Posted March 21, 2020
Due to the COVID-19 virus crisis, we are extending the library closure out indefinitely. We will reopen as soon as it is safe for both staff and patrons to be in the library.
The Upper Hudson Library System, manager of our automation system, has extended the due dates on all checked out items and has extended the expiration date on cards to July 1. In addition, new online registrations will be valid for 90 days rather than the standard 14 days to allow new patrons to access online resources such as those listed below and as always Overdrive for ebooks, audiobooks, and a small collection of movies.
Ancestry.com: Good news for anyone who’s had to stop their genealogical research since the library closed! You can now log in with your library card and use Ancestry for Libraries at home!
Ancestry Library Edition
Magazines: Between OverDrive and Flipster, the library has over 50 digital magazines ready for you to download!
Emergency Book Supply Box
I put a tub of books out on the entry porch with a little bit of some reading material for everyone. I will refill it as needed. You can take one or two items from the box. You should not return them to the box/library. Please do not add any books to this tub and please do not leave any donated books at the library at this time. I have made sure that what was put into the tub was clean and relatively (pre-COVID-19) germ-free. I know that once someone goes in to look through the tub all that flies out the window, but I know they were okay when they went in. I cannot assure that with donated books I have not processed.
I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 518-283-3721 with any questions or concerns. Joan, Phil, Lianne, Colleen, Taylor, Isabella, & I, as well as the trustees, appreciate your patience, understanding, and support regarding this difficult decision during this unsettled time. Watch this site or visit our Facebook page for updates on our status.
Posted March 15, 2020
The library trustees and I have decided, in the best interest of the staff and the community, to close the library immediately and through the next two weeks. We will re-evaluate this situation at the end of the month.
Due to the many other libraries that have closed, and others likely to follow, it will not be possible to fill any requests other than those already placed within the Upper Hudson Library System. I plan to be at the library, occasionally over the next several days, checking on the delivery of books from interlibrary loans. I will call each person as their item(s) arrive and make arrangements for picking up the items, if they are still wanted. After Tuesday, deliveries from other libraries will cease until at least the end of the month.
(Update: Upper Hudson has extended the due dates on all checked out items to April 1, and has extended the expiration date on cards to July 1. In addition, new online registration will be valid for 90 days rather than the standard 14 days to allow new patrons to access online resources.)
Please try our online services through Libby, Overdrive, or Flipster for ebooks, audiobooks, movies, and magazines. I know that several libraries, including Poestenkill, will be placing additional orders for ebooks in order to increase the collection available during this time of closures.
I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please email me at email@example.com or leave a message at 518-283-3721 with any questions or concerns. Joan, Phil, Lianne, Colleen, Taylor, Isabella, & I, as well as the trustees, appreciate your patience, understanding, and support regarding this difficult decision during this unsettled time.
Posted March 12, 2020
In the interest of public health, Poestenkill Library is canceling all scheduled programs, including Preschool Story Hour & LEGO Club, effective 3/13 and until further notice. Programs will be rescheduled. We do not take this decision lightly. This is a necessary step during an extraordinary time to effectively “flatten the curve” via social distancing and slow the spread of this pandemic. We will be constantly monitoring this ever changing situation.
The Library is open until further notice, although we know that some patrons will be avoiding public places. In addition to the thorough weekly cleaning done at the library, the staff is wiping down handles and surfaces regularly. We also encourage you to use our hand sanitizer as you enter the library.
We can offer to bring requested books out to your car or we can deliver items to at-risk individuals. We also encourage you to access our digital materials (books, movies, magazines) via Overdrive and Flipster.
We know this is disappointing news both for staff and the community. We will keep you updated on any changes via email, www.poestenkilllibrary.org, and Facebook. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
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