Category: Library News & Events

Circulation Status

The library is open to the public. You are welcome to come in and use the library, including our computers. Contactless checkout is available Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. All items checked out prior to the pandemic were due June 30th. 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 July 14th of its re-opening plan was 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 a large number of book donations to drop off, 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...

Finding Reliable Information During a Pandemic

The whole world is talking about the COVID-19 coronavirus, but it’s not always obvious where people are getting their information (and who to trust!). As an institution, the Pawling Library is monitoring the latest news about the virus in order to make informed decisions about how we can avoid contributing to the problem. For local information, we are following the lead of the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health: (https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/DBCH/dbch.htm). They have a page devoted specifically to COVID-19: (https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/DBCH/2019-Novel-Coronavirus.htm). So too does the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html). Did you know that the National Institutes of Health’s U.S. National Library of Medicine maintains a list of mobile apps that can be used in times of emergency (https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/apps)? Even if we don’t know for sure what the future holds, each of us can get prepared and can adopt the World Health Organization’s best practices: (https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public). This way, we can play our role in being part of the solution, not part of the problem.

Martin Luther King Day

The Pawling Library will be closed on Monday January 20th, 2020, in observance of Martin Luther King Day. We will re-open at our regular time (10 AM) on Tuesday. To learn more about Martin Luther King, visit The King Center online. Information on the Martin Luther King Day of Service can be viewed at mlkday.gov. The Pawling Library has copies of the autobiographies of Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. You can put yourself on the waiting list for her book or his through our online catalog.

Pawling Living Narrative Project

With a new name for its fourth year, the Pawling Living Narrative 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. The event will take place on Tuesday February 18th, 1-3 PM. This year we will center the entire program around the idea of social and emotional well-being. Possible topics include life changing experiences, favorite past times or other interests, and of course health and wellness. Individuals can volunteer to become “books” that others can “check out” and have an engaging conversation on the topic chosen by the “book”. They will also have the opportunity to act as “readers” by selecting “books” to “check out” for themselves. In other words, you choose something from your life or experience that you think others might be interested to hear, and then other people people sign up to discuss it. Each conversation lasts about 20 minutes and includes one to five other people....

Reading and Book Signing

Claudine: A Fairy Tale for Exceptional Grownups about a ladybug who wanted more than anything to live in Paris Saturday, December 14, 11:00 am at The Book Cove Claudine was written by Marian Grudko and T.A. Young with Claudine drawings by Donald Partelow and paintings of Paris by Renee Gauvin Please join Marian and Donald at The Book Cove for the reading and signing To reserve your copy, please pre-order Claudine by calling The Book Cove at 845-855-9590. http://pawlingbookcove.com To register for this program, call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444 or send an email to Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org.