A Message from
 Director Stephanie Harrison
The Great Give Back
Halloween Fall Fest, Open House & Food Drive

2021 marks the third year that the Patterson Library is participating in the Great Give Back, which is a New York State library initiative to provide patrons ways to give back to their communities. In 2019 we offered a pet adoption and in 2020 we provided local seniors with a pick-up breakfast. This year we have planned fun fall activities and experiences for patrons of all ages at our Great Give Back Halloween Fall Fest, Open House & Food Drive event. We are asking participants to bring in a non-perishable food item or toiletry product for the Patterson Food Pantry. We hope you will join us to have some fun and make Patterson a better community!

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Computer help is back in the Patterson Library. Two Thursdays per month from 5:00 – 6:30 pm, Carl Triana of Jazz on Bones Technology Services will be available in our Study Room to answer your computer and tech questions. He can help troubleshoot and show you how to perform common tasks. However, he cannot do any computer repairs in the library. Check our calendar for the dates he will be here. Registration is preferred but drop-ins are welcome. Please note that registered patrons will be given priority.
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The Great Give Back
Fall Fest, Open House & Food Drive
Saturday, October 23, 10:30 to 1:00

Food Truck, Live Music, Spooky Pumpkin Patch, Halloween Hunt & more!

Join us for our fantastic Halloween Fall Fest & Open House event. Enjoy the smooth sounds of Mark Vandetta Acoustics, great food from Wandering Dave's Food Truck, a costume Halloween Hunt for the little ones, and free pumpkins from our spooky pumpkin patch, all while working together to help our neighbors facing food scarcity. We are asking for a suggested donation of non-perishable food items or toiletries for our local food pantry.

The Great Give Back event is a statewide library initiative that brings people together to strengthen our community so that we can help meet the needs and challenges our neighbors are facing. Together we can make anything happen.

The Halloween Hunt is scheduled for 10:30 am for children age 7 and under, with a second hunt at 11:30 am for children 8 and older. Please register for the Halloween Hunt on our calendar.

Join A Book Club at the Library

Interested in joining a book club? Our Patterson Library book clubs are again meeting in the library. Library Director Stephanie Harrison facilitates a club on the third Monday of the month at 11:30 am. There are also clubs accepting new members that meet monthly on Tuesday at 1:00 pm or Thursday at 6:30 pm. Contact to learn more about the book clubs and to leave your contact information.
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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.

This is an in-person program and masks are required for all participants. Spots are limited; please register.
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.

This is an in-person program and masks are required for all participants.
Wednesday, October 13 @ 1:00 PM
Just in time for Halloween, we will be showing "A Quiet Place: Part II," the sequel to the critically acclaimed and locally filmed "A Quiet Place." This movie continues the story of the Abbot family as they face the dangers of the outside world. With creatures stalking their every sound, they forget the other dangers lurking all around.

Rated PG-13 for terror, blood, and violence
Starring Emily Blunt and Cillian Murphy

This is an in-person program and masks are required for all participants.
Gut Feelings
Wednesday, October 13 @ 7:00 PM
What can we tell by how our abdomens feel? It's pretty vague since the symptoms of many diseases of the intestinal tract are identical. But there is a vast difference between, for example, IBS and IBD. Ruth Light, MD, would like to explain the difference, prompted by a popular book that got it wrong.

This is a virtual program, and a working email is required to receive the articles to be discussed and the Zoom link. Science Readers is facilitated by Dr. Ruth Light and meets on the second Wednesday of the month via Zoom at 7:00 pm to discuss a current topic using journal articles and video clips that we will email in advance. New participants are welcome.

This is a virtual program, so a valid email address is required. 
Monday, October 18 @ 11:30 AM
Library Director Stephanie Harrison's monthly Book Club is back in person. Her selection for October is "Such a Fun Age" by Kiley Reid. This debut novel is a page-turning and big-hearted story about race and privilege. It tells the story of a young black woman wrongly accused of kidnapping; her well-intentioned employer, and the events that follow the incident while exploring the stickiness of transactional relationships and “family.” 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.
This month’s virtual Crowdcast lecture by Dr. Kaushik of the Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic in Cross River is "Anxiety and Depression: Cultivating a Chemistry of Joy." 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.
Wednesday, October 27 @ 7:00 PM
Did you know Elizabeth Montgomery's family lived on Cushman Road in Patterson? If you're new to the area or just enjoy local history, then this talk is for you! Learn about the fascinating history of our community with interesting stories and facts about everything from our famous neighbors to what businesses once thrived on Front Street. Ron Taylor and the Patterson Historical Society members will share their knowledge of Patterson and fill you in on their Historic Landmark Sign project and more.

Copies of the PHS book "The Vignettes of Patterson" will be available for purchase at the event.

The PHS Annual Meeting will precede the presentation at 6 PM, and the public is invited to attend.

This is an in-person program, and masks are required for all participants.
Bryan Miller, acclaimed former New York Times food critic, will discuss his new book "Dining In The Dark." This memoir describes his public life as the toast of the restaurant world while he privately battled depression.

Books will be available for purchase and signing by the author. 

This is an in-person program, and masks are required for all participants.
Begins Tuesday, November 2
4:30 PM
Grades K - 2

Let's get ready to read in this adorable read-a-long book club. Together, we'll read a full chapter book and pair it with fun and creative crafts and activities! For children in grades K - 2.
Begins Wednesday, November 3
Ages up to 23 months

Join us for our baby story time! We'll develop your baby's pre-literacy skills and introduce a love for books by using song, movement, and rhyme. Improve motor, sensory, and social skills with caregiver. *Caregivers must remain in program. For children up to 23 months.
Monday, November 15
1:30 PM
Ages 3 - 5

Come celebrate Thanksgiving with a fun book and craft! For children ages 3 - 5 years.
Begins Wednesdays, November 10
4:30 PM
Grades 3 - 5

Ever written a sentence and then realized it rhymed? Created accidental alliterations? Well then maybe you're a poet and you just don't know it! Together we will learn about the various types and elements of poetry while using the inspiration to write our very own. *No meeting 11/24. For children in grades 3 - 5.
Next Meeting: Friday, November 19
3:30 PM
Grades 7 and up

Read fantastic YA fiction with friends old and new! This once a month book club is for grades 7 and up. For grades 7 to 12.
Next Meeting: Saturday, November 20
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.
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.