The Library Board of Trustees has announced that the Browsing at the Branch service will be temporarily suspended due to the recent increase in the number of local Covid cases. The final session of browsing will be Wednesday, November 25. While no date has been set for the resumption of browsing services, the Board and the administrative staff will continue to monitor the situation and are committed to restoring the service when they believe it can be done in a safe and responsible manner.
Curbside services will remain in place. The hours at the Main Library (including four evenings a week and Saturdays) will not change: the hours at the Branch Library will be expanded so that patrons will have the opportunity to safely pick-up materials five days a week. Telephone reference service will continue to be offered six days a week: the suspension of fines will also remain in place.
In addition, the Board approved utilizing a grant of $50,000 from the Virginia Odell Legacy to purchase additional copies of eBooks and eAudiobooks for the holiday season. The Library's lending of eMaterials has doubled since the Pandemic began and these extra purchases will help ensure that the Library's collection can meet the demands of its patrons.
At our Board meeting this month we reviewed our current range of services and agreed that we will focus on the following services for the next month.
This service continues to be very popular and it is also a service that we were asked (during the public survey) to maintain during the pandemic. Since we introduced this contactless service back in June we have tried to improve it by making easier to use and more accessible to our patrons.
We have expanded the hours it is offered, the locations (it is now available at both the Branch and Main Libraries) and we have also introduced a pick-up on demand option. The latest upgrade is the introduction of Book and DVD bundles. These are hand-picked bags of materials that patrons, of all ages, can request via our website or over the phone. For more information please click here.
We are now in week three of this service at the Branch. Access to the Library is by reservation: however, so far demand has not been very heavy and we have been able to accommodate walk-ins.
The service is currently being offered three days a week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday). Our plan is to continue to monitor the demand for this service, and if the demand warrants it, look to add extra sessions.
We offer a wide range of services through our various digital partners including eBooks, eaudiobooks, current magazines and newspapers, streaming TV and films, downloadable and streaming music and a number of educational offerings (such as Tutor.com). Demand, particularly for eBooks, is up dramatically since the beginning of the pandemic and we are looking into ways to make sure that the material we make available is equal to that demand.
We are offering a range of virtual programs through our website. The goal over the fall for our programming team is to put together a package of programs that our patrons, young and old, find attractive and rewarding.
We are also going to try – if the weather cooperates – to offer some popup children’s programs over the fall. For more information on this please click here.
Browsing services are now available at the Branch Library. Our collections there include children's, teens, DVDs, audiobooks and new adult fiction and nonfiction. Access is by appointment only: to schedule an appointment all you need to do is call us at (914) 769-0548. The service is available from 9am-1pm on Tuesday and Thursday, and from 3-7pm on Wednesday.
Our curbside lending program continues, with new enhancements:
- We are now offering Book Bundles & Binge Bags (curated bags of books and DVDs for children and adults)
- If you would like more book suggestions, please check out our Librarian Picks page
- For general information on the curbside program, please click here
- For information on our Book Bundles and Binge Bag service, please click here
- For information on our Librarian Picks service, please click here.
If you have any questions about any of our services, we are available at 769-0548 six days a week: from 9am-9pm Monday through Thursday, and from 9am-5pm on Friday and Saturday.
We would like to thank everyone who participated in our survey (please click here for a summary). There was a very large response and our reading of the results is that our patrons have two clear desires. In the first place, our curbside lending program is very popular and people would like to see it continue for the duration of the pandemic. Secondly, there is a strong wish to see the resumption of browsing at the Library.
This illustrates very well the wide range of sensitivity that people have to the Covid Pandemic. Essentially, some of our patrons wish to avoid entering the Library and would like to be able to continue to access our material through a contactless service, whereas others would like to be able to come back into the library. In response to this, we believe that we need to create a blend of services that respects the needs of each group.
To that end, the Board has approved moving the Library into Phase 4 of our Building Reopening Plan (please click here to see the Plan), and instructed the administrative staff to create a balanced, hybrid service model that will allow the Library to continue to offer a first-class curbside service, but that will also will allow patrons the opportunity the enter our libraries in order to browse our collections.
There are some challenges in this approach. We will need to address how we can provide the space required for browsing while maintaining the space needed for our successful curbside program to continue (in order to run the program, while respecting the instructions on employee health and safety from New York State, we have had to station staff and house materials in the public areas of the Library). We will also need to address the issue of how our materials are handled: the survey showed that the quarantining of material is very important to a large number of our patrons.
