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Current Services and Restrictions

Beginning Wednesday, March 10, the Round Lake Library and Malta branch will be in Stage 4 of our reopening plan.

As the Saratoga County COVID-19 positivity rate continues to decline the library will be able to slowly reinstate some in-person services. Beginning Wednesday, March 10th, public computers will be available on a time-restricted basis. Patrons can come into the library to pick up holds or browse the shelves. We will continue 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:

  • Everyone must wear proper face coverings
  • Limited number of patrons inside at a time
  • Practice social distancing

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

  • We are open 10am-6pm Monday thru Friday (except holidays)
  • Library open for limited browsing and indoor pick up
  • Number of patrons allowed inside at one time is limited 
  • Curbside Pickup available
  • Limited services such as copy, fax, notary 
  • Public computers available for no more than one hour per person per day
  • No meeting rooms or seating
  • No in-person programs (take-home craft kits available)
  • No donations are being accepted
  • Returned items are quarantined for a minimum of 3 days
  • Late fees are not being charged

Quarantining Returns

At this time we are required to quarantine all returned materials for a minimum of 48 hours. This time is based off of ALA guidance resulting from OCLC studies of how long SARS-CoV-2 survives on the various surfaces of borrowable materials.

Please be aware that it may take up to a week before returned items no longer show as check out on your account.

If you receive a overdue notice about items you have returned in the past week, you can disregard it.

No late fees are being charged at this time.

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

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.

Curbside Procedures

  • Hours of Curbside Service: Monday–Friday 11am-6pm
  • Curbside pickup is for pick up of held items, Mystery Bags (for kids- let us know age and reading level) and weekly story time craft kits
  • Please wait for a notification from the library that your items are ready before coming.

Pick-Up Procedure

Patrons must wear proper face coverings during pickup.

Items will be placed in paper bags, carried to car or left on a designated table.

Clark House (in the village of Round Lake)- Curbside Service with Car

Once at the library, please call the library and staff will bring items to your car. Please have your ID ready to show staff through window and open trunk for staff to place items in.

Walking Patrons Clark House only – For those patrons walking to the Round Lake Library they will be required to call the library when they arrive – place proper ID on table in porch and then step outside. Staff will then come out to the porch, check ID and place bag on table. Once staff go back inside the library the patron may re-enter the porch to get ID and items.

Malta curbside may move into the vestibule of the Community Center during inclement weather. Please call the library when you arrive – place proper ID on table in vestibule and then step outside under the awning. Staff will then come out to the vestibule, check ID and place bag on table. Once staff go back inside the library the you may re-enter the vestibule to get ID and 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

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

Disney & Khan Academy Collaboration: Imagineering in a Box

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