Category: Programs

2021’s Popular Kid’s Books List

Looking for a surefire hit? We’ve rounded up the most popular books in our juvenile collection for 2021. While favorite series like Dog Man, The Babysitter’s Club, Pinkalicious, and Mo Willem’s Elephant and Piggie continue to be our popular borrows, they’re not the only well-loved books in our collection. Click here to check out our list of recently released titles that have been checked out many times this year and come with our local community’s seal of approval! The list includes board books, picture books, early and middle grade chapter books, non-fiction, and even top digital titles from 2021! Looking for more suggestions? Stop by and check out our Most Popular 2021 Book Displays, which feature even more titles that have been popular with kids and families this year!

Community Book Read: The Mysterious Affair at Styles with Stephanie Rogers / Online Program

Wednesday, December 8 6:30-8:00 pm Click the link below to register for the Community Book Read or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at The Pawling Library is Celebrating its Centennial. For this program we are not only commemorating our library’s anniversary but bringing people together through their passion for great literary works. We have selected four classic novels, one for each season, that were popular in the 1920s when our library first came into being. Our presenter, Stephanie Rogers, will be reading an excerpt from each novel and then lead a Q & A for our audience. Stephanie Rogers is the author of The Horse I Belong To: How a Misused and Almost Forgotten Grade Mare Showed Me the Way. The Pawling Library is proud to be partnering with our neighbors Pawling Recreation, the Grand: Rehabilitation & Nursing, the Pawling Resource Center & the Book Cove. To participate in this program, order a copy of The Mysterious Affair at Styles through our library. You can also support our partner, the Book Cove,...

Living an Extraordinary Life / Online Program

with Diane Ingram Monday, December 13 6:30-7:30 pm Click the link below to register for Living an Extraordinary Life or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at Come join us in an engaging, enlivening conversation exploring what really matters to you and how you can design the life you want to live! We will explore your purpose, your passions, what brings light and energy to your life, and how your potential for living a satisfying and fulfilling life is available to you by making choices that support you living into it.   About our presenter: Diane Ingram is a Master Certified Coach (MCC) coach trainer with a degree in Psychology and Human Development. She is a student of the Diamond Approach, which fosters personal development through methods of meditation, present-moment awareness, and self-observation. Diane currently hosts her own radio show and is the author of four books, the most recent being “The Gift”.

Discovering Your Patriot Ancestor / Online Program

with Genealogist Sarah Gutmann Tuesday, December 14 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for Discovering Your Patriot Ancestor or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at At this program you’ll learn where to look and how to verify the information about your ancestry. The program will also touch upon entrance requirements for the Sons/ Daughters of the American Revolution. Thank you for supporting our library, for joining us for these programs.

The Healing Power of Gratitude: A Body, Mind, and Spirit Elixir / Online Program

Presented by Dr. Somesh N. Kaushik Tuesday, December 28 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for The Healing Power of Gratitude or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at Ayurveda, the world’s oldest healing system, defines health as a balance of body, mind, and spirit – epitomizing a true holistic approach to wellness. Ayurveda offers a healing system and a prevention system – a lifestyle that helps curtail disease before it manifests in the body. Central to this is the cultivation of an “attitude of gratitude” – a powerful approach to health and wellness that impacts both the giver and receiver. Come and discover: *  How gratitude can heal the mind and heart * Why healing the mind and heart precedes healing the body * The biochemical impact of gratitude on emotions, the mind, and the body * How to view the “opportunity” to heal as a blessing * Why positive thinking is critical to healing * The place emotions have in healing * How music and sound facilitate healing on...

Ballet Hispánico Virtual Performance for Young People

Did you miss our live screening of Ballet Hispánico’s Virtual Performance for Young People? Well good news! You can watch a recording of the presentation at the link below until Tuesday, November 30. This link will be live until Tuesday, November 30th: (Password: CAPFall2021). Enter the password to view. For more information about the program, see below. Ballet Hispánico’s Virtual Performance for Young People We’re bringing NYC Dance to Pawling! All ages welcome at our the upcoming Virtual Performance by Ballet Hispánico. Tickets are available at no cost, thanks to the Mid-Hudson Library System. A premier NYC dance company and the largest Latinx cultural organization in the United States, “Ballet Hispánico brings communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures through innovative dance productions, transformative dance training, and enduring community engagement experiences.” The live, virtual event will take audiences on a guided journey through Latinx dance and culture. This interactive, fun-filled exploration features excerpts of the Ballet Hispánico’s repertoire dance performances narrated by the company’s artistic leadership. Audiences will also be given the opportunity...

Have you visited our StoryWalk®?

Have you visited the StoryWalk® set up at Pawling Recreation’s Lakeside Park? Take a family walk and read along to Hiking Day by Anne Rockwell. If you do visit, please don’t forget to leave us a message in our tracking book. And if you come across any damage or missing pages, please contact the library at 845-855-3444 or to let us know! Thank you to Town of Pawling Recreation Department and the Mid-Hudson Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club for partnering with us on this project. The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.

Latinx History Explorers for Young Adults

This November, history and culture come to life with our Latinx History Explorers series! These small group programs will include interactive activities and time to ask questions. These programs are best for ages 8-15, but older teens are welcome. Find out more and register below. Latinx History Explorers: The Zoot Suit Riots Monday, 11/15, 4:30 – 5:15 PM on Zoom (Ages 8 -18) Learn about the Sleepy Lagoon Murder Trial and the Zoot Suit Riots, a series of conflicts in Los Angeles, California during World War II. ¡Bienvenidos hispanohablantes! Designed especially for tweens, and teens by Latinx historian and educator Sara Youngbar, this program makes history come to life! Registration required; register here. Latinx History Explorers:  Lin-Manuel Miranda: Monday, 11/22, 4:30 – 5:15 PM on Zoom (Ages 8 -18) Are you a fan of Hamilton? In the Heights? Moana and Disney’s upcoming Encanto? Discover the legacy of actor and musician Lin-Manuel Miranda and the impact he has made on pop culture and the Latinx community with special guest historian and educator Sara Youngbar. ¡Bienvenidos hispanohablantes! Registration required; register here.    

Socially Distant Santa and Mrs. Claus

December 11th, 2021, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, by 10 minute appointment Get ready to bundle up and share your wish lists! Our annual visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus is ON! To keep all involved as safe as possible, families will visit outside under a tent, one at time, while Santa and Mrs. Claus stay inside and chat through an open window. This set-up was a huge hit last year and we know Santa and Mrs. Claus look forward to visiting Pawling.  Registration for 10 minute windows is highly recommended, as walk-ins will be permitted only as space is available. To register, click here or visit

Search Re-Opened

Due to unexpected circumstances we have re-opened our search for a full-time Young Adult Program Coordinator. For more information and to apply visit We are pleased to announce that Marlon Bridgman has agreed to serve as our part-time, interim coordinator. Visit our calendar to see some of the teen programs we have coming soon.