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

Although COVID-19 has forced our building to temporarily close, it has not closed our Library. Our virtual services continue and have expanded through the talents and creativity of the Library's extraordinary staff. I am proud of them all for stepping up during these trying times. You can join a virtual book club, learn new things through online lectures, gain insight with our virtual workshops and entertain your kids (and you!) on our Facebook Live Story Break. Despite the fact that we miss you, rest assured we're busy finding ways to connect and provide you with our normal services in a strangely abnormal time.

We have also been carefully planning what a return to our physical building will entail. There are many unknowns in this current pandemic environment, but what we do know is that your health, safety and well being, and that of our staff, are a paramount concern. We are using Governor Cuomo's New York Forward guidelines to aid us in navigating the development of our reopening plan. Please continue to check our website and social media accounts for further updates.

Lastly, be on the look out for your vote-by-mail ballots for the Library’s annual budget vote and trustee election. This year, the Library vote is being conducted with the School District vote. Ballots will be mailed by the school district to all qualified, registered, school district/library voters, and must be received by 5pm, June 9, 2020 via US mail in the provided return envelope. Please don’t forget to vote!

Charlotte A. Dunaief
Library Board
of Trustees Meeting
June 11

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!
Due to COVID 19, is making their database of historical newspapers free to libraries until June 15. This is a great resource for local historians and genealogists!

Go to the library's history and genealogy database page and don't forget -- you'll need your library card to access this resource.
For Adults
Just Say Yes to Fruits & Vegetables
Webinar Series

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.

Meal Planning on a Budget
June 3

During this interactive program Monica will be discussing meal planning on a budget along with presenting a recipe demonstration!

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!
College Admissions and
Financial Aid Program
June 4

Learn how to organize and make sense of the daunting college admissions process and gain insight into this complex and stressful experience. Presented on Zoom by Elizabeth Levine from Signature College Counseling of Central Valley, NY. Please register via our online calendar. Registrants will receive a Zoom link on the day of the presentation.
Alzheimer Association
Virtual Workshop Series
The Cornwall Public Library and the Alzheimer’s Association will co-present a series of webinars followed by Q&A conference calls.

Healthy Living for Your Brain
June 4
Get information on diet, nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement. Get hands-on tools to develop a plan for healthy aging.

Introduction to Alzheimer's
June 25

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.
June 9

Colonel Mindy Kimball is an Academy Professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and a former Space Operations Officer in the Army. She will present a fascinating talk on the geology history of the Hudson Valley. Please join us on Facebook Live and hear the stories that Hudson Valley Rocks have to share!
From Crisis Mode to Cautious Mode:Shifting Focus to Your Health
& Wellness in Era of COVID-19
June 11
1:00pm and repeated @ 6:30pm

Join Dr. Catherine Agricola, a local primary care physician, in a Facebook Live event about how to refocus your perspective during an unprecedented time. With the peak COVID-19 surge behind us, how can we move forward in our lives to reclaim control, be safe, and stay healthy? Questions and comments will be encouraged.
Virtual Book Discussion for Parents
June 5

Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids
by Kim John Payne

Join us for our second ever virtual book discussion 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. Get the free digital book from hoopla using your library card, register for the discussion, and on the date, join us for a virtual book discussion!

Zoom meeting invites will be emailed to registrants prior to the meeting.
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.
Alexander Hamilton:
The Musical & the Duel
June 23

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.

Rick is offering additional FREE programs on June 2 & June 9. Check out his Facebook page for more info!
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
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!
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:
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!
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.
Ivy Grace, Jake and George are brushing up on their technology skills in hopes of seeing you and enjoying more stories this summer.
Zoom T.U.T. Meeting
Friday, June 5
For established members only. For more info, contact
Lisa SinClair
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!