A Message from
 Director Stephanie Harrison
Looking Forward!
“Welcome to Your Library!” This is the 2021 theme for the American Library Association’s National Library Week, which runs this year from April 4 to April 10. Please join us in celebrating our nation’s libraries and staff, who work every day to provide educational opportunities and lifelong learning to transform the lives of our community members. I hope you take part in one of the fun activities we have planned for our patrons this week, or just stop in and say hi (our door is now unlocked)!
You might have noticed that we currently have no exterior sign. On March 23, gusty winds caused the signposts to splinter and the sign to fall over. We are currently investigating the most cost-effective options for getting it back in order. In the meantime, please check out our social media pages and online calendar for upcoming programs and announcements—we have a lot planned that I know you will enjoy. 

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.

Be well!
Stephanie Harrison, Library Director

National Library Week April 4 - 10
There’s no better time than #NationalLibraryWeek to stop in and discover all the ways libraries help you grow. To help us celebrate, we are giving away packets of seeds for your flower or vegetable garden, plus you can fill out an entry form to win our spring watering can filled with gardening goodies!

And for the little ones......

Don't forget to bring your completed Bingo boards in next week for your prize! If you haven't picked one up yet, you can still participate! Bingo boards are at the circulation desk, or you can print out the picture below! Bring your board in any time between April 4 to April 10!
Tech Tuesdays
Virtual Workshop Series
Maggie Carey of Master It Media, LLC, will present a series of virtual personal and business digital tech classes that you can use for your personal life or professionally. Learn how to use Google Drive, Google Docs, Sheets, Google my Business, how to use LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram to help you market your business, and so much more. See the website calendar for dates and topics. Sign up for one or all of them.
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Gut Health:
The Body’s Second Brain and First Line of Immune Defense
Tuesday, April 6 @ 7:00 PM
Dr. Somesh Kaushik will discuss the Ayurvedic philosophy of body, mind, spirit, and gut health, the body’s second brain, and the first line of immune defense. 

This is a virtual Crowdcast program, so a valid email address is required.
Virtual Program
Tuesday, April 13 @ 1:00 PM

April is Financial Literacy Month! Jeffrey Motta, Pawling Branch Manager for PCSB Bank, will help get us into financial shape in this discussion about financial literacy. Stop by the library for additional resources to help you budget, plan and attain financial security.

This is a virtual program, so a valid email address is required.
Creating and Collaborating with Google Docs and Sheets
Tuesday, April 13 @ 7:00 PM
In this Tech Tuesday session, Maggie Carey of Master It Media, LLC,  will teach you how to use Google Docs and Sheets to create professional documents and spreadsheets online. We’ll cover how to work on them in real-time with other people and get started with templates to make things easy.

This is a virtual program and requires a working email to participate.
Virtual Movie Discussion
Wednesday, April 14 @ 1:00 PM
Reel Talk is Patterson Library’s monthly virtual movie club. This month we will be featuring "Mank, the 2021 Oscar nominated film about the fascinating life of screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz set during the writing of the classic movie "Citizen Kane." Watch the movie on your own time and join us for a lively discussion on April 14th.

This is a virtual program, so a valid email address is required.
Photo by Inge Wallumrød from Pexels
Topic: Nothing to Sneeze At
Wednesday, April 14 @ 7:00 PM
Sneezing a lot? Itching or breaking out in rashes? Are you allergic to your cat or pollen or something else? Join Patterson Science Readers on April 14, 2021 at 7 PM to learn about allergies. Science Readers, facilitated by Dr. Ruth Light, meets monthly via Zoom at 7:00 pm on the second Wednesday to discuss a current topic using journal articles and video clips that will be emailed in advance. New participants are welcome.

This is a virtual program, so a valid email address is required.
Virtual Storytelling Workshop
Thursday, April 15 @ 7:00 PM
Effective personal storytelling is an essential skill for success and it’s one that anyone can learn. Storyteller Terry Wolfisch Cole will teach you how to turn unique experiences into interesting stories that will captivate listeners in any setting. You’ll learn effective personal storytelling tips and tricks that are equally applicable on stage, in a meeting, when making a presentation or speech, as part of your elevator pitch, or at a more personal lunch or dinner.

This is a virtual program and requires a working email to participate.
Bagels and Books
Virtual Book Club
Monday, April 19 @ 11:30 AM
In keeping with social distancing, Library Director Stephanie Harrison has moved her monthly Book Club discussion online! Her April book selection is Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano. It tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who is the sole survivor of a plane crash that kills all of the other 191 passengers, including the protagonist's family. You can pick up the book at the Patterson Library. If you are interested in joining the online discussion, email Stephanie at to register. She will be sending a link to join the discussion.

