August 19, 2022

Wallkill joins fight to fill food pantries

The Ulster County Food Fight is set to begin Thursday, Sept. 1! The food collection contest runs from Sept. 1 until Saturday, Oct. 15, with a goal of stocking food pantries across the county.

Fourteen Ulster County libraries are participating, including Wallkill, which means you can donate non-perishable items like canned goods to the library, and we'll deliver them to the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in the hamlet. The library that collects the most items for donation wins the Food Fight and receives a certificate. Last year, libraries were able to collect 4,678 items. This year our goal is 6,000, but we need your help! Search your shelves, toss the expired stuff, and donate what you can to this excellent cause!

Great Give Back focuses on recycling

Register for "Recycle Right"

Each year, The Great Give Back gives library users opportunities to participate in service-oriented and meaningful programs, workshops, and events. This year, Wallkill’s event will center around recycling.

The library is partnering with the Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency to present a primer on all things involving recycling, with a goal of improving the recycling process to better help the environment. Putting unaccepted items in a recycling bin can damage equipment, harm workers, and create inefficiencies in the recycling process. The workshop will answer such questions as:

  • Why can’t all plastics be recycled?
  • What does the chasing arrows symbol mean?
  • Are pizza boxes and coffee cups recyclable?
  • How does recycling work in Ulster County?
  • What is “wishcycling” and how does contamination affect recycling?

The library will also be putting out a collection box for old batteries, so you’ll know where to go when it’s time to recycle those!

Register soon for Recycle Right, which takes place at 6 p.m. Oct. 12. 

Library’s digital navigator

can guide you through online services

Applying for housing, bill paying, grocery shopping, accessing lab and medical results, parent/teacher communications...all of these activities often take place online. As a result, people without Internet access can be at a disadvantage in managing many everyday tasks. A new initiative at the Wallkill Public Library aims to help close this divide.

The library is participating in Digital Navigators of the Hudson Valley, a program that seeks to provide free technology assistance to residents of the region. Adult programmer and circulation assistant Kim O’Sullivan received training to become a navigator. 

Digital navigators assist anyone in need with using a device, securing free or low-cost Internet service, and much more. The program is administered by the Southeastern New York Library Resources Council (Southeastern) and supported with federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds allocated to the New York State Library by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Navigators can help connect people to low-cost Internet service and learn to use a device. They can also assist with a variety of key tasks, including:


  • Finding ways to purchase low-cost phones or computers
  • Finding resources for housing and submit online applications
  • Managing healthcare, including: telehealth visits, patient portals, and other information 
  • Locating food resources
  • Making a resume and filling out online job applications
  • Making video calls to family and friends
  • Connecting with public information like local government meetings
  • Applying for services and benefits such as SNAP, Medicaid, and more
  • Accessing educational services, such as remote learning opportunities or connecting to a child’s school portal   
  • Dealing with daily life tasks such as online grocery shopping or paying bills

To request help, please call 845-895-3707, or email 

Weekend of Wallkill coming soon!

This year’s Weekend of Wallkill kicks off the evening of Friday, Sept. 23, and continues with a Harvest Fair the next day!

Annual events such as the Art Show and Touch-a-Truck attraction will take place, in addition to new programs and activities such as yoga, Team Trivia, Science Corner, a Pickleball Demonstration, and more!

Contests include Remote Control Car Races, Apple Pie Baking, and the new 30-Day Step Challenge!

The Lion’s Club will host a Prime Rib Dinner at Popp Memorial Park, as well!

For more information or to register for the 30-Day Step Challenge, visit the Vision of Wallkill’s Facebook page.

Weekend of Wallkill Quilt Display

Be sure to visit the Quilt Display during the Weekend of Wallkill festivities on Saturday, September 24. The Wallkill Quilters Annual Quilt Display will be in the Wallkill Reformed Church sanctuary. There will be door prizes and a gift for any child participating in the Scavenger Hunt. The Quilters will be there to answer any of your questions. 

In addition to the beautiful display of the members’ quilts, there will be a small display of the quilts the group made for Project Linus. Project Linus provides handmade quilts and blankets to children in hospitals. Another display will be a quilt showing Operation Christmas Child, a program that provides Christmas gifts to needy children around the world. There will be information showing how the public can get involved in Operation Christmas Child.


