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February is Needs and Things for Fines Month

News Release


February is Needs and Things for Fines Time at Penn Yan Public Library

For the month of February the library is collecting Needs and Things for the Living Well.  Library patrons may bring in hygiene and cleaning items to have overdue fines forgiven.  Fines will only be forgiven on currently checked out materials being returned.  One Needs and Things item is required for each overdue item being returned in order for a fine to be forgiven.  The library cannot offer this program to our patrons who have had their PYPL accounts sent to collections.  The library will also collect donated items for the Living Well even if a patron does not have any overdue fines.

Needs and Things list:  dish soap, laundry soap, diapers (size 3 and up), baby wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, facial tissues, deodorant, razors and shaving cream, toothpaste, toothbrushes, bar soap, deodorant and shampoo.

New Parking Lot

September, 2014

Dear Patrons:

When construction begins on the new Penn Yan Public Library parking lot, steps and ramp, the main entrance will be closed.  We ask that library patrons please enter through the door located directly across from the main entrance by the coffee machine.

There will be temporary handicapped parking spots located in the county lot across from the door.   A temporary walkway will be in use.

Library patrons have permission to park in the First Presbyterian Church lot when the county lot is full.  If parking in this lot, please use the crosswalk at Main and Clinton Streets.

We thank everyone for their patience while the library grounds are being improved.


Angela Gonzalez

Executive Director

Changes at PYPL

The last week of September we  joined the Penn Yan Public Library (PYPL) on-line catalog with the Southern Tier Automated Regional Catalog (STARCat).   Patrons are now be able to search for Penn Yan items in the same combined online catalog as the 47 member libraries of the Southern Tier Library System (STLS).  With this new service in mind, the Penn Yan Public Library Board of Trustees enacted some new policies to ensure our patrons have fair access to library materials.  Selected policy sections:

4.1 Patron Registration Requirements:  Special First Library Cards (ages 0-5) require the signature of a parent or guardian and an ID which may be the parent’s to prove address.  These cards may only be used to check out children’s materials.  Examples of children’s materials:  All items located in the children’s area of the library, Juvenile nonfiction, Juvenile Audio books and CDs, DVDs marked with an orange dot and story time kits.  Video games cannot be checked out with this card.

4.4 Renewals:  Two renewals of loan periods per item are granted dependent upon: material type and the presence of a request for the material by another patron (a hold).  More renewals may be granted upon staff discretion.

4.8 Interlibrary Loan( ILL)/HoldsAll ILL and holds materials should be picked up promptly as loan periods are set by the lending library and may be short.  If a reserved item is not picked up from Penn Yan Public Library within the 1 week hold period, the reserve is canceled and the patron is charged a $1.00 non-pickup fine.

July 2014 Library Board Meeting

In July 2014, the meeting will take place on July 31st.

Lemonade Stand

Every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon in June stop by the library for a free lemonade!

Flood Assistance Update

0% loans available

The FLEDC Board of Directors has approved $150,000 to $200,000 for emergency relief funds for Yates County businesses impacted by the recent floods. The loans will be at 0% and will have flexible payback schedules. We are in the beginning stages of establishing this fund, so please bear with us as we get things up and running. Please fill out the following pre-application form to the best of your ability and email it to or mail it to/drop it off at our offices at:

Finger Lakes Economic Development Center, ATTN: Emergency Funds, One Keuka Business Park, Penn Yan, NY 14527


Services being offered by The Living Well:

•     Free laundry service at Main Laundry in Penn Yan, for those affected by the flood, Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am-5:00pm

•     The Well, located at the Penn Yan UMC (look for the blue canopy on the corner of Chapel and Main Streets) will be open from 8:30-5:00pm. Volunteers can go there to get assignments for clean-up.

•     Anyone who needs help can also call The Well (315-521-6883) or stop in

•     At The Well folks can find cleaning supplies, personal care items, paper towels, etc.

•     The Haven Church (located at 5 Collins Avenue) is collecting household items and clothes for distribution. You can drop off items or get items you need

You can call 2-1-1 HELPLINE or look at for additional resources

Services being offered by The American Red Cross:

  • The Shelter at Penn Yan Academy will be open until Monday, May 19 at noon
  • There is a Red Cross Unit on Main Street that has cleaning kits and bottled water.  They are also available to connect you with other resources you may need.

Tetanus Shot Clinic Offered by Public Health

If you are unable to receive a tetanus shot from your primary physician and you are concerned that you are at risk, you may come to the Yates County Public Health Office on Monday, May 19 from 9am-11am to get a free tetanus shot.  If you are unable to come during that timeframe, you may can 315-536-5160 to schedule an appointment.  According to the CDC: Tetanus is an infection caused by bacteria called Clostridium tetani. Tetanus bacteria are everywhere in the environment, including soil, dust and manure.  The bacteria can get into the body through broken skin, usually through injuries from contaminated objects.

Certain breaks in the skin that are more likely to get infected with tetanus bacteria. These include:

  • Wounds contaminated with dirt, poop (feces), or spit (saliva)
  • Wounds caused by an object puncturing the skin, like a nail or needle (puncture wounds)
  • Burns
  • Crush injuries
  • Injuries with dead tissue

Flood Relief Information

  • The American Red Cross has a shelter open at the Penn Yan Academy.  Other services that they offer are free and you do not have to stay at the shelter to receive:  clean up kits, showers, hot meals for people in need, emergency responders included.  American Red Cross has a help line 315-536-6841 if individuals have any other needs.
  • Red Cross will be distributing work gloves and clean up kits at the Penn Yan Academy Friday May 16 and Saturday May 17 from 9 am to 2 pm.
  • Tops has donated 7 pallets of paper towels, bleach, water, garbage bags, cleaners and latex gloves. The Living Well have this available for distribution Friday, May 16 beginning at 2:00pm at the Penn Yan United Methodist Church.
  • If folks want their money designated for food, clothing and shelter they should send checks to the American Red Cross – 53 Bayard Street Seneca Falls, NY and indicate for PY Flood Relief.
  • If folks want their money to support longer term needs ( paper towels, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, etc.) they can make checks out to The Living Well and send or drop them off at the Penn Yan UMC 166 Main St in Penn Yan, New York 14527.
  • Friday, May 16 from 10:00-1:00 (this time may change based on how busy we are but it is a minimum) The Living Well will have a volunteer at the Main Laundry to provide funding and supplies (including laundry detergent, and fabric softener) for folks who have been affected by the flooding who are in need of doing laundry.

Flood Relief for Pets

From the Humane Society of Yates Co:

We have received an emergency shipment of dog and cat food from our Shelter Partners  at Hills Science Diet. The food is here and available for the taking to anyone who is in need. Please spread the word.

Flood Clean Up Information

PRESS RELEASE – May 16, 2014

Yates County Office of Emergency Management in coordination with the Village of Penn Yan and Town of Jerusalem are making available dumpsters for flood damaged household debris caused by the recent flooding such as furniture, clothing, carpeting, etc.  This is not for trash that is non-flood related.

  • The Penn Yan Village will have dumpsters available at Powell Lane on Saturday and Sunday from 8 am- 4 pm and Monday through Friday 7 am – 3:30 pm.
  • Town of Jerusalem has dumpsters located at the Branchport Fire Station by the Pavilion.

White goods such as refrigerators, washing machines or other metal items can be taken to B&B Recycling, 3898 Tinney Rd during normal business hours 8am – 3:30pm.

In the Village of Penn Yan, trees, branches, and woody debris can be put by the street as you would for Spring Clean Up and the Village will pick it up.