Cornwall Library Newsletter August 2020
Just like in the theatre, there is a lot that goes on behind-the-scenes here at the library. Every day, I see the library staff working hard to bring you seamless curbside pick-up, planning engaging online programming, and keeping you up-to-date through our social media channels. Our Librarians are ordering books, combing through professional journals to find you the next best sellers, both fiction and non-fiction. Our Children’s staff are also working hard to find you the funniest or most captivating picture books and more. Programmers are working the phones (and emails) to secure presenters for online lectures, finding musicians to perform virtually for you, or prepping for a recorded story time or an educational nature walk in our garden. Other staff members have learned how to Zoom to bring our popular book clubs to you in the online world. I have been working on finishing up administration of grants so there won't be an interruption in services when we do open our doors to you, our beloved patrons. These are just a snapshot of the programs and services being offered during this difficult time. As always, please don’t hesitate to call (845-534-8282) or email ( ) if you have any questions, concerns, suggestions or requests. Stay well and be healthy!

Charlotte Dunaief, Library Director
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 .
Learn more about our curbside pickup service by visiting our website .
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.
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.
Unclaimed Funds Online Workshop
August 10

The Office of the State Comptroller, Thomas P. DiNapoli, is hosting an Unclaimed Funds workshop as a service to New Yorkers. Presenter, Ms. Leah Solomon, will feature background information on unclaimed funds, search tips and a walk-through of filing a claim. This workshop will be presented on Zoom. Register via the library's online calendar and a Zoom link will be emailed to registrants on the day of the program.
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.
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!
Mystery Book
Discussion Group
Worthy Brown's Daughter
by Philip Margolin
August 20

Join a Zoom meeting to discuss a mystery novel with fellow readers. Register via the online calendar.The Zoom link will be emailed to those participating on the day of the meeting.
Out & About Book Club
August 19
Real Life
by Brandon Taylor

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
Queen Bee
by Dorothea Benton Frank
August 27

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.
Estate Planning Made Simple
September 15

Join us for a Zoom presentation featuring Michael Wagner, Esq., Senior Counsel at Jacobowitz and Gubits. During these challenging times, it has never been more important to provide your family with the proper planning. Michael will discuss ways you can avoid probate: protect your assets from long-term care costs; how to plan for disability; how to keep your assets in the bloodline; and how your plan is impacted by second marriages. There will be a Q&A following the presentation, so come prepared with your concerns.

Registration starts August 1 and is required to obtain the link to view on Zoom. Please visit this link for registration:
For Kids & Teens
friends logo

All Summer Reading Programs are generously
supported by the Friends of Cornwall Library
SUMMER READING IS IN FULL SWING! Social distancing won’t stop us from having tons of library fun this summer. With self-directed game boards for every age group (birth to 18yrs), we have lots of activities and challenges to keep summer boredom at bay. Worried that you forgot to sign up for Summer Reading? No problem! Simply click here to register online. Once registered, print out a copy of a game board and get busy. Can’t print? Again, no problem! Visit our Summer Reading table outside the library for a printed copy. Wondering what sort of events we are hosting this summer? Check out our calendar of virtual events to stay up-to-date on the latest offerings. Even better, visit our Facebook page and our YouTube channel for live programs and entertaining videos.

We’ve been collecting names for our summer dragon mascot and can’t wait to bring the top suggestions to a vote by all our creative patrons. Stay tuned!

Your Youth Services Team,
Elizabeth (Liz) Fisher, Lisa SinClair and Rebecca Barth
Read To Me Virtually!

Dog Tales
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
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!)
Zoom T.U.T. Meeting
August 14
@ 5:30pm
For established
members only

For more info, contact
Lisa SinClair
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.
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!
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
(last chance through
the end of August!)

You're never too old to hear a good story! Celebrate TGIF with Miss Rebecca, Sprout and a picture book you are sure to enjoy. 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!!
Make-It Mondays

Looking for fun craft projects for the kids this summer? Take advantage of our “Make It Monday” series! Stop by the library, grab a bag of materials on the Summer Reading table and make what is inside. Each Monday is a new project with new materials. Bags are available while supplies last. Grab a bag and get busy!
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: