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Fill your paper with the breathing of your heart. ♦ William Wordsworth

Library Reopens Monday, August 3rd

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 be placed on materials from libraries only within our regional delivery run: Orangeburg, Nanuet, Palisades, Pearl River, Piermont, Sloatsburg, Spring Valley, Suffern, Tappan, Tuxedo Park. If you need items from a library outside our run, you may visit that library directly to obtain materials.
     
  • 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 should be installed by the middle of August at the latest. 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
Kyle Craig
kcraig@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 computer, laptop, please contact Kyle at 845 359-2811 or email at kcraig@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

Hamlet-wide Yard Sale | May 2 + 3, 2020

​Drowning in clutter after a long winter? Why not join the Western Highway Roundup, our 8th annual hamlet-wide, home-site yard sale for Blauvelt residents. Simply register, fill out a handy merchandise form, trot out your goods and watch “yard sailors” appear on your street.

The Blauvelt Free Library publicizes the weekend with emails and posters, in newspapers, on Facebook, Craigslist, and several yard sale websites. We provide a Yard Sale Lawn Sign (available for pickup by the end of March) and create a Yard Sale Treasure Map - a useful link between seller and buyer - cross-referencing your location with a chart listing your merchandise. Printed copies are available at the library by Friday, May 1st, with weekend updates pinned to the top of our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/BlauveltFreeLibrary and hosted on this website.

So get out the tables, get the kids involved, and enjoy Happy Deals!

Only Blauvelt addresses qualify to vend (Got a friend in the hamlet? Ask them to let you display with them!) | Registration ends Monday, April 27th | Call 845 359 - 2811 or email bkoch@rcls.org to sign up. If you haven’t hosted a yard sale before and need advice, just ask us | Sellers situated off main streets can benefit by getting neighbors involved, as yard salers are attracted to clusters of homes | No fee to participate | By request, leftover items can be picked up on Monday, May 4th by Green-Drop for The Order of the Purple Heart — helping disabled veterans and their families

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!

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Hopper Presentation
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Niche Academy
Tutorials for many
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Boone Appetit

 

 

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