A Note from the Director: Carefully moving forward

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Authored on Tuesday, September 7th, 2021 at 5:25pm, updated September 7 at 5:28pm
Beginning Tuesday, September 7, 2021, library open hours expand to 9PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and our first pandemic-era foray into indoor programs takes place in mid-October as we host the Saratoga Book Festival.

As we wrap up our Summer Reading season, which featured a unique blend of online and outdoor programs designed to engage readers and maintain safety, I’d like to take a moment to express my gratitude to all of the library staff, supporters,  and partners who helped to make this a summer to remember, particularly the Friends of Saratoga Springs Public Library, for their ongoing support of library programs, and our friends at the Presbyterian New England Congregational Church, Southern Adirondack Library System, and Pitney Meadows Community Farm, who allowed us to use their outdoor spaces for programs for children and families.  

The onset and rapid spread of the Delta variant of Covid-19 continues to be a cause for concern as we plan for programs and services for Fall and beyond. We are moving forward, cautiously, with our reopening plan, by expanding hours to 9PM on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, beginning the week of September 6. For now, some activities inside the library building continue to be limited, and programs will continue to be a mixture of online and outdoor activities, for as long as the weather will allow.  Properly worn face coverings are required for all people over the age of 2, while inside the library.

We are excited to be partnering with the Saratoga Book Festival, to serve as the “mothership” for activities that will be taking place at the library, Saratoga Arts, Caffe Lena, and the Saratoga City Center during the weekend of October 16. Visit www.saratogabookfestival.org for information about the slate of programs for all ages, that is still developing. Highlights include a panel at the library featuring the Bruchac family, just in time for the Library’s first official recognition of Indigenous People’s Day, and keynote events at the Saratoga City Center featuring Joyce Carol Oates and Russell Banks.

Keep an eye on www.sspl.org for a growing list of programs and activities for all ages, and thank you for your continued support!

Ike Pulver, Library Director