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Reading one book is like eating one potato chip. ♦ Diane Duane

New CDC (Center for Disease Control) Guidelines | June 24th

As of June 24th, New York state has lifted the state of emergency and relaxed restrictions in selective settings. Based on these guidelines, the library has decided to lift its restrictions with regard to social distancing, sanitizing premises and the wearing of facemasks. These new mandates are the result of the state's having achieved a 70% vaccination rate for persons 18 or older. You can read the full set of guidelines here: New CDC CoVid Guidelines.

AS of JULY 1st, the LIBRARY WILL NO LONGER REQUIRE FACEMASKS BE WORN in the BUILDING except by unvaccinated individuals. Masks will be optional. Any patron who prefers a greater degree of protection may request that the staff don masks.

As of July 29th there are no active CoVid case in the hamlet of Blauvelt, down from 1 the previous week.

CoVid Update re: Library Services WATCH THIS SPACE!

Happy Summer! As of Thursday, July 1st, the library will no longer require that masks be worn in the building by fully vaccinated persons. Unvaccinated visitors and any at-risk individuals are expected to wear a mask. All of our programs will remain virtual for both children's and adults until September. Children's TakeHome Crafts will be available at the front desk and at our walk-up window. If you need special accommodations, please contact our Director, Laura, at 845 359-2811.

In the meantime, we will let you know via MailChimp notification (if we have your email in our database), and through our website, Facebook page and by our phone prompt as to our status. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Laura at 845 359-2811.

To view the Rockland County CoVid Dashboard, which indicates the number of cases in your town, visit:

For CoVid information (New York State Vaccination Plan, testing sites, travel advisory, et al), consult:

To check the status of all 46 libraries (modified hours, protocols, services) in our system, visit:

Library Is Open with Revised Hours

Revised Library Hours

Monday - Wednesday 9 to 6 | Thursday 9 to 8 | Friday 9 to 5 | Saturday 11 to 3
  • To register in-person for a free library card, please visit the front desk and bring proof of residence (license with local address or utility bill). Blauvelt residents who wish to obtain a library card online can click here to complete the form > Online library card registration and follow up with a visit to show proof of residence. Children five years and older, or those entering kindergarten, are able to obtain a library card.
  • Our walk-up window is open for business. Press the button for service. If you prefer an extra measure of caution, this is the option for you.
  • We offer curbside pickup and home delivery -- please ask for Barry
  • We offer free Notary service and faxing
  • Clubs, meetings and programs will resume in-house in September
  • No fines will be charged on any materials until further notice
  • Standard hours will resume after Labor Day > Mon - Thur 9 - 9 | Friday 9 - 5 | Saturday 11 - 5 | Sunday 1 - 5
  • All phases of re-opening are predicated upon a safe and healthy society with few setbacks

845 359-2811
To reach any of our staff by phone

Library Director
Laura Grunwerg

Assistant Director / Head of Reference Services
Tonie Ann D'Angelo

Manager of Programs / Public Relations / Social Media
Barry Koch

Children's and Teens
Marybeth Darnobid

Circulation Services
Theresa DeGraw


Quick Assist Remote Tech Support

If your computer runs Windows versions 7 through 10, we can offer you remote help for some technical issues via a program called Quick Assist that is already installed on your computer (it is part of Windows). Quick Assist allows a remote user to view or take control of your computer using a code that is emailed to you. If you are looking for help with technical matters related to your desktop computer or laptop, please email Charlie at to set up a time to connect remotely and troubleshoot your problems away!

Our Town Newspaper available in free e-edition

If you miss picking up a free copy of the "Our Town" newspaper at the library, you can request the weekly edition be sent automatically to the email address you provide.

Visit >

Click the Request the Paper tab.
Click on the link in the first paragraph >  "Click to receive the free e-edition"
Fill out the form and you're good to go.
Why the Blauvelt Free Library Is Not Joining the Other South Orangetown Central School District Libraries in their Plan to Consolidate and Form a Special District

Some of you may have heard about a plan to combine the libraries in our school district into a single entity with each existing library building becoming a branch of the new organization. The Blauvelt Free Library is opposed to this consolidation because we will lose our autonomy as a non-profit and would have to adopt a civil service model, which would limit our ability to provide the personalized, responsive (and sometimes miraculous) services that are a hallmark of our library. Please click HERE for a more detailed statement and to gain a better understanding of our position. -- Laura Grunwerg, Library Director

Five Books

Five Books has asked well over 1,000 authors, academics and public figures to recommend the best five books in their field – and to explain their choices in an interview. These lists have been created by readers using their interactive tool. Browse them all or make your own!

How to find a lost or stolen cellphone

Ever wonder what might happen if you lost your smart phone or worse, had it stolen?  There are actually a few things you can do to help locate your phone -- all from your computer (or borrowed smart phone / device that connects to the Internet). Click HERE to learn more.  

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