Trustee meeting will be online

The September 3rd 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

FREE English (ESOL) Online Tutoring / Inglés para los que hablan otros idiomas

FREE English (ESOL) Online Tutoring  English for Speakers of Other Languages with Karina Cerna  Friday, September 18 & 25 5:00-8:00 pm  Registration is required. Click the link below to reserve a space for Tutoring or email Donald at Tutoring sessions are one hour. Once you are registered Karina will email you a Zoom link. You can use Zoom on your smartphone, tablet, or computer.  One space is available for each class. Please indicate what day and time you’d like to make an appointment.  Time slots: 5:00-6:00 pm / 6:00-7:00 pm / 7:00-8:00 pm   Inglés para los que hablan otros idiomas con Karina Cerna Viernes 18 y 25 de septiembre 5:00-8:00 pm Es necesario registrarse. Haga clic en el enlace a continuación para reservar una clase particular o envíe un correo electrónico a Donald a Las clases son de una hora. Una vez que esté registrado, Karina le enviará un enlace de Zoom por correo electrónico. Puede usar Zoom en su teléfono inteligente, tableta, o computadora. Hay un espacio disponible para cada...

Gearing up for Remote Learning? Bookmark these research resources

  As students prepare to head back to school, whether in person or remotely, our library’s high quality student research resources may help! We pay the subscription, so you don’t have to. Below, you’ll find a list of just some of the research services you can access with your library card, including the revamped and improved Elementary research service, Gale In Context: Elementary. You’ll need your card number and pin number to access. Not sure what your pin is? Give us a call and we can help you reset or remember it over the phone: 845-855-3444. Gale in Context: Elementary: Does your child have an assignment on their favorite hero? Gale In Context: Elementary makes searching for credible information easy. With a new kid-friendly layout and content at a variety of reading levels, this service is stronger than ever before. Gale in Context: Middle School: This multimedia research site simplifies research for students in middle grades. Access on your computer, tablet, or mobile device. Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints Covers today’s hottest social issues, from...

REVEAL! Fantasy Olympics

To finish off the Imagine Your Story Summer Reading Program, we let Pawling choose the end of one more great adventure. This time around, Dragon Phil, Unicorn Carla, and Fairy Neena gathered to compete in the Fantasy Olympics. The event–who can find the hidden object in the pie fastest? Thanks to everyone who read and completed social distancing challenges this summer–we hope you enjoyed participating in our stories! Want to see the results of our other stories from this summer? Head to our Summer Reading page for a links to each week’s story.

You Can Learn English / Usted puede aprender inglés

      You Can Learn English: DCC-ESOL-English as a Second Language Dutchess Community College is providing quality online group English lessons. All ESOL levels, from 101 to 108, are available with classes taking place mid-morning and evenings. Students will need a computer, tablet or smartphone with Wi-Fi connection to participate. Stay safe and receive your education in the comfort of your home.  DCC’s teachers will help you to practice speaking, reading, writing and listening, while you receive individual attention. Register now and start learning. See our online calendar for a full listing of ESOL courses days & times. ESOL 101-106 classes start September 8, 2020 ESOL 107-108 classes start August 24, 2020 All ESOL courses cost $25.00 for the entire semester, payable by e-check, credit or debit card. Books are not included in the course fee. All new students must take an online placement test to determine their appropriate level. To request a placement exam email us at See full details on how to register at: NOTE: The last day to register is on Monday...

REVEAL: Color Change Ms. Neena’s Hair

Colorella the color fairy paid a visit to our library this last week, and made sure that the kids and teens who voted in our Imagine Your Story Summer Reading Program had their wishes come true. In exchange for reading time and learning challenges, participants got to choose what color Colorella the fairy would magically change Ms. Neena’s hair to! And after all the votes were in…a color was chosen! Was it pink, purple, or blue? Visit our Facebook or our Instagram to see the winning color, and keep your eyes peeled for our final Imagine Your Story Summer Reading Challenge Reveal later in the week!    

Have You Seen Our New Picture Book Labels?

Big News! Our picture book section has reopened for browsing. Plus, we have a new system of organizing them that we hope will help kids browse through them more easily and independently. Now, books are organized by their topics instead of alphabetically by author’s last name. Books featuring high interest topics, like DINOSAURS, SCHOOL, and PETS are now all together in one place! Parents and educators will love the sections devoted to areas of child development and learning, like EMOTION and MATH! The “Topic” spine labels even feature easy to identify icons kids will recognize, even if they are not yet able to read.   As with many changes, this one is sure to take a while to adjust to. If you need help figuring how to find a book on the shelf with our new system, check out the links to our infographics, which help explain how items can be found. You can also checkout our hint list, for frequently searched for topics. Found a Book in our catalog? Not sure How to read...

Art-Room: A Gathering of Artists / online program

Friday, August 21 6:30-7:30 pm Registration is required. Click the link below to reserve a space for Art-Room or email Donald at Discuss art projects, the techniques and skills you naturally possess and those you’ve acquired with your fellow artists. Every month we’ll have a theme that will be selected to inspire a small work of art that will be shown and discussed at the next meeting. You need not create artwork if you don’t wish to…but if you feel inspired, please allow your artistic passion to follow its creative bliss.  Our theme for August is compassion.  Please bring to the group your ideas for September’s theme. This artist gathering meets once a month. We look forward to seeing you soon. 

Words from the Heart: An evening of poetry

with Nancy Chiarello Friday, August 14 7:00-8:00 pm Registration is required. Click the link below to register for Words from the Heart or email Donald at Life is an adventure! You never know where it will take you. Nancy Chiarello has worked in many arenas, from corporate to jewelry sales to becoming a licensed massage therapist. Then – much to her surprise – at the tender age of 70, she began writing poetry…and at 71 started her own podcast! Come hear Nancy tell her story and read from her collection, Soul Writing, including poems like “Finding Your Path,” “The Table”, “Feet”, and the uplifting “The Red Boa” – in which she encourages us to don that iconic scarf and become in our imaginations whoever we want to be.  Listen through your poetic souls, and most importantly, your sense of lightness and fun.

Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors / Online Program

with Community Engagement Manager Joan Carl Tuesday, August 11 7:30-8:30 pm Registration is required. Click the link below to reserve a space for Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors or email Donald at During the middle stage of dementia, the person with the disease often starts to exhibit new behaviors that can be confusing for a caregiver. These behaviors are a form of communication, and are essential to understanding the needs of the person with dementia. This program will help attendees identify common triggers for behaviors associated with dementia and learn strategies for addressing common dementia-related behaviors. This program is being provided by the Alzheimer’s Association. For further information please call the Alzheimer’s Association at 800-272-3900.