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

The weather may still be a bit chilly for spring, but I am looking forward to the fun activities and events we have planned to take advantage of the warmer weather. We are excited to be partnering with the Patterson Rotary, Patterson Fire Department, Patterson Recreation, and Cartwright and Daughters for the Touch a Truck for Heroes event on June 4. I hope you will join us for a fun day of big trucks, music, food, games, a petting zoo, and more! However, this is just one of many great programs we have planned for patrons of all ages--keep reading to learn more about what you can take part in. And don't forget to check out a museum pass or backpack for fun experiences outside 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
FDR Museum Pass
The Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum Voucher program is back up and running! Stop by during business hours to pick up a voucher for you and your family or friends to visit this historic landmark right in Hyde Park, NY. The voucher entitles one family (defined as a group of up to five individuals) free admission to the Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum only.
A Special Event
The Low Road: Walking the Walk for Veterans
Wednesday, May 25 @ 7 PM
In honor of our veterans and Memorial Day, Tommy Zurhellen will discuss his memoir: "The Low Road: Walking the Walk for Veterans." This moving memoir chronicles his epic journey of walking 2,866 miles alone across America to raise awareness of veteran suicide and homelessness. Books will be available for purchase at $22, representing the 22 vets that commit suicide each day. Net proceeds will benefit Hudson River Housing’s VetZero Project.
Paint Party Fundraiser
A Great Mother's Day Gift!
If you are looking for a unique gift for your mom for Mother's Day, how about a ticket to our Paint Party event? You can enjoy spending time together while doing a fun craft that supports the library! Come with your friends or meet new people here and have a blast listening to fun music while enjoying lite bites and a glass of wine. Michelle Olson of Grape Canvas Parties will guide you step-by-step as you create your Hudson Valley masterpiece.

Tickets are $50 and include supplies, one glass of wine, lite bites, and a lot of fun!

Purchase tickets online only at

For adults 18 and over.
What's Going On
Bring your family or come solo to the Patterson Rotary's Touch-A-Truck event on Saturday, June 4, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Fun activities will be held on the grounds of the Patterson Library, the Patterson Firehouse, and Cartwright & Daughters.
Kids will enjoy games, a petting zoo, and a bounce house. Wandering Dave's food truck and The Farmhouse will have food available for purchase. The Clams, featuring members of the Hey Baby Band, will entertain us all from 1 - 3 pm, and, of course, there will be plenty of trucks.

As part of the event, you can purchase a flag with a keepsake medallion to honor a hero in your life. Flags can be ordered at the Patterson Library and displayed along Route 311 at the Patterson Firehouse or Patterson Library from Memorial Day through the Touch-A-Truck event. Visit the Patterson Rotary website for more information.
(Rain Date: Sunday, June 5) *
Adult Programs & Events
Estate Planning: Wills and Trusts Talk
Tuesday, May 10 @ 7 PM

Elder Law attorney Ed Schaffer will discuss wills and trusts and the pros and cons of each. He will explain the legal ramifications of estate planning in layman's terms so you can make the best decisions for you and your family.

Film Screening & Talk
Casablanca Celebrates Its 80th Anniversary
Thursday, May 12 @ 12:30 PM
Casablanca is 80 years old! To celebrate, Dr. Judith Schlesinger will share some of the history and behind-the-scenes fun facts before we screen this classic on our big screen.
Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid  Rated PG
Nutrition Series: Healthy Eating
Wednesday, May 18 @ 7 PM
Get ready for summer! Learn how to eat healthy to look and feel your best with valuable nutritional advice from Cari Weizenecker, a Registered Dietician from Wellness Consultants.

Summer Writers' Workshop
Every other Thursday, Starting June 2 @ 6:30 PM
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 writers’ block.
"The Clams" Live Performance
Saturday, June 4 @ 1 PM
"The Clams," featuring members of the "Hey Baby" band, will perform the best of Rock 'n' Roll and R&B of the 60's, 70's, and 80's in our library park along with the
Touch-A-Truck festivities.
*No registration needed

This project is made possible, in part, through an Arts Alive Recovery NY Grant administered through the Arts Link Program of the Putnam Arts Council, supported with public funds from the NYS Council on the Arts, with support from the Governor’s Office and the NYS Legislature.
Movie Matinee: American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story
Thursday, June 9 @ 1 PM
Experience the story of Kurt Warner, who worked as a supermarket employee before embarking on a journey to play football that eventually allowed him to lead his team to win the Super Bowl.
Starring: Zachary Levi, Anna Paquin, and Dennis Quaid. Rated: PG
Container Gardening
Tuesday, June 14 @ 1 PM
Smaller spaces don't mean you have to compromise on beauty. Containers, planting boxes, and hanging planters can make your patio or window ledge a beautiful living space. Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteers will show you how to create a beautiful flower or vegetable garden that is right for the space you have.
Nutrition Series: Juicing with Julia
Wednesday, June 15 @ 7 PM
Julia Calabrese-Harrer will discuss the basics of juicing. Learn about the nutritional values and benefits of juicing and how to create healthy and delicious drinks you and your family will love!

