Cornwall Library Newsletter Mid-June 2020
Curbside Pick-up Service Starts!

With the guidance of New York State’s plan, NY Moving Forward, the Cornwall Public Library will slowly begin to reintroduce services, while maintaining a safe and healthy environment for patrons and staff.

Returning Items
Starting on June 15 , if you live in the Cornwall Central School District, you may begin returning library items you have held onto during our building closure:

  • We are asking that items be returned only in the blue book dropbox located in our parking lot, Monday-Friday from 9-5:30, or Saturdays from 10-1:30.The book drop will be closed during off hours.

  • Staff will be present in the building to empty the book dropbox every hour.

  • In order to prevent the spread of the virus, the book drop attached to the building will remain closed.

  • Returned items will be quarantined for 7 days, disinfected and then discharged from your account.

  • NO donated materials will be accepted at this time.

Curbside Pickup
Also on June 15 , we will begin offering curbside pick-up service with Cornwall items only.
  • Patrons may call the library and request a title or titles (no more than 5 per library card).

  • Our staff will find your item(s), check them out to you, and notify you that your item(s) are ready for pick-up.

  • We will then make an appointment for you to come to our front doors portico to pick up your item(s).

  • We ask that you call us upon your arrival for your appointment and remain in your car.

  • When we are notified that you are in the parking lot, we will then bring your item(s) out to a table and leave them there for you.

  • Per NYS and CDC guidelines, we are requiring patrons to wear a mask when exiting their car to retrieve their item(s).

We look forward to offering more services in the future as allowed by local and state public health guidelines. Please check our website and social media accounts for updates, as our services are subject to change.
Per an Executive Order from the Governor, the new date that ballots for the library/school district vote must be received by is 5pm, June 16 . Ballots may be returned in the envelope provided or dropped off at the school district offices: 24 Idlewild Avenue, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY 12520.
Library Board
of Trustees Meeting
July 9

Until our building re-opens, meetings are being virtually run via the Zoom app. 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!
For Adults
Healthy Beverages
June 17

During this interactive program, Monica will be discussing healthy beverages and presenting a recipe demonstration. Let’s toast this fun program together!

Join us for a Facebook Live virtual presentation by Monica Cieslak, a Just Say Yes to Fruits & Vegetables Nutrition Educator working with the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley. Monica is a Culinary Institute of America trained chef, combining her passion for cooking with her love of educating folks on how to incorporate more fruits and veggies into their lives. The program will be held on the Cornwall Public Library’s Facebook page.
Alexander Hamilton:
The Musical &
the Duel
Tuesday, June 23 @ 6:30pm

Join Bergen Community College Lecturer Rick Feingold for a virtual lecture on Hamilton, a ground-breaking musical and the hottest ticket on Broadway. And now, this wildly popular musical is coming to Disney Plus on July 3. The lecture features the Hamilton mix-tape performance at the White House, an introduction to the characters of the musical, and music from the Broadway production including Ten Duel Commandments.

Register for the discussion via our online calendar, and on the date join us for a virtual presentation! Zoom meeting invites will be emailed to registrants prior to the meeting.
Introduction to Alzheimer's
June 25

The Cornwall Public Library and the Alzheimer’s Association will co-present a webinar followed by Q&A conference calls.
Learn about the impact of Alzheimer's, risk factors and warning signs, resources and how you can join the fight against the disease.

Contact the Alzheimer’s Association at 800-272-3900 to register for all programs.
The Lawyer is 'IN'
July 8

Join us for a virtual Zoom presentation on individual rights in various situations followed by a Q&A including: navigating falls, trips, slips, automobile & bicycle accidents, dog bites and a host of negligence issues. You will be able to submit questions on topics of interest. Andrew Finkelstein will present on a variety of personal injury issues with the focus on keeping you protected. Finkelstein & Partners is a full-service law firm, committed to providing a broad spectrum of legal expertise.
Shakespeare Out Loud
Zoom Virtual Program
Thursday, July 9
Friday, July 10
@ 10:00am

Although a joy to read in silence, Shakespeare's work was written to be spoken out loud. With some minor detective work and a few basic acting exercises, participants will have the chance to become brave, brilliant orators of Shakespeare's text. Speeches and scenes will be provided, though please feel free to bring your own. All experience levels welcome.

Understanding Shakespeare
Zoom Virtual Program
Thursday, July 9
Friday, July 10
@ 1:00 pm

Let’s make Shakespeare make sense! Using a practical approach to the text, including detective work and a literary toolbox, participants will gain a better understanding of Shakespeare’s poetry, characters, and stories. Speeches and scenes will be provided, though please feel free to bring your own. All experience levels welcome.

