This Week's Events

Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one's hand. ♦ Ezra Pound

See the Map to this Weekend's Blauvelt Community Yard Sale

Here at last -- the 2021 Spring Community Yard Sale in Blauvelt, with 32 home sites registered to display in their yards on Saturday and Sunday, May 1 & 2. To find them, use the following link to see the Map & Merchandise list that will guide you to great stuff! If you want a printed copy, just pick one up from the brochure bin in front of the Blauvelt Free Library at 541 Western Highway, Blauvelt. We will keep it stocked 24/7 this weekend, so if you are up in the wee hours and want to plan your coming day, you can still get a "Treasure Map" to work from. Remember, too, that we will be displaying in the lot behind the library, so be sure to go around back and have a look!

Here's the link to the Online Map:

https://mcusercontent.com/b4fa1123b033fafdefdb697aa/files/018c4baf-7d4e…

Good News on Quarantined Books and DVDs

As of April 18th, we are no longer quarantining books, magazines and DVDs for seven days before putting them back into circulation. This change in policy reflects newly-released guidelines from the CDC (Center for Disease Control) that no longer recommend this practice.  This means that you will no longer have to wait an additional week before receiving materials you've requested, especially new and high-demand items. Thank you for your patience while we sorted this out with our library system. -- Laura

Board of Trustees Meetings Open to Publilc

The Library Board of Trustees meets monthly (except July/August) on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7pm. Since March of last year, the meetings have taken place virtually using BlueJeans teleconferencing software. Public comment is welcome at the beginning and close of each session. Owing to our inability to meet at the library, we are asking anyone who is interested in attending/speaking to please contact Laura at lgrunwerg@rcls.org. You will receive a link a day before the scheduled meeting. Thank you for taking an interest in your library.

Tax Preparation

The opening of the new tax season has been delayed until February 12, 2021 in order to update changes in the tax law. The IRS will not begin accepting and processing 2020 tax returns until that date.

If you would like assistance from AARP Rockland TaxAide, please visit: www.aarpfoundation.org/taxaide. You may also call for help at 888-227-7669 for information on alternative means of filing taxes.

Owing to CoVid concerns, all contact will take place remotely, which means that taxpayers will need access to the Internet, an email address (obtainable free through Google's gmail) and telephone access to participate.

The status of tax return processing is an evolving situation, and we will update you as necessary.

CoVid Update re: Library Services WATCH THIS SPACE!

As we enter the spring season, we will continue to provide half-hour access to our building, materials and computers (this would include faxes, photocopies, notarization and home delivery). As of April 29th, there are 12 active cases of CoVid in Blauvelt, down from 37 in the previous count. All of our programs will remain virtual for both children's and adults. Children's TakeHome Crafts will be available at the front desk and at our new walk-up window.

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.

If you wish to check the status of your location relative to hot zones, please visit: https://covidhotspotlookup.health.ny.gov/#/home and type in your address.

To view the Rockland County CoVid Dashboard, which indicates the number of cases in your town, visit: https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/d074e0336e81449393a76d1768ceb096

For CoVid information (New York State Vaccination Plan, testing sites, travel advisory, et al), consult: https://rocklandgov.com/departments/health/coronavirus-covid-19/

To check the status of all 46 libraries (modified hours, protocols, services) in our system, visit: http://www.rcls.org/?q=covidclosings

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

Facemasks must be worn by everyone and children (3 years + up)

  • Patrons are welcome in the building for short periods. Feel free to browse (15 minutes or less preferred, not more than 30 minutes). Computer usage is limited to a 1/2 hour. Limit of 7 people per floor.
     
  • Holds can now be placed with full access to all of the libraries in our system.
     
  • If you have registered online for a library card during the time we were closed to the public, please bring proof of residence (license with local address, utility bill) to the library to make sure your card remains active. 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.
     
  • 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 will continue curbside pickup and home delivery
     
  • We offer Notary, faxing and photocopying services
     
  • Not ready for tutoring, programs or social gatherings on premises
     
  • No fines will be charged on any materials until further notice
     
  • No food or drink in the building (in order to maintain facemask safety)
     
  • All phases are predicated upon a safe and healthy society with few setbacks. We love you and we miss you!
     

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

Library Director
Laura Grunwerg
lgrunwerg@rcls.org

Assistant Director / Head of Reference Services
Tonie Ann D'Angelo
tdangelo@rcls.org

Manager of Programs / Public Relations / Social Media
Barry Koch
bkoch@rcls.org

Reference and Help with Digital Devices / Computers
Charlie Boone
cboone@rcls.org

Children's and Teens
Marybeth Darnobid
mdarnobid@rcls.org

Circulation Services
Theresa DeGraw
tdegraw@rcls.org

 

Quick Assist Remote Tech Support

Introducing Quick Assist. 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 contact Charlie at 845 359-2811 or email at cboone@rcls.org 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 >   http://www.ourtownnews.com/

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.
 

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