Library News & Programs
For Adults & Children
Greetings from Director Stephanie Harrison

Here in the library, we continue to enjoy all that summer has to offer in our beautiful corner of Putnam County. We are so lucky to be able to canoe in the Great Swamp, hike, bike on the Rail Trail, and shop in our local farmers' market, which happens every Friday from 3-7 pm, adjacent to the library. And as always, we have great things going on to keep you busy and engaged. I hope you have a wonderful August and can't wait to see you in the library!

Your input is always important to us, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at or to my staff if there is anything the library can assist you with.


Front Desk News
Don't Forget to Pick Up Your Summer Passport!
August is the last month to participate in the Putnam County Libraries' Passport Program! Pick up a passport at Patterson Library and have it stamped at each of the eight libraries you visit through September 2. You will receive a grand prize raffle ticket with each stamp and be entered to win up to eight prizes. Plus, each library will be handing out a fun summer giveaway when they stamp your passport.

Participating libraries include:
  • Brewster Library
  • Julia L. Butterfield Library (Cold Spring)
  • Reed Memorial Library (Carmel)
  • Desmond-Fish Public Library (Garrison)
  • Kent Library
  • Mahopac Library
  • Patterson Library
  • Putnam Valley Library

The drawing for the grand prizes will be the week of September 5, 2022.
School Supply Drive
Once again, we will be filling our red bucket with new school supplies to distribute to local children in need. We will be collecting supplies in the library during business hours through September 8th.
Take A Hike!
Explore the great outdoors and the beautiful state of New York with our New York State Empire Pass and our hiking backpacks filled with supplies. All you need is your Mid-Hudson Library card to borrow the pass and backpack. The Empire Pass gives you and your family entry to most NYS parks and DEC facilities. For a complete list, visit their website! And don't forget, we have a great collection of museum passes to local and NYC museums. Check our website for a list of all the fascinating places you can visit for free or reduced admission.

Adult Programs
Thursday, August 11 @ 1 PM

Follow the hilarious escapades of novelist Loretta Sage and her cover model as they try to escape their kidnapper, an eccentric billionaire who is trying to find The Lost City.

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, Brad Pitt and Daniel Radcliffe

Rated: PG –13: for violence and some bloody images, suggestive material, partial nudity, and language

Tuesday, August 16 @ 12 PM

It's a tea party! Put on your fanciest hat and join us for tea and scones as we watch “Tea With The Dames.” Listen in as Dames Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright, and Maggie Smith share their fascinating stories about their friendships, lives, and careers in this wonderful documentary filmed in the beautiful English countryside.
Wednesday, August 17 @ 1 PM

Are you a vegetarian or want to include more vegetables in your diet? Cari Weizenecker, RD of Wellness Consultants, is back to show you how to eat healthier with delicious recipes made with garden vegetables.

Thursday, August 18 @ 7 PM

Did you know the Great Swamp is one of NY's largest freshwater wetlands that is home to a wide variety of plants and animals, some rare and endangered? Join the Friends of the Great Swamp as they take a look into the unique geology, biodiversity, and history including the "Dump Fight" and a video of the Great Swamp narrated by James Earl Jones.
Thursday, September 8 @ 1 PM
The Crawley family saga continues as they venture to the South of France to uncover the mystery and secrets behind the dowager countess's newly inherited villa.

Rated PG: for some suggestive references, language, and thematic elements.
Starring: Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, and Michelle Dockery.
Bring your general questions about Medicare to this information session with Maggie Flynn of Advocate Health Advisors. Learn about what is new for 2023 and what plans might be best for you if you are new to Medicare or thinking about a change.
Can't make this program? We will have another with Bernadette Pacific on Thursday, November 3 at 1 PM at the Sacred Heart Church Hall in Putnam Lake.
Science Readers: Octopuses
Wednesday, September 14 @ 6:30 PM
Join Dr. Ruth Light and the Science Readers to learn everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask about octopuses. These amazing, yet often maligned, creatures will fascinate you.

This meeting will be in-person at the library. Adults age 16+ are welcome to attend.
Wednesday, September 21 @ 11 AM
Meet us at the Wallace Visitor Center at the FDR Museum and Presidential Library in Hyde Park for this program. Jeff Urbin, Education Specialist, will give us an introduction, and then participants are free to tour the museum at their own pace. Tours of the House are available at an additional fee or with your National Park Service pass.
Wednesday, October 5 @ 7 PM
Gerri Griswold shares her stories and pictures from her 50+ trips to the Land of Fire and Ice that will leave you with a complete understanding of why this island nation has been touted as one of the most beautiful places on our planet. Meet the people, places, and things that define Iceland.

Friday, October 14 @ 7 PM
Explore the haunts around the world and those in your backyard with TV star Jeff Belanger, the Emmy-nominated host, writer, and producer of the PBS and Amazon Prime series New England Legends. He’s the writer and researcher for the Ghost Adventures series and a guest on hundreds of television and radio programs. Registration is required to attend. Ages 16+ only.
On-Going Programs

Tuesday, August 23 @ 7 PM

Join Dr. Kaushik for this Crowdcast discussion for MHLS library patrons. An email address is required to receive the link and access the lecture.
Fridays @ 10:30 AM

Join our weekly Mahjong Drop-In Program at the Patterson Library every Friday morning from 10:30 – 12:30. Beginners and experienced players alike are invited to join the fun.

