Library News & Programs
For Adults & Children
Greetings from Director Stephanie Harrison
September is the best month of the year--it is Library Card Sign-Up Month! In July and August, we had over 700 people use their library cards to participate in our youth and adult summer reading programs. If you know someone who doesn't have a card but would like to get in on the fun, encourage them to stop by the library this month and get a new card. On Wednesday, September 27, we will be showcasing all of the fun things you can do with your card (and you will even have a chance to win a prize for stopping by). I hope to see you there!


P.S. A special congratulations to our Summer Dine-Around-Town Raffle winner, Judy McNulty, and her granddaughter, Rose. Judy will enjoy dining at six of our local restaurants. Patrons received a raffle ticket every time they checked out a book, movie, or other item from the library this summer. Enjoy, Judy!
Front Desk News
September is Library Card Sign-up Month!
It’s Library Card Sign-up month and to celebrate we are offering free library card replacements during the whole month of September. Replace your lost or old, worn-out library card with a new, shiny one the next time you visit us!

Patterson Library Open House
Wednesday, September 27
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
See us in action on September 27th from 10 AM - 7 PM at our
Open House event and check out the fantastic things we offer.
Here are just a few!

  • New Podcasting equipment

  • Library of Things collection: hiking backpacks filled with gear, fun cake pans, gardening tools, hotspots, and more.

  • Extensive collection of games, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, e-books, and books!

  • Art exhibit featuring the works of our talented local artists.

  • Take and Make Craft Kit for Little Ones.

  • Get help signing up and using Libby, Kanopy, and Hoopla.

And that's not all! You can use our public computers, scan documents and photos, fax at no charge, and print and make copies for a nominal fee. We offer free notary services and have vision and hearing devices available to help you if needed, plus so much more.

While you're here, join our Plein Air event in our park until 1 PM, watch the artists at work, or catch our movie matinee, "Somewhere In Queens," starring Ray Romano and Laurie Metcalf, at 1 PM in our Community Room.

And just for coming in, stop by our front desk for your chance to be entered into a raffle for a fantastic prize!
Patterson Library Friends Fundraiser
Friends Fundraiser: Spiritual Medium Maura Geist
Wednesday, October 25
Doors open at 6 PM. Readings will start at 6:30 PM
Join the Patterson Library Friends Group as they introduce Spiritual Medium Maura Geist for an evening of healing and inspirational messages. Join in as she connects with your loved ones who have crossed over. This is a group reading and a reading is not guaranteed. For entertainment purposes only. Ages 18+.

Tickets cost $25 each and include the presentation and light refreshments. Tickets are available for purchase at the circulation desk and on our website.

Doors will open at 6 PM, readings start at 6:30 PM.
Tickets are non-refundable.
Putnam Lake VFW Auxiliary
Food & Coat Drive to Benefit
Putnam County Veterans Home in Carmel & Castle Point VA Hospital
There will be a collection box in the library vestibule for the 15th Annual VFW Auxiliary Food and Coat Drive sponsored by the Sgt. Joseph J. Morrissey Post 9257 of Putnam Lake. The collection box will be here through October 20. Additional donations may be brought to the Putnam Lake Market on October 21 and 22. All donations will benefit residents of the Putnam County Veterans Home in Carmel and the Castle Point VA Hospital. Please see the flyer for suggested items to donate.
ArtEast Exhibit and Reception
ArtEast Exhibit and Reception
Tuesday, September 21 @ 6 PM
Stop by to view the artists' works, which will be on display at the Patterson Library from September 7 through October 4. Mingle and meet the artists from ArtEast at our artist reception and panel discussion on Thursday, September 21, at 6 PM. The artists will discuss their creative processes and techniques. Light refreshments will be served.
Hear the Latest News
Check out these great articles in Natural Awakenings magazine about Putnam County libraries and our very own PR Coordinator Lillie Muscente.
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Adult Programs
Fantastic Lectures, Movies & More!
Yoga in the Park
Thursdays, September 7,14,21,28 @ 10:30 AM

Try this fun yoga class for all levels of yoga practitioners in our beautiful outdoor park with Julia Calabrese-Harrer of Yoga in the Trees. She will lead us through meditation and movement for a new experience with this ancient practice. Attendance is limited. Bring a yoga mat, towel, or blanket and water.
Financing College Without Going Broke
Wednesday, September 13 @ 7 PM

Are you looking forward to sending your child to college but not financing it? Join us for this informative program with Mark Kovler, a certified college tuition reduction specialist, for hints on how to send a child to college without going broke.
Movie Matinee: Book Club: The Next Chapter
Thursday, September 14 @ 1 PM

Follow four best friends as they take their book club to Italy for the fun girls trip they never had.

Starring: Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen.
Rated PG-13.
The Call of Kilimanjaro
with PBS Star of New England Legends Jeff Belanger
Friday, September 15 @ 7 PM

We welcome back PBS star, author, and adventurer Jeff Belanger, for a presentation as fascinating as his talk about ghosts! This time he is taking us to Mt. Kilimanjaro! Get ready to climb 19,341 feet to the summit on a breathtaking multimedia journey
of Tanzania that is spiritual, motivational, and uplifting.
Plein Air Event
Wednesday, Sept. 27, 10 AM - 1 PM

Artists, leave your studios behind and bring your cameras, pencils, paints, canvases, and easels to set up on our beautiful grounds for a Friends of the Great Swamp Plein Air Event. Works created at this event are eligible to be considered for the FrOGS juried show at the Annual Fall Celebration in October.
The public is invited to view the works as they are being created.
Artists (age 16+) should register.
Movie Matinee: Somewhere in Queens
Wednesday, September 27 @ 1 PM

Experience a heartfelt story of relationships as a blue-collar Italian-American family is torn apart when the father tries everything in his power to make his son’s chance at a life-changing basketball scholarship happen.

