• Something About Fall… (9/24/2021)

    We love autumn at the library! School is back in, sizzling days have given way to “sweata weatha,” and pumpkin spice is everywhere.

    We’ve lived with COVID-19 now for nineteen months, but it feels more like nineteen years. As we begin to regain some normalcy at our library, we are always re-evaluating what is appropriate with regards to CDC and state recommendations, which seem to change frequently. That’s ok; we’re in uncharted waters and we feel better about erring on the side of being overly cautious. 

    Masks are still a part of our lives at the library. Nobody likes’em, but they are helpful in ensuring that whether vaccinated or not, we do not pass this virus on to someone else. We ask that our patrons continue to wear them while inside our library, and we appreciate your cooperation more than we can say. Feeling sick? Please consider postponing your visit to the library until you are better. Thank you.

    We have a full schedule this fall at HLM. Our Story Time with Mrs. Paige continues each Friday at 11:00 am. Children are invited to join us at the library, or follow on our Facebook page. Crafts can be picked up at the library after the story. We ask that children wear masks for their safety.

    Preservation 101 is a course offered through HLM and by the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC). We meet every 2nd Friday at the library, or by Zoom, at 12:00 pm to discuss topics relevant to document conservation. All are welcome, and may join at any time during the course. Our meeting dates are September 10, 24, October 8, 22, November 5 and 19 (December dates to be confirmed).

    After a COVID hiatus, our HLM Book Club is meeting once again on the last Thursday of the month at 7:00pm. To participate, please contact the library at 315-322-5673, or send us an email at madlib@ncls.org.

    Trunk or Treat will happen this year! Saturday, October 30, from 4:00-6:00pm in our library parking lot. Interested in hosting a trunk? Contact us and we will reserve your spot. All hosts are responsible for their own decor/treats. All treats must be individually wrapped, and please note if they contain nuts.

    Across the Fence continues on October 21, 6pm, with a special book review “For the Grass of a Cow,” with author Charles M. Carletta. After more than two decades of instruction at the University of Hawaii, Professor Carletta (“Chuck”) has devoted his time to family history research, and more specifically, to the genealogy of Marion Tiernan’s Irish ancestors who settle in St. Lawrence County in 1820. This promises to be a very interesting discussion for all who can trace their ancestry within SLC and Ireland.

    Local writer Lua Garman will be reading one of her works to celebrate Halloween on Wednesday, October 27 at 6:00 pm. Limited seating is available in the library, or listen on our Facebook livestream.

    Our Summer Reading Program was such a success, we thought we’d have another one… Feather Your Bird begins on Monday, November 1, and will continue until Wednesday, November 24. All are welcome to participate, and prizes will be awarded in each category for the turkey with the most feathers (books read) added in the 3 week period.

    Last by certainly not least, you are reading this courtesy of our brand new website. We think you will enjoy the new navigation and our fresh new look. Have some comments or suggestions? We’d love to hear them. Send your comments to madlib@ncls.org by Friday, October 15, and be entered to win a prize.

    Welcome, fall!

  • COVID-19 Update 8/13/2021 (8/13/2021)

    Masks,
    Nobody enjoys wearing them.
    We just want to say that upfront.

    Given the current COVID-19 trending numbers in our county, we are going to heed the advice of our state and the CDC, and require masks inside the library and the Community Room for the foreseeable future.

    Our Carnivale on August 20 is slated to proceed as planned, but social distancing along with masks inside the Community Room will be in effect. We ask that everyone help us to uphold this safety measure for the good of our community.

    Thank you all for your help and understanding.
    Deborah Chase-Lauther
    Director, Hepburn Library of Madrid

  • Library open for appointments (4/11/2021)

    As of April 1st 2021, the library is open once again to the public for browsing, computer usage, faxing, and printing. Please call (315)322-5673 to make your appointment. The community room will open at a future date.

  • COVID-19 update July 22, 2020 (7/22/2020)

    July 22, 2020

                    Here is another periodically update for our community on how the library and its services are doing:

    • We are offering curbside pickup of books, see our website at https://www.hepburnlibraryofmadrid.org/CurbsidePickup  or call us at (315)322-5673 for more information on how you can use this service.
      1. Appointment hours:

    Monday 2:15 -6:45pm
    Tuesday 2:15 – 4:45pm
    Wednesday 2:15 – 6:45pm
    Thursday 2:15 to 4:45pm
    Friday 10:15am – 12:30pm

    • The library has now moved to its own “level 4” reopening which includes allowing community members in the building by appointment only. Please call us at (315)322-5673 to make an appointment.
      1. Appointment hours:

    Monday 2:15 -6:45pm
    Tuesday 2:15 – 4:45pm
    Wednesday 2:15 – 6:45pm
    Thursday 2:15 to 4:45pm
    Friday 10:15am – 12:30pm

    • Programming will be offered virtually, with some grab and go options. In Madrid, the summer reading program begins on Wednesday, July 1st and runs until Monday, August 31st. To participate create a free account on READsquared http://hepburnlibofmadridny14.readsquared.com/ there is also a number of the 65 libraries in the system creating online content that anyone can access. Those offerings can be found at: https://ncls.libguides.com/virtualbranch/summer
    •  Returns can be made to the blue outdoor book drop at the front of the library beginning June 8th.  Under new study guidelines, materials will be quarantined for 96 hours or more. This could mean items stay on your accounts longer.
    • There has been a modification to the amount of holds patrons are allowed to place- patrons can now place holds on up to 20 items at a time.
    • At this time, there are no plans to reinstate use of the Community Room by the public. Announcements will be made as we do get closer to offering the space again. This is due in part to the fact that renovations, cleaning and organizing are still ongoing. We hope that when we do reopen this space, that the efforts of the staff, board, volunteers and contactors helps to make things easier for everyone.
    • The library Board of Trustees has 2 vacancies. If interested, please look at our webpage at: https://www.hepburnlibraryofmadrid.org/Minutes

    Laurel Murphy

    Director

  • COVID-19 Update July 15, 2020 (7/15/2020)

    Welcome back! Appointments only entry to the library

    We’re excited to announce that beginning, July 15th, we will once again open our doors, allowing patrons in by appointment. We’ve spent the last month preparing to welcome everyone back and can’t wait to see you all!

    During this time, the following services will be available:

    Reference Services
    Computer Use
    Photocopying
    Faxing
    Browsing and checking out materials
    To make an appointment please call us at 315-322-5673

    Because our building capacity is limited by NYS guidelines for the number of people allowed in at any one time, reservations are required to guarantee entry into the building; walk-ins and same day requests will be allowed as space is available.

    Please note the following guidelines

    Hand sanitizing will be required upon entry, as well as sign in sheet.
    Masks must be worn; except for children age 2 and younger.
    Social distancing of 6 ft required unless with other members of the same household.
    There is a limit of two one-hour reservations per day.
    For questions and assistance call the library at 315-322-5673

  • COVID-19 Update 6/29/2020 (6/29/2020)

    June 29, 2020

                    To keep our community informed, I wish to summarize some updates on the library. The library is currently operating at our “Reopening service level 3” which means:

    • We are offering curbside pickup of books, see our website at https://www.hepburnlibraryofmadrid.org/CurbsidePickup  or call us at (315)322-5673 for more information on how you can use this service.
    • No public is to be in the building, currently only staff and designated people may enter. Our next service level allows for some real time, in person interactions. We have no dates on when we will move to the next level(s)
    • Programming will be offered virtually, with some grab and go options. In Madrid, the summer reading program begins on Wednesday, July 1st and runs until Monday, August 31st. To participate create a free account on READsquared http://hepburnlibofmadridny14.readsquared.com/ there is also a number of the 65 libraries in the system creating online content that anyone can access. Those offerings can be found at: https://ncls.libguides.com/virtualbranch/summer
    •  Returns can be made to the blue outdoor book drop at the front of the library beginning June 8th.
    • There has been a modification to the amount of holds patrons are allowed to place- patrons can now place holds on up to 20 items at a time.
    • At this time, there are no plans to reinstate use of the Community Room by the public. Announcements will be made as we do get closer to offering the space again. This is due in part to the fact that renovations, cleaning and organizing are still ongoing. We hope that when we do reopen this space, that the efforts of the staff, board, volunteers and contactors helps to make things easier for everyone.
    • The library Board of Trustees has 2 vacancies. If interested, please look at our webpage at: https://www.hepburnlibraryofmadrid.org/Minutes

