Cornwall Library Newsletter April 2021
The Cornwall Public Library has thankfully been able to adjust to the challenging reality created by the spread of COVID-19. We've worked hard on our virtual programming for all patrons and appreciate the community support for our varied offerings. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have a dedicated audience.
Here is a sample of some 'Notable Quotables' received from our members:
"The 2020 Timothy Mumford Memorial Poetry Competition was a great event yet again this year. Thank you to the Mumford family and library staff for keeping this fantastic experience going in the midst of the pandemic."
– The Kramer Family
"What does my family love most about the Cornwall Public Library? The BOOKS! Thank you to the amazing staff for all you did and continue to do to make checking out books easy, safe, and extra friendly."
– The Kramer Family
"WHAT A FANTASTIC AFTERNOON! Watching the Hudson Valley Ebony Strings Ensemble. I remember my own days of being a childhood musician. It meant so much to me, and it was wonderful to see these students and observe their passion. THAT'S the true hope for the future we all want! Thank you and all the folks at the Cornwall Public Library for making today's event possible."
– Anita B.
"Kudos to the staff of the Cornwall Library for a year of continuous excellent service during this COVID time. I had lots of extra reading time (!!) and frequently used the curbside pick-up. There were also times when I called up, asked for a book, and the staff would jump up and go find it so I could pick it up within 10 or 15 minutes. The virtual programs from history, art, music, to health have been excellent. Thank you, Cornwall Library staff, for your creativity and diligence."
– Rosemary DiCesare
"Thank you for your unrelenting devotion to the patrons of Cornwall Library! I participated in the recent virtual Paint Night. Everyone's artwork looked wonderful! My sister and niece also participated, and my niece has discovered that she enjoys painting and has already filled up several canvases! I am now actively participating in all the wonderful programs. Although the Library building has been closed, you still continue to provide the community with informative and/or fun programs. Thank you all for your hard work!"
– Lorraine Uhlmann
"Montefiore St. Luke's Cornwall is committed to providing healthcare education and information to the community we serve, and the Cornwall Public Library has been an invaluable partner in helping us achieve that mission. Most recently, MSLC partnered with the Library for a virtual seminar on the COVID-19 Vaccine, which provided great insight and information on the newest method of protection amidst the ongoing pandemic, and the Cornwall Public Library was instrumental in extending our information to a broad audience. We are proud to work with the Library and look forward to our continued partnership."
– Montefiore St. Luke's Cornwall

Charlotte A. Dunaief
Library Director
Library Board of Trustees Meeting (Virtual)
April 8

Check our website or door of the building for details on how to access the meeting.

All meetings are open to the public. Call for more info at 845-534-8282
or email
2021-2022 Library
Budget Presentation
April 6

This virtual public meeting
of the Library Board
will present the proposed
2021-22 Library Operation Budget.

Please register via the Library's online calendar to receive the Zoom link on the day of the meeting.
Annual Operating Budget and Trustee Election 2021
The Cornwall Public Library’s
annual operating budget
and Trustee election will be
held in the Library on
Tuesday, April 20
from 9:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Click here to view the

Please note that "COVID concerns"
is an acceptable excuse for requesting an Absentee Ballot.

Click here to view the

Call the Library for any questions
or additional information.
In-Person Services

The Library is open for in-person services, subject to limited building capacity. Appointments suggested.

For more information,
please call 845-534-8282.
Access online research and tutorials via our website homepage. Click on "Research and Tutorials." Everything from research databases to Consumer Reports to Rosetta Stone and much more! Free with your Cornwall library card!
For Adults
Mona Lisa of the North:
“Girl with a Pearl Earring”
April 15

Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring” is by far one of the most mysterious and intriguing paintings in the art world. Presenter, Matt Soltis, will delve into the symbolic nature of the composition and what we know about Vermeer’s techniques to create this timeless face.

Register on the Library’s online calendar.

Zoom links will be provided on the day of the program.
Safe Banking:
Identifying and Avoiding Scams
April 21

Vanessa Hill, Branch Manager of Walden Savings Bank in Cornwall-on-Hudson, will host a session on how to bank securely. With many professional credits and years of experience, Vanessa has witnessed many cases of preventable fraud. She will advise us how NOT to become the next victim. This seminar is particularly valuable during the increase in potentially fraudulent COVID-19 activity being discovered.

