June 24, 2022
SRP opener June 29!!
Dive in! The ocean's fin-tastic!
The Traveling Lantern Theater Company will be at the library at 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, to help us kick off this year’s Summer Reading Program!

Monday’s Pre-Registration event yielded 283 signups, but if you act fast, there’s still room in many programs for additional participants. Visit the library’s online calendar to reserve your spot in our many workshops, events, and storytimes!

And adults, your summer gift raffles are coming! This year the library will be raffling off themed gift bags and baskets once again, and you’ll be eligible to enter the drawing every time you check out a book or magazine from the library!

For those who have yet to take a good look at the library’s new reading room, you’ll get an opportunity following Wednesday’s SRP opener, when refreshments will be served outside the room and some board members will be available for a meet-and-greet. We look forward to seeing you!
Library now offering FDR Museum passes!
The Wallkill Public Library is now offering a new pass to the FDR Presidential Library and Museum! The single-use pass is valid for up to five individuals visiting together. It cannot be used for entrance to the President’s Home or any of the other Roosevelt properties.

The passes are available just in time for visitors to catch the museum’s latest exhibit, FDR’s Final Campaign. The exhibit details the worldwide strife and domestic desperation that propelled Roosevelt to run for a fourth term, despite his failing health.

To borrow this or any of the library’s museum passes, users must be 18 or older and have a Wallkill Public Library card in good standing (i.e., it can’t be blocked due to lost or damaged items). 
Mahjong 101 offered throughout the summer
This summer is your chance to learn the fast-paced and absorbing game of Mahjong, right here at the library, for free!

Mahjong queen Eileen Masterson will be here most Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. to teach both newcomers and those who may be rusty about the rules and need a refresher. A longtime mahjong player herself, Eileen is a patient and talented instructor who has taught the game to most of the players who crowd the library’s reading room on Wednesdays for our Mahjong Club.

Registration is required for Mahjong 101 so that we don’t overbook and run out of games. The library has its own mahjong sets as well as copies of the 2022 card, so no need to bring anything if you’re interested in learning.

Please note you have to register for every evening you’d like to attend. Visit the library’s online calendar to do so. The dates of the program are June 23 and 30; July 7, 14, and 21; and August 11, 18, and 25. We hope to see you there!
Fiction Club chooses July read
The library’s Fiction Club will be meeting again at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 28, when they’ll be discussing Lynn Austin’s Chasing Shadows.
According to Amazon, the story synopsis is as follows:

Lena is a wife and mother who farms alongside her husband in the tranquil countryside. Her faith has always been her compass, but can she remain steadfast when the questions grow increasingly complex, and the answers could mean the difference between life and death?
Lena’s daughter Ans has recently moved to the bustling city of Leiden, filled with romantic notions of a new job and a young Dutch police officer. But when she is drawn into Resistance work, her idealism collides with the dangerous reality that comes with fighting the enemy.
Miriam is a young Jewish violinist who immigrated for the safety she thought Holland would offer. She finds love in her new country, but as her family settles in Leiden, the events that follow will test them in ways she could never have imagined.
The Nazi invasion propels these women onto paths that cross in unexpected, sometimes-heartbreaking ways. Yet the story that unfolds illuminates the surprising endurance of the human spirit and the power of faith and love to carry us through.

We’re always looking for new fiction readers! Feel free to drop in at the meeting, whether you’re able to read the book or not. 
Free educational program from Alzheimer’s Association
A representative from the Alzheimer’s Association will present Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia on Tuesday, June 28 at 1 p.m. via Zoom.

Learn about the impact of Alzheimer's, the difference between dementia and Alzheimer's, disease stages, risk factors, current research and treatments as well as Alzheimer's Association resources. This program will be offered online through Zoom. If registrants cannot access Zoom, the program also may be viewed on the TV in the Reading Room that day.

To register, visit the library’s online calendar or call the library at 895-3707.
Town’s Summer Camp starts soon!
The Town of Shawangunk Kids’ Summer Camp runs from July 5 to Aug. 12, this year. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., attendees ages 5-14 enjoy sports and karate, hiking, science projects, arts and crafts, water sports, and more at Verkeerderkill Park.

Town residents pay $575 for the first child, and non-residents pay $650. Additional children receive $25 off enrollment for both residents and non-residents. The cost includes three field trips plus breakfast and lunch each day.

For more information, visit the town’s website or call Gillian at (917) 848-8633.
Project Linus needs your help
Providing comfort through blankets
The Wallkill Quilting Circle is making quilts to support Project Linus, a non-profit organization that provides new, handmade blankets or quilts to children who are seriously ill or traumatized. The Quilting Circle is seeking donations of batting 40” or larger (large batting scraps will also be accepted). The batting is needed in July when the group will be assembling their quilts. Donations can be brought to their meetings.

The Wallkill Quilting Circle gathers on Textile Tuesdays from 10 AM to 3 PM in the Community Room of the Shawangunk Town Hall located at 14 Central Avenue, Wallkill, NY 12589. All crafters in any medium are welcome to join the group – knitting, crochet, quilting, weaving, needle punch, etc.
Adult Book Bingo winner!
Congratulations, Stephanie P.!! Stephanie is the winner of the Spring Adult Book Bingo raffle and has won a Stewart's $50 gas card. Thank you all for participating!

For more chances to read and win, be sure to participate in our Adult Summer Reading Program!

Just read a book or magazine or listen to an audiobook. Each time you do, we will give you a chance to win one of our amazing adult summer reading prizes. Entering is fast and easy! And, the more books you read or listen to, the higher your chances are to win.

Adult summer reading is for readers ages 18+ Our program kicks off June 29 and runs through the end of August. Winners will be announced Thursday, September 1st.

Good luck and keep on reading!
Keep your library card info up to date
We're always the last to know...
Has your contact information changed? Have you dropped your landline? Gotten a new phone or email address? Have you moved?

Be sure to update your contact info so we can continue to notify you when you have materials available. No need to make a trip, you can update your info on our website!
What we've been making at the library...
String art sea turtles!
Practice your new Mahjong skills!
Mahjong Club
Wednesdays, 1-4 p.m.
Players of all levels are welcome! Meet up and play this habit-forming game on Wednesday afternoons in our new reading room. No need to bring your own mahjong set – you can use the library’s!
New investment guides...
by Michele Cagan, CPA
by Ted D. Snow, CFP, MBA
New in adult fiction...
by Don Bentley
by Elin Hilderbrand
New DVDs
The Cellar
Father Stu
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent
The Witches
From Miss Michelle
As part of our pre-registration event, some of our visitors created these awesome dolphin habitats!
The first 20 in-person registrants for our programs also received a plush dolphin and a symbolic adoption certificate for a bottlenose dolphin.
We'd like to extend a starfish high-five "thank you" to everyone who attended our Summer Reading Program/Oceans of Possibilities pre-registration event - summer is already off to a great start!
For those who were unable to attend our event, registration is now open for all programs on our online calendar. If you would like physical and/or digital copies of our calendar, brochure, and/or reading suggestions and challenges, please feel free to email Miss Michelle at mgreco@rcls.org.
We are less than a week away from our Summer Reading Program kick-off event on Wednesday, June 29th at 4:00 PM! The Traveling Lantern Theater Company will perform Camp Ocean – an interactive fish-fact-filled voyage to the bottom of the sea!
Register NOW so that you don’t miss out on this FINtastic event! Don't forget to bring a chair and/or blanket!

Afterwards, paddle on over to tour our new Reading Room, where there will be snacks and a Summer Reading Program information station!
And lastly, here are some new picture books coming our way...we hope to sea you soon!
Michelle Greco, Children's Coordinator
June 27 -- Registration deadline for Reach for the Stars!
Reach for the Stars!, is a pledge-based reading incentive program via Usborne Books, through which readers can earn books of their own! This program runs from 7/18 to 7/31/22; registration is directly with Usborne.
Library services at a glance
  • Masks are optional for the most part, during both visits and programming, however, there are still some programs that require masking. If masks are required for a particular program, it will be indicated at the bottom of the program summary when you register for that event via the online activities calendar. If you’re ever in doubt, feel free to call the circulation desk and ask! And if YOU feel more comfortable wearing a mask to the library, don’t hesitate to do so. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.
  • Our doors are open for library services including browsing for library materials, making copies, sending faxes, and using the public access computers.
  • Our bookdrop is open for contact-free and after-hours returns of library materials. Be sure to secure DVD and BCD cases with rubber bands.
  • Curbside delivery of pre-ordered items is available by request. Call the circulation desk at 845-895-3707 to make a pick-up appointment.
  • Fine-free returns on everything, except museum/park passes.
  • Inter-library loans are available between all RCLS libraries.
  • Online programming, with materials necessary for crafts available for pickup at the library.
  • In-person programming, with appropriate social distancing.
  • We are not accepting any donations of books or DVDs at this time.