Years ago, someone donated three American Girl dolls to the library. These dolls were displayed on the top of the children's book shelves for any one who came into the library to enjoy. Over the years, the American Girl books and dolls became so popular, that for years we have enjoyed an American Girl book club where we would read the books and enjoy a craft or activity from that era. During these programs, girls who did not own dolls, adopted one of the library dolls to carry during the program.
Last summer, the height of our American Girl activities was a long awaited American Girl Tea and Fashion show. After many years of use, the dolls appeared well loved and needed some sprucing up for our event. With a litle washing, combing and redressing, all three dolls looked lovely and adorned the table during the tea. Unfortunately that was one of the last times we saw two of them.
After the event, the dolls were returned to their home on top of the shelves, but sadly two weeks later two of the dolls were gone. "I noticed Molly was still in her place, but Samantha and Josefina were both missing. At first I thought the historic society had borrowed them, but I checked with them and they were not using them. After another week of questions, I came to the realization that someone had taken our dolls" said Ms. Karen, Children's Services Coordinator at the Pawling Library.
This seemed impossible. This was Pawling after all. Who would intentionally walk away with two of the library's dolls. Yes, the dolls are valuable. The Samantha doll was retired a few years ago, which makes her more valuable since she can no longer be purchased. Josefina has not been retired, but is still valuable. However, Ms. Karen noted, "The value of the dolls was immeasurable to the library. When we had events, we had three dolls to share with the girls who did not own one. Their faces would light up when they "adopted" one of our dolls to hold during a program. It really meant a lot to them to own one of these dolls, even for an hour. The most disappointing thing for me about their disappearance is now this will be impossible to do."
Impossible until now...
Job Ready Sessionswith Meghan Heady-Amaraof Dutchess OneStopWednesday, December 11 * 10:00 am-12:00 pmRegistration is required for all programs.To register please call the Pawling Library at 855-3444.
The Pawling Library Board of Trustees announced today that Tracy Priest has tendered her resignation as director of the Pawling Library, effective October 15, 2013. Ms. Priest joined the library in February 2013 and in her time as director she facilitated the writing of the library's long range plan, managed a very successful annual book sale, and spearheaded the creation of lending libraries on the Appalachian Trail.
"I appreciate that my resignation was met with understanding by the Library Board. I leave with great respect for the Board, staff and the community of Pawling," says Ms. Priest.
The Board of Trustees has begun interviewing candidates to fill the position of library director. Ms. Priest has graciously offered to assist as much as possible with the transition.
"The Pawling Library Board of Trustees has regrettably accepted the resignation of Ms. Tracy Priest as director of the Pawling Library. In the time that Ms. Priest has been here, we have enjoyed getting to know her and her family and wish her the best success in her professional future and happiness in her personal life," says Board President Brian Smith.
The Library seeks to serve the Town of Pawling, including the Hamlet of Holmes as well as the surrounding areas, by making high-quality library materials available to all community members free of charge, for the purposes of personal enjoyment, self-improvement or academic inquiry. By meeting the community members' needs, we hope to encourage enthusiastic readers of all ages, dedicated to personal enrichment and learning.
M e d i c a r e O r i e n t a t i o nA free educational seminar by Maggie Kwetof Division of Aging Services Health Insurance Informationand Counseling ProgramWednesday, November 6 * 6:30-8:00 pm* Learn when to apply so that benefits are in placewhen you need them* What to expect from your Medicare benefits* What you are required to doand much moreRegistration is required for all programs.To register please call the Pawling Library at 855-3444.
Take a minute to look at our
Fall 2013 Newsletter & Program Guide.pdf
This issue is packed with information about the library and programs for adults, teens and children. Find out all about what's happening at the library this fall and how you join the fun!
Our current reading total is:
but books are still being logged and our page entries have to be converted to books. Our logs close at 11 pm so a final total will be posted tomorrow
...but you have definitely done it!
Dr. Kirkhus & Ms. Karen congratulate Pawling Readers!
You have met the Double K Challenge!
You are AWESOME!
WOW! You are all amazing!
Everyone has been reading and logging all day today. I'm going to start to total our numbers to see where we are. Please check back later to see an updated total. The last check at 2 pm was:3,247 booksE-logs will stay open for logging until 11:00 pm on Tuesday, September 3rd! Remember, paper logs needed to be returned to the library by Saturday, August 31st, but if you read more books, call or email Ms. Karen and let her know on Tuesday!
We are only 22 books away from meeting the Double K Challenge! We are almost there!We can do it! Go, Pawling readers!
Families gathered in the courtyard on Friday, August 23rd to celebrate the end of this year's successful summer reading programs at the Pawling Library with a carnival.
After signing in with Ms. Karen, the children dispersed to play games throughout the courtyard. According to Ms. Karen, these games were designed to tap into a number of skills. Ms. Karen further explained that the rules for each game were adaptable to the age of the child taking part in it so younger children had an easier challenge than those who were older and more skilled. Each station was supervised by volunteer teens, many of which had taken part in this year's PFL Fun Team. Participants were awarded raffle coupons to enter in the summer raffle.