Library Update – May 2020

Greetings!

We want to let you know that all library staff are well and still working from home. We’ve been so fortunate to be able to speak with so many of our patrons these past two months in spite of this pandemic. Staff members have been going through our patron list and calling people to check on them. It’s a “how are you, do you need anything?” call. We’ve seen other residents in one of our many online Zoom and Facebook classes. (hyperlinks) Our librarians have also been happy to respond to many, many emails and phone calls with requests for help with technology, legal matters and accessing online resources.

Still, it doesn’t replace being able to see each other in person. It’s been a point of considerable loss for us as librarians to not be able to see our patrons in real life in our building. This is a profession that attracts people whose real joy is being able to be with and help people.

Currently, our library is entirely virtual and telephonic. Following New York State executive order, the building is closed even to staff except for periodic inspection. State executive order, health authority recommendations and Mid-Hudson Library System (MHLS) will inform when and how we can re-enter the building. In MHLS workshops and twice weekly staff meetings, the staff is collectively working on trying to figure out returning to Main Street. Our guiding principle will be the well-being and safety of patrons and staff, and will most likely occur in steps. While our impulse is to jump right in, it will be slow going as we don’t have firm guidance on many aspects, for example, a 100% safe way to handle lending materials.

But, as said before, we are here for you. The best way to reach us is by our phone 845-688-7811 or via our main email phoenicialibrary@gmail.com. If you would like to speak to me directly, you can also hit “reply” to this email and it goes straight to me.

Please take care and let us know if there is anything you need.

Liz Potter
Director