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.

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: 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!

Leaving Our Fingerprints

Documenting Covid-19 survey


Access to @ the Library!