July 29, 2022
National Night Out set for August 2
Join us as we participate in Wallkill's 2nd Annual National Night Out hosted by the Town of Shawangunk PBA, on Tuesday, August 2 from 4-8 p.m. at Garrison Park. We will have our very own booth where you can apply for a library card or update your personal information on your existing account. Make sure you grab some freebies and a children's take-and-make craft when you stop by to say hello!
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign celebrated by millions of neighbors across thousands of communities. NNO enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. We look forward to seeing all of you at our local event!
Adult fiction book club makes August pick
We meet again Thursday, Aug. 25 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss Kevin Barry’s Night Boat to Tangier. Join us!

In the dark waiting room of the ferry terminal in the sketchy Spanish port of Algeciras, two aging Irishmen — Maurice Hearne and Charlie Redmond, longtime partners in the lucrative and dangerous enterprise of smuggling drugs — sit at night, none too patiently. It is October 23, 2018, and they are expecting Maurice’s estranged daughter (or is she?), Dilly, to either arrive on a boat coming from Tangier or depart on one heading there. This nocturnal vigil will initiate an extraordinary journey back in time to excavate their shared history of violence, romance, mutual betrayals and serial exiles, rendered with the dark humor and the hardboiled Hibernian lyricism that have made Kevin Barry one of the most striking and admired fiction writers at work today. (Goodreads)
Mahjong 101 restarts Aug. 11
If you’ve never played and would like to learn, you can register for the new session of Mahjong 101 beginning Aug. 11. That’s when the popular workshop offered by Eileen Masterson will start again from the beginning and cover rules, strategies, etc. We hope you’ll join us!
Adult summer reading continues through August
Just read a book or magazine or listen to an audiobook. Each time you do, we will give you a chance to win one of our amazing adult summer reading prizes. Entering is fast and easy! And, the more books you read or listen to, the higher your chances are to win.

Adult summer reading is for readers ages 18+ (you must be 21 or over to enter for prizes containing wine). Our program kicked off June 29 and runs through the end of August. Winners will be announced Thursday, September 1st.

Good luck and keep on reading!
What's happening at the library...
Workshop Wednesdays: Felted Sea Turtle
Back by popular demand...
If you were wait-listed or just missed this summer's Workshop Wednesday FELTED SEA TURTLES, you are in luck! Here is your last chance to get in on the fun and felt a life-sized baby sea turtle! Wed, Aug 10 at 6 p.m. in the reading room. Space will be limited to those who didn't get the chance the first time around.
Workshop Wednesday: Beachy Beach sign
Our Beachy Beach signs workshop was a hit! Participants made their way thru the stations, assembling the wood base, attaching the hanger, painting and distressing for the final touch. Cheryl went in a different direction and used a postcard to complete her beach sign
Workshop Wednesdays: Vacation keepsake jars
It was a full house with some patrons bringing their own special bottles, making it a truly personal keepsake. The workshop involved cutting out a design, using a special medium to etch it permanently into the glass and creating a wood slice tag to wrap and complete the project.
Enormous fun at BIG Bingo
BIG Bingo was a BIG hit!
We gathered twice this summer in the cool community room, played lots of games (with edible markers, no less!) and gave out over 20 great prizes, big and small. Thanks to our patrons and Perfect Combination Painting for the generous donations that made it a BIG hit!
Smash journaling
The Smash Journal kids learned about the history of messages in bottles and wrote their own messages to be sent out, environmentally, of course! Using our RCLS delivery network as the "current" to carry our messages, notes were written, placed in bottles, and sent out to R"sea"LS friends who volunteered to participate.
Charlotte received her message-in-a-bottle back from the Kate at the Palisades library. It was great to hear that Charlotte and Kate share a love if books and libraries!
Decorating shells, doodling in journals and listening to Octopus's Garden by the Beatles.
From Miss Michelle
We can’t believe that our summer reading program finale is next week! It has been an AMAZING season, and though our summer programming is ending, our reading challenge, “Connect More,” continues through August 14th.
After that date, please have your child submit their chart for a prize - also, for every row of 4 completed, your child gets a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card…with up to 10 chances to win! We will have a random drawing for the cards on August 31st and the winner will be notified via email.
Before the finale, the Hudson River Maritime Museum will be by on July 30th to share some local lighthouse lore with us!

(Remember, the library offers museum passes to the HRMM, as well as a bevy of other great local museums and attractions. For a full list, see "Library services at a glance" below. Come check one out in August!)
We also have a surprise reading challenge on August 2nd, when our special furry guest named Zoe will be at Storytime, ready for our friends to read some great books to her!
SRP Finale
Mad Science wraps up our summer programming on August 3rd with a spectacular space show, and we cool off with some ice cream afterward.
Regular children's programming will commence Tuesday, August 16
Storytime will once again be at 10:30 a.m.. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Little Explorers STEM & Sensory will return to Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. Our themes for August will be:
  • Week 1: Summer Reading Program on 8/2 & 8/3 (no programming on 8/4)
  • Week 2: Programs are on vacation this week!
  • Week 3: Friendship
  • Week 4: Honey Bee Awareness
  • Week 5: All about Smores!
New Program Alert!!
We’ll be adding a new program, Crafting Caboodles, on Tuesdays right after Storytime, at 11:00 a.m. We enjoyed doing in-person crafts so much during the summer, that we wanted to continue the fun throughout the year!

A reminder for all programs: Please register your child for each program individually, as they are not set up as “series” in our system. Also, please register your children individually, using their names. This will help us to better plan for program supply usage, etc.
Before we dive in to some great new releases, here are some fabulous photos from our most recent special events!
Orange County Water Authority
Here is MaryLynne Malone, educator at the OCWA, taking our friends
through The Incredible (hands-on) Water Journey!
Joe Fischer, Magician
On a hot summer day, Joe Fischer kept his cool by surprising us with tricks and treats at every turn!
And as promised, here are some new books heading our way!
New Board Book
Dr. Seuss Discovers: The Ocean
New Picture Book
The Boy Who Loved Maps
New Early Reader
Ballet Bruce
New Graphic Novel
Bad Guys #15:
Open Wide and Say Arrrgh!
New Junior Fiction
Etta Invincible
New Biography
Blips on a Screen
New Nonfiction
Don't Let Them Disappear

New Nonfiction
The Mystery of the Monarchs
New in adult fiction...
Leila Mottley
James Patterson
Kelly Rimmer
Wesley Straton
Louis Bayard
Debbie Macomber
New in young adult fiction...
Teens, spend your last month of the summer reading what you choose! Here are some new titles to tempt you...
Samira Ahmed
Catherine Doyle &
Katherine Webber
Chad Alan Gibbs
Kathleen Glasgow & Liz Lawson
Jessica Goodman
Elizabeth Kilcoyne
New in large print...
J. Blackwell
Rachel Gibson
Karen Hamilton
Stephen Hunter
Lee Myung-Ok
Rebecca Roanhorse
Jennifer Weiner
Kathy Reichs
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.