Schoharie Economic Enterprise Corp.’s COVID-19 Business Resource Hub

In response to the Schoharie County COVID-19 Business Impact Survey, SEEC Associates have scoured the internet, sourced trade associations, government agencies and banking experts to present the latest and most credible information to help organizations and professionals BEST manage their business through this COVID-19, world pandemic crisis.  Not only will business owners and not-for-profit leaders find resources here – so, too, will creative professionals, independent contractors, crafters and farmers.

Library Building Closed, But…

The Board of Trustees of the Schoharie Free Library have decided to CLOSE the library to the public until further notice. All programs and activities are cancelled. Overdue fines will not be charged. Interlibrary loans will not be filled. The Drop Box is closed; please hold on to your items to be returned until the Library has re-opened. The free WiFi is on and accessible from outside the building. Please check out the Online Resources page for links to activities for everyone. Ebooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines can still be borrowed, and watch our Facebook page for information about joining a virtual Knitcetera, Writing Club, or Books & Chocolate meeting (email jmosher@mvls.info for instructions).

No Library Card? No Problem!

OverDrive (eBooks and eAudiobooks and eMagazines) has offered Instant Card to libraries for free during the pandemic for patrons who do not already have a library card. This is for digital content ONLY!

The option to sign up for a card to access OverDrive content immediately using a cell phone number is now available via the sign in page.  Go here to sign up for an instant digital card to access OverDrive only: https://mvls.overdrive.com/.  You can also sign up for an instant digital card via the Libby app. You will be sent a text message to sign up for the service and each time you log in to the website using the phone number for security purposes. You are responsible for any messaging fees from your carrier.

Resources During COVID-19

We have compiled a list of links to pages & sites for educational/entertainment purposes. Now includes myOn digital reading resources, and free access to TumbleBooks eBooks! Hope you find something you can use! Remember, the physical Library is still CLOSED until at least Monday March 30th, but our WiFi is still freely available, eBooks and eAudiobooks can be borrowed thru Libby. All programs and events are cancelled. Please keep all library materials until after we are open again; fines are NOT being charged.

CLOSED until Monday 3/30/20

The Board of Trustees of the Schoharie Free Library have decided to CLOSE the library to the public for the next 2 weeks. All programs and activities are cancelled. Overdue fines will not be charged. Interlibrary loans will not be filled. The Drop Box is closed; please hold on to your items to be returned until the Library has re-opened.
The situation will be reassessed as events warrant.

COVID-19

From the InterLibrary Loan System Staff as of 3/12/20: “Please be advised that you may experience extended wait times for requested library items due to staffing issues or library closures in the coming weeks as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

We will be removing soft, not easily-cleanable toys from the Children’s Play Area for the duration to cut down on the possibility of spreading it.

If you are sick, PLEASE STAY HOME! If anyone comes in with symptoms and appears to be ill, you will be asked to leave.

Some Issues Addressed:

Thank you to all who filled out the Library Survey; the results will help us make decisions about the Library’s future.

To address a few issues that were mentioned in your comments:

  1.  Computer classes – currently there is a series of programs called Tech Savvy that are being held jointly with the Middleburgh Library (using a grant from the NY State Library’s Adult Literacy Library Services Program).  Check the EVENTS calendar pages to see what the next class will be; they are also listed in the Library News column of the Times-Journal, and in emails from the Library.  So far, programs have been scheduled from January to June; the second year of the grant will be announced when it is scheduled.
  2. Currently, the Library has morning, afternoon, evening, weekday and weekend hours, which were expanded and adjusted when the Addition opened.  Further adjustments may be made, depending on budget, employee, and NYS Labor Law constraints.
  3. Have more {fill in the blank}.”  The Library gets loans of “rotating collections” from other libraries and the Mohawk Valley Library System (audiobooks, DVDs, Teen books, juvenile books, and graphic novels).  That way we can offer more titles without exceeding either the budget or the available shelf space.  Another option is to ask to borrow titles from other owning libraries that can be picked up here (Interlibrary Loan, or ILL).  However, long waiting lists are common for new titles.  The Library also offers eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines.