By Pamela West-Finkle
Happy Holidays from the staff and board of the Andes Public Library! Although this will be a strange year due to the pandemic, I hope that you find comfort and cheer in whatever your plans end up being.
Right now I am working to see if we might be able to get Santa to do a Zoom meet and greet, but I’m sure his schedule is booking up fast! We will miss having him here to see the kids in person. Kari Haugeto and I are also tossing around the idea of giving a holiday concert online, so keep an eye on the Facebook page and in our email blasts.
Our other online programs have been doing well. In November, my interview with local author/photojournalist Beatriz Schiller is available to view on our Andes Public Library Facebook Page and by going to the following You Tube link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3D6smbnK-c. (or just search Beatriz Schiller Beyond the Flag).
It is an interview that I think any American would be interested in watching, regardless of political affiliation, and it is truly an example of how conversations can be unifying versus divisive. We have numerous signed copies of the book for sale at the library and the book would make an excellent gift—especially older adults who may have spent time in New York City in the 1960’s to 1980’s. You may also check out Beatriz’s website at www.beatrizschillerphotography.com.
On Saturday, November 21st, Price Chopper Kids Cooking Club chef Jodi Fitz held a family cooking class on Zoom. We made pie bite pops and everyone had a great time!
For now, the library remains open, but with the COVID numbers increasing, I anticipate more stay-at-home orders. Obviously we are all much more prepared to deal with the pandemic than we were in March and as long as I am able to come to work, we would return to curbside/porch pickup.
With items having to be quarantined for seven days, I’m trying to manage accounts as best as I can. Provided an item is returned in a reasonable amount of time, I am forgiving incurred fines. Should you lose an item; however, you will still be required to pay the replacement costs. Because we’re trying to finish our barcoding, I do ask that if you have long overdue Andes Library books or movies, please return them as soon as you can so that we can be sure everything is barcoded before we go online with our catalog.
Speaking of the www.4cls.org online catalog, if you need technical assistance or want to learn how to order your own materials while browsing from home or your device, I am happy to walk you through the process. It’s a great way to get exactly the item you want without having to come into the library to browse and risk virus exposure.
Just a reminder, if you wish to connect to the free WiFi Andes Public Library network, you must go to your device’s settings, click on the Andes Public Library network, then it should take you to a page where you have to scroll down and accept the internet use policy. If you do not complete this step, you will be unable to use the WiFi network to receive messages, use WiFi calling, or text.
By the way, I learned recently that if you live in a no cell service zone, some phones will not set up WiFi calling in your settings unless you attempt to set it up while you are in a service zone. Once you do that, you can then use any wireless network to call and text on your cell phone.
We have also had our network specialists through Four County set up our wireless printer so that you can print directly from your phone or device. When you come into the library, you would go into your WiFi settings again and connect to the printer and put in the passcode provided by the librarian. We used to have to go through a series of steps to make this happen and you are still welcome to email meyour documents so that I can print them for you, but it’s not necessary. We also have scanning, faxing, both color and black & white printing, and laminating services (8 ½ x 11 or smaller).
The library will be closed on December 24th and 25th, as well as December 31st and January 1st. As the year draws to a close, please keep the Andes Public Library in mind in case you are looking for local charities to support with a tax deductible donation. Our mailing address is PO Box 116, Andes, NY 13731. Thank you and have a safe holiday season!~