Category: Library News & Events

Theater in the last 100 years: Love Letters by A.R. Gurney / Online Program

Performance by Roger Hendricks Simon and Marian Grudko Friday, May 6 7:00-8:30 pm Click the link below to register for Love Letters or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at   In honor of the Pawling Library’s centennial celebration, we look at dramatic fiction written within the last 100 years. Roger Hendricks Simon and Marian Grudko perform Love Letters, a sweetly moving play for two actors by A.R. Gurney. An interactive discussion will follow the performance, examining the changes in theater over the last 100 years, from the time the library was built through the debut of Love Letters in 1989 and into the present day.   Roger Hendricks Simon is a founding member of the Yale Repertory Company, who went on to direct and act for Joe Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival, London’s Royal Court Theatre, Edinburgh Festival, Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, La Mama, Roundabout, Los Angeles Theatre Center, PBS, BBC-TV, National Public Radio and many more. Elected to Notable Names in American Theatre, Roger directed international premieres by Tennessee...

April’s Board Meeting Rescheduled

Due to a lack of quorum, the April 2022 meeting of the Pawling Library Board of Trustees has been rescheduled. The meeting will now be held on Thursday April 21st at 6:45 PM in the library annex. Members of the public are welcome to attend. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the change of date.

Earth Day Project: Save the Library’s Garden

04/22/2022; 4:00 PM Pre-teens and teens are invited to get their hands dirty as we rebuild the Library’s raised beds and container gardens. This project will involve clearing out the old soil and plants, relocating them and preparing them for a new garden. The Library will supply the tools. Participants should bring their own gloves and wear clothes that can get dirty. Earn community service hours for this project. Registration required.

Service Alert

Due to a planned power outage, the library will have a delayed opening on Monday April 4th. We don’t know the exact time when power will be restored, but we will open as soon as we are able. While we are without electricity we will be unable to receive phone calls and emails. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.

We Are Looking for a New Library Clerk

The Pawling Library has a vacancy and are looking to hire a new library clerk. We need someone who will work at the circulation desk every Sunday and alternating Tuesdays. For all the details and to submit an application, please visit

Couponing Class / Online program

with Carla Biggs Thursday, April 28 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for Couponing Class or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at In this class, we will look at all aspects of how to coupon in the 21st century. Couponing is easier now than ever before and you can learn how to lower the costs of your household bills and even learn how to get some freebies! We will explore the use of paper and digital methods of couponing, including using phone apps, websites, and social media. We will also learn the different methods of couponing at popular drug stores and ways to save at the grocery store!

Exploring Your Immigrant Ancestor / Online Program

Wednesday, April 27 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for Exploring Your Immigrant Ancestor or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at As we think about the history of our library that has stood in our village since 1921, and how life in our community, country and world has changed over a century, we think of those, our relatives, our ancestor(s) who came to America and would eventually settle in Pawling. At this program, presented by Genealogist Sarah Gutmann, you’ll learn how to find and examine ship passenger lists, naturalization records, and other documents. This is a great program for people looking to find the town or city of origin of their immigrant ancestors. Please join us. Find out about your family’s past, find it here at the Pawling Library, a pivotal part of our community that has served your family and friends for generations.

Gentle Hatha Yoga / Online Program

Tuesday, May 3 6:30-7:30 pm Instructor: Maria Polhemus Click the link below to register for Gentle Hatha Yoga or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at   This yoga program focuses upon gentle stretches, breath work, and mindfulness. Following the exercises, the class ends with a peaceful 15 minute savasana. Please join us. Relax and restore your inner peace. Namaste. Program Fee: $4.00.


Monday, May 2 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 18-minute TED TALKS video, entitled My Stroke of Insight with Jill Bolte Taylor. Following the viewing, we’ll open up a group discussion led by Melanie Hopwood. 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...

Inspiring Works by Women Writers (Book Club) / Online Program

Wednesday, April 20 6:30-7:30 pm Click the link below to register for Inspiring Works by Women Writers or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at   The book club will be discussing the novel Mrs. Dalloway, by Virginia Woolf. As the book was written in The Roaring Twenties, when our library came into being, we are dedicating this April gathering of Inspiring Works by Women Writers to the Pawling Library’s 100-year anniversary. We thank you, our patrons, for being with us over the years, and look forward to seeing you at this and our many programs and events to come.   About our book club: Are you interested in reading and discussing novels, plays, and poems by women? Then this is your Book Club! This is a fun opportunity to indulge in some great works by women writers. We will begin each discussion with a little background history and tidbits on each female writer. I’ll ask a few questions to get us started and then it’s an open forum. My hope is that...