Library Update – March 2020

Dear Patrons,

Over the past several weeks, many concerns have emerged regarding the spread of COVID-19. It is a new virus; there is currently no vaccine for it. There is only very limited testing. Coronavirus can pose a grave risk to many members of our community. What does this mean for the library?

Yesterday, Ulster County declared a State of Emergency (see below for full text) due to four local cases of COVID-19. The Ulster County Department of Health strongly recommends cancelling indoor events for the next two weeks. Therefore, to lessen the potential for community spread of illness, the library is postponing all programs and community meetings from today through April 1st . Our Medicare counseling will now be via phone.

In a situation such as this one, we seek to find the balance between under- and over-reaction. We are currently able to provide in-person library services. This could change rapidly based on new recommendations. Please become familiar with all our online services listed on our webpage, including eBooks, audiobooks, and free quality classes.

Most importantly, as this crisis evolves, please remember this:

We are here for you.

If we close, our librarians will look for new ways we can serve you and stay in touch. We have created a webpage that gives trusted sources of information on the virus. Our social media accounts will become more active with local news and ways to help.

Until we see each other again – please take care,

Liz Potter