Category: Programs

Recycling in Dutchess County / Online Program

Presented by Dutchess County Recycling Educator Kerry Russell Tuesday, May 11 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for Recycling in Dutchess County  or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at At this program, for adults & teens, you’ll find out what materials can be recycled in Dutchess County, and what happens to your recyclables once they’ve been collected. Also, you’ll learn why not everything is  recyclable. Recycling is very important. It not only helps our community, but our world.   Please join us for this special informative program.  

Summer: One Community, One Book: The Great Gatsby with Stephanie Rogers / Online Program

Wednesday, June 9 6:30-8:00 pm Click the link below to register for Summer: One Community, One Book: The Great Gatsby with Stephanie Rogers 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 Book Cove and the Pawling Resource Center.  To participate in this program, order a copy of The Great Gatsby through our library. You can also support our partner, the Book Cove,...

Meet Princess Leia

Calling all Star Wars fans! The force has guided Princess Leia to our library for a special digital program. Join us on Facebook Live on May 13, 4:30 PM as Princess Leia answers questions, shares tales from her adventures in space, and more. Plus, one lucky attendee will win a free one-on-one video call with Princess Leia herself!  To attend, just join our Mid-Hudson Storytime Group in advance of the program and follow the instructions on the homepage after being added to the group. PS- can’t attend live? Don’t have Facebook? You can still participate! You can watch a recording of the event after it airs on Facebook Live or request access to our YouTube recording.     This is a partnership between Parties with Character and the following libraries: – Pawling Free Library – Patterson Library – Hurley Library – Desmond Fish Public Library – Stone Ridge Library – Pleasant Valley Library – Morton Memorial Library and Community House -NorthEast-Millerton Library With questions, contact Children’s Program Coordinator, Neena McBaer, at or 845-855-3444

T. S.  Eliot’s The Waste Land: Performance by Marian Grudko and Roger Hendricks Simon / Online Program

Friday, May 14 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for The Waste Land or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at Published in 1922, The Waste Land has widely been revered as one of the most important poems to emerge from this time period. It is brought to life in a performance by theater legend, actor, director Roger Hendricks Simon and  actress, author Marian Grudko. Following the show will be an interactive discussion. 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 Williams, Sam Shepard, David Hare, Terrence McNally, Lanford Wilson, and William Saroyan. He has directed John Lithgow, John Travolta, James Earl Jones, and James Woods, to name but a few. Roger is the founding...

Job Search 101 / Online Program

with Maryann McKenzie Monday, May 10 10:00 am-12:00 pm Click on a link below to register for Job Search 101 or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at At this free monthly workshop, you’ll receive individual attention to aid you in your job search. You will learn how to create or update a winning resume and cover letter, practice your interviewing skills, complete job applications, and more.  If you’re not getting results in your job search, or don’t know how to begin, then this is the place to start. NOTE: Each 1/2-hour time slot is available for one participant. If a space becomes filled, you’ll be placed on a waiting list, and alerted to other openings.    Available Time Slots:  10:00 am-10:30 am   10:30 am-11:00 am   11:00 am-11:30 am   11:30 am-12:00 pm   This program is being brought to us by Dutchess One Stop.  

How to Properly Research a College or University / Online Program

Presented by Stephanie Mauro of College Planning 101 Monday, May 10 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for How to Properly Research a College or University  or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at In this webinar you will learn: Visiting a college whether in person or virtually, it’s important to ask questions so that you can make an informed decision.  This webinar will provide you with all the important questions you should be asking colleges in regard to academics internships/co-ops, students life on campus as well as what to do on a campus tour.

Spring Children’s Programs Registration Open

No more April-fooling around! The full schedule of Spring Children’s programs for children ten and under is now available! We’re continuing to offer our popular activity kit programs, as well as digital events on Zoom and Facebook Live. Starting in May, we’re also introducing our first outdoor, socially distanced programs for children under five and their caregivers! To view all our Spring offerings and to register, visit our Spring Programs Guide. Registration is required for all programming. The program cycle will run April 12 – June 5. Registration is rolling, as space is available. For more information on policies for Zoom programs, kit programs, and in-person events, visit our Current Children’s Programs Hub.    

Social Security 101: Everything you wanted to know / Online Program

A FREE workshop from Social Security Presented by  Vincent J. Scocozza Public Affairs Specialist NOTE: This presentation has been rescheduled to Monday, June 28 from 1-2 pm. Monday, April 26 1-2 pm Click the link below to register for Social Security 101 or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at   At this workshop you’ll learn:  When are you eligible to receive retirement benefits? How does early retirement affect your benefits? Do you qualify for disability, survivors, and spouse benefits? How do you get the most from your benefit? What is the future of Social Security? When should you file for Medicare?   Learn how to use my Social Security online account and other online services. You should go to to create a my Social Security account and print out your Social Security Statement before attending the workshop   About our presenter: Vincent J. Scocozza has 10 years of experience providing information and guidance about Social Security, Medicare, & Online Services.  He currently services NYC, Westchester County, & Lower Hudson Valley.

Effective Communication Strategies / Online Program

with Community Engagement Manager Joan Carl Wednesday, April 28 7:00-8:00 pm Click the link below to register for Effective Communication Strategies or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at Individuals living with dementia often experience changes in behavior that can be confusing to friends and family. For caregivers, learning to decode messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language can help both parties to connect and communicate in meaningful ways. This program will help explain the communication changes that take place in a person with dementia and identify strategies to connect and communicate at each stage of the disease. This program is being provided by the Alzheimer’s Association. For further information please call the Alzheimer’s Association at 800-272-3900. 

Owls of the Night / Online Program

Presented by Naturalist & Preserve Steward John Foley of the Great Hollow Nature Preserve & Ecological Research Center Thursday, April 22 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for Owls of the Night or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at They fly in silence. These nocturnal birds of prey have captured our interest and imaginations throughout time.   Worldwide there are nearly 250 species.  Please join us for this fascinating and beautiful special Earth Day event, as we learn together about the magnificent owls.  About our presenter: John is a self-taught naturalist who has spent years working in and around Great Hollow, studying the local plants and animals that make the area so special. He is a Connecticut-certified Master Wildlife Conservationist and has worked as a field technician for multiple agencies and organizations, such as the Connecticut Bureau of Natural Resources and Bureau of Outdoor Recreation. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Great Swamp and the Naromi Land Trust. John’s passion is turtles, and he has spent the...