Coronavirus Updates Pertaining to HHFL

 

Note: For information on the Coronavirus itself, please visit the CDC Web site.

Update as of 04/02/2020:

Due to the recent mandate set by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo regarding non-essential businesses and not-for-profits, the library staff at the Hendrick Hudson Free Library will no longer be able to fulfill requests from patrons for library materials during the COVID-19 health crisis.  This mandate is effective immediately and will continue to be in effect until further notice.

In addition, all library programs have now been cancelled through the end of April and will be reassessed at that time.

· Hours:  The library is closed beginning Wednesday, March 18, until further notice.

· Field Goods:  Field Goods orders will not be delivered after March 17 until further notice.

· Book Drop:  The library has locked the book drop beginning on Wednesday, March 18.  For now, we ask that you keep your library materials until we reopen.  All fines will be waived while the library is closed.

· Patron Requests:  We will be monitoring the monref@wlsmail.org E-mail account but will not be able to provide assistance with library materials requests at this time.

In order to better accommodate the needs of our patrons during the COVID-19 health crisis, the Westchester Library System and the Hendrick Hudson Free Library are offering the following services:

·  For Hoopla:  The limit for checking out titles has been raised from 5 per month to 10 per month.

·  For Kanopy:  The limit for play credits has been raised from 10 per month to 20 per month.

·  For Fines:  All fines will be waived through May 1 and will be reassessed at that time.

·  Tutor.com will be expanding its tutoring hours.  Students will be able to connect with tutors from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday, until June 15.

·  TumbleBooks is providing free access on a wide range of resources until August 31:

·  For Notarizations:

On March 20, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo authorized virtual notarizations in the State of New York through the use of audio-visual technology, with certain restrictions.  This authorization is effective immediately through April 18.

The Hendrick Hudson Free Library is offering virtual notarization services during the COVID-19 pandemic.  If you would like to find out more about this service and/or make arrangements for a virtual notarization, please contact one of the following library Notary Publics:

  • Jill Davis at jdavis@wlsmail.org
  • Elise Landesberg at elandesberg@wlsmail.org
  • Cheri Morreale at cmorreale@wlsmail.org

Did you know . . . ?

  • To give patrons more access to online resources while they #socialdistance and #stayathome, last week the Westchester Library System extended all expired accounts with less than $25 in fines and no lost materials bills until May 1, 2020.
  • Most patrons can reset their PINs in the Online Public Access Calendar (OPAC).  On the Log In screen, click on the “Forgot your password?” link, and enter your library card number.  A reset message will be sent to your E-mail account on file.  If you don’t have an E-mail account, you will be asked to contact your local library for assistance (monref@wlsmail.org).
  • The State Education Department and New York’s public television stations have announced expanded remote learning during the statewide school closure. Find out more here.
  • Sesame Street is offering 110 free e-Books here.
  • Hoopla is offering over 1000 titles that do not require patrons to use one of their ten (10) allowable borrows per month.  Titles for all ages are included in this free hoopla Bonus Borrows Collection.  This service will be provided through April 30.
  • PBS is offering 179 History Documentaries for free here.
  • The Hendrick Hudson Free Library will be hosting a couple of free online workshops over the next two months for students and their parents who are planning for college.  Register here.
  • You can visit a museum virtually here.
  • Demco offers some ideas and inspiration for those of you who are wondering what to do with your children while at home.
  • Kanopy is offering the following two free films:  Anthropocene:  The Human Epoch (April 19-25, 2020) and Ex Libris:  The New York Public Library (April 19 through May 19, 2020).  Anthropocene is perfect for recognizing the 50th anniversary of Earth Day (April 22), and Ex Libris supports Library Appreciation Week (April 19).

Check back for additional offerings as they become available.