Cornwall Public Library Newsletter                                        January 2015
From the Library Director...


I am pleased to let you know that the library's long-awaited sound mitigation project is underway. The library will be installing acoustical canopies over the children's area and the circulation desk to help mitigate the noise that travels down the library's barrel vault ceiling. This project was initiated because of input that we received from the community as part of our long range planning process. The funding for this project is coming from a number of sources. The library was awarded a grant through the New York State Public Library Construction program. I am also very pleased to report that Senator Larkin has secured $50,000 in state funds for the library's renovation projects and a portion of these funds will be used for this project. In addition, our Cornwall Public Library Foundation has very successfully been raising funds towards the sound mitigation project, as well as other library projects. We are so fortunate to have committed supporters working on community's behalf to help the library.


The installation will begin on January 5 beginning in the children's area. While the sound panels are being installed, portions of the library may be unavailable to the public. Although the children's picture book collection will temporarily be under scaffolding, we will be putting aside a small collection for you to browse. While the panels are being installed over the circulation desk, there will be periods of time when the library will need to be closed to the public for safety reasons. We are working closely with the contractors to make sure that we minimize any inconvenience to the public. Please look for continuing updates as we proceed and we ask for your understanding and patience as we work to complete this much-needed project in a timely manner. Thank you to everyone who helped us put this project together. We are looking forward to a much more acoustically comfortable library for our community.


Have a safe and happy holiday and a joyous New Year!    


 Karen LaRocca-Fels
1:00-2:30 pm

Received a new device for the holidays? 

Grab this opportunity to have one of our teen volunteers answer your questions about smart phones, iPads, iPods, tablets, laptop computers, and more. Just drop in - no registration required.



January 9th

For active members. For more information, please call the library at 534-8282 and speak to Lisa Sinclair
WWII Lecture
America's Role in WWII 
presented by 
West Point Professor of History  
Dr. Jennie Kiesling 
January 13  

This lecture was rescheduled from December

Only Americans refer to World War Two as "The Good War."  This lecture will explore: the nobility of the cause; the scale of national suffering; and the war's positive economic and social impact. 

Seventy years after D-Day,

How "good" a war was it?


In-person Pre-registration Required

registration for residents: January 6
registration for non-residents: January 8

Baby Lapsit
ages birth to 18 months with an adult
Thursdays at 9:30 am - Walking
or 10:30 am - Not Yet Walking
January 29, February 5, 12, 19
*no older siblings please

Toddler Time

ages 18-36 months with an adult
Fridays at 9:30 or 10:30 am
January 30, February 6, 13, 20

Circle Story Time
for 3-year-olds
"all by myself"
Tuesdays at 10:30 am
January 27, February 3, 10, 17

Pre-School Story Time
ages 4 & 5 (not yet in K)
Tuesdays at 9:30 am
January 27, February 3, 10, 17


Great Decisions 
Discussion Group

January 14th 
"Russia and the Near Abroad"

January 28th 
"Privacy in the Digital Age"

The Great Decisions program highlights eight of the most thought-provoking foreign policy challenges facing Americans each year. Great Decisions provides background information, current data and policy options for each issue and serves as the focal text for discussion groups. If you are interested in joining, contact: Rosaleen Leahy, Library Program Coordinator, 845-534- 8282 ext. 204, e-mail: rleahy@rcls.org. 

Dress for Mess!
For all grades


January 22

There is limited space
Please pre-register the week before the program.
Call 534-8282.

 Introduction to
Hypnosis and Wellness

Presented by Diana Underwood, LMSW

January 24th
a drop-in event!

This program will provide education and information on how hypnosis can assist in living a healthy, balanced life.  The presenter will address the specific areas of chronic pain, depression, infertility and anxiety, to show how hypnosis will alleviate obstacles to achieving goals for a healthier lifestyle.
   Click on the image to see the library's
January calendar
to see the
Library's complete

Holiday hours: 

The Library will close for Christmas Eve at 1:00pm on Wednesday, 
December 24th and be closed on Christmas
December 25th

We will re-open on Friday,
December 26th 
with our normal hours of operation 


The Library will close for New Year's Eve at 1:00pm on Wednesday, December 31st and be closed on
New Year's Day
January 1st, 2015 

We will re-open on Friday, January 2nd,
with our normal hours of operation from 10am-6pm  

Library Board 
of Trustees 
   January 13     
 7:00-9:00 pm 

Library Board
of Trustees Budget Meetings
January 20 & 27 

All meetings are open
to the public.  
Call 534-8282 for  
more information. 

Writing Group
Most Mondays  
at 12:00 Noon 
Library Community Room

Adult Book Discussions

The Martian   
by Andy Weir    
1st Wednesday
Book Group 
January 7
7:00 pm 

The House of Silk 
by Anthony Horowitz
Mystery Book Group
January 21
7:00 pm 
The Shoemaker's Wife 
by Adriana Trigiani    
Book Chat & Chocolate 
January 22
7:00 pm

Great Films 
Tea & a Classic
Love Me or Leave Me
starring Doris Day and James Cagney
January 14 
Light fare served @ Noon Movie @ 12:30
All are welcome to contribute a snack to share or a small trinket for the raffle

Foreign Film
January 15 

Classic Sunday 
Don Quixote 
January 18