Registration is not required but preferred. 
Virtual Program
Fridays @ 11 AM

Putnam County Libraries have teamed up to present our New Parent's Online Support Group! Please email to request an invitation to our weekly Zoom meetings every Friday at 11 am. The New Parents Support Group was initiated in 2014 and provides no-cost, professionally-facilitated support groups for all who seek professional advice, peer companionship, and kind support. This warm and welcoming group is co-facilitated by Katherine Whiteside (CPD:CBI) and Dr. Rachel Lemonik (PsyD).
Children's Programs
Thu, September 8 @ 4:30 PM
Our garden club is coming back to make some delicious food from the potatoes they planted in our Learning Garden! 
For ages 8 - 12.
Fri, September 9 @ 1 PM
Learn about the library, how to use it and all the different resources we offer. Get a library card, check out books, and play some games in this library literacy class! For Grades K - 4.
Fri, September 9 @ 2 PM
Learn all we have to offer at the library, how to use it, and the many different resources we have. Get a library card, check out books, and play fun games in this library literacy class! For grades 5 - 8.
Begins Mon, September 12 @ 2 PM
Come to Patterson Veteran Memorial Park for story time! Join us for books, songs and more before some playground fun! *Caregivers must remain in the program. For ages 3 - 5.
Begins Mon, September 12 @ 4:15 PM
Begin your adventure! From chopping down trees to defeating the Ender Dragon, together you’ll learn tips and tricks needed to become a Minecraft pro. For kids ages 7 - 11.
Begins Tue, September 13 @ 11:15 AM
Kids need to explore the world around them. In this sensory program, kids will get to touch, smell, and even taste in order to learn about their surroundings. For kids ages 3 - 5.
Begins Tue, September 13 @ 4:30 PM
Join this super fun afterschool program! We’ll read some books, make fun crafts and do some silly activities. *This is a drop off program. For ages 4 - 7.
Begins Wed, September 14 @ 10:15 AM
Get your child "reading" right away! Listening to songs and stories will train your babies brain to start learning sounds, speech, color and letter awareness. For ages up to 2.
Begins Thu, September 15 @ 10:30 AM
From cradles to crayons, your little ones are growing. We'll work on listening and gross motor skills with books, songs, and crafts in this story time. For children aged 2.
Begins Thu, September 15 @ 4:30 PM
Celebrate fall and all its spookiness with this creepy book club. We’ll be reading books from R.L. Stine’s classic kids' horror series! This is a drop-off program. For grades 3 - 5.
Begins Fri, September 16 @ 10:30 AM
Get your toddlers moving in this story time! We’ll read interactive stories to get kids jumping and dancing in this story time. For children aged 2.
Begins Wed, September 21 @ 4 PM
YS Staff and local high school students are here to help! This homework club will meet every Wednesday and Thursday from 4 - 5:30. For grades K - 5. 
Sat, September 24 @ 10 AM
Looking for a pet? Find your perfect puppy at this event! If you intend to adopt, fill out the application on Happy Life Animal Rescue website:
Tue, September 27 @ 5 PM
Assemblyman Kevin Byrne is hosting a pizza party for all that participated in our NYS Summer Reading Program. If you completed the state reading game by reading for 40 days in the summer and submitted your certificate to Patterson Library, join us for the pizza party! For grades entering K & up.
Teen Programs
Begins Monday, September 12 @ 5:30 PM
From chopping down trees to defeating the Ender Dragon, together you’ll learn tips and tricks needed to become a Minecraft pro.
For ages 12 - 19.
Friday, September 16 @ 4 PM
Earn community service hours and mentor younger kids. Learn about our volunteering events and meet your Board. *Contact Miss Jenn for details. For grades 7 and up.
Tuesday, September 20 @ 4 PM
Start off our teen craft series by creating a personalized wall hanging to decorate your space. Materials will be provided.
For ages 12 - 19.
Friday, September 23 @ 4:30 PM
Chef Dave from Cooking with Dave will teach you to create a delicious charcuterie board! He'll give you all the tips and tricks to make it delicious and beautiful. For ages 12 - 19.
Monday, September 26 @ 6 PM
One of you will die and one of you will be the killer. Come to this interactive program where you will have to find out who the murderer is before they get away. For ages 12 -19.
Library Services
Notary Services Available
Document and stamp on table of notary public
Did you know you can have your documents notarized for free at the library?

Call 845.878.6121 ext.12, for hours and information.
Open Computer Help
Beginning September 13, Adam Bernier of A&R 360 will be in our Study Room every other Tuesday from 5:00 - 6:30 pm to answer your basic tech questions.
Registration is preferred but walk-ins are welcome. Please check the calendar for exact dates.
Book Clubs
Did you know we have several book clubs during the day and evening hours? If you like to read, get together with people and share your thoughts about what you've read, give us a call to join one of our book clubs. Just contact the library at 845-878-6121 ext. 10
Kanopy is a video streaming service that provides instant access to thousands of critically acclaimed documentaries and movies for adults and kids.You can stream Kanopy on any of your favorite devices. Click here to create your Kanopy account today (a MHLS library card is required)!

In Case of Closings
We never like to close, but if inclement weather, imposed closures, or building emergencies force us to close, remember to visit our website for information, announcements, and updates.
Chat With Us
On days the library is closed due to weather or other emergencies, we will turn on our CHAT feature during business hours so you can reach a staff member to get help with your questions.
Program Disclaimer
Please be advised that the Library makes no warranties and/or representations concerning the programs. The Patterson Library Trustees and Staff do not promote or endorse the opinions or views of the presenters or performers. Your decision to participate, or allow your child to participate, in the programs is an express consent on your part to waive any and all claims against the Library which may result from said participation and hereby release and discharge the Patterson Library from any and all liabilities.