The Wallkill Quilters group meets on Tuesdays at the Town Hall Community Room from 10 AM – 2 PM and is sponsored by the Wallkill Public Library.

Adult fiction book club August selection

We meet Thursday, Aug. 25 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss Kevin Barry’s Night Boat to Tangier. Join us!

In the dark waiting room of the ferry terminal in the sketchy Spanish port of Algeciras, two aging Irishmen — Maurice Hearne and Charlie Redmond, longtime partners in the lucrative and dangerous enterprise of smuggling drugs — sit at night, none too patiently. It is October 23, 2018, and they are expecting Maurice’s estranged daughter (or is she?), Dilly, to either arrive on a boat coming from Tangier or depart on one heading there. This nocturnal vigil will initiate an extraordinary journey back in time to excavate their shared history of violence, romance, mutual betrayals and serial exiles, rendered with the dark humor and the hardboiled Hibernian lyricism that have made Kevin Barry one of the most striking and admired fiction writers at work today. (Goodreads)

Reserve your copy

Blood drive this Wednesday

Give the gift of life... blood.

Blood donations are critically important.

The Wallkill Reformed Church is sponsoring an American Red Cross Blood Drive on Wednesday, August 24, from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. in our Fellowship Hall, 45 Bridge Street, Wallkill, NY 12589.

To schedule your appointment or find the answers to your questions about blood donation, please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit

Adult summer reading in its final weeks

There's still time to read a book or magazine or listen to an audiobook and participate in our adult summer reading program. For each item read, you earn a chance to win one of our amazing adult 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+ (you must be 21 or over to enter for prizes containing wine). Our program runs through the end of August. Winners will be announced Thursday, September 1st. Good luck and keep on reading!

Make it at the library in September

Tie Dye!

Teen Tie Dye Socks

Friday, September 2 at 1 p.m.

Turn your back-to-school sport or slouch socks into a kaleidoscope of color at our TEENS ONLY tie dye program.

BYO socks or select a style from the new socks we have on hand. Cupcakes will be served! Registration required. Ages 13+.

Register TEENS

Tween Tie Dye Socks

Friday, September 2 at 2 p.m.

Turn your back-to-school sport or slouch socks into a kaleidoscope of color at our TWEENS ONLY tie dye program.

BYO socks or select a style from the new socks we have on hand. Cupcakes will be served! Registration required. Ages 8-12.

Register TWEENS

Greeting Cards

MYO Greeting Card Workshop

Wednesday, September 21, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Learn the tips and techniques used to make a fabulous greeting card. Registration required. Ages 8+

Register for Workshop

Grab & GO! Greeting Card Kit

Friday, September 23, available for pick up after 12 p.m.

If you miss Wednesday's MYO card workshop, you are in luck! All the materials you need to make the greeting card we created are included in the kit, ready to Grab & GO! 

You may need a glue stick! Ages 13+, adults. Registration required!

Register for Grab & GO!

Personalized Jeans

TEENS! Let's paint your JEANS!

Wednesday, September 28, 6:00 p.m.

Make your statement with personalized, one-of-a-kind hand designed jeans! Stencil, free hand or graffiti a pair of your jeans with acrylic fabric paint and a little direction from Christine. TEENS ONLY, please! Ages 13+. Registration required!


From Miss Michelle


On Wednesday, August 3rd, we celebrated our final Oceans of Possibility Summer Reading Program special event, as Mad Science (not literally) blew us away with an interactive and entertaining show about air pressure. After the confetti (literally) settled, we enjoyed delicious ice cream, compliments of Jennifer Marsh and Lakeside Licks - THANK YOU!

On the Saturday before our finale, Miss Sarah from the Hudson River Maritime Museum shared lighthouse folklore with us...some of us then became lighthouses ourselves, while others became rocks and boats, creating a fun ocean maze for all! - THANK YOU!

The evening before our finale, Miss Kim and Miss Michelle represented our library at the Night Out at Wallkill. We shared information about library programs, passed out take-and-make crafts, and gifted amazing sea creature figurine sets to the children of our community, due to a generous donation from the Shawangunk Police Department - THANK YOU!

The day before our finale, we held our last Summer Reading Program Storytime…and were treated to a special guest and friend of the library - Zoe, the therapy dog! Zoe performed some tricks for us, and the children showered her with pets and stories - THANK YOU!

