Cornwall Library Newsletter May 2020
From the Library Director...
It’s been an exceptionally difficult time for everyone, but I hope this newsletter finds everyone safe and well!

The library takes our stewardship of tax funds seriously, and we are always striving to be fiscally responsible. To that end, we have worked hard to create a 2020-2021 budget that reflects the current economic climate. The proposed budget (found on our website ) does not exceed the tax cap. For a house with an assessed value of $350,000, Cornwall Public Library's taxes are estimated to be $218.00.

As an additional measure of fiscal responsibility, we will be combining our budget vote and trustee election with that of the Cornwall Central School District. Governor Cuomo has mandated the date of all School District and School District Library votes to be held on June 9, 2020. This vote will be held entirely through mail-in ballots. Ballots will be mailed by the school district to all qualified, registered school district voters. Ballots must be received by 5pm, June 9, 2020 via US mail in the provided return envelope to qualified, registered school district voters. For the library trustee election, there are four candidates running for three open seats: Tom Dames, Matt Rettig, Roberta Sherman, and Matt Soltis. 

We are currently waiting for guidelines from the state as to when and how we can re-open our building. As you may know, Governor Cuomo has proposed an opening plan entitled New York Moving Forward . Those of us located in the Mid-Hudson District are still waiting to hear when we can begin that process. But rest assured, the staff has been busy establishing plans and guidelines on how best to offer in-person services while keeping the public and employees safe.

Remember that even though you can’t physically enter the library, we are providing many digital services and virtual programs. If you need a reference question answered, email, or leave us a voice message. Join one of our book groups that are now online, or pop into one of our story times on Facebook. Make sure you subscribe to our monthly newsletter to keep up on all that is happening. I am look forward to returning to our physical library to interact with all of you. Here's to better days ahead!
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!.

Don't forget that is available from home with your library card through the end of May. Take advantage of this award-winning resource!
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!

This database includes several historical local papers from Jeffersonville, Youngsville, Port Jervis, Middletown, Newburgh, Haverstraw, Nyack, White Plains, and Poughkeepsie.

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
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.

Dementia Conversations
May 18
In this session, get helpful tips to assist with difficult conversations related to dementia, including going to the doctor, deciding when to stop driving and making legal and financial plans.This program is primarily for those who have a family member or close friend beginning to experience Alzheimer's or another dementia.

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.

Contact the Alzheimer’s Association at 800-272-3900 to register for all programs.
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.

Food Safety
May 20

During this interactive program Monica will be discussing general food safety practices, including coronavirus safety precautions, along with presenting a recipe demonstration!

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!
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!
Virtual Book Discussion for Parents
Friday, 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 Discussion
Death at La Fenice
by Donna Leon

May 21

Join a Zoom meeting to discuss a mystery novel with fellow readers. Get the digital book from hoopla or Libby, and register on our website.

Zoom meeting invites will be emailed to registrants prior to the meeting.
Out & About Book Club
Daisy Jones and the Six
by Taylor Reid Jenkins

May 27

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 or Libby, 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 Operator
by Gretchen Berg

May 28

Join the Hudson Valley's sweetest book group in a Zoom meeting. Get the digital book from hoopla, and register on our website.

Zoom meeting invites will be emailed to registrants prior to the meeting.
Ancestry Library Edition

Now, through the end of May, is available from your home (for Cornwall patrons only, enter password: 22807)
Let the library start you on a journey of discovery!
For Kids
To all our Library Friends,

How we continue to miss seeing your faces! Having to stay home has reminded us on a daily basis that the best part of our job is spending time with you. But we are still working hard (and creatively!) to share as many wonderful stories, crafts and writing projects as we can. We hope that you’ve enjoyed some of the new programs and videos we’ve put together. Or, if you haven’t seen them yet, we can’t wait for you to give them a try and tell us what you think. Also, do you know that digital versions of your favorite books are available through the Libby app? If you can’t find something you want, just let us know and we’ll try to get it.

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!!
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.
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).
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!