The Ellington Library Staff and Board of Trustees, according to their NYS Safety Guidelines Plan, have decided to close the library for a period of two weeks starting October 14.
There have currently been no positive cases of Covid or symptoms identified within the library staff but close family members have tested positive therefore we thought it prudent to close to ensure the safety of our patrons. The library will be thoroughly cleaned using NYS Covid approved cleaning practices.
Any items you have currently checked out from our library will have due dates extended another 2 weeks. Please do not return your books to our bookdrop as it is small and we are concerned of damage to items due to overcrowding in the box. You may choose to return your items to other libraries or hold them for another 2 weeks. Other libraries are still open and you may use your library card at any of the 38 libraries within the Chautauqua Cattaraugus Library System.
If you are awaiting any holds and they have not been placed in transit already you may change the pickup location to another library.
We appreciate your patience at this time as the staff and Board do everything to make sure that our library is ready to serve you again when we reopen on October 27th.
The following is an article from the October 2020 Newsletter. Click on the newsletters Menu to continue reading the rest.
Grateful: adjective: thankful, full of gratitude, appreciative
It is totally time to show some appreciation to a few organizations and community members for some great things happening around the library. Firstly I’d like to tell you my heart smiles every time I approach the front walk of the library and I see a rock painted with color and an encouraging word that someone left for me to find. I want you to know I’ve seen them even when you move them around to the children’s room window! I see them when I hang the flag every day and I’ve noticed them right by the front entrance. Whoever has painted them and whoever is hiding them around town deserves a heartwarming thank you for your thoughtfulness.
To those patrons who have waited while we continually had to unjam the paper and reprint their copies… you will wait no more! We have a new printer/copier/ fax machine thanks to the generosity of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation ( CRCF) who extended us the grant money for the purchase. CRCF has awarded us a significant amount of grant money throughout the years that has funded everything from summer reading program awards, craft supplies, numerous programming costs and now a new printer. We are grateful to this organization for coordinating grant money for all the non-profits in the county.
The pandemic closings caused us to cancel some of our major fundraisers this year. One fundraiser we were able to hold to take their place was our “Fill Our Porch” Returnable event. We accumulated over $800 from the community’s generosity in donating their returnable cans and bottles to the library. I admit I never thought 5 and 10 cent cans would be able to help us much but, thankfully the public proved me wrong!
We are pleased to be able to say that our Audiobooks collection has grown this year. Audiobooks cost more than a printed book and so we typically are not able to add to our collection as much as we and our patrons might like. This year we saw an increase in the collection thanks to two sources. Other libraries have given us some of their older audiobooks that they had multiple copies of and we also owe our appreciation to a generous patron who donated quite a few to us.
The library has been blessed with some wonderful neighbors who take it upon themselves to keep the yard mowed in the summer and our walks shoveled in the winter. We can’t thank them enough for the good deeds they do for us.
The mask wearing and social distancing within the library has been an extra burden for all of us. I can tell you that our patrons have responded remarkably well and have presented no problems to the staff in these areas. I would like to also thank you for your understanding as we have to quarantine returned items so they are not immediately available for checkout. We appreciate the patience our patrons have shown when their holds take much longer to arrive than normal.
Last, but not least, we would like to thank all our families of young children who kept them coming to the library, checking out books and participating in the abbreviated Summer Reading Program. This summer at the library was not like any other but you did your best to keep your children reading. We applaud the two families who set their children on a lifetime path of visiting the library by registering them this summer for a library card.
The following are groups that are being allowed to meet at the library with a limit on participants. These are not open programs the library is running but groups that have previously met here and may be allowed to continue their meetings as long as they follow the library safety guidelines. There are a few openings available and you may call the library at 287-2945 to reserve a spot if you would like to join. Mask wearing and social distancing will be in practice. No food or beverages will be served.
YOGA: 1 OPEN SLOT. 2 sessions a week: meeting Tues & Wed nights: 6-7 pm Bring your own mat. This group uses DVD’s
CLASSIC MOVIE GROUP: 5 OPEN SPOTS; Meets weekly every Thurs at 1pm starting Oct. 1. This group chooses and brings their own movie.
QUILTING/CRAFTING GROUP: 3 OPEN SPOTS ; Meets first & third Mondays of the month, 11am
ADULT BOOK CLUB: GROUP IS FULL meets monthly, third Thursday at 11am. You may call and be placed on a waiting list
Ellington Farman Library will host a new exhibit, Rightfully Hers, a display from the National Archives, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Rightfully Hers contains simple messages exploring the history of women’s voting rights before and after the 19th amendment , and its impact today. Despite decades of marches, petitions, and public debate to enshrine a woman’s right to vote in the constitution, the 19th Amendment – while an enormous milestone – did not grant voting rights for all. The challenges of its passage reverberate to the ongoing fight for gender equity today. This exhibit can be seen in our Community Room during regular library hours and runs through October 17.
Rightfully Hers co-curator Jennifer N. Johnson states:
“The ratification of the 19th Amendment was a landmark moment in American history that dramatically changed the electorate, and although it enshrined in the U.S. Constitution fuller citizenship for women many remained unable to vote.”
Rightfully Hers is organized by the National Archives and Records Administration. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the National Archives has launched a nationwide initiative and major exhibition that explores the generations-long fight for universal woman suffrage. The exhibition is presented in part by the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission and the National Archives Foundation through the generous support of Unilever, Pivotal Ventures, Carl M. Freeman Foundation in honor of Virginia Allen Freeman, AARP, and Denise Gwyn Ferguson.
There’s a few fun activities in Ellington coming up this weekend! Town wide garage sales are Saturday & Sunday Aug 1 & 2. Our library will be participating with sales in our side & front yard. We’ll have books, dvd’s and household items on sale Saturday from 8am till about 2pm.
Sunday is the Annual Ellington Community Praise in the Park starting at 10am. All churches & visitors are welcome. Special music will be brought by Tim Stahlman. Bring your own chairs, masks if you mingle and plan to stay for a community picnic after. Food choices for picnicking are: bring your own, order from Puk’s Place phone 214-7002 , or from the Ellington Volunteer Fire Dept. BBQ which is serving takeout from noon untill it’s gone. I’m sure the Fire Dept. and Puk’s Place Diner would appreciate it if you could support local business and organizations. You are more than welcome to also bring your own picnic.
Remember to keep social distancing and wear your masks while you’re shopping around Ellington and Conewango Valley garage sales! Worship safely with your neighbors on Sunday. Keep informed of all our library happenings by following us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ellington-Farman-Library
The July 2020 newsletter is available for you to read. Inside you’ll find information on our “Pick a Bag- Pick A Book” part of our Summer reading program. We also have book reviews of new books available in the library as well as listing of all our new items available for checkout.
Although there are technically no physical programs going on at the library we continue to run virtual programming from our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Ellington-Farman-Library
On Mondays at 10am we have Storytime with Michelle Obama. We posted 8 sessions of Music with Alyssa which you can still view as an archive video until September. Wednesdays we have continued our Yoga with virtual sessions posted at 6pm of “Yoga with Adrienne and Benji”. Children, teens and adults can participate in the Summer Reading programs online thru our library and CCLS by registering with Read Squared. The childrens online program link is: http://ellingtonlibraryny14.readsquared.com7 or children aged 5- 12 may register at our library and participate in the Grab-n-Go Craft bags. We will also keep track of your reading thru Reading Logs if you do not wish to register online. CCLS is giving away a $50 gift card that adults and Teens may receive an entry for by registering and submitting book reviews online. That link is : http://ccls.ny02.readsquared.com .
We are open regular hours with guidelines posted on the door. Although we clean steadily throughout the day we are still open for curbside pickup if that option is more comfortable for you. Call the library or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your item requests and we will call you to give you a day/time for pickup. We’re here for you in a variety of ways. Check out the July Newsletter to see some of them.
Ellington Farman Library will be reopening on Monday June 22! We’ll be open for patrons to checkout items and use the patron computers but no programming is allowed yet. We have a reopening plan that includes sanitizing and cleaning of the library building, items and furniture. Please be advised of the guidelines below so everyone can adhere to them and we can reopen safely. For those patrons not comfortable re-entering the library we will continue curbside pickup if you call 287-2945 or email us at
to request items. Interlibrary Loan deliveries should be starting up next week also. Online holds for items from other libraries can now be placed.
Our library has a new informational email address: email@example.com . Thanks to the Tech Department at Chautauqua- Cattaraugus Library System our patrons now have a dedicated email address where you can make requests for items, ask questions or leave suggestions for books and generally contact our staff. This comes just in time for us to do curbside pickup a little easier. You now have 2 options to contact us- you may call at 716-287-2945 or use the firstname.lastname@example.org email address. We’re so excited about this and hope to hear from patrons soon with requests for items.
EXCITING NEWS! WE ARE OPENING FOR CURBSIDE PICKUP ON JUNE 1ST!
How does curbside pickup work?
You let us know what items you wish to reserve, we get them for you, notify you of pickup time & you pick them up on our front porch.
Here’s the complete procedure:
INSTRUCTIONS FOR ORDERING
You can only order materials available in our library. There is no interloan library service between libraries at this time. You can start ordering May 30th by calling us: 287-2945. We do not accept instant messaging on Facebook, Twitter or email requests.
1) Patrons are encouraged to look for desired materials in on-line catalog ;
https://catalog.ellingtonlibrary.org/ checking for availability in our library. You will not be able to place holds on-line. Patrons are not permitted inside the library to browse the collections. We will advertise new and high-interest titles on our website https://www.ellingtonlibrary.org/ so you can have a better knowledge of what materials we have available
2) Contact the library by calling 287-2945 clearly stating your name, phone number, TITLES and author requested.
PICKUP OF RESERVED MATERIALS
1) The library staff will contact you by phone when your reserved titles are ready for pick up. Pickup times available on Mondays from 12 – 3pm. and Thursdays from 4 – 7pm. When you arrive to pick up your items we will meet you at the front porch with your items in a bag. If we do not know you we may need to ask for identification. If you are not able to come to the porch we will bring reserved materials out to your car. Due dates are back to normal – 2 weeks for books and one week for DVDs.
If after 2 weeks you have not picked up items they will be checked back in and returned to shelves
RETURNS OF ITEMS
Please drop off your returns in our Dropbox. All materials returned will be quarantined for 72 hours before we check them in. This means the books/dvds will remain on your account for three more days after your return. No fines will occur. Our staff will be wearing masks and gloves and using sanitizer when handling your materials.We’re sorry but at this time, we are not able to make copies for you or use the fax machine. No patrons are allowed inside the library and no computer usage at this time. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we try new things in order to better serve our patrons during these times of closings.
Accurate & Accessible; Ellington Farman Library’s GiveBigCHQ 2020 fundraising campaign theme is to raise money to fund a Health Reference Item collection that will supply general health knowledge and be accessible to all. A library’s first duty is to provide free access to information. We should also ensure the information we offer is accurate, especially when it comes to health related issues. The recent pandemic made us pause and gave us time to access our library and the information we offer to our community. We took a good hard look at our small rural library’s current Health reference section and we found it lacking. We currently have a total of 32 Health related books not including the Fad Diets themes. We offer to our patrons a 1997 copyright of “The Merck Manual of Medical Information”. How about the 1995 edition of “The Lupus Book: A guide for patients and their families”. We are confident there has been a lot of new health information discovered in the last 25 years. The need is never timelier and more relevant. When this pandemic is over, we know there will be many of our patrons returning to the library with questions. Our rural community includes many people that have no access to reliable internet, cell phone coverage nor do they own digital devices. They depend on the library to provide them with books and DVD’s that not only entertain them but give them answers. This current health crisis will bring many questions to the forefront of everyone’s life.
We realize that a patron’s health care provider is their best source for information about specific health concerns and we do not plan to offer medical advice. We are simply stating the need for books and DVD’s covering basic health information on topics relevant to our daily lives. Our library would like to purchase a set of Health reference books along with associated DVD’s as we are aware that not everyone receives their information by reading. The books we plan to buy with the money raised will be chosen for their accuracy and ones that can be easily understood by the average reader. The DVD’s will be purchased with advice from reputable science and health organizations. A sampling of the topics we plan to include will be: Men’s and Women’s Health Concerns, Health Information for all Stages and Ages of Life, Diseases of the Mind & Body, Basic Anatomy & Physiology, Mental Health Disorders, Human Sexuality & Basic Medical Dictionary of Health Terms.
Ellington Farman Library is participating in the GiveBig CHQ which is an online fundraiser hosted by The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation specifically to help nonprofits raise funds. Our campaign is Accurate & Accessible; we’re raising money to fund a Health Reference Item Collection Our website, https://www.givebigchq.org/organizations/ellington-farman-library-association can be viewed now and online financial donations are being accepted thru the site from June 1 – June 11th. We know that giving financially at this time is not feasible for all. If you are not able to but would still like to help our library you can forward our link and share our Facebook page posts to your social media sites as well. You would be providing a great help to us by spreading the word.
A library’s first duty is to provide free access to information. Your donation to Ellington Farman Library, through the GiveBig CHQ Fundraiser in June, will make accessible the knowledge our library patrons need to understand a variety of health and lifestyle issues. You will be helping our rural community be better prepared for whatever public or private health crisis might come in the future.