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

Summer is finally here! The library has lots of free things to make your summer more enjoyable: museum passes to fun places like the American Museum of Natural History, bestselling audiobooks on Libby like Atomic Habits by James Clear, streaming television series on Hoopla like A Discovery of Witches, movies on Kanopy such as On Chesil Beach, tools for your garden, backpacks for hiking, and wifi hotspots for camping. Let us help you make the most out of your summer!

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
Putnam County Libraries Summer Passport
Spend your summer touring Putnam County and participate in the Putnam County Libraries' Passport Project. 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 giving 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.
Everyone Had A Blast At Our Summer Kick-Off!
Hundreds of people showed up for our Summer Reading, "Oceans of Possibilities," kick-off on June 24th with plenty of fun water activities. The waterslide was a big hit, as was the dunk tank where kids got to knock one of the Carmel Rams football players into the tank! Uncle Louie G's served excellent ice cream while Deputy Sheriff Hill delighted the kids with a demonstration featuring his dog Flash! Check out the many ocean-themed programs scheduled for the summer, and be sure to pick up a necklace to which you can add beads for every book you read. For information on our summer reading program, email or call Miss Jenn at 845-878-6121 ext. 13.
It Was A Fantastic Evening Of Art And Music!
Acclaimed violinist Deni Bonet and guitarist Chris Flynn wowed the audience with an outstanding performance on June 24th. Deni has played at Carnegie Hall and performed at the White House for President Obama. The exceptional performance, fun stories, and upbeat energy created a fantastic evening for all that attended. (Funded in part through a Putnam Arts Council grant.)

Before the concert, everyone had a wonderful time at our art reception celebrating local artists who participated in our library Plein Air event. Participating artists included Eileen Guning, Susan Hennelly, Barbara Ann Mahon, Sharon Nakazato, Doreen O'Connor, Judy Oliver, Jeanne Plekon, Linda Post, Patty Richardson, Jeanette Rodriguez, and Patricia Sheehy. You can also stop by the library and view our continuing exhibit featuring the works of Doreen O'Connor and Jeanne Plekon.
Adult Programs
Wednesdays @ 11 AM
July 13, 20 & 27
Try this fun class for all levels of yoga practitioners in our scenic outdoor park with Julia Calabrese-Harrer of Yoga in the Trees. She will lead us through meditation and movement with yoga and music for a new experience with this ancient practice. Bring a yoga mat or a blanket and a water bottle. Attendance is limited.
The Patterson Historical Society presents an open consideration of the past and possible future of Main and Front Streets starting from colonial Fredericksburgh, covering the later influences of the railroad, and then the automobile, and finally discussing modern technologies and settlement.

Thursday, July 14 @ 1 PM
Follow the captivating story of Buddy, a nine-year-old growing up in Belfast in 1969 in the midst of violent chaos and turbulence. Watch as Buddy and his family face the agonizing decision of fleeing their beloved homeland or staying to face an uncertain future.
Rated: PG-13
Wednesday, July 20 @ 7 PM
Did you know that you can eat according to your Energetic/Chakra system? In this class, Cari Weizenecker, a Registered Dietician from Wellness Consultants will review the Chakras and the delicious colorful foods to eat for better health and wellness.
Tuesday, July 26 @ 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.

Marc Berger & Ride
Wednesday, August 3 @ 6 PM

Join us in our beautiful park for this wonderful evening of music with Marc Berger & Ride. The Living Room in NY described Marc's music as “a well-choreographed mix of deep country folk songs with touches of bluegrass, roots, Americana, a little spicy cajun, and even a little indie with an effects laced lead acoustic guitar." Bring your lawn chairs or a blanket and pack a picnic for this special concert event.
*no alcohol or pets, please
(In case of inclement weather, the concert will move to the Patterson Rec Center.)
Funded in part through a Putnam Arts Council grant.
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 into your diet? Cari Weizenecker, RD of Wellness Consultants, is back to show you how to eat healthier with delicious and healthy 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 15 @ 7 PM
Cari Weizenecker, a Registered Dietician from Wellness Consultants, will wrap up our Nutrition Series with ideas for healthy back-to-school snacks.

Wednesday, September 21 @ 11:00 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 and Val-Kil are available at an additional fee or with your National Park Service pass.
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.

Alternate Thursdays @ 6:30 PM
June 2 - August 11
Western Connecticut State University Professor Bonnie Denmark will share her years of writing experience to help you develop your creative voice while enjoying a supportive community of local writers. Share work in progress, get creative juices flowing, and practice techniques to overcome writer's block.
Virtual Parent Support Group
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 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
Thursday, July 28 @ 11 AM
Get the party started with this crazy foam program! Kids will dance and play with foam of all different kinds!
For ages 4 & up.
Tuesday, August 2 @ 10:30 AM
Wrap up summer in our beautiful park! This program will give kids space to run around and play together and with fun yard games! For ages 4 - 7.
Tuesday, August 2 @ 1 PM
Chill out in our park for the dog days of summer. Bring friends, play yard games or just hang out and chat.
For ages 8 - 12.
Thursday, August 4 @ 11 AM
Learn science through wonderful stories in this fantastical and interactive program from Talewise!
For ages 4 & up.
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
Beginning August 9, 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)!

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.
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.