Category: Adult Programs

Qigong with Nadiya Nottingham

Monday, June 8 4:00-5:00 pm Qigong (pronounced chee-gung) is a Taoist system of physical movement that is both ritual and exercises, breathing techniques and focused intention. It is an ancient form of energy enhancement and is the basis of Tai Chi. It is perhaps the most under-estimated form of self-development and yet one of the most profound and deeply healing on all levels.  It is understood in Traditional Chinese Medicine to boost the immune system and help release blocked energy in the meridians, the organ branches within the body. Please join us for this gentle, life enhancing practice. Enhance your life. About our presenter: Nadiya Nottingham is a certified Medical Qigong Practitioner by Robert Peng and a Qigong teacher by Masters Liu Dong and Liu He of the Linggui School in Portland, OR. Nadiya’s deep heart teachings spring from her own struggles as a young woman. She has overcome addiction, survived an attempt on her own life at age 15, and at age 62 she has many authentic, tried and true life teachings to share...

THE IMMUNE SYSTEM: Balancing the Microbiome

Presented by Dr. Somesh N. Kaushik Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Physician Tuesday, June 2 7:00-8:00 pm Ayurveda believes a balance of body, mind, and spirit will naturally result in a strong immune system that combats pathogens. Being out of balance results in a weakened immune system allowing illness to develop. Balancing our microbiome – the bacteria, viruses, and fungi that exist in our bodies – is critical to our health. And, nourishing not only our body, but also our mind and spirit is key to the health of our microbiome. Come and discover: How the microbiome effects body, mind, and spirit Why mental attitude & emotions effect the microbiome and immune system Ways to keep the microbiome in balance How to nourish our bodies with proper diet and nutrition – seasonally Lifestyle habits that support a strong immune system and healthy microbiome   About our presenter: Dr. Somesh N. Kaushik, ND, BAMS, MPH, MPA, E-RYT 500, is the owner and chief medical practitioner of Dr. Kaushick’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic in Cross River, NY. With over...

Free Community Playwriting Workshop / Online Event

Presented in partnership with Mid-Hudson Library System Saturday, May 30, from 10:00 am-12:00 pm (Online via Zoom) Everyone has an idea for a story, and this is your chance to bring that story to life. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s playwriting workshop will feature exercises that will teach you the basics. Following the workshops, all participants are invited to submit a short play to be considered on the evening of readings known as the HVSF Bake-Off. This year’s Bake-Off theme is Mahicantuck, “The River that Flows Both Ways.” Registered Now:https://hvshakespeare.org/production/community-bake-off/ Other upcoming playwriting workshops via Zoom… Saturday, May 23, from 11:00 am-1:00 pm Presented in partnership with Desmond Fish Library, Garrison, NY Sunday, May 24, from 11:00 am-1:00 pm Presented in partnership with The Field Library, Peekskill, NY Saturday, May 30, from 1:00-3:00 pm Presented in partnership with The Julia Butterfield Library, a Philipstown Behavioral Health Hub Sunday, May 31, from 11:00 am-1:00 pm Presented in partnership with Newburgh Free Library and Safe Harbors of the Hudson , Newburgh, NY   COMMUNITY BAKE-OFF Frequently Asked Questions...

Parent/Caregiver Support Group

Caregiver Programming: Free General Parent Support Group* • For Parents of children 0-5 years old • Thursdays, 1:00 pm, June 4 – July 9 over Zoom Registration Required – Click here to sign up online or email children@pawlinglibrary.org for assistance Our library has partnered with experienced therapist and support group leader, Stephanie Sandler, PH D, LMHC of Becoming Mental Health Counseling, and other area libraries to provide caregivers a supportive space for themselves. Join a community of parents dealing with the unexpected hurdles of parenting young children during the Coronavirus epidemic together. During a time of increased isolation, finding ways to connect with other parents and families with common experiences can be refreshing and beneficial. This program is participant driven, and it is recommended for optimal support that participants attend as regularly as they are able. However, interested caregivers are welcome to attend as few or as many as they can. All participants must adhere to group guidelines and norms to maintain a comfortable, welcoming, and safe atmosphere for all. *This support group is not...

