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...

Pawling Library Continues to Work Hard for the Community

Pawling Library Continues to Work Hard for the Community

With the Pawling Library closed due to the state-wide government response to Covid-19, Brian Avery, Library Director, has his team working behind the scenes in many ways and on many projects. “Since the time when we closed, the staff and I have been primarily focused on becoming a better library when we re-open. The part-time staff has been doing professional development courses via Universal Class (free to all library card holders) and the full-time staff has been doing a combination of professional development, projects that they had been wanting to tackle but never had the time to do, and planning programs,” Avery said. Among the many projects, one, in particular, is a real stand-out. Home Access Initiative was organized by Children’s Programming Coordinator Neena McBaer, who shared, “We really wanted to figure out how to reach families where they were: at home. Research shows the best way to improve the reading achievement of children is to increase their access to print books. Usually, we do this by checking books out to families. But right now, that’s...

Story Time Bites

Join Ms. Neena anywhere, anytime for rhymes and stories! We miss our weekly classes for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. We invite families to watch our Story Time Bites together for a taste of story time at home. Story Time Bites are short videos featuring one rhyme, story, or song. They aim to build early literacy skills and give kids a taste of their regular routine back. To keep their attention, we’ve made them short and quick. Check out the first video here and visit our story time bites page for more. Closed captions are available. We’re taking suggestions! If your family has a favorite story time song or rhyme, let us know and we’ll do our best to make it available.

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 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. 

Read-A-Thon Update: 8,000 minutes read!

We’re two weeks in to our all ages Read-a-Thon, and great progress has been made! Patrons of all ages have contributed time to reach a collective 8,034 minutes (or 133.9 hours) read, and we’re well on our way to reaching 20,000 minutes by June 1st. However, we can’t do it without you! Are you reading eBooks, listening to audiobooks, or reading picture books with your family? No matter how you’re reading, you can contribute your effort to our community Read-a-Thon, unlock online content, and win prizes.  Help us prove that staying home doesn’t mean reading and learning stops, no matter your age! It’s painless and quick to log your time. Visit to participate with us!

Family Trivia – Favorite Picture Book Characters

Who Am I? Picture Book Characters Anyone looking for a little fun can participate in our online family trivia games! This week’s quiz–Who am I? Picture Book Characters. Can you name these beloved characters from some of our library’s most popular picture books? Click on this link to play: or type code 0395721 into the Kahoot app. No account is needed to play. Children will need assistance to complete the quiz, though they will likely know the answers to most of the questions! We’ll be posting a new quiz every Friday between now and when we reopen. To see what other quizzes are available, visit


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...

Community Resources: COVID-19

Community Resources: COVID-19 Life is changing fast nowadays, but there’s resources to help those in need. This page includes information and links to resources in our community at the state, county, and local levels. Please contact us at if you are aware of additional services being offered to our community that are not listed here.   Finding Reliable Information and Local Information Food and Toiletries Masks and Face Coverings Emergency Childcare Utilities Job openings and Unemployment Health and Mental Health /Parenting Resources Crisis Hotlines and Help   Finding Reliable Information: The Town of Pawling is working hard, updating their page constantly with up to date information for our community: There are several institutions to look towards with factual, up to date health information on COVID-19. Visit our page “Finding Reliable Health Information During a Pandemic” for these resources. In general, the Center for Disease Control ( and  Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health ( offer high quality information. List of Local Resources: The Pawling School District has compiled a list of...

Stuck at home? Here are 10 things you can still do thanks to your library card

Read a book: With Overdrive and hoopla, you can download thousands of eBooks and audiobooks Watch a movie: With Kanopy and hoopla, you can stream videos to your computer, TV, or mobile device Download a magazine: That may sound like a strange combination of words, but with RB Digital you can digitally check out current and back issues of hundreds of popular magazines Learn a language: Your library card gives you access to Mango Languages, an online and mobile language learning program Take a class: Universal Class is an online learning platform that offers over 500 courses Homeschool: We have a page with great resources for children and families like Tumblebooks, Storytime Online, and subject area resources. Read a newspaper: Your library card gives you access to the New York Times as well as over 1,000 other newspapers Update your resume: With JobNow, you have access to live, one-on-one resume help, interview practice, test preparation, and career information Research health information: Now seems a very a propos time to access our health databases to find...

Finding Reliable Information During a Pandemic

The whole world is talking about the COVID-19 coronavirus, but it’s not always obvious where people are getting their information (and who to trust!). As an institution, the Pawling Library is monitoring the latest news about the virus in order to make informed decisions about how we can avoid contributing to the problem. For local information, we are following the lead of the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health: ( They have a page devoted specifically to COVID-19: ( So too does the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: ( Did you know that the National Institutes of Health’s U.S. National Library of Medicine maintains a list of mobile apps that can be used in times of emergency ( Even if we don’t know for sure what the future holds, each of us can get prepared and can adopt the World Health Organization’s best practices: ( This way, we can play our role in being part of the solution, not part of the problem.