New Library Schedule

Effective Tuesday, Oct. 13th, the Richards Library is expanding its schedule. Please read carefully and completely. Please share this on all your social media platforms too!

Mon/Wed/Fri: The library will continue with book pick-up on these days. Pick-ups are by appointment only. We will call you when your items arrive to set up a time for you to come by. If we cannot reach you, we will leave a message for you to call us back at 518-623-3011 to set up an appointment. Appointments will NOW run from 10:20 AM-5:30 PM…this should allow people who get out of work later to get their materials.

Tues/Thurs: The library will be open from 10 AM-4 PM. People who wish to use our computers will be able to make an appointment for 1 hour/day by calling us at 518-623-3011. The last appointment slots will run from 3 PM-4 PM. Walk-ins for faxing and copying will stop at the entry control point at the Library Avenue entrance and a staff member will send your fax or make your copies. Please, NO big bills to pay for faxing or copying; faxing is $1/page and copying is $0.15/page.

As always, please use the Library Avenue entrance for all business. A mask/face covering must be worn to receive any service and must be worn at all times when at the computers. If you have any questions, call us at 518-623-3011.

Board of Trustees Virtual Meeting, 6 Oct @ 10:30 AM

The Board of Trustees of the Richards Library will be holding its monthly Board meeting, virtually, on Tuesday, October 6th at 10:30 AM. The public is invited to attend by clicking the link below. Thank you!

Richards Library Board of Trustees Meeting
Tue, Oct 6, 2020 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM (EDT)

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/139551141

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (646) 749-3122

Access Code: 139-551-141


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Library Assistant Opening

The Richards Library is searching for a highly motived, customer service-oriented individual to fill a vacancy for a part-time Library Assistant.  All candidates should be a high school graduate with some college, which is desired but not mandatory.  Applicants should have an average or above competency in computer skills, good communication skills, both written and oral and experience interacting with the public.  The position, currently, is for 22 hours per week on an alternating schedule, starting at $11.80 per hour.  All interested persons should submit a resume, with references, to: msullivan@sals.edu by 16 October 2020.

Update to Computer Usage-Part 2

After going through our first day of opening up for computer usage, fax and copying services, we are streamlining our computer usage appointment times to 1 hour . Our days and hours are still the same for usage: Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10 AM-2 PM…please arrive at least 5 minutes prior to your appointment so we may ask some health questions and take your temperature. Those people who have already set appointment times for Thursday, Sept. 17th, your times are still good. Thank you to all and please share this update on all your social media platforms.

Library Expands Days, Hours & Services Beginning September 14th

STARTING ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH, THE RICHARDS LIBRARY WILL BE EXPANDING ITS DAYS, HOURS & SERVICES.  PLEASE READ THE INFORMATION BELOW CAREFULLY AND COMPLETELY:

1) A FACE COVERING IS REQUIRED AT ALL TIMES; GLOVES ARE OPTIONAL BUT RECOMMENDED.

2) BOOKS CAN STILL BE DROPPED OF 24/7 AT THE BOOK DROP AT THE LIBRARY AVENUE ENTRANCE.

3) MON-WED-FRI IS STILL BOOK PICK-UP DAYS, BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, FROM 10 AM-3 PM.

4) TUESDAYS & THURSDAY, PATRONS MAY COME IN AND USE OUR COMPUTERS, BY APPOINTMENT ONLY FOR 30 MINUTES MAXIMUM PER DAY FROM 10 AM-2 PM; MASKS MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES.  PLEASE ARRIVE AT LEAST 5 MINUTES EARLY BECAUSE WE WILL BE ASKING YOU A SERIES OF QUESTIONS AND TAKING YOUR TEMPERATURE WITH A LASER THERMOMETER.  IF YOUR TEMPERATURE IS 100° OR ABOVE, WE WILL ASK THAT YOU LEAVE AND SUGGEST YOU SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION…TO BE ON THE SAFE SIDE.

5)  ALSO ON TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS, PATRONS MAY COME IN ANYTIME, BETWEEN 10 AM-2 PM, FOR COPIES OR FAXES, BUT PATRONS WILL STAY AT THE ENTRY CONTROL POINT, JUST INSIDE THE LIBRARY AVENUE ENTRANCE, WHILE A MEMBER OF THE STAFF MAKES THE NUMBER OF COPIES YOU REQUIRE OR TRANSMITS YOUR FAX WHILE YOU WAIT.  WHEN PAYING FOR YOUR COPIES OR FAX, PLEASE, NO LARGE BILLS…OUR FUNDS ARE LIMITED TO MAKE CHANGE.  B&W COPIES = $0.15/PAGE; FAX = $1/PAGE. IF YOU SEE SOMEONE STANDING INSIDE THE DOOR, PLEASE MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING, AND WAIT TILL THEY LEAVE BEFORE ENTERING.

6)  ALL PATRONS WILL ONLY USE THE LIBRARY AVENUE ENTRANCE FOR ALL LIBRARY BUSINESS.

7)  AGAIN, IF UPON ARRIVING, YOU SEE SOMEONE STANDING INSIDE THE DOOR, PLEASE MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING, AND WAIT TILL THEY LEAVE BEFORE ENTERING.

WE WILL START TAKING APPOINTMENTS FOR COMPUTERS BEGINNING ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH, FOR THE FOLLOWING TUESDAY & THURSDAY, 9/15 & 9/17 AND FOR LATER WEEKS …CALL 518-623-3011… OR IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.  THANK YOU!!! 

School Opening and the Library

Dear Parents:

As we enter the 2020-2021 school year, we are also stepping into a new style of learning, safety and health awareness.  By now you have received information regarding the opening of school and all the special protocols that need to be followed for a safe and healthy environment.

The Richards Library is no different in this area.  In order to maintain the health and safety of our patrons and staff, we are informing you of the changes we are instituting.

For the time being, school children will not be allowed in the Library after school.  The children can still be on the Library’s grounds to await rides or wait for friends who walk home with them.  And, if any child feels that they are being threatened or in danger, they can still use the Library as a safe space; all they need to do is knock on our door.

These changes are not permanent and will be revised as the health crisis evolves and as our hours and services expand.  We will allow the children back into the Library, but at a date to be determined.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call us at 518-623-3011.

NYS Absentee Ballot Applications at the Library’s Elm Street Entrance

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Beginning on Monday, August 24th @ 10 AM, and every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 AM-3 PM, NYS Absentee Ballot Applications will be available for pick-up at the Elm Street Entrance ONLY (the front entrance). The applications will be on the table as you enter…pick one up, take it home, fill it out and mail it in THAT DAY! If you are applying due to the COVID-19 virus, MAKE SURE you check the “temporary illness or physical disability” box. Read all instructions completely and don’t forget to sign!! Once you receive your ballot, read all the instructions COMPLETELY, make your vote choices, and mail it in the same day! (DON’T FORGET TO SIGN IN ALL THE RIGHT PLACES). Your vote MATTERS! Make sure it does!!

Tech-Talk is Here!!

Good Afternoon Patrons and Friends!, The library has purchased a license for a NEW database that we know will improve our patrons’ computer savvy. It is called Tech-Talk and you can get to it by coming here to our web page and on the sidebar, located to the right is an automatic link to Tech-Talk (it looks like the picture above). Tech-Talk is a web page database that has tutorials on just about all things related to computers and how to use the various programs such as Word, Excel, Power Point, etc. The videos are easy to understand and follow along. It provides tools for you to do things, like clean up the backgrounds of pictures or even make your own newsletter. The information provided is free for us to use, but please be aware, that some of the products provided may have a minimum cost to use, BUT, there are still plenty of FREE tools for you to use. Tech-Talk is for all ages (if you know the basics of computers, like turning one on!). Also, there are tutorials to show you how to use Tech-Talk…how simple is that??? On the Tech-Talk page you can sign up for a FREE newsletter that will be delivered to your e-mail address weekly with new information for you to try! The best way to learn is come here to our web page, click on the Tech-Talk picture and explore. Also, Tech-Talk can be accessed from any computer by going to: www.Tech-Talk.com and click on the Member Login and enter: richards for the user name and password. Go explore and learn new ways for you to make your computer knowledge grow every week!

The 2020 Census; It’s Important

Hello to all of our Patrons and Friends!
We hope that all of you are safe and healthy during this health crisis we find ourselves in. We will get through this together and hopefully we will be back to serving your library needs when it is safe and practical. We miss you! Another reason for this post is to remind you all that the 2020 U.S. Census is still going on and to also remind you it is very important that you complete your census on-line, it is mandated by the Constitution, it is important because an accurate count decides how over $800 billion dollars is distributed across the country and reaches us here in the North Country. PLEASE spread the word to all your friends and neighbors to complete this vital task. Below are the most current statistics as it relates to Warren County and the related towns.
Warren County: 39.5%
Bolton: 12.2%
Hague: 13.3%
Horicon: 14.9%
Johnsburg: 18.8%
Chester: 22.2%
Stony Creek: 24.6%
Lake George: 27.6%
Thurman: 30.9%
Lake Luzerne: 31.7%
Warrensburg: 36.9%
Glens Falls: 51.8%
Queensbury: 54.3%

Please get the word out – we will need federal funds in the upcoming years.

Click on the link below to go to the 2020 Census on-line:
https://my2020census.gov/

Richards Library Fundraiser: “That’s My Brick Legacy Project”

The Richards Library is commencing its “That’s My Brick Legacy Project” fundraising program.  The library is partnering with “That’s My Brick”, a company that produces decorative/ commemorative 4″ x 8″ bricks, to create a Legacy Platform/Walkway around the flagpole that stands in front of the Richards Library.  Any person who wishes to purchase one of these bricks can have them inscribed with a person’s name, a family name, in memoriam of a loved one or even a favorite family pet.  They can also have a graphic included as part of the inscription.  The bricks cost $50 apiece, graphic included or not, and would make great gifts for birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, or graduations.  Additionally, if a business or organization would like to have a specific logo inscribed on the brick, the company will need a photo-ready, black and white copy of the logo, and they will need to fill out a disclaimer located on the on-line order form.  There is an added $15 cost for this service.  Go to the library’s web page, www.therichardslibrary.com, then go to the Public Resources tab, and proceed to the bottom of the page.  There you will find a link to the on-line order form and a link to all the FREE graphics that you can have put on the bricks.  You may also go to: www.thatsmybrick.com/richardslibrary and order there.  If you do not wish to order on-line, the library has paper forms you may use to order.  As soon as there are 50 orders for these bricks, they will be forwarded to That’s My Brick to fulfill.  There is no deadline as this will be an on-going fundraiser for the library.  If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to call the library at 518-623-3011.

Leaving Our Fingerprints

Documenting Covid-19 survey

Tech-Talk

Access to Ancestry.com @ the Library!