Changing Habits with Self-Hypnosis: A two-part online presentation 

Presented by Susan Olin-Dabrowski Tuesday, May 19 & Thursday, May 21 Time: 7:00-8:00 pm Self-hypnosis is a powerful technique that brings you  in touch with your subconscious mind, the part of the mind responsible for habits.  During this presentation you’ll learn about the hypnotist’s model of the mind and how to successfully harness the power of your subconscious to create the change you desire.  Through guided group hypnosis we’ll be exploring motivating energy for habit change, empowering memories, and a positive vision of the future self.  Using the principles of positive self-hypnosis participants will create effective personalized auto-suggestions to use in self-hypnosis. We’ll examine a variety of techniques for entering into the hypnotic state and how to use auto-suggestions. Time at the end of the second class will be reserved questions.  Participants should have pen and paper with them as there is some writing involved. Wearing headphones or earbuds is recommended for this presentation. About our presenter: Susan Olin-Dabrowski, creator of Whole Person Healing, has been a Certified Hypnotist since 1999. She has helped hundreds...

Meditation with Maria / Online Program

Wednesday, May 13 6:30-7:30 pm This guided meditation, brought to us by the calming voice and words of Maria Polhemus, is intended to promote relaxation. Please join us for this soothing program to help you to release unwanted tension. Wearing headphones or earbuds is recommended for this presentation. NOTE: To participate in our online meditation, you must first register by emailing Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org and then follow the directions below.  Before the day of the program, Donald will email you a link to the program with the date & time the program will take place. On the day of the program, click on the link Donald sent a few minutes before the program begins.  Download the free Zoom app onto your smartphone, tablet or computer.  You will be placed in a virtual waiting room and Donald will admit you before the program begins. Once you are admitted to the program, you will be able to see and hear everything going on in the presentation! That’s it!  It’s very easy. 

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) FREE HEALTH LECTURE – ONLINE

Presented by Dr. Somesh N. Kaushik Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Physician Tuesday, May 5 7:00-8:00 pm This pandemic has raised a lot of anxiety and a lot of questions. It has also brought an opportunity to raise awareness. A shift in perspective can change worry and fear into care and compassion, panic into prudence, quarantine into retreat. Our minds are powerful – consciousness directs energy and determines outcome. Raising consciousness to encompass body, mind, and spirit enhances the path to health. Come and discover: How this virus is different from others – personally and culturally The population most at risk – low immune system Why a strong immune system – body mind spirit – is key Steps to keep your immune system at peak functioning The oral microbiome – our body’s first line of defense The critical link between diet, emotions, and mental outlook The importance of a seasonal detox – physical, mental, emotional   Dr. Kaushik’s informative health lecture was recorded on May 5th. If you were unable to attend this program, or would just...

The United Nations: An Insider’s Perspective / CANCELLED

Tuesday, March 24 7:00-8:00 pm The UN celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. What exactly is this organization, created in the aftermath of WWII, that now has 193 nation state members? Is it a world government? Does the UN Declaration of Human Rights contradict the US Declaration of Independence? What are its successes, failures and opportunities? In this presentation, Dr. Kambalov, shares 21 years of personal experience at the UN and opens an exploration of the nuts and bolts of this institution, inviting questions and comments. About our presenter: Dr. Sergei Kambalov was the Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development before retirement in 2010 after 21 years of service at the UN. Prior to joining the UN in 1989, he was a First Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR, and before that he worked in academic research on international economic relations. He has several academic publications, including a book on economic sanctions as a tool of foreign policy. Born in Riga, he...

Effective Communication Strategies / CANCELLED

with Joan Carl Tuesday, March 17 7:00-8:00 pm 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 Registration is required. Call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444 to register or send an email to Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org.

FREE English (ESOL) Tutoring

English for Speakers of Other Languages with Karina Cerna Thursday, March 12 1:00-4:00 pm Tutoring is available for both adults and teens. Sessions are for one hour. Registration is required. Call the Pawling Library at 845-855-3444 to register or send an email to Donald at adult@pawlinglibrary.org. “This publication (product) was supported by (or “in part by”) funds from the New York State Library’s Adult Literacy Services grant program.”