A Message from
 Director Stephanie Harrison
Summer Fun

September is the start of my favorite season. The end of summer and the beginning of fall brings beautiful weather and plenty of fun activities to the Hudson Valley. September is always a special month for libraries, thanks to National Library Card Sign-up Month. Visit the Patterson Library for any reason during September and get a raffle ticket for a chance to win our Dining Around Town prize with gift cards to local restaurants! Staff and board members will also be out and about on September 18 at the Patterson Rotary’s Blues and BBQ event, so please stop by to say hi. In addition, our 2020 Annual Report should arrive in your mailbox in a few weeks, and it features a look back at all that we have accomplished since 2010.
Your input is always important to us, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at or to my staff if the library can assist you with anything. We hope to see you soon at the library!



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During our Reference Desk hours and on days the library is closed due to weather or other emergencies, we will turn on our new CHAT feature on our web page to get help with your questions. Reference Desk hours are Monday & Thursday 2 pm - 7 pm, Tuesday & Wednesday 11 am - 3:30 pm, Friday 1 pm - 5 pm, and 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month from 9:30 am - 2 pm.
National Library Card Sign-Up Month
September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month. If you don’t have a library card yet, this is the month to get one. We will also be waiving the fee to replace lost or damaged cards this month. As Linus says, having a library card gives you citizenship in the land of knowledge. In addition to books, CDs, and DVDs, your library card provides access to technology, multimedia content, and programming that transforms lives and strengthens communities.

As a bonus, every adult visiting the library this month will be entered into a raffle for our Dining Around Town basket with gift cards to local restaurants.
Banned Book Week
September 26 to October 2 is Banned Book Week. This year's theme is: Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us. More than 273 titles were challenged or banned in 2020, with increasing demands to remove books that address racism and racial justice or those that shared the stories of Black, Indigenous, or people of color. As with previous years, LGBTQ+ content also dominated the list.

Banned books include: George by Alex Gino, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds, All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.
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Fridays @ 10:30 AM
Beginners and experienced players are welcome to join the Mahjong program every Friday at 10:30 AM. For now, will meet outdoors, while the weather permits.
Thursday, September 9 @ 11:00 AM
(Rescheduled from August 19)
Join us in our Library Park as Lynne Bernstein, a Master Gardener Volunteer from the Cornell Cooperative Extension, in collaboration with the Friends of the Great Swamp, discusses pollination. Lynne will discuss who the pollinators are, why they are essential, and what gardeners can do in their yards to encourage the pollinators and become part of the pollinator pathway.
Monday, September 13 @ 11:30 AM
Library Director Stephanie Harrison's monthly Book Club is back in person! Her selection for September is “Piranesi” by Susanna Clarke. Ms. Clarke introduces an astonishing new world, an infinite labyrinth, full of startling images and surreal beauty, haunted by tides and the clouds described by one critic as a gripping mystery and a brilliant new fantasy world. If you are interested in joining the discussion, pick up the book at the Patterson Library and register on our website. This book club is open to new participants.
Addictions: Recovering with Ayurveda
Tuesday, September 14 @ 7:00 PM
This month’s virtual Crowdcast lecture by Dr. Kaushik of the Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic in Cross River is "Addictions: Recovering with Ayurveda." This discussion is part of a series of virtual lectures with Dr. Kaushik hosted by Patterson Library and other Putnam County libraries.

This is a virtual program, so a valid email address is required. You will receive the program link by email from Crowdcast or the Desmond Fish Library.
"The Biggest Little Farm"
Wednesday, September 15 @ 1:00 PM
Our monthly movie matinees are back! We're kicking it off with a screening of "The Biggest Little Farm," a wonderful documentary about the eight years of daunting work it took to develop a sustainable farm on 200 acres outside of Los Angeles. Stay after the movie to discuss it if you like, and join us next week on 9/22 for a conversation on sustainable farming.
Friday, September 17 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Rain Date: September 24
Are you an artist or an art lover? This event is for both! Artists (age 16+) in all mediums should register to participate. Art enthusiasts are welcome to stop by and peek over their shoulders as they create original works in our Library Park. Works created on this site will be eligible for submission to the FrOGS' "Celebration of the Great Swamp" exhibit on October 23-24. See for details regarding submissions to this juried show.
Wednesday, September 22 @ 7:00 PM
Join us as we welcome Trixie Wessel of Glynwood Center for Regional Food & Farming in Cold Spring for a fascinating discussion on regenerative farming in the Hudson Valley. This program is in conjunction with our movie showing of "The Biggest Little Farm." It is not necessary to have seen the film to participate.
Thursday, September 23 @ 11:15 AM
Are you running out of ideas for healthy snacks and meals for your family? Nutritionist Allison Stowell will discuss healthy nutrition for children in this presentation. She will share tips for encouraging healthy eating habits and give you great ideas for easy and tasty snacks and family-friendly meals.

Storytime will be extended for children registered for the Playdough program so moms can attend. This program is also open to those who do not have children in the storytime, although childcare will only be provided for children registered for the storytime.
Wednesday, October 6 @ 7:00 PM
Is Medicare looming in your future but you don't know where to start or what would be best for you? Already in a plan but uncertain if it is the right fit? Maggie Flynn of Advocate Health Advisors will help you decipher Medicare eligibility and the many options involved in enrolling and choosing a plan. 
Checking in With Creamsickle!
Creamsickle had a blast traveling around Patterson this summer! Since they've come home to Patterson Library, Creamsickle has buckled down and started studying for school with their brand new library card! Come visit us and read with Creamsickle!
Begins Thursday, September 16
4:15 PM
Grades 5 & 6

Drop everything and read! We'll read great books, play games, and win prizes in this monthly book club! For Grades 5 & 6.
Begins Wednesday, October 6
4:30 PM
Grades K - 2

Bored of making art with only paper and pencils? Not anymore! Join us as we discover more magical ways of making art. We will make our own paint, create "invisible" art, and even paint with tape! For children in grades K - 2.
Monday, October 11
11 AM
Ages 8 - 13

Games with foam swords, fantasy and capture the flag are all part of the fun in this live-action role playing experience your kids will never forget! For children ages 8 - 13.
Thursdays, October 21 & 28
11:15 AM
Ages 3 - 5

In this class, you can play with your food! Join author Margaret E. Westin as she shows your child how to make fun, tasty and delicious food art. For children ages 3 - 5.
Thursday, October 14
4:30 PM
Ages 2 & up

Meet your favorite superhero or princess in this monthly storytime! Our Princess or Superhero will read an exciting book about their adventures while walking the kids through songs and activities.
*This program will be held on Facebook Live using the link below:

Make sure you fill out the questionnaire two days before the event to ensure your registration.

This is a facebook live program, so a facebook account is required.
Saturday, October 23

Try and find a Halloween surprise! You'll be searching over the library grounds for tons of spooky prizes! Costume contest will follow the hunt, so make sure you dress your best! This program is subject to weather conditions.
Next Meeting: Friday, October 15
3:30 PM
Grades 7 and up

Read fantastic YA fiction with friends old and new! This monthly book club is for grades 7 and up.
For grades 7 to 12.
Next Meeting: Saturday, October 16
10 AM
Grades 7 and up

Teen Leadership Council 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. You will go out into the community and volunteer with your adult advisor helping you along the way. Let your voice be heard, join today! Breakfast will be served at all meetings. *Contact Miss Jenn for more details. For grades 7 and up.
Virtual Program Disclaimer
Please be advised that the Library makes no warranties and/or representations concerning the virtual 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 minor 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.