Cornwall Library Newsletter March 2021
Lately, I have been having a little trouble thinking of things to write about to share with my Library Friends. One thing that keeps popping into my head is: it has been a really bad-weather February. I can't remember snow being piled so high outside in February since my adult son was three (or was it four ?) years old. We had planned a small party for the weekend with his cousins, and a couple of friends from daycare. It snowed so much on the Friday before that I debated about whether or not I should bake the birthday cake. I did, and my son helped, while my husband shoveled. When he was done, we all went outside in heavy winter coats to take a look at how deep the snow was. Not only was it over my son's head, but it was also over my head! Luckily for the birthday boy, it did not snow again until just after his party & everyone had gone home. 

This year not only are we suffering from February Blues, but also from COVID isolation. I love it when I am leaving the Library building and see a patron, who manages to recognize me despite my mask. 

I know you all will be happy to hear that the Library will be open by appointment again, beginning on March 1st. It will be the same rules as the last time: masks, call ahead, social distancing, a limited number of people in on the Adult side, and a limit of one family on the Youth Services side. Browsing sessions will be half an hour, which means you have to look and checkout within that half-hour. We will also have half-hour computer appointments. 

We are looking forward to seeing you again!

Charlotte A. Dunaief
Library Director
Library Board
of Trustees Meeting (Virtual)
March 11

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!
Thank You!

The Cornwall Public Library staff sent hearts of gratitude to the healthcare staff at Montefiore St. Luke's Cornwall. The hearts lined the breezeway where the MSLC heroes pass by from the garage to the hospital.
For Adults
From Our Patrons
"Let's Paint Away the Winter Blues"
Who needs to visit a museum when we have Cornwall Public Library member artists with skill and enthusiasm right in our community?
On February 16th, through the generosity of the Friends of Cornwall Library, we were treated to a Virtual Paint & Sip 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!!
Participant, Lorraine Uhlmann
Participant, Alyssa Buckter
Participants, Laura & Sierra Galloway
Participant, Nancy Deehan
Participant, Judi Silvano
Participant, Joan Mattaroccia
Registration is open online here, or please call 845-568-2561 to register.

If you have any questions, please contact the Library at 845-534-8282.
March 9

This program is for job seekers and career changers of all ages and experience levels. Network with fellow job seekers and get your questions answered. 
Google resources will be used to draft your resume, including
Google Drive, Google Docs, and Grow with Google.

Registered participants will receive instructions
to create a Google account if they don't already have one.

Register for the workshop here.

Zoom links will be sent on the day of the program.
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
The Island of Sea Women
by Lisa See
March 3

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

Register for the Book Club here.

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.
E’lissa Jones Live in Concert:
From Folk to Rock
March 21

E’lissa Jones is a beautiful singer, prolific songwriter, violinist, pianist, and guitarist. She is an exceptionally talented artist with a wide range of powerful melodies and expressive lyrics from folk to rock.

She has toured the world as a backup singer and recorded six albums.

E’lissa has been acclaimed “Singer-Songwriter of the Year” & “Best Solo Artist in Orange County” by the Times Herald-Record.

Registration starts 3/1/21 via the Library's website.

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

Virtual Out & About Book Group
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
by Ocean Vuong
March 24
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.
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
Sleight of Hand
by Phillip Margolin
March 18

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 request a hard copy.

The Zoom link will be emailed to those participating on the day of the meeting.
Traditional Irish
Music Concert
‘When Cornwall Eyes Are Smiling’
March 23

Cornwall Public Library is pleased once again to host Brian Conway on fiddle for an evening concert of Irish music. Brian performs with a skill, grace, and force that are steeped in tradition but distinctively his own. He has won numerous competitions and has been called one of the best fiddlers of his generation.

Registration begins March 1 via the Library’s website.

Zoom links will be sent to all registrants on the day of the program.
Virtual Book Chat & Chocolate
March 25
The Library at the Edge of the World
by Felicity Hayes-McCoy
Join the Hudson Valley's sweetest book group for a Zoom meeting. Digital ebooks and audiobooks are also available through Hoopla and Libby, or call the Library to request a hard copy.

Register via the Library's website.

Zoom meeting invitations will be sent out to registrants on the day of the book club.
For Kids & Teens
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.
Family Fun Challenge
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
March 15

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
Working with
Watercolor Pencils
March 25

Limited Supplies

Registration starts March 11
via the Library's website

Registrants will be contacted on March 25
to set up appointments for curbside 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!!
Story Time Take-Out
for Ages 3-5
March 9
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 March 2.

Registered patrons will be called to schedule an appointment for pickup.
Zoom T.U.T. Meeting
March 12
For established
members only
Grades 6 – 12

For more info,
please contact
Lisa SinClair
Toddler Time To-Go
for Ages
18-36 months
March 23

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 website beginning March 16.

Registered patrons will be contacted to schedule an appointment for 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 February, 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