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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.

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

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

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