This Week's Events

When I got my library card, that was when my life began. ♦ Rita Mae Brown

Blauvelt Free Library

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 | One phone, all public Internet computers working!

We have partial phone service in addition to the absence of heat in the Behringer Room, but the good news is that we are back in action with all five of our public computers fully functional (it's a small miracle, but I'll take it). Of course, as soon as the weather warms up, it will be more manageable. All are welcome to work there, but dress warmly as it might be uncomfortable, temperature-wise. We regret the inconvenience, but with pain comes progress. At least, that's what I keep telling myself!

Recognizing Signs of Mental Health Issues in Teens

Date   Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A must-attend expert panel discussion explores typical and reasonable behavior in teens as well as the warnings signs of emotional difficulties. Learn to identify unique risk factors and signs of substance abuse, eating disorders, depression, suicide and other mental health issues, so you can recognize when your teen or a friend is in trouble. Discover professional, peer and self-help resources in the community.

Panel  Russell Tobe, Nathan Kline Institute | Kristina Peckins, Mental Health Association of Rockland | Vickie Shaw, Wellcore Director | Dr. Kathleen Keefe-Cooperman, Moderator

Register at or call 845 359-3877

This program is co-sponsored by the Mighty 5 Libraries of South Orangetown

Renovation Update | Saturday, March 25, 2017

March 27 | Raining and framing are the order of the day!

March 25 | Our renovation crew has uncovered original wide plank flooring above the lobby. They have been instructed to painstakingly remove the boards for reuse (purpose to be determined). They are covered in a layer of filth, so it is left to the imagination to envision what these tongue and groove pine planks will look like once they are restored. Framers are scheduled to arrive on Monday.

March 20 - 24 | On the first day of Spring, our external chimney is demolished as we make way for a new office suite and storage area above the front entry. Demolition continues on Tuesday with the promise that this is the last day of destruction for this phase. Framing is the next order of business, but will depend on the weather as the roof will be exposed.

March 15 - 17 | Demolition crews arrive early to tear out the circulation desk and ceiling panels in the fiction area and staff room. Two large holes are drilled into the floor where footings will be poured for the steel uprights that will support a ceiling girder. The Reference desk is covered by a platform to prevent the structure from flying debris once the ceiling is removed. The cabinetmaker arrives to remove the custom cabinetry over the Ref desk. Barry's office is demolished. A square opening cut into the east wall provides a view of the floor below. Specifications for the elevator are finally decided -- cabin style, lighting, laminate and door color.

March 14 | It seems to be snowing a bit. Barry and I seize the opportunity to evacuate his office of its last load of goods and cart them up to the attic. Backbreaking work!

March 11 - 13 | Controlled mayhem ensues. On Thursday, we received a delivery of 121 bins from our library system and set about emptying bookshelves, working long into the night. Optimum arrived to activate our newly placed lines, and on Friday, March 10th, two technicians from RCLS relocated our computers and peripheral equipment. Large sections of the collection were moved and shifted until we had managed to cram everything into four small rooms. On the 11th and 13th, a "deck" was built outside our east-facing window in the fiction room so that framers could open up a "door" in the wall through which they could bring building materials. When ceiling panels were removed, an empty beehive fell from the rafters (that would explain all the dead yellow jackets in the light fixtures). A temporary wall was erected to seal off the Mary Behringer Room's main entrance, which means we all must trek out onto the unheated Quiet Study Porch in order to reach it. We are without power around 10am while Orange and Rockland work with Valentine Electric to switch us over to our new upgraded electrical system.

March 6 - 8 | So much is happening, it's hard to keep up. Plumbers laid pipe under the new front entry for the new kitchen area in the staff room. On March 6th, masons prepared the inside of the elevator shaft for guide rails to be installed. On February 7th and  8th, the area around the foundation was packed with dirt and tamped down. Meanwhile, electricians labored to install Cat 6 lines to accommodate the relocation of our system hardware and also installed new phone lines. The place is in total disarray.

March 1 + 2 | The masonry crew put up the concrete block foundation for the front porch and handicapped walkway. The principal trades meet to formulate phasing from here on in. We have until the end of the week to remove everything from our fiction and staff rooms and lobby. Yikes!

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