PBS Awards Grant to Pawling Library

By The Pawling Library

Of all the libraries throughout America, only 50 were awarded the prestigious ALA American Creed: Community Conversations Grant, and the Pawling Library was chosen as 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 pm. Thomas Walogorsky, editor of The Pawling Record, will be our juror, selecting three winners prior to this presentation. There will be cash awards. The second program is a  virtual art show,  scheduled for Saturday, June 1 at 2 pm, 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 11, also at 2 pm, 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, for which Mr. Steinman directed. This equally special film showing is scheduled for Saturday, May 11 at 2 pm. 
More information will become available for all of these programs and posted not only on the Pawling Library website and our local newspaper The Pawling Record but other media sources. For more information on  American Creed please visit americancreed.org