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:

Celebrating Black Voices

As we begin Contactless Checkout of local holds, we are highlighting Children’s materials written and/or illustrated by Black creators. All materials available for checkout through Pawling, and many are available on Overdrive for download as well.   Picture Books Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o, illustrated by Vashti Harrison The Old Truck written and illustrated by Jarrett and Jerome Pumphrey Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James Hands up! by Breanna J. McDaniel, illustrated by Shane W. Evans Where’s Rodney? by Carmen Bogan, illustrated by Floyd Cooper Going Down Home with Daddy by Kelly Starling Lyons, illustrated by Daniel Minter (Coming soon!) Mixed Me! by Taye Diggs, illustrated by Shane W. Evans Layla’s Happiness by Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie, illustrated by Ashleigh Corrin Early Readers Ana and Andrew Series by Christine Platt (We suggest A Day at the Museum) Chapter Books (Great to Read Alone or Together!) Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson The Crossover : Graphic Novel by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile Ways to Make Sunshine by...

Circulation Status

Contactless checkout begins June 16th. All items checked out prior to the pandemic are due June 30th. At this time, you are encouraged to return any checked out items to the library’s two book drops. (One is in front of the library building, and the other is outside the Holmes Whaley Lake Civic Association.) Any item returned prior to to the library entering stage 4 of its re-opening plan will be backdated as though it were returned on March 14th. For details about our re-opening policies and procedures, please visit our re-opening page: If you have book donations to drop off prior to the library reopening, please text Karen at (845) 600-5031 to arrange a drop off time.  

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

Phased Reopening

The Mid-Hudson region has begun the reopening process, and the library is eagerly getting things ready so that we can serve you in person once again. We hope to begin with contactless checkout, though we are still waiting for state approval for our library type. At this time, you are encouraged to return any checked out items to the library’s two book drops. (One is in front of the library building, and the other is outside the Holmes Whaley Lake Civic Association.) You can read about our re-opening plans, policies, and procedures by visiting

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.