Upcoming Events

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do. ♦ Thomas Jefferson

Memorial Day Holiday Closing

The library will be closed on Sunday, May 28th and Monday, May 29th in honor of the men and women who served in the armed forces to protect and preserve our freedom. We salute you past and present. Please have a safe and sane holiday. Get out in the fresh air or curl up with a good book. When you read, we all win!

CELEBRATION of Our Newish Community Room

We came, we saw, we danced up a storm! Stop in and have a look.

REVISED HOURS as of Monday, January 2, 2023

Due to a staff shortage, which we anticipate will last about 4 months, we will be reducing our hours as follows:

  MON TUE THUR from 9 to 6

  WED from 9 to 8

  FRI 9 to 5

  SAT 11 to 3

  SUN closed

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Notary Hours

Because the library has reverted to CoVid hours due to a severe staff shortage, our Notary services will follow our abbreviated schedule as posted above with the exception of Wednesday when we do not have evening Notary hours after 5pm. If you need the services of a Notary during off hours, please contact Barry Koch at the library. Home service is also available by appointment. Please bring photo ID with you, and do not sign anything before you arrive.

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 > Englishj@mhawestchester.org  > 914 317-2503

CoVid Update re: Library Services WATCH THIS SPACE!

We are closely monitoring the incidence of CoVid cases in the Hamlet which is also impact by flu and RSV viruses -- the "Tridemic." 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.

We are no longer monitoring the CoVid dashboard, because the case tracker map now requires credentials to log in. 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.

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

Quick Assist Remote Tech Support

If your computer runs Windows versions 7 through 11, 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 Emmanuel at epena@rcls.org 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

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