New NYS Travel Guidelines

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced new guidelines allowing out-of-state travelers to New York to “test out” of the mandatory 14-day quarantine. Travelers from states that are contiguous with New York will continue to be exempt from the travel advisory; however covered travelers must continue to fill out the Traveler Health Form. Essential workers will continue to be exempt as well. The new protocol is effective Wednesday, November 4. 

For any traveler to New York State from out of state, exempting the contiguous states, the new guidelines for travelers to test-out of the mandatory 14-day quarantine are below:

  • For travelers who were in another state for more than 24 hours:
    • Travelers must obtain a test within three days of departure from that state.
    • The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
    • On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test. If both tests comes back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.
  • For travelers who were in another state for less than 24 hours:
    • The traveler does not need a test prior to their departure from the other state, and does not need to quarantine upon arrival in New York State.
    • However, the traveler must fill out our traveler form upon entry into New York State, and take a COVID diagnostic test 4 days after their arrival in New York.

Local health departments will validate tests, if necessary, and if a test comes back positive, will issue isolation orders and initiate contact tracing. The local health department must make contact with the state the traveler came from, to ensure contact tracing proceeds there as well. All travelers must continue to fill out our traveler form upon arrival into New York State to contribute to New York State’s robust contact tracing program.

The travel guidelines require all New Yorkers, as well as those visiting from out of state, to take personal responsibility for compliance in the best interest of public health and safety.

Overdue Fines Resume

In another step closer to normal operations, charging of overdue fines returns on October 5th. Items already in quarantine as of that time are excluded. There will be 4 free days given to allow for the quarantine time going forward.

New for Kids and Parents

Miss Heather’s StoryWalk at the Schoharie Library: Stop by any time, pick up an activity sheet, and enjoy the “Flat Stanley” StoryWalk! StoryWalk® was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and has developed with the help of Rachel Senechal, Kellogg-Hubbard Library.
Join our new Facebook group! You can share pictures of Flat Heather adventures, Storytime crafts, and other library-sponsored activities and projects your children participate in, plus see what families are doing at all of our county libraries! Click here to join:

Searching for a New Director

The Schoharie Free Library is searching for an outgoing, friendly person with a Master of Library Science degree to fill the position of Library Director, due to the retirement of the current Director.  The Board of Trustees created a search committee comprised of Board and community members who helped us to develop a job description, and will also aid in the interview and selection process.  For more details, go to Director’s Position Description. If interested, please send a copy of your
resume and the names & contact information of three professional references to Patricia Clancy, President Board of Trustees at

Welcome Back In!!!

The public can come back into the Schoharie Library to borrow materials as of Monday August 24th!
Some highlights are: wearing a mask and social distancing is required, restrooms are temporarily closed to the public, only 3 of the public computers will be open and sessions will not be more than 15 minutes, and you are asked to not linger – the new saying is “Grab and Go!”
Go  for the full reopening plan.
Hope to see you soon!

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.