Food for Fines comes early this year!
No, it’s not Thanksgiving, yet, but you can still help out your local food pantries, thanks to a drive sponsored by Assemblyman Brian Miller!
For the next two weeks, you can donate nonperishable food items here at the library, and we’ll remove a fine for every item donated, just as we do during the holidays! Collected goods will be donated to the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry here in Wallkill, as well as The Abundant Life Food Pantry in Pine Bush. The same ground rules as our annual Thanksgiving Food for Fines initiative apply:
  • We will exchange one non-perishable food item of any size for one fine.
  • Fines will be waived only at the time of exchange for a food item.
  • This offer is good for previous or current fines, but this does not apply to replacement fees for lost or damaged items.
  • There is no limit! If you have the food, we'll forgive the fines!
  • Food items must be presented at the circulation desk.
  • No items will be accepted in the book drop box.
  • No expired food, rusted cans, damaged, or opened items will be accepted.
Thanks to Assemblyman Miller for helping to combat hunger in our area!
Amazon Smile purchases benefit library
Using Amazon to get the kids ready for the school year? When you do your back-to-school shopping at Amazon Smile , Amazon donates a small portion of your purchase price to the Wallkill Public Library! The library then puts those donations toward programming and services for our community. We thank you for your support!
Library budget vote takes place Sept. 17
The Wallkill Public Library’s annual budget vote will take place from noon to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the library. The proposed budget seeks to raise the tax levy by 1.8 percent, or $6,259, to a total of $353,963 for the 2020 library fiscal year. Though this proposed budget falls short of fully funding anticipated increases in technology and book contracts, among other things, the library board is determined to keep expenses to taxpayers at a minimum while still providing the largest variety possible of stellar materials, services, and programming. As usual, grants and other funding opportunities will be sought throughout 2020 to supplement our shortfalls.

Also on Sept. 17, four candidates will be running for the position of library trustee. Lynne Diener, Kathy Vogel, Susie Burhans-Haldeman, and Stan Seagren are all current board members running for new terms. All are library advocates with strong ties to the community.

Thank you for your support and we’ll see you at the polls!
Get caught reading!
Get caught reading at the Library or home, and have your picture added to our bulletin board. Parents, feel free to send your photos to ( Subject Line: Caught Reading) and Miss Tara will add your pics to our bulletin board in the children's room.
Library programs up for awards
Two Wallkill Public Library programs have been nominated for Program of the Year within the Ramapo Catskill Library System!

The winners of each category will be announced at the RCLS annual legislative breakfast on Sept. 13. Congratulations, Tara and Carolyn, and good luck!
The Historical Miniature Gaming Club , in which participants gained a rich knowledge of history while preparing figures and boards for the true-to-life games they played, is up for the RCLS Member Library Young Adult Program of the Year Award. Carolyn Thorenz not only facilitated this program, but wrote the grant that funded it.
Tara Laiosa’s Little Explorers: S.T.E.M. and Sensory Storytime has been nominated for the RCLS Randall Enos Member Library Children’s Program of the Year Award. Designed for young children and their caregivers, the program connected ideas and concepts from books with real-life experiences and experimentation. The sensory play involved in the program was designed to not only to improve fine motor skills, but encourage communication and problem-solving abilities.
New Adult Fiction titles...
by Philippa Gregory
by Karin Slaughter
by Scott Johnston
by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
by Louise Penny
by E. R. Ramzipoor
2019 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees
The Teens' Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Nominators are members of teen book groups in 15 school and public libraries around the country. The 25 nominations are posted on the Thursday of National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year. Readers ages 12 to 18 will vote online between August 15 and October 12 on the Teens’ Top Ten site. The winners will be announced the following week. Click to Vote.

See all the Teens’ Top Ten books, plus titles from Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) other awards and booklists, in the Teen Book Finder App.
Learn more about how you can apply to participate in Teens’ Top Ten here. YALSA will be accepting applications beginning in August 2020. Nominate a book for next year’s vote.
Weekend of Wallkill set for Sept. 20 and 21!
The Vision of Wallkill will be hosting Weekend of Wallkill (WOW) on and around the library lawn on Sept. 20 and 21.

Friday night will kick off with a free showing of the film Mama Mia! . There will also be a Stuffed Pet Show for the kids, a trivia contest, and VOW’s annual art show!

Vendors are wanted – see the Vision of Wallkill’s Facebook page for more information.
Saturday’s events include:
  • Wizard Academy
  • Touch-a-Truck
  • Vendors
  • Petting Zoo
  • Free Fun Family Contests
  • Historical Talk
  • Dog Costume Contest
  • Drone Demo
  • Quilt Show
  • Food
  • Pony Rides
  • Music
  • Art Show
  • Lions’ Prime Rib Dinner
Adult Art Club at WPL
Butterfly Collage Card
Friday, September 27, 1 p.m.

Learn how to assemble a variety of multimedia components such as book pages, playing cards, stickers, rubber stamps, punch shapes and more into a beautiful collage card suited for royalty…. or someone really special! FREE! Register by 9/25
Glass Fridge magnets
Friday, October 25, 1 p.m.

Decoupage multi colored and patterned scrapbook papers on the back of clear glass gems, add a heavy duty magnet to create your own set of 6 refrigerator magnets. FREE! Register by 10/23
Ornament workshop
Friday, November 15, 1 p.m.

