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Construction Begins August 14th!

Construction on the vehicular bridge begins — at last!  Plan on a disruption in the parking beginning Monday, August 14th and lasting approximately a month — weather willing.

Yes, parking will be inconvenient, with only half of the current front lot available, and the entrance/exit only on the south side, but when all is said and done — there will be a new bridge and access to the rear parking lot — and this phase of our major library upgrade will be complete.

Get Your Passport at the Library!

The Library is becoming an official Passport Acceptance Unit.  You may pick up the forms needed for a new passport or a renewal, and submit your paperwork at the Library along with the appropriate payment.  We will be kicking off the new service with a Passport Fair on Saturday, August 26th — if you don’t already have a passport, there’s no better time than now, and no better place than the Putnam Valley Library to get one!

Llamas at the Llibrary


Debbi💖, Licorice and Groucho (not really, Allison our Children’s Librarian is anything but!) stopped by the Library today (July 15th)for storytime and ice cream.  It was ground vegetation and grass for the alpaca and llama who enjoyed that, their summer haircuts, and all the kids.  Thanks to Debbi💗 and Licorice’s “parents,” Gail and Michael Bennett.

Lemonade Stand-ing for the Library!


Maya Sanzl (l); Library Director Marjorie Federici (r)

8-year-old Maya Sanzl is a Library Hero!  She raised some $100 for our Library with a lemonade stand at home, and then during our chess event on July 8th.  Lots of lemony love to you, Maya!

Hoopla is here!

Digital Movies, Music, Books, Audio and More – Instantly Available – 24/7 – Free with your Library Card!

We are excited to announce that beginning July 1, the library will be adding hoopla digital: a new digital media service through which you may access and enjoy over half a million titles, from six different formats: Movies, TV, Music Albums, eAudiobooks , eBooks, and Comics/Graphic Novels. All in one location, from your computer, tablet or Smartphone!

With hoopla, there are no hold lists, no extra apps or accounts needed or special steps to use it.

It just works!

On a mobile device, borrowed content may be temporarily downloaded and accessed offline or, in either the app or on a computer, all borrowed content may be enjoyed while connected to the internet by streaming. We really love this service. It is easy to use and provides our library patrons instant access (again, with no waiting!!) to any titles they want. As a library cardholder, you may borrow up to 10 titles per month.

To register for and enjoy hoopla digital for free with your library card, please download the hoopla digital app from your Apple or Google Play store on your mobile device. If you are using a computer, you may visit www.hoopladigital.com/home.

ACCESS/PARKING

While we are waiting for the “river that runs through it” to run a little less in speed and volume so that the first phase of the reconstruction of the vehicular bridge can begin, we’ve reopened the north entrance to the parking lot.
 
Be careful – there is still construction equipment taking up part of the parking lot.
 
We are anxiously awaiting the next phase of construction, which will be the diversion of the waterway, a significant engineering feat.
 
In the meantime, parking is less restricted, the entrance and exit are both available, and the Library is open for business.  Come take a walk across the new pedestrian bridge and see all the wonderful changes inside.
 
We are truly celebrating the New Putnam Valley Library!

COME IN AND SEE OUR NEW MEDIA ROOM

 
Browsing for movies and music has never been easier!
Come in and borrow a DVD or two, and music CDs in the newly reorganized media room.

Ancestry.com Available for FREE at the Library

Available on our Library computers, FREE access to: Ancestry.com
Putnam County libraries negotiated a subscription to the Ancestry Library database. However, this subscription does not permit access from home. Visit the library to discover your family history.

  • Answers await everyone—whether professional or hobbyist, expert or novice, genealogist or historian—inside the more than 7,000 available databases.
  • Here, you can unlock the story of you with sources such as federal and U.S. censuses; birth, death, and marriage records including the Social Security Death Index; U.S. border crossing and trans-ocean ship records; family histories, military records, court and legal documents, directories, photos, maps, and more.

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

The pedestrian bridge is OPEN!  Thanks to the wonderful team led by Civil Engineers Bill Frank and Dan Fritzsche who led this project, much of which was accomplished with donations and volunteers.

 Just in time for the beginning of work on the Vehicular Bridge:

The tree trimming starts Phase I of the project, which will secure the stream bank. Then, the very difficult task of diverting the stream will occur, a phase made all the more difficult because of the volume and velocity of the water because of snow melt and heavy rains.