ALA Awards ‘PBS Grant’ to Pawling Library

Of all the libraries throughout America, only fifty were awarded the prestigious American Library Association (ALA) American Creed: Community Conversations Grant, and the Pawling Library was one of them. The grant submission was organized and written by Donald Partelow, Pawling Library’s Adult Programs Coordinator.

As part of the grant, three programs will be implemented. The grant itself and the three programs derived from it were inspired by the PBS documentary American Creed. Two of the programs will take place at the Holmes Whaley Lake Civic Association, the first being the American Essay Contest. The essays are to be based on the grant’s theme: “Who gets to be counted as ‘American’ and why?” Dr. Robin Lester, author and former headmaster of the Trinity School in New York City, will lead the discussion on Saturday, April 27, at 2:00 p.m. Tom Walogorsky, editor of The Pawling Record, will be our juror, selecting three winners prior to this presentation. There will be cash awards presented to the winners.

The second program is a virtual art show, scheduled for Saturday, June 1, at 2:00 p.m., called “Slide Slam: Making a Difference Digital Art Exhibition.” The work of 15 artists will be selected. Artists may use work they have previously created or create art specifically for the show that reflects the theme: “How can we make a positive change in our community?”

The last program, on Saturday, June 15, at 2:00 p.m., will be at the Pawling Library, a screening of American Creed followed by a Q&A hosted by Ron Steinman. Mr. Steinman has previously appeared at our library for his presentation “Ron Steinman: 35 years with NBC News.” Before the screening of the grant documentary, he and his fellow producer, writer Eileen Douglas, will make an appearance at the Pawling Library for their own documentary that recently aired on PBS entitled The Dance Goodbye, which Ron Steinman directed. This equally special film showing is scheduled for Saturday, May 11 at 2:00 p.m.

To learn more about American Creed: Community Conversations, visit online.