Leaving Our Fingerprints

Help make history by sharing your story of the COVID-19 pandemic. Just as we relied on information about the Spanish Flu epidemic in 1917-1918 to inform our response to COVID-19, future generations may benefit from understanding what we experienced. By collecting your stories, we become witnesses-to-history, providing insight into daily life during this global pandemic and adding to the historic record.How can you get involved? Please take some time to fill out this form — and feel free to share with your friends, family members, and neighbors — the more people participate, the better understanding we’ll have of the impact of COVID-19.This survey consists of 20 questions — you do not have to answer them all. Answer what you like — each one you answer helps paint a portrait of our community during COVID-19.Feel free to fill out this survey multiple times. For example, if you answered the questions on May 27th and have more information that you wish to report on September 15th (random dates selected), submit a second survey response. Thank you for participating.

Here on the Homepage on the right sidebar, click the picture like the one below to share your story. Thank you!!!

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!

Summer Reading Program Canceled

Painting by Kristine Greenizen

Good Afternoon Patrons and Friends, To say the last few months have been a little bit crazy, wacky, different, would be an understatement. During this time, we have seen changes that affect our daily routine or what we like to call the old normal. Here at the Richards Library, like many other places, we have had to change a lot of things. Unfortunately, our Summer Reading Program is one of them. For this year, we are canceling the program and we are hoping to institute it again next year during the Summer of ’21. The reason we are canceling this year is that we were going to try something different…an on-line summer reading program. Unfortunately, I did NOT get all the info out in time to the parents and children to begin this program. Plus, we were engaged in preparing to reopen the library which entailed new written policies, procedures and purchasing items to make the library and our patrons, safe for them to come back. We apologize for this decision, but for now it is the right thing to do. We WILL be starting the on-line Summer Reading Program again next year and EVERYONE who wants to participate WILL have all the information needed to join. We hope to see you then! Thank you and stay safe and well!!!!

Virtual Summer Programs Start August 17th with Didgeridoo Down Under Performer Rob Thomas

Hello to All! Because of the recent health crisis we can’t have you come to the library for some programs this summer, sooooo, I’ve decided to go out and get some virtual programs for you to enjoy at home. The first of our programs is part of the Didgeridoo Down Under Virtual Tour series and our performer is Rob Thomas. Rob Thomas is a true didgeridoo pioneer in the U.S. He has played and made didges for 20-plus years; has performed throughout the country; has recorded several CDs; and has produced music for numerous films.Like all of our presenters, he performs his own unique version of DDU. Now our performance will begin on Monday, August 17th and run through Sunday, August 23rd. When the time comes, a link will be provided here our web page and on Facebook. For a little taste of what Rob can do, please click the link below to see a bit of his fun and funny performance!


Virtual Board of Trustees Meeting

The Board of Trustees of the Richards Library will meet, virtually, tomorrow, August 4th at 10 AM. The Public is invited to attend and to join, click the link below:

Richards Library Board of Trustees Meeting
Tue, Aug 4, 2020 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM (EDT)

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (571) 317-3122

Access Code: 796-180-461

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/796180461

Census 2020…It’s Your Duty

As you know the U.S. 2020 Census is still going on. What you didn’t know is that Warrensburg/Thurman is way behind on this important task (As of 7/19/2020: Thurman Response Rate: 45.3%; Warrensburg Response Rate: 49.9%). There is $800 Billion that is distributed to states, counties and towns, but unless there is an accurate count of the people who live here, we WILL NOT get the funds we are entitled to. This includes support for roads, schools, first responders, etc. Hit the link below and do your part for our area:


I will be nagging you from now on…consider it my new hobby!

Hedda! A One-Woman Musical Production

We have a special program for our adult and senior patrons. We have acquired, for a limited time, a one-woman show, written, directed and starring Jillann Gabrielle entitled “Hedda!” which is about the legendary Hollywood gossip columnist Hedda Hopper. Now I am sure many of you, of a certain age (and yes, I am including myself) remember the flamboyant columnist from Hollywood who wrote about the “dirt” happening around Tinseltown in the 40s, 50s & 60s. This opportunity is good until August 13, 2020 by just clicking on the link below. The program is approximately 45 minutes long and should be quite entertaining! Please let me know what you think by writing a comment to our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/Richards Library)…so without further delay, click on the link and enjoy!!


Richards Library Reopening Plans

Reopening Plans for Richards Library

Painting by Kristine Greenizen

The Richards Library will reopen to limited days and services starting Monday, July 13th, 2020. The library will be open to the public on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 AM-3 PM and will be closed on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday until further notice.  As part of its reopening plan, certain measures will be in place to ensure the public health and safety of our patrons and staff.  This is our top priority.

When normal deliveries have commenced, the staff, upon receiving materials for its patrons, will call those people and set up a date and time when they may pick up their books, DVDs, etc.  Patrons will be allowed to come into the library but may not proceed past the entry control point set up at the Library Avenue entrance.  All patrons MUST wear a face covering, i.e., surgical mask, homemade mask, scarf, etc., that covers their mouth and nose or they will be asked to leave until such time they have the proper covering.  Gloves are optional but recommended.  If patrons would like to only return borrowed materials, they may bring them to the Library Avenue book drop anytime.  Returned materials will be quarantined 3 days before check in, but no late fees will be charged for the foreseeable future.

If patrons would like to order materials, they have 2 options to do so.  1) They may call the library at 518-623-3011 and a member of the staff can order their materials for them, or, 2) Go to the library’s web page, www.therichardslibrary.com, where you will see an icon that states, “Books, DVDs & More”.  Click the link below that to go to the catalog.  Upon entering, please sign in to your account by using your library card barcode number as your user name and the last 4 digits of your home phone as the password.  This should bring you to the on-line catalog for the Richards Library.  At this time, we can only fill requests from our collection.  Requests for materials from other libraries is suspended until further notice.  If you experience any problems, contact the library and a staff member will assist you.  Please remember, that there are certain quarantine protocols that need to be maintained and requested holds to delivery to scheduled pick up may take up to an additional 3 days.    

Services such as copying and faxing are suspended until such time that the Board deems it safe.  Procedures for those services are pending.  Also, the public will not have access to our computers until it is safe and protocols have been established. The library does provide free Wi-Fi, 24/7, and patrons may use their phones, tablets or laptops to connect to the Internet outside on the library’s patio (please remember to practice social distancing) or from their parked car.  Finally, all programming and use of the library’s community room is suspended.

As we proceed forward in a cautious manner, we ask all of our patrons to be patient.  We too are anxious to return to “normal” times.  Any future changes in times and services will be posted on the library’s web page, Facebook page (Facebook.com/Richards Library) and this publication.  Finally, we would like to thank all the community members for voting in the June 16th Referendum and passing the library budget for FY 2021.  We thank you for your support and we won’t let you down!

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:

Free Links to Tumble Books

Please use the links, usernames and passwords to connect with Tumblebooks Library, TumbleMath, TeenBookCloud, AudioBookCloud and RomanceBookCloud, listed below. Please excuse any repetitive postings and please share on all your social media platforms you may use…Thank You

TumbleBookLibrary – K-6 children’s ebook database
Direct Link: https://www.tumblebooklibrary.com/auto_login.aspx…
Username: tumble735
Password: books

TumbleMath – K-6 math ebook database
Direct Link: https://www.tumblemath.com/autologin.aspx…
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6

TeenBookCloud – gr 7-12 ebook database
Direct Link: https://www.teenbookcloud.com/autologin.aspx…
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6

AudioBookCloud – all ages audio book database
Direct Link: https://www.audiobookcloud.com/autologin.aspx…
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6

RomanceBookCloud – a huge collection of steamy Romance novels for the older crowd!
Direct Link: https://www.romancebookcloud.com/autologin.aspx…
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6

TumbleBooks’ databases are easy to use, and feature unlimited access from home! Your patrons can read as many books as they want, when they want, and on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or bulky downloads. Books are available instantly.

Your access will continue until August 31, 2020.

More Info and Links from Assemblyman Dan Stec


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a new coronavirus (2019 Novel Coronavirus or COVID19) was first detected in China in December and is now spreading across the world, including New York State. For more information, call the New York State Coronavirus Hotline at 1-888-364-3065

CDC Important Information

How it Spreads
Steps to Prevent Illness
What to Do if You are Sick
Frequently Asked Questions
Number of Nationwide Cases

Federal Resources

For important updates and statistics on what is happening nationally, you may visit the following:
• CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/
• USA.GOV: https://www.usa.gov/coronavirus
• White House: www.whitehouse.gov

State Resources

For updates on what is happening in New York, you may visit the following:
• State Department of Health: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home
• State Department of Education: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/sss/schoolhealth/schoolhealthservi ces/coronavirus.html
• Governor: https://www.governor.ny.gov/

What the Legislature has Done:

On Wednesday, the state Legislature convened to take up legislation aimed at providing paid leave to individuals who have been diagnosed with the coronavirus (COVID-19). This new legislation provides paid leave benefits to public and private sector employees in New York State who are subject to a mandatory or precautionary quarantine or isolation due to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Governor’s Executive Orders

90 Day Mortgage Relief

The governor has announced a 90-day mortgage relief program for New Yorkers, including waived mortgage payments for people facing financial hardship because of COVID-19.

