Category: Adult Programs

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...

Creative Space / Online Program

with Maya Gottfried Tuesday, April 26 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for Creative Space or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at   The Pawling Library offers a monthly quiet online space for you to create in the company of others, meeting on Zoom. Each week we’ll check-in at the beginning and end of the session, bookending an hour of time to devote to your personal creative projects, alongside like-minded creators. Whether you’re writing poetry or painting a landscape, the Pawling Library offers you the time to devote to your work that you might not otherwise be able to find in your schedule.   Maya Gottfried is the author of three children’s books, including Good Dog and Our Farm: By the Animals of Farm Sanctuary (both published by Knopf), as well as the adult nonfiction lifestyle guide Vegan Love. Her essays have appeared in media outlets including Oprah Daily,  The Washington Post, and Stat (Boston Globe Media).

Supporting Positive Behavior at Home

As all parents know, managing children is not an easy thing to do. The good news is that scientists and researchers have discovered strategies and information that can help manage and support the behavior of children. Teachers often attend professional development sessions to learn about these strategies and, now, the Pawling Free Library is offering parents the opportunity to learn how they can use many of these strategies at home to support positive behavior. Join presenter Ruairi Gribbon for this series of four 1-hour, in-person sessions starting 4/26 at 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the Library Annex. 4/26- Understanding the Science of Behavior 5/3- Setting Expectations and Teaching Wanted Behaviors 5/10- Positive Reinforcement, Effective Error Correction and Other Behavior Strategies 5/17- Intensive Support and Getting Help from Others Ruairi Gribbon is the Director of the Mid-Hudson Regional Partnership Center which supports schools in the Mid-Hudson Region of New York through the goal of improving positive outcomes for students with disabilities. He is also a part-time faculty member with Marist College’s School of Social and...

CHARLESTON & THE JAZZ AGE / A Free Virtual Presentation

Friday, April 22 7:00-8:30 pm Click the link below to register for CHARLESTON & THE JAZZ AGE or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at   Dance like it’s 1921 or 2022—Let’s step back in time to the height of the jazz age, the roaring ’20s, when all the rage was a new dance called THE CHARLESTON! We will follow it from its origins to the dance hall to today! This special program, in honor of the Pawling Library’s Centennial Celebration, was made possible through a partnership with Got2Lindy Dance Studios.   Got2Lindy Dance Studios

Rediscovering Native Perennials as Alternatives to Invasives / Online Program

Presented by Master Gardener Cathy Lane Tuesday, April 19 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for Rediscovering Native Perennials as Alternatives to Invasives or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at The Pawling Library has incorporated native plant species into our garden landscape that not only provide beauty to the grounds but also benefit wildlife, from bees to butterflies and hummingbirds. At this special Earth Day presentation, brought to us by Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County Master Gardener Volunteers, you’ll learn how you can design a garden using native perennials that are full of color and vigor, replacing invasives, some of which can be harmful to our environment. Please join us in discovering the value of native perennials…and imagine the beauty they can add to your landscape!

Body System Disorders: The Respiratory System – Enhancing the Body’s Life Force (Prana) / Online Program

Presented by Dr. Somesh N. Kaushik Tuesday, April 12 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for The Respiratory System or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at The respiratory system is the network of organs and tissues that work together to move oxygen throughout the body and clean out waste gases like carbon dioxide. It includes your airways, lungs and blood vessels. The muscles that power your lungs are also part of the respiratory system. Each part of the respiratory system has many separate components. These include: mouth/nose, sinuses, pharynx, trachea, and bronchial tubes. In addition, the diaphragm and ribs move the air in and out of the lungs. Other components that work with the lungs and blood vessels include: alveoli, bronchioles, capillaries, lung lobes; pleura, cilia, epiglottis, and larynx. There are hundreds of different diseases and conditions – acute to chronic – that can affect the respiratory system, ranging from common cold and flu to pneumonia and COPD. Some are: asthma, allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, emphysema, cystic fibrosis, lung cancer,...