Our Building is Closed but…our Library is Open !

Please note: Library books that you have checked out now are not due back until July 6.

The theme of National Library Week, which was celebrated April 19-25, “Find the Library at Your Place”, highlighted how area libraries are still “open” and offering virtual services and digital contents to their communities.

We are so lucky we live where we live!  Social distancing is not such a problem for us.  Many people chose or stay in Berkshire and Richford just for that reason.  Like everywhere else our physical building, the Library, is closed to protect our patrons and our employees but that doesn’t mean all our services are closed.  

Last year, we circulated over 9,000 books, this year your books may look different. They are on the internet.  As the Libraries were ordered to close their doors, the libraries all began to think how can we help remotely.  Our ebooks, audiobooks, digital magazines, children’s books (Tumblebooks)  are available free through your Library with your Library card.  If you need help to access these programs, please email bfl@htva.net for assistance or phone 657-4418.

If you owed fines or your registration has expired, these blocks have been turned off so you can access the services. Library books that you have checked out now are not due back until July 6.

Our website and Facebook page is being updated daily.  On the Facebook page (Berkshire Free Library) we have shared resources for parents and children at home.  Please use our page to post good resources that you have found that are helping you throughout this time.  Phone messages are being answered daily. (657-4418)

Our websites offer access to audio and eBooks and to Tumblebooks for kids with your library card, and to over two dozen on-line sites that range from “Author Readings and Livestreams” to the “Cornell University Bird Cam” and “Smithsonian Museum’s Fun Stuff for Kids” through the Finger Lakes Library System website, www.flls.org.

The library is still open to you and your family!