Libraries can now answer your questions even if our doors are closed! Introducing …….Tawk Chat Reference service rolled out from the Tech folks at Chautauqua Cattaraugus Library System. You can see the new icon on the right side of this page just under upcoming events. Click on this icon to ask a question from a library staff person. If the chat service is not live at that moment, you will be directed to a simple form for you to fill in your question, hit submit and someone will get back to you soon. Or you can access the Tawk Reference Platform by going to https://www.cclsny.org/and in the bottom left corner you will see either a chat icon or an envelope icon in green. The chat service will be accessible via an icon on the CCLS website, member websites and catalog. Just another terrific example of how your library staff and CCLS staff are working hard every day to keep you informed, interacting and involved with your local library.
Lessons learned from this NY Pause and the closing of the library is how much the library is more than just our item collection. Being closed has amplified the fact that we really exist to serve the community. Right now the community cannot physically be seen by our staff. We still offer our item collection through Libby app, Overdrive and other databases that can be accessed by our website and through Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System (CCLS) You saw all those elinks in the April newsletter. I will post them again inside the newsletter in case you missed them. We still are trying to connect with you on Facebook by offering relevant information, links to fun sites and creative things for adults and children alike to do. Sometimes it’s just offering up funny quotes because we all need to take our mind off the news for a
while. These are things we do to make attempts at staying in touch with you but, they can never replace the face to face interactions of the library on a daily basis. I miss….. seeing your smiling faces, hearing your book review when you return your latest books, putting on the coffee for the various groups that meet in our community room, attempting to help you research your reference questions and then learning something new from those answers, finding your favorite authors, locating obscure books, placing holds and then sharing in your excitement when you come pick up those holds…the list just goes on. I miss hearing the children’s voices while they compete with each other in their computer games and even having to remind them to tone down their excitement sometimes! To read the rest of the May Newsletter please click on the link below
Even though our library is closed we still want to provide our community with reading materials so…. please check out our front porch as it has a tote full of books and magazines you can take for free. No checkouts or returns needed or wanted. In fact we ask that you do not return them so we can limit the exposure to the virus. I’ve tried to add a mix of genres and included childrens/junior books also. The plan is to come back every few days to replenish the tote. So if you are bored and running out of reading material please come take a look. Maybe you’ll find a new favorite author!
While you are on the front porch feel free to also take advantage of our free Wi-Fi; it is always on and no password required. Stay safe, we miss all our patrons and hope to see you again as soon as we get the go ahead to safely open.
We want you to know that even though our building may be closed but we are still hard at work trying to find ways in which we can serve our community in light of all these restrictions. First we want every patron to understand that when we get the go ahead to reopen we will be observing a day of cleaning and sanitizing the interior as we take the sanitary conditions of our library seriously. Any books or DVD’s that were in our book drop before we closed will be wiped down with approved disinfectant wipes. The front page article of the newsletter contains some very important links that the Chautauqua- Cattaraugus Library System (CCLS) has made available to all patrons so you can continue to read books, newspapers and listen to audio books on your devices. They have worked hard to provide these services to you and I encourage you to take advantage of them. Some of them you do not even need a library card for!
One thing that did not get in the newsletter: Our library is still going forward with the Can & Plastic Recyclable drive. It will be the Saturday after Memorial Day in May starting at 9am. We can take all those clean, empty recyclable cans and bottles leftover from your Memorial Day celebration off your hands. Unfortunately we are not accepting glass for this drive. Bring them down to the library and fill our front porch with them! We’ll recycle them for you and you’ll feel good knowing you were able to help the library.
Click on the Ellington Farman Library April newsletter link below to read the full version and see all that your library still is doing to help our community and patrons get thru this difficult time together. Everyone remember to heed all the recommendations from the health department which you can find direct links to on the right side of this site.
Unfortunately our library has to close to fully comply with directives from the Health Department. We also cannot fulfill item requests by phone or email. If you have an item checked out- your due date has been extended until April 20th. In other words- your books are not due now. We ask that you DO NOT put them in the drop box as it will not be checked every day. Too many books in the drop box will damage the spines. If you enjoyed your books then maybe you want to reread them. Remember though they are still checked out in your name so don’t give them to anyone else to read as you are responsible for returning them when the library is open again. We also would not want to spread the virus germs onto the book and then pass it around. Just think- a library that is asking you NOT to return your books! What a novel idea! ( Ok- I couldn’t resist ) All programming is cancelled until further notice but we will be posting to our Facebook site at least two times a day with interesting things for you and your family to do. Keep checking back to https://www.facebook.com/Ellington-Farman-Library-798032366989209/
Please follow Health Directives closely. You will find links to them on the right side of this site. I will miss seeing all of you and will look forward to the time we can all be together again!
Many libraries, including Ellington Farman Library, are not physically open but we still have some fantastic resources at our fingertips that can help you cope with being a little isolated or cooped up with the kids with not much to do. Libraries and especially Chautauqua-Cattauraugus Library System to the rescue! Click on our Facebook link below this article and stay tuned every morning at 9am and evening at 9pm for some great ideas and links to wonderful resources you can use to keep the whole family entertained and still learning…. but don’t tell the kids about that learning part 🙂 There’s virtual tours to museums, aquariums and zoos for your animal lovers. Read all your children’s books already? Then curl up at night as a family and listen to authors read their books. Check out some links that will help you get the creativity flowing with some average household items. Raining outside? Check out our dance video links, move the furniture and start your own dance party! There’s lots more and we thank Valle from CCLS for some great ideas. Click on the Facebook link, follow us every day, 9am and 9pm. Stay tuned!
All the way from Alaska to Ellington, Census Kiosk information, Artist of the month and lots of programming are on the schedule for March. Read a letter sent by Karen Land; writer, wildlife advocate and three time Iditarod Participant who will be coming to our library on Saturday March 21st at 1pm. Need help in filling out your 2020 Census online? We have a secure Census Kiosk available for you to use. The article is on the second page. Read and see more information on these and other programs in the March Ellington Farman Library Newsletter- also available in print form on the circulation desk. March 2020 Newsletter
February may be a slow time in winter for a lot of places but not for the Ellington Farman Library! We’re starting right off on Saturday February 1st with our celebration of National Take Your Child to the Library Day with a fun time for adults and children alike. Bring your favorite child to the library on Saturday from 10:30am on and you’ll receive an activity sheet with fun things you and your little one can do in the library. For each activity you complete there will be a sticker earned. When you’re all done your child will receive a prize! So stop down and have some fun doing library activities together and help your child earn a prize. More importantly though is the fact that your child will learn that the library is an interesting place to go to and that their favorite adult in their life thinks so too!
We have our new Soup Group up and running every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 12:30pm. It is a great socializing time and everyone is welcome to attend a soup and bread lunch while in the library. We have a dedicated list of soup and bread makers but we could always use some more. If you have a favorite soup or bread that you like to bake then call the library and check what months we could use some more cook volunteers! Yoga is happening again with a nice group of women who come every Wednesday promptly at 6pm for about 45 minute session. We’ll be crafting again on Saturday Feb. 8th at 11qm. Everyone who attends will learn how to make homemade gift bags and receive all the materials needed to make a few at the library. Soup will be provided with that program also.
Click on the link below for the February Newsletter to learn about these and other interesting things the Ellington Farman Library is doing in February! You may also find us on Facebook.
New faces are not the only changes you’ll see around the Ellington Farman library in 2020. We not only have a new library clerk starting in January but also a few new programs inserted in the January calendar and patrons have requested we bring back a few that have been on hiatus. Click on the January Newsletter link or pick up a printed copy while you are in the library. There is always a copy available right on the circulation desk.