Summer is upon us, and this year’s Summer Reading theme is “Oceans of Possibilities.” Planning for a whole ocean of related activities for all ages is in the works, and as we keep a close eye on data from health officials, we are currently optimistic about the possibilities of continuing to restore programs and services as the health situation continues to improve.
While we are able to maintain them in a manner that protects the health and safety of Library workers and visitors, the Library building's opening hours have been restored to pre-pandemic levels. Some services, such as program attendance and access to some spaces, continue to be limited or metered. Program offerings, masking requirements, and opening hours continue to be subject to change as conditions change, and as guidance from health officials is updated.
Masks: Based on guidance from the CDC, when the Saratoga County Covid-19 Community Level is designated as “High” masks which cover both the mouth and the nose will be required of all Library staff, volunteers, and contractors in public and shared spaces within the building, and of all members of the public attending indoor programs and meetings at the Library. At all times, masks are appreciated of all people aged two and over entering the building, particularly for those who are unvaccinated or otherwise vulnerable.
Library Hours: The Library building is scheduled to be open to the public, and staff available by phone, e-mail and chat during the following regular hours:
- Monday-Thursday 9AM-9PM
- Friday 9AM-6PM
- Saturday 9AM-5PM
- Sunday Noon-5PM
Please note that in 2022, the Library is closed on Juneteenth, Independence Day, and Labor Day.
The Children's Room is open during all Library opening hours, and a full range of children’s materials, programs, and activities are available. However, access to the enclosed Treehouse Room preschool-age play area within the Children’s Room remains on pause until the CDC Covid-19 Community Transmission Rate for Saratoga County is at “Moderate” or lower for 10 consecutive days. Indoor group activities for this age group are currently limited, while we focus on providing fresh-air programs on the Library patio and at other outdoor venues.
The Saratoga Room local history collection is scheduled to open 9AM-5PM Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; 9AM-9PM Tuesday and Thursday; and 1PM-5PM Saturday.
The Teen Room is scheduled to open Monday-Thursday 3PM-6PM.
Programs: Library programs continue to be a mix of virtual and in-person offerings. All programs require registration. Attendance at in-person programs may be limited, and all indoor attendees are encouraged to wear masks. Visit the Library’s event calendar for information about program offerings.
Meeting Rooms: The Susman and Glasby Rooms are available on a walk-in basis, as available. Local non-profit groups may once again register to request meeting space in the Library. All groups requesting space must complete the meeting room application form, regardless of approval status prior to the pandemic. All individual and group users of Library meeting rooms must follow the Public Meeting Room Guidelines and are required to abide by the Patron Code of Conduct.
The café space inside the Library remains closed.
Please be aware that availability of in-person services may be limited if we are unable to maintain staff at a level to provide such services safely, or if guidance from health officials requires that we limit access. Throughout the current emergency, all Library users are encouraged to continue to take advantage of our electronic resources, digital collections, and virtual program offerings.
Wishing you all a safe, happy, and healthy Summer of possibilities.
Ike Pulver, Library Director