Library News & Programs
For Adults & Children
Greetings from Director Stephanie Harrison
I can’t believe there are less than four weeks left in 2022! We are busy wrapping up the end of the year, but we still have a final few fun things planned for you to enjoy in December. Plus we are merrily working on new things to bring you in 2023, so stay tuned! In the meantime, please consider helping your neighbors in need by contributing to one of the drives for which we are collecting. We all can help to make someone’s holiday a little bit brighter.

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
Two New Museum Passes!
We've added two more museum passes to our collection: Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, CT and Hancock Shaker Village in Hancock, MA!

Visit Mystic Seaport Museum and explore their historic ships like the last surviving wooden whaleship, stroll through their 19th-century seafaring village, or peruse one of the many art or history exhibitions. Our pass grants 50% off admission for 2 adults and 3 youths. Children under four are free.

The Hancock Shaker Village is a living-history museum featuring authentic Shaker architecture, artifacts, and furniture as well as a working farmstead. Sign up for their workshops or have a picnic on their grounds. Our pass gives free admission for 2 adults and 2 youths. Children 12 and under are free.

Click here to view a full list of our museum passes or call the library at 845-878-6121 x10 to reserve a museum pass today!
Holiday Door Decorating Contest!
We have decked the halls! Come in and vote for your favorite door from December 6 - 19, and be entered in our raffle for a festive prize!

'Tis the Season of Giving
As the holiday season approaches, we are once again working with several local groups to help our neighbors in need.
Help our neighbors in need by donating non-perishable food for our Holiday Food Drive to benefit our local food pantry. The library and the Patterson Community Church collect food and toiletry items throughout the year. Please check the expiration date on all donated items. Thank you!
We are accepting new, unwrapped toys for the Marine Corps Reserve's Toys-for-Tots drive from November 1 through December 12. These toys will be distributed to local children.
Happy Wrappers from the Teen Leadership Council will provide complimentary gift wrapping this holiday season. All wrapping paper, gift bags, labels, and bows will be provided while supplies last. It does not include a box, so bring gifts ready to wrap.
*Limit 7 gifts per day.
Wrapping Days:
Friday, Dec. 9: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Tuesday, Dec.13: 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Saturday, Dec.17: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
We are a drop-off site for this special food and gift drive for pre-teens and teens in need. We will be collecting items through December 20. This drive is a partnership with Assemblyman Kevin Byrne and the United Way of Westchester and Putnam. For more information, contact: or visit
Adult Programs
Thursday, December 8 @ 1 PM
Enjoy an endearing film about Mrs. Harris, an English cleaning lady who follows her dream of owning a couture Dior dress. After she raises funds to buy the dress, she sets off on a journey to Paris that will change her life forever.
Rated PG
Starring: Jason Isaacs, Lesley Manville, and Isabelle Huppert.
Friday, December 9 @ 7 PM
Snow Date: December 10 @ 1 PM
Join us as we are transported back in time to Dickensian England as Master Storyteller Jonathan Kruk performs "A Christmas Carol," the classic tale of hope and redemption. His storytelling is enhanced through his dress, demeanor, and voice changes for each character as well as the ambiance created by a musical accompanist. Ages 16+ only
Tuesday, December 13 @ 1 PM
It’s time to celebrate and you're invited! Join your neighbors and friends for a fun and festive afternoon of music, games, and refreshments.

Our teens will be here at 3 PM to take care of your gift-wrapping needs. Bring in up to 7 gifts to be wrapped by our TLC volunteers at no charge.
Tuesday, December 20 @ 1 PM
Upon being told she has a rare brain condition, a shy department store assistant decides to sell all her possessions and live it up at a posh Central European hotel.
Starring: Queen Latifa, LL Cool J, Timothy Hutton
Rated PG:13.

Two-Part Workshop: Saturdays: January 7 & January 21 @ 1 PM
Make 2023 your year; a new year filled with possibilities! Join us for this high energy, interactive two-part workshop with Kathleen Troy, certified life coach from Second Spring Coaching. She will give you tools and fun exercises to help you map out a plan to achieve goals for your health, career, relationships, and a vibrant life.
Thursday, January 12 @ 1 PM
Hildy, a divorced small-town realtor and struggling alcoholic, spends her days lying and creating excuses to justify her drinking. Her family stages an intervention, forcing her to come to terms with what her drinking is doing to everyone around her.
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Kevin Kline
Rated R.

Wednesday, January 18 @ 7 PM
Snow Date: Wed. Jan. 25 @ 7 PM
The Putnam libraries have joined together to present a series of interesting history talks. Local historian Amy Campanaro will be at our library for a fascinating presentation on the local industries in the 1800s and how they evolved and paralleled national trends.
Saturday, February 4 @ 1 PM
Snow Date: Tue. Feb. 7 @ 1 PM
Do you love chocolate? Now you can learn to create your own hand-crafted chocolates with Maria Brandriff in this fun step-by-step demonstration. Learn about the different varieties of chocolate, tempering, and more.

