Cornwall Public Library Newsletter                                  MARCH 2014

Did you know that Cornwall Public Library provides patrons with
an online eReference resource that can help you succeed - at school, at work, in life?


In each of its Learning Centers, LearningExpress Library offers practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and information you need to achieve improved results.


For example, the Elementary School Learning Center contains exercises for math and reading skills improvement. For Middle School students there
are improvement programs in math, reading
comprehension, social studies, and writing skills. A particularly helpful tool is the resource for high school entrance exams preparation. High School students can access skill improvement modules in logic/ reasoning, math, reading comprehension, science, statistics, trigonometry, vocabulary/spelling, and writing/grammar.


The College Prep Learning Center contains practice exams, skills improvement, and valuable information for those preparing for college. Once in college, LearningExpress modules can help with personal finance skills, public speaking, math and reasoning, reading comprehension, science, and writing/ grammar. There are also categories for grad school entrance exams prep, technical/career college skills, and college placement prep.


Other valuable learning centers focus on Jobs & Careers, Skill Building for Adults, and U.S. Citizenship.


LearningExpress Library is available through the library's website. On the home page, click on Learning Express Library in the green menu on the left. You will need your library card handy to provide your barcode when setting up your account. You can also access Learning Express within the library from one of our public computers, on your own device using our free WiFi, or remotely from outside the library (i.e. home or office) - as long as you are a Cornwall Public Library card holder.


I hope you will explore this wonderful resource and make use of the abundant help and information it contains for you and your children. If you would like assistance, please stop in and speak with our Reference Librarian, or call the library at 534-8282 and ask for the Reference Desk. I would appreciate hearing your feedback, once you've experienced LearningExpress Library. Just e-mail me. 

                                                     Karen LaRocca-Fels
                                                     Library Director
Happy Birthday
Dr. Seuss! 
remembering his  
110th birthday
Sunday, March 2 
1:00 to 3:00 PM
Stop in and we'll read you one of his well-loved tales . . . just ask!
Additional Session to include patrons
not available during the day
Monday, March 3 & Monday, March 17 
6:30 to 7:45 PM
Join an informal discussion with people who enjoy writing and expressing their thoughts and ideas. Bring examples of your own writings to share. This is a drop-in program - no registration required. The group will continue to meet on the first and third Monday evening of each month through June. 

Winter II Session
Call 534-8282 and speak with
Lisa SinClair for more information.

Participants must pre-register in person.
Pre-School Storytime 
for 4 and 5-year-olds not yet in Kindergarten
Tuesday - March 4, 11, 18, 25 @ 9:30 AM
Circle Storytime 
for 3-year-olds "all by myself" 
Thursday - March 4, 11, 18, 25 @ 10:30 AM

Baby Lapsit 
for ages birth to 18 months - walking  
Thursday - March 6, 13, 20, 27 @ 9:30 AM 
for ages birth to 18 months - not yet walking
Thursday - March 6, 13, 20, 27 @ 10:30 AM

Toddler Storytime 
for children ages 18-36 months 
Friday - March 7, 14, 21, 28 @ 9:30 or 10:30 AM

  Play Chess  
Every Wednesday Afternoon in March  
4:30 to 5:30 PM

Drop-in and play Chess with other serious enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels. Game assistance and strategy help available. 

Join Us for This
Drop-In Event
Teen Volunteers Answer Questions About Technology
6:30-7:30 PM 
Thursday, March 6  
Our teens have volunteered to answer questions
about smart phones, iPads, iPods, tablets, laptop computers - most devices that are available.
They know their stuff, so take advantage of this opportunity. Just drop in - no registration required.
Read to Milo 
a trained therapy dog

Friday Afternoons March 7 & 21 
4:00-5:00 PM

10-minute one-on-one sessions. Register during the week prior to the program by calling the library at 534-8282.
4-H Discovery Days
for Kids 8-12 
Saturday, Mar. 8
10:30 AM
Crime & Spy Science 
Investigate "crime scenes" and learn the necessary skills to become top detec- tives and solve mysteries.
Saturday, Mar. 15 
                                               10:30 AM 
                                       Forces of Nature 
Earthquakes, floods, fires and extreme weather conditions are all forces of nature found on Earth that we will explore.
Registration required - limited to 20 participants. Call the 4H Office in Middletown - 845-344-1234 or e-mail Diane at DLA36@cornell.edu to sign up. 
TEEN Writers
Saturday, March 8       1:30 to 2 PM
DROP IN to join Rebecca Barth and your peers reviewing and doing creative writing projects. For more information, call the library at 534-8282 and speak with Youth Services. (No registration required.) 
PJ Storytimes
March 10 & 24
6:30 PM
Wear your PJs and bring your favorite cuddly. Geared to 3 and 4-year-olds but all children are welcome when with an adult. Register during the week prior to the program by calling the library at 534-8282. 
Great Decisions
Discussion Group
7:00-8:30 PM
March 12 
Please register ahead to participate in America's largest dis- cussion program on world affairs. For more information or to register to participate, contact Rosaleen Leahy, 534-8282 ext 204, rleahy@rcls.org.
Stampin' Up 
March 13
6:00-7:45 PM
Participants will do 2 original cards to take home. All materials are supplied. Geared to adults and youth in grades 6+. Limited to 15 people. Please register by calling the library at 534-8282.
T.U.T. Meeting  
(Teen Underclassmen Team) 
Friday, March 14  
5:30 to 7:45 PM 

For more information, please call the library at 534-8282 and speak with Lisa SinClair. 


TUESDAY 3/18/14 
             4:15-5:30 PM 

Come participate in projects based on the artwork of world-renowned illustrator, Eric Carle. All materials are supplied. Be prepared to use glue and paint.
week prior to program. 845-534-8282  
Limited Space  
Build-It Time
with LegoŽ Bricks,
K'Nex & floor blocks

March 22 
10:00-11:30 AM 


no registration required!

for grades 3 & 4
with Martha LaVallee
Tuesday, March 25 
4:30-5:30 PM 
Books will be available March 10. Register when you pick up your copy of the book.
brian conway
Irish Music
with Brian Conway,
and John Walsh,  
March 30  
2:00 PM
at Munger Cottage 
The concert is free and open to the public -
no registration required. 
Sponsored by Friends of Cornwall Library
This project is made possible with funds from the Decentral
ization 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 administered by Arts of Mid-Hudson. 

Soda Bread Bake-Off
Dig out your Granny's recipe and bake your best loaf to be tasted and judged by concert attendees. Register - in advance - with Rosaleen - 534-8282, ext 204  
or rleahy@rcls.org. There will be prizes!

Civil War
the Civil War through
West Point Memorials
& Monuments

 presented by
Lt. Col.
David R. Siry

Asst. Professor
of History
at West Point


Monday, March 31     7:00 PM 
     Lt. Col. Siry will explore how the story of the Civil War comes alive through analyzing the physical evidence at West Point. He earned a Masters Degree from the Pennsylvania State University in 2003. His specialty is the American Civil War and he has led numerous staff rides for Cadets and Soldiers at Gettysburg, Antietam, Murfreesboro, Chicka- mauga and Chattanooga.
     This program is part of the Civil War Sesquicentennial Lecture Series. Supported by the Cornwall Public Library Foundation. Registration is not required. 

to see the
Library's complete

Calling all poets, ages 5-18.
You are invited to participate in the
10th annual
poetry competition.
All of the information and rules are available by clicking on this link.
Poetry Info & Rules 

Writing Group
Most Mondays at Noon 
Library Community Room
See elsewhere in this newsletter about a new evening group commencing Monday, March 3.

Board Meeting
& 2014/2015 Budget 
Public Hearing 
7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 11 
Call 534-8282 for
more information.

Adult Book Discussions

City of Women  
by David R. Gillham
1st Wednesday 
Book Club
7:00 PM 
March 5

The Troubled Man 
by Henning Mankell
Book Group

7:00 PM
March 19

I Still Dream
About You 
by Fannie Flagg 
Book Chat
& Chocolate
7:00 PM 
March 27 

Children's Book Discussions

Each Kindness 
by Jacqueline Woodson 
Talk It Up
for Grades 1 & 2 
with Julie Baxter
4:30-5:30 PM
March 20
Books are available to borrow. Please register  
when you pick your book.

Running Out
of Time  
by Margaret P. Haddix
for Grades 4 & 5
with Martha LaVallee
4:30-5:30 PM
March 25 
Books will be available
to borrow by March 10.
Please register  
when you pick your book.

& Opera

Tea & a Classic
at Lughnasa  
Starring Meryl Streep
& Michael Gambon

12 Noon
March 12

Opera Showing
by Verdi 
1:00 PM
March 16

Foreign Film
Not Included 
A sweet, funny,
poignant comedy.
5:30 PM 
March 20

Tears 'n Tissues 
The Stranger 
Starring Orson Welles, Edward G. Robinson  
& Loretta Young
1:30 PM
March 23