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Masks Required

At this time we are requiring that ALL individuals over the age of 2 wear a mask when entering the library.

Effective August 2, 2021 masks are once again required of all people in all public and shared areas inside the library building, regardless of vaccination status, as recommended by the CDC.

This change is due to the increased transmission throughout our community of COVID-19, and to protect the safety of all who use our library buildings. On July 27, 2021, the CDC issued new recommendations everyone, even those fully vaccinated, wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission. Saratoga county reached the threshold of substantial transmission on July 29, 2021.

We thank you for respecting our safety procedures and your continued support of our library.

Tails and Tales Story Time

Join Miss Laura for a book all about animal tails!

Story Times are happening in-person again!

Which animal tails can you recognize?

Animal Tails by Ken Kawata illustrated by Masayuki Yabuuchi

Bonus Tail:

drawing of male Marvelous Spatuletail Hummingbird with two VERY long tail feathers
This is the Marvelous Spatuletail Hummingbird. It only has 4 tail feathers, but the males have two tail feathers that are longer than their whole body!
Drawing by Jen Finkle, CC-BY-NC-SA 2021

Pollinator Week Storytime

This week is Pollinator Week, so we’re learning all about pollinators!

Bees, bats, birds, butterflies, moths, and lots of other animals that help plants by moving pollen so they can make seeds.

Join Miss Laura for a virtual story time about one of the most important pollinators for our food supply- the HONEYBEE!

The Honeybee written by Kristen Hall illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault

Learn more about bees and other pollinators by searching for books about them in our catalog, or by checking out these links:

Honey Bee drawing by Jen Finkle, CC-BY-NC-SA 2021

Ancestry at Home

Ancestry Library Edition is accessible now through September from your home computer or device!

Patrons with Round Lake Library or Round Lake-Malta Branch issued cards can use their card number (starts with 10014, no spaces) at https://roundlake.sals.edu/ancestry to search Ancestry’s database for historic and genealogical records.

Screen capture of Ancestry sign in page with red arrow pointing to hyperlinked "Ancestry: Library edition"
After submitting your card number, hit that little tiny “Ancestry: Library edition” text link.

Please note that the Library Edition does not include full access to all features available thru Ancestry.

For patrons registered at other libraries, please access this service through your home library’s website.

Current Services and Restrictions

Most services are back to normal, see full list below.

We will continue to offer curbside pick-up for those patrons who wish to use this service.

We ask that everyone continue to follow safety measures when visiting the library:

  • All individuals over age 2 must wear masks inside the library, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Please practice social distancing when possible.
  • We are back to regular hours: 10am-8pm Monday thru Friday, 10am-3pm Saturday (except holidays)
  • Curbside Pickup still available
  • Services such as printing, copy, fax, and notarization are available
  • A limited number of public computers are available
  • Seating for small groups and Malta meeting room available
  • In-person programs offered outdoors over the summer
  • Take-home craft kits available
  • No donations are being accepted
  • Returned items are no longer being quarantined
  • Late fees are not being charged

See our Reopening Plan and Cluster Action Initiative chart for more info.

Tax Forms

The deadline for Federal Tax Returns has been extended to May 17.

New York State Personal Income Tax Returns can be filed and paid through May 17, 2021 with no fines or penalties.

View printable Federal Forms, order by phone at 1-800-829-3676 or see online IRS Free File Options

View printable NY State Forms, order by phone 518-457-5431 or see online NYS Free File Options

Don’t have a printer but want to file a paper return? We can print federal and state forms for free, just give us a call and let us know which forms you need.

We have a limited number of complete instruction booklets available.

Lego Robotics Kits

Return of the ROBOTS!

The library’s four LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Robotics kits can now be taken out on a 14 day loan from the Malta Branch for home use.

With a kit, you can build one of many different kinds of robots, following plans from LEGO or other sources, and then program your robot from a PC or tablet.

You can download the free programming software from LEGO onto your own device or borrow a Library PC with the software already installed.

LEGO’s software is drag-and-drop graphic programming suitable for the recommended 10+ age group. Other more advanced programming languages such as Python and RobotC can also be used.

EV3 extension kits are also available for building even more elaborate robots.

Pickups and returns must be scheduled in advance, and are only available at the Malta Branch.

For questions or to schedule a pickup, email Paul at plavin@sals.edu.

Place a Hold for Pickup

If you would like to limit your time in the library, you can place a hold on an item and we have it available for you to pick up at the desk or via curbside pickup.

You can search and place holds through the online catalog. To log in, your user name is the number from your library card (no space), and your password is the last 4 digits of your phone number.

Please be advised that items coming from other libraries may anywhere from a few days to over a week, depending on distance and delivery schedules. Wait time can also be longer for items that are very popular or in limited supply.

To search Clark House’s items go to https://pac.sals.edu/polaris/default.aspx?ctx=88.1033.0.0.3

To search the Malta Branch’s items go to https://pac.sals.edu/polaris/default.aspx?ctx=111.1033.0.0.3

You can also email us at roundlake@sals.edu or call to have items placed on hold (Clark House 518-899-2285 or Malta 518-682-2495).

Once you receive the notification that items are ready for pickup, please follow our Curbside Pickup Procedures or come in to the front desk to pick up your items.

DIY Mask-Making

Want to make a fabric face mask?

Check out a these video or photo tutorials, or see our basic sewing instructions below.

Help protect yourself and others when you have to go out in public.

How to Make a Mask

What you will need:

  • Cotton Fabric, any color or print
  • Rope elastic, beading cord elastic will work (you may also use 1/8” flat elastic)
  • Cut the elastic 7” long and tie a knot at each end (DO NOT knot the ends of the flat)

You can Make Two Sizes: Adult or Child

  1. Put right side of cotton fabric together. Cut 2 9×6 inch (adult) or 7.5×5 inch (child) pieces.
  2. Starting at the center of the bottom edge, sew to the first corner, stop. Sew the elastic with the edge out into the corner. A few stiches forward and back will hold this.
  3. Sew to the next corner, stop, and bring the other end of the same elastic to the corner and sew few stiches forward and back.
  4. Now sew across that top of the mask to the next corner. Again put an elastic with the edge out.
  5. Sew to the next corner and sew in the other end of the same elastic.
  6. Sew across the bottom leaving about 1.5” to 2” open. Stop, cut the thread. Turn inside out.
  7. Pin 3 tucks on each side of the mask. Make sure the tucks are the same direction.
  8. Sew around the edge of the mask twice.
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