Library Update – September 2020


We will be continuing with curbside pick up for pre-ordered books and DVDs throughout the autumn. It’s proven to be a popular service for patrons who like the safety and convenience. We miss the lingering conversations but love catching a glimpse of everyone on the walkway. If you would like books, but are having any challenge choosing them or difficulty getting them, please reach out to us (845) 688-7811. If you need help with any other services, please let us know.

Our speedy librarian-delivered summer grocery program for Shandaken children and their families continues through September. Our wonderful partners Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, Pine Hill Library and we are brainstorming to see it would be possible to continue through the end of the year. We will keep you posted.

Joyce Grant at the Town of Shandaken and volunteer Peggy Eifler at the Office for the Aging have been a great resource for helping us provide masks to seniors. If you are 60+ and need some masks or related protection, we can deliver to you or you can come by.

Phoenicia Library has been a partner site of National Voter Registration Day since 2015 with a goal to make it easier to participate in democracy. Mary, one of our librarians, has worked hard to gather materials and info, please see a summary below.


Applications must be postmarked no later than October 9, 2020 and received by a board of elections no later than October 14, 2020 to be eligible to vote in the General Election.


You may register in person at the Kingston Board of Elections up until October 24, 2020.


All New Yorkers can vote in person early, from October 24th – November 1st, 2020. Find the location, dates and times for your early voting location by following the “find your polling place” link. Locally, Woodstock and Kingston are two early voting locations.

FUN FACT ** If you apply for an absentee ballot, or even submit one, and in the end decide to vote in person, it is NOT a problem. You will not be prevented from voting in person. The state runs lists to confirm one person/one vote after ballots have been cast.

ABSENTEE VOTING In 2020, New Yorkers may chose to vote absentee if they are worried about the pandemic. All you have to do is check the box that says “temporary illness” as the reason to request an absentee ballot.

* October 27 – Last day to apply online, by email, fax or to postmark an application or letter of application by mail for an absentee ballot. (Please be warned that despite this deadline, the Post Office has advised they cannot guarantee timely delivery of ballots applied for less than 15 days before an election.)
* November 3 – Last day to postmark ballot. Must be received by the local board of elections no later than Nov. 10th.
* November 3 – Last day to deliver ballot IN-PERSON to the local board of elections or to any poll site.
* To get your absentee ballot application and for more info please go to:

Please take care and let us know if there is anything we can help you with this fall.

Liz Potter