This Week's Events

 Books fall open, you fall in. ♦ David McCord (poet)

We Are Open on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

The library will be open on Monday, January 18th from 9am to 6pm.

CoVid Update re: Library Services WATCH THIS SPACE!

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. Currently, there are 48 active cases of CoVid in Blauvelt, up from 39 the previous week. 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 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

NEW: Time limit in the library due to a spike in CoVid cases

As of Wednesday, October 7th

Owing to the spike in CoVid cases in Rockland County, the library is taking a proactive stance and enforcing our half-hour limit for patrons. We are fully open, and all of our regular services (faxing, copying, notarizations) are available during business hours. We are still not allowing meetings or programs to take place. Our walk-up window (to the left of the "Many Happy Returns" book return slot) is open during business hours if you prefer an extra measure of protection when requesting/receiving materials. Press the call button for service, and our staff will assist you. Please call our Director (Laura) at 845 359-2811 if you have a special need or concern. Thank you for helping us to protect you. We love our patrons!

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
     
  • 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

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 Teen
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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