January 2017 Newsletter
From the director...   

I got shushed. I was having a lively conversation with one of our regular library members when another member came over and asked us, quite sternly, to please be quiet.   Granted, I have a rather loud voice and I was laughing - often a recipe for disaster. We frequently have complaints about noise from the children's programs, from our front desk, or from people talking at small tables where they are working on projects or being tutored.
 
Libraries have changed over the years from once hallowed sanctuaries of quiet to more congenial community gathering spaces, and to attracting more and more groups of children and families whose occasional shrieks, cries or laughter resonate throughout the library. I always thought of this as a good thing. The sound of people talking and enjoying one another brings a sense of community and warmth in a world often bereft of both. I also understand the desire for peace and quiet. Somehow, I hope that mutual respect and patience will prevail and we, and our sounds, can peacefully coexist.
 
Shortly, we will be portioning off a section in our adult collection area and enclosing it to offer a place as a quiet reading area, study group, tutoring or small meeting room space. As we consider ways to meet your expressed needs, this one has risen to the top. More exciting things are planned in the New Year as we continue to grow and adapt to the ever changing needs of our community.
 
Warm wishes for a lovely holiday season ,
Mary Lou (the not-so-quiet librarian)
mlcarolan@rcls.org,
845-534-8282, ext. 201
Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces
Cornwall Public Library is one of fifteen small U.S. public libraries selected to participate in the Small Libraries Create Smart Spaces project. Over an 18-month period, participants will engage in a training program and apply what they learn to re-imagine and reconfigure their library space to support socially engaging and active learning programming that addresses a defined community need.

We are very excited to be 1 of the 15 libraries chosen, from 106 applicants nationwide, to participate in this project.  Learning ways to re-purpose our current space to better serve our community will enable us to grow creatively and create active learning environments inside and outside of our library walls. To learn more about the project visit:


FOR ADULTS


Wednesday
December 28
2:00-3:30pm

Monday
January 16
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!


Community Conversations

"All Your Travel Needs"
with Manuela from Worldwide Travel 

Thursday

January 5
6:30pm


Learn more from a travel expert on topics such as traveling
with children, solo travel, senior travel and travel safety.
Space is limited -- please register via the online calendar or call the library at 845-534-8282.



Cooking with Cookbooks

Celebrating Mario Batali!

Saturday

January 7th
1:00-2:30pm 
Prepare a recipe from a Batali cookbook for approx. 10 people and bring in for luncheon and discussion. Limited space! Please register in advance by visiting our online calendar.
Great Decisions Discussion Group

Wednesday
January 11
7:00-8:30pm

Great Decisions is a program of the Foreign Policy Association, under the auspices of the United Nations. The group usually meets once a month January-June and October-November to discuss topics in the briefing book and watch an informational video. For more information call the library at 845-534-8282 or email Rosaleen: rleahy@rcls.org.

Please register via the online calendar --briefing books can be purchased at the library for a cost of $22


Tuskegee Airmen 
Wednesday 
January 25 
6:30pm

Come hear a presentation by the local New Windsor Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen (Maj. Gen. Irene Trowell-Harris Chapter) and learn about this important chapter of military history.  This is a drop-in event! Presenters will include: 
  Col. Glendon Fraser 
Chapter President and retired Lieutenant Colonel from the NY Air National Guard; United Airlines Senior Captain

    Stephan Wilkinson, Chapter Member 


 
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!

KIDS, TEENS & FAMILIES
 

Hanukkah
Happening

Storytime/Crafts/Food
A Family Event
for All Ages!


Wednesday
December 28
11:00am-12:00pm



This program has only a few spots left -- please register in advance using the online calendar or by calling 845-534-8282.  If filled, please call to be placed on our waiting list.

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

Tuesdays:
December 27
Jan 10 & 31
all @ 4:30pm


Family Build-It 
A drop-in event!

*Special Holiday Build-It*
Thursday
December 29 
10:00am

Saturdays:
Jan 28, Feb 25, Mar 25
Apr 15, May 13
@10:00am 
 
Bring the kids and come create a LEGOS masterpiece! All materials supplied - just bring your creativity!   

PJ Storytime

Mondays
@6:30pm

Jan 9, 23
Feb 13, 27
Mar 13, 27
Apr 10, 24
May 8, 22

Wear your PJs and bring your favorite cuddly. For 3, 4 & 5 year olds with a caregiver, but all are welcome. 

