Category: Adult Programs

Kids Take the Lead in Summer Reading Challenge

BIG NEWS! The Kids (ages 0-10) now lead in our Tails and Tales Summer Reading Challenge!  What age group can read the most this summer? Here are the standings: First Place: Kids (6,205 minutes) Second Place: Adults (2,960 minutes) Third Place: Teens (300 minutes) Together, our community has read 9,465 minutes this summer! We’re almost halfway to our goal of 20,000 minutes! Keep up the great work! Want to get involved and help your team? Want to win free books and other prizes? Join the contest by logging the time you spend reading and learning this summer. You can log online here, print a paper reading log, or pick one up from the library front desk.

Reminiscing Pawling / Online Program

Wednesday, August 4 6:30-8:00 pm Click the link below to register for Reminiscing Pawling or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at This special edition of our monthly memoir program is dedicated to the Pawling Library’s 100 anniversary. Participants will be sharing stories of Pawling, and hopefully a tale or two about our library. We are very grateful to Dr. Robin Lester who created our monthly From Memory to Family Memoir program which he has been leading for years, enriching the lives of all those who attend.

Addictions: Recovering with Ayurveda / Online Program

Presented by Dr. Somesh N. Kaushik, ND, BAMS, MPH, MPA, E-RYT 500 Tuesday, August 10 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for Addictions: Recovering with Ayurveda or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at Addictions come in many forms: drugs, alcohol, smoking, food, sex, shopping, work, exercise, social media, negativity, etc. They provide a temporary escape from stress. But, when inappropriate methods are used, an imbalance occurs. The root cause of the stress, hidden in the unconscious, is not resolved. And, a vicious cycle ensues. Ayurveda is a healing system that not only restores balance, its methodology removes the unconscious blocks that create chronic stress. Ayurvedic treatments such as diet, nutritional herbs, meditation, therapeutic Yoga, and an herbal detoxification process known as panchakarma, work hand-in-hand to create a shift on a physical level, as well as on a mental and spiritual level. The result is a transformation and unification of body, mind, and spirit that resolves the separation responsible for the addiction. Your true self emerges and the addiction is no...

Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors / Online Program

with Community Engagement Manager Joan Carl Tuesday, August 17 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at During the middle stage of dementia, the person with the disease often starts to exhibit new behaviors that can be confusing for a caregiver. These behaviors are a form of communication, and are essential to understanding the needs of the person with dementia. This program will help attendees identify common triggers for behaviors associated with dementia and learn strategies for addressing common dementia-related behaviors. This program is being provided by the Alzheimer’s Association. For further information please call the Alzheimer’s Association at 800-272-3900.

Classics of the Twenties: An examination of the novels that changed literature / Online Program

Wednesday, August 18 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for Classics of the Twenties or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at Join author Marian Grudko for a spirited program celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Pawling Library: Novels of the 1920’s, featuring a discussion of The Enchanted April and touching on others that capture the era. About our presenter: Marian Grudko is the author of Lucinda Snowdrop and co-author of Claudine: A Fairy Tale for Exceptional Grownups, with T.A. Young. She is also a composer and storyteller, and her work can be seen on her new and evolving YouTube channel.

COME TOGETHER PAWLING: Viewing of TED TALK video on How we can protect truth in the age of misinformation and discussion / Online Program

Monday, August 30 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 15-minute TED TALKS video, entitled How we can protect truth in the age of misinformation, with Professor Sinan Aral. Following the viewing, we’ll open up a group discussion led by Edward J. Grippe Ph. D. 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...

Job Search 101 / Online Program

Tuesday, July 20 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.

Art-Room: A Gathering of Artists / Online Program

Friday, July 16 6:30-7:30 pm Click the link below to register for Art-Room or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at Enjoy lively discussions with your fellow artists about projects and techniques. We look forward to seeing you soon. Allow your artistic passion to follow its creative bliss!

Stories about the Animals at a Farm Sanctuary / Online Program

Thursday, July 22 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for Stories about the Animals at a Farm Sanctuary or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary provides a lifelong home to farm animals rescued from slaughter and abuse. The sanctuary currently has 110 animals, including goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, turkeys, donkeys, and horses. The farm’s cofounders, Ellen and Bill Crain, will tell the stories of some of the animals. The program will be of interest to children as well as adults. About our presenters: Ellen Crain is a retired pediatrician. She is a professor emerita at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Bill Crain is a professor of psychology at The City College of New York. He is the author of The Emotional Lives of Animals and Children: Insights from a Farm Sanctuary. For more information about Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary please visit

The Roosevelts and Race / Online Program

Presented by Jeffrey Urbin Wednesday, July 29 6:30-7:30 pm Click the link below to register for The Roosevelts and Race or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at America in the 1930s and 40s was a nation ripe with segregation and discrimination. This presentation examines how the Roosevelts promoted progressive policies and programs, such as Executive Order 8802, support for Marian Anderson and the creation of the Tuskegee Airmen, in the face of prejudice during the Great Depression and World War II. About our presenter: Jeffrey Urbin is the Education Specialist and Director of the Pare Lorentz Film Center at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York where he is responsible for developing all of the Library’s education offerings ranging from second grade to college and adult learning programs. In addition, he provides training, programs and presentations for teachers and assists museum educators across the country in developing educational programs for their own museums. He has been a pioneer in developing distance learning programs for the Presidential...