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Supervisor Kenny's latest newsletter warns Orangetown residents about the rise in Identity theft, especially for unemployment insurance claims. Avoid becoming a victim by creating passwords that use phrases rather than keywords and avoid using personal data such as birthdays or street addresses. If you believe you are a victim of identity theft, immediately report it to the Police and the Federal Trade Commission at https://www.identitytheft.gov/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You will receive a link a day before the scheduled meeting. Thank you for taking an interest in your library.
The opening of the new tax season has been delayed until February 12, 2021 in order to update changes in the tax law. The IRS will not begin accepting and processing 2020 tax returns until that date.
If you would like assistance from AARP Rockland TaxAide, please visit: www.aarpfoundation.org/taxaide. You may also call for help at 888-227-7669 for information on alternative means of filing taxes.
Owing to CoVid concerns, all contact will take place remotely, which means that taxpayers will need access to the Internet, an email address (obtainable free through Google's gmail) and telephone access to participate.
The status of tax return processing is an evolving situation, and we will update you as necessary.
As we are in the midst of the winter season, it may be necessary for our library to reduce access to our building and offer only curbside service (this would include faxes, photocopies, notarization and home delivery). In such a scenario -- as we did mid-March during our initial lockdown -- the library would continue to take requests for materials as long as we have them in the building. As of March 1st, there are 31 active cases of CoVid in Blauvelt, up from 26 in the previous count. If our delivery system, which serves 46 libraries in four counties, determines their drivers are at risk, they will discontinue deliveries between libraries until they deem it safe to resume operations. At that point, we would only be able to place holds on books and media that we own (providing they are not in quarantine at another library). All virtual programs will continue -- both children's and adults. Children's TakeHome Crafts will be available at the front desk and at our new walk-up window.
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 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
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!
To reach any of our staff by phone
Assistant Director / Head of Reference Services
Tonie Ann D'Angelo
Manager of Programs / Public Relations / Social Media
Reference and Help with Digital Devices / Computers
Children's and Teens
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 email@example.com to set up a time to connect remotely and troubleshoot your problems away!
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/
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
Blauvelt Free Library | 541 Western Highway Blauvelt, NY 10913 | 845 359 2811
Mon - Thurs 9 - 9 | Friday 9 - 5 | Sat 11 - 5 | Sun 1 - 5
Closed Sundays in the Summer