The day after our finale, Miss Michelle had the opportunity to visit Verkeerderkill Park to deliver 100 take-and-make crafts, plus some fun library swag, to children attending the Town of Shawangunk Kids Summer Camp. Gillian Batchasingh, our library volunteers, and Ms. Christine helped to make this happen - THANK YOU!

As our summer programs wound down, our reading challenges persevered! During this past week, children started handing in their Connect More reading charts… for prizes! We will continue collecting charts and then will do random drawings on August 31st for winners of some $25 Amazon gift cards - the more rows of 4 completed on a chart, the more chances there are to win!

Usborne’s “Reach for the Stars” reading challenge was a great success! Participants worked hard to earn books for themselves, as well as books for our library - some of which will be featured in this newsletter!

THANK YOU and congratulations to all of our readers…plus a big kudos and VERY SPECIAL THANKS to Sophia Bell and John Dorrmann for all of the reading time they logged in and for their generous contribution to the library!

Another VERY SPECIAL THANKS to the following for their continued support: our helpful volunteers (Olivia Moussot, Liliana Bongiovanni, and Raffaella Bongiovanni), the amazing staff at the Wallkill Public Library, our Board of Directors, everyone at Town Hall, and the folks at Vision of Wallkill, especially Larissa Burke and her husband for their creative stage design problem-solving during our season opener!

And now, back to our regularly scheduled programming…

Family Storytime has returned to its usual slots on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 AM and Little Explorers STEM & Sensory is back on at 11:00 AM on Wednesdays.

We have a new program, Crating Caboodles - in-person crafting fun with Miss Michelle - on Tuesdays, following Storytime, at 11:00 AM. Please remember to register online!


Our remaining themes for August are:

  • Week 3: Friendship
  • Week 4: Celebrating Bees
  • Week 5: S’mores!
Register on our online calendar

We will also be hosting a Special Saturday Pop-up on August 20th at 11:00 AM - Miss Susan from MogaWorks will be back to stretch, shake, and sing with the children during her yoga and music program! Registration is required - we will meet at the Community Room at Town Hall.

Thanks again to everyone for an amazing summer - I am honored to serve such a wonderful community and am so proud of our all of our readers! 

And now, something we all share a love for - the books! This is just small sample of what is to come...

New on the children's room shelves...

Board books

Going Outside - Listen

Going Outside - Look

Picture books

The Alphabet of Peculiar Creatures

Babies Come From Airports

Junior early readers

How Dinosaur Lost His Roar

The Story of Pegasus

Early readers

Marie Curious series

Polly & Buster series


Children's World Cookbook

See Inside the Microscopic World


Animals/Los animales

Colors/Los colores

New adult fiction

The Bodyguard

Katherine Center

Switchboard Soldiers

Jennifer Chiaverini


Catherine Coulter*

The Big Dark Sky

Dean Koontz*


James Patterson

Portrait of an Unknown Woman

Daniel Silva 

Rising Tiger

Brad Thor*

The IT Girl

Ruth Ware*

Black Dog

Stuart Woods*

* Also available in large print.

New in young adult fiction...

Teens, spend your last month of the summer reading what you choose! Here are some new titles to tempt you...

Wind Daughter

Joanna Ruth Meyer

Lia and Beckett’s Abracadabra

Amy Noelle Parks

Postcards from Summer

Cynthia Platt

The Sea Knows My Name

Laura Brooke Robson

The Ghosts of Rose Hill

R. M. Romero

See You Yesterday

Rachel Lynn Solomon

New in large print...

The Sunshine Club

Carolyn Brown

The Emerald Tide

Davis Bunn

Grace Under Fire

Julie Garwood

Bloomsbury Girls

Natalie Jenner

Drown Her Sorrows

Melinda Leigh

The Patron Saint of Second Chances

Christine Simon

Library services at a glance

  • Masks are optional for the most part, during both visits and programming, however, there may be 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.
  • Museum passes are available to Wallkill Public Library patrons for Boscobel House and Gardens, Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum, Empire Pass, Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Hudson River Maritime Museum, Mohonk Preserve, Motorcyclepedia, Museum Village, and Storm King Art Center.
  • We are not accepting any donations of books or DVDs at this time.
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