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

Library System Experiencing Issues

As of Monday, June 8th, our library system has been updating account management software and patrons may be unable to log into their accounts online. This has also impacted the status of materials on hold (reserves). Please call the library at 845 359-2811 and ask our staff to check the holds shelf for items. We expect the issues to be resolved by the end of the day Friday, June 11th. We apologize for the inconvenience.

New CDC (Center for Disease Control) Guidelines | May 19th

As of May 19th, the CDC has released new guidelines for mask wearing in New York State. The Department of Health strongly recommends masks in indoor settings where the vaccination status of individuals is unknown. In particular, the State has authorized businesses to continue to require masks. In an abundance of caution, and because it seems to be working for us, our staff will remain masked, and the library will continue to require the public to wear masks when in the building. We want everyone to feel safe as we protect our vulnerable populations. Thank you for helping us remain healthy and vigilant. You can read the full set of guidelines here: New CDC CoVid Guidelines

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. Public libraries follow New York State Open Meeting Laws policy, as found at OML.

CoVid Update re: Library Services WATCH THIS SPACE!

As we chug along toward summer, we will continue to provide half-hour access at our computers but expand visitation without time restrictions. As of June 8th, there are 2 active cases of CoVid in Blauvelt, down from 3 the previous week. 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 walk-up window. If you need special accommodations, please contact our Director, Laura, at 845 359-2811.

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.
 
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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