Please email questions in advance to

A Q&A will also follow the program.

Registration begins April 1st via the Library’s online calendar.

Zoom links will be sent to all registrants on the day of the program.

Diabetes And Nutrition Seminar
April 28

Join us as we partner with Montefiore St. Luke's for a virtual seminar on Diabetes Nutrition, presented by Dorothea Lever, RN, Ph.D., Clinical Diabetes Educator, and Meagan Walters, MS, RDN, CDN, Registered Dietitian.

Learn important information on diet and nutrition to prevent and treat diabetes.

Registration is open online here, or call 845-568-2561. On the day of the seminar visit Zoom link.

You can also go to the Library's online calendar to register.

If you have any questions, please contact the Library at 845-534-8282.

Virtual Creative Writers

Join a Zoom meeting of the Library’s Creative Writers Group.

Register via the Library's online calendar (only new members need to register).

Zoom links will be distributed on the Friday before the meeting. It will be a recurring link, usable for all Creative Writers’ meetings.
Virtual Member’s Choice Book Club
April 7
The Soul of America
by Jon Meacham

The Member’s Choice Book Club typically meets the first Wednesday of each month.

Register via the Library's online calendar.

Digital ebooks and audiobooks are available through Libby, or call the Library to request a hard copy.

The Zoom link will be emailed to those participating on the day of the meeting.
Virtual Book Chat & Chocolate
April 22
A Fall of Marigolds
by Susan Meissner
Join the Hudson Valley’s sweetest book group in a virtual Zoom meeting.

eBooks and eAudios are available on Libby.
eAudios are available on Hoopla.

Print books and CD audios are awaiting you at the Cornwall Library, call us to place a hold and arrange for pick up.

Register via the Library's online calendar.

Zoom meeting invitations will be sent out to registrants on the day of the book club.
Interview Protocols: Mock Interviews

Learn interview skill techniques with Interview Coach, Andy Maroney. Get a free one-on-one practice interview and feedback session.

To set up a mock interview, email your resume to You must provide a completed resume and contact phone number prior to scheduling an appointment. Flexible meeting schedule available.
Virtual Mystery
Book Discussion
Third Girl
by Agatha Christie
April 15
Join a Zoom meeting to discuss a mystery novel with fellow readers.
Register via the Library's online calendar.
Digital ebooks and audiobooks are available through Libby and hoopla, or call the Library to request a hard copy.
The Zoom link will be emailed to those participating on the day of the meeting.
Virtual Out & About
Book Group
Ready Player Two
by Ernest Cline
April 21

Just because we can’t be Out & About doesn’t mean we can’t still have a great book club meeting!

Digital ebooks and audiobooks are available through Libby, or call the Library to request a hard copy.

Register ahead here, pour yourself a drink, and join us for a virtual book discussion and more!

Zoom meeting invites will be emailed to registrants prior to the meeting on the day of the book club.
For Kids & Teens
Calling All Poets Ages 5-18

Enter up to two of your original poems. Our judges will select a Top Poem in different age groups, and a Best Overall Poem from all entries.

Please refer to the 2021 Competition Rules here for information on age groups and submission of poems.

Deadline for entries: Friday, April 2 at 5:30 PM

Awards Ceremony via Zoom on April 25 at 1:30 PM — ALL ARE INVITED!

Zoom links will be provided for the award ceremony for those who want to watch.

Sponsored by the Friends of Cornwall Library
Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel for the very latest in reading fun.
I spy with my little eye...
Something fun to do at
The Cornwall Public Library!

