This weekend, the local landscape changed drastically in response to a growing number of confirmed cases of COVID19 in Ulster County. As a result,  the Ulster County Board of Health closed area school districts for the next two weeks.

This action is unprecedented and conveys the gravity of our shared circumstance. It became apparent that many community institutions need to close in order to limit gathering to slow and stop the spread of COVID19.

Therefore, we are suspending in-person services and closing our building to the public for two weeks starting Monday, March 16th. At the two week mark, we will reasses the situation.

This was not an easy decision, as we all know libraries by their nature strive to serve and support their communities, especially in times of crisis. In natural disasters, we work to stay open as a community meeting place, but in this odd time, that seems the less responsible option.

We know that how we serve will change and adapt to include ways that lessen exposure and flatten the curve during this difficult time.

You should keep all your materials (books and DVDs).

You will not be charged late fines.  Please do not use our drop box, it will be locked. We know how many of you value your library and work to get your items in by the due date, but please do not worry. In a few days, we will send out an email and will update the website and social media with more details.

We look forward to seeing you again, in person, and hopefully soon.

Please remember that we’re all in this together. Rather than fear separating us, it is just the opposite, it is our concern for each other and working toward slowing and stopping the spread of the COVID19 virus that keeps us apart at this time.

Please visit our webpage and our Facebook page for updates. We are working on an information sheet with online ways  to access services from home, you will see that soon.

All of us at the Town of Ulster Library