Cornwall Library Newsletter April 2020
From the Library Director...

During this time of "social distancing," no doubt we are all experiencing cabin fever. But the idea of cabin fever only captures one piece of this difficult ordeal. Yes, it is trying to be restricted from going out and conducting our business or enjoying our recreation safely and freely. However, what I miss even more is the ability to connect easily with family, friends, colleagues, and you, our dear Library patrons.

Despite our doors being closed, the Cornwall Public Library staff is hard at work bringing you as many programs and services online as we can. Our talented Youth Services Department has been busy performing online story times - always with copyright permission from the publishers. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram to watch these with your kids!

Our Adult Services Department recently launched our newest service, Hoopla - an online streaming platform. Hoopla allows you to borrow videos, music, audiobooks, or ebooks free with your library card! We are also working on bringing some of our adult book clubs online; already, our Out & About Book Club has been able to meet via Zoom.

We have also extended the deadline for our 2020 Annual Timothy Mumford Poetry Competition to May 15. Keep those poems coming in by sending them to - check out our website for more contest details.

Please continue to check our website and social media pages for updates. We truly look forward to the day when we can see you face-to-face again. Until then, stay home, stay safe, and stay healthy!

Charlotte A. Dunaief
Helping the Food Bank
of the Hudson Valley

The library is proud to be a committed community partner with the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley. As you may already know, food bank resources across the country are being strained like never before. So, we wanted to let you know that our food bank could really use everyone's help right now. We spoke with food bank representatives and they are asking, if people can, to visit their website and make a donation. For every one dollar donated they can provide 4 meals. For every $20.00 donated they can provide 80 meals. Just look for the large "Donate" buttons on their homepage. Together, we can help those in need during this crisis.
2020 Library Vote and Trustee Election
The budget vote and election have been postponed. Per a mandate from Governor Cuomo that all local elections be held after June 1st, the Library Board and Director are working on an alternate plan. Please stay tuned.
Library Board
of Trustees Meeting
(Check our website for scheduled date)

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 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 .
Musical Cornwall Series
We know that many of you are musically talented; we hear you as we walk around the town and village - guitar, piano, harp, bagpipes, clarinet, vocals, and more. Here is a chance to share that talent. Whether you are a beginner, or a professional, please post a video of yourself performing on your Instagram site. Use the hashtag: #cornwallpublibrary, to share it with us. If you don't use Instagram, you can send it to: We can't wait to hear from Cornwall's talent!
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 to "flatten the curve," 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:

Since our building closed, the library has allocated funding to purchase many more digital titles. If you don't see what you're looking for, please email the library and we'll do our best to accommodate requests!
For Adults
Virtual Book Discussion for Parents

The Call of the Wild and Free: Reclaiming Wonder in Your
Child's Education
by Ainsley Arment

May 8

Join us for a brand-new virtual book group for parents who are looking to find a sense of community and support as we face unprecedented time alone at home with our children. Read with an open mind and come ready to share your thoughts.

Get the digital book from hoopla, register on our website, and join us for a virtual book discussion!

Zoom meeting invites will be emailed to registrants prior to the meeting.
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Friends of Cornwall Library Trip
'An Irish Adventure' trip this Spring was canceled and is rescheduled for October 21-29, 2020. There is some limited availability for additional members of the community to join in, but they must commit by April 30. Please send an email to if you are interested.
Out & About Book Club
An Interpreter of Maladies
by Jhumpa Lahiri

April 29

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.
Aaron Gaines
Reads Shakespeare

April is National Poetry Month and we found the perfect person to share some Shakespeare with us! Follow us on Facebook and you will be treated to a series of mini performances by Cornwall Public Library patron, and actor, Aaron Gaines.
For Kids
We cannot express how much we miss our big and little people who frequent our library. While the world may be changing, what stays the same is our eagerness to see you and share our love of reading. We are learning we can do that many different ways and most recently we are finding out just how creative those ways can get! So until we can be together again, stay home, keep healthy, record your own stories anyway you can, and exercise your reading muscles. We cannot wait to see you!

Your Youth Services Team,
Elizabeth (Liz) Fisher, Lisa SinClair and Rebecca Barth
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 can catch these live events on our Facebook page every Friday morning at 11am, starting April 17.  Tune in and tell your friends!
Children's Day/Book Day
April 30

Join the library for the literacy initiative, Children's Day/Book Day , a celebration of children, families, and reading held annually on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for every child regardless of linguistic and cultural background. RCLS library patrons will be reading favorite children's books all day on social media. To see your Cornwall friends and neighbors, watch our Facebook page on April 30 with your kids, and experience bookjoy!
We’re Going
on a Bear Hunt!

Join the international community scavenger hunt based on Michael Rosen's We're Going on a Bear Hunt. Remember to share pictures of your bear hunts and tag the library on Facebook or Instagram. Don't forget to follow social distancing rules during your hunt!

Pssst, adults! We need your help too - please place stuffed bears in your windows or on your porches so there are bears to be spotted out there in the wild!
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.
Here are Ivy Grace, Jake and George -- they really miss their library friends!

From Hudson Valley Paws For-a-Cause and the library's Dog Tales (reading to dogs program).