Cornwall Library Newsletter December 2020
Wow, 2020 has been "a year," one that most of us are unlikely to forget. For me, it has not been all bad. Despite dealing with a near tragedy this year, I have also had moments of great joy and become inspired by small things. I have learned to look at life from a different perspective and find happiness in various ways. I hope that all of you can say the same and that 2021 will be a better year for all of us.

I am thankful for the CPL staff and the new Handicapped accessible walkway from our parking lot to the new portico entrance installed by Ben Harrell as his Eagle Scout Project and completed with the help of families, other boy scouts, and Mr. J. Speranza. The Friends of the Library are thankful for it too. It has made access to their portico sales much easier. Oh, and I am grateful for all of you, the Patrons of CPL!!
The Library has many resources to help everyone in our community, especially if you have a Cornwall Library card. If you don't, you can apply for one online! We have resources to help job seekers, those working from home, homeschooling parents or parents navigating hybrid models of education, teachers learning to incorporate digital resources into lessons, and much more.
So start the New Year by exploring our fantastic resources. Go to, click on the "Materials" tab at the top, and start your exploration today!

Charlotte A. Dunaief
Library Director
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, professional certificates, and can help elevate your career.
Library Board
of Trustees Meeting (Virtual)
December 10

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 virtual 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.
Let’s Paint a Winter Wonderland
December 2

Join us for a virtual adult Paint ‘n’ Sip. Local artist Maureen Hart will provide ALL supplies via curbside pickup at the library (including the easel) for this fun ZOOM paint night.

There is a $10 (refundable with easel return & participation) deposit drop off required (details will be provided) to confirm registration.

Online registration opens October 12 to the first 15 artists!

Generously supported by the Friends of Cornwall Library.

Please call the library at 845-534-8282 to be placed on a waiting list.
Virtual Book Chat
& Chocolate
December 3
The Lost for Words Bookshop
by Stephanie Butland

Join the Hudson Valley's sweetest book group in a virtual Zoom meeting. eBooks and eAudios are available on hoopla and Libby, and the library also 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.
Out & About Book Club
The Winter Soldier
by Daniel Mason
December 16

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.
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.
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 Member's Choice Book Club
Wright Brothers
by David McCullough
December 2

Join our Member's Choice book group via Zoom. Register on our website, get the book on Libby or call the the library for a hard copy.

Zoom meeting invites will be emailed to registrants prior to the meeting.
Parenting Book Discussion
December 8
Nonviolent Communication
by Marshall Rosenberg

Our virtual parenting book discussion group seeks to provide parents a sense of community and support as we raise our children through difficult and unprecedented times. Although this event is intended for parents, all are welcome to participate.

To join, please register for the discussion, get a free, digital copy of the book from hoopla or Libby, and join us via Zoom for a great conversation.
Virtual Mystery Book
Discussion Group
Two Kinds of Truth
by Michael Connelly
December 17

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.

For Kids & Teens
Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel for the very latest in reading fun.
Toddler Tuesday Surprise!
December 1

For ages 18-36 months. Stop by the children’s table outside the library to pick up a surprise bundle for your toddler to keep -- compliments of the Cornwall Public Library, while supplies last.
Teen Trivia
For grades 6-12
December 4

Get your thinking caps on for this fun Zoom program featuring Kahoot for trivia.

Registration starts Friday, November 27 using the library's online calendar.
Story Time
for Ages 3-5
December 7

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 via the online calendar one week before the event. Registered patrons will be called to schedule an appointment for pickup.
Virtual PJ Story Time
December 14

Wear your PJs, find a favorite cuddly and head over to the library's Facebook page or YouTube channel to hear stories for 3, 4, & 5 year olds (or anyone who wants to get comfortable and hear a bedtime story!)
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!!
Dog Tales
Read To Me Virtually!

**A great and fun way for children to practice their reading aloud**

December 7
Starting at 4:30pm

Read aloud via Zoom to a furry friend from Hudson Valley Paws for a Cause. 15-minute reading sessions for Grades K-12!

Registration required, through our online calendar one week prior to program.

A Zoom link will then be emailed to registrants.
Me-Time Meet-Up
For Caregivers
of Babies
December 10

Meet up with other caregivers of babies (birth to 18 months). We will discuss parenting topics and tips, along with great book suggestions for babies.

Register via the online calendar one week prior to event for each session using caregiver name. A Zoom link will be emailed the day before the event.
For Everyone
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 November, 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.
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
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 the 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: