September 2, 2022

Happy Library Card Sign-Up Month!

Just in time for a new school year, September is Library Card Sign-Up Month! To celebrate, the Wallkill Public Library will waive the $3 fee usually charged for replacement cards (for those that have been lost or damaged). If you need a new card, this is the month to get it!

For new students, a library card is an essential part of your school supplies, providing access to a host of resources and free programming. And whether you’re a student or not, your library card can save you hundreds of dollars per year (don’t believe it? Check out this library use value calculator).

Stop in and apply for your card today, or use the online application available on our website, and we’ll mail you a card!

Wallkill joins fight to fill food pantries

The Ulster County Food Fight is ON!

The food collection contest runs from Sept. 1 until Saturday, Oct. 15, with a goal of stocking food pantries across the county.

Fourteen Ulster County libraries are participating, including Wallkill, which means you can donate non-perishable items like canned goods to the library, and we'll deliver them to the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in the hamlet. The library that collects the most items for donation wins the Food Fight and receives a certificate. Last year, libraries were able to collect 4,678 items. This year our goal is 6,000, but we need your help! Search your shelves, toss the expired stuff, and donate what you can to this excellent cause!

Amor Towles makes Fiction Club’s list yet again!

The library’s Fiction Club has completed its trifecta of Amor Towles selections by picking The Lincoln Highway as its September read.

Previously, the club has read A Gentleman in Moscow and Rules of Civility, Towles’ other two novels.

The Lincoln Highway follows 18-year-old Emmett Watson as he’s driven home in 1954 to Nebraska by the warden of the juvenile work farm where he has just served fifteen months for involuntary manslaughter. His mother long gone, his father recently deceased, and the family farm foreclosed upon by the bank, Emmett's intention is to pick up his eight-year-old brother, Billy, and head to California where they can start their lives anew. But when the warden drives away, Emmett discovers that two friends from the work farm have hidden themselves in the trunk of the warden's car. Together, they have hatched an altogether different plan for Emmett's future, one that will take them all on a fateful journey in the opposite direction—to the City of New York.

The Fiction Club will meet to discuss the book at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 29. Newcomers are always welcome!

Reserve your copy

Mahjong group to meet Thursday evenings

Throughout the summer, Eileen Masterson has taught newcomers to the game of mahjong the ins and outs of the popular game. Now that the participants have “graduated,” they’ll be meeting Thursday evenings from 6-8 p.m. to play!

The library’s Wednesday mahjong group will continue to meet at 1 p.m. each week, but for those of you who would like to play and are only free during the evenings, Thursdays might be a better fit for you! You don’t have to be an expert – all skill levels are always welcome. The library has its own game sets and cards, so no need to come with your own supplies, either!

We hope to see you next Thursday!

The world of radio, at your fingertips

You can find and listen to radio stations around the globe by visiting the Radio Garden website or downloading the app!

Curious what our friends in Spain, Ireland, or Japan are tuning in to? Radio Garden lets you travel the globe and zero in on specific cities’ stations with a point and a click. You can share the stations you like, add them to a favorites list, or visit their websites, as well!

Try it out today – it’s free!

Great Give Back focuses on recycling

Register for "Recycle Right"

Each year, The Great Give Back gives library users opportunities to participate in service-oriented and meaningful programs, workshops, and events. This year, Wallkill’s event will center around recycling.

The library is partnering with the Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency to present a primer on all things involving recycling, with a goal of improving the recycling process to better help the environment. Putting unaccepted items in a recycling bin can damage equipment, harm workers, and create inefficiencies in the recycling process. The workshop will answer such questions as:

  • Why can’t all plastics be recycled?
  • What does the chasing arrows symbol mean?
  • Are pizza boxes and coffee cups recyclable?
  • How does recycling work in Ulster County?
  • What is “wishcycling” and how does contamination affect recycling?

The library will also be putting out a collection box for old batteries, so you’ll know where to go when it’s time to recycle those!

Register soon for Recycle Right, which takes place at 6 p.m. Oct. 12. 

Weekend of Wallkill coming soon!

This year’s Weekend of Wallkill kicks off the evening of Friday, Sept. 23, and continues with a Harvest Fair the next day!

Annual events such as the Art Show and Touch-a-Truck attraction will take place, in addition to new programs and activities such as yoga, Team Trivia, Science Corner, a Pickleball Demonstration, and more!

Contests include Remote Control Car Races, Apple Pie Baking, and the new 30-Day Step Challenge!

The Lion’s Club will host a Prime Rib Dinner at Popp Memorial Park, as well!

For more information or to register for the 30-Day Step Challenge, visit the Vision of Wallkill’s Facebook page.

Weekend of Wallkill Quilt Display

Be sure to visit the Quilt Display during the Weekend of Wallkill festivities on Saturday, September 24. The Wallkill Quilters Annual Quilt Display will be in the Wallkill Reformed Church sanctuary. There will be door prizes and a gift for any child participating in the Scavenger Hunt. The Quilters will be there to answer any of your questions. 

In addition to the beautiful display of the members’ quilts, there will be a small display of the quilts the group made for Project Linus. Project Linus provides handmade quilts and blankets to children in hospitals. Another display will be a quilt showing Operation Christmas Child, a program that provides Christmas gifts to needy children around the world. There will be information showing how the public can get involved in Operation Christmas Child.


The Wallkill Quilters group meets on Tuesdays at the Town Hall Community Room from 10 AM – 2 PM and is sponsored by the Wallkill Public Library.

Fall Craft Fair happening Oct. 15

The Shawangunk Valley Fire House will be hosting a Fall Craft Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. The event will feature more than 40 vendors selling candles, jewelry, wines, wreaths, ornaments, and more.

Sponsored by the Shawangunk Valley Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary, the fair will take place at the fire house’s 2150 Bruynswick Road location. For more information or to be a vendor, contact

Halloween Party set for Oct. 28

The Shawangunk PBA and Wallkill Lions Club will be hosting a Halloween Pavilion Party from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at Popp’s Park on Route 208.

Children of all ages are invited to enjoy snacks and refreshments and play ghoulish games!

For information, contact Sal Patella at 914-213-3063 or Officer Brooks at

Adult summer reading had a HUGE 

WOW! The adults made a big splash in terms of the books read for this year's Adult Summer Reading Program! 809 books were read... over 300 more than last year!! The nine lucky winners of our incredible prizes have been notified. Congratulations Janet, Roberta, Karen, Kaitlyn, Michelle, William, Sherrie, Nicole, and Kristen! The top readers will be notified next week because we are STILL tallying all your entries. (Yes, there were THAT many!) Thanks to all who participated!

Made at the library...

Seaside Greetings!

It's a wrap on this summer’s ocean theme.

Each greeting card kit had a different set of stickers, allowing plenty of creativity and unique designs.

Floral kissing balls from last Workshop Wednesday! They make a great seasonal or year-round decoration.

Make it in September!

Greeting Cards

MYO Greeting Card Workshop

Wednesday, September 21, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Learn the tips and techniques used to make a fabulous greeting card. Registration required. Ages 8+

If you can't make the hands-on workshop on Wednesdays, then sign up for Friday's grab & go kit. > > > > >

Register for Workshop

Grab & GO! Greeting Card Kit

Friday, September 23, available for pick up after 12 p.m.

If you miss Wednesday's MYO card workshop, you are in luck! All the materials you need to make the greeting card we created are included in the kit, ready to Grab & GO! 

You may need a glue stick! Ages 13+, adults. Registration required!

Register for Grab & GO!

Personalized Jeans

TEENS! Let's paint your JEANS!

Wednesday, September 28, 6:00 p.m.

Make your statement with personalized, one-of-a-kind hand designed jeans! Stencil, free hand or graffiti a pair of your jeans with acrylic fabric paint and a little direction from Christine. TEENS ONLY, please! Ages 13+. (Although if no teens sign up, the program will be opened to anyone.) Registration required!


From Miss Michelle

Even though the summer heat is still here, we are transitioning to fall here in the Children's Room! Check out our fall and “back to school” selections, plus keep your eyes out for our special displays for Hispanic Heritage Month and Banned Book Week later in the month.

We held our Amazon gift card drawing for our super Summer Reading Program readers on Wednesday, 8/31. Recipients will be notified and announced soon…

For any children who haven’t had a chance to hand in their Summer Reading charts, please bring them by and claim your prize!

Thanks again to all of our young readers for their hard work and dedication over the summer…and throughout the year!

The results are in for our 3 summer reading challenges! For Usborne's "Reach for the Stars" challenge, our young participants logged-in over 9,000 minutes of reading! For Miss Michelle's "Connect More!" challenge, our young participants read over 1,000 books! We also had a visit from Zoe the Therapy Dog, during which our young participants read stories to her!

We welcomed many of our community’s kindergarteners to the library this week - we read a story, did a craft, and took a tour of the library! Good luck to them and all of our friends who are starting or returning to school!

We had a great MogaWorks yoga and music session with Miss Susan during our August Saturday pop-up. Miss Susan will be back again on 9/10 for our September Saturday pop-up - sign-up and join in on some mindfulness and fun!

Register for MogaWorks

There will be a special guest at our Little Explorers STEM & Sensory program on Wednesday, 9/14 - Jerry Schneider will present his “Amazing Butterflies” program - Mr. Jerry will bring some local butterfly slides, teach us some cool facts, and then do a t-shirt craft with the kids. Please register online and bring a white tee to the program; Mr. Jerry will also have some to purchase for $5.00 each.


And now, back to our regularly scheduled programming…

We are back to our regular children’s programming schedule -

  • Family Storytime on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 AM.
  • Little Explorers STEM & Sensory on Wednesdays at 11:00 AM.

Our themes for September are:

  • Week 1: S'mores
  • Week 2: Back to School
  • Week 3: Celebrating Grandparents
  • Week 4: Banned Books
  • Week 5: Good Neighbor Week
Register on our online calendar

We also have a new program, Crafting Caboodles, on Tuesdays at 11:00 AM. If your child cannot make it to our in-person crafting session, you can sign-up for “Miss Michelle’s Take-and-Make Craft” instead - register Tuesday and pick up a craft kit on Thursday or after. Please note that these are all individual weekly registrations; please make sure that your registration matches the date on the sign-out sheet when you're picking up your craft!

The Vision of Wallkill’s “Weekend of Wallkill” is coming up toward the end of September. Check out their website or Facebook page for more information. Miss Michelle will be helping with some of the Lego activities and will be hosting a special Storytime!

We have a TON of great new books on our shelves, with these also on the way! Here's a preview...

New on the children's room shelves...

Board book

Yes! No!

A First Conversation about Consent

Picture books

Creepy Crayon!

The First Day of Homeschool

Early readers

Home for Meow

Show & Tail

Home for Meow

The Purrfect Show

Junior fiction

Merci Suárez Plays it Cool

Graphic novels



Sparks! #3: Future Perfect

Lunch from Home

Library services at a glance

  • Masks are optional for the most part, during both visits and programming, however, there may be some programs that require masking. If masks are required for a particular program, it will be indicated at the bottom of the program summary when you register for that event via the online activities calendar. If you’re ever in doubt, feel free to call the circulation desk and ask! And if YOU feel more comfortable wearing a mask to the library, don’t hesitate to do so. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.
  • Our doors are open for library services including browsing for library materials, making copies, sending faxes, and using the public access computers.
  • Our bookdrop is open for contact-free and after-hours returns of library materials. Be sure to secure DVD and BCD cases with rubber bands.
  • Curbside delivery of pre-ordered items is available by request. Call the circulation desk at 845-895-3707 to make a pick-up appointment.
  • Fine-free returns on everything, except museum/park passes.
  • Inter-library loans are available between all RCLS libraries.
  • Online programming, with materials necessary for crafts available for pickup at the library.
  • In-person programming, with appropriate social distancing.
  • Museum passes are available to Wallkill Public Library patrons for Boscobel House and Gardens, Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum, Empire Pass, Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Hudson River Maritime Museum, Mohonk Preserve, Motorcyclepedia, Museum Village, and Storm King Art Center.
  • We are not accepting any donations of books or DVDs at this time.
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