Starring: Laurie Metcalf, Ray Romano, Jennifer Esposito, Sebastian Maniscalco, Sadie Stanley
Rated: R
5-Step Proven Formula For Doubling Your Business Profits
Wednesday, October 4 @ 6:30 PM

Kevin O’Driscoll, Strategic Business Coach and owner of RIY Business Group, will discuss “The 5-Step
Proven Formula For Doubling Your Profits” at this informative presentation to help you grow your business and increase your bottom line.
The Art Of The Cocktail
Tuesday, October 10 @ 6:30 PM

Award-winning sommelier and spirits professional Andrew Sarubbi of
McKinney & Doyle will show us how to
make exciting fall-inspired cocktails.
Adults 21+ only
Movie Matinee: About My Father
Thursday, October 12 @ 1 PM

Follow the story of Sebastian and Salvo, a father and son who learn what it means to be family when they spend the weekend with Sebastian's fiancée and her wealthy, eccentric family.

Starring: Sebastian Maniscalco, Robert De Niro & Leslie Bibb
Rated: PG-13
Cake Decorating Workshop
Tuesday, October 17 @ 1 PM

Chef Dion will instruct us on how to make frosting flowers, leaves, swirls, script, and other tips to decorate your cakes. This is a hands-on workshop so you can practice your new skills. Attendance is limited.

Patterson Historical Society
Thursday, October 19 @ 6:30 PM

The Patterson Historical Society will delve into the history behind interesting artifacts and images in their collection. From 2,000-year-old Indian pottery to summer camp signs, they will explore the fascinating pieces and focus on how past generations have used the land for their purposes.

The Patterson Historical Society's Annual Meeting will precede the presentation at 6:30 PM. The public is welcome to attend.
Movie Matinee: Blackberry
Wednesday, October 25 @ 1 PM

In 1996, Mike Lazaridis developed a new cellular phone he calls a "smartphone" with internet capabilities and a keyboard. The Blackberry changes the business world and Lazaridis when greed and imitations cause his success to plummet.

Starring: Jay Baruchel & Glenn Howerton
Rated R
Blue Olive
Thursday, October 26 @ 6:30 PM

Elizabeth and John Canevari, owners of The Blue Olive gourmet store in Pawling, will demonstrate how to create
delicious fall dishes using their high-quality olive oils and vinegar!
Holiday Appetizers
Wednesday, November 1 @ 6:30 PM

Chef Dave is back to demonstrate how to make delicious appetizers to impress your family and guests this holiday season.
Adult On-Going Programs
Fridays @ 10:30 AM

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

Registration is not required but preferred.
Tuesdays @ 10:30 AM
Beginning September 12

Grab your knitting needles, crochet hooks, or favorite needlework, and enjoy a morning of stitching and chatting with other crafters at the library. This is a drop-in group that will meet every Tuesday beginning 9/12.  Adults 18+

Registration is not required but preferred.
Book Clubs at the Library

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. Pick up the book and contact the library at 845-878-6121 ext. 10 to join.

In September, the clubs are reading:
Friday, September 15 @ 1 PM:
The Keepers of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan
Monday, September 18 @ 11:30 AM:
All That is Mine I Carry with Me by William Landay
Monday, September 25 @ 5:30 PM:
The Cloisters by Katy Hays
Fridays @ 11 AM on Zoom

Putnam County Libraries have teamed up to present our New Parents 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).
Putnam County Libraries Short Story Discussion Group on Zoom
Alternate Wednesdays @ 1 PM Beginning September 13

Would you like to be in a book club but can't get to the meetings? The Putnam County Libraries have joined together to provide a lively discussion of short stories on Zoom on alternate Wednesdays. Email to register and receive links for the story and Zoom meeting.
Children's Programs
Fun For All Ages!
Farm Visit at Pied Piper
Monday, October 9 @ 2 PM
Come to the farm with us. This story time will take place at the Pied Piper Farm in Patterson. (801 Route 311, Patterson, NY) We will read a story and play with animals in this hands-on petting zoo.

This program is for all ages!
Let's Play Chess
Tuesday, October 17 @ 4:30 PM
Time to play chess! Come to the library and play a game of chess. Both beginners and experienced players are welcome.
This program is for children ages seven and up.
Puppy Adoption
Sunday, October 22 @ 9 AM
Searching for a furry friend? Well, look no further! Register for this adoption event and find the perfect puppy to take home! If you intend to adopt, please fill out the application on the Happy Life Animal Rescue website:
Reverie Coffee will be joining us for some drinks!
Intro to Game Design
Begins Monday, October 30 @ 4:30 PM
Are you a fan of video games? Ever wondered how they are made? Learn the basics of making your own video game in this class for beginners!
This program is for children ages ten and up.

Teen Programs
Creativity and Comfort Collide!
Teen Takeover: Bead It
Tuesday, October 24 @ 4 PM

Britt from Beaded Blendz by Britt is here to teach us how to make some crafty creations! You'll learn how to make keychains, necklaces, and bracelets in this fun beading program. This program is for ages 12 - 17.

Teen Leadership Council
Tuesday, October 24 @ 5 PM

T.L.C. is a program for teens run by teens. Earn community service hours, plan programs for your peers and mentor younger kids in children’s programs. Pizza will be provided at all meetings. Contact Miss Jenn for more details (
Murder Mystery
Friday, October 27 @ 5:15 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! This program is for ages 12 - 17.
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 Monday from 4 - 6 PM to answer your basic tech questions.
Registration is preferred but walk-ins are welcome. Please check the calendar for exact dates.
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.