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.


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.


As we plan for the future, the Schoharie Library needs to know what you think about our services: what you like, what you think could be improved, what new thing you’d like us to add. Here’s a link to the LIBRARY SURVEY . Each person in your household can take the survey separately, and the more answers the better! Please take a few minutes, and help aim us in the right direction as we move forward.

Printed copies will be available at the Library.

Thank you!
Catherine Caiazzo, Director
The Board of Trustees

What’s happening at the Library?

Check out the Events page for the programs that are scheduled!
Hovering over the event title with the mouse pointer will bring up date and time, and clicking on the title will take you to the event’s poster, venue information, and a Google map.

Website Connection Problem Returns

The Library’s website is currently experiencing a connection problem due to a Certificate conflict. Joint Automation (the IT department of the cooperative library systems SALS & MVLS) is working on it. This is NOT a malicious attack. They tell me this is popping up now because updated browsers are getting more sophisticated. To continue on to the Library’s site, click on More Information or Advanced (depending on which browser you’re using). Then click on Go to the Webpage or Add Exception.