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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

New Children Audiobooks

Treasury of Greek Mythology, Treasury of Egyptian Mythology, The Story of Mankind, Guided Meditations for Children: Eeny, Meeny, Miney and MoHero, Tales Quiet, Power Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, Books 1 and 2, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed the World, Great Adventurers, Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry, Strong Voices, Relaxations for Children at Bedtime, Rainbow Revolutionaries, Marvel Storybook Collection, Exploring the White House: Inside America’s Most Famous Home

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.

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.

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.

Virtual Field Trips

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

Check out Google Street View and Google Art & Culture for 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