All children who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals will receive Pandemic-EBT benefits

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES WITH SCHOOL AGED CHILDREN  
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 has authorized the payment of Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) to households with children who would have received free and reduced price school meals, were it not for the March-June school closures.
  All children who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals will receive Pandemic-EBT benefits! Pandemic-EBT does not replace or affect eligibility for other nutrition programs; families will continue receiving emergency meals distributed by schools, SNAP, WIC, summer meals and/or meals in childcare in addition to Pandemic-EBT. Eligible families will receive a set amount of funds on an EBT card to purchase groceries at retailers that accept EBT Benefits. Visit fns.usda.gov/snap for more information on participating retailers and eligible food items. Benefit amounts will be $5.70 per child, for each day that school is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic—equivalent to USDA’s daily reimbursement for free breakfast and lunch, for a maximum of $420 per child in a household for the March-June period. Families do not need to apply to receive Pandemic-EBT. Benefits will be issued automatically on existing EBT cards for households already receiving SNAP, Public Assistance or Medicaid. New cards will be mailed to all other eligible households who currently do not have an EBT card. Families are due to receive benefits in two payments during the month of June.  
For additional information, please go to https://otda.ny.gov/SNAP-COVID-19/Frequently-Asked-Questions-Pandemic-EBT.asp
 
Special thanks to Hunger Solutions NY and NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance for providing information.

Storytime with Our Own Miss Heather!!

It’s true! Online Storytime with Miss Heather starts tomorrow, Friday, April 3 at 10am! We’ll have stories, songs, and movement, and it’s interactive! Please make sure you have some room to move and some paper and crayons. Here’s the link to join: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/968216008
You can choose whether to have your video cam and microphone on or not – either way, you’ll be able to see and hear Miss Heather from the comfort of your own home!

Free Books!

Good news! Books from our shed are now on the front porch of the library for your reading enjoyment. Please practice “social distancing,” and hang onto whichever books you choose (no need to return them).
A note of caution – please don’t add to the books on the porch – we’ll accept donations again when the library is open. Thanks!

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.