Artist Reception
Friday, June 24 @ 6 PM
Stop by to see the wonderful depictions of the Great Swamp and our Library Park by the artists who participated in our Plein Air Event. Chat with the artists over light refreshments during this gallery show.
*no registration needed
Concert with Deni Bonet
Friday, June 24 @ 7 PM
Enjoy a fantastic evening of music with Deni Bonet accompanied by guitarist Chris Flynn. Deni, a violinist, singer, songwriter, and performer, comes to us from television, Carnegie Hall, and other major venues to perform her unique style ranging from pop to roots-rock to new folk. *Come early and check out the artist's reception at 6 PM.
On-Going and Virtual Programs
Mahjong Drop-In Program
Fridays Beginning May 20 @ 10:30 AM
Beginning Friday, May 20, we will resume 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 in the fun.
Ayurvedic Medicine: Virtual Talk
The Circulatory System
Tuesday, May 24 @ 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.

Science Readers Virtual Discussion
Wednesday, June 8 @ 7 PM
Science Readers is facilitated by Dr. Ruth Light and meets via Zoom at 7:00 pm. New members are welcome. This is a virtual program, and a working email is required to receive the articles to be discussed and the Zoom link.
Children's Programs
Begins Wednesday, June 1 @ 4:30 PM
The adventure begins! Your dungeon master will walk you through an adventure of hunting monsters, solving puzzles, and dangerous quests. All levels are welcome.
For ages 11 - 15.

Thursdays, June 2, 9 & 16 @ 4:30 PM
We’ll be gardening, hiking, and more in this super fun nature club. We’ll be planting in the library garden, walking the nature trail, and doing nature-themed activities. This program is possible due to a grant from the Adirondack Mountain Club.
Ages 8 - 12.

Saturday, June 4 @ 10 AM
Bring the whole family and get up close to trucks of all shapes, sizes and functions! Kids will love this family event as they explore different trucks they see around town. For all ages.

Begins Monday, June 6 @ 4:15 PM
Do you like anime? Manga? Pokémon? In this club we'll play games, watch anime, trade Pokémon cards and more! Learn a new fandom or share yours with others! For ages 11 & up.
Friday, June 24 @ 1 PM
Summer time is here! Sign up for the Summer Reading Game and celebrate at our water themed kick-off! We’ll have a water slide, dunk tank, sand art, ice cream and more! For all ages.
Tuesday, June 28 @ 10 AM
Liz from Mindful Yoga with Liz will be showing babies and their caregivers great stretches and poses that will encourage easy movement and activity. For ages up to 2.5.

Tuesday, June 28 @ 11 AM
Get your little ones ready for summer with simple stretches, mindfulness and relaxation techniques. For ages 3 - 5.

Wednesday, June 29 @ 11 AM
Build your own mini cactus garden with Sonya of Come to Your Scentses! For ages 6 - 10.
Wednesday, June 29 @ 6 PM
If you sing, dance, play an instrument, write poetry, or are lucky enough to have another talent, then come out to this talent night event to showcase your skills. For ages 6 and up.

Thursday, June 30 @ 4 PM
Build the craziest sea creature you can using Legos! For ages 5 & up.

Teen Programs
Begins Wednesday, June 1 @ 4:30 PM
The adventure begins! Your dungeon master will walk you through an adventure of hunting monsters, solving puzzles and dangerous quests. All levels welcome. For ages 11 - 15.
Friday, June 10 @ 5 PM
One of you will die and one of you will be the killer. In this interactive program you will figure out who the murderer is before they get away. For ages 12 - 19.
Friday, June 24 @ 3 PM
Enjoy some ice cream, the water slide, dunk tank and a pizza party to celebrate the end of school! Sign up for the Summer Reading Game, hang out and relax at this Summer Kick Off event for teens. For ages 12 - 19.
Wednesday, June 29 @ 6 PM
If you sing, dance, play an instrument or write poetry, or are lucky enough to have another talent, then come out to this talent night event where you can showcase your skills. For ages 12 - 19. 
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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
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Notary Services Now Available

We are excited to announce that you can have your documents notarized for free at the library.

Just call 845.878.6121 ext. 12, for hours and information.
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.