Cornwall Library Newsletter September 2020
September is Library Card Sign-up month. As we all work to help our kids adapt to a hybrid education model, I want to remind folks that a library card is the most essential school supply of all! Library resources serve students of all ages, from early literacy to STEAM programs to research databases. Signing up for a library card is the first step on the path towards academic achievement and lifelong learning. This year, DC’s Wonder Woman is embarking on a mission to champion the power of a library card as Library Card Sign-up Month Honorary Chair. To sign up for a library card, please visit our website. Just click on the “Services” tab and then “Get a Library Card.” You can even signup for a card online. Join Wonder Woman and get one during #LibraryCardSignupMonth this September!

The library Board and staff are currently working out the details of opening our building with limited service on September 8. Please check our website for more details. In the meantime, I hope you continue to take advantage of our curbside pickup service, which includes placing holds on materials, and appointments for copying, faxing, scanning and notary service. Of course, keep an eye on our Calendar of Events, as our programmers continue to plan a wide variety of virtual programming for both adults and kids!

Charlotte Dunaief, Library Director
Do you have a library card? September is #LibraryCardSignupMonth
so get one today!
Library Board
of Trustees Meeting
September 10

Until our building re-opens fully, 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!
The Census is ending early on September 30
Don't forget to be counted!
For Adults
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:
Virtual Book Discussion for Parents
Unschooled: Raising Curious, Well-Educated Children Outside the Conventional Classroom
by Kerry McDonald and Peter Gray
September 18

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.

Many parents are grappling with a seemingly impossible decision about the upcoming school year. As you work to discern what the right path is for your child's education, let's consider all of the possibilities together.

Get the free digital book from hoopla or Libby using your library card, register for the discussion via the library's 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.
Madam C.J. Walker:
The First Female
African-American Millionaire
September 22

Join Bergen Community College Lecturer, Rick Feingold, on Zoom for an historical lecture on Madam C.J. Walker, the first female African-American Millionaire.

Born in 19th century rural Louisiana to former slaves, Sarah Breedlove rose to become the first female African-America self-made millionaire in the United States. Known as Madam C.J. Walker, she developed a line of beauty care products for black women.

Registration is required via the online calendar. Zoom meeting links will be sent the day of the program.
The library's Virtual Paint 'n' Sip night was a success! Thanks to Maureen Hart, our paint instructor extraordinaire, and to all those who participated!
Virtual Mystery Book
Discussion Group
The House at Seas End
by Elly Griffiths
September 17

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
Nothing to See Here
by Kevin Wilson
September 23

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

Register 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
September 24
America's First Daughter
by Stephanie Dray
& Laurie Kamoie

Join the Hudson Valley's sweetest book group in a virtual Zoom meeting. eBooks and eAudios are available on hoopla and Libby, and the library also has print copies available to borrow (call the library to place a hold for curbside pickup). 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 a 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.
For Kids & Teens
Teen Writers Strike Back!
Thursdays @ 4:00pm
Sept 10, 24
Oct 15, 29
Nov 5, 19

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.
Art Afternoon
September 24

Design prints with items from nature or recycled items that you collect to make a portrait, landscape or pattern.

Limited Supplies
Please register via the library's online calendar starting September 10.

Registrants will be contacted September 24 to set up appointments for curbside pickup.
Zoom T.U.T. Meeting
Fridays @ 5:30pm
Sept 25
Oct 23
Nov 20
For established
members only

For more info, contact
Lisa SinClair
Make-It Mondays
from the Summer Reading Program

The library kept young readers busy this summer with our Make-It Mondays grab-and-go craft projects. We continue to be inspired by the joy, energy and creativity of all of you. Keep crafting and creating!
Autumn StoryWalkⓇ

Sally McCabe, the smallest girl in the smallest grade, notices everything, including bullying on the playground. Is she brave enough to say something and will it even make a difference?

Walk the library grounds, stopping by each panel to read a portion of The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade by Justin Roberts & Christian Robinson. For added fun, see if you can complete our accompanying scavenger hunt.

Completed scavenger hunt sheets can be returned in the blue book drop and will be entered into a prize drawing. Don't forget to write write your name, age, and telephone number on the side!

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.
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!!
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.
Digital Magazines
through Overdrive
and Libby
Patrons can now access new titles through the library's digital magazine apps. Conde 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
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

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: