COVID-19 Update

March 13, 2020

The Library has been closely monitoring the developments pertaining to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic and are taking action based on guidance from public health experts.  To help ensure the safety and well-being of our patrons and staff we will be cancelling all programs, events, meeting room bookings and community outreach beginning Friday, March 13 at 5 pm through Tuesday, March 31. We will reassess the situation towards the end of the month.

At this time, both library buildings remain open for regular hours. However, please continue to check our website and social media for updates.

While we have always placed a high priority on cleanliness and hygiene, we continue to take common sense, proactive precautionary measures by heightening our cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces such as desks, keyboards, doorknobs, and railings. We ask that people who aren’t feeling well to stay at home, and we encourage everyone to make hand washing a healthy habit by following the guidelines from the CDC. Out of an abundance of caution, we have also removed the toys and puzzles from our Children’s Library.

We are keeping abreast of the situation day-by-day and will continue to closely monitor the guidance provided by the CDC and New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). We are sorry for the inconvenience and disappointment this decision may bring but we will work to reschedule any missed events where possible or issue a refund.

Library Update Re: COVID-19

The Half Hollow Hills Community Library is committed to the health and well-being of both our public and our staff. We are closely monitoring any and all communication and guidance from the Department of Health, the Center for Disease Control and the State related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and taking some preparatory steps:

  • We continue to follow best hygiene practices for workplaces – including regularly cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and equipment in both of our buildings, making hand sanitizer available for patrons and staff and encouraging frequent hand-washing. 
  • Toys and games are being regularly disinfected. We have removed all stuffed animals, foam-based toys and legos which are difficult to clean and sanitize. 
  • We have taken out of Circulation the MakerKits and Storytime-To-Go Backpacks until further notice. 
  • We encourage any concerned patrons and staff members to stay home if you are feeling ill or concerned about potential exposure. 
  • If you have materials due but can’t make it to the library, just call us and we will work with you.

At present, we are not making any modifications to our programming calendar. However, we will continue to monitor the situation carefully and will send out any updates regarding access to the library buildings and its resources accordingly using this website, our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) or just call us. 

For at-home library access, here is a list of some resources from our website using your library card. 

Borrow eBooks and downloadable audiobooks from Libby 
Stream music, movies and TV Shows from Hoopla
Stream movies from Kanopy
Access digital magazines from Flipster
Access online tutoring through Brainfuse
Access Research Databases

For authoritative information about the Coronavirus, bookmark these links.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] 
Suffolk County Department of Health
New York State Department of Heath
World Health Organization

And, remember to wash your hands!

Thank you, 
Helen M. Crosson
Helen M. Crosson
Library Director

2020-2021 Library Budget Vote & Trustee Election Information

The annual Library Budget Vote and Trustee Election scheduled for Tuesday, April 7, 2020, has been postponed due to the Coronavirus and the Governor’s Executive Order 202.8 that requires your library to be closed until April 19 or until it is safe to open. Please continue to check the web site and our social media channels for updates.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 9:30 AM–9 PM, at the library in Chestnut Hill Elementary School temporary library location.

Click here for information on the 2020-2021 Library Budget Vote & Trustee Election.

Pospuesto….Martes, 7 de Abril de 2020, de 9:30 AM–9 PM, en la biblioteca de la Escuela Primaria Chestnut Hill, ubicación temporal de la biblioteca.

Haga clic aquí la información sobre la elección del fideicomisario y el voto del presupuesto de 2020-2021.

The Golden Age of AM Radio Canceled

The Sunday Performance of The Golden Age of Radio on January 12 is canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Our next performance will take place Sunday, January 19 at 2 pm. The Paul Effman Band brings you hits of the 1940s!