Friday, February 24 @ 7 PM
It's back! Join us for a fun-filled night at another great trivia event! Come solo or bring a group of friends and play to win great prizes. Hudson Valley Trivia will host and bring Trivia Night to another level with music and questions on the big screen. Ages 18+ only. Registration required. Space is limited.

Kids ages 3-11 can stay for arts and crafts, snacks, movies, and more during Fun Friday while their parents play. Kids and adults must both be registered.

Wednesday, March 29 @ 7 PM
Join Steve Samtur, author, and publisher of Back in the Bronx, for
a retrospective of The Bronx from the 1940s to the 1960s. Relive your childhood with memories and stories in this fascinating presentation of your favorite borough.

On-Going Programs
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.
Fridays @ 11 AM on Zoom
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 Meeting 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).
1st and 3rd Thursday of each Month @ 5 PM
Do you feel the lure of adventure calling? Well, it can be found at the Patterson Library in our new Dungeons and Dragons campaign for adults 18 and older. Choose who you want to be in a fantastical world you get to explore with friends by your side, moderated and created by Rob Cowan, your Dungeon Master. Fantasy and horror collide on Ankroth where corruption is prevalent and you have the choice to aid in its success... or failure.
Children's Programs
Toddler Time & Pre-K Fun Day
Tuesday, January 10
Ages 18mo - 2 @ 10:30 AM
Ages 2 -3 @ 11:30 AM
Ages 3 - 5 @ 2:00 PM
Come play! The community room will become a soft play gym! Caregivers must remain in the program for ages up to 3.
Grab Your Grownup: Paint Night
Wednesday, January 11th @ 4:30 PM
Grab your grownup for a fun night full of creativity! You will each create a beautiful painting that when put together, creates a nice surprise!
Must register child and grownup.
For ages 8 and up.
Young Artists
Begins Thursday, January 12 @ 4:30 PM
Love to paint? Draw? Don't know how but want to learn? In this program, kids will be guided to create works of art! We recommend wearing clothes that can get messy! This program meets every other week for ages 7 - 10.
Baby Jamboree
Begins Wednesday, January 18 @ 10:15 AM

Get your child "reading" right away! Pre-literacy begins before you know it! Listening to songs and stories will train your baby's brain to start learning sounds, speech, color, and letter awareness. Caregivers must remain in the program.
This is for ages up to 2.

Sensory Shenanigans
Begins Thursday, January 19 @ 11:30 AM

In this "free-play" sensory program, your kids will get to touch, smell, and even taste to learn more about their surroundings. This is a drop-off program for ages 3 - 5.

Stories With Stuffies
Begins Monday, January 23 @ 2:00 PM

Read books and do lively activities right alongside your favorite stuffed animal! Miss Gabby may invite some of her stuffed friends to join the fun, too! This is a drop-off program for ages 3 - 5.
Book & Movie Club
Begins Tuesday, January 24 @ 4:30 PM

Sign up for our new book club! For this session, we will be reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, and watching the movie during our last meeting. Don't worry, there will be lots of popcorn!
For children in grades 3 - 5
Brushes, Books, and More
Join this super fun after-school program! We'll read some books, make fun crafts and do some silly activities!
This is a drop-off program for ages 4 - 7.

Jiggle Bugs Story Time
Begins Thursday, January 19 @ 10:30 AM

Get ready to move in this fun, musical class! Join us as we read books and sing songs to get your kids dancing and singing!
A Caregiver must remain in the program. This is for children ages 2.

Talented Twos
Begins Friday, January 20 @ 11:15 AM

Do you have a budding artist on your hand? Join us for stories and crafts that go hand in hand - all sent to us through a magical mailbox! Caregivers must remain in this program. This is for children ages 2.
Lego Club
Begins Monday, January 23 @ 4:30 PM

Join us for a fantastic class of building in our Lego Club! We'll give you ideas for building each week or you can use your imagination! For children ages 5 and up.
Teen Program's
Teen Tuesday: Canvas Bag Decorating
Tuesday, January 17 @ 4:00 PM
Decorate a canvas tote bag this month during Teen Tuesday! Use it for school and shopping, and don't forget to use it when you check out books here in the library!

Open Mic Night
Friday, January 27 @ 6:00 PM
If you sing, if you dance, if you play an instrument, write poetry or have another amazing talent, come out to this talent night event where you can showcase your skills! This program will be held at the Pawling Recreation Center. This program is for ages 11 - 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?
Just call 845.878.6121 ext. 12, for hours and information.
Open Computer Help
Adam Bernier of A&R 360 is in our Study Room every other Tuesday from 6:15 - 7:45 pm to answer your basic tech questions.
Registration is preferred but walk-ins are welcome. Please check the calendar for exact dates.
Book Clubs
We have several book clubs that meet at the library 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
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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.