A Message from
 Director Stephanie Harrison
Thank you to all who supported the library during our most recent budget vote. Our patrons truly are our best advocates! We are still awaiting the counting of the absentee ballots to determine whether our 90 vote lead will hold; however, regardless of the outcome, the board of trustees and staff look forward to serving our community and meeting the ever-changing needs of our patrons.
In other news, we are debuting a new column this month, “Front Desk News” which will provide highlights of new materials and services of interest to our patrons. I hope you will check it out. In addition, we are excited to be the recipient of a $2,500 donation from the PCSB Foundation, which will be used to replace our aging TBS Book Scan Station so our patrons can continue to scan and fax important documents at no cost to them.

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.



Thanks again for all of the support!
Front Desk News
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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 have priority.
Neighbor Helping Neighbor
Every year we are overwhelmed by the generosity of our community. As the holiday season approaches, many of our neighbors need help. This year we are working with several local groups as a donation drop-off location. Collection boxes are in our vestibule, and donations can be dropped off during business hours. Thank you for your continued caring for those in our community.
Children’s New Coat Drive:
Our Teen Leadership Council volunteers will be holding a coat drive to benefit Putnam CAP. They will be collecting new children’s coats with tags, from November 5 through December 4.
Toys for Tots New Toy Drive
We will once again accept new, unwrapped toys for the Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots drive from November 5 through December 11. These toys will be distributed to local children.
Food Drive
Help our neighbors in need by donating non-perishable food for our Holiday Food Drive for our local food pantry. The library and the Patterson Community Church collect food and toiletry items throughout the year. Please check the expiration date on all donated items. Thank you!
Teen Leadership Council: Free Holiday Gift Wrapping Service
Happy Wrappers from the Teen Leadership Council will provide complimentary gift wrapping while supplies last. All wrapping paper, gift bags, labels and bows will be provided while supplies last. Simple wrap does not include box, bring gift ready to wrap. *Limit 7 gifts per day.

Wrapping Days

Saturday, December 4 @ 11 - 1:30 PM
Tuesday, December 14 @ 3 - 5 PM
Friday, December 17 @ 3 - 5:30 PM
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Community Conversations
As part of our ALA Libraries Transforming Communities Grant, we held numerous community conversations with area patrons. We received valuable insight into what matters to them and what they look for in our community. Our series of conversations showed that people, from teens and young parents to senior citizens, are looking for more opportunities to interact with others in the community and desire a feeling of belonging. Another consistent theme in our conversations was the importance of maintaining our rural lifestyle and protecting the environment, especially the Great Swamp. In response to our discussions, we planted a new Pollinator Garden, a suggestion from one of the conversations, to try and help offer a good food source for bees and help the environment! Thank you to the American Library Association for
making these wonderful conversations possible.
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Fridays @ 10:30 AM
Beginners and experienced players are welcome to join the Mahjong group every Friday at 10:30 AM.

This is an in-person program and masks are required for all participants.
Wednesday, November 10 @ 1:00 PM
Experience the heartfelt story of Charlie, a comedy writer, who forms an unexpected friendship with Emma, a young street singer, after she wins lunch with the comedian.

Rated PG-13 for sexual references and strong language.
Starring Billy Crystal and Tiffany Haddish.

This is an in-person program, and masks are required for all participants.
Science Readers Virtual Discussion:
Detecting Pseudoscience
Wednesday, November 10 @ 7:00 PM
Do you like learning about fascinating scientific topics? If the answer is yes, then our Science Readers Group is for you. Every month, Dr. Ruth Light will discuss a current issue using journal articles and video clips that we will email in advance. The group will meet on the second Wednesday of the month via Zoom at 7:00 pm to discuss a current topic. This month Dr. Light will discuss how to deduct the pseudoscience of aging. New participants are welcome.

This is a virtual program, so a valid email address is required. 
Monday, November 15 @ 11:30 AM
Library Director Stephanie Harrison's monthly Book Club selection for November is "Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times" by Katherine May. This is an intimate, revelatory book exploring the ways we can care for and repair ourselves when life knocks us down. 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 is an in-person program, and masks are required for all participants.
Ayurveda and Diabetes: A Whole Body Approach
Tuesday, November 16 @ 7:00 PM
This month’s virtual Crowdcast lecture by Dr. Kaushik of the Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic in Cross River is "Diabetes: A Whole Body Approach." 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.
Thursdays @ 1:00 PM
Starting December 2
Learn about the architecture, art, and theology behind some of the world's most beautiful buildings on this virtual tour of the world's greatest churches with this series from The Great Courses. Check the Calendar for each week’s topics and join us for one or all of the segments as we watch on our big screen.

This is an in-person program, and masks are required for all participants.
Saturday, December 4 @ 1:00 PM
Kick-off the holiday season at this fun and festive concert and sing along to your favorite holiday songs with the popular Mad Hatter Chorus.

Registration Required. For ages 16 + over only.

This is an in-person program, and masks are required for all participants.
Movie Matinee: Jungle Cruise
Wednesday, December 8 @ 1:00 PM
Follow the exciting story about a group of brave travelers who take a small riverboat ride as they traverse through a dangerous jungle filled with animals and reptiles. Based on the Disneyland theme park attraction.

Rated PG-13: for sequences of adventure violence
Starring: Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt

This is an in-person program, and masks are required for all participants.
Begins Wednesday, November 17
4:30 PM
Grades 3 - 6

Grab a pen and paper and get ready to write! Join us as we learn writing tips and tricks and explore the fun side of writing by creating short stories, funny poems, and more! For kids in grades 3 - 6.
Monday, December 13
1 PM
Ages 3 - 5

Come warm up in the library with a good book and craft! For kids ages 3 - 5 years.
Tuesday, December 21
11 AM
Ages 3 - 5

Come celebrate the holidays this year with a fun story and craft! For kids ages 3 - 5 years.
Thursday, December 16
5 PM
Ages 12 & up

Gingerbread houses with a twist! Grab your friends and build your own Pop Tart house building competition! Pop tarts and some decorations will be provided, but feel free to bring candy to share. For ages 12 and up.
Next Meeting: Friday, December 17
3:30 PM
Grades 8 and up

Make new friends, or join old ones while reading a fantastic YA fiction book in this once-a-month book club for grades 8 and up.
Next Mtg: Saturday, December 18
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.