Cornwall Library Newsletter June 2021
Coming back to work after two months of being out to recover from surgery could have been hard. But I jumped right in. It's a good thing the CPL staff know their jobs so well because they certainly made it easier for me. 

Current programs are being run and new ones planned for the future. Books are being purchased and processed. Displays are going up again. Patrons are coming in and using our computers, browsing our collection, and sitting to read newspapers or magazines.

Things are slowly beginning to feel normal to me again, and I'm not quite as tired as I was by four o'clock on the first day back. Yes, it's great to work in a place where everybody pitches in to do what needs to be done! 

By the way, the Youth Services Department is working furiously to bring a summer reading program to our youth. It might not be the way it was pre-COVID, but it will be great. Look for information on it and on our Adult Summer Reading program, to be available soon. 

Charlotte A. Dunaief
Library Director
Veterans Traveling
Wall of Honor
On Display Through Mid-June

The Cornwall Public Library
is honored to have been
selected to showcase the
99th Assembly District
Traveling Wall of Honor
that pays tribute to our
deserving local veterans.

We acknowledge
Assemblyman Colin Schmitt's contribution in spearheading this valuable project in partnership
with Carpenters Local 279,
Laborers Local 17
and American Legion Post 1796.

COVID safety protocols will be
in place as you view the exhibit
located inside the Library.
Library Board of Trustees Meeting (Virtual)
June 7

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
Cornwall Public Library
Picked for June!

The Library has been selected by local Hannaford store leadership
as the benefiting non-profit in the Hannaford Community Bag Program!

For the month of June 2021, Cornwall Public Library will receive a $1 donation from each purchase of the $2.50 reusable Community Bag at the Hannaford store located at 2636 Rt. 32, New Windsor NY.

Please help support CPL
by purchasing a bag!
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!
In-Person Services

We are now open for visits - no appointment necessary. COVID safety measures are still in place and subject to change.

Please call or stop by
for more information.

Curbside service is still available.
On April 25, the Library hosted the 2021 Timothy Mumford Memorial Poetry Competition Awards Ceremony. 

We wish to thank the Mumford family for their continued support of the library in memory of their son, who was a creative poet and Library Page. 

We also want to thank our judges, Mr. Robert Milby, Mr. Walter Worden and Ms. Andrea Brandt, for the monumental task of choosing the top poems from 76 entries.

Finally, we must thank the 47 young people for their creativity and inspiring submissions.
We are excited to share that the Top Poems in each category were:

  • Age 5-6: Beautiful Spring by Brady Bengyak, 5
  • Age 7-9: Diving by Bryan Pegues, 9
  • Age 10-12: Leap of Faith by Siena Pegues, 11
  • Age 13-15: Roots by Ellen Kramer, 14
  • Age 16+: Time by Alisdair "Alex" Neighbors, 16
  • Top Poem Overall: Mr. Hamblin's Patch by Alisdair "Alex" Neighbors, 16
Thanks again to all the 2021 participants and supporters.

We look forward to seeing what you can do next year!
For Adults
From Our Patrons
"Blossoms of May"

Who needs to visit a museum when we have Cornwall Public Library member artists with skill and enthusiasm right in our own community?
On May 18th, through the generosity of the Friends of Cornwall Library, we were treated to a Virtual Paint Night led by local artist Maureen Hart.
Keep your eyes open for more creative programs ....
we may get you to pick up a paintbrush yet!
 See a sampling of our talented participants' beautiful paintings!!
Lorraine Uhlmann
Jennifer Uhlmann
Joan Mattaroccia
Painting by Laura Galloway
Painting by Sierra Galloway
The Mystique of
Bannerman Island
Tuesday, June 8

Learn the intriguing back story of this castle-like Hudson Valley icon
looming on a small island in the Hudson River.

Find out what the rebirth of the island under the direction
of the Bannerman Castle Trust will look like,
along with tourist opportunities for this major attraction.
Presenters Wes and Barbara Gottlock are active volunteers and
have co-authored several books sharing their knowledge of local history.

Register via the Library’s online calendar starting May 10th.

Zoom links will be sent to registrants on the day of the program.
Battle of Midway: Turning the Tide
June 9th

Midway was America's long sought-after opportunity
not only for revenge, but to put Japan on the defensive.

Looking back in a historical context,
Midway showed the decisiveness of the carrier-born aircraft.

Presented by Matt Soltis, this lecture will examine how the
Battle of Midway is a shining example of the airplane's strength in battle.

Register on the Library's online calendar
for the time slot of your choice listed below.

The in-person program limited to 15 attendees.
COVID safety protocols will be in place.

Zoom links will be sent to registrants on the day of the virtual program.
Just Say Yes to
Fruits and Vegetables
Back to Basics 101
June 17

Monica Cieslak Morgan, a Culinary Institute of America-trained chef and
JSY educator working with the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley,
combines her passion for cooking with her love of educating folks
on how to incorporate healthy food choices into their diets.

Free giveaways and recipes will be provided!
Register via the Library's online calendar starting June 1st.


COVID safety protocols will be in place.

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.
Member's Choice
Book Club
June 2
by David Donald

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

Register via the Library's online calendar.

Print books are available at the Library; call us to reserve a copy and arrange for pick up.

The Zoom link will be emailed to those participating on the day of the meeting.
Outdoor Book Sale
June 19

$8 per bag

No appointments
are necessary.

Brought to you by the
Friends of Cornwall Library.
Book Chat & Chocolate
June 24
The Lions of Fifth Avenue
by Fiona Davis
Join the Hudson Valley’s sweetest book group for a virtual book discussion. eBooks and eAudiobooks are available on Libby.

Print books are available at the Library; call us to reserve a copy 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.
Searching For A Job?
Changing Careers?

Learn interview skill techniques with Interview Coach, Andy Maroney.

All job seekers welcome - first-time job seekers, career changers and recent job market re-entrants.

Get a free one-on-one virtual practice interview and feedback session.

To set up a virtual meeting appointment: email resume and contact phone number to
Out & About
Book Group
June 23
Anxious People
by Fredrik Backman

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.
Virtual Mystery
Book Discussion
June 17
by Robert Galbraith

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 or 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.
Looking Ahead
History Matters: Tulsa 1921
July 6

Earl Miller presents on the
100-year anniversary of the Tulsa Massacre, also known as the
"Black Wall Street Massacre." 

Mr. Miller, whose grandfather pastored
one of the churches destroyed in the massacre, will examine the historical context of the atrocity while paying
respect to the lives, businesses
and homes destroyed.

Registration opens June 8th via
the Library's online calendar.

Zoom link will be provided
on the day of the program.
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For Kids & Teens
Register for Summer Reading
to enjoy some “Tails & Tales” fun!

Hooray! It’s almost time again for the Summer Reading Program!! This summer, we are pleased to announce the addition of some outdoor, in-person events (go ahead and wag your tail happily).

We also have Summer Reading game boards with at-home challenges that are tons of fun and will provide a great way to exercise your reading muscles and stretch your creative powers.

Get ready - the fun begins June 28th!
Spring StoryWalk®
Attention Readers of All Ages!

Join us for a Spring StoryWalk®. Enjoy a walk around the library grounds, stopping at each story panel to read a portion of If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson.

For added fun, see if you can complete the accompanying scavenger hunt located inside the little red house at the Library’s main entrance.
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 September 6, 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 September 30, 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 June, 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