Needing some fresh air and a little break from being at home? Please stop by our
I Spy Station and try to find the items listed. We'll periodically change the items you need to find, so repeat visits are always welcome.
Zoom T.U.T. Meeting
April 9

For established
members only
Grades 6 – 12

For more info,
please contact
Lisa SinClair
Story Time Take-Out
for Ages 3-5
April 13

The Library offers a packaged "Story Time" to enjoy with your family at home (for ages 3-5).
There are limited supplies — please register here starting April 6.
Registered patrons will be called to schedule an appointment for pickup.
Toddler Time To-Go
for Ages 18-36 months
April 27
We've put together a special story time to go for our toddler friends (ages 18-36 months).
Supplies are limited and registration is required.
Please register via the Library's online calendar beginning April 20.
Registered patrons will be contacted to schedule an appointment for pickup.
Library Letters

Attention all kids (2-12yrs) who love receiving “snail mail.”  Send the Cornwall Public Library an email with your name & postal address, along with some fun information – your favorite food…or color… or animal…or a question you have…or a joke you heard (you get the point).  Then be on the lookout in your snail mailbox for a reply.

Emails can be sent to

We would LOVE to hear from you!!
Family Fun Challenge
April 1

The Library is offering a fun surprise challenge to enjoy making at home. Stop by the children's table outside the Library to pick up your bag on the day of the event, while supplies last.
Virtual PJ Story Time
April 12

Catch the Library’s PJ Story Time on our Facebook and Youtube pages.
Put on your PJs and join Pat Parker as she reads stories for 3 to 5-year-olds (or anyone who wants to cuddle, get comfortable, and hear a bedtime story!)
Art Afternoon
Sculpt in the Style of Alberto Giacometti
April 22

Limited Supplies
Registration starts April 8
via the Library's online website.
Registrants will be contacted on April 22 to set up appointments for curbside pickup.
For Everyone
Virtual Community Health Education in Partnership with
Montefiore St. Luke’s
Cornwall Hospital

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and to practice social distancing, the Cornwall Public Library has been unable to provide in-person health education to the community we serve. However, we remain committed to continual community engagement and education through virtual seminars and recorded presentations.

We are pleased to have a wonderful partnership with Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital and offer the following link to “DOC TALK,” a podcast presented by their staff. Click on this link and search topic of interest.
Protecting Your Finances
During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) provides up-to-date information and resources to protect and manage your finances during this difficult time.

Below are links to information on options and deadlines for various relief, some as part of new legislation.

A new law provides relief for renters and extends the CDC's Order to protect many people who can't pay their rent from eviction through January 31, 2021.
Congress passed legislation providing an additional $300 per week to all workers receiving unemployment benefits. The supplement begins after December 26, 2020, and ends on March 14, 2021.
Some homeowners struggling to pay their mortgage now have a little extra time to seek help.
Interest and monthly payments on federally-held loans are suspended through January 31, 2021.
The Library now subscribes to hoopla - a video streaming service that provides access to hundreds of thousands of digital items for free with your Cornwall Library card! Visit to get started!

Patrons have a 5 item monthly limit for materials borrowed through hoopla. However, if 5 titles are not enough, in April, they have made extra items available that don't count toward your limit. To access these, look for items in the "Bonus Borrows" collection.

Let us know if you have any questions or need a library card! For more information, please visit our hoopla webpage.
Online Learning Through Coursera

The New York State Department of Labor is partnering with Coursera, the leading online training provider. Through Coursera, you will have access to nearly 4,000 programs across high-growth industries and can hone skills in data science, business, and technology. Many of these programs are pathways to certifications and can help elevate your career.
New York Times Digital

Get 72 hours of free digital access to the New York Times with your library card. Outside the Library, patrons can enter a code, register with an email, and enjoy 72 hours of full access from their computer or mobile devices. Once the 72 hours is up, just redeem the code again. To get the code and see further instruction visit our website.
Digital eBooks & Audiobooks

While many of us stay at home, don’t forget that the Library offers many options for reading or listening to your favorite titles. The Libby App by Overdrive is one of the best options to access more than 10,000 ebooks and audiobooks.

Libby is compatible with many devices including Kindle, iPad and iPhone, Nook, Chromebook, Kobo, Android and Windows and is available in your phone’s App Store. If you don’t have a mobile device, you can access titles through Overdrive on your desktop computer. For more information, please visit:
Digital Magazines
through Overdrive
and Libby
Patrons can now access new titles through the Library's digital magazine app. Conde Nast Traveler, The Economist, New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and Wired are now available!

For more information on how to access digital magazines, please call the Library at 845-534-8282 or email