April 2020

Morrisville Public Library News
by Michelle A. Rounds
Library Manager

April 29, 2020

I am saddened to write this, but for any of you who do not have social media, have not called the library and listened to the machine or walked over to the library and seen the post on the door, this is for you.  Due to Governor Cuomo’s extension of NYS on PAUSE, we will now be closed through Saturday May 16, 2020.  All programs will be cancelled through May 31, 2020 and possibly longer as right now it is not safe for social gathering events to happen.  When we know a date that we can reopen or other services we can provide from afar, I will let you know.    

We are doing virtual programs so come check them out at:  https://morrisvillepubliclibrary.org/events/links-for-virtual-programs/.  Our newest one this week is our Chat around the Circulation Desk program! Miss talking to us?  We miss chatting too!  Join your hosts, Michelle and Jen, every week as we gab about what’s going on, what we are doing, books or movies we read, anything you want to talk about!  Sit down with a cup of coffee, your sewing, etc. and your webcam/mic or phone in!   Every Thursday evening starting at 6:30pm! Link will be posted every Wednesday evening (as it changes weekly) on Facebook and on our website (at the link in this paragraph).  Click the link or call the phone number (on Thursday at 6:30pm) and you can chat with us like we would around the circ desk! Michelle and Jennifer will be talking to our patrons by webcam/mic or phone ins or people can log in and type in the chat (if you do not have a mic). You don’t even need a webcam, you can just log in and see us and type in the chat! Speakers though, are a must!

Once a week, I try and record a book I have read for our younger patrons on Facebook!  I also have a craft they can do after!  The link for the craft and instructions can be found here: (https://morrisvillepubliclibrary.org/events/links-for-virtual-programs/virtual-story-hour-links/).  Check out our library’s Facebook and click on our videos for the stories!

Want to be a part of history? We are in a unique historical moment that will be of interest to future generations. The COVID-19 pandemic is a historical event, unlike anything that we have seen in our lifetime. We have started a blog to document how COVID-19 has affected the library, and the Village of Morrisville, and us personally! We would love to have your input and how your life has been impacted by COVID-19. We would love to hear from kids and adults of all ages! Please email your submissions to Jennifer Forward at jforward@midyork.org to have them posted! You can view what we currently have on the blog here: https://moplcovidblog.blogspot.com/.

Some reminders: our book drop is closed so please keep all of our materials as they have been renewed for you until we reopen.  If you are trying out our digital services and need help, have problems with your library card number etc., want to check out e-books, watch movies, get audiobooks, read magazines and need help, please email me at: mrounds@midyork.org and I will get you the help you need!

I know you all are running out of materials to read or DVD’s to watch.  As soon as we get the okay that we can offer curbside service, I have a plan in place to keep you and me safe and I will start!  Until then, please stay safe and well and talk to you all soon!  I miss each and every one of you!

April 15, 2020

When this is published, we will have been closed over 30 days.  It is so very hard for me to fathom this number and that we will have to continue not serving our patrons at this time.  We have decided to remain closed longer than our initial target date of April 14 for the safety of the public.  We will now be closed through Saturday May 2, 2020.  All programs will be cancelled through May 31, 2020 and possibly longer as right now it is not safe for social gathering events to happen.  We will reevaluate opening near the end of April. When we know a date that we can reopen or other services we can provide from afar, I will update social media, our website, the signs posted on the door and our answering machine so please check them out from time to time. 

Some reminders: our book drop is closed so please keep all of our materials as they have been renewed for you until we reopen.  If you are trying out our digital services and need help, have problems with your library card number etc., want to check out e-books, watch movies, get audiobooks, read magazines and need help, please email me at: mrounds@midyork.org and I will get you the help you need!

Be sure to check out some of our virtual programs we are doing!  The first one is our Lego Building Contest!   Did you know that April 21st is World Creativity and Innovation Day? We are calling Lego Enthusiasts of all ages (1-100+yrs) to build a Lego creation that is based on one of the holidays featured on our Facebook page and website that are typically celebrated in the month of April. You have until Tuesday April 21st at 8pm to build your creation! When your creation is complete, please send a photo of it to us via Facebook message or email it to us at morrisville@midyork.org! Participants’ creations will be voted on later by our social media viewers! The winner of the contest will receive a Kindle Fire donated by an anonymous donor who wants someone to smile in this time of uncertainty.  Happy building!

Check out our #MorrisvilleStaysHome program!  There is no questioning the importance of staying home during this pandemic. Staying home and social distancing saves the lives of our friends, families, and neighbors. Print out this document (https://morrisvillepubliclibrary.org/…/2020/04/IStayHome.pdf ) and write on it who you are staying home for and then take a picture of you posing with it. Post your picture on Facebook with the hashtags #IStayHome and #MorrisvilleStaysHome and be featured on our Facebook page!

Want to be a part of history? We are in a unique historical moment that will be of interest to future generations. The COVID-19 pandemic is a historical event, unlike anything that we have seen in our lifetime. We have started a blog to document how COVID-19 has affected the library, and the Village of Morrisville, and us personally! We would love to have your input and how your life has been impacted by COVID-19. We would love to hear from kids and adults of all ages! Please email your submissions to Jennifer Forward at jforward@midyork.org to have them posted! You can view what we currently have on the blog here: https://moplcovidblog.blogspot.com/.

I miss all of our library patrons, young and old and can’t wait for the day we can open the doors and say hello again.  Please stay safe, wash your hands, sanitize as you need to, continue to practice social distancing and check in on others, especially the elderly and vulnerable individuals.

April 1, 2020

As I sit here working from home, I almost didn’t write a column this week for the library.  But, just because COVID-19 is getting closer to home every day, I still need to work for my patrons; I don’t know what else to do.  I am posting on social media the current services we can provide, accurate information on the COVID-19 virus, unveiling some fun things to do and/or our upcoming summer reading program so we can all look to the future instead of being stagnant in the present.  Be sure to check out our Facebook page for more information. 

Currently you may not be able to get physical books in your hands but if you have any digital device with access to the internet, I can help you learn how to use your device to check out e-books, watch movies, get audiobooks, read magazines and much, much more.  Email me at: mrounds@midyork.org or private message the Library on Facebook.  If you need help with your library card number and pin number to access any of this, email me as well and I can help you out! 

Some notes to mention, the building will be closed through April 14 (and I suspect longer).  Our book drop is closed so please keep all of our materials as they have been renewed for you until we reopen.  Our programs are cancelled until at least May 1, 2020.  When we know a date that we can reopen or other services we can provide from afar, I will update social media, our website, the signs posted on the door and our answering machine so please check them out from time to time.

Be sure to check out our virtual Easter Scavenger Hunt that begins Friday March 27, 2020.  The link to do it will be posted on our Facebook page and on our website then!  All ages (who have an email address) can do it!  It’s just for fun and something to break up the humdrum of our home life these days.  I hope you enjoy it!

I will miss you all but am excitedly looking forward to reopening to the public when it is safe to do so! If you need to talk, I am here as well.  I miss visiting with many of you already.    Please stay safe, wash your hands, sanitize as you need to, continue to practice social distancing and check in on others, especially the elderly and vulnerable individuals.

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