The next Annie Porter Ainsworth Memorial Library Board of Trustees meeting will be held online (streamed on YouTube Live) on Tuesday, July 13th at 6:30 pm.
The Library’s shed has been cleaned, organized, and is now open for business! Beginning Monday, June 14th, the Library will hold its Summer Book Sale in the shed until the end of summer or until the shelves are empty. One household in the shed at a time please.
- Hardcover: $1.00
- Softcover: $.50
- Children’s Books: $.25
- DVD’s: $1.00
The Library has some neat and informative databases for you to check out! To access these FREE databases (all you need is your library card), hover over the “Services” tab on the right side of this page, and click on the “Online Databases” link.
Starting June 1st, we are expanding our service hours with 2 additional hours of Curbside Grab & Go! The new curbside service hours are Mon., Tues., Thurs., and Fri. from 12 pm – 6pm and Sat. from 10 am – 1 pm. These hours will allow anyone with continuing health concerns to access library materials in a safe, contact-free environment. Please call us at 315-387-3732 to arrange for a Curbside Grab & Go Checkout!
The CDC has issued new guidance regarding the use of masks and social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic. A few days later, Governor Cuomo relaxed the state-mandated and social distancing requirements for New Yorkers. Masks are no longer required by persons who are fully vaccinated (two or more weeks after their vaccine regimen) in certain locations The Board of Trustees of the Ainsworth Memorial Library realize this change is fraught with problems. In order to protect patrons’ privacy, we were not permitted to ask questions regarding a patron’s health beyond the acceptable Covid-19 exposure risks. Asking a patron if they’ve been vaccinated poses the same invasion of privacy. Children under the age of 12 are not yet vaccinated and the process has only begun for children 12- to 16-years old.
Furthermore, the daily Covid-19 positivity rate shared by the county has been fluctuating, leaving us to believe we may not yet be in a “safe zone.” New York State guidelines have often placed public libraries in the same category as educational institutions, and the Governor’s office has stated that schools must still have mask requirements in place. Therefore, the Board of Trustees has decided that our current mask and social distancing protocols will remain in place through June 15, 2021, when we can review new information from the health department and the state. We realize this may be an inconvenience for some of our patrons, but the safety of our staff and community is our primary concern in this decision.
Due to recent research released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/more/science-and-research/surface-transmission.html, returned library materials will now be quarantined for 24 hours instead of 96 hours starting on Monday, May 10th. After you return your items to us, they will still appear as checked out on your account during this 24 hours quarantine (overdue fees from this will be waived). This protects our staff during their handling at check-in and the next patron to check out the title.
From April 29th-August 4th, teens (13+) can download 2 free audiobooks per week. SYNC is a program that gives away two free audiobook downloads per week – a current Young Adult title paired thematically with a classic title. Visit http://www.audiobookSYNC.com.
Ainsworth Memorial Library still has a patron capacity limit of 20 patrons inside the building at a time with a time limit of 1 hour.
Patrons can use the Library’s four available public computers and make copies, scans, faxes, and prints.
Programming is still held online. Our meeting rooms are closed.
The Library’s temporary hours will remain the same until further notice (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday 2-6 pm; Saturday 10 am-1 pm).
Everyone entering the building must wear a face covering/mask and practice social distancing.