Cornwall Library Newsletter February 2020
From the Library Director...

We have a lot going on in February here at the Library! Browse the programs below, and come in for an old favorite or a new class or program that interests you.

February is also "Library" month for other reasons. Saturday, February 1, is Take Your Child to the Library Day, and here in Cornwall, our Youth Services Department is planning a fun-filled Cirque de Seuss! Come dressed as your favorite Dr. Seuss character and drop in for a silly afternoon!

Tuesday, February 25, is Library Advocacy Day. Library advocates from across New York converge on Albany each year to express their support for funding and policies that benefit libraries. Our collective efforts have resulted in over $11M in additional library aid statewide since 2011!

All New York libraries and citizens benefit from this advocacy — this means you! You can support our efforts at the Cornwall Public Library by calling the offices of Assemblyman Colin Scmitt or Senator James Skoufis. Tell them how important your library is to our community — and its voting citizens. Tell them that increased funding for libraries is critical.

With your help, our Library remains an essential and vital part of our community. We're proud to serve you, and we welcome your feedback!

Charlotte A. Dunaief
Take Your Child to the Library Day: Cirque de Seuss
February 1
12:30-2:30 pm

Chase away the winter blahs and celebrate all things Seuss! Stories, games, silly crafts, and fun for all ages. Hosted by T.U.T., the Library's teen advisory board. This is a family drop-in program for all ages.
Hudson Valley Ebony Strings Concert
February 9
2:00-3:30 pm
@ Munger Cottage

The Hudson Valley Ebony Strings, an ensemble of middle and high school students under the direction of violinist E’lissa Jones, will perform in honor of Black History Month. The ensemble plays a mix of classical music, spirituals, and new compositions by Ms. Jones. This is a drop-in program, held at Munger Cottage (behind the Library).
Library Board
of Trustees Meeting
February 13
7 pm

All meetings are open to the public. Call 845-534-8282 for more info.

  • Fax, Copy & Scan
  • Mobile Print & Wifi
  • Computers & Printing
  • Laptops & Tablets
  • Tax Forms
  • Research Assistance
  • Exam Proctoring
  • Notary Public
  • Museum Passes
JobNow provides you with practical tools to help you get a job. It features informative, easy-to-use resources, with free internet tools for job seekers, including personality and career assessments. JobNow also includes a resume builder, and helps you to hone the skills needed to ace the interview. A library card and pin number are required to access this database.
Kids and Teen Programs
Intro to Felting:
Flat Felting Basics
February 4
4:15-5:45 pm
Christing Adams of Black Sheep Arts will demonstrate the art of flat felting for beginners. Open to participants ages 10 and up. Limited space — register online one week in advance.
Dog Tales
Mondays @ 4:30 pm
February 10
March 9
April 6
May 4

Read to a furry friend from Hudson Valley Paws for a Cause. Grades K-12. Please register for a 15-minute time slot — 4:30, 4:45, 5:00, or 5:15. Registration begins one week prior to the event.
Chess Time
Tuesdays @ 4:30 pm
February 4, 18
March 10, 24
April 14, 28

Chess Time is for all ages and for any skill level, from beginners to accomplished players. An instructor is available. This is a drop-in program.
(Teen Underclassmen Team)
February 7
March 20
April 17
May 1
5:30-7:45 pm

For established members only.
February 18
March 10
April 21
May 5

February 6
March 26
April 16
May 21

All dates @ 6 pm

Creative writing workshop for Grades 8-12. This is a drop-in program.
Loom Knitting
February 19
4:15 pm

For grades 2 and up — not just for kids! Beginners and experienced knitters are welcome. Looms and yarn are provided. This is a drop-in program.
¡Cuentos! Bilingual Story Time
February 22
March 14
April 18
May 16
9:15 am

Stories, songs and Spanish for 18 months and up. All are welcome. This is a drop-in family event.
Family Build-it with LEGOs
February 22
March 14
April 18
May 16
10 am

Bring the kids and build a master-piece! This is a drop-in family event.
Early Spring Preschool Story Time Registration Dates
Registration for CCSD residents:
February 18
Registration for non-residents:
February 20
For programs beginning March 11

Registration required
for all Story Time programs

  • If a program is filled, call the library at 845-534-8282 to be placed on a waiting list.
  • Please notify us at 845-534-8282 to let us know if you cannot attend a session.
  • Story times will be canceled if Cornwall Schools are closed or delayed due to inclement weather.
PJ Storytime
February 10
March 16
April 6
May 18
6:30 pm

Wear your PJs and bring your favorite cuddly. For 3, 4, & 5 year olds with a caregiver, but all are welcome. Register one week before the program via our online calendar or call the library at 845-534-8282.
February 13
4:15 pm

A book group for kindergarten, 1st & 2nd graders. Each program will include a shared reading, story and illustration discussion and a theme-related activity.
Please register when you pick up the book at our circulation desk.

