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To mask or not to mask

To mask or not to mask

Following CDC guidelines, we no longer require that patrons wear masks when visiting the Library. We are, however, still recommending masks as many of our patrons (the elderly and immunocompromised for example) remain vulnerable. Masks are not just to prevent you from catching Covid, they also help prevent you from spreading Covid to others. The Library, like all heavily trafficked public places, has the potential to be a vector for spreading the virus. So when you come visit us, please consider wearing a mask to protect your neighbors. Don’t forget to pick up your free test kit, too.Read More Read More

Sean Smith

Normal Hours Resume Saturday, Jan. 15

Sufficient staff has come off quarantine, etc. that we can resume our normal hours beginning Saturday, Jan. 15. However, like most libraries in the County, we are only open for browsing the collection and to pick up holds. Please limit your visit to 30 minutes. We are monitoring infection rates in the County. These limitations will be adjusted as the rates change. Please note that the Library is closed Monday, Jan. 17 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.Read More Read More

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A note about in-person programming

A note about in-person programming

As local vaccination rates are high and infection rates are low, we are restoring some of our  in-person programming for adults. When possible, our in-person programs will also be presented remotely, via Zoom, so patrons and/or presenters who do not wish for personal contact can continue to participate. Not every program will be presented in this “hybrid” and some programs will remain entirely on Zoom due to logistical issues, timing, and meeting room availability. Please check listings carefully. Read More Read More

Sean Smith
Winter is coming (and so are fines)

Winter is coming (and so are fines)

During the current situation we’ve not been assessing fines because, well, we all have enough to deal with. No more! Starting Monday, September 13, we are going to start imposing fines for overdue items again. If you have something that is overdue, it would be wise to return it before then. Read More Read More

Sean Smith
They’re Back!

They’re Back!

Our public internet computers have been updated and are now available for use during business hours. There are four terminals in the Technology Commons on the main floor and two in our teen space, a.k.a. The Loft. Remote and mobile printing is also restored. Patrons can sign up for two half hour sessions daily. However, if you need more time forRead More Read More

Sean Smith
Book Groups are Back!

Book Groups are Back!

We have great news for book groups! Since the library is now open for browsing from 9-5, Monday through Saturday, we can start reserving books for book groups again.  Prior to the pandemic, the library supplied books for 30+ local groups and we’re happy to report that new requests are already coming in. Kudos to the Men’s Night Out book club for being the first ones to reserve their books in 2021!  If you want to start a group of your own or get your old one back up and running, please check out our Book Groups FAQ and then contact the Reference Desk by phone at (914) 834-2281 x.3 or by email at larchmontlibrary@wlsmail.org.Read More Read More

Sean Smith
Book Drop is Open!

Book Drop is Open!

Today, for the first time in almost 14 months, we unlocked the book drop by the Front Door (see action-packed picture above). Since we aren’t charging fines at this time, it will stay unlocked all day, every day for the foreseeable future. Now you can now return things at 3am if your mood so strikes you. No more return bins.Read More Read More

Sean Smith

Fiction Room Closure extended a few more days

Although the vast majority of the HVAC project in the Fiction Room is done, it doesn’t look like we’ll make May 17. We are waiting for the finishing touches on the HVAC work and, once that is done, the dropped ceiling will be reinstalled. We took advantage of a lull in construction to put back the shelves that were disassembled but much of the collection is still wrapped to protect it during the ceiling work. During this time patrons can browse the new books rooms and lower level nonfiction, but there will be no access to older Fiction, Mystery, Science Fiction, Fantasy and Short Story titles, even for staff.Read More Read More

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Our Reopening Plans

Given the recent updates to CDC recommendations and the lifting of NYS restrictions, the Library can now move towards a wider opening over the next several weeks. Appointments for browsing are no longer necessary. Please see below for details:

Monday 5/10

Children’s Library open for browsing from 9am-5pm, Monday – Saturday. Book drop reopens, return bins disappear and items can be returned 24/7. Curbside pickup availability will be gradually curtailed as our browsing hours increase and staff is scheduled on public desks. Please come inside to pick up holds and leave the slots for thoseRead More Read More

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Limited Browsing

Limited Browsing

Limited Browsing is now available Monday through Saturday 1-4:30 pm. This means masked, socially distanced patrons can wander through our stacks to look for something to read, to watch or to listen. You can also check out holds. Browsing for the Adult/Teen rooms does not require an appointment. Patrons may walk-in Monday-Saturday 1pm-4:30pm. Appointments are still suggested for the Children’s Room. Although appointments are not mandatory, they will guarantee admittance at your chosen time. If you haven’t used Browsing before, we suggest you look at the FAQ. Public computers, seating and study spaces are not available at this time.Read More Read More

Sean Smith
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