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Summer Reading

If turning pages is considered exercise then yes, I work out all the time. ♦ Anonymous

NY Project Hope | Coping with CoVid

The Mental Health Association (MHA) of Westchester is providing a free counseling service in Rockland County for persons having difficulty coping with all things CoVid. They offer free one-to-one sessions with a crisis counselor as well as referrals to essential mental health services.

Project Hope Crisis Counselor Hotline at 845 580-2022

Email or call Project Director, John English >  > 914 317-2503

CoVid Update re: Library Services WATCH THIS SPACE!

We are closely monitoring the incidence of CoVid cases in the Hamlet, which seem to be dropping in the last count. Watch this space for the latest news on the mask front, and please note that mask-wearing, should it be reinstated, will be enforced regardless of vaccination status. The most recent CoVid cases are among people who have been vaxed and boosted -- and many have had CoVid before.

As of August 1st, there are 34 active cases of CoVid in Blauvelt, up from 33 in the previous count. Please note that this "dashboard" only indicates the number of cases that have been reported. We have no way of knowing the actual number of people infected with the virus. We will keep you in the loop 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 tabulates the number of cases in your town, visit:

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

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 in-house for adults depend on room availability. Our Community Room is undergoing a 6-month renovation and will unavailable for meetings until further notice
  • Children's toddler times (limited to 6) are being held in the StoryCraft Cottage (Children's room, second floor)
  • No fines will be charged on any materials until further notice
  • Standard hours will resume pending health updates and staffing > 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!

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.  

Latest Posts to "Boone Appetit," our Food Blog

Charlie Boone, our resident food blogger has been pretty active since we last checked in. Visit his page to see what he's been up to!

Charlie is the "full Monty" as a foodie -- he loves to bake and cook, loves restaurants and is curious about new, untried things.

Read his post at the link below, but take some time to scroll down to read more of his ruminations on edibles and potables.

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