Book / Snack
February 24
4:30 pm

Join us for a book club for 3rd-4th grade. There is always a snack! Please register when you pick up the book.
Readzza, Readzza
February 24
6:30 pm

Join us for a book club for 5th-8th grade. Please register when you pick up the book.
Art Afternoon
February 20
4:15 pm

For grades K-12 -- Dress for mess! Register one week prior to the program. This month, we'll be making prints.
Minecraft Mania
February 22
March 14
April 18
May 16
1:30-3:00 pm

Join us for Minecraft! 2nd grade and up; patrons can bring their own laptop computer or tablet (library has a limited supply). Please register online one week in advance.
Adult Programs
Painting a Hudson River Scene
with Paul Gould
February 8
1-3:30 pm

Join us for a demonstration and workshop with local artist, Paul Gould, as he teaches the technique for using watercolor pencils. The Library will supply watercolor pencils, brushes, drawing pencils, and erasers. Participants are encouraged to bring their own drawing pads. Mr. Gould will demonstrate how to outline the scene and fill it in with watercolor pencils. Limited to 22 participants. Registration required.
Art Exhibition
Featuring Artworks by Paul Gould
On display through February

Paul Gould began his painting career at the age of eleven under the guidance of his father, noted artist and illustrator John Gould. In 1957, Paul's parents founded the Bethlehem Art Gallery in Cornwall, where Paul conducted art classes for more than thirty years. He has taught painting and drawing classes at Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh, and plein air classes in New England and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He currently teaches art classes at his Hudson Valley Gallery in Cornwall-on-Hudson.
His work will be on display in the library community room through February.

Census 2020: Getting Ready!
Thursday, February 20 @ 10 am
Monday, March 2 @ 6:30 pm

In 2020, the Census will be conducted primarily online, for the first time. Taking part is your civic duty and is required by law. It’s a way to participate in our democracy and say, “I count.” Census presenter Mario Garcia will provide information and answer questions. This is a drop-in program.
Game Night
February 3
5:30-7:30 pm

Join us for an evening of board games! Classic and modern board games, and card games. Fun for ages 12 and up. Drop in and bring a friend!
China History & Culture Through Film: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
February 23
1-3:45 pm

A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation. Action-packed, box office smash. Winner of the Film Critics’ Award and Golden Glob. There will be a discussion before and after the film by Dr. Lan Jiang, VP of the Orange County Chinese Association. This is a drop-in program. Adults only, due to film content.
Know Your Health by Heart
Tuesday, February 25
1 pm

Dr. Anthony Patrello is an interventional cardiologist at the Hudson Valley Heart Center and the Director of Cardiovascular Services at Montefiore St. Luke’s Hospital. In recognition of Heart Health Month, Dr. Patrello will share his cutting-edge expertise in multiple areas of cardiac care. This is a drop-in program.
Eat Hearty, Stay Healthy
Wednesday, February 26
1 pm

Celebrate Heart Health Month with a nutrition seminar guaranteed to satisfy your appetite for solid information on the do’s and don’ts of heart healthy food choices. This is a drop-in program.
Ireland: A Very Brief History
of a Complex Situation
February 29
10 am-noon

Captain Andrew Campbell, a teacher of European history at the United States Military Academy at West Point, will give an informative talk on the history of Ireland. Along with his multiple deployments, Capt. Campbell has completed graduate studies in British history and has a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership. This is a drop-in program.
Member's Choice
Book Club
Nickel and Dimed:
On (Not) Getting by
in America
by Barbara Ehrenreich
February 5
7 pm
Book Chat & Chocolate
The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat
by Edward Kelsey Moore
February 27
7 pm
Out & About Book Club
Fahrenheit 451
by Ray Bradbury
February 19
7 pm
El Jalapeno Charro
New Windsor
Mystery Book Club
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
by Alexander McCall Smith
February 19
7 pm
Midday Matinee
On the Basis of Sex
February 12
12 noon

Free popcorn! Coffee and tea provided. This is a drop-in program.
Teen Tech Tutors
Monday, February 17
Thursday, March 19
Wednesday, April 8
3 pm

Our savvy teen volunteers will be available to answer your questions about your laptop, tablet, notebook, smart phone, iPod and/or iPad. Bring your device and any necessary passwords. This is a drop-in program.
C reative Writers Group

Meets most Mondays at 11:30 am . Join us for an informal discussion with people who enjoy writing and sharing their thoughts and ideas. All are welcome! This is a drop-in program.
Great Decisions
February 12
Climate Change and the Global Order
7-8:30 pm

Great Decisions is a program of the Foreign Policy Association, under the auspices of the United Nations. The group will meet in January-June, September-October, to discuss topics in the briefing book and watch an informational video. This is a drop-in program, but if you are a new member, please speak to Rosaleen Leahy about the briefing book (845-534-8282 or email Rosaleen:
Briefing books can be purchased at the library for a cost of $22.