    In addition, I wish to inform our community that guidance from the state still limits the extent at which we can operate. The library is available via email at madlib@ncls.org, on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MadridHepburnLibrary/ and via phone messages at (315)322-5673

    Thank you for your patience as we work through this developing situation.

    Laurel Murphy

    Director

  • COVID-19 Update 6/13/2020 (6/13/2020)

    June 13, 2020

              The Hepburn Library of Madrid Board of Trustees and Staff have decided to begin offering curbside pickup on June 15th. Instructions on how to take advantage of this service can be found on the library website, Facebook or by calling.

    To sum it up: First, patrons need to place holds. Use the catalog or contact the library to do this. Second, patrons will need to coordinate with the library to schedule a 15 minute pickup slot. Third, call the library when you arrive to pick up your materials and staff will bring them to the community room. Fourth, grab your materials and enjoy.

    Returns can be made to the blue outdoor book drop at the front of the library beginning June 8th. There has been a modification to the amount of holds patrons are allowed to place- patrons can now place holds on up to 20 items at a time.

    At this time, there are no plans to reinstate use of the Community Room by the public. Announcements will be made as we do get closer to offering the space again.

    The library is available via email at madlib@ncls.org, on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MadridHepburnLibrary/ and via phone messages at (315)322-5673

    Thank you for your patience as we work through this developing situation.

    Laurel Murphy

    Director

  • COVID-19 Update 6/3/2020 (6/3/2020)
    Board meeting 6/5 at 6pm;  bookdrop open 6/8; curbside pickup 6/15; community room closed; library building closed

    The board of Trustees will be meeting on 6/5 at 6pm virtually. The public is welcome. Please contact the library at madlib@ncls.org for more information. 

    Future plans: cubside pickup beginning Monday June 15th more after the board meeting.

    The community room is still closed, no bookings. We are sorry for the inconvience.

    The bookdrop reopens Monday June 8th.

  • COVID-19 Update 5/18/2020 (5/18/2020)

    Please note: We are working on plans on how best to serve our community. None of our plans are set in stone yet, and the library and it’s services will likely look different.

    Our plan is to offer curbside pickup once we get the green light to reopen. We will share instructions on how to use curbside soon.

    In the meantime, please know that there are no materials due until July 1st. We are not currently accepting returns, so please hold on to your materials for the time being. We are working to ensure our staff and community remain safe.

  • COVID-19 Update 4/6/2020 (4/6/2020)

    April 6, 2020


    The Hepburn Library of Madrid will remained closed until further notice. Today, Governor Cuomo extended the NYS on PAUSE executive order until April 29th. What this means for the library:

    • The library, its Community Room and the library book drop are closed.
    • Any events slated to take place in April in the Community Room have been cancelled. Please email madlib@ncls.org if you’d like to try to reschedule.
    • The book drop is closed- Staff are considered non-essential and cannot empty the book drop like we do when we are open.
    • Our Hop Into Spring event with the Madrid Dam Music Series that was postponed until May 4th 2020 has now been cancelled.
    • The library and it’s Board of Trustees are formulating plans and procedures for when we can reopen.

    Those interested in further information about the library and it’s operations can check out our website at:

    https://www.hepburnlibraryofmadrid.org/


    Our website also offers links to North Country Library System and all of the e-content that is now available. We have also featured links to local and national Health Departments. We hope that we will see all of our patrons soon and appreciate what our community is doing to keep us all safe and healthy.


    Thank you for your patience as we work through this developing situation.

    Laurel Murphy
    Director