The Pawling Free Library Centennial Year Celebration Kicks Off in May!

By Susan Stone, Trustee

As our library prepares for its much-anticipated centennial celebration this year, we will take you back in time as we celebrate our one-hundred years of evolution and growth.

The fun will begin with the introduction of our free, commemorative centennial library card- so look for it just after the new year. A special exhibit of Library history (our History Corner) will be available in the library’s main building throughout the centennial year.

In May, 2021, almost 100 years to the day when our Charter was granted by New York State, our Centennial year activities will officially kick off with a free, outdoor New Orleans jazz concert on the Green. Festivities will culminate one year later on May 21, 2022, with our Great Gatsby themed Gala! We promise it will inspire and delight with fabulous entertainment, great food, amazing auction items and prizes, as we raise funds for our new Children’s Wing! (Yes! Finally, we will build the space we need to accommodate our growing cadre of littlest patrons!)

Look for monthly, engaging programs, made possible through a generous grant from the Oliver S. and Jennie R. Donaldson Charitable Trust. Join us for Charleston lessons and a flash mob of flappers on the Green, or, in partnership with Pawling Recreation, Horror Movies of the 1920’s, providing spooky fun for the whole family. We’ll have a Wizard of Oz end of summer, family block party! Does a Pawling History and 1920’s trivia night spark your interest? What about a signature cocktail offered throughout the year at your favorite Pawling watering hole, proceeds from which will help support our fundraising efforts? The Pawling Library Centennial promises to be a memorable fun-filled year for the whole community!

Follow us soon on Facebook @pawlinglibrarycentennial for news and updates about this year-long celebration and fun social activities. Plus, our Centennial web site, pawlinglibrarycentennial.com, will also be activated soon and will have tons of information about the Centennial year schedule of events, the history of the Pawling Library and progress on the new Children’s Wing! Our web site is also where you will find information about the many ways, large and small, that you can be involved, and how we will incorporate social distancing and other Covid precautions into all our activities, if that should still be necessary!

So, stay tuned! There is much more to come…as we roar into our next century of educational enrichment and service!

The Centennial is Coming!!

As our library prepares for its much-anticipated centennial in 2021, we will take you back in time as we celebrate our one-hundred years of evolution.

The fun will begin with the introduction of our collectible centennial library card, so look for it just after the new year. A special exhibit of Pawling and Library history (our Centennial Corner) will be available in the library’s main building throughout the centennial year.

In May, 2021, almost 100 years to the day that our Charter was granted by New York State, our Centennial year activities will officially kick off with a Dixieland Band concert on library property, and will conclude one year later on May 21, 2022, with our Great Gatsby themed Gala that we promise will inspire and delight with fabulous entertainment, great food, amazing auction items and prizes, as we raise funds for our new Children’s Wing! (Yes! Finally, we will build the space we need to accommodate our growing cadre of littlest patrons!)

Look for free monthly, engaging activities ranging from Charleston lessons and a flash mob of flappers on the Green, to horror movies of the 1920’s, providing spooky fun for the whole family… and children’s programming like an American Girl tea party that will bring the 1920’s to life…or a Wizard of Oz end of summer, family block party! Does a Pawling History and 1920’s trivia night spark your interest? What about a signature cocktail offered throughout the year at your favorite Pawling watering hole, proceeds from which will help support our fundraising efforts? The Pawling Library Centennial promises to be a memorable fun-filled year for the whole community!

Follow us on Facebook @pawlinglibrarycentennial for news and updates about this year-long celebration and fun social activities. Plus, our Centennial web site, pawlinglibrarycentennial.com, will debut on New Year’s Day and will have tons of information about the Centennial year schedule of events, the history of the Pawling Library and progress on the new Children’s Wing! Our web site is also where you will find information about the many ways, large and small, that you can be involved, and how we will incorporate social distancing and other Covid precautions into all our activities, if that should still be necessary!

So, stay tuned! There is much more to come…as we roar into our next century of service!