As the vast majority of curbside lending (approximately ninety-five per cent last month) is at the Main Library, it will be more practical to begin our browsing program at the Branch Library: our target date for rolling out this service is the week of October 5. While we are preparing the Branch for browsing, we will also be working on reconfiguring workflows, reviewing storage of materials, and developing a new plan for materials handling at the Main Library. Our goal over the next four weeks is to get the Main Library to a point where the Board of Trustees are in a position to approve the resumption of browsing services at their October 15 meeting.
Finally, in addition to continuing to offer the other services that we have been providing since the beginning of the pandemic, including digital services (downloadable books and audiobooks, streaming films and TV series), phone/email reference and circulation support, and virtual programming, we are also planning some pop-up outdoor story-time sessions over the next month (please keep an eye on our website and our e-Newsletter for more on this).
The Library is currently offering a range of services, both virtual and in-person, that includes digital services (downloadable books and audiobooks, streaming films and TV series), phone/email reference and circulation support, virtual programming and contactless (curbside) loans of materials from our collection of books, DVDs, audiobooks and magazines. Our digital download and streaming services are available all day, every day, and our curbside lending program is being offered at both the Main Library and Branch Library. Across the two locations this curbside lending program is available six days a week, including four evenings; our staff are also available to assist patrons six days a week.
The range of services that is now available is significantly wider than that offered at the beginning of the pandemic. This is by design: since the pandemic began, our strategy has been to try to offer services in a safe and sustainable manner and to gradually expand the services offered as the external environment has improved. We hope to be able to continue this pattern in the fall.
Although we have been able to increase the services we are offering, this fall will be unlike any other fall the Library and the community have experienced. Instead of the normal activities at the Library as we welcome hundreds of students back from the summer recess, the Library’s buildings will be closed and schools will be rolling out a mixed at-home and in-school hybrid learning model. Although we will not be able to welcome students back into our buildings, we will be providing services to support their academic efforts. In particular, we are delighted to be able to say that we will be providing free access to the award winning Tutor.com for all five thousand plus students in our community. We will be releasing more information on our back to school initiatives as we get closer to the new school year.
In the meantime, Library staff and trustees will be busy designing an Autumn Plan of Service. Our hope is that the success New York State has seen in managing the Covid-19 Pandemic will continue and that we will be able to continue to grow the range of services we offer and to make our collections, staff and facilities more accessible to the community. As part of this planning process we will be launching an online community survey shortly: we would very much appreciate your participating in this survey.
The Library’s September Board Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 17. At that meeting decisions about services for the fall will be made. In the meantime, we would like to wish you all a safe and enjoyable end of summer - and, to all our students, our best wishes for the new school year.
Starting Tuesday, August 4, staff members will be available at the Branch Library in Valhalla for holds pickup. Library service hours will be: Tuesday & Thursday - 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. The return drop at the Branch will be open during those service hours.
At the July Board meeting it was agreed that we would expand curbside services to the Branch Library. There is a Covid-19 related problem at the Recreation Center this week, but we hope to be able to get into the building next week to begin preparations.
It was also agreed to keep the Library running from 9am-5pm on Saturdays during the summer (we traditionally have closed at 2pm)
Today we upgrade our curbside service to include "on-demand" pickup. This service is proving to be very popular and we hope that this upgrade will make it even more accessible to our patrons. Full details of the service are available here
Also, there is a board meeting scheduled for this Thursday at 7pm. At that meeting the Board will be discussing next steps in the Library's reopening process.
Our curbside service has proven to be very popular. Starting next week, we will be expanding the hours of service (adding evenings and Saturday). The full schedule will be posted on the front page of our website. Full details of the service are available here
Curbside service set to begin Monday, June 15. The Library is pleased to offer contactless curbside service for patrons to be able to pick up materials from the Mount Pleasant Public Library collection. (At this time holds on materials from other libraries in the Westchester Library System are not possible.)
You will be able to call the library or place a hold online (only MTP material currently available) and then wait for a call from us to schedule a pickup time.
For more details, please click here
The Book and A/V drops at the Main Library are now open*.
We plan to begin offering "contactless" services (aka curbside) the week of Monday, June 15. Our staff will be preparing for this service next week.
We are finalizing the details. When we are ready we will issue a guide to the service. In the meantime, if you have any questions please call us on our main number (914-769-0548), from 9am-6pm Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm Saturday, and 1pm-5pm Sunday, and a staff member will be happy to assist.
* For safety reasons, material will be quarantined for 72 hours. That means it will take a few days for us to be able to check items in. Please do not be concerned: all fines are currently suspended so you will be not be liable for the material you return regardless of the date it is technically checked in.
The Library Board will be meeting on Thursday (June 4) to review detailed plans for bringing staff back to the Library and the introduction of contact-less services (aka curbside).
The current timeline is to have staff begin to report back on June 8 and to introduce the new services on June 15.
Last night the Library's Board of Trustees adopted a Covid-19 Pandemic: Building Reopening Policy. We are currently working on implementing Phases 2 and 3 of that policy: bringing staff back to the building and offering contactless service.
Our hope is to be able to begin the contactless service in mid-June. We will be issuing weekly updates on our progress.
The New York State PAUSE Program has been extended for Westchester County through May 28. The Library remains closed until further notice.
We are also offering a number of new virtual programs online in the month of May and hope that you will join us for Storytimes, read alouds, book chats, book clubs, trivia nights and more! Visit our calendar to learn more and to register: MPPL Virtual Programs
The New York State PAUSE Program has been extended through May 15. The Library remains closed until further notice.
The New York State PAUSE Program has been extended through April 29. The Library remains closed until further notice.
In light of the extension of the New York State PAUSE Program, effective March 30 the Library is closed until further notice.
Effective immediately, Library staff are available to assist you Monday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm.
There are currently two ways to reach a staff member.
1/ Call the Library at (914) 769-0548, select option “0”, and leave a voice message after the prompt. One of our librarians will call you back.
In the interests of transparency, the Library is sharing the following.
We have just learned that, during the week of March 9, a family member of an employee was at a work event with a person who subsequently tested positive for the coronavirus.
The employee was present in the Main Library during this week. Both the employee and the family member are asymptomatic and the employee is not under a quarantine order.
If you have any concerns, please contact your doctor or the Westchester County Department of Health for advice.
The Library is closed as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
During this time, we recommend you make use of our digital resources. We have eBooks, eAudiobooks, music, TV, films and more available. All of our services are accessible through our homepage (under the "eContent" tab).
If have question or need assistance, there are two ways to get in touch with us.
- You can call the Library at (914) 769-0548, select option “0”, and leave a voice message after the prompt. One of our librarians will call you back.
We will be monitoring both the voicemail and email from 10am-4pm Monday through Friday.
Please note: If you currently have materials checked out, please hold onto them until the library reopens. Both book drops are closed. Fines will be waived for all materials checked out at this time.
Finally, here are some tips and resources to help you:
• It is recommended that you regularly wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water, make use of hand sanitizers and try not to touch your face
• It is also recommended that you must cover your mouth and nose whenever coughing or sneezing
• There are other recommendations on how to stay healthy, and help other people stay healthy, on the CDC coronavirus web-site: we recommend you visit it at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
• Up-to-date information from the Village of Pleasantville is available at https://www.pleasantville-ny.gov/
• Up-to-date information from the Town of Mount Pleasant is available at https://www.mtpleasantny.com/
• The New York State coronavirus hotline is (888) 364-3065
Earlier Statement from our Library Director
This is a difficult and challenging time for us all. We place a very high priority on making the Library a safe and accessible place for our patrons and staff. To that end, I would like to share some of the actions we are taking in response to the Coronavirus crisis, and also some suggestions on actions you can take. Read more here
All programs taking place at the Mount Pleasant Public Library have been canceled as of Friday, March 13. We will notify those registered if/when the programs are rescheduled.
Many museums are closing temporarily in response to COVID-19. We are therefore suspending our Museum Pass Lending Program until museums reopen. Please check back with us for a date when we will resume this popular program. Thank you for your patience.
Starting Friday, March 13, 2020, libraries in the Westchester Library System will suspend all intralibrary and interlibrary loans for the foreseeable future. As several of our communities are now compromised by COVID-19, and very little is known definitively about how long the virus lives on nonporous surfaces, we believe it is in the best interest of our staff, patrons and the public health of the County to take this step immediately. This means our patrons will no longer be receiving holds from other libraries and our library will no longer be sending our items to others.
As always, Mount Pleasant Public Library Cardholders have access to a wide variety of digital services that can be accessed from home. Download eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines, and stream music, films, and BBC shows all from the comfort (and safety) of your homes. View our services and tutorials under the eContent tab on our website: mountpleasantlibrary.org.
Please note: Going forward fines will be waived for patrons returning materials late during this time.