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July News – Porch Pickup & Summer Reading

The Porch at Poestenkill Library pickup for library items is going well! Everyone seems very happy to be picking up new books to read or movies to watch, which makes us very happy to be able to get items out to people. We moved all the newest books and movies to a cart in front of the window on the porch so you can browse! To reserve any book or movie, from our collection or from any library in the Upper Hudson Library System, you may order online through the catalog or call/text us at 518-603-7705 and let us know what you would like. We will contact you when your items are ready to schedule a pickup time. We are also able to create ‘book bundles” for you. This is especially helpful for children’s books. We would need to know a topic or author or even just ” a few of the newest picture books” and we can get them together in a bundle. There is a limit of 10 per bundle. It may take an extra day to put a bundle together, so please allow time for that. If you’re interested in seeing what has been added over the past 30 days, our New Item List is available.

For the month of July we will continue with porch pickup services only. The hours for pickup are:
Monday & Friday 10-1
Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday 2-6
Saturday (beginning 7/11) 10-1

Staff will be in the building at these times. The building continues to be closed to the public. We cannot accept item donations yet.

2020 Summer Reading – Imagine Your Story – started July 1. You may register online at ReadSquared. There are four age levels and someone from each level will win a prize. Record your reading time and earn chances to win. If you would prefer to keep track on paper, let us know and we will send you a reading record. Keep checking back on this page for announcements about make & take kits, activity sheets, and other fun summer library things. And please call or email us if you would like us to gather a bundle of books to read!

Next stages for the library:
If the local virus numbers are able to stay low after the July 4th holiday, we will begin to consider opening the doors for limited (20 minute) visits with a limited number of people (3-4 at a time) at the beginning of August. Porch pickup will continue regardless of any additional decisions. Visits inside the library will need to be transactional – find what you need and check out, or send a fax, or make copies. The staff will be wearing masks and face shields, and we will have a plexiglass barrier on the circulation desk. We have removed all the toys, games, cake pans, and magazines from the library. It doesn’t feel very friendly to have to do these things, but we are following State and CDC guidelines as necessary to be a safe environment for both staff and patrons. All visitors, over the age of two, entering the building will be required to wear an acceptable face covering and sanitize their hands upon entrance. If you are not able to wear a face covering to enter the building, we will still be able to provide porch pickup services to you.

The other thing we plan to do is open the shed for book donations. A date has not yet been determined but we will know that soon. All donated books must be in boxes that we can stack (not overfilled, preferably closed). The liquor store in Wynantskill usually has a good collection of boxes on the side of the building. You will need to be able to carry the boxes from the parking lot into the shed. We will not be able to handle them. We cannot accept books in bags.

There are so many rules in place and we feel like we are saying no a lot these days, but it is for the well-being of the dedicated staff and outstanding patrons of the Poestenkill Library. Oh, the stories we will tell when we can all get back together again safely! What a pleasure it will be to hang out at the library and chat with friends, like in the days prior to March 16, 2020. We miss you as much as you miss coming to the library!

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Margie Morris, Director