Cornwall Library Newsletter January 2021
I just asked an employee what I should write about for this newsletter. Several were in earshot. One piped up that the winter solstice just passed, and we can begin to look forward to brighter longer days. Someone else said that her Uncle took the most amazing photograph of the moon, and two bright stars over the trestle, while a train was passing by. The stars are bright and clear, yet the train is a silver blur. Another one said to write about listening to happy music and looking for bright bits in each day. I went and got my phone to show the photo my husband took with a new camera the other night. It's of the moon. The picture is so clear you can see the craters on the moon's surface. 

Anyway, all this got me thinking. We have been buried under the grey skies of 2020. Instead of agonizing over what isn't happening yet, what we aren't allowed to do yet, where we can't go yet, let's all look for one bright thing in our day, one thing we are grateful for, and one thing that makes us feel happy, even if it is only for a fleeting moment. Looking for these things can make us more aware of being. We can begin to realize that we don't have it so bad. That there is light, music, and laughter around.

The library can help! We have DVDs that are comedies, we have books that are enlightening, we have music that will make you want to dance and sing. If you can't find what you are looking for in our catalog, call us. We are all more than happy to help you find things. 

Let's all make life a little lighter, a little happier, and a little brighter.

If that's all too sappy for you, let me know...I'll dig out one of my Dad's sermons (just kidding)!

Charlotte A. Dunaief
Library Director
Library Closes at 1pm for New Year’s Eve
and Closed on
New Year's Day

We will reopen Saturday, January 2 at 9 am
Happy New Year!
Library Board
of Trustees Meeting (Virtual)
January 14

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

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
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 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
The Moon is Down
by John Steinbeck
January 6

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

Register for the group here. Call the library to place a hold on a hard copy.

The Zoom link will be emailed to those participating on the day of the meeting.
Virtual Out & About Book Group
There There
by Tommy Orange
January 20

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 for 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 Book Chat
& Chocolate
January 28
The Tea Rose
by Jennifer Donnelly

Join the Hudson Valley's sweetest book group in a virtual Zoom meeting. The library has print copies available to borrow (call the library to place a hold for pickup by appointment).

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.
For the LOVE of CARDS!
January 19

Sarah Christensen, formerly from Cornwall, will provide card-making kits via curbside pickup at the library for this fun Zoom night.

Online registration open 12/1/20 thru 12/19/20 to the first 15 crafters!

A $5 non-refundable fee is required to confirm registration.

Zoom link will be sent to registrants the day of the program.

Participants will need their own scissors, adhesive and any personal embellishments to make a special Valentine’s Day card.
Virtual Mystery Book Discussion
The Last Widow
by Karin Slaughter
January 21

Join a Zoom meeting to discuss a mystery novel with fellow readers.

Register for the group here. Digital ebooks and audiobooks are available through Libby and hoopla or call the library to place a hold on a hard copy.

The Zoom link will be emailed to those participating on the day of the meeting.
Let's PAINT AWAY the Winter Blues
February 16

Local artist, Maureen Hart, will provide all supplies via curbside pickup at the library for this get into Springtime ZOOM paint night.

$10 non-refundable deposit drop-off required to confirm registration by January 31. Must return easel & accessories at end of the program. Details will be provided.

Online registration opens January 12 to the first 25 artists!

Generously supported by the Friends of Cornwall Library
For Kids & Teens
Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel for the very latest in reading fun.
Teen Photo Contest
Begins January 1
Ends on February 28
Grades 6 – 12

One winner will be chosen on March 1.
The prize is a $25 Amazon Gift Card.
See website for contest rules and entry form.
Family Fun Challenge
Select Thursdays
January 7
February 4
March 4

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
Select Mondays @ 6:30pm
January 11
February 15
March 15

Wear your PJs, find a favorite cuddly and head over to the library's Facebook page or YouTube channel to hear Pat Parker read stories for 3, 4, & 5 year olds (or anyone who wants to get comfortable and hear a bedtime story!)
Art Afternoon
(from the curb)
for grades K-12
January 21

Create with color like Eric Carle!
Limited Supplies.

Please register here starting January 11.

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!!
Zoom T.U.T. Meeting
January 8
For established members only
Grades 6 – 12

For more info, please contact
Lisa SinClair
Story Time Take-Out
for Ages 3-5
January 12

The library is offering a packaged “Story Time” to enjoy with your family at home (for ages 3-5). There are limited supplies — please register here starting January 5. Registered patrons will be called to schedule an appointment for pickup.
Toddler Time To-Go
for Ages
18-36 months
January 26

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 our online calendar beginning January 19.

Registered patrons will be contacted to schedule an appointment for pickup.
For Everyone
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
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.
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 January, 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.
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: