With Thanksgiving now behind us, the holidays are coming up fast! I can’t think of a better way to get into the spirit than by decorating a tree! And this year, we’ll have a doozy of a community holiday tree in Orsini Park!

Pick up a blank ornament from the library or from local businesses including Hungerford Market, Re-Nue Spa, and Remedies/Bella Fleur. Bring your blank ornament home and decorate it in your and your family’s own unique style, and then, starting on Dec. 1, you can hang your ornament on the big community holiday tree out in the park.

Then on Sunday, Dec. 13, at the Altamont Festival of Lights, join us as we light it up! Thanks to Leanne Royer for coordinating the ornaments, and to Altamont Community Tradition for sponsoring this fun holiday activity! 

Library Lights

Speaking of lighting things up, it’s also time to light up the Orsini Park Gazebo! This holiday season, honor the memory of a friend, loved one, or pet with a light on the Altamont Village Gazebo in Orsini Park. The lights cost $5 each and all proceeds benefit the Altamont Free Library.

The honorees’ names will be read during the annual lighting ceremony on Friday, December 11th at 6pm, and be published on the library’s website. Forms are available in the library’s entryway and in this week’s edition of the Altamont Enterprise. Please join us at the gazebo on Friday, Dec. 11 for what is always a lovely and moving (masked-up and socially distant) ceremony.

Grab & Go

Due to the worsening COVID situation, we are halting in-person browsing and temporarily going back to an all-Grab & Go service model. But that’s OK! Grab & Go is still pretty great! Here’s how it works: 

— Hours of operation for pick-up and drop-off will be 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday;

— Reserve books and DVD’s at http://www.catalog.uhls.org anytime or by calling us at 518- 861-7239;

— When your items are ready, a library staff member will call you with a time you to make an appointment for you to pick them up so that we can be sure to have everything ready for you when you get here and to control the flow of foot traffic in and out of the vestibule;

— Your order will be waiting on a table in the library’s vestibule in a paper bag with your name on it. Please follow the directions you will see posted about “traffic flow” and social distancing;

— At this time, the library building and its restroom will remain closed to the public. Printing, faxing and photocopying services are available by appointment;

— Returns can be dropped off in the marked boxes in the library’s vestibule during business hours or in out outside dropbox when we’re closed;

— Returned items will be quarantined at the library for at least 72 hours before they are able to be checked in and recirculated; and

— Library users must maintain social distance and wear masks while picking up and dropping off library materials. 

If you have any questions, please give us a call at 518-861-7239. See you soon!

As cases of COVID-19 continue to increase throughout our community, we are doing our best to make sure that your library experience is as safe as possible. From quarantining returned books and movies before we handle them, to frequently sanitizing our entryway where most of our traffic occurs, to the health checks that all of our staff members do every day that they work, we’re working hard to ensure that you have nothing to worry about whenever and however you use the library.

With that in mind, it is important that we respond to changing circumstances. As of last Thursday, Nov. 19, we have put a temporary halt to in-person browsing and have resumed offering only the Grab & Go Service until the public-health situation is under control. Please see details about Grab & Go below. 

I beg you all, if you have not already done so, to stop hosting and attending indoor gatherings, even for the holidays. Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Practice social distancing. The sooner we all get on the same page about these common-sense health practices, the sooner things can go back to something like normal. 

Thanksgiving

Altamont Free Library will close at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25, and be closed the following Thursday and Friday in observance of Thanksgiving. On behalf of the board and staff, we wish you and your family a healthy, safe, and Happy Thanksgiving! 

Library Lights

Feel that nip in the air? That’s a pretty good sign that the holidays are creeping up on us. We’re about a month away from the Altamont Celebration of Lights, so it’s time to start thinking about lighting up the Orsini Park Gazebo. This holiday season, honor the memory of a friend, loved one, or pet with a light on the Altamont Village Gazebo in Orsini Park.

The lights cost $5.00 each and all proceeds benefit the Altamont Free Library. The honorees names will be read during the annual lighting ceremony on Friday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m., and be published on the library’s website. Forms are available in the library’s entryway and in this week’s edition of the Altamont Enterprise. Please join us at the gazebo with for what is always a lovely and moving (masked-up and socially distant) ceremony.

Grab & Go

As I mentioned before, due to the public health situation, we are temporarily going back to an all-Grab & Go service model. But that’s OK! Grab & Go is still pretty great. Here’s how it works:

— Hours of operation for pick-up and drop-off will be 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday;

— Reserve books and DVD’s at http://www.catalog.uhls.org anytime or by calling us at 518- 861-7239;

— When your items are ready, a library staff member will call you with a time you to make an appointment for you to pick them up so that we can be sure to have everything ready for you when you get here and to control the flow of foot traffic in and out of the vestibule;

— Your order will be waiting on a table in the library’s vestibule in a paper bag with your name on it. Please follow the directions you will see posted about “traffic flow” and social distancing;

— At this time, the library building and its restroom will remain closed to the public. Printing, faxing and photocopying services are available by appointment;

— Returns can be dropped off in the marked boxes in the library’s vestibule during business hours or in out outside dropbox when we’re closed;

— Returned items will be quarantined at the library for at least 72 hours before they are able to be checked in and recirculated; and

— Library users must maintain social distance and wear masks while picking up and dropping off library materials. 

If you have any questions, please give us a call at 518-861-7239. See you soon! 

 

This coming Friday, Nov. 20, is the official opening of the brand new Stewart’s Shop here in the village. As part of that celebration, Stewart’s is making a very generous donation to the Altamont Free Library of $2,000. We could not be happier to have been chosen as the beneficiary of Stewart’s philanthropy, and we extend our grateful thanks to Stewart’s for its generosity.

Over the years, donations from Stewart’s Holiday Match program have allowed us to renovate our storage spaces, buy ukuleles for circulation, complete work on our fire-alarm system, and update the toys in our children’s section, among much else.

Every summer, Stewart’s gives us hundreds of coupons for free ice-cream scoops that we use as prizes for our annual Summer Reading Program. We so appreciate all that Stewart’s does for us and for our community. Thank you Stewart’s! 

Library Lights

Feel that nip in the air? That’s a pretty good sign that the holidays are creeping up on us. We’re about a month away from the Altamont Celebration of Lights, so it’s time to start thinking about lighting up the Orsini Park Gazebo. This holiday season, honor the memory of a friend, loved one, or pet with a light on the Altamont Village Gazebo in Orsini Park.

The lights cost $5 each and all proceeds benefit the Altamont Free Library. The honorees names will be read during the annual lighting ceremony on Friday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m., and be published on the library’s website.

Forms are available in the library’s entryway and in this week’s edition of the Altamont Enterprise. Please join us at the gazebo with on Friday, Dec. 11 for what is always a lovely and moving (masked-up and socially distant) ceremony.

Book Club!

With the onset of cooler weather, we’ve had to migrate our First Monday Book Club meetings to the digital realm. If you would like to join us for our next meeting, please us at 518-861-7239 or email us at and we’ll make sure that you get the Zoom meeting connection details for our next meeting on Dec. 7.

At that meeting, we’ll be discussing the wonderful novel “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek” by Kim Michelle Richardson. Call today to reserve your copy and join us! 

Browsing

If you’ve been missing scanning our library shelves since the pandemic hit, we’d love to welcome you back in! You can now make an appointment to come in and browse the collection! 

It’s been really great having folks back in the building after so long, and on behalf of the staff, I want to say everyone who’s come in so far to browse for being so patient and careful about following our new rules.

Here’s how it works: You can call us at 518-861-7239 to make an appointment to come in and to browse the library collection. At first, appointments will be scheduled between 2 and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and, depending on how things go, we may expand that to the entire day over time. 

Visits must be scheduled ahead of time by phone, and walk-ins will not be allowed, even if no other appointments are scheduled at the time. Appointments will be limited to 10 minutes per visit, and to one patron or family (five people maximum) at a time.

Face masks must be worn, covering the mouth and nose throughout your visit, and all patrons must use hand sanitizer upon entering the building. Computers and bathrooms will not be available to patrons, but the photocopier and fax machine will be available. Please be advised that all toys have been temporarily removed from the children’s section, in order to keep the library hygienic and safe for all users and staff. 

Curbside Grab & Go service is still our primary mode of lending, and when items are requested, we will continue to prefer that method of delivery. Please do not schedule a visit if you are experiencing any COVID or flu symptoms. If you are feeling unwell, or if you are unable to wear a mask for any reason, we will be happy to arrange for curbside delivery. 

We look forward to continuing to serve our community in all of the ways that we safely can. We thank you all for your continued support, patience, and respect for these new rules. On behalf of the staff and Board, we sincerely appreciate it.

Inspired by the true blue-skinned people of Kentucky, and the Pack Horse Library Project of the 1930s, this novel will be discussed by the Altamont Free Library’s First Monday Book Club when it next meets, via Zoom, on Dec. 7.

We’ve just held our November meeting of the First Monday Book Club. Throughout the summer and fall, we’d been meeting in Orsini Park but, with the onset of cooler weather, we’ve had to migrate our meetings to the digital realm.

If you would like to join us for our next meeting, please call us at 518-861-7239 or email us at and we’ll make sure that you get the Zoom meeting connection details for our next meeting on Dec. 7. At that meeting, we’ll be discussing the wonderful novel, “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek” by Kim Michele Richardson. Call today to reserve your copy and join us! 

Library Lights

Feel that nip in the air? That’s a pretty good sign that the holidays are creeping up on us. We’re about a month away from the Altamont Celebration of Lights, so it’s time to start thinking about lighting up the Orsini Park Gazebo. This holiday season, honor the memory of a friend, loved one, or pet with a light on the Altamont Village Gazebo in Orsini Park.

The lights cost $5 each and all proceeds benefit the Altamont Free Library. The honorees names will be read during the annual lighting ceremony on Friday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m., and be published on the library’s website. Forms are available in the library’s entryway and in this week’s edition of the Altamont Enterprise. Please join us at the gazebo with on Dec. 11 for what is always a lovely and moving (masked-up and socially distant) ceremony.

Browsing

If you’ve been missing scanning our library shelves since the pandemic hit, we’d love to welcome you back in! You can now make an appointment to come in and browse the collection! 

It's been really great having folks back in the building after so long, and on behalf of the staff, I want to thank everyone who’s come in so far to browse for being so patient and careful about following our new rules.

Here’s how it works: You can call us at 518-861-7239 to make an appointment to come in and to browse the library collection. At first, appointments will be scheduled between 2 and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and, depending on how things go, we may expand that to the entire day over time. 

Visits must be scheduled ahead of time by phone, and walk-ins will not be allowed, even if no other appointments are scheduled at the time. Appointments will be limited to 10 minutes per visit, and to one patron or family (five people maximum) at a time.

Face masks must be worn, covering the mouth and nose throughout your visit, and all patrons must use hand sanitizer upon entering the building. Computers and bathrooms will not be available to patrons, but the photocopier and fax machine will be available. Please be advised that all toys have been temporarily removed from the children’s section, in order to keep the library hygienic and safe for all users and staff. 

Curbside Grab & Go service is still our primary mode of lending, and when items are requested, we will continue to prefer that method of delivery. Please do not schedule a visit if you are experiencing any COVID or flu symptoms. If you are feeling unwell, or if you are unable to wear a mask for any reason, we will be happy to arrange for curbside delivery. 

We look forward to continuing to serve our community in all of the ways that we safely can. We thank you all for your continued support, patience, and respect for these new rules. On behalf of the staff and Board, we sincerely appreciate it.

Since June, we’ve had two ways of using the library. One is to use our own awesome Hoopla and Overdrive services to download ebooks and digital audiobooks to your smart devices from anywhere. That’s a pretty great service.

The other way has been our Grab & Go service, where you can order books and movies and more, and then pick them up from the library entryway when they are ready for you. That’s pretty great too.

And now a few weeks ago we added a third option: You can make an appointment to come in and browse the collection!

It’s been really great having folks back in the building after so long and, on behalf of the staff, I want to say everyone who has come in so far to browse for being so patient and careful about following our new rules.

Here’s how it works: You can call us at 518-861-7239 to make an appointment to come in and to browse the library collection. At first, appointments will be scheduled between 2  and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and, depending on how things go, we may expand that to the entire day over time.

Visits must be scheduled ahead of time by phone, and walk-ins will not be allowed, even if no other appointments are scheduled at the time. Appointments will be limited to 10 minutes per visit, and to one patron or family (five people maximum) at a time.

Face masks must be worn, covering the mouth and nose, throughout your visit, and all patrons must use hand sanitizer upon entering the building. Computers and bathrooms will not be available to patrons, but the photocopier and fax machine will be available. Please be advised that all toys have been temporarily removed from the children’s section, in order to keep the library hygienic and safe for all users and staff.

Curbside Grab & Go service is still our primary mode of lending and, when items are requested, we will continue to prefer that method of delivery. Please do not schedule a visit if you are experiencing any COVID-19 or flu symptoms. If you are feeling unwell, or if you are unable to wear a mask for any reason, we will be happy to arrange for curbside delivery.

We look forward to continuing to serve our community in all of the ways that we safely can. We thank you all for your continued support, patience, and respect for these new rules. On behalf of the staff and board, we sincerely appreciate it.

Please join the First Monday Book Club for our next meeting on Monday, Nov. 2, at noon. After holding book club meetings in beautiful Orsini Park for the past several months, we’re going to retreat back to online meetings I’m afraid.

This month, we’ll be discussing the wonderful novel, “Ask Again, Yes” by Mary Beth Keene. If you haven’t joined us before and you’d like to join the chat, give us a call at 518-861-7239 or an email at and we’ll send you the connection information. We still have a few copies to be picked up if you’d like to read along with us. 

Browsing

Since June, we’ve had two ways of using the library. One is to use our awesome Hoopla and Overdrive services to download ebooks and digital audiobooks to your smart devices from anywhere. That’s a pretty great service.

The other way has been our Grab & Go service, where you can order books and movies and more, and then pick them up from the library entryway when they are ready for you. That’s pretty great too. And now a few weeks ago we added a third option: You can make an appointment to come in and browse the collection!

It’s been really great having folks back in the building after so long, and on behalf of the staff, I want to thank everyone who has come in so far to browse for being so patient and careful about following our new rules.

Here’s how it works: You can call us at 518-861-7239 to make an appointment to come in and to browse the library collection. At first, appointments will be scheduled between 2  and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and, depending on how things go, we may expand that to the entire day over time.

Visits must be scheduled ahead of time by phone, and walk-ins will not be allowed, even if no other appointments are scheduled at the time. Appointments will be limited to 10 minutes per visit, and to one patron or family (five people maximum) at a time.

Face masks must be worn, covering the mouth and nose, throughout your visit, and all patrons must use hand sanitizer upon entering the building. Computers and bathrooms will not be available to patrons, but the photocopier and fax machine will be available. Please be advised that all toys have been temporarily removed from the children’s section, in order to keep the library hygienic and safe for all users and staff.

Curbside Grab & Go service is still our primary mode of lending and, when items are requested, we will continue to prefer that method of delivery. Please do not schedule a visit if you are experiencing any COVID-19 or flu symptoms. If you are feeling unwell, or if you are unable to wear a mask for any reason, we will be happy to arrange for curbside delivery.

We look forward to continuing to serve our community in all of the ways that we safely can. We thank you all for your continued support, patience, and respect for these new rules. On behalf of the staff and board, we sincerely appreciate it.

Since June, we’ve had two ways of using the library. One is to use our own awesome Hoopla and Overdrive services to download ebooks and digital audiobooks to your smart devices from anywhere. That’s a pretty great service.

The other way has been our Grab & Go service, where you can order books and movies and more, and then pick them up from the library entryway when they are ready for you. That’s pretty great too. And now a few weeks ago we added a third option: You can make an appointment to come in and browse the collection!

It’s been really great having folks back in the building after so long, and on behalf of the staff, I want to say everyone who’s come in so far to browse for being so patient and careful about following our new rules.

Here’s how it works: You can call us at 518-861-7239 to make an appointment to come in and to browse the library collection. At first, appointments will be scheduled between 2 and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and, depending on how things go, we may expand that to the entire day over time.

Visits must be scheduled ahead of time by phone, and walk-ins will not be allowed, even if no other appointments are scheduled at the time. Appointments will be limited to 10 minutes per visit, and to one patron or family (five people maximum) at a time.

Face masks must be worn covering the mouth and nose throughout your visit, and all patrons must use hand sanitizer upon entering the building. Computers and bathrooms will not be available to patrons, but the photocopier and fax machine will be available.

Please be advised that all toys have been temporarily removed from the children’s section, in order to keep the library hygienic and safe for all users and staff. 

Curbside Grab & Go service will remain our primary mode of lending and, when items are requested, we will continue to prefer that method of delivery. Please do not schedule a visit if you are experiencing any COVID-19 or flu symptoms. If you are feeling unwell, or if you are unable to wear a mask for any reason, we will be happy to arrange for curbside delivery.

We look forward to continuing to serve our community in all of the ways that we safely can. We thank you all for your continued support, patience, and respect for these new rules. On behalf of the staff and board, we sincerely appreciate it. 

Try Hoopla!

Back when we were closed, we introduced a new service for digital books, audiobooks, streaming music and movies that you could access from anywhere. It’s called Hoopla, and it’s totally great. At the time, we thought that we would just keep that service until the end of September to tide you over until we reopened, but it turned out to be so popular that we’re keeping it! 

If you haven’t tried Hoopla yet, you should! The Hoopla app can be downloaded onto any smart device, and gives you access to a tremendous catalog on ebook, digital audiobooks, streaming music, movies and TV shows for free with your library card.

Even better, there’s never a waitlist for anything you check out! If you have a card from any of the libraries in Albany or Rensselaer Counties, you can borrow up to five items a month. For more information, check out HooplaDigital.com or AltamontFreeLibrary.org and start streaming today.

If you have any questions about Hoopla or any of our other digital services, send me an email at or call the library at 518- 861-7239 and we’ll do our best to help!

Since June, we’ve had two ways of using the library. One is to use our awesome Hoopla and Overdrive services to download ebooks and digital audiobooks to your smart devices from anywhere. That’s a pretty great service.

The other way has been our Grab & Go service, where you can order books and movies and more, and then pick them up from the library entryway when they are ready for you. That’s pretty great too.

Now we’re adding a third option: You can make an appointment to come in and browse the collection! 

Here’s how it will work: You can call us at 518-861-7239 to make an appointment to come in and to browse the library collection. At first, appointments will be scheduled between 2 and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and, depending on how things go, we may expand that to the entire day over time.

Visits must be scheduled ahead of time by phone, and walk-ins will not be allowed, even if no other appointments are scheduled at the time. Appointments will be limited to 10 minutes per visit, and to one patron or family (five people maximum) at a time.

Face masks must be worn covering the mouth and nose throughout your visit, and all patrons must use hand sanitizer upon entering the building. Computers and bathrooms will not be available to patrons, but the photocopier and fax machine will be available.

Please be advised that all toys have been temporarily removed from the children’s section, in order to keep the library hygienic and safe for all users and staff. 

Curbside Grab & Go service will remain our primary mode of lending and, when items are requested, we will continue to prefer that method of delivery. Please do not schedule a visit if you are experiencing any COVID-19 or flu symptoms. If you are feeling unwell, or if you are unable to wear a mask for any reason, we will be happy to arrange for curbside delivery.

We look forward to continuing to serve our community in all of the ways that we safely can. We thank you all for your continued support, patience, and respect for these new rules. On behalf of the staff and board, we sincerely appreciate it. 

Try Hoopla!

Back when we were closed, we introduced a new service for digital books, audiobooks, streaming music and movies that you could access from anywhere. It’s called Hoopla, and it’s totally great. At the time, we thought that we would just keep that service until the end of September to tide you over until we reopened, but it turned out to be so popular that we’re keeping it! 

If you haven’t tried Hoopla yet, you should! The Hoopla app can be downloaded onto any smart device, and gives you access to a tremendous catalog on ebook, digital audiobooks, streaming music, movies and TV shows for free with your library card.

Even better, there’s never a waitlist for anything you check out! If you have a card from any of the libraries in Albany or Rensselaer Counties, you can borrow up to five items a month. For more information, check out HooplaDigital.com or AltamontFreeLibrary.org and start streaming today.

If you have any questions about Hoopla or any of our other digital services, send me an email at or call the library at 518- 861-7239 and we’ll do our best to help!

Since June, we’ve had two ways of using the Altamont Free Library. One is to use our awesome Hoopla and Overdrive services to download ebooks and digital audiobooks to your smart devices from anywhere. That’s a pretty great service.

The other way has been our Grab & Go service, where you can order books and movies and more, and then pick them up from the library entryway when they are ready for you. That’s pretty great too.

Now we’re adding a third option: Beginning on Monday, Sept. 12, you can make an appointment to come in and browse the collection!

Here’s how it will work: You can call us at 518-861-7239 to make an appointment to come in and to browse the library collection. At first, appointments will be scheduled between 2 and  6 p.m. on Monday through Friday, and, depending on how things go, we may expand that to the entire day over time. 

Visits must be scheduled ahead of time by phone, and walk-ins will not be allowed, even if no other appointments are scheduled at the time. Appointments will be limited to 10 minutes per visit, and to one patron or family (five people maximum) at a time.

Face masks must be worn, covering the mouth and nose throughout your visit, and all patrons must use hand sanitizer upon entering the building. Computers and bathrooms will not be available to patrons, but the photocopier and fax machine will be available.

Please be advised that all toys have been temporarily removed from the children’s section, in order to keep the library hygienic and safe for all users and staff.

Curbside Grab & Go service will remain our primary mode of lending, and, when items are requested, we will continue to prefer that method of delivery. Please do not schedule a visit if you are experiencing any COVID or flu symptoms. If you are feeling unwell, or if you are unable to wear a mask for any reason, we will be happy to arrange for curbside delivery.

We look forward to continuing to serve our community in all of the ways that we safely can. We thank you all for your continued support, patience, and respect for these new rules. On behalf of the staff and Board, we sincerely appreciate it. 

Try Hoopla!

Back when we were closed, we introduced a new service for digital book, audiobooks, streaming music and movies that you could access from anywhere. It’s called Hoopla, and it’s totally great. At the time, we thought that we would just keep that service until the end of September to tide you over until we reopened, but it turned out to be so popular that we’re keeping it! 

If you haven’t tried Hoopla yet, you should! The Hoopla app can be downloaded onto any smart device, and gives you access to a tremendous catalog on ebook, digital audiobooks, streaming music, movies and TV shows for free with your library card!

Even better, there’s never a waitlist for anything you check out! If you have a card from any of the libraries in Albany or Rensselaer Counties, you can borrow up to five items a month. For more information, check out HooplaDigital.com or AltamontFreeLibrary.org and start streaming today.

If you have any questions about Hoopla or any of our other digital services, send me an email at or call the library at 518- 861-7239 and we’ll do our best to help! 

 

Mark your calendars, and join us in Orsini Park at noon on Monday, Oct. 5, for an open-air, socially-distant, in-person meeting of the First Monday Book Group. Bring a lawn chair, a mask, and a water bottle, and meet us for a discussion of Ibrahim X Kendi’s searing examination of race in America, “How To Be An Antiracist.” Reserve your copy today and we’ll see you in the park!

Uke Club

We're bringing back our monthly ukulele jam on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 6 p.m.! We'll be meeting outdoors in Orsini Park, so please bring a chair, a sweater, a music stand if you have one, a mask, and your uke! Masks should be worn, especially while singing, and all participants are expected to maintain social distance throughout. 

Many thanks to the Normanskill Strummers, who are letting us use one of their wonderful songbooks for the jam. If you plan to attend and need a copy of the songs we’ll be trying out, let us know and we’ll send you a copy or print one out for you. You can find all kinds of neat resources and songs sheets at the Normanskill Strummers website at https://www.normanskillstrummers.com/.

Hope to see uke in the park!

Grab & Go

We’ve been doing Grab & Go Service for a while now, and it’s going really well! Nevertheless, we just want to remind everyone of the rules for Grab & Go.

Our goal is to control the traffic flow in and out of the library’s vestibule as much as possible in order to limit contact between patrons. Adhering to the following rules will make an easier and safer library experience for your library staff and fellow patrons

— 1. To pick items that you have requested, you must make an appointment by calling the library at 518-861-7239. We have appointments from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday at 10 minute intervals;

— 2. Please be here at or as close as possible to your appointment time. Your books and movies will be in a brown bag with your last name on it to your left when you walk in. The items are already checked out, so you can just grab the bag and go;

— 3. If there is someone else inside the vestibule when you arrive, please keep your distance and wait until the vestibule is empty. One person or family is allowed in the vestibule at a time;

— 4. When you are in the library vestibule, you must wear a mask covering your mouth and nose;

— 5. The public is not allowed in the library at this time. If you need assistance, please knock on the door to get our attention. If the inner doors are closed, please do not open the inner doors and come in;

— 6. You do not need an appointment to return books but, again, if there is someone already inside, please wait until the vestibule is empty before coming in. If the library is closed, returns can be placed in the outdoor drop-box next to the front door; and

— 7. We are not taking donations at this time.

A reminder, too, that, in order to ensure that library materials are totally disinfected before the staff handle them, we are holding items for four days after they are returned and before they get checked in. After the quarantine period, we back-date the check-in to the date the items were actually returned, so there will not be any overdue fine charged for the quarantine period.

If you see items on your account at least a week after you returned them, please give us a call and we will sort it out.

Thank you, everyone, for your cooperation!

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