Library After Hours

Library After Hours will takes place every last Saturday of the month from 6:30-8:30 PM, after the library has closed to the public. Each month the program has a different theme and different activities. Check back at this page at the beginning of every month to see the upcoming theme.

Registration is required. Register in person at the Pawling Library or by calling (845) 855-3444


Saturday, December 30, 6:30-8:30 PM

New Years Eve Party

It’s a party in the library! Show off your dance moves and your most festive bright, neon, or sparkly outfit. Best outfits will win prizes!  Refreshments and glow sticks will be provided. Other activities such as games and a selfie station will be offered as well.



Saturday, November 25, 6:30-8:30 PM

Trivia Game Night

Come with your friends to play team trivia in three rounds of ten questions each, with a special bonus round. As always we will have snacks, and in whatever time we have left over we can play other team games like charades, Pictionary, and password.





Saturday, October 28, 6:00-8:00 PM

Halloween Edition

It’s almost Halloween, and it’s time to celebrate the spookiness of the season at the library! Come prepared with scary stories to tell in the dark. We will take turns telling stories to chill each other’s bones. Then, we will compete to decorate Halloween themed cupcakes. Bring a jacket, because our last activity will be to play flashlight tag in the dark courtyard.


Saturday, September 30, 6:00-8:00 PM

Escape the Room


Come play ThinkFun’s Escape the Room game, Mystery at Stargazer’s Manor. Players are “locked” in the library and must uncover clues and hidden objects to ultimately escape the room. Solve puzzles and find clues to uncover the mystery.

Accept this invitation from the caretaker of Stargazer’s Manor:

It has been over a year since I was dismissed by Richard Harrison, the retired astronomer who you know so well. After the death of his wife three years ago, the astronomer began acting quite strangely—sending away all of the help at his manor except for me and the cook, refusing visitors, keeping to himself inside the observatory. And then one day, quite suddenly, forcing me and the cook out the door as well.

As the caretaker at the manor for over twenty years, I developed quite a fondness for the brilliant astronomer; an affection I know you share. Recently I made the journey up to the old manor to see if I could persuade Mr. Harrison to let his friends come back and help fix the place up. But when I arrived, the gate was locked, the mail had piled up, but most of all I was alarmed by the strange noises, the unpleasant smell and the steam coming from the observatory.

I beseech you to join me in an investigation of the Stargazer’s Manor. I am familiar with a side entrance that is often unlocked, but I dare not go inside alone. I hope you can accompany me.




Saturday, August 26, 6:00 – 8:00 PM


We will be engaging in Zen activities, including making a miniature Zen Garden and painting Mandala Stones. Prepare yourself for a night of mental focus and relaxation.


Saturday, July 29, 6:00-8:00 PM

Pajama Party

Wear your comfiest pajamas and bring a pillow, because we are having a pajama party! We will start by playing some board games, then we will have a cupcake decorating contest! Gluten free or vegan cupcakes can be made available if necessary. Please let Kate know at least three days in advance if you have dietary restrictions.

Finally, we will dim the lights and play a chilling game of Werewolf. Werewolf is a role playing party game in which all players inhabit a small village. Unbeknownst to the villagers, one person is a werewolf. Each night, when the villagers go to sleep, the werewolf makes a kill. In the morning, players must deliberate and try to figure out which of their neighbors is actually a werewolf.





Saturday, June 24, 6:00-8:00 PM — CANCELLED

Pajama Party

The Library After Hours program for June 24 has been cancelled. The theme, pajama party, will be postponed until the July session of Library After Hours.


Saturday, May 27, 6:00-8:00 PM

Wreck this Journal

Unleash your wacky side with this redefined version of journaling! Make, decorate, and bind your own journal to wreck. On each page you will leave instructions for the reader, like “sew this page,” “collect fruit stickers here,” “poke holes in this page,” and “spill a drink on this page.” Be as crazy and creative as you want! Think about how you can make the reader think outside the box, and incorporate your interests to make a journal that reflects your personality. You will leave with your own unique creation.

Saturday, April 29, 6:00-8:00 PM

Make Your Own Board Game

Use a printed board game template or start from scratch and make your own original board game. You can make cards, use dice, and be as creative as you want! Don’t forget to write out the rules. Make your own or collaborate with friends to make one together.

You will have an hour to make your game. Then for the last hour you can try out your new game and play each other’s games.



Saturday, March 25, 6:00-8:00 PM

Great Library Escape Game! 

Work in teams to find a series of clues which make up the secret passcode to unlock the library door!

Game created by Chris Grabenstein, the author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library.