Socially Distant Santa and Mrs. Claus

December 11th, 2021, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, by 10 minute appointment Get ready to bundle up and share your wish lists! Our annual visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus is ON! To keep all involved as safe as possible, families will visit outside under a tent, one at time, while Santa and Mrs. Claus stay inside and chat through an open window. This set-up was a huge hit last year and we know Santa and Mrs. Claus look forward to visiting Pawling.  Registration for 10 minute windows is highly recommended, as walk-ins will be permitted only as space is available. To register, click here or visit

Search Re-Opened

Due to unexpected circumstances we have re-opened our search for a full-time Young Adult Program Coordinator. For more information and to apply visit We are pleased to announce that Marlon Bridgman has agreed to serve as our part-time, interim coordinator. Visit our calendar to see some of the teen programs we have coming soon.

The Power of Purple in the Garden / Online Program

Presented by Chris Ferrero of Cornell Cooperative Extension Tuesday, December 7 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for The Power of Purple in the Garden or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at If you want to inject new life into your foliage and floral scenery, shades of purple and burgundy can offer contrast and visual appeal. This presentation offers ideas for using “purple” varieties of shrubs and trees, perennials, annuals, and even herbs to make your foundation plantings, perennial borders and patio containers POP!

Come Together Pawling: Viewing of TED TALK video on The Power of Vulnerability and discussion / Online Program

Monday, December 6 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 20-minute TED TALKS video, entitled The Power of Vulnerability, with Dr. Brené Brown. Following the viewing, we’ll open up a group discussion led by Jackie Muller. 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...

Ayurveda and the Winter Season: Preparing for and Thriving in the Dark and Cold / Online Program

Presented by Dr. Somesh N. Kaushik, ND, BAMS, MPH, MPA, E-RYT 500 Tuesday, November 30 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for Ayurveda and the Winter Season or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at Ayurveda defines health as a balance of body, mind, and spirit. But how do you stay in balance during the winter months when all you want to do is hibernate? How can you prevent from getting sick, or even thrive, during flu season? Is there any help for SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder? Ayurveda has some specific methods for getting through.   Come and discover: Why you may be feeling mentally, emotionally, and physically tired as temperatures drop and what to do about it The connection between fatigue and your adrenals Foods that support and enhance your adrenal and thyroid function Foods to stay away from during winter months

Inspiring Works by Women Writers (Book Club) / Online Program

Wednesday, November 17 6:30-7:30 pm Click the link below to register for Inspiring Works by Women Writers (Book Club) or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at The book club will be discussing The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan. 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 together we gain a little more insight into these books (and perhaps the authors as well). Some of these books you may know well. Some may be books you always meant to read and never got around to! It does not matter how expert you are with the works or the authors. If you are passionate about discussing books and would like to build up...

Trustee meeting will be online

The November 11th meeting of the library’s board of trustees will be conducted digitally. If you would like access to the meeting, please contact the library director, Brian Avery, by emailing

Our phones are working again

The Pawling Library is once again reachable by telephone. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by our outage earlier this morning.

Yes, we are open

The Pawling Library will be OPEN normal hours on Veterans Day. Please come make use of the library for your information needs. If you would like to more know about Veterans Day itself, you might want to check out this handy primer from the United States Office of Veterans Affairs (a.k.a. the VA):

Getting Published 101 / Online Program

Monday, November 8 7-8 pm Click the link below to register for Getting Published 101 or contact Donald, our Adult Program Coordinator, at Author Maya Gottfried offers advice for submitting your writing for consideration to websites, magazines, and agents (if you’re seeking a book deal). She shares her experience as the author of three children’s books, one nonfiction book for adults, and numerous articles and essays. About our presenter: 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).