Wood burn simple snowflakes, fir trees, poinsettias or your own designs into pre-cut, drilled wood slices. Finish them off with a colorful ribbon, creating a set of 3 ornaments any Scrooge would smile for! FREE! Register by 11/13
Welcome Class of 2032!
We were so glad to be a part of the Ostrander Elementary Kindergarten Social once again this year. Incoming Kindergarteners, along with their proud parents, siblings, teachers and administrators, filled the library lawn for a PTO sponsored ice cream social. Miss Tara provided a "Bear-y" special storytime for the whole group, complete with "Brown Bear" glasses and goody bags for each child to take home. 

We hope to see you all at the Library again, and wish you a very successful schoolyear!
Baby and Me Storytime and Playgroup
We met so many new families and babies this summer, and can’t wait to see what our Fall session will bring. Join us Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. for bubbles, songs, stories, socializing and PLAY! 

Fall Session dates: Thursday, September 12 – December 5. Ages 0-24 months (with a caregiver)
Family Storytime
We wrapped up our Family Storytime Summer session with a few favorite back-to-school books. 

Last week we reviewed our alphabet with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. At the craft table, children followed simple instructions to make their own coconut tree craft.

This week we helped Llama Llama get through his first day of school (Llama Llama Misses Mama), and then learned about the Kissing Hand from Chester Raccoon. Everyone took home a keepsake featuring their own Kissing Hand.

Family Storytime with Miss Tara moves to TUESDAY mornings at 10:30 a.m. in September. 

Fall session dates:
Tuesday, September 10 - December 3. All Ages.
Little Explorers: S.T.E.M. and Sensory Storytime
Bring your little scientists and budding engineers to the Library on Tuesday’s at 1:30 p.m. for Miss Tara’s S.T.E.M. and Sensory Storytime. 

Fall Session dates: Tuesday, September 10 – December 3. Ages 3-5
Storytime reminder
Registration is open for all Fall sessions – please note that once you sign up for one, you will be registered for all 13 weeks for that particular Storytime. 
Zoe returns in the fall!
Read to Zoe the Therapy Dog
Zoe made so many new friends this summer, and loved listening to each of them read. She will be back on Wednesday, September 11 at 4 PM. Registration is open!
Fall Felting
Felting is back! Join us as we create cool, fun and functional items from real, 100% natural sheep wool. If you've never tried it you won't want to miss this easy, beginner felting class. All materials will be provided.
Fall Coaster & Acorns
September 18, 6:30 p.m.

Create your own leaf design or copy the example to make a flat, functional coaster and learn to make colorful little felt "acorns" to glue into acorn caps... another cute addition to your Fall decor!
Register by 9/16.
Pumpkins & Gourds
October 23, 6:30 p.m.

You can choose the project: a plump pumpkin or a gnarly gourd....another cute addition to your Fall decor!
Register by 10/21.
Coming in November...
Felted Soaps
November 20, 6:30 p.m.
Friends of the Wallkill Public Library
The next Friends meeting will be Wednesday, September 4 at 4:30 p.m. at the library. New members are always welcome to join us! 

Be sure to support the Friends’ mum sale on the Library lawn September 21 during the Weekend of Wallkill! 
Use Novelist to find your next great read
Click on any of the underlined book titles in this newsletter to link to a description of the book from Novelist. In addition to plot summaries, you can find "read-alikes", other titles by the same author, and check the library's catalog to put a copy on hold for yourself!

Novelist is always available on the library website home page. Have your library card number handy to sign in to find your next great read!
National Coloring Day Art Show
Sharpen your crayons and colored pencils and join us as we celebrate National Coloring Day. Celebrated throughout the nation on September 14, the library will be hosting a Coloring Art Exhibit to be unveiled during the Weekend of Wallkill on Saturday, September 21. All ages are welcome to display a piece of coloring art at this event. Pieces need to be mounted on a sturdy backing for display purposes. The use of markers, crayons, colored pencils or pens are all acceptable. Please register using the online calendar, Artwork can be picked up by September 30th.
Wallkill Public Library Quilters' Circle Quilt Display
Our Second Annual!
The library's Quilters’ Circle will be hosting their second annual Quilt Display on Saturday, September 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., during the WOW weekend. The display will be located at the Wallkill Reformed Church, right down the road on 45 Bridge Street. There will be a rich display of beautiful quilt work with an added touch of some knitting and crochet contributed by the very talented group that meets at the library on Thursday evenings. Raffles and giveaways at the door. Mark your calendar and don't miss this opportunity to see this textile treat.
Enter Weekend of Wallkill's annual art show/contest
This year's theme is "Pique My Interest: Unusual Perspectives that Entice Us to Take a Second Look" . Various media are accepted (paintings, photographs, sculptures, etc.). $5/entry. Entries are due September 14th. The Art Show/Contest will be in the Town Hall during the Weekend of Wallkill (September 20-21). See the Vision of Wallkill (VOW) Facebook page for more information. Entry forms available at the library and town hall, click the link to download, or call Julie Craner at 895-2783.
Easy online registration!
Register for any of our programs through the Calendar of Events on our website by clicking here .