Category: Programs

Volunteer Opportunities for Teens/Tweens

  Volunteer Opportunities for Teens/Tweens There are currently two types of volunteer positions open for ages 11-18–book buddies and garden volunteers. Book Buddies, or our Teen Buddy Book Club, is a program that pairs kids one-on-one with a teen role model. These volunteers spend time virtually helping their buddy gain confidence reading, while they practice their literacy skills and get to know them. For more information, visit   Garden Volunteers tend to the teen garden at the library, but do so on their own schedule, without others around. Possible responsibilities include watering, checking nitrogen levels, and weeding. All volunteers will be able to take vegetables home! Find out more at As we continue our reopening process, additional volunteering opportunities will be considered. We hope to have volunteers helping in additional children’s programs regularly as soon as it is safe and we are allowed.   Leadership Interns: Because we are hosting summer programming virtually and have to limit the number of people in our building, the library is not able to hire Leadership Interns this summer. Leadership interns will return...

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research / Online Program

with Community Engagement Manager Joan Carl Tuesday, June 30 7:00-8:00 pm Registration is required. Click the link below to reserve a space for Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research or email Donald at This workshop covers four areas of lifestyle habits that are associated with healthy aging: cognitive activity, exercise, diet & nutrition, and social engagement. We will discuss what we know, drawing on current research, as well as what we can do now to improve or maintain our overall health. This  program is being provided by the Alzheimer’s Association. For further information please call the Alzheimer’s Association at 800-272-3900. 

The Early Days of Television

Tuesday, June 23 7:00-9:00 pm Click the link below to register for The Early Days of Television or email Donald at Television started in 1928 in Schenectady, New York but it was incubated in two laboratories, one in Pittsburgh in George Westinghouse’s Labs and the other in General Electric’s Lab. TV goes through growing pains including World War II. But when GI’s come home, they want their TV. They want to watch Ed Sullivan, Meet the Press, Uncle Miltie, Milton Berle, Joe Friday, Lucy and Desi and Ralph Kramden and even test patterns. TV also reflected society of the time. Blacklisting and Nat King Cole could not get a sponsor. Stroll down Memory Lane and get reacquainted with the 1940s and 1950s TV. The Early Days of TV. The programming looked cheap but it came right into the living room. Watching in front of stores, getting rid of rolling, snow and moving that antenna the right way. About our presenter: Evan Weiner, recognized globally as an expert in the politics of the sports...

Marco Polo: The Silk Road & China: The UN in Action

Guest Speaker: Dr. Joseph Baxer President of the United Nations Association of Connecticut Wednesday, June 24 7:00-8:00 pm Registration is required. Click the link below to reserve a space for Marco Polo: The Silk Road & China: The UN in Action or email Donald at Images of the ancient Silk Road and the medieval journey of Marco Polo invite fascinating images of caravans of camels navigating long stretches of desert, caravanserai hosting a veritable Babel of tongues and cooperation midst diversity as traders, diplomats and adventurers came in contact. The UN is far from an office building in Manhattan, but alive, in action, rooted across a continent in which China reimagines the ancient routes at sea, on ice and through cyberspace. Is it true that no longer do all roads lead to Rome, but now to Beijing? Dr. Baxer, following an immersion in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, Bangkok and Istanbul, will explore the vitality and promise of the UN in action within the context of Marco Polo’s world. About our presenter: Dr Joseph J...

Imagine Your Story! Summer Programs

Imagine Your Story Summer Programs   Check out all that will be available for children and teens this summer at The Pawling Library! From virtual and pick up activity programs to our “Imagine Your Story Summer Reading Challenge” where we’re letting YOU decide what happens. Will we dye Ms. Neena’s hair purple or blue? What weird things will Phil and Ms. Carla eat?? You read, you decide. Plus, we’ll be hosting weekly raffles for gift certificates to local businesses. Find out more: Imagine Your Story Summer Reading Challenge: Children’s Programs: Teen Programs: (updated info coming soon) Virtual Volunteer Opportunities:

Effective Communication Strategies: Online Event

with Community Engagement Manager Joan Carl Tuesday, June 16, 7:00-8:00 pm Registration is required. Click the link below to reserve a space for Effective Communication Strategies or email Donald 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.   

Now Available: Children’s June Virtual Programs

Register for June Children’s Programs Now! While we prepare for a fuller summer schedule of virtual and take-home programs, we’re keeping up our live weekly programs for toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary students through June. Live opportunities: sensory, story hours, and after school activities Check out our live opportunities in our June 2020 Live Programming Guide. Register online at this link or email for assistance. All programming will be held virtually over Zoom or Discord. Click here for information on system requirements. Interested in programs that you can do anytime, anywhere, without video? Check out our Anytime 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...

D-Day: The Mighty Endeavor / Online Event

Presented by Jeffrey Urbin Wednesday, June 10, 6:30-7:30 pm Registration is required. Click the link below to reserve a space for D-Day: The Mighty Endeavor or email Donald at   On June 6th 1944 the world held its collective breath as the largest military armada ever assembled stormed the Normandy beaches to breach Hitler’s Atlantic wall. This presentation examines the planning and execution of the battle that turned the course of the war and changed world history. 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 Library System for which he received a...

An Elephant and Piggie Mystery: LIVE! (Grades K-4)

Thursday, 5/28, 4:00 – 5:00 pm Gerald and Piggie hear something..but what is it? Can you help them figure it out? This active game requires paper and a pencil or markers to participate. Registration is required. Click here to register online or contact   All live programming will be held over Zoom, so an internet connected device is required. Caregivers must be present while setting up the connection and remain in the same room as participating children under 5 years during programming. We encourage caregiver participation in all our live programs, as our staff is not able to monitor children’s internet activity while live. Registration is required and connection details will be provided privately after registration to help maintain class security. New to Zoom? You will need to download the app to your device in advance of your first live program. Visit to find the right connection for your device. Contact us or 845-350-2771 for assistance.