Cornwall Library Newsletter Mid-September 2020
Do you have a library card? September is #LibraryCardSignupMonth
so get one today!
There is still time to
fill out the census
Don't forget to be counted!
Library Board
of Trustees Meeting
October 8

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
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 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.

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-American 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.
October 6

The Cornwall Public Library and the Alzheimer's Association will co-present a Zoom webinar on the important legal and financial issues you may face and how to put plans in place. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A.

This program is presented in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association. Presenters: Nancy Brodey Koch, Esq., Staff Attorney for Legal Services of the Hudson Valley and Lisa Luborsky, Coordinator Independent Consumer Advocacy Network.

Contact the Alzheimer's Association to register 800-272-3900 or click here.
142nd Street and Broadway

October 18

Join us for an exciting Zoom presentation with Mara Davi, a Cornwall Public Library patron, who has performed on Broadway and toured throughout the United States and Japan. She is an accomplished actor, singer and dancer, who will be sharing her story and taking questions on her journey to Broadway. Mara will also perform, accompanied by her pianist/music director, Eli Katz Zoller. Registration is required via the library's online calendar to receive a Zoom link the day of the program.

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.
The library will, once again, be participating in the Great Give Back this year on October 17. We are working on opportunities for you to serve your communities in safe and socially distanced ways — virtually, from home, outdoors, and more. Stay tuned for more details in our next newsletter!
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.
Virtual Member's Choice
Book Club
October 7

Join our Member's Choice book group via Zoom. Register on our website, get the book on Libby or call the the library for a hard copy. Zoom meeting invites will be emailed to registrants prior to the meeting.
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 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

Registrants will be contacted September 24 to set up appointments for curbside pickup.
Dog Tales
Read To Me Virtually!

**A great and fun way for children to practice their reading aloud**

Select Mondays starting at 4:30
October 5
November 9
December 7

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.
Toddler Tuesday Surprise!
Select Tuesdays this Fall
October 6
November 3
December 1

Stop by the children’s table outside the library to pick up a surprise bundle for your toddler to keep -- compliments of the Cornwall Public Library, while supplies last. Bags will be available starting at 10am.
Story Time Take-Out for Ages 3-5
Select Mondays
this Fall

October 12
November 9
December 7

The library is offering a packaged "Story Time" to enjoy with your family at home (for ages 3-5). There are limited supplies -- please register via the online calendar one week before the event. Registered patrons should call the library at 845-534-8282 on the day of the event to schedule an appointment for pickup.
Virtual PJ Story Time
Select Mondays @ 6:30pm
October 12
November 16
December 14

Wear your PJs, find a 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 hear a bedtime story!)
Me-Time Meet-Up For Caregivers
of Babies via Zoom

October 20
November 13
December 10
Sessions @ 9:30am

Meet up with other caregivers of babies (birth to 18 months). Sessions will cover parenting topics and tips and book shares for babies. There will be time, as well, for group discussion and questions.

Register via the online calendar one week prior to event for each session using caregiver name. Zoom links will be emailed the day before the event.
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 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.
Zoom T.U.T. Meeting
Fridays @ 5:30pm
Sept 25
Oct 23
Nov 20
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!!
Family Brown Bag Challenge
October 14
November 18

The library is offering a fun surprise challenge to enjoy making at home. Stop by the children's table outside the library to pick up your bag on the day of the event, while supplies last. Bags will be available starting at 10am.
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!

Patrons have a 5 item monthly limit for materials borrowed through hoopla. 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: