Cornwall Library Newsletter July 2020
From the Director...

Despite our doors being closed, the staff of the Cornwall Public Library continues to be hard at work. We are currently offering curbside pickup for Cornwall materials, while still encouraging the use of digital items through Libby and Hoopla. We are asking that patrons limit their holds to 5 per library card, enabling us to better serve our patron base. We thank you for your continued cooperation as we slowly and safely roll out services.

Our staff members are also busy working to bring you a host of virtual programming. Adult programming includes lectures, informational webinars, book clubs, and Shakespeare workshops. Our Youth Services team is always busy this time of year, and has had to adjust (several times) what our Summer Reading Program would be. I am tremendously proud of what they’ve achieved, and this year’s theme, Imagine Your Story , should prove to be lots of fun for all. By the time you read this, summer reading for all ages will be in full swing. Please scroll down to see all the wonderful details!

In my duties as Director, I am working to administrate grants the library has received as part of a building improvement plan. We are fortunate to have been awarded a grant to upgrade our interior lighting to energy-saving LED fixtures and bulbs, as well as to add an LED site sign to the street side of the building.

Lastly, I would like to remind everyone to please complete the 2020 Census. You can get counted ONLINE or by PHONE: English: 844-330-2020 Spanish: 844-468-2020.

Happy Summer!

Charlotte A. Duniaef
Due to this year's unusual circumstances, the 2020 Annual Timothy Mumford Poetry Contest Awards Ceremony took place via Zoom on June 24. It was attended by poet contestants, Poetry Judge, Mrs. A. Brandt, and Warren, Mary and Lucas Mumford. Lucas read his brother Timothy's poem "Sky View." Many of the poets in attendance also read their poems. Charlotte A. Dunaief announced the Best Poem Mentions by the three judges, who read the poems only knowing the age category of the entrant. The Best Poem Mentions are:

Ages 5-6
"The Story Of Me" by Rita Anneliese Ocejo

Ages 7-9
"Days and Days" by Ava Rhoda Liebert

Ages 10-12
"The Journey" by Cassidy Kittel

Ages 13-15
"My Baby Mouse" by Ellen Kramer

Ages 16-18
"Do You Remember" by Ariel Yarmus

Best Poem overall
"The Wind" by Allyson Kittel

All of the poet entrants will receive a certificate of participation, and a journal courtesy of The Friends of the Cornwall Library. Best Poem mention entrants will receive an additional gift. The Library would like to urge all entrants to call the Library at 845-534-8282, to make arrangements to pick up their certificate and journal.
Library Board
of Trustees Meeting
July 9

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!
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
For Adults
The Lawyer is 'IN'
July 8

Join us for a virtual Zoom presentation on individual rights in various situations followed by a Q&A including: navigating falls, trips, slips, automobile & bicycle accidents, dog bites and a host of negligence issues. You will be able to submit questions on topics of interest. Andrew Finkelstein will present on a variety of personal injury issues with the focus on keeping you protected. Finkelstein & Partners is a full-service law firm, committed to providing a broad spectrum of legal expertise.
Shakespeare Out Loud
Zoom Virtual Program
Thursday, July 9
Friday, July 10
@ 10:00am

Although a joy to read in silence, Shakespeare's work was written to be spoken out loud. With some minor detective work and a few basic acting exercises, participants will have the chance to become brave, brilliant orators of Shakespeare's text. Speeches and scenes will be provided, though please feel free to bring your own. All experience levels welcome.

Understanding Shakespeare
Zoom Virtual Program
Thursday, July 9
Friday, July 10
@ 1:00 pm

Let’s make Shakespeare make sense! Using a practical approach to the text, including detective work and a literary toolbox, 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.

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.

Registration required, through our online calendar . A Zoom link will then 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.
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.
Let's Paint a
Little Sunshine
August 4
Join us for a virtual adult Paint ‘n’ Sip. Local artist Maureen Hart will provide ALL supplies via curbside pickup at the library (including the easel) for this fun ZOOM paint night. There is a $10 (refundable with easel return & participation) deposit drop off required (details will be provided) to confirm registration. Photo-op with painting upon return of easel. Online registration opens July 1st to the first 12 artists! Zoom link will be sent to participants the day of the 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 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
8:30pm via Zoom
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.
For Kids
friends logo

All Summer Reading Programs are generously
supported by the Friends of Cornwall Library
Though our Summer Reading theme is “Imagine Your Story,” we have had to re-imagine our Summer Reading Program several times as we planned it. This proved to be really difficult. While we will all miss our usual, in-person programming, our hope is that you will find the at-home challenges we provide are tons of fun and a great way to keep you happy, healthy, exercising your reading muscles, and stretching your creative powers.

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 ONLINE 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 1, 8, 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.
Come Read To Me!

Dog Tales
Select Mondays
July 6, 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 13 & 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).

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
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.

Check our online calendar program for link and time information!
Check Out the Library's YouTube!

Catch our new in-house videos brought to you by our Children'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!
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.
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: