Library Message Regarding COVID-19

Updated: May 21, 2020

As businesses around New York are starting to open, I wanted to let you know that the Clinton Community Library staff and Board of Trustees are working hard behind the scenes to get things ready for when we have the green light to re-open.

Every day we are getting closer, but we must be vigilant about putting safety measures in place prior to opening our doors. When the appropriate time comes, CCL will re-open in stages beginning with curbside pickup of library materials, then limiting the number of patrons in the building, scheduling appointments for the computers, and taking a measured approach to ensure the safety of our community. We are ironing out all the details and hoping to make things as streamlined as possible.

Our guidance for reopening comes from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention), NY State and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Dutchess County, NYLA (New York Library Association), and the Mid-Hudson Library System.

In the coming days we will keep you updated on the library’s reopening status, but until then we are still here for you! Leave us a voicemail at (845) 266-5530, email us at, or take advantage of our many online resources for eBooks, audiobooks, and education.

We miss all of you very much!

— Carol Bancroft, Library Director

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Virtual Presentation: The Secret Behind Melody & Harmony

Friday, June 12th | 6:00 PM
Online via Zoom

Why does music make you happy or sad or evoke special memories? Learn the secret behind melody and harmony with this interactive lecture. Participants will conduct to an animated orchestra and explore how popular music borrows from classical music. Teens and adults welcome.

Registration is required to receive Zoom meeting link. Link will be emailed to all participants by Wednesday, June 10th.

About Tanisha Mitchell
Named a “Mover and Shaker” by Library Journal, Tanisha Mitchell is best known for her innovative work in the arts at the Metropolitan Opera and the Freeport Memorial Library. As a librarian, her curating and archival expertise in the Metropolitan Opera Music Library, which helped the institution discover rare, previously unknown, treasures that reflect its performance history. Tanisha is also the arts coordinator at the Freeport Memorial Library where she brings an invigorating perspective on classical music and opera programming.

Register here

Tea Time Book Club: Book Share

Tea Time Book Club: Book Share

Thursday, June 11th | 2:00 PM
Online via Zoom

In June, the Tea Time Book Club will be meeting virtually for a book share. Tell us what you have been reading and discover what you should read next!


***Please email Susan at to receive the Zoom meeting link and password.***

Virtual Author Visit: Kathryn Leslie

Virtual Author Visit: Kathryn Leslie

Wednesday, May 27th | 2:00 PM
Zoom meeting

Children’s book author Kathryn Leslie will “visit” via a Zoom author talk. Kathryn is the author of “Gracie: A Bilingual Adventure In The Blue Ridge Mountains”, a fun, colorful children’s book written in both Spanish and English.
The sweet story follows a lonely dog, Gracie, on her search for fun and companionship. Children will enjoy Gracie’s adventure through the colorful countryside, her passion for dancing and her encounters with some familiar farm animals. “Gracie” showcases 24 watercolor illustrations and includes a look-and-find of the Appalachian Mountain foliage.
This Zoom virtual visit will include an interactive presentation for children of all ages and activity sheets featuring characters from this award-winning Spanish/English version of “Gracie”. Those who would like to purchase an autographed book can do so at the Aunt Katie’s Place virtual book shop: For shoppers who use the promo code: PINEHILL10, Aunt Katie’s Place will donate 10% of each purchase to a local New York food bank!
Please register by May 25th. Zoom meeting link will be emailed to participants on Tuesday, May 26th.
About the Author
Kathryn Leslie is a resident of Lansing, North Carolina. She is a hobby farmer, budding gardener, amateur seamstress, full-time auntie, and part-time whatever pays the bills. She is currently obtaining her Master’s of Library and Informational Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with aspirations of becoming a children’s librarian. She has always loved children’s picture books, and dogs, and has a small collection of her own- both dogs and books!

Community Playwriting Workshop

Community Playwriting Workshop

Saturday, May 30th | 10:00 AM–12:00 PM
Online via Zoom

Everyone has an idea for a story, and this is your chance to bring that story to life. Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival’s playwriting workshop will feature exercises that will teach you the basics. Following the workshops, all participants are invited to submit a short play to be considered on the evening of readings known as the HVSF Bake-Off. This year’s Bake-Off theme is Mahican tuck, “The River that Flows Both Ways.”

Created by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel, the Bake-Off is a community playwriting event in which participants (this could be YOU) are given a list of “ingredients” surrounding a theme to incorporate into their play (for example: a kitchen sink, a front porch, and a withheld secret) to inspire creativity.

Christine Scarfuto will be leading the playwriting workshops for the Bake-Off. Scarfuto is Acting Director of the MFA playwriting program at Hunter College. Prior to her role with Hunter College she served as the Literary Manager at Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT.

Register here

Digital Library Resources Workshop Info

PowerPoint presentation, quick start guides, and video recording for our Digital Library Resources workshop held on May 7th:

Creativebug is here!

We are so excited to offer our patrons a new database starting TODAY! It’s called Creativebug and we hope you love it as much as we do. Use your library barcode to create an account and start creating:

From sewing projects to creative planning to quilting, lettering, knitting, jewelry making, kids’ crafts and more… the options are endless! ⁠

Virtual Tech Help

Do you need help with your Kindle, tablet, smart phone or computer? Would you like to know how to check out eBooks and audiobooks on Overdrive or Libby and magazines on RBDigital? Do you need assistance using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Craigslist? Our teen tech expert Samantha will help answer your questions via a virtual meeting through Zoom. Email with your name, phone number, email address, and tell us what you need help with to schedule a 30-minute appointment.

Online Tai Chi Classes with Vince

Learn how to lower stress and keep calm with Tai Chi. Join our Tai Chi instructor Vince Sauter for free online classes at any of these times: Mondays at 2:30 PM and Wednesdays at 9:30 AM. Class will focus on breathing in the calm and breathing out the tension. Check out Vince’s video below to get started.

4/6 Update:

Newcomers please sign up for an account with and email Vince at for meeting room ID and password. This is a safeguard against “Zoom Bombing”, a new kind of phishing attack that has been growing in the wake of a global switch towards teaching and learning remotely.

Hello from Samantha Free!

Our amazing chair yoga instructor, Samantha Free asked us to post a quick note on our website to let everyone know she has you in her thoughts! If you are in her chair yoga class, she invites you to reach out to her via email: or via phone: (917) 710-2125 if you’d like to check in and say hello.

Samantha is doing LIVE yoga on Facebook on her Facebook page several times a week. In addition, she has videos on YouTube that you can watch when it fits your schedule.

Get a CCL Library Card Instantly!

The Library’s physical building may be temporarily closed, but we are doing everything we can to supply you with resources that you can access from home 24/7. If you do not currently have a library card, you can now register for an Instant Card here: and have immediate access to eBooks, eAudio, TumbleBooks for Kids, Universal Class, Kanopy video streaming and all of the available MHLS online resources!

Check it out!