Register the week before the program via our online calendar or call the library at 845-534-8282.

Creative Writing for Teens
for grades 8-12 
January dates:
Thur, Jan 12     Tue, Jan 24
@6:00pm  

Winter Preschool Storytimes
Online Registration Required 
Registration begins January 10 for Cornwall Residents and January 12 for Non-Residents

Baby Lapsit*
ages birth to 18 months with an adult
Wednesdays @ 9:30 am - walking 
or 10:30 am - not yet walking
  January 18, 25
February 1, 8
*no older siblings please

Toddler Time
ages 18-36months with an adult
Fridays @ 9:30 am or 10:30am 
January 20, 27 
February 3, 10
Thursdays
@
9:30am only 
January 19, 26 
February 2, 9

Circle Story Time 
for 3-year olds "all by myself"
Mondays @ 10:30am 
January 17, 24, 31 
February 7

Preschool Storytime 
ages 4 &5 (not yet in K) 
Mondays @
9:30am
 January 17, 24, 31 
February 7

T.U.T. Meeting
(Teen Underclassman Team)
Fridays 
Jan 20, Feb 3, Mar 3 
 Apr 21, May 5
5:30-7:45pm
For active members only. For more information call the library at 845-534-8282 and speak to Lisa SinClair. 



Alexander Calder
Working in Wire 
 
Thursday
January 26 
4:15-5:30pm
Limited space 
Register starting January 19 
via our online calendar 

CALENDAR

Visit the library's
complete calendar
Holiday Hours:

The library will close for New Year's at
1:00pm 
on Sat, Dec 31 and will remain closed Sun, Jan 1 and Mon, Jan 2

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

MEETINGS 

Library Board of Trustees Meeting 

Thursday
January 12  
7:00pm 
 
All meetings are open to the public. Call 534-8282 for more information.


GREAT KIDS READS
(register when you
pick up the book!)


Talk It Up! Book Club
with Julie Baxter  
for Grades K, 1 & 2
The Seven Chinese Sisters 
by Kathy Tucker 
Thursday
January 19
@4:30pm 


Book/Snack
Book Group
 
with Martha LaVallee
for Grades 3 & 4
Coraline 
by Neil Gaiman
Tuesday
January 24 
@4:30pm

  Readzza, Readzza 
with Martha LaVallee
for Grades 5-8
Cinder 
by Marissa Meyer
Tuesday  
January 24 
7:00pm
 

GREAT READS 
1st Wednesday
Book Group
Reading the best
in non-fiction!
 
In Such Good Company 
by Carol Burnett
Wednesday 
January 4
7:00pm

Out & About Book Club 
Not your mother's book club!
for ages 21-39 
The Hundred
Foot Journey 
by Richard C. Morais  
Wednesday
January 18  
7:00 pm

Meeting at: 


Mystery Book Discussion Group  
The Perfect Suspect 
by Margaret Coel
Wednesday 
January 18
7:00pm 


Book Chat & Chocoalte 
Gone with the Wind 
by Margaret Mitchell  
Thursday
January 26
7:00 PM


GREAT FILMS  


Tea & a Classic
9 to 5
Wednesday
January 11
Patrons are welcome to bring a light refreshment or item for the door prize.
Light fare served @ 12:00
Movie starts @ 12:30



Sundance Sunday 
The Russian Woodpecker  
Sunday 
January 8
1:00pm

Sunday Matinee
Austenland
Sunday 
January 22nd 
1:00pm
 
 

SERVICES AND MORE !


Language Learning
with Rosetta Stone
 
You can now enhance your language learning goals with free access to Rosetta StoneĀ® Library Solution. Whether you're looking to learn a brand new language, further your ESL learning (for non-native English speakers), or brush up on a language for business or vacation travel, Rosetta Stone is the perfect solution. Call the library for more information!

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.


WE GO WHERE YOU GO
RCLS App
Did you know you can install an App on your smartphone or tablet to search the library's catalog, place a hold for an item, and more? Search for "RCLS" in your App Store.

Your library is just 
one click away!
Powered by Boopsie for Libraries    
Please call us at 534-8282 for more information

MOBILE PRINT IS
AT  YOUR LIBRARY
Wherever you are, the library is now a destination for printing! For more information or instructions on how to use the service please visit: www.cornwallpubliclibrary.org or call 534-8282.