A Message to Our Community

Dear Community Members, Neighbors, and Friends,

The Cambridge Public Library closed its doors on March 16th with hopes that our closure would end on April 1st and that our Staff would be able to implement zero contact delivery and pick up services during that time. Just like so many others, our plans were changed for us when Governor Cuomo issued the closure of all non-essential businesses until further notice. While we understand the risks that lending physical materials presents, it is still immensely difficult to accept that our hands are tied when it comes to serving those in our community who cannot access our digital resources. Please be patient with us as we attempt to navigate these new restrictions and begin planning for future library services. As of today, March 25th, 2020, we do not have a definitive open date, but will continue to closely monitor both the spread of COVID-19, the risks to our community, and the guidelines put in place by Governor Cuomo, Public Safety, Public Health, and the Southern Adirondack Library System.

While our building is physically closed please keep these things in mind:

  • All Overdue Fines have been suspended until further notice
  • Ignore any overdue notices you may receive
  • All libraries in NYS are requesting that patrons hold onto borrowed materials until further notice – DO NOT RETURN YOUR BORROWED MATERIALS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
  • Free on-line resources can be found at Cambridge.Sals.Edu or salsblog.sals.edu
  • If you DO NOT have a library card, you can now get instant access at salon.overdrive.com

Just because our doors are locked does not mean the library is closed. The Library Director can be reached by e-mail at cbecker@sals.edu or via Facebook at this time and new phone hours will be implemented next week. The entire Southern Adirondack Library System is working hard to make as many digital resources available to our patrons as possible and we are busy planning for the future.

This is a very uncertain time for our Nation, our State, and our Communities. In such trying times, the Cambridge Community is fortunate in the fact that we can be certain of some very important things. It is certain that the Cambridge Community First Responders will continue to go above and beyond to serve and protect all of our residents. It is certain that for every community member in need there is a large amount of individuals, groups, and organizations in Cambridge who are ready and willing to help. It is certain that in times of crisis this great community pulls together and overcomes, proving again and again that Cambridge is an incredible place to live.

Please do not hesitate to contact the library with any questions or concerns during this time. We will do everything we can to help our community members.

Be safe, be kind, be well,

Christina Becker

Library Director

Community COVID-19 Updates

Important Updates for Library Patrons

March 15th, 2020

PLEASE be patient with our staff and the library system as the situation unfolds and we all do our best to serve our community safely!

You can check our social media page or Cambridge.sals.edu for regular updates!

For the most reliable information on COVID-19 please visit the following websites:

https://www.who.int/ http://coronavirus.gov https://washingtoncountyny.gov/1147/Coronavirus-Information https://health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/ https://www.cambridgecsd.org/domain/324 https://v3.cambridgeny.gov/

Statement on COVID-19

As the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, has been inching closer and closer to our community the library has been approached by many of our patrons with questions and concerns. While the threat of an outbreak in Cambridge is still very low, we believe it is important to be prepared, remain calm, and stay well-informed of the developing situation.
Our staff will be taking extra precautions by disinfecting the computers, desks, stair rails, toys and other high traffic hard surfaces within the library before, during, and after each day. We have informed our staff that anyone who is experiencing fever, cough, or difficulty breathing should stay home. We also ask that any patrons who have experienced these symptoms stay home to avoid exposing others. If you HAVE been ill and return books to the library, please let a staff member know so that the books can be disinfected before shelving. At this point we will NOT be cancelling any events or introducing any type of social distancing measures. If there is a case in our school and the school is forced to close for 24 hours, the library will follow suit so as not to entice those who are supposed to be isolated into a public space. If a staff member or a patron who frequently visits the library contracts the virus, the library will close for 24 hours to deep clean and receive guidance from CDC and our State Health Department. While both of those scenarios are still very unlikely, it is best to be prepared, not panicked.
Over the next couple of days the library will be developing a comprehensive Public Health Emergency Plan to be prepared for the possibility of community spread. This will be shared with the public as soon as the Library Board approves it.
In the meantime, we encourage our community to educate themselves on COVID-19 by visiting the CDC website, or their local, county, and state health departments’ websites. Please avoid sharing information from sources that are not reliable. Let’s stop the spread of misinformation while we stop the spread of this virus! 😉

Women’s Guide to Retirement

Who would have thought that in the year 2020 there would still be a difference in finances based on your gender?! Well, there is and if you are a woman it is important to understand the obstacles that you may be faced with on your way to retirement!! To learn more about those obstacles, how to overcome them, and the path to financial wellness as a woman please join us for the next installment of our Financial Education Series presented by Marion Watkins on March 10th at 6:00PM. These workshops are FREE and open to anyone (even if you are not a member of our library). Snacks and drinks will be included. Give us a call at 518-677-2443 to reserve your seat TODAY!!

Snow Day

Per Library Board Policy the Cambridge Public Library follows the lead of our School District. If school is closed so is the library. This means that the library will NOT be open today, Thursday February 13th. Miss Betsy WILL be meeting with our Lights On Learning Renegade Readers at 5:30 this evening. Bring your favorite book from the last month! ❤❄

Climate Crisis Discussion: Part 2

On January 11th the Cambridge Public Library hosted a discussion about the Climate Crisis that our planet is currently facing. This event was standing room only and left many wondering, “What can WE do on a local level?” If protecting our planet and our beautiful rural landscape is important to you, join us at Cambridge Public Library as Sue Van Hook, Mycologist and Skidmore College Retiree, Kevin Maher, Cofounder and CEO of Agroforestry Management LLC as well local farmer Mark Anderson from Landview Farms LLC, present Capturing Carbon in the Soil Sponge: How Local Farmers Can Create the Climate Solution. PLEASE RSVP to the Cambridge Public Library by calling 518-677-2443. This is a FREE program and is open to everyone!

The Staff and Board at Cambridge Public Library would like to wish our entire community the very best as we celebrate this Holiday Season! Please be aware that the library will be closed on Tuesday December 24th and Wednesday December 25th. There will also be NO Babies on Board, Lights On Learning, or Friday Friends this week. Enjoy the time with your families and friends!!

Snow Day

The Cambridge Public Library will be CLOSED on Tuesday December 17th due to inclement weather and poor road conditions. The safety of our staff and patrons is our top concern. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding! ❤Enjoy the snow!!

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