By Pamela West-Finkle

Lifting of Restrictions

After discussing our mask policy with our board, we have made the decision to ease our restrictions. Masks will not be required for vaccinated patrons. Returns can be brought into the library during open hours with no quarantine. Staff and volunteers are no longer required to do daily temperature checks and health assessments.

To continue to protect our children and elderly or immune compromised patrons and visitors, per the new NYS guidance, “Unvaccinated individuals will still be responsible for maintaining proper social distancing of six feet and wearing a mask as per federal CDC guidance. Consistent with the State’s implementation of the recent CDC guidance, masks will still be required for unvaccinated individuals.”

In addition, if you have recently traveled to an area where there is a rise in cases, have been exposed to someone who tests positive for Covid (and remember, even vaccinated people can still contract and spread the virus), or if you are feeling ill, we ask that you please do not enter the library. We are still happy to provide curbside/porch service to anyone who needs it.

2021 Views and Vistas Garden Tour

   Thank you to all of the owners of the amazing gardens on our 2021 Views and Vistas Garden Tour and to the members of our Garden Tour committee who have been working so hard to put this year’s tour together. This year’s tour will be held on Saturday, July 10th from 11 am to 4 pm.  We also plan to have some delicious baked goods available to tide over your tummy. Suggested donation for adults is $15 per person and maps will be available the day of the event. Children are free.  You are invited to visit the gardens in any order. If you must bring your pets, please leave them in the car with appropriate ventilation. We recommend comfortable walking shoes!   Maps are available at the Andes Public Library, located at 242 Main Street in Andes, New York, the day of. No pre-registration is required.

Andes Public Library Tales and Tails 2021 Summer Reading Programs and Events

As discussed in last month’s Library Notes, below is a list of our summer program offerings. For more information, please visit our website at

   Tales & Tails Writing Contest: (Open May 1st – August 1st) Prizes Available!  Children (ages 5-12) Teens (ages 13-17) and Adult categories. Write an original fairy tale, folk tale, fable, or tall tale featuring an animal as one of the main characters.

First Thursdays – 4:30 pm (NOTE THE NEW TIME) – LitWits Book Group in the Gazebo

   Second & Fourth Thursday  – 6 pm Teen and Adult Beginning Guitar Lessons, Suggested donation: $5 teens, $10 adults. Must have your own instrument. Registration required.

   Saturdays 9:30 to 10:30 in Bohlman Park – July 10th – August 14th: Early Childhood Music Together® with Miss Pam. Registration is required due to space limitations. This program is a collaboration with The Community Music Network. For more information on the program, visit Contact or call 607-441-8448 to register.

   Tails and Tales Summer Workshops: Tuesday and Wednesday July 13th & 14th and July 20th and 21st Collaboration with the Andes Central School Summer CROP program, but members of the public are welcome to join us. 11:15 grades K-3 and 11:50 – 12:20 grades 4-8. Children will listen to folk tales and fables from around the world that feature animals. They will write and illustrate their own folk tale, fairy tale or fable using animals as the main characters.

   Saturday, July 17th 11 am — Ice Cream Social and “Tails” and Tunes” from Around the World with Story Laurie. Join us in Bohlmann park for ice cream, snacks, and storytelling from our very own Story Laurie McIntosh.  She will present folk tales and tunes from many different cultures to help us celebrate our similarities and differences. Animal-based true stories, trickster tales, tall tales and tunes are guaranteed to enchant audience members of all ages. No pre-registration is required, but is recommended.

   Saturday, July 24th, 11 am – It’s a W.I.D.E. and Wonderful World! Multicultural