30 – 5:00 PM EST Click here to join our Facebook Live Group and watch. Watch anytime: A recording of the program will be available on Facebook shortly after the event premieres. Not on Facebook? Click here to request a recording that will be delivered straight to your inbox! This program is designed for ages 3-8, but families with youth of any age are welcome to join and participate! This is a partnership between Parties with Character and the following libraries: – Pawling Free Library – Patterson Library – Hurley Library...

Request for Proposals

The Pawling Library is soliciting bids from contractors interested in our ADA Lavatories and Fuel Tank Replacement project. For details and to download the bid documents, please visit Please direct any questions to Owner Representative Ed Hauser, whose email address is listed on that page.

Join our Fall Children’s Programs

The schedule for children’s programs for September – November is now available. Registration is also open now. This Fall, we’re offering in-person, digital, and take home kit programs for chlidren ages birth – elementary school. Join anytime–registration is rolling, but enrollment is first come, first served. We appreciate your patience as we’ve worked to put together the best schedule possible. View the entire schedule of events and register for programs here. For more information about programs and our services to youth, visit our Current Children’s Programs Page or contact Children’s Program Coordinator, Neena McBaer, at 845-855-3444 or

The Great Give Back: Helping our Community

The Pawling library is partnering with our friends at the Pawling Resource Center who are in need of your help. They are especially in need of the products listed below. We are asking that you please donate whatever items you can to our library. The Great Give Back is a program that offers our patrons the opportunity to help people in their community. Donations will be accepted from Friday, October 1, until Friday, October 15. Items needed: Toiletries – shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, deodorant Paper products – toilet paper, tissues, paper towels Baby diapers and wipes Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity. The Pawling Resource Center is located at 126 East Main Street, in the carriage house of the John Kane House. Phone: 845-855-3459.