Cornwall Library Newsletter Mid-February 2021
COVID-19 Vaccine
Everything You Need To Know
February 24

Following the discussion will be a Q&A with questions submitted in advance to

Register online here or call 845-568-2561

If you have any questions, please call 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.

Registration begins February 15 via the Library’s online calendar.

Zoom links will be sent on the day of the program.
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 Out & About Book Group
Ninth House
by Leigh Bardugo
February 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.
Virtual Book Chat & Chocolate
February 25
Sing, Unburied, Sing
by Jesmyn Ward

Join the Hudson Valley's sweetest book group in a virtual book discussion. The Library has print copies available to borrow (call the Library to request a hard copy 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.
Virtual Mystery Book Discussion
The Crossing
by Michael Connelly
February 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.
Hudson Valley
Ebony Strings Ensemble
February 28

Cornwall Public Library will celebrate African American History Month with a Zoom concert by the Hudson Valley Ebony Strings Ensemble.

Led by violinist E’lissa Jones, the ensemble is comprised of students from middle and high school. They perform classical pieces, African American spirituals, and original compositions by Ms. Jones.

Registration begins February 1. Please register via the online calendar.

Zoom links will be sent to all registrants on the day of the program.
NYS Department of Public Service Winter Consumer Assistance: Stay Warm & Safe
February 23
1:00 PM*

Join us in partnering with the New York State Department of Public Service’s annual winter outreach to help consumers manage their energy bills. This includes consumer rights and special protection for utility customers, COVID-19 moratoriums on service disconnections, managing energy costs, and more.

Registration begins February 1st, 2021, via the Library’s online calendar.

Zoom link to this interactive program will be sent to
all registrants on the day of the program.

*Sign up to register even if you can't attend,
and we'll share a link to the video recording the day after the program.
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.

Registration begins February 1st 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.
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.
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.
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.
Toddler Time To-Go
for Ages
18-36 months
February 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 our online calendar beginning February 16.

Registered patrons will be contacted to schedule an appointment for pickup.
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.
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!!
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.
Art Afternoon
Creating in Collage
February 25

Limited Supplies

Registration starts February 11 via the Library's online calendar

Registrants will be contacted
on February 25
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 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.
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!
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