This Week's Events

 We read to know we are not alone. ♦ C. S. Lewis

Open Columbus Day from 9 to 6

Why not stop in and explore! Time in the building is limited to half an hour, so it will be a relatively short exploration. CoVid cases are spiking in Rockland County and we're trying to exercise more caution. Be advised that several libraries in our system have reverted to curbside-only service (New City, Haverstraw and Suffern). If you need special accommodations, please call Laura at 845 359-2811.

NEW: Time limit in the library due to a spike in CoVid cases

As of Wednesday, October 7th

Owing to the spike in CoVid cases in Rockland County, the library is taking a proactive stance and enforcing our half-hour limit for patrons. We are fully open, and all of our regular services (faxing, copying, notarizations) are available during business hours. We are still not allowing meetings or programs to take place. Our walk-up window (to the left of the "Many Happy Returns" book return slot) is open during business hours if you prefer an extra measure of protection when requesting/receiving materials. Press the call button for service, and our staff will assist you. Please call our Director (Laura) at 845 359-2811 if you have a special need or concern. Thank you for helping us to protect you. We love our patrons!

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
     
  • No fines will be charged on any materials until 2021
     
  • 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 missed you!
     

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

Library Director
Laura Grunwerg
lgrunwerg@rcls.org

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

Reference and Computer / Device Quest‭ions
Charlie Boone
cboone@rcls.org

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

Assistant Director / Head of Reference Services
Tonie Ann D'Angelo
tdangelo@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.
 
Get Free Access to Tumblebook Online Library Databases while the library is closed

TumbleBook Online Library has generously provided free, unlimited access to their complete database of children's and teens eBooks -- and associated databases of Audiobooks -- for all ages of Blauvelt Free Library patrons through August 31, 2020. You may read (or listen to) as many books as you want, when you want, and on any device. There are no checkouts, holds or lengthy downloads, and books are available instantly.

TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books that teach kids the joy of reading in a format they love. TumbleBook Library takes existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book. You can read it or have it read to you.

Use these links for immediate free access to the TumbleBook databases:

CLICK for TumbleBook Library of K-6 eBooks

CLICK for Tumble Math Library of K-6 Math eBooks

CLICK for Teen BookCloud library of grades 7 - 12 eBooks

TumbleBook's associated Online Libraries also include AUDIOBOOKS:

CLICK for Audio BookCloud library of audiobooks for ALL AGES

CLICK for Romance BookCloud Library of steamy Romance audiobooks

The 2020 U. S. Census

The Blauvelt Free Library is proud to support the 2020 United States Census by providing resources, both online (see bottom of page) and onsite at the library. We will also provide computers and WiFi*.  

If you have questions, please take a look at our CENSUS INFO PAGE, stop by or give us a call at 845-359-2811. Although we cannot legally help you complete the questionnaire, our Reference staff can help with general questions and information or point you in the right direction.

* Please note our wireless network is OPEN and therefore not secure. You are welcome to use your own devices, but do so at your own risk.

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

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