Cornwall Library Newsletter Mid-July 2020
Learn more about our curbside pickup service by visiting our website .
Digital Magazines
through Overdrive
and Libby
Patrons can now access new titles through the library's digital magazine apps. C onde Nast Traveler, The Economist, New Yorker, Rolling Stone and Wired are now available! For more information on how to access digital magazines, please call the library or email .
Library Board
of Trustees Meeting
August 13

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
Adult Summer Reading

There are two components to Cornwall Public Library’s Adult Summer Reading Program: Book Reviews (you can post on our Summer Reading Program website) and the Summer Reading BINGO card.

Part One: “There’s an app for that!”
You can download and use the ReadSquared R2 app on your smart phone. Just search your phone’s app store for “Readsquared” and create an account. You can:
  • post reviews and track your reading
  • play mini-games and earn badges
  • read other readers’ reviews
  • add books to your “To Be Read” List

Don’t forget to earn the special Early Literacy Badge by reading with a child!

If you prefer, you can still access the Readsquared program via the website at and leave your reviews for us there. Either way you access it, you can complete the program by earning 500 points, and earning a certificate!

Part Two: “Let’s get Social (distanced)”
Download the Summer Reading BINGO card ( Adult SRP BINGO_full). We invite you mark it up digitally! Share your pictures, screenshots and progress with us via social media! You can tag us on Instagram @Cornwallpublibrary or use the hashtag #cornwallpublibrary and we’ll see your posts! We’ll even share some of them.

Rather go old school?
We’ll have paper copies of the BINGO cards available for pickup at your next curbside pickup appointment. Just let the staff know you want one and we’ll tuck it in your book.

One of the goals of our Summer Reading Program (even for adults) is to promote literacy in children. To that end, one of the activities this year is to read a book with a child. This activity will earn 100 points in the ReadSquared App. We’d like to thank the New York State Library’s Family Literacy Library Services for the generous grant which allowed us to offer access to the ReadSquared App this year.
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.
Understanding Shakespeare
Zoom Virtual Program
July 28

Let’s make Shakespeare make sense! 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. Registration required!

Shakespeare Out Loud
Zoom Virtual Program
July 29

Although a joy to read in silence, Shakespeare's work was written to be spoken out loud. Speeches and scenes will be provided, though please feel free to bring your own. All experience levels welcome. Registration required!

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.

Zoom links will 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.
Sounds of Summer
August 5

Join us on Facebook Live for an entertaining evening of musical enjoyment performed by Cornwall's own talented musicians, The Gioias. Sit back, relax and indulge in the Sounds of Summer! This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of Cornwall Library.
A Walk in the Woods:
Site-Specific Artworks at
Storm King Art Center
August 11

Join us for a talk about site-specific artworks at Storm King Art Center. We will take an in-depth look at one work in the collection which was created specifically for the Art Center with natural materials found at Storm King.

The session focuses on Patricia Johanson’s Nostoc ll. Created in 1975, this installation is the first commissioned work to be created entirely on-site with materials exclusively from this property. Ellen Grenley, the Center’s Assistant Director of Education, will lead an interactive participant conversation.

This program will be presented through Zoom and there limited space. Please register via the library's online calendar starting July 13. Zoom links will be provided on the day of program.
Mystery Book Club
No Shred of Evidence
by Charles Todd
July 16
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 Book Discussion for Parents
July 17

Our virtual parenting book discussion group seeks to provide parents a sense of community and support as we raise our children through difficult and unprecedented times.

The third discussion group shifts our focus to having difficult conversations about race. As parents, it is particularly important right now to reflect on how best to discuss race with our children. Iljeoma Oluo's So You Want to Talk About Race offers a thoughtful exploration of how race shapes our society as well as actionable tools for addressing issues that keep us divided.

Although this group is intended to serve parents, our discussions are open to everyone! Please read with an open mind and come ready to share your thoughts. Here’s what you need to do to join:

Get the free digital book from hoopla or Libby using your library card, register for the discussion via the online calendar, and on the date, join us for a virtual book discussion!

Zoom meeting invites will be emailed to registrants prior to the meeting.
Out & About Book Club
July 22
by Tara Westover

Just because we can't be Out & About doesn't mean we can't still have a great book club meeting!

R egister on our website; get the book on Libby or call the the library for a hard copy; 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.
Virtual Book Chat
& Chocolate
July 23

Join the Hudson Valley's sweetest book group in a virtual Zoom meeting. Register via the library's online calendar. Zoom meeting invitations will be sent out to registrants on the day of the book club.
Interview Protocols: Mock Interviews

Learn interview skill techniques with Interview Coach, Andy Maroney. Get free one-on-one practice interview and feedback session.

To set up a mock interview, email your resume to You must provide a completed resume and contact phone number prior to scheduling an appointment. Flexible meeting schedule available.

All Job Seekers, Career Changers and recent job market re-entries are welcome!
For Kids
friends logo

All Summer Reading Programs are generously
supported by the Friends of Cornwall Library
SUMMER READING IS HERE! We have been busy putting together a whole bunch of virtual events along with fun challenges for every age that you can enjoy at home. Check out our calendar of events to stay up-do-date on all that we have to offer this summer. Not yet registered for Summer Reading? No problem! Simply click here to register online. You’ll find game boards for every age group available to print on our website. We also have printed copies prepared on a table outside the library during open hours.

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 for Summer Reading. 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 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.
Read To Me Virtually!

Dog Tales
July 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.
Virtual PJ Story Time
July 27
August 10
6:30 pm

Wear your PJs, find your favorite cuddly and head over to the library's Facebook page or youtube channel to hear Pat Parker read stories for 3, 4, & 5 year olds ( or anyone who wants to get comfortable and here a bedtime story!)
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 the week before the program).

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 on Vimeo
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.

This program will be available to our patrons via Vimeo. It will be a pre-recorded program which can be accessed between 9am and 9pm (check our online calendar listing for link and password the week before the program).
Neville Longbottom's Birthday Party
via Zoom
July 30

It’s time to celebrate one of the greatest heroes at the Battle of Hogwarts! Party games and activities for Grades 6-12 only. Limited space – please register via the library's online calendar starting a week before the event. Cosplay is encouraged! BYOBB (Bring Your Own Butter Beer). Zoom links will be emailed on the day of the event.
Virtual Escape Room
August 27

For Grades 6-12. Limited space - please register using the online calendar. Zoom links will be emailed the day of the event.
Summer StoryWalkⓇ

Join us for a Summer StoryWalkⓇ around the library grounds. Stop by our front portico, reach inside the little red house for a flyer that lists the scavenger hunt questions. Then start your walk at the Mary Lusignan bench (located at the far left of the library).

Completed scavenger hunt sheets can be returned in the blue book drop and will be entered into a prize drawing.

The StoryWalkⓇ Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.
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
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.
Check Out the Library's YouTube!

Catch our new in-house videos brought to you by our Youth Service'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!
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: