March 2017 Newsletter
From the director...   
I spent this morning touring the gorgeous West Point Jefferson Library - all 6 floors of it. I marveled at every room, the diversity of displays and collections, the stunning traveling exhibit on holocaust victims' art, the groups of young cadets engaged in independent study, study groups, and a simulated United Nations course.  So many activities and collections gathered under one roof.

Libraries are a constant. They have experienced changes in the delivery of information over the centuries, but their mission to create and support an educated citizenry has remained consistent.  I think that's what people enjoy about libraries, knowing what to expect when you go there.  Each library has its own flair but all exist to celebrate your curiosity, your enjoyments, expand your interests, and expose you to new ways of thinking or seeing...all under one roof.  As I observed the students engaged in active learning today, I also felt pride that libraries encourage thoughtful consideration.  We celebrate the desire to grow and learn; to want to know more.  That's a good thing.  A noble pursuit. 
Mary Lou Carolan,
845-534-8282, ext. 201

Submission Deadline:
March 20

Awards Ceremony:
April 30
Ages 5-18: enter up to two of your original poems. Our judges will select a top poem in 5 age categories and a best overall poem.

For a complete list of rules and how to enter, please visit the library's website:

Family Build-It 
A drop-in event!

 Mar 25
Apr 15, May 13
Bring the kids and come create a LEGOS masterpiece! All materials supplied - just bring your creativity!   

PJ Storytime


Feb 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.

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

February 28
March 7, 14
April 4, 25
May 9, 23
all @ 4:30pm

Late Winter Preschool Storytimes
Online Registration Required 

Baby Lapsit*
ages birth to 18 months with an adult
Thursdays @ 9:30 am - walking 
or 10:30 am - not yet walking
  March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
*no older siblings please

Toddler Time
ages 18-36months with an adult
Tuesdays @ 9:30 am or 10:30am 
February 28  
March 7, 14, 21, 28

Fridays @ 9:30am or 10:30am
March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 

Circle Story Time 
for 3-year olds "all by myself"
Wednesdays @ 10:30am 
March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Preschool Storytime 
ages 4 &5 (not yet in K) 
Wednesdays @
 March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 

T.U.T. Meeting
(Teen Underclassman Team)
Mar 3 
 Apr 21, May 5
For active members only. For more information call the library at 845-534-8282 and speak to Lisa SinClair. 
Steam Fair!
Learn about women in STEAM and
how they make a difference in the world
A Drop-in Event for Kindergarten and up!

March 4

Creative Writing for Teens
for grades 8-12 
Tuesdays: Mar 28, Apr 25      
Thursdays: Mar 9, Apr 13 

Bilingual Storytime

@9:30 am
Mar 18
Apr 8
May 20

Family event for 18 months and up. Songs, stories, fun and learn Spanish!  This is a drop-in event. 

Art Afternoon
Featuring the Work of Maira Kalman 
March 23 

Working with line, words & Color. For grades K-12, dress for a mess.

Limited Space, please register using the online calendar starting March 16th.


Lincoln Center Local Live
Latin Beat
with Alexander Wu and the ZigZag Quartet 

  March 2  
6:30p m

Lincoln Center partners with Cornwall Public Library to bring film screenings of world-class performances to your neighborhood. This is a new  program! 
Major support for Lincoln Center Local: Free Screenings is provided by the Oak Foundation.
Additional support is provided by the Booth Ferris Foundation and the Altman Foundation. MetLife is the national sponsor of Lincoln Center. This is a drop-in event! 

Co mmunity Conversations
Cornwall Rising:
A Placemaking Proposal    
presented by the
Cornwall Economic
Development Advisory Committee 

March 6 
6:00p m
Join us for a follow-up discussion to the Economic Development Community Conversation held last September at the library. Listen to a presentation on plans for Main Street and placemaking in Cornwall. Give your feedback!
WWII Lecture
Running Wild: Intelligence in the
Pacific Theatre in WWII 

March 7th  
6:00p m

Presented by Dr. David Gioe,  Asst. Professor of Histo ry at West Point and History Fellow at the Army Cyber In s titute.

This is a drop-in event! 
Great Decisions Discussion Group

March 8
"Trade & Politics"

March 29
"Conflict in the  
South China Sea" 

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:

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

Prepare a poultry recipe for approx. 10 people, bring to event to share and discuss. Limited Space - please register in advance using the library's online calendar.  

Greater Newburgh Symphony
Orchestra Bus Trip 
March 18 
5:00 PM: Welcome Refreshments (Library's Community Room) 
5:45 PM: Bus departs SHARP from library's parking lot
6:30 PM: Concert Preview @ Aquinas Hall, Mount St. Mary's
7:30 PM: "From the Other Side"
9:30 PM: Bus returns to Cornwall      

Enjoy a concert with the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are $25 (all inclusive) or $22 (no bus). Please register in advance with payment at the Cornwall Public Library.

Irish Music Concert

March 19
1:30 PM

at Munger Cottage  
(located behind the library)
395 Hudson St., Cornwall, NY 

Enjoy a concert of traditional Irish Music featuring Brian Conway on fiddle and John Walsh on guitar and vocals. Brian Conway, premier Irish-American fiddler, performs with a skill, grace and force that are steeped in tradition but distinctively his own.  Bronx-born John Walsh took up guitar and was lucky enough to be surrounded by a rich musical heritage where he learned a variety of styles.

This concert is free and open to the public!

College Admissions and Financial Aid 
March 20 
Learn how to organize and make sense of the daunting college admissions process and gain insight into this complex and stressful experience. Presented by Elizabeth Levine from Signature College Counseling.

Limited Space - Please register using the online calendar starting March 1st. 

March 22
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!

Next Step Run
Film ~ Speakers ~ Discussion

March 26 

During Women's History Month, the library is hosting an informative and inspiring program to encourage more women to run for elective office. See a documentary film produced and directed by Pam Maus , participate in a discussion and hear guest speakers.

Special Guest:
Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther
NY State Assembly District 100


Visit the library's
complete calendar


Library Board of Trustees Meeting 

March 9 
All meetings are open to the public. Call 534-8282 for more information.

(register when you
pick up the book!)


for Grades K-2
Fossil Girl: Mary Anning's Dinosaur Discovery
by Catherine Brighton
March 16 
(New time!) 

Book Group
with Martha LaVallee
for Grades 3 & 4
The Lemonade War 
by Jacqueline Davies
March 21

  Readzza, Readzza 
with Martha LaVallee
for Grades 5-8
The Eighth Day 
by Dianne Salerni
March 21st  

1st Wednesday
Book Group
Reading the best
in non-fiction!
The Boys in the Boat  
by Daniel James Brown 
March 1st

Out & About Book Club 
Not your mother's book club!
for ages 21-39 
Ready Player One
by Ernest Cline 
March 22nd  
7:00 pm
Meeting at: 

Mystery Book Discussion Group  
It Happens in the Dark 
by Carol O'Connell
March 15

Book Chat & Chocolate 
The Secrets
of Midwives  
by Sally Hepworth 
March 23
7:00 PM


Tea & a Classic
Mary Poppins
March 8
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 Wolfpack  
March 12 


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!

Language Learning
with Rosetta Stone
You can now enhance your language learning goals with free access to Rosetta StoneĀ® Library Solution. Call the library for more information!

Legal Forms at
Your Fingertips!

  • NYS Legal Forms
  • Legal Definitions
  • Attorney Directory
  • Tax Forms
  • Law Digest
  • Legal Q&A
Available for FREE through our website.

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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