Aaron Gaines has appeared Off-Broadway with the Irish Repertory Theatre, Peccadillo Theatre Company, Metropolitan Playhouse, and Shakespeare Forum. Regional credits include the LEXington Theatre Company, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the Shakespeare Theatres of D.C. and New Jersey. He has been a guest teacher for the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Utah Valley University, PAA Colorado, Riverside Theatre Arts Academy, and dozens of public schools in New York, Utah, Nevada, California, and Arizona. Since 2010, he has been a teaching artist and adjudicator for the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s annual High School Shakespeare Competition.

Registration required, through our online calendar . A Zoom link will then be emailed to registrants.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and is administered by Arts Mid-Hudson.
Mystery Book Club
June 18

Join a Zoom meeting to discuss a mystery novel with fellow readers. Digital ebooks and audiobooks are available through Libby and hoopla. The Zoom link will be emailed to those participating on the day of the meeting.
Virtual Out & About
Book Club
June 24

Just because we can't be Out & About doesn't mean we can't still have a great book club meeting! Get the digital book from hoopla, register on our website, 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.
Book Chat & Chocolate
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
by Stuart Turton
June 25
Join the Hudson Valley's sweetest book group in a virtual Zoom meeting. Books and audios available on Zoom meeting invitations will be sent out to registrants on the day of the book club. 
Motown Record & Berry Gordy
July 14
Join Bergen Community College Lecturer Rick Feingold for a virtual lecture on the history of Motown Records. Motown launched the careers of Diana Ross & the Supremes, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, The Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and The Jackson Five. Presentation includes classic video of the early years of Motown music.

Register for the discussion via our online calendar, and on the date, join us for a virtual presentation! Zoom meeting invites will be emailed to registrants prior to the meeting.
For Kids
Though our Summer Reading theme is “Imagine Your Story,” we have had to re-imagine our Summer Reading Program several times as we planned it. This proved to be really difficult. While we will all miss our usual, in-person programming, our hope is that you will find the at-home challenges we provide are tons of fun and a great way to keep you happy, healthy, exercising your reading muscles, and stretching your creative powers.

Our first challenge...We have a new summer mascot! This dragon has scales, wings, snaggly teeth, a long, sleek and pointy tail and a hoard of reading materials. What this dragon doesn’t have is a name, and we need your help to get it one. Include your suggestion when you register ONLINE for Summer Reading on WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24th (link available then). We will have a final naming vote later in the summer, so stay tuned!
Your Youth Services Team,
Elizabeth (Liz) Fisher, Lisa SinClair and Rebecca Barth
Teen Writers Strike Back!
Wednesdays @ 4:00pm
July 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

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.
Come Read To Me!

Dog Tales
Select Mondays
July 6, 20 & Aug 3
6:00-7:00 pm

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.
July 23

This program will be available to our patrons via YouTube. It will be a pre-recorded program which can be accessed between 9am and 9pm (check our online calendar listing for link and password).

Barry Marshall, and Jeri Burns, PhD have been working together as The Storycrafters since 1991. They are the 2018 recipients of the National Storytelling Network’s “Circle of Excellence” Award.
Wizard Academy with David Engel
Virtual Program
July 28

The bumbling Professor Hackensneeze makes a virtual visit from the Hogwarts Academy to teach kids and their parental Muggles, the secrets of their magical powers. This loony Professor of Wizardry leads children on a zany and mystical day-in-the-life of a Wizard In Training (W.I.T). Magic potion recipes, wand etiquette, slapstick antics, talking Trolls and a visit from his furry Sidekick Mortimer are all hallmarks of this great family-friendly show.

Check our online calendar program for link and time information!
Check Out the Library's YouTube!

Catch our new in-house videos brought to you by our Children's staff. We have videos on a whole host of fun activities, including starting your own indoor garden to making sticky slime to learning more about nature! Go to the library's youtube channel and take a look! Don't forget to subscribe while you're there!
Story Break Live
Fridays @ 11:00am

Think you're too old for a children's book? The library's Youth Services Team begs to disagree! Celebrate TGIF with a familiar library face and a good story (you have to tune in to find out which story!) You can catch these live events on our Facebook page every Friday morning at 11am.  Tune in and tell your friends!
Zoom T.U.T. Meeting
June 19
July 17
August 14
@ 5:30pm
For established members only. For more info, contact
Lisa SinClair
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!!

Here's a drawing from
one of our young
snail mail recipients:
Stay-at-Home Resources

We have put together some wonderful resources for children and parents on our website. Try a new science experiment, deep dive into Harry Potter's world, doodle with Mo Willems, or hang out in a live eagle's nest. Simply click on the "Kid & Teens" tab to access all this and so much more.
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!

Things to know: Patrons have a 5 item monthly limit for materials borrowed through hoopla. However, if 5 titles are not enough, right now 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 .
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 and Magazines!

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: