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A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert. ♦ Andrew Carnegie

Blauvelt Free Library

SOCSD Strategic Plannning Survey

The South Orangetown Central School District has requested our help in obtaining responses to their survey as they plan for the next decade. Please visit the SOCSD website to be directed to English and Spanish language versions of the survey. Participants should have children in grades 6 - 12. You have until Wednesday, February 28th to submit your feedback. Thanks!

Recognizing Signs of Mental Health Issues in Adolescence

On Monday, March 29th at 6pm, the Blauvelt, Orangeburg, Palisades, Piermont, and Tappan Libraries are jointly sponsoring a must-attend panel discussion for parents and teens. Attendees will learn to distinguish between typical behavior and the warning signs of emotional difficulties in teens. Information on helpful resources is also available. The expert panel includes Dr. Russell Tobe, Nathan Klein Institute, Kristina Peckins, Mental Health Association of Rockland, Vickie Shaw, Director of Wellcore, and moderator, Dr. Kathleen Keefe-Cooperman.

More information and to register

Tax Season Has Arrived

The library can help with all of your tax form needs. Click the links below for State and Federal tax forms and free income tax aid for a list of local libraries offering free tax aid through AARP  


Forms are also available at the library. We receive a limited number of forms from the government but are able to print any and all you need from the website.

Information on e-filing, making a payment, checking your refund and registering for sales tax is available at

Renovation Update | February 16, 2017

February 14 - 23 | Warmer than usual weather is fast eroding our snow mountain. Plans for footings to be laid for the front entrance bump-out are now scheduled for Monday, February 27th. A storage container was ordered so we could load up furniture, equipment, and our worldly possessions while our quarters are torn asunder. Three Adirondack-themed sconces arrived for the stairwell leading from the lobby to the Community Room. Please note that once work on the entrance begins, we will be using the Red Door to enter the building.

February 15 | An elevator company representative came to re-inspect the elevator shaft. Very quiet on all other fronts. Pendant lights have been ordered for the Quiet Study Annex. Task lights for the wall-length counter in that room arrived today -- and they're awesome!

February 9 - 13 | Snow played havoc with our renovation schedule. Electricians labored to dig snow out of trenches filled with conduit. On Monday, February 13th, masons arrived to pour footing for the front entry extension, then wisely postponed their plans when faced with an icy driveway and mounds of snow. A county agent came to inspect the electrical system. That same afternoon, electricians connected the main transfer panel to the secondary panels.

February 6 - 7 | Workers planned for the laying of a new gas line and parked a backhoe named "Josie" on our front lawn. Bushes will be removed alongside the west wall of the building to accommodate the construction. New plantings and a path will follow when all is completed. The contractor tells me that soon enough we'll be moving our entire operation into the west wing of the building with the red door acting as our main entrance for the duration of the construction.

February 1 - 2 | New electricals are being tested and brought online, which means we are without power for periods of time. On February 2nd, deep troughs were dug at the street side of the property for the upgraded electrical system, which runs underground. The location of the 60 kw generator is a hotly debated topic. The "yard" is in a total state of disruption.

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