Workforce Reduction

All non-essential business and non-profit entities are ordered to reduce staff by 100%. Essential business entities include:

  • infrastructure programs,
  • telecommunications,
  • manufacturing (food processing and pharmaceuticals),
  • banks and related financial institutions, and
  • mail and shipping services, etc.

For a full list of up-to-date news, closures, and executive orders pertaining to New York and the coronavirus, please use this link: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home.

For more information on this or any other state issue, please contact my district office at 140 Glen Street, Suite 101, Glens Falls, NY 12801, stecd@nyassembly.gov, 518-792-4546.

Covid-19 Sites & Fact Checking Sites

Good Morning Patrons & Friends!,
I am posting some web site links pertaining to the COVID-19 Coronavirus crisis. I know this may seem repetitive, but the more informed you are the better. I have also included some Fact Checking sites that you may also find helpful. Stay home, stay well and we will see you on the other side of this!


News Connection for Those with A Sight Impairment

Breaking News Available to Everyone through NFB-NEWSLINE®

In order to make current news about the COVID-19 pandemic available to all blind people, the National Federation of the Blind is making the “Breaking News” section of our NFB-NEWSLINE® service available throughout the United States, including Puerto Rico, for sixty days beginning March 16. This includes states that do not have a sponsor for the NFB-NEWSLINE service and are therefore usually only able to receive limited content.

The “Breaking News” category contains thirty-four outlets with frequently updated content. An automated search has been set up for “Coronavirus” to compile the latest articles about the pandemic and the measures being taken to combat it from all of these outlets. This content will now be available to all eligible blind people in the United States. As with all NFB-NEWSLINE content, it will be available via touchtone telephone, on the web, via the NFB-NEWSLINE mobile app, with devices like talking book players, and over smart speakers. Because the content can be accessed with Braille devices such as note-takers and refreshable Braille displays, it is also available to deafblind individuals who cannot get timely information from radio or television.

“NFB-NEWSLINE and the new breaking news channel have made tracking the new Coronavirus cases a lot easier than relying on television broadcasts,” said Glenn Crosby of Alvin, Texas. “The other day, there were two new cases confirmed where we live that showed up on NFB-NEWSLINE hours ahead of the TV news broadcast.”

“In this global health emergency, the ability to read timely information in an accessible format is even more critical than usual,” said Mark Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind. “The more people access and act upon the information that healthcare leaders and public officials are providing, the better we can all cope with the rapidly evolving situation. We are committed to making sure that blind people throughout our country have the information they need to make appropriate preparations and decisions as our nation’s response unfolds.”

For information on how to access NFB-NEWSLINE breaking news content on the Coronavirus, visit https://www.nfb.org/programs-services/nfb-newsline

NYS in Lockdown Mode

IN CASE you haven’t heard, Gov. Cuomo has ordered all non-essential persons to STAY HOME. This means until the foreseeable future, STAY IN PLACE. DO NOT GO OUT (unless you need to go to out for medical treatment–call first; groceries, gas…but only if it is ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY) The State of New York is now in a LOCKDOWN situation. Again, DO NOT worry about returning Library material...NO FINES will be added to your accounts. As always, please share this on all of your related social media platforms. For more info go the the NYS Dept of Health web page for additional info. Thank you and stay home and stay healthy!!!

The Library is CLOSED Until Further Notice

As of 2:15 PM today, 3/20, Gov. Cuomo has put NY on PAUSE. All non-essential personnel and institutions are to stay home and close down. Libraries are NOT an essential institution. So as of now, the Richards Library is CLOSED until further notice. Please share this on all of your related social media platforms so the word gets out. Once again, thank you all for your patience and understanding. We will get through this issue together. Stay home, stay healthy!!

Some New Info

Secretary of the Treasury, Steve Mnuchin has moved back the filing date for taxes to 15 July 2020.

Governor Cuomo has ordered all library non-essential personnel to stay home. For how long has not been determined. Please check back for future announcements concerning this issue.

Limited Free Access to E-books Available

Erica Freudenberger and Jill Ryder of SALS has presented us with some links to FREE on-line access to books for kids and adults. Please read the post from Erica below:

We hope you’re doing well, and staying healthy. We know everyone has been through a lot this week, and we hope this news helps make your day a bit brighter. Jill Ryder got in touch with TumbleBooks, and they’ve agreed to make the product free to any of our member libraries that would like to offer it for your patrons.

Your accounts have been set up. Please find a summary of your access information below. We have included Direct Links for each account, which do not require library cards or authentication! The links will log users in with the push of a button. Please use the direct links and the username/passwords shown.

www.TumbleBookLibrary.com – K-6 children’s ebook database
Direct Link: https://www.tumblebooklibrary.com/auto_login.aspx…
Username: tumble735
Password: books

www.TumbleMath.com – K-6 math ebook database
Direct Link: https://www.tumblemath.com/autologin.aspx…
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6

www.TeenBookCloud.com – gr 7-12 ebook database
Direct Link: https://www.teenbookcloud.com/autologin.aspx…
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6

www.AudioBookCloud.com – all ages audio book database
Direct Link: https://www.audiobookcloud.com/autologin.aspx…
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6

www.RomanceBookCloud.com – a huge collection of steamy Romance novels for the older crowd!
Direct Link: https://www.romancebookcloud.com/autologin.aspx…
Username: tumble2020
Password: A3b5c6

TumbleBooks’ databases are easy to use, and feature unlimited access from home! Your patrons can read as many books as they want, when they want, and on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or bulky downloads. Books are available instantly.

Your access will continue until August 31, 2020.

Library Closing

The Board of Trustees of the Richards Library has decided to CLOSE the library until at least 7 April 2020. On that date, they will re-evaluate on whether to re-open or remain closed until a later date. The library will close effective today, 16 March at 5 PM.
During the time we are closed, any late fees will be waived. If you are able to return the book, DVDs, etc., please drop them off at the book drop located at the Library Avenue entrance.
Check our Facebook page or this web page for future updates. Please stay safe and healthy…we’ll get through this trying time together!! PLEASE SHARE this post with all friends on all media platforms you are associated with….THANK YOU!!!

Board Meeting to Discuss Library Closure

Good Morning Patrons and Friends,
The Board of Trustees will be meeting this P.M. to discuss the closing of the library due to the COVID-19 virus (corona virus) concerns. If that should happen, I will notify you through our Facebook page and here on our web page.
As of right now, if you do not need to come to the library, please don’t. If you need to drop off books, please use the drop box located at the Library Avenue entrance. IF the library does close, again, you can drop books off at the drop box. IF any of your returns are late during our closure, you will NOT incur a late fee. If you did not see our previous post, book deliveries will be suspended until further notice starting on Tuesday, 17 March. Please think of your health first when considering venturing out. Also, please SHARE THIS POST/INFO with all your Facebook friends, Twitter, and any other social media contacts so the word can be spread as much as possible. THANK YOU and stay healthy!!!!!

Book Deliveries Suspended

Please be advised as/of Tuesday, 17 March 2020, SALS has suspended book deliveries until further notice. Thank you!

Library Programs Cancelled through 31 March 2020

With concerns about the Coronavirus on the rise, the library has decided to cancel ALL planned programs through March 31, 2020. Various Board of Trustee committee meetings will still occur at their scheduled day, date and time.
If you would like to return books, please use the book drop located at the Library Avenue entrance. Does this mean the library is closed to you? No, you can still come into the library to check out books. However, if you have books that need to be renewed and you don’t want to come in, call us at 518-623-3011 and we can do this over the phone. IF you have run out of renewals, and you’re not feeling well OR you have contracted the flu or virus, stay home and any fines you incur will be waived. PLEASE SHARE THIS WITH ALL YOUR LOCAL FACEBOOK, TWITTER, ETC., FRIENDS SO THE WORD GETS AROUND…WE APPRECIATE IT!!!

Novel-Coronavirus Info on Library Website

Female health technician performing tests in laboratory. T0104403

Here on our web page, if you click on the Research and Public Resources tab, you will find, under the Public Resources section-Public Health-we have added 3 sites you can go to and learn about the Coronavirus.
One is a mythbusters site from the World Health Organization; another is a link to the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the 3rd link is to the Coronavirus Misinformation Tracking Center. ALL 3 are in BOLD caption. Stay informed and disinformation free!

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


Access to Ancestry.com @ the Library!