THE (mini) BLAST



December 2, 2022

Holidays come to the Hamlet

Tis the season for the Vision of Wallkill to present the Holiday Tree Lighting, and this year the event is getting a makeover as the first annual Holidays in the Hamlet premieres tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 3!

The Story of Ebenezer Scrooge

Before the festivities, the Wallkill Public Library will offer “The Story of Ebenezer Scrooge,” performed by The Traveling Lantern Theater Company at 2:30 p.m. in the community room of Town Hall. Come see the tale otherwise known as “A Christmas Carol” and grab a candy cane on your way out! Registration is available on the library’s website.


VOW's Artisan Marketplace

From 4-8 p.m., VOW’s artisan marketplace will be available on the lawn of the library, complete with food and beverages (so don’t forget to come with some cash on hand!). Holiday music will be provided by local choral groups and a DJ. A limited-edition holiday ornament will be sold at Vision of Wallkill’s booth.

Santa to light Christmas tree

Santa will make an appearance at around 5:30 p.m. to light the tree, after which he’ll meet with children until about 7 p.m. Children are invited to bring Santa a letter describing the gifts they want, and if they clearly print their names and addresses, Santa might even write back to them!

To volunteer for this event or for more information, call or text 845-527-6230.

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Winter adult reading contest is short and sweet

Stop by the circulation desk at the library to pick up our newest winter adult reading contest card! This contest will run from now until 6 p.m. on January 6, 2023. For every challenge completed you will receive one raffle ticket to be entered to win a $25 gift certificate from Hudson Valley Chocolates. The drawing will be held on Monday, January 9, 2023.

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Holiday Re-Gift BINGO

Wed, December 28, 2022, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

'Tis the season for duplicate, well-intended, and totally missed-the-mark gifts! They will make great prizes for our Holiday Re-gift BINGO. If you'd like to join our holiday BINGO game then bring a new, wrapped re-gift from your stash. Each person playing should bring a wrapped mystery gift. Our goal is to have everyone who brought a gift leave with a gift, so even if you didn't win a game, you'll be able to choose a prize at the end of the program. 

All ages welcome! Registration required


Support the library every time you shop Amazon!

You shop, Amazon gives

Did you know that the Wallkill Public Library participates in AmazonSmile? That means that if you select the library as a charitable organization, AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases our way.

To shop at AmazonSmile, visit on your computer, or activate AmazonSmile on the Amazon Shopping app on your smartphone!

Book Club makes December selection

The library’s Adult Fiction Club will meet again Dec. 15 to discuss Christmas in Paris, by Anita Hughes

Anita Hughes's Christmas in Paris is a moving and heartwarming story about love, trust, and self-discovery. Set during the most magical week of the year and with details of the glorious foods and fashions in the most romantic city in the world, it's sure to take your breath away.

The Fiction Club meets at 6:30 p.m. New members are always welcome! 

Reserve your copy

Come join our mahjong groups!

Every Wednesday at 1 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m. the library hosts our Mahjong Clubs. If you’re a player or just interested in learning, join us! We supply the games and (a limited number of) 2022 cards.

Toys for Tots toy drive

The 2022 holiday season marks the 75th anniversary of the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program! Help us celebrate this significant milestone. The Wallkill Public Library is an official Toys for Tots donation location! Leave new, unwrapped toys in the collection box in front of our fireplace from now through December 14.

New in the magazine racks...

Condé Nast Traveler!

Did you know that you can borrow magazines from the library? We subscribe to 34 different magazines from many of the top genres: food, craft, fashion, lifestyle, health, travel, and entertainment.

Whether you are a jet-setter or an armchair traveler, our newest addition to the magazine collection, Condé Nast Traveler, is sure to interest you.

Due to the timely nature of the content, magazine loans are for seven days.

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Weekly children's programming


on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m. 

Crafting Caboodles 

on Tuesdays

from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m.

(with a Take-and-Make option if you can’t come in person) 

Little Explorers STEM & Sensory 

on Wednesdays

from 11:00 to 11:45 a.m.

Register on our online calendar

Zoe the Therapy Dog is back!

We are also thrilled to announce that everyone’s favorite holiday elf…I mean canine… Zoe the Therapy Dog will be joining us every last Tuesday of the month for Storytime! She loves being read to and enjoys being pet…she also likes showing us some of her amazing tricks!

Register for Storytime!

New adult non-fiction

The Ruin of All Witches:

Life and Death in the New World

Malcolm Gaskill

The Pirate's Wife: The Remarkable True Story of Sarah Kidd

Daphne Palmer Geanacopoulos

New adult fiction

Click the underlined titles to link to our catalog to place a hold or to read a plot summary.

Meredith, Alone

Claire Alexander

Peril in Paris

Rhys Bowen

All the Blood We Share: A Novel of the Bloody Benders of Kansas

Camilla Bruce

Clive Cussler

The Sea Wolves

Jack Du Brul


Philippa Gregory


Louise Kennedy

Blackwater Falls

Ausma Zehanat Khan

The Whittiers

Danielle Steel


Chuck Wendig

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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