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Current Stage of Reopening

As we move through the phases of our reopening plan, the Round Lake Library and Malta Branch will be allowing patrons in for limited browsing starting Wednesday, August 12.

Library hours will be Monday thru Friday 10 am – 6 pm.

Patrons will be allowed to browse the stacks, being mindful of the one way aisles and maintaining 6 foot social distancing guidelines.

Please sanitize your hands before touching any library materials and after touching your mask, face, etc.

Only a limited number of patrons will be allowed in the library at one time. Patrons may be asked to wait outside if capacity has been reached.

The upstairs of Clark House will be closed, but staff can retrieve items for patrons.

Returned material will continue to be quarantined for a minimum four day period before being checked in. As we are not open Saturday or Sunday, some items will not be checked in until almost a week after return. No late fees are being charged at this time.

  • No public computers or printing from computers
  • No seating areas
  • Copy/fax/scanning services available – please ask staff for assistance before touching the machine
  • Contactless curbside pick-up will still be available for those who wish to use it
  • If you are unable to wear the proper face covering, please contact the library and we will make arrangements for curbside pick-up
  • We are not accepting book donations until further notice

As we continue to move through our reopening plan and our area numbers and statistics continue to improve we will work towards returning to our full services.

See the letter from our director about stage three of our reopening.

Place a Hold for Pickup

Now that we’re open for curbside and counter pickup, you can put in a hold request for items and we will let you know when we have them ready for you.

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 take a week or more to arrive, depending on distance and delivery schedules.

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.

Online Educational Resources

Many companies and online educational resources have opened their services free of charge during this health crisis.

Check out our homeschooling page for more great links

Scholastic Learn at Home: Fun educational lessons on the Scholastic website where new learning experiences are built around a story or video daily. For students in pre-k to 6th grade and up.

Tumblebooks is providing free access, through August 31st,  to their collections of talking picture books, read-alongs, lesson plans and more. NO LIBRARY CARD REQUIRED!!

Junior Library Guild    Junior Library Guild is providing access to its JLG Digital online reading platform.  With JLG Gold Standard eBooks for Elementary, JLG Digital gives you and your readers unlimited access* to read books online from any device. There is no limit to the number of users who can access the books, so tell your home-bound students to click to their hearts’ content! Titles enter and exit the digital stream regularly, so there are always new picks available.

Authors Everywhere!: A YouTube channel created and run by children’s books writers and illustrators. Workshops, readings, activities, art projects, writing games, and writing advice that will offer fun and creative distractions during potential school closures and quarantines.

ABC Ya an interactive website with over 400 fun and educational games for grades PreK to 6. Play games covering a wide range of topics, such as multiplication, typing, speech and pattern recognition. https://www.abcya.com/

Star Fall Practice phonics skills with read-along stories

Fun Brain Play games while practicing math and reading skills

PBS Kids Hang out with your favorite characters while learning

National Geographic for Kids Learn all about geography and fascinating animals

Highlights Kids Read, play games, and conduct cool science experiments

TIME For Kids: offering free online subscriptions to their grade-targeted digital library, along with educational resources and activities

Virtual Story Times

Dolly Parton will read bedtime stories- premiering at 6pm on Thursday, April 2

Jeff Goldblum reads Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!

Grover reads The Monster At The End Of This Book

Local teens reading picture books on Facebook

Story Time From Space with Astronauts on the International Space Station

#OPERATIONSTORYTIME | Your Favorite Authors Host Story Time Online!

Olaf the Snowman (Josh Gad) is reading bedtime stories on Twitter

Neil Gaiman’s Mouse Circus website for Young Readers– includes full readings of Coraline and The Graveyard Book

Betty White reads Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion

Author Mo Willem hosts a live virtual online Lunch Doodle every weekday at 1pm ET

Storynory: A vast collection of audio stories where children can read along to the text. The website’s library includes original stories, fairy tales, and classics.

Virtual Field Trips

We will be adding to this list, so check back!

Check out Google Street View tours of famous sites and museums

*These links are not affiliated with the library.*

9/8/20- Thanks to Sarah for some great new links!

Zoos

San Diego Zoo

Panda Cam at Zoo Atlanta

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden livestreams via Facebook

Houston Zoo

Aquariums

Monterey Bay Aquarium live cams

Georgia Aquarium

National Aquarium in Baltimore

Agriculture

FarmFood 360 11 Virtual Tours

American Dairy Virtual Farm Tours (by age group)

National Parks

Yellowstone National Park

Lots more US National Parks

Out of this World!

Slime in Space

Explore the surface of Mars

Apollo 11 Lunar Landing

Star Atlas Virtual Planetarium

Stellarium Virtual Planetarium

US Space and Rocket Center

Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas

Museums

VOMA Virtual Online Museum of Art

The National Gallery of Art

National Constitution Center

New York State Museum’s exhibit Represent: Contemporary Native American Art

The Louvre

Boston Children’s Museum

The Museum of the World

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Museo Galileo

Cultural Sites

The Sistine Chapel

Egyptian Pyramid

Petra (aka that stone temple from Indiana Jones)

The Great Wall of China

Easter Island

Machu Picchu

The Acropolis (Athens, Greece)

Trip to Jerusalem (also available for older grades)

Tour of Buckingham Palace

Plymoth Plantation

Visit the White House

The Lincoln Memorial

Ellis Island

The Alamo

Science Expeditions

Mount Everest

The Giant’s Causeway in Ireland

Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico

Galapagos Islands National Geographic Expeditions

Explore a coral reef in the Bahamas

Amazon Rainforest

The Virtual Rainforest

Sailing through Antarctica

Son Doong Cave in Vietnam

African safari to the Etosha National Park in Namibia, Africa

360 Virtual East African Safaris


Field Goods Deliveries

***Due to Library Closure, pickups for Friday, March 20th will be available at A Bead Just So in Ballston Spa.***

Field Goods makes its weekly fresh produce delivery services available for pickup at the Round Lake Library’s Malta Branch.

Field Goods will make produce deliveries on Friday by 2:30pm. Anyone is welcome to place an order through the Field Goods website by Tuesday at 11:59pm for pickup on Friday of the same week.

Weekly or bi-weekly produce subscriptions cost $16, $21, $27 and $32. To sign up go to Field-Goods.com, click Order Now, search Public Locations for Malta, and then follow the prompts. Questions? Email info@field-goods.com!

Founded five years ago, Field Goods is a one-of-a-kind business that delivers freshly-harvested local fruit and vegetables to employees and consumers at workplaces and community locations. Field Goods subscribers receive 5 to 8 different types of fruits and vegetables each week, sourced from over 80 small farms. Weekly add-on options include local artisan bread, fresh pasta, various cheeses, extra fruit and more. A weekly e-newsletter, In the Bag, provides tips and recipes as a helpful guide for preparing the produce. During the winter, deliveries include over a dozen types of produce flash-frozen at the peak of their freshness, as well as greenhouse-grown produce, root vegetables, herbs, beans, oils, and other products. Customers sign up online at Field-Goods.com, and can put their account on hold and restart it at any time.

Research attests to Field Goods’ healthy results. The Sage Colleges Nutrition Science Department’s 2014 research study reveals a direct correlation between Field Goods and healthier diets, increased satisfaction with eating habits, and saving time and money on grocery shopping.

The Field Goods Story

Field Goods is a rapidly growing company in the position to reinvent food distribution. Located in Athens, NY, a small Hudson River town in Greene County, our company was started in 2011 with an old station wagon, two employees, and 60 customers. We’ve now grown to service eastern New York State, including the New York metro area, western CT and MA, and northern NJ.

Our distribution model provides numerous benefits to the community while reducing food waste and supporting sustainability. Consumers gain convenient access to local produce on a regular basis along with information that motivates them toward a healthier lifestyle. Employers benefit from a wellness program that is truly effective in changing the habits of their employees. Small farmers benefit from selling their unique products to a new market at a fair price, and the environment benefits from drastically reduced emissions!

Field Goods was recognized for its hiring of workers with disabilities, and received grants from Greene County Economic Development, the New York State Capital Region Economic Development Council competition, and the USDA for its work to support agriculture and create jobs in an economically disadvantaged area. Field Goods is a certified New York State Women-Owned business.

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