This is a virtual program, so a valid email address is required.
Get Things Done with Google Calendar
Tuesday, April 20 @ 7 PM
Tech Tuesdays # 3 with Maggie Carey of Master It Media, LLC will cover Google Calendar. In this session, learn how to optimize Google Calendar's features to manage your time, focus on your priorities, and keep track of your tasks all in one place. We’ll cover reminders, invitations, time blocking, recurring events, task lists, to-do lists, and how to receive a daily agenda automatically.
This is a virtual program and requires a working email to participate. 
Photo by Justin Goodhart
Outdoor In-Person Program
Saturday, April 24 @ 1:00 PM
Professional photographer Justin Goodhart will teach tips and techniques using your digital camera to take stunning landscape photographs. Weather and COVID regulations permitting, we will be outside in the Library Park for this workshop. Bring your camera and mask to participate. 

Please include an email address in the event we must reschedule or make this a virtual workshop.

This project was made possible, in part, through the Putnam Arts Council's Arts Link Grant Program, with public funds provided through the NYS Council on the Arts with support from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature.
Get an All-Star Rating on Your LinkedIn Profile
Tuesday, April 27 @ 7 PM
Maggie Carey of Master It Media, LLC, is back with the fourth session of the Tech Tuesdays series of personal and business digital tech classes. In this session, learn how to get three times the traffic on your LinkedIn profile. Master your LinkedIn profile to get an all-star rating and get valuable skill endorsements and recommendations. Maximize LinkedIn's free features to make connections to get you discovered!

This is a virtual program and requires a working email to participate.
Ayurvedic and Autoimmunity: Treating the Root Cause
Tuesday, May 4 @ 7:00 PM
The Patterson Library and other Putnam County libraries will be hosting a series of Crowdcast lectures by Dr. Kaushik of the Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic in Cross River. This month’s topic is the body’s natural detoxification pathways and how to care for these critical organs.

This is a virtual program so a valid email address is required. If you need help with Crowdcast, contact Don at 845-202-3342 or to schedule a tech session. You will receive the program link by email from Crowdcast or the Desmond Fish Library.
Checking in With Creamsickle!
March was a slow month for Creamsickle. They brushed up on their leprechaun literature and even got to have an amazing playdate with a new friend who came to visit them in the library!

What kinds of things do you want to see Creamsickle doing?
Begins Tuesday, May 4
10:15 AM
Age 2

Toddlers at the library! Get your twos back in the groove of coming to storytime. They'll have a blast reading silly stories, creating fantastic crafts, and engaging in all sorts of activities! Parents, caregivers, and kids will all have fun in this in-person, outdoor storytime.

*This is an in-person event. Masks required.
Begins Wednesday, May 5
10:30 AM
Age 2

Our twos are back in town! Our virtual two-year-old storytime includes singing and movement with stories, crafts, and felt boards to get your twos back in the groove! This class will focus on color and letter awareness, gross motor skills, and more! Craft kits will be put together for all registered participants. Please ask about siblings in this program.

This is a virtual program so a valid email address is required.
Wednesday, May 5
4:30 PM
Ages 8 - 12

Sanya of Come to Your Scentses will walk you through creating your very own mini succulent diffuser garden!

*This is an in-person event. Masks required.
Begins Thursday, May 6
11:15 AM
Ages 3 - 5

Let's explore the outdoors! Little gardeners will be making crafts to put in the library garden, planting our own flowers to take home, and more all while learning about plants, soil, and gardening!

*This is an in-person event. Masks required.
Begins Friday, May 7
1:30 PM
Ages 3 - 5

We’ll be prepping your kids for preschool in this interactive storytime. Themed flannel boards, crafts, and songs will engage your child in stories and build their reading skills. We will put craft kits together for all registered participants. Please ask about siblings in this program.

This is a virtual program, so a valid email address is required.
Thursdays, 4/8, 5/13 & 6/10
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 approval.

This is a virtual program, so a valid email address is required.
Saturday, May 15
11 AM
All Ages

Kids and families should come ready to join in the bilingual fun with a Latin music fusion party where we travel to the countries where the rhythms were born. Children will learn about different types of musical genres through interactive participation and dance. This is not your typical children’s concert; it’s a whole family fiesta!

This is an in-person event. Masks required.
Saturday, April 17
10 AM
All Ages

If you're searching for a furry friend, then look no further! Register for this outdoor adoption event and find the perfect puppy or kitten to take home! If you intend to adopt, please fill out the application on the Happy Life Animal Rescue website:

*This is an in-person outdoor event. Masks required.
Begins Thursday, April 22
4:30 PM
Grades 2 & 3

Pick up everything you need for this fun, interactive club. Every other week we will meet to discuss the books and do the activities together via zoom. 

This is a virtual program, so a valid email address is required.
Begins Thursday, April 22
4:30 PM
Grades 4 to 7

Get ready for graphic novels! We'll be reading all types of graphic novels in this awesome club, and we'll even try to create our own!

*This is an in-person, outdoor program. Masks required.
Wednesday, May 19
4 PM
Ages 13 & up

We are looking for teens to participate in this year's summer production! If you love theatre, join us for this wonderful stage performance.

This is an in person event. Masks required.
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.