Cornwall Library Newsletter November 2020
Despite everything going on in the wider world, I’m pleased to report that October was a busy month at the library, showing, to our delight, how much Cornwall patrons love to read! Our staff have worked hard to bring you a vibrant, virtual programming schedule and develop the safety protocols to get books and more to you. That said, we have other great community projects happening here as well! In mid-October, Ben Harrell, a local Eagle Scout, began working on a project to build an accessible walkway from our parking lot to our east-side portico. This is a fabulous improvement aimed towards helping people with disabilities gain better access to this outdoor space. Our amazing Friends group have used the portico for several book sales and donation events, and I envision the library using it for more programs in the spring and summer of 2021. (I fondly remember many wonderful programs held there when my children were young, involving magicians, storytellers, and even pirates). We are so grateful to Ben for all his work on this new path. May it be one of many that we find as we chart our course to a brighter future!

p.s. I would like to remind all of our dedicated patrons that we still need to be vigilant with our COVID-19 protocols. You are still required to make an appointment to enter the library, and our friendly greeters are there to help guide you.

Charlotte Dunaief
Library Director

10:00AM - 1:00PM


CALL 845-534-8458 for an appointment
Library Board
of Trustees Meeting
November 12

Check our website or door of the building for details on how to access the meeting.

All meetings are open to the public. Call 845-534-8282 for more info 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!
Everything you need to know to vote:
For Adults
Metropolitan Opera Soloist,
Kevin Ray
November 8

Join us for an exciting Zoom presentation with opera soloist, Kevin Ray. Registration via the online calendar is required to receive a Zoom link the day of the program.

Kevin Ray is an operatic tenor and graduate of Cornwall Central High School, Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Curtis Institute of Music. Last year, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in Verdi’s Aida. Most recently, Kevin created the role of Loud Stone in Matthew Aucoin’s new opera Eurydice in his Los Angeles Opera debut. For more info on Kevin, check our calendar listing.
Veterans Day
Wall of Honor
November 11

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the library will not be holding its annual Veterans Day reception. Please come visit the Wall of Honor that will be on display outside our entrance on Wednesday, November 11 from 11am-1pm. Thank you, veterans, for your service!
Medicare 101: Parts A, B, C, D
November 12

It’s time to compare plans and make sure you have the right health and prescription drug coverage. This program is essential for current Medicare subscribers (open enrollment ends 12/7) and for those enrolling in 2021.

Participants will also be able to contact the presenter, Peter Gennuso from the Orange County Office for the Aging, for direct one-on-one discussion.

This program will be presented through Zoom. Registration is required via the online calendar to receive a Zoom link on the day of the program.
A Walk in the Woods
Site-Specific Artworks
at Storm King Art Center
November 17
6:30 pm on Zoom

Registration is now open for an interactive discussion on Zoom on site-specific artworks at Storm King Art Center. We will take an in-depth look at a work in the collection that was created specifically for the Art Center with natural materials found there. Presented by Hannah des Cognets, Associate Educator, this session focuses on David Brooks' Permanent Field Observations. Register via the library's online calendar. Zoom links will be sent on the day of program.
Find Funds for a Greener Home!
November 18

Join us for a Zoom presentation with Carolyn Cassata, from Energize NY, to hear about all the grants and incentives available to make home energy efficient and heat pumps more affordable.There has never been a better time to reduce energy waste and increase comfort in your home or small business. Registration is required via the online calendar to receive a Zoom link on the day of the program.
Combating This Year’s Flu Season
November 19

Join us as we partner with Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall for a virtual seminar on combating this year’s flu season. Presenter Dr. Nicole Agcanas, Primary Care Physician, will review guidelines for prevention and treatment of the flu and how to stay healthy this fall and winter season. Registration is open for this Zoom program at or call 845-568-2561.
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 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.
Virtual Member's Choice Book Club
Wait Till Next Year
by Doris Kearns Goodwin
November 4

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.
Out & About Book Club
The Dutch House
by Ann Patchett
November 18

Just because we can't be Out & About doesn't mean we can't still have a great book club meeting!

Register on our website; get the book on Libby or call the the library for a hard copy; 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.
Virtual Mystery Book
Discussion Group
Lady in the Lake
by Laura Lippman
November 19

Join a Zoom meeting to discuss a mystery novel with fellow readers. Register via the online calendar.The Zoom link will be emailed to those participating on the day of the meeting.
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.
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.
For Kids & Teens
Toddler Tuesday Surprise!
Select Tuesdays this Fall
November 3
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 Writers Strike Back!
Thursdays @ 4:00pm

November 5 & 19

Creative writing for grades 8-12. You must pre-register for each program one week prior via our online calendarZoom links will be sent to registrants the day of the event.
Story Time
for Ages 3-5
Select Mondays
this Fall

November 9
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.
Dog Tales
Read To Me Virtually!

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

Select Mondays starting at 4:30
November 9
December 7

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 via Zoom
November 13
December 10
Sessions @ 9:30am

Meet up with other caregivers of babies (birth to 18 months). Sessions will cover parenting topics and tips and book shares for babies. There will be time, as well, for group discussion and questions.

Register via the online calendar one week prior to event for each session using caregiver name. Zoom links will be emailed the day before the event.
Virtual PJ Story Time
Select Mondays @ 6:30pm
November 16
December 14

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
For Grades K-12
Let's Make Glue Batik!
November 19

Limited Supplies
Please register starting November 5 via the library's online calendar

Registrants will be contacted November 19 to set up appts for curbside pickup.
Autumn StoryWalkⓇ

Sally McCabe, the smallest girl in the smallest grade, notices everything, including bullying on the playground. Is she brave enough to say something and will it even make a difference?

Walk the library grounds, stopping by each panel to read a portion of The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade by Justin Roberts & Christian Robinson. For added fun, see if you can complete our accompanying scavenger hunt.

Completed scavenger hunt sheets can be returned in the blue book drop and will be entered into a prize drawing. Don't forget to write your name, age, and telephone number on the side!

The StoryWalkⓇ Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.
Zoom T.U.T. Meeting
November 20
For established
members only

For more info, contact
Lisa SinClair
Family Fun Challenge
November 18

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!!
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.

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 apps. 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 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: