Online “Antiracist” Book Discussion

Our new Racial Awareness Book Discussion Group will begin by studying and discussing “How to Be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi. The first meeting is Wednesday, July 29 at 7pm online. We will most likely take several sessions to discuss the ideas in this book, then over time, explore other books as well.
Click here to sign up, and we’ll send you a link to join.
We look forward to a lively and informative discussion!

Schoharie Library Ramp Door Pick Up Starts Monday June 29th

 Transition hours beginning 6/29 are: Monday, Tuesday, & Friday 11-6, Thursday 12-7, and Saturday 10-2.

Even though people can’t come into the building yet, you can still borrow library materials. Call 518-295-7127, email, or place a request via your account in the online catalog at to ask for items to borrow.  The Library will call you to arrange an appointment so you can come and pick up your items.  They will be checked out, packed in one of our new yellow library bags, and placed on a table in the entryway of the door at the top of the ramp for you to pick up.  You will need to bring some form of photo identification to show through the window.

Fairies & Gnomes: Imagine Their Homes!

This is a summer learning project of the Mohawk Valley Library System, whose mission is to provide a summer of magical opportunities for families working together — using social-distancing guidelines and natural “found” materials — to build fairy and gnome homes at their own residences, on library lawns, in community parks and other local sites — wherever the shy and mystical “wood folk” might be found!

Families are invited to explore 518Fairy Homes — particularly the “Fun for Families” link at the top of the page — to create their own enchanted, folkloric worlds!

This project is part of the 2020 NYS Summer Reading Program, “Imagine Your Story,” a celebration of fairy tales, folklore, mythology, and sharing your own unique story and voice.

Instant Digital Card Expiring

As noted in the original announcement, Instant Digital Card was a temporary service measure which Overdrive provided for free during the COVID pandemic.  The free service will end on June 30th.  Those of you who registered for an Instant Digital Card with your cell phone will be able to continue to access our Overdrive collection via your Digital Card for 1 year from the date you signed up.

As we prepare to reopen…

A Message from the Mohawk Valley Library System

As our libraries prepare to re-open in the weeks ahead, we need your help! If you have library materials on hold, please review them online in your account at and cancel any items you no longer want. Thank you!

School & Library Vote Extended!

You have received a postage prepaid absentee ballot that includes the Schoharie Free Library’s proposition. The Schoharie Central School vote has been extended to June 16 FOR MAIL IN BALLOTS ONLY! The mailed ballots must be received by the District by 5pm on June 16th to be counted. Any mailed ballots postmarked on June 16th or before but not delivered to the district before 5pm on Tuesday June 16th will not count in the election.

The Schoharie Central School District budget vote for the 2020-21 fiscal year will be held on June 16th VIA ABSENTEE BALLOT due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. A proposition to increase the Schoharie Free Library Association’s annual budget by $10,000 per year is included on the school budget ballot. For most taxpayers, this tax increase is about the price of a medium size ice cream cone and will allow us to continue to provide programming for all residents of the school district.

During the COVID-19 emergency, the Schoharie Free Library continues to provide virtual programming via the internet, including our Friday morning Story Time. Many of our clubs and programs were converted into an on-line format so patrons could continue to participate. The library also provides internet access and e-books and magazines through Overdrive and we continue to offer free books on our porch.

The Library is getting ready to reopen and when we do, we plan to offer “curbside” pick up for books and a separate time for seniors and those who are immunocompromised to visit.


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

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 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
Special thanks to Hunger Solutions NY and NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance for providing information.