Pawling Library Receives Second Grant This Summer, Adult Literacy Program Expands

The Pawling Library has been awarded an MHLS (Mid-Hudson Library System) mini-grant of $1,000 from the New York State Library’s Adult Literacy Library Services 2018 – 2019 Grant Program and Coordinated Outreach Services Aid. These funds are targeted to develop and expand adult literacy programs that will enhance workforce development services at the library and improve adult literacy on the job and in the home. This grant is meant to target strategic audiences and non-traditional users, meet the changing needs within the community, and enhance adult literacy through collaboration with a Literacy Partner Organization.

Tutoring instructor Karina Cerna works with non-native speakers at the Pawling Library.

Since 2016, the Pawling Library has offered English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes through their partnership with Dutchess Community College. The benefits for those participating in the program have been far-reaching, including making it possible for some individuals to find employment. “Even with this excellent service in place, we wished to do more to promote literacy at our library,” explains Adult Programming Coordinator Donald Partelow. “In 2017, the library was awarded the MHLS Adult Literacy Mini-Grant that enabled us to expand this program to include one-on-one tutoring for those in need of more assistance in learning English. We would like to maintain our present level of service to our patrons by continuing to provide tutoring classes for another year.”

Dutchess Community College will begin a new semester of ESOL classes at the library in September of 2018.

“By offering a combination of ESOL group and one-on-one instruction at the Pawling Library we have greatly benefited people in our community,” says Partelow. “Free ESOL tutoring is an invaluable service, especially for those from low-income families who are unable to afford ESOL classes. Weekly tutoring also helps those whose work schedules or childcare needs preclude them from attending the library’s ESOL classes in the mornings. The grant will pay a significant portion of the cost for tutoring. With this funding we wish to continue to further the development of our literacy program by reaching out to more people and providing as much time to students for tutoring each month that the grant will allow.”

For further information about ESOL at the Pawling Library and this grant from the Mid-Hudson Library System, contact Donald Partelow at, or call the library at (845) 855-3444.