December 2016 Newsletter
From the director...  
Sometimes, we are so busy around this time of year that we forget that others may be going through rough times. While the holidays can be a joyous time for gathering family and friends, it can also be a somber time for those who have lost loved ones and face another holiday season without them. For those who can afford to host parties or buy lots of gifts, it is often forgotten that many among us may not be so fortunate, and the financial strain rests heavily upon their shoulders. Added to this, our nation just went through a contentious election season that left many rifts between friends, family and co-workers in communities across the country.

Its times like these that I find comfort in the values and openness of libraries and what we provide to the community by our presence, our welcoming atmosphere and our reputation as a safe place to gather. Many of us were drawn to this profession because we are curious, we love information, and we enjoy helping others. We also like to build and strengthen community.   Sometimes, what we like to offer is the best thing to offer - hope, help, and to do something to benefit others. For the past few weeks we have been gathering new, unwrapped toys for the Newburgh Ministries and the box continually overflows with your generosity. The Backpack for Food bins in our lobby fill up with nutritious food for kids. Our annual Food for Fines exchange of a dollar in fines for a can or box of food continues to yield a stockpile of goods for the Hudson Valley Food Bank.

Sometimes, when the world gets overwhelming, all we have to do is look around us and help someone else out to remember we are all connected. We need each other. Be nice. Happy Holidays to you and your family.
With gratitude, 
Mary Lou Carolan,
845-534-8282, ext. 201

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For All Ages
(geared to 8+)  

December 7 
4:30-5:30 pm

The library will be participating in this popular nationwide initiative introducing computer science and computer programming to anyone who wants to learn. With more than 180 countries taking part -- you can be part of this global event. This program is for all ages but geared for those 8 years and up. Small children are welcome when accompanied by an adult. 
There is limited space! Please pre-register the week before the program by visiting our online calendar or call the library at 845-534-8282.

The library will provide some laptops and tablets, but PLEASE FEEL FREE to bring your own computer or device, as our supply is limited. 


Small Business Saturday & Shop Hop 

November 26
Visit our
Friends Bookstore
We'll be open all day!

The library is excited to be a part of the 5th Annual Small Business Saturday Shop Hop of Cornwall and Cornwall on Hudson sponsored by the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce.

Community Conversations   
"Learn How To Get Funding for Your Group's Projects" 


December 5

The discussion will focus on: strategic planning and funding analysis, coordination with county and regional economic development plans, understanding the preliminary steps and documentation needed to strengthen applications and how to build a multi-step funding quilt to implement key projects.

Guest speaker: 
Benjamin H. Syden, A.I.C.P.
Vice President, LaBerge Group

All are welcome!
Stampin' Up Card Making Workshop 

December 20
Participants create two original greeting cards to take home. All materials supplied. There is limited space, please register using the online calendar or by calling 845-534-8282, starting December 6.

December 28
2:00-3:30 pm
Have tech questions? Our savvy teen volunteers will be available to answer your questions about your laptop, tablet, smart phone, notebook, ipad or ipod.

A drop-in event - please bring your device!

Creative Writers Group

Meets most Mondays at 12:00 Noon in the Library Community Room.

Join an informal discussion with people who enjoy writing and sharing their thoughts and ideas.  All are welcome!

Gift-Making Workshops 
Make gifts for family members - all participants leave with a wrapped gift and card
(No peeking parents!) 


December 2

Grades K-5: 4:15-5:30pm
Grades 6-12: 6:00-7:30pm

Please register starting one week before the program via our online calendar or by calling 845-534-8282.

Open to all ages
For any skill range from beginner to accomplished players. An instructor will be available. Just drop-in!

December 6, 27
All sessions @ 4:30 PM  
**December 8 - the writers will meet at 7:00pm**

Family Build-It
A drop-in event! 

December 10  

*Special Holiday Build-It* Thursday
December 29
Bring the kids and come create a LEGOS masterpiece! All materials supplied - just bring your creativity!   


A Family Event
for All Ages!

December 28

Limited space . Please register in advance using the online calendar or by calling 845-534-8282.

Preschool Storytimes
Will Return in 2017!


Visit the library's
complete calendar
Holiday Hours:
The library will close for Christmas at 1:00pm
on Sat, December 24

We will re-open on
Tuesday, December 27
with our normal hours

The library will close for New Year's at 1:00pm 
on Sat, December 31

We will re-open on 
Tuesday, January 3
with our normal hours from 9:00am-8:00pm 


Library Board of Trustees Meeting 

December 13 
All meetings are open to the public. Call 534-8282 for more information.

(register when you
pick up the book!)

Talk It Up! Book Club
with Julie Baxter  
for Grades 1 &2
Owl Moon 
by Doreen Cronin 
December 1

Book Group
with Martha LaVallee
for Grades 3 &4 
Will Return in 2017!
Readzza, Readzza 
with Martha LaVallee
for Grades 5-8
Will Return in 2017!

Book Chat & Chocolate
A Touch of Stardust  
by Kate Alcott 
December 1

1st Wednesday
Book Group
Reading the best
in non-fiction!
Schulz & Peanuts 
by David Michaelis  
December 7   
7:00 pm

Out & About Book Club 
Not your mother's book club!
for ages 21-39 
The Circle 
by Dave Eggers
December 15 

This month Out & About is joining Newburgh Library's Books & Brews at 2 Alice's Coffee Lounge in Newburgh:

Mystery Book Discussion Group
The First Rule 
by Robert Crais  
December 21
7:00 PM


Tea & a Classic
One Special Night
December 14
Patrons are welcome to bring a light refreshment or item for the door prize.
Light fare served @ 12:00
Movie starts @ 12:30

Foreign Film Sunday 
The Second Mother 
December 11


Notary Public Service 

The library is now offering a notary public service.  We currently have 3 notaries on staff who are generally available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, but please call 845-534-8282 to check for availability.

Museum Passes  
Cornwall Public Library cardholders can borrow our museum passes for free admission to these sites:
Storm King Art Center 
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum 
The Frick Collection 
Boscobel House & Gardens 
Mid-Hudson Children's Museum 
Please call 845-534-8282 for more details & info.

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