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April 22, 2020

I randomly opened a book and read a passage that provided me with a message. The book is by Paulo Coelho and these are his words: “It is said that all people who are happy have God within them. And that happiness could be found in a grain of sand from the desert, as th...

April 8, 2020

A heron takes flight from the edge of the lake. The tips of its broad wings touch the calm water. Behind clouds the sun is rising. Doves are heard and go unseen beneath the branches of pines. Hints of green reveal themselves in budding shrubs. Nuthatches scurry up and...

February 27, 2020

A joyful group of people gathered at the Pawling Library on an evening in late January and on the first Friday night in February. They came together to sculpt and then paint heart ornaments. Most did not know each other but one could have easily assumed that they were...

February 13, 2020

I remember the children. I remember their sad faces, and fingers poking through a wall of wire fencing that their bodies were tightly pressed against. They had to wait their turn as the whites were first permitted to enter the park. I recall standing  still between two...

February 13, 2020

Maria Polhemus presented a special interactive reflexology program at the Pawling Library on Tuesday, January 14.

Ms. Polhemus explained that, like the lines found on a map, we have lines or energy pathways running through our body called meridians. These meridians corr...

October 30, 2019

The Pawling Library partnered with the Akin Library to bring to our community a very special presentation: An Afternoon with Actor / Director Roger Hendricks Simon.  The program was held on Saturday, October 12 at the historic Akin Library that stands tall and majestic...

July 13, 2019

Ron Steinman was the guest host at the Pawling Library on June 15 for a screening of the PBS documentary American Creed, which featured the stories of American citizens from vastly different backgrounds. A discussion followed the viewing of the film, and those who atte...

June 14, 2019

Old Oak

Photo Credit: PHOTO BY DONALD PARTELOW

While on a walk, I spotted a new posted sign, gleaming yellow plastic covered with familiar bold black warnings, nailed to an old oak. The oldest trees tend to acquire such thoughtless embellishments. Further down the dirt r...

May 31, 2019

Filmmakers Ron Steinman and Eileen Douglas presented

a special screening of The Dance Goodbye at the Pawling Library on May 11.

A special screening of the documentary The Dance Goodbye, which had aired most recently on PBS in November of 2018, was shown at the Pawling...

May 31, 2019

Author Vincent Dacquino regaled visitors to Pawling Library

with tales of the heroics of Sybil Ludington.

Author, TV talk show host and lecturer  Vincent T. Dacquino entertained and fascinated many people during his presentation at the Pawling Library on Tuesday, May 2...

May 10, 2019

Dr. Robert Petrausch spoke about the importance of the

United Nations in a presentation at Pawling Library on April 16.

Dr. Robert J. Petrausch was the guest speaker at the Pawling Library on Tuesday, April 16, for his presentation, The United Nations: Communicating Hop...

May 10, 2019

Lonna Kelly spoke with Ron Steinman about his extensive career.

Photographer and writer Lonna Kelly interviewed Ron Steinman for her cable TV show Hudson Valley Art Speak on May 4, which airs on Channel 8. The interview took place at the beautiful Sunflour Bakery, loca...

April 13, 2019

The pockets of snow are like phantoms trying to save themselves from the light, withdrawing into shade provided by fallen trees, stone walls and ravines. I’ve spent most of winter wishing for the cold to be gone, and now I go in search of what snow remains to photograp...

April 13, 2019

Journalist Evan Weiner took guests back to an influential year in American history.

Journalist Evan Weiner arrived at the library early on Wednesday, March 27, for his presentation entitled 1968: How Events 50 Years Ago Shaped the World. Though he officially started at...

March 15, 2019

The sun was almost down. I slowed my car and stopped by Quaker Lake on my way home. It was nearly frozen over. On the ice sheet there were only two open areas of water remaining. In the largest pool I saw the silhouette of a bird. I could tell it was a loon. I watched...

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