Coronavirus Updates Pertaining to HHFL

 

Update as of 05/19/2020:

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

In addition, the World Health Organization (WHO) is gathering the latest international multilingual scientific findings and knowledge on COVID-19.  The majority of citations referenced are published journal articles.  The global literature cited in the WHO COVID-19 database is updated daily (Monday through Friday) from searches of bibliographic databases, hand searching, and the addition of other expert-referred scientific articles.  Particular emphasis is placed on identifying literature from around the world.  Multiple search strategies that are under continual revision are used to obtain this global perspective.  New research is added regularly.

Other COVID-19 Resources:

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 in-house library programs have now been cancelled through the end of June and will be reassessed at that time.  Virtual program offerings can be found on the library’s events calendar.

· 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:  Effective immediately, the book drop is now open 24/7.  Reminders:  1) If the book drop is full, please do not leave library materials outside of the book drop.  Rather, please return the following day to drop of your library materials in the book drop; 2)  Returned items will show on your record for an indefinite period of time until we are able to check in library materials.  Once the library materials have been checked in, all fines will be waived, and your record will be cleared; and 3)  Please do not leave book donations in the book drop.  We cannot accept library donations at this time.  

· Patron Requests:  We will be monitoring the monref@wlsmail.org E-mail account but will not be able to provide assistance with library material requests at this time.  We hope to be able to offer curbside pick-up in the near future.

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.  This offer has been extended to May 31, 2020.

·  For Kanopy:  The limit for play credits has been raised from 10 per month to 20 per month.  This offer has been extended to May 31.

·  For Fines:  All fines will be waived until further notice.

·  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 issued Executive Order No. 202.7, which allows “virtual notarization” in New York State subject to certain requirements (see e-notarize steps) and is effective immediately until further notice.  If you require notary services during the library shutdown, please contact one of the following notaries:

  • 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, the Westchester Library System extended all expired accounts with less than $25 in fines and no lost materials bills until June 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 has been extended to May 31, 2020.
    • PBS is offering 179 History Documentaries for free 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 has extended the following offerings through May 31:
    • Do you have a book that you would like to read but can’t seem to get a copy of it? During the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown, the Hendrick Hudson Free Library is willing to purchase Overdrive materials (e-books and audiobooks) requested by you.  Just send an E-mail with the title and author to monref@wlsmail.org, and we will do our best to obtain a copy for you.
    • PhET Interactive Simulations is offering some fun scientific learning simulations for parents and their children.
    • Library IQ Solutions provides a great list of e-learning resources for both adults and children of all ages for free.  Check it out on Facebook!
    • The Center for Aging in Place offers a list of COVID-19 resources for seniors in standard, large print, and Spanish versions.
    • Jody Alesandro Padmos is now offering her “Rockin’ the Clock” cardio class via YouTube!  Check it out